WarZone 1st Edition: Dark Legion Gomorrian Emasculator – TG9696PB + Contrast Paint Experiment #6

WarZone 1st Edition, Dark Legion Gomorrian Emasculator, TG9696PB

Another of my old and neglected WarZone 1st edition models completed. This one is a Dark Legion Gomorrian Emasculator (yes, I had to look it up). This one had pretty much been sitting for years, with only the skin and metal basecoated. While the sculpting is technically quite adept, the overall design of the model is basically pretty shithouse. Which pretty much gives the simple and straightforward explanation of why it took me so long to get back to, and also why it’s still easily available today for not much money.

WarZone 1st Edition, Dark Legion Gomorrian Emasculator, TG9696PB

I think my initial motivation for starting to paint it was to use it as a Chaos Spawn-type thing in the first iteration of my Nurgle force, which was to be a Lost the the Damned-type army. Anyhow, it’s now finished. The final motivation being to just knucle down and get the fucking thing off my painting desk. I kept to the cow-brown aesthetic and just highlighted the flesh so it could pass for either oily/sweaty skin or a kind of horse-fur-sheen, and pinked-up some scarred tissue around the edges of the metal implants.

WarZone 1st Edition, Dark Legion Gomorrian Emasculator, TG9696PB

“Buff Dudes” goes a little off the rails.

Given the size of it, I suppose I could theoretically use it as an Obliterator proxy in the right kind of Chaos force, but for now, it’s just another hunk of painted lead off my desk and out of the backlog. I don’t hate the model. The sculpt is odd and badly-proportioned and it’s a bad design, but it’s got a dorky charm to it somehow. I’m also good with my paint on it. Nothing amazing, but a solid, decent paintjob, and about as much as the model deserves. As with a lot of my current models, there’s some use of thinned Contrast paint used in the shading of the musculature, on the horns, teeth, hooves, etc. I find that used like this it gives a bit more control than using a traditional wash, and the outcome is quite decent.

WarZone Atilla MKI Exterminator (Prodos Games) (Diabolical December ’18)

WarZone Atilla MKI Exterminator, Prodos Games

Now, before anyone accused me of supporting Prodos, I picked up a bunch of WarZone models cheap on clearance from Firestorm Games in May last year with an eye of using them in some form with my Iron Warriors. I almost went in on their Kickstarter, but due to some unclear stuff in their pledge manager, I missed the deadline and saved myself a ton of money and missed out on some awesome models as well as what was apparently an absolute nightmare clusterfuck of “fulfilment”. They went on to make an even worse mess of the Aliens vs Predator Kickstarter, and now moved almost all of their assets to a couple of other companies in a (probably deliberately) confusing mess and are continuing to dodgily launch new projects that they may or may not own any rights to or have any intention of fulfilling.

ahem.

WarZone Atilla MKI Exterminator, Prodos Games

Anyway, they did/do make rather nice models, and I picked up a few of them on clearance for incorporation into various 40k-related projects. As much as I enjoyed 1st edition WarZone, I doubt I’ll ever really have the proper opportunity to play it again. I barely get to play anything at all these days, after all! So with that in mind, the Atilla got a proper “Iron Warriors” paint scheme, which admittedly does risk being mistaken for a Necron in some ways, so a big hazard-striped shoulder was pretty much mandatory. I left the hazard striping at that, since I didn’t want to overdo it on the model, though there are also some echoes in some of the exposed cabling.

WarZone Atilla MKI Exterminator, Prodos Games

I actually started this model… a long time ago. Maybe it was last year? I can’t honestly recall at this stage. I’d mounted it onto and painted most of the base, as well as having done the base silver and some of the wash work. I’d hoped to complete it for Mechanical November, but that didn’t work out, so I managed to spend some time getting it completed this past weekend.

WarZone Atilla MKI Exterminator, Prodos Games

The face hasn’t come out all that well in the photographs, and the black wash looks messier than it does in person, but thems are the breaks with miniature photography and figures being blown up to many times their size (excepting you phone browsers out there!) I’ve also got a trio of Enhanced Machinators which were started alongside this guy that may or may not get finished anytime soon. I’ll (hopefully) get a unit or two worth of models done in December, but I really want to focus on getting some more impressive pieces and heroes done.

WarZone Atilla MKI Exterminator, Prodos Games

Here’s a size comparison pic – showing the new Atilla alongside the original model as well as a Primaris Space Marine and a regular Space Marine. Definitely bigger than he first appears!

Not sure which rules/profile I’d use for him at the moment. Perhaps the rules for UR-025 from Blackstone Fortress in friendly games? He towers over that particular model as well!

Realm of Chaos – Nurgle’s Children 2018 #17: WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires (as Poxwalkers): TG9511PB & TG9505PB (Unit-Ed October ’18) (Zom’tober?)

TG9511PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires, TG9505PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires, Poxwalkers

Yeah, another bloody mouthful of a post title. Maybe the worst yet. Still, there’s a lot of crossover with the content of this post.

Firstly, the models themselves. They’re 7 of the 8 models from the two old-school WarZone blisters, TG9505PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires and TG9511PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires. Clicking those links will take you to Prince August’s site where both are still available from original stock after all these years. Pretty good sci-fi zombies, to be quite honest. Old-school WarZone collectors often get in contact with me and ask if I have anything to sell so I like to point out when the figures on show are still available where possible. (If I ever do sell any, I’ll post them up here – I promise!)

TG9511PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires, Poxwalkers

The missing eighth of the models was actually painted a few years ago. Now, I haven’t played WarZone for many, many years at this point – but some of the models were real crackers (some were awful as well, no argument there!) These sci-fi zombies with guns were always pretty cool looking, but I never really had much of a use for them. Still, I did a bunch of Blessed Legionnaires when I gave the Nurgle Cult army a first-go-round back in 2015 or so. Need to rebase that Spawn of Demnogonis as well onto a proper 32mm base.

TG9511PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires, Poxwalkers

Obviously, this lot fits in with my own monthly challenge – that of Unit-Ed October. Because it’s a unit of models. A unit of 7 in fact – Nurgle’s (un)holy number! Coincidence, yes – but a fitting one. Paint scheme-wise, I painted 6 of them in the same Auscam as the main elements of my Imperial Guard force – the 11th Terror Australis Regiment. The 7th has his carapace armour painted in greys in a nod to his Warzone Bauhaus roots.

TG9505PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires, Poxwalkers

And finally, I found out via Rantingsfromunder’s blog that there’s a thing called Zom’tober in the minis blogging community – though it’s one of those Blgospot ones, and we know that WordPress and Blogspot are a pain in the arse when it comes to getting on with one another. Unfortunately, it seems that Zom’tober has some pretty specific rules about completion that rule me out participating  …pretty much ever.

To take part you just need to paint one Zombie or Survivor (or more!) each week, in any scale you like, posting it to your blog by that week’s Sunday (we use Sunday’s as the end of each Zomtober week). So that means posting one or more newly painted Zombie or Survivor minis each week on or before the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th this year.

Doesn’t really work for me. I finished 4 of these suckers at once 2 weekends ago, and then the final three last weekend – with the blood effects across all of them applied yesterday evening in two sittings. I mean, they’re zombies! Are there any other figures that lend themselves so well to batch painting?

TG9505PB: Warzone Dark Legion Undead Legionnaires, Poxwalkers

So while they don’t exactly fit into the Nurgle Daemons army, I’m sure that nobody reasonable would complain about a bunch of poxwalkers thrown in there as well. I’ll have to figure out where I’ve stashed the Blessed Legionnaires and that other zombie and pool the lot of them together for the next time I do an “army in progress” type shot for the Nurglites.

Oh. And after taking the above photos, I found the 8th model. While he’s fully painted, he does need a bit of touch-up to get him to the point where he’ll nicely fit in with the rest of his cohort here. I might attempt to get him done before the month ends, so I can bump my monthly total up that little bit more towards the 31 I want to have done…

Edit – Got that last one touched up, retook three of the photos tonight (following night to original post) and replaced the original pics of three with the four.

WarZone 1st Edition Warzone Cartel Special Agent: TG9510PB (Neglected Model September ’18)

WarZone 1st Edition Warzone Cartel Special Agent: TG9510PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Another WarZone 1st Edition model today – one of the four from the WarZone Cartel Special Agents pack. He is, of course a Neglected Model and has been touched up and had some aspects repainted to fit in with current-quality models. I’d have posted this a few days ago, but I’m still burnt out, so much so that I actually forgot that I hadn’t posted this model (and the one that’s the subject of tomorrow’s post, also.)

WarZone 1st Edition Warzone Cartel Special Agent: TG9510PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Once again, the model features nWo logo, the rationale behind this was that my force back in the day was nWo-branded Cybertronic, so it only made sense for the Cartel allies that I’d theoretically use to also feature the same iconography, for easy IFF on the tabletop. Updates to this model as part of Neglected September included patching up the chips that went to the bare metal, completely rebasing it, cleaning up and re-highlighting some parts of the jacket, and updating his hair from yellow-as-blonde, to a more realistic sandy colour (though it still looks a bit more yellowish in these pics than in hand).

WarZone 1st Edition: Jake Kramer – Capitol Hero

WarZone 1st Edition: Jake Kramer - Capitol Hero, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Today we have another figure from my archives that just needed a small amount of touching up (and rebasing) to be restored and good enough for the 2018 table. The Warzone hero, Jake Kramer. For those familiar with Warzone, and especially first edition, you may recall that Jake is a hero from the Capitol faction, which is the U.S.A.-themed one. The more observant of you will probably have noticed the great big Union Flag taking up most of Jake’s shirt, under his jacket. I can’t recall the exact reasoning behind this, though it would safely have been one of two reasons:

  1. I thought Jake was Imperial, because to me he just looks Stereotypically British to me with those muttonchops.
  2. I thought the model looked Stereotypically British with those muttonchops, and since I didn’t play Imperial nor Capitol I just painted it that way because I didn’t give a fuck about using it “properly” in one of my forces, so it was just a model to paint.

Both great reasons, I’m sure you’ll agree. 🙂

WarZone 1st Edition: Jake Kramer - Capitol Hero, Heartbreaker Hobbies

For those people interested in picking up this figure (I get quite a few messages when I post WarZone models asking me if I want to sell anything) – this guy is still available from Prince August for just a few Eurobucks.

WarZone 1st Edition: Edward S. Murdoch – Imperial Golden Lion Hero

WarZone 1st Edition: Edward S. Murdoch - Imperial Golden Lion Hero, Heartbreaker Hobbies

I’m back to posting. Today’s model is one of my old 1st edition WarZone models. I actually updated this guy last month and even included him in the monthly round-up, but I somehow forgot to give him his own post at the time. Yeah, I’ve been real tired. Anyway, this model is a named hero from the Imperial (British-themed) faction. This guy is Edward S. Murdoch – Imperial Golden Lion Hero. He’s apparently an ex-Blood Beret (Not-Parachute Regiment, I guess) who is now a Golden Lion. To be quite honest, I don’t remember enough else about the minutia of the WarZone background to go into more detail – and besides, it’s not important here.

WarZone 1st Edition: Edward S. Murdoch - Imperial Golden Lion Hero, Heartbreaker Hobbies

The paint scheme I gave him completely disregards whetever the WarZone canon might be, and instead he was painted to go into my Imperial Guard force as a Lieutenant to lead one of my infantry platoons. As such, his outfit has been painted as carapace armour in an Auscam pattern, along with a sand-coloured beret. A plastic pouch from a 1:35 scale US infantry model replaces the slot on his belt for his sword. Can you tell? No? That’s the point. 🙂

WarZone 1st Edition: Edward S. Murdoch - Imperial Golden Lion Hero, Heartbreaker Hobbies

This shot shows off the unit markings I added (via decals) to 40k-ify him. Aside from those and replacing his sword, the model is stock. The figure was painted way back in either the mid-late 1990s’ to the mid-2000’s (I can’t remember) so all I’ve really done here last month is a touch-up on a few parts to repair a bit of scuff, and rebasing him on a 32mm, which suits a figure of his stature much better than the 25mm base ever did.

I’ve been struggling to care about blogging for the last few weeks – mostly due to burnout and exhaustion – both mental and physical. I’ve tried to at least kind of keep up on other people’s blog posts when I can, but there are a few people whose recent posts have suffered from my lack of energy to comment on meaningfully – and of course the Technical August roundup is now a week behind. Turns out there were a lot more contributions than I realised/remembered for Technical August, so the round-up post is *part* done as I got started last weekend, and I’m hoping to have time this weekend to finish it. At least the next three weeks of work should be a lot less full-on so I can start to rest up, the weather is changing for the better, and I can finally go get some work done on my knee, so things should start looking up a little – barring needing to go into work this Saturday…

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur Hero with LMG: TG9823PB (Neglected Model May ’18)

Warzone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur Hero with LMG Conversion

This one is the last of the WarZone models I’ll be doing for the time being. Challenges like Neglected Model months are good motivation for me to poke around in the depths of old cases to see what can be dug out and revived with a lesser or greater amount of work. As this month winds down, I’ve gotten to the last of the WarZone models I picked out of the case, and I’ll save my next delve there for the next Neglected Model month. Plenty of other stuff on the table I want to clear out that’s been there for ages, anyway! As you can see, he’s a member of the nWo Wolfpac, and is specifically named Nash, after Big Kev.

Warzone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur Hero with LMG Conversion

This figure is a conversion of the original WarZone 1e Cybertronic Hero model (yeah, they only had one!) Originally armed with a shotgun, he’s had a bullpup LMG grafted and built around where the shotgun used to be, and his left arm was taken from a Chasseur Sergeant model, in order to completely change the “shape” of the model. Head is chopped off a metal 40k Techmarine, and the backpack is made up of some 1:35 scale military parts. Wires are just copper wire taken from that little handful of a bundle that I “found” in high school metalwork all those years ago… which I still have today whenever I need bendy wire that’s not guitar wire (I’d use guitar wire on him these days, but …1990’s conversion!

Here’s the original base model.

Again, this model is still available from Prince August. Well, the base model is, anyway. You can see how much chopping has been involved – this is how we used to do conversions in the old days before plastic kits became the norm. With metal and a saw. And yes, he’s very “flat” like a real mid-1990’s figure, though that’s largely due to the pose of the base figure and limited parts to draw from that fit Cybertronic in the rather chunky WarZone style if I didn’t want him to look like a Space Marine.

Warzone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur Hero with LMG Conversion, Atilla III Cuirassier, Cybertronic Chasseur

Here’s Big Sexy Nash alongside his nWo Cybertronic (Iron Warriors cult) buddies, Sting the Atilla and Masahiro Chono the Chasseur.

Warzone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur Hero with LMG Conversion, Atilla III Cuirassier, Cybertronic Chasseur, Agent Nick Michaels, Imperial Blood Berets HMG Specialist, Capitol Sea Lion Hero, Dark Legion Technomancer

The Neglected May ’18 WarZone contingent.

And finally alongside the other Neglected WarZone models I’ve finished over this (last) month: 1st Edition Dark Legion Technomancer, Agent Nick Michaels, Cybertronic Chasseur Hero with LMG Conversion, 1.5 Cybertronic Chasseur, Atilla III Cuirassier with HMG Conversion, Capitol Sea Lion Hero and Imperial Blood Berets HMG Specialist. Not exactly a cohesive force or anything, but bloody nice to have all of these figures finally completed.