WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Atilla MkIII Cuirassier: TG9614PB (Neglected Model May ’18)

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Atilla MkIII Cuirassier: TG9614PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Yet another of my old 1st edition WarZone models here, and yet again – finally completed – and with some modern touches and a modern base added. We have a Cybertronic Atilla III Cuirassier with a small conversion – the barrel end of his Assault rifle have been replaced with the multi-barrels of the SSW4200P HMG, cut off a Chasseur HMG gunner. As with about half of these old figures I’ve been showing and finishing so far, this one is still available from Prince August’s website.

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Atilla MkIII Cuirassier: TG9614PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Atilla MkIII Cuirassier: TG9614PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Once again we have the Black and White of the nWo, as well as some other references to The Man Called Sting, who’s pre-Wolfpac outfit of the day fit in with my black-clad Cybertronic. (No, he’s not nWo Stong/Black Scorpion). Newer touches have included, erm, finishing the right shoulder and both legs, rebasing onto a “tech” 40mm, and of course the addition of the Iron Warriors Icon and the Legion’s “IV” badge to the left pauldron.

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Atilla MkIII Cuirassier: TG9614PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Atilla MkIII Cuirassier: TG9614PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

The nWo logo on the right Pauldron is original nWo-era freehand. Iron Warriors have no qualms about using War Servitors or fully robotic versions of AI, so while I’m not 100% what I can use this guy as in 40k, I’m sure I can find a unit entry that will work for him just fine.

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur: TG9534PB (Neglected Model May ’18)

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur: TG9534PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Yet another WarZone model today. This one is a 2nd-generation Cybertronic Chasseur resculpt that came out towards the end of 1st edition. The original Cybertronic Chasseurs tended to be bare-chested or singlet-clad bald guys with guns. They were also one of the better-looking factions in terms of models back then (to my eye, at least) and as one of the gaming group of the day elected to run a campaign, and Imperials were already taken (by two other players – who used different aspects of the Imperials – Berets and Trenchers from memory) I went with the Cyber-boys. As they were generally half naked, muscular dudes, and we were in the midst of the nWo era of wrestling at the time (leading into the “Attitude Era”) my Cybertronic (and other) guys ended up with some wrestling influence.

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur: TG9534PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

As I had a bunch of the original Chasseurs that I was already using as my Chasseurs when these new Chasseurs came out, I decided to use the new Chasseurs as Chasseur Sergeants. This model being the only one of these that got even this far painted. Then again, I don’t recall my army composition from 20-whatever years ago when this all happened, so…

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur: TG9534PB, Heartbreaker HobbiesIn any case, I followed the nWo theme, and this model was named “Chono” in honour of Masahiro Chono, a wrestler from New Japan who was a leader of the nWo Japan chapter of the nWo. The model’s pants have the lighting bolts on them in homage to Chono.

WarZone 1st Edition Cybertronic Chasseur: TG9534PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

As part of my upgrade and update, I’ve added an Iron Warriors icon to his shoulder pauldron, and also marked out the skull on his helmet in a more obvious manner (it was originally black). I also gave him an industrial base to further tie him in with my Iron Warriors and changed his eye lenses from their original red to the cold blue that my IW use. He’ll either be a Traitor Legion Astartes in a stealth-type squad, or a cultist leader. Once again, these models are still available from Prince August. (and nope, I’m not getting any kickbacks for all these plugs – I wish!)

WarZone 1st Edition Imperial Blood Berets HMG Specialist: TG9806PB (Neglected Model May ’18)

WarZone 1st Edition Warzone Imperial Blood Berets HMG Specialist: TG9806PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Today we have another WarZone 1st Edition model that I’ve literally just finished up and photographed – an Imperial Blood Berets HMG Specialist. Again, this one is still available from Prince August for anyone interested in picking one up themselves. I started this model back in the 1990’s but never finished it. I actually collected enough figures for an Imperial force in WarZone – both the standard English/British models as well as the Highlanders, but never finished painting any of them or managed to play with them. At least I’ve now finished one of them! I quite enjoyed freehanding the Imperial icon on his shoulder, and adding in a beret badge with paint, using shades to attempt to make it look like an actual sculpted one.

WarZone 1st Edition Warzone Imperial Blood Berets HMG Specialist: TG9806PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

The reason I picked this one to paint back in the day was simply because I liked the model, but on a related note to that, it got put aside and forgotten as I didn’t have any pressing reason to actually complete it. Not that there was too much to do, but finding him so close to completion last week in the WarZone case led him to getting pulled out, given a new 32mm base and having those last parts of the model completed.

WarZone 1st Edition Warzone Imperial Blood Berets HMG Specialist: TG9806PB, Heartbreaker Hobbies

The armour and scheme is pretty simple, but I’m okay with that. It’s a 20-something year old model that’s been completed after 20 years. The paint is clean but decent – and more importantly, finished – That’s it really, and good enough for me once again. – not too much story behind this one, but it’s another neglected model completed for this month’s challenge. Now that he’s been finished and photographed, he can go back to sitting in limbo. At least until he gets some mates to form a unit for games for some purpose beyond being used in board games like Frag!

WarZone 1st Edition Capitol Sea Lion Hero (Neglected Model May ’18)

WarZone 1st Edition Capitol Sea Lion Hero, Heartbreaker Hobbies

This model is another of my old 1st edition WarZone models. This time a Capitol Sea Lion Hero. Capitol of course being the USA-themed faction. The Sea Lions were… well, SEA Lions. SEA L ions. SEALs. See what they did there? Yeah, GW never had a monopoly on terrible puns for their figures and units. Anyway, speaking of terrible, I was never a fan of several of the ranges, particularly the 1st edition figures. Some of those were reeeeally rough. The Capitol range being one of those. However, mixed in there were a few rough gems. Here’s one of them.

WarZone 1st Edition Capitol Sea Lion Hero, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Basically, despite the gigantic moob-like slabs of beef across his chest, and his American Dad-level chin, this guy is a fun and well-sculpted enough rendition of the “Rambo” trope to have passed muster for me back then, so I picked him up. I don’t believe I got any Sea Lions at all. The idea was for this guy to be an Imperial Guard Catachan-style Captain. Hence the “C” command icons all over him and his gear.

WarZone 1st Edition Capitol Sea Lion Hero, Heartbreaker Hobbies

As you can see, he also sports a nWo Wolfpac logo on his shoulder pauldron. That is of course because I was right into wrestling at the time, and wrestling is a rich source of interesting logos. As far as figure use goes, he still works perfectly well as a Catachan-type Captain, but I could also use him as a pretty decent Sly Marbo. In fact, I think this figure is a better rendition of the character than the original figure, the kitbash-your-own example or even the redux model. Because if you’re unfamiliar with the character – Sly Marbo is Sly Stallone as John Rambo. Remember what I said about terrible puns? Yeap.

WarZone 1st Edition Capitol Sea Lion Hero, Heartbreaker Hobbies

So after a minor touch-up and rebasing, I’m actually in two minds as to whether to leave the figure as is. because respect the original paint. Or to repaint his hair black, the bandanna red, maybe replace the C on his pauldron with a Bullet Club logo and go full Marbo with him. His skin is orange enough, at least! 😉 I don’t actually have a Marbo figure of any kind after all. hmm…

What do you think?

WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Technomancer: TG9680 (Neglected Model May ’18)

WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Technomancer: TG9680, Heartbreaker Hobbies

This model is a bit of a blast from the past, and truth be told, he got plucked out of a case where he’s sat for years now as he was an easy-done model to re-complete. That way I pad out my Neglected Models and also have something to post up today and also actually get an older model up to scratch for 2018. As you’ve read in the header, it’s a WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Technomancer model, and one that is still available from Prince August for anyone who is interested in collecting the old 1st edition WarZone models.

WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Technomancer: TG9680, Heartbreaker Hobbies

The colour scheme is a bit …lurid by my standards of today, but it falls under the “don’t fuck with the original paint too much” category. The gun is just completely ridiculous by any standard, so my choice at the time to paint it an odd shade of purple that makes it look like an inflatable toy was actually me taking the piss out of it a little without going quite so far as painting it a bright day-glo orange or lurid green. If I were doing it today, I might paint the ..power cells? plasma coils? whateverthefuck those things inside the “barrel” area are. Still, as I said, I’m not willing to screw with them today. Much like The Goonies, they’re good enough for me.

WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Technomancer: TG9680, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Speaking of lurid green. You see those cables/pipes on the weapon’s underside in a dark copper? Yeah. Those were lurid green. The sort you achieve by using old-GW Bilious Green then glazing it with old-school green GW ink. In some ways my painting back then was perfectly fine, and in other ways my choices of colour composition… it seems like I felt some need to use ALL of the colours on almost every model. I don’t know what I was thinking with that, to be honest. Anyway, now they’re repainted, fit with the figure much more effectively and are much less loud.

WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Technomancer: TG9680, Heartbreaker Hobbies

Something that I think is much less terrible than the previously-green cables, and the slightly-dodgy giant purple inflatable gun is the freehand icon on his cloak and the edging on both the same cloak as well as the red edging found on his red robes. I still think they’re pretty solid. If a bit loud. As for uses for this model. Um… if I ever play WarZone 1st or 2nd edition ever again. Maybe something from the good old Renegades and Heretics list for 40k?

It’s been super busy with work an ting this week, so I’ll be able to do comments (probably) on Thursday. Writing this post up and taking the photos has been all the blogging time I’ve had spare today, aside from reading others’ posts during breakfast. See you tomorrow (hopefully) with another (Warzone) model that I’ll (hopefully) be able to restore in the small window of time after work but before I need to head to bed!

 

Realm of Chaos: Nurgle’s Lost & Damned #8 – More Warzone 1st Ed Zombies

As a followup to both of these posts that featured WarZone 1e Dark Legion Demnogonis (WarZone’s version of Nurgle) models, I’ve gotten off my arse and painted these four, that I found and photographed as a post-script to that last post. I actually found them next to my light box, where I’d left them and forgotten about them months ago.

WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Zombies.

Once again, they painted up damned quickly – within a day and a half from start to finished, most of which was drying time and time spent playing with my PlayStation. As with the previous post’s Black Númenórean Warriors, there’s not a lot to say about showing more figures from a range I’ve painted and shown off before, painted pretty much in the exact same manner. I’ll have the other seven, more military-themed ones done soon(er or later). The Auscam that I plan to give them will make it all take a bit longer, no doubt.

Once all are done I’ll probably do another group shot of sci-fi zombies. And then more again when I bust out the plastic Mantic ones. Bloody zombies never end….

Warzone Nepharite of Algeroth and Razide (Heartbreaker Miniatures)

Nope, not the new Prodos models. I almost went big on their KS during the PM phase, but I asked them a couple of questions and while they did get back to me after a few days, by the time they did I’d already spent my money, and getting that big bundle of cash together again was on my “yeah, I need to do that” list until it kinda got forgotten about and the PM expired. So I missed out on some lovely new figures, and they missed out on my big pile of cash.

Anyway, these models are Heartbreaker sculpts from (when else?) the 1990’s and painted in either the ’90s or the early ’00s. I never played Dark Legion, but picked up the odd sculpt that I felt had 40k crossover appeal, and then later bought quite a lot more during their final “Fire Sale” period. I’ve already showcased a bunch of their Zombies as part of my Nurgle Lost and the Damned force. As such, they were painted with obvious 40k influences, but without going the whole hog in case I decided to play WarZone 1e again some time.

Heartbreaker Miniatures Warzone Nepharite of Algeroth

Warzone Nepharite of Algeroth with Face Paint.

The Nepharite of Algeroth, with his big-arse chain-halberd thing makes an ideal follower of Khorne. Algeroth in the WarZone canon being the d̶i̶e̶t̶y̶ Apostle of War. Hmmm…

I decided to paint him in a Khorne-inspired palette, but avoid the whole “blood spatter” thing. I gave the Kev Adams face sculpt some face-paint, to bring out the skull-like aspects of his visage even more. His gloves are made of flayed leather skin, and I kept the rest to red, black, brass and iron – with the exception of the Hazard Stripes on his chainblade. Health & Safety at the forefront, wot?

Heartbreaker Miniatures Warzone Nepharite of Algeroth

Rear view of the WarZone Nepharite.

From the rear view, we see that the only variation to the palette is the dirty yellow of his butt-tabard. I did dirty this up to tone it down when I rebased him as it was a bright, clean yellow. Same deal with the torn remnants of his shirt. I left the lacquered red of his armour clean and bright, however.

Heartbreaker Miniatures Warzone Razide

WarZone Razide with Extensive Tattoos

The Razide I decided for whatever reason to paint as a follower of Tzeentch. I guess the more obvious deity might have been Nurgle, what with the Swamp Thing face and the boil-looking growths on the shoulders and so forth. The tubes were originally painted in way too many colours, which I recently turned into reds, shaded with brown ink. The Tattoos… well, throughout the 1990s one of my biggest influences in many ways was Henry Rollins. I admired the man’s integrity, his no-bullshit ethos, and of course the live performances of Rollins Band were pretty impressive, with all that raw power and intensity. I also thought he made a great template and influence for wargaming models. Remember, this was back in the days when tattoos were mostly the domain of Bikers, people in the military, rather rough types of people, and musicians. They weren’t on every second guy you met, and certainly not on every second girl. The tattoos on the bikers and rougher people I knew (family & friends of) were far too small and intricate to work in miniature scale, so Rollins became a bit of a default for inspiration, with his large, distinct pieces that worked from a distance. I’ll just point out a few of the obscured ones. “LOVE” and “HATE” on his knuckles. With a cheeky ? on the thumb of LOVE = “LOVE?”

Heartbreaker Miniatures Warzone Razide

Rear View of Razide and Tattoos.

There’s a pentagram on his right thigh that’s hard to see in the pics, and the text across his lower back says “SCARRED” in a stylised font.

Heartbreaker Miniatures Warzone Razide

Left view of Razide tattoos.

Heartbreaker Miniatures Warzone Razide

Right view of Razide tattoos.

Heartbreaker Miniatures Warzone Razide

Upper Back of the Razide’s tattoos.

And finally, a scale shot with a Metal Guardsman I had to hand. Both are pretty handily Ogre-Sized:

Heartbreaker Miniatures Warzone Nepharite of Algeroth, Razide

Warzone Nepharite of Algeroth, Razide and Guardsman for scale.

These two will likely be rolled into other Lost and the Damned forces – Khorne and Tzeentch at some future time when I have a hell of a lot more models painted. Until then, they’re mostly just going to sit in the figure cases. The Nepharite of Algeroth might make it into a Kings of War Chaos-themed force, I guess. He could be a “Minotaur Hero” to the old-school RoC Beastmen.

The Razide is still available from Prince August who bought out the remaining WarZone stock sometime 20-off years ago when Heartbreaker collapsed, but the Nepharite of Algeroth seems to have been sold out. I’m sure they’d be easy enough to pick up from eBay, etc, though.