Sector Mechanicus #5: Alchomite Stack Machinery

Sector Mechanicus Alchomite Stack Machinery

Another piece of Sector Mechanicus Scenery today – another piece of the Alchomite Stack kit that I’ve previously built some pieces from. Though, honestly a lot of my early kits from these ranges are just a pile of sprues and bits in a box at this point! (and GW keeps recycling them into new “kits” such as the rest of the range, Kill Team and so on…

Anyway, this one was built some time ago – at the same time as the three completed ones linked above (and also the same time as the two more I haven’t started working on besides a prime and coat of silver spray!) So it’s been sitting in the shed for well over a year, pretty much ignored. On the heels of the Thermic Plasma Conduits (aka, PIPES) I finished the other day, I decided to work on this alongside the second set. So I could, y’know, link the pipes to some actual machinery. With that in mind, I’m going to wait until I’ve got a bit more assembled and painted and finished before doing another tabletop layout type pic of them.

Sector Mechanicus Alchomite Stack Machinery

I didn’t use the “crackle paint” method on this one that I did on the previous ones; instead trying a couple of new(ish) things with stippling, foam and thinned paint for much of the weathering. That’s the cool thing about industrial terrain – you can vary your methods and as long as it looks good, it doesn’t need to be entirely consistent from piece to piece since rust and industrial decay have many forms in the real world. And yes, it’s another piece for (and plug for) Dave Stone’s Winter of Scenery Challenge!

Small Scenics: Mantic Terrain Crate Battlefield “Pikes”

Mantic Terrain Crate Battlefield "Pikes"

At this point, I’m pretty much just grabbing random small and medium sized bits of terrain and seeing if I can knock them out in a day or three. All good, since they all count for Dave Stone’s Winter of Scenery Challenge, but I do need to get back to the final three models from The Tray and then try to do my “Reward” models which will also work for Jewel of Julyaugust – and what’s worse, two of those three just need tattoos, and the third just needs some cardboard patterns…

Mantic Terrain Crate Battlefield "Pikes"

So anyway, these two sets of defensive “pikes” came from Mantic’s Terrain Crate Kickstarter. When I got my pledge from that campaign, I had to seperate the parts from all of the many different boxes I got into three overall sets – stuff I could get done pretty easily; stuff I could get done with a bit of (usually hot water resets of warped PVC) repair; and shit that was so badly warped it was essentially going to be a fucking nightmare to try to get to the point of being worth putting paint on. These two bits came from the former. I found them in a baggie in a plastic tub, and so started on these and also some dungeon trap tiles – those will be forthcoming shortly. I did have to completely cover the “Reaper base cauliflower” texture of the ground with Vallejo Mud Paste and then use various weathering techniques to make them look less cloned from one another. Anyway, another two simple but versatile pieces done and into the pile of finished work!