Mechanical November ’18: Monthly Hobby Challenge

So, something a little bit different for November, but hopefully something that’s still flexible enough to fit in with people’s existing projects (and half-painted/abandoned models).

The idea for this month’s theme is to paint mechanical models. Now, this might seem restricting, but the way I see it, the theme can be applied pretty broadly. Tanks and indeed, any kind of vehicles work, including Steam Tanks that Dwarfs or Renaissance humans might use. All manner of Droids and Robots, obviously.

Lots of terrain pieces work – particularly some of the new-ish stuff from Games Workshop (Sector Mechanicus) but then also a lot of other terrain works well also – Mantic’s Inductrial Battlezones for instance and of course no end of resin options from a hundred different companies.

Even smaller stuff like some of the Sci-fi terrain I’ve been doing lately can be shoehorned in there.

Not the crates here, but certainly the sci-fi automatic doors and the terminals.

Walkers of all types, obviously are appropriate. Star Wars, AT-43, DUST, Konflikt ’47, Martian walkers.. you get the idea – as well as the obvious 40k stuff.

Didn’t get your Dreadtober piece finished (or started?) No problem, finish it in November and post it up for this month’s challenge!

Some armies are obviously better served than others here. Necrons being a standout – but I’m happy to consider power armour of whatever kind to be mechanical.

Some things that don’t immediately come to mind as mechanical are absolutely that. Most fantasy war machines fit the bill and even moreso for historical ones – after all, what is a trebuchet, if not a mechanical device?

So have a look at your painting desk, your shelf of shame or even the grey hordes and see what you wanted to get done anyway that you could fit in here.

This challenge starts on the 1st of November and as always, runs until the end of the month. if you finish the model at 11:58pm on the final evening, that’s fine – just get it varnished and photographed in a few days and I’ll include it in the community round-up. I always give a few days grace period.

There’s also no special criteria as to who can or cannot participate. If you’d like to participate, then you can. Simples. Just link your post/models back to this post or leave a comment below with a link so I can find your stuff during the round-up time.

That’s pretty much it. If you might be interested, you’ve got a few days for thinking about it before the challenge starts – though if you’re keen there’s also no reason you can’t be working on your models. Because it’s only about completing models in November! 😉

Neglected Model September ’18 Painting Challenge – Community Round-Up

The Imperfect Modeller’s Andrea Miniatures Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne)

The Imperfect Modeller has gotten into the Neglected Model act in September by completing this model that had been neglected for a decade or more. Depicting John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 original of True Grit. As always, the entire model is amazing, but that Horse is a real thing of beauty.

 

mcmattila’s completed Tactical Marines

…and his completed squad!

First time participant, mcmattila has submitted the above Combat Squad of Tactical Space Marines, which combined with the first batch to form a full-strength squad. Some very nice painting here! As mcmattila doesn’t have a blog at this time, I’m putting his pics up here – hopefully he’ll continue to participate in these challenges!

 

Argentbadger’s Trollblood Fennblade Officer and Drummer

Argent Badger of The Bovine Overlord has continued with the Warmahordes theme in September’s Challenge, painting a command pair of Fennblade Officer and Drummer. His blog post features a group shot of them alongside their unit, looking very cool – so go check it out!

 

Just Needs Varnish completed another nice batch of figures in September. This time a mixture of Infantry, Armour and Civilian vehicles which all have a location and time in common – specifically the early Pacific War campaign in the Philippines.

 

Wudugast’s Skaven Plague Furnace.

Wudugast from Convert or Die completed a pretty impressive centrepiece model in September – a Skaven Plague Furnace. I’m aware of how redundant it is to mention when an enormous amount of work goes into a model like this one, but if you check out his post you really can see it in detail.

 

Red Boar Wiiingers’ Baruk-Khazâd Bastards Dwarf Blood Bowl team.

Red Boar Wiiingers from Presenting The Red Boar Wiingers! completed this Dwarf Blood Bowl team – The Baruk-Khazâd Bastards. They don’t look like a group of lads you’d want to mess with – on or off the pitch!

 

Dave Kay’s original Warhammer Quest Bats.

Dave’s Skeleton Jester.

Dave Kay, from Scent of a Gamer completed these old-school Warhammer Quest Giant Bats. Now they definitely look the part! Dave’s second submission was this Skeleton Jester which he picked up for Warhammer Quest, though I think it also has a very Mordheim feel to it as well.

 

Bifur’s Deathshroud Terminators.

Bifur of Sigmund Freud is Judging You completed this trio of Deathshroud Terminators of the Deathguard Legion. I know the pic is tiny – maybe we’ll see a larger version at some point in the future?

 

Backtothehammer’s Wood Elf Waywatchers…

…and his Ungrim Ironfist.

Backtothehammer was so enthusiastic about September’s challenge that he finished and posted these models on the 21st of August! A unit of Wood Elf Waywatchers as well as The Slayer King – Ungrim Ironfist!

 

 

Alexis “Westrider” West of Cascadian Grimdark had a very productive September – finishing quite a variety of Neglected models in the month of September. The Shadespire warband, Spiteclaw’s Swarm; a selection of Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower Heroes/Antiheroes; several Tzeentchian Daemons from The Warp, and finally – the containment chamber from the 40k Battlefield Objectives set.

 

Pandora’s Bitz Box’ trio of Tyranid Hive Guard

Pandora’s Bitz Box from the Krakendoomcool blog got his neglected unit done in contrast to Backtothehammer’s August submission – PBB got this unit of Tyranid Hive Guard completed this month, in October! Still, motivation is the key and given how late this update is I’m not going to be an arse about anything. On reflection, they could have easily been a submission for this month’s challenge of Unit-ed October.

 

 

Thomas’ Neglected Servitor.

Not sure how I missed regular Challenge Challenger Thomas from High Times on the Eastern Fringe‘s submission for September, but apparently I did. I usually see all of Thomas’ posts, but apparently I missed this one completely. I guess September wasn’t the greatest month on my end, so this sort of thing can happen. Anyway, Thomas completed this nicely-worn and weathered Servitor over September. The plan is to eventually mount him on a larger piece or diorama, which explains the plain base that he has at this time.

 

Joe’s Dark Eldar/Drukharii Voidraven Bomber.

Joe, of Joesavestheday painted a rather lovely Dark Eldar/Drukharii Voidraven Bomber. It turns out that Joe actually wrote a series of three posts on his Neglected Model entry progress, though I didn’t know they were a thing until just now. I’m genuinely not sure how I missed them, since Joe linked to the blog itself and more importantly, also to the post. Maybe WordPress won’t recognise a trackback to Blogger’s posts? I’m guessing that for non-Wordpress bloggers a direct comment might be needed.

 

Then there’s my own stuff, highlighted both in my last post, and in detail across last month’s posts on this blog.

Once again, I have to offer a hefty congratulations to all of the people who managed to get something done. The last months have been a real challenge for me to keep motivated myself, and this post is now half a month behind, but the doldrums that often hit me this time of year have indeed hit, and hard this year. I’ve got one unit done, and a probable second close to done with luck. With one more weekend left of the month, I don’t think I’ll be getting any Dreadtober stuff done, but there’s always a chance, I guess.

and finally…

Did you paint a neglected model during September? Did I forget to include you? Did we discuss neglected models in the comments of one of the posts or someone else’s blog comments and now you’re not included here? Just let me know in the comments below.

Not to be a nagging bastard, but that’s why I ask you to link back to me. I don’t need the money or the fame of a trackback, but it makes it a million times easier for me to round up the community posts and make all of the links. 😉

Neglected Model September ’18: Monthly Hobby Challenge – Personal Round-Up & September 2018 Painting Round-Up

The post title says it’s a two-few, but it’s technically a three-fer post. First up we’ve finally got the collection of Neglected Models that I managed to get done over the course of September. Not a bad collection of neglected figures in September, especially as they’re all individuals.

I also managed to finish this trio of Mantic Terrain Crate scenery just before the end of September. Usually I like to give things their own posts, and if I had a bit more terrain to show, then I’d put them together, but I’m not putting together a post for three sets of PVC mining tools on a rack.

Finally, we’ve got the September round-up post, with both the Monthly Challenge figures as well as everything else finished, including those Tool Racks. Regular readers will know that I just haven’t been feeling it lately, and so it took until last weekend before I took my own monthly round-up photos – but then there was naturally an issue with a model that was on a different shelf, so it took me until today to go out there and retake that photo.

With those last-minute took racks, I just squeaked in 30 models for September, continuing my personal 1-per-day-of-each-month “challenge”.

As for the running total, this 30 added to the 434 I had completed by the end of August takes me to 464 to date this year. October has been more challenging, but I’m just squeaking by so far due to more simple terrain bits and some unit painting. Those will be on show in a little while, though. Next up – The (belated) September Community Round-up.

Necromunda! – Ratskin Scout (Neglected Model September ’18)

Necromunda Ratskin Scout With Shotgun 2

Another Neglected model found in a figure case towards the end of September was this Ratskin scout, from the original release of Necromunda back in the mid 1990s’. This model was released in 1995 or thereabouts, and is a Michael Perry sculpt.

Necromunda Ratskin Scout With Shotgun 2

I had of course painted about half of it, and basecoated about 95% of it, but when I got it out of the case, I decided to completely paint the skin in a more ruddy tone, repaint the pants from the dark green that they were in originally with a brown leathery colour, redo the browns on the boots, and then try to differentiate the human skin tones from the similarly ruddy tones I’d used on the skinned rat. So… almost everything, only retaining the rat fur and using the rest as base coats at best.

Necromunda Ratskin Scout With Shotgun 2

Once the model was complete and ready to be sprayed, it took a dive from the little tray I was carrying it on, necessitating a trip back inside to have the damage repaired (hair, shotgun, shoulder pad) Luckily it wasn’t too badly mangled and was fixable.

Necromunda Ratskin Scout With Shotgun 2

I also decided to give him some simple warpaint, though I kept it fairly minimal. Enough to suggest the Native American influence on this line of models, but also pretty generic and a bit reminiscent of American Football players’ greasepaint (yes, I know they wear black). There are some pretty amazing Native American face/war paint designs online, so I think that’s something I’ll definitely revisit in some form down the line.

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).

Wookiee Weekend! Star Wars Imperial Assault: Chewbacca

Star Wars Imperial Assault Chewbacca

The conclusion of Wookiee Weekend presents the most famous Wookiee of them all, Chewbacca. In fact, if you’re reading this blog and you don’t know who Chewbacca is, you’d better turn in your geek card immediately.

Given just how famous Chewie is, there are no shortage of quality film-accurate reference pics out there, so it was easy to get a good one to ensure maximum accuracy. Here he is relaxing and Being A Very Good Boy. Such A Good Boy!

Star Wars Imperial Assault Chewbacca

Jokes aside, it was important to check reference pics because while many of us may mentally picture Chewbacca as being one or two shades of brown – possibly through growing up with Hasbro or even Kenner Action figures – he’s actually got quite a distinct pattern with more variation in his fur colouration in most examples of the fursuit, though his hairstyle has changed from film to film slightly (Jedi, especially!) Since I wanted to do justice to the main Wookiee, I checked several references in order to get it reasonably right.

Star Wars Imperial Assault Chewbacca

I actually started all of the latter four Wookiees after Gaarkhan at the same time, but the two nameless warriors were the first completed, so I could get a bit more practice in, then Chewie more than a week later, and finally Gaarkhan, just a couple of days ago. I changed the post order for the final two because, well, Chewie needs to be the big finish for any batch of Wookiees.

Star Wars Imperial Assault Chewbacca, Drokkatta, Gaarkhan, Wookiee Warriors

As requested by Faust, here’s an all-Wookiee (dance) par-tay. (Luckily I was going to do it anyway!) Wouldn’t want this lot kicking in your door, that’s for bloody sure! The heroes get indoor/spaceship themed bases, while the Warriors get something a bit more appropriate for the forests of Kashyyyk. As you can see, I’ve given them all distinctive fur colouration (coats?) while following the art for the game-original heroes and photos for Chewie, and natural-looking variation for the two nameless ones.

Wookiee Weekend! Star Wars Imperial Assault: Drokkatta, Steampunk-ish Wookiee Grenadier

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Drokkatta, Steampunk Wookiee Grenadier

Back to Imperial Assault briefly now. Today’s model is Drokkatta, the Steampunk-looking Wookiee player character Grenadier from the Heart of the Empire expansion, which is next on our groups list (after we finally get the last two core campaign missions completed!)

Drokkatta has darker fur than the other named Wookiees shown to date, and a kind of bundled dreadlock thing going with his …hair? Head-fur? So I attempted to reflect that while still maintaining some tonal variation.

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Drokkatta, Steampunk Wookiee Grenadier

Marouda will once again be playing the Wookiee when we start the next campaign, so she’ll have the role of Drokkatta, since for some reason she always wants to play as the Wookiee. That’s …fine. Doesn’t worry me. But it does mean that it gave me quite the bit of advance notice on which model to paint up, and so once again she’ll probably be the one with the painted model for most of the campaign before the other two PCs get painted up. I guess I can probably pick my own character sooner rather than later and get started on whoever that turns out to be…

Star Wars Imperial Assault: Drokkatta, Steampunk Wookiee Grenadier

Looks like Drokkatta is all about grenades and pouches. And pouches and grenades. It’ll be a fair bit different to the close combat monster that Gaarkhan was.

…and yes, I’ve touched up that messy bottom of the base rim since taking the photos. It was bothering me, too!