After the positive response to my last few days worth of posting, I thought it was a good opportunity to hit everyone with something really underwhelming. In this case, I have a pair of Bacta Tanks from the Star Wars Miniatures range of prepaints brought out by WotC from 2004-2010. It was a surprisingly decent game, though I never got into it hardcore, and most of my purchases for the game have been via the post-2010 clearouts and fire sales from various places. These two I picked up late last year from a local place for cheap to maybe use in the actual game, but more realistically, use for Imperial Assault boardgame terrain and 40k-related Scenery. Not much to say here. I ripped off their warped and wonky bases and replaced them with HIPS 50mm bases, which I painted in that bluish-grey tone I use for other Imperial Assault things. I also found some old WHFB shields which I fashioned into super-crude pieces to add a tiniest bit of detail on top.
Could I have done more? Of course. But let’s be entirely real here – the models aren’t all that great and are still slightly wonky and warped – and ain’t nothing I can do about it! So I mulled over this briefly and then decided that they’re not worth the time it would have taken when I have to much else to do. So this is it, and here they are. They’ll look fine from an arms’ length. All good, and good enough!
An underwheming scatter terrain post today! These two storage tanks were originally started back during (and for) Technical August but not completed. In fact, they’ve sat around annoyingly taking up space ever since, so I finally got them to a (slightly shitty) tabletop standard last weekend. I’d actually fished them out of the tub they’d been sitting in since I lost interest after August, to try and get them done for Mechanical November, but that didn’t work out, either. As part of Technical August’s theme, I tried using transparent paints over a silver base to see what kinds of effects I could achieve, inspired by the Bacta (healing) tank from Star Wars, specifically the Empire Strikes Back. The “water” is gemstone turquoise (or sapphire?) by Warcolours over the silver, while the “empty space” is Warcolours’ transparent white. The turquoise worked …okay, but the white seems to have been a bit of a failure.
Of course. “real” Bacta tanks are filled to the top (and feature adults wearing nappies inside them), but I felt that if I “filled” these to the top then they’d just look like they were painted blue. In the end, they’re pretty rough and not to the scatter terrain standard that I like to adhere to – but at a tabletop gameplay distance they’ll look …fine. Still, experiments by definition can’t always be a success, so I’m just calling these done and getting them the hell away from my painting desk. I’ve still got a few more of these things. I think they’ll be painted grey with some “warning” decals on them. I think those will actually look pretty decent. When I get around to them.