Battle for Macragge Crashed Aquila Lander (40k 4th Ed Starter Set Terrain)

Battle for Macragge Crashed Aquila Lander 40k 4th Ed Starter Set Terrain

Today we have a model (well, five distinct models that make up a multi-part terrain feature) that hits several targets. Firstly, they were a big part of my first painting Tray, so getting them done really clears them off and gets me close to completion and able to start the next one. The crashed Aquila Lander is of course the centrepiece from the Warhammer 40k 4th Edition “Battle for Macraggae” starter set, released (and purchased by me) in 2004. Ouch.

I did at least finish the Lt.Varras model back in 2015.

Battle for Macragge Crashed Aquila Lander 40k 4th Ed Starter Set Terrain

The second of the three targets that this lets me smack is Dave Stone‘s Summer of Scenery Challenge running through July and August. Even though he’s clearly mislabelled the thing, as we’re in midwinter currently.

Battle for Macragge Crashed Aquila Lander 40k 4th Ed Starter Set Terrain

I’ll get to the third momentarily, but first I do want to throw out a thanks to Krautscientist. While I did start painting the thing aroundabouts 2004-5, the project (like so many other things) got kinda shuffled to the side and forgotten about for a long time until recently. And by recently I mean January last year (2019) when the improvements to his lander inspired me back onto the on the road to redoiong this thing. You can’t see it all that well in the pic, but like KS, I blocked up that annoying hole in the back of the cockpick section with a panel and some hanging cabling. Unlike KS, I didn’t go the whole hog and add in an unconsious/dead pilot or a pilot’s seat. Mostly because I’m lazy, but I can always go back and add one in later. Buit probably won’t. Because I’m lazy.

Battle for Macragge Crashed Aquila Lander 40k 4th Ed Starter Set Terrain

I added a bunch of decals from various kits and my little tub of random decals at certain points to make the flyer look a little more legitimate. Little detail touches like this I find help to make the whole thing look that much better.

Battle for Macragge Crashed Aquila Lander 40k 4th Ed Starter Set Terrain

The chewed up dirt was originally in the mid-brown, then known as Citadel Snakebite Leather (currently Vallejo Leather Brown/Citadel XV-88) which was what I used for my desert bases in that time, but I changed that up a little, using the Vallejo Dipping Wash that Dave Kay put me onto after he did his Secret Weapon Tablescapes tiles. This darkened them down. I then used dark soot grey weatheirng powders to add “scorched” effects on the crashes sections as well as the sand/dirt around them, eventually drybrushing some sand colour over the whole lot, Aquila and surrounding dirt to unify it.

Battle for Macragge Crashed Aquila Lander 40k 4th Ed Starter Set Terrain, Mudgullet the Behemoth, Goremaw the Destroyer

As I alluded to before, there’s also the third target that the Aquila let me hit, and that was one final(?) submission for Ann’s Miniatures of Magnitude Challenge for May & June. When I asked Ann if the Aquila was a large enough piece of scenery to qualify, she was not quite so enthusiastic, but said that she’d happily accept it if there was some kind of giant monster smashing through it, so I present to you, a Kaiju shot with not one, but TWO giant monsters smashing their way through it!

Battle for Macragge Crashed Aquila Lander 40k 4th Ed Starter Set Terrain, Mudgullet the Behemoth, Goremaw the Destroyer

And while we’re at it, why not expand that alongside a few more models, for scale and also for fun! Nurgle zergs Goremaw!

The Aquila is being posted a little out of sequence to fit in with Ann’s Challenge. I’ve still got a few more of my own models for June still to post up over the next several days, as well as another piece of terrain finished yesterday (as my first model of July).

…and just maybe, one more Monster of Magnitude. If I can get the flock situation sorted in time by tomorrow (it takes forever to dry in winter!)

Lt. Varras and Dr. Diana

A bit of a sci-fi diversion today. Two of the figures that have been taking up space on my desk and in a figure case for years are this pair. Lt. Varras from the Warhammer 40k 4th Edition “Battle for Macraggae” starter set. He’s also often simply known as “Imperial Pilot”. In any case, he’s been kicking around here for 11 years – and had his boots black and greatcoat grey for much of that time.

Lt. Varras, Imperial Pilot. Dr. Diana, Cybertronic Medic. Warhammer 40k, WarZone

Lt. Varras, Imperial Pilot. Dr. Diana, Cybertronic Medic.

Dr. Diana is a cloned doctor from the Cybertronic MegaCorp faction in WarZone (1st Edition, though she’s apparently still a thing now in WarZone resurrection.) She used to have a black top and bare legs as part of my nWo sub-faction for Cybertronic, back when we used to play regularly in the mid-1990’s, but after the campaign expired, she just sat in a case and never got finished. Several years ago, I decided to pair her with Varras as a fellow Imperial Navy Officer and paint her outfit in a matching grey, and again – like Varras, she’s been sitting around part painted for the years since. It’s a pretty safe bet that she’s a Werner Klocke sculpt, since she shares the same female face that almost all of his models have. Yes, she’s been part-painted for going on 20 years. God I feel old. I was going to paint a red or green cross on Diana’a Med-kit, but I decided against it in order to keep her a little more generic.

Lt. Varras, Imperial Pilot. Dr. Diana, Cybertronic Medic. Warhammer 40k, WarZone

Now, a pair of Imperial Flight Crew.

So anyway, the story ends a week or two ago when I was looking for stuff to make myself finish as part of the desk-clearing project I’ve been on for the past several months and spied these two. Always easy to overlook, I finally forced myself to knuckle down and got them done. Aside from using them as potential 40k objective markers and such, they’ll also easily fit into my RPG games of Rogue Trader (once I get it off the ground) and both are generic enough to work for many other Sci-Fi/skirmish games from Inq28 to Judge Dredd. And now I’m actually quite happy with the pair of them. They make a nice pair of Imperial Flight crew!