Dauntless/Diabolical December 2018 – Community Round-Up

Pandora’s Bitz Box Khorneate Renegade Knight

Beginning December’s round-up, we have an absolute fucking beast of a model from Pandora’s Bits Box, courtesy of Krakendoomcool. A heavily converted Khornate Knight. Pandora’s post has a lot more photos, as well as step-by-step shots of the WIP process that it took to get to this point. Well worth checking out, because this thing is Nucking Futs. Oh wait, this is my own blog, so I can swear as much as I like. IT’S FUCKING NUTS!

 

Westrider’s Ogroid Silver Tower Ogroid Thaumaturge

Next up, we have a nice selection of models from Cascadian Grimdark‘s Alexis West, aka Westrider, who completed an impressive number of both Dauntless and Diabolical characters in December! Starting off, we have the Diabolical Ogroid Thaumaturge from Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower.

Alexis’ Chosen Axes

There are also two groups of characters – the Dauntless Chosen Axes from Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire, featuring custom-sculpted clothes and boots(!)

Alexis’ Elucidian Starstriders

The final group is a good chunk of the Dauntless Elucidian Starstriders – the Rogue Trader’s crew from the Kill Team supplement.. Rogue Trader. Hopefully we can look forward to seeing the rest of the crew joining their vanguard in the next months?

 

maenoferren22’s Dauntless December output!

maenoferren22 completed quite a lot of models in December that can be viewed over on his Bogenwald blog. So many, that I’ll whip through them and provide links to each, so that they may be seen in all of their glory.

Ghost Bride, from Alternative Armies. Sir Willorcby, a civilian noble from the Flintloque range, Captain Fredorcson and his lads the Chosen – a kind of Orcish Sharpe troop of individual characters. “Nursey“, an orcish nurse, who looks like she’d fit perfectly into Blood Bowl and has a name that makes me think of Blackadder II and her companions Rogipoos and Jose. Next we have Meriadoc Brandybuck, from the Fellowship of the Ring, some, erm, Undead Engineers, and an Ostarian Hussar Officer.

 

Wudugast’s Snuggle the Sump-Croc

Wudugast’s Skaven commander.

Wudugast, from Convert or Die has Snuggles the Sump-Croc for us this month, not to mention this Skaven commander. I’d also consider the various Goliath gangers of the Irondogs that he finished in December to be eligible as well. Rather than poking through a month’s worth of Wudu’s posts, I’ll just drop this group shot of the Goliaths in here. I know quite a few of them were completed in December, and they certainly deserve to be seen…

Wudugast’s Goliath Irondogs gang.

 

Argentbadger’s Trollblood Dire Troll Mauler

Argentbadger of The Bovine Overlord continues his foray into the Trollblood Hordes with his Dire Troll Marauder from, um, Hordes. He certainly gives a strong “Hulk SMASH!” vibe.

Argentbadger’s Satyxis Blood Priestess

Also from Argentbadger, we have the Satyxis Blood Priestess, also from Warmahordes, though this time of the Cryx faction, and maintaining the same pink and black sheme that we saw in her stablemate Barathrum recently. If you like her, go check him out as well. Then join me in pestering AB for some group shots – especially of all those Trollbloods!

 

mvmattila’s Space Marine Sergeants

mcmattila, of a new possible blog this month, completed a pair of Space Marine Sergeants. The one on (our) left is a plastic reproduction of an old-school metal sergeant model from the 3rd ed.-era Command Squad, and also the sergeant from Battle for Macragge box – And I have to say he’s done an amazing job on both the conversion and the paint.

mcmattila’s Khorgorath of Khorne.

mcmattila‘s other model for this month’s showcase is a Khornate Khorgorath, from the original Age of Sigmar starter box (and now from a pretty good value Start Collecting! set). Once again, it’s an impressive paintjob on this guy! Let’s hope mcmattila is able to start up a blog sooner rather than later, as I’m looking forward to seeing much more of his work!

 

Faust’s Dwarf Blood Bowl Star Player, Flint Churnblade, flanked by a pair of Blockers.

Faust from Doubledowndice completed one of the final few Star Players for his Blood Bowl Team. Flint Churnblade, so named for his heavy duty chainsaw which he takes to the field with. Not too many more to go now for a fully-complete team of Dwarves. Unless he goes for the Escher first..? Or the hated Van Saar?

 

Mark Morin’s A9 Mark 1s and M3 Stuart “Honeys”.

Mark Morin, who posts under the tricksy pseudonym of Mark A Morin completed quartet of British 8th army tanks for his burgeoning “What a Tanker” project. Specifcally, two each of the A9 Mark 1 Cruiser tanks, and M3 Stuart “Honeys”. Given what Mark has finished since he posted these four up for Dauntless December and my tardiness of getting this post, um, posted, it’d be remiss of me not to point out his more recent post, containing a hugely impressive British Motor Pool that he’s just up and painted over the last few weeks! Seriously. If you like these four, go check out the baker’s dozen he’s got there.

Here’s a preview. Now clicky the piccie and check out the rest of Mark’s post!

 

Alex’ paint on an Oakbound Miniatures model that is completely not Nagash.

Alex of Leadbaloony finished this Diabolical figure in December. A reimagining sculpt by Oakbound studios Not-Nagash inspired by on the Mark Gibbons artwork, that is most definitely not the 1990’s most infamous Gary Morley sculpt of Nagash.

 

Pete S/ SP’s “Hell Cannons”

Pete S/ SP from SP’s Projects Blog, following the “Diabolical” theme of the month, assembled and painted this kit of two Hell Cannons from Ace Models. What are Hell Cannons, you ask? I’ll let Pete explain:

Hell Cannons are the name given to large improvised mortars that have been built by the rebel forces/ Free Syrian Army in the past few years. Consisting of a large metal pipe fixed to a truck axle they fire homemade shell that are mostly made from propane gas canisters. As can be imagined they are not particularly accurate and neither do they have a long range, barely reaching over a mile. A more in-depth  look at them can be found here .

What really stands out to me about these, and especially so on the single-model images on Pete’s blog, are just how realistic the kits and his paint are. If they weren’t base on little squares (or on much larger squares – credit for those bases as well!)  you’d think they were photos of real ones.

 

Just Needs Varnish’s Paraguayan War rocket launcher teams.

Following the artillery theme, Just Needs Varnish from Just Needs Varnish scratchbuilt (of course) and painted a trio of Paraguayan War rocket launcher teams. Well, he scratchbuilt the rocket Launchers. The teams he painted. Though he did modify their tiny little hats from kepis into shakos before doing so. Some great WIP photos also feature for any budding pyromaniacs who would like to scratch-build their own rocket launcher teams.

 

Krautscientist’s Nurgle Mob – Plaguebearer, Plaguemarine and Poxwalkers: Keepers of the Eternal Garden

Krautscientist from the Eternal Hunt completed a nasty little diabolical quartet, dedicated to Grandfather Nurgle. From left to right, we have a Pair of Poxwalkers, a Plaguemarine and a Plague bearer. PPPP! Or as he prefers, the Keepers of the Eternal Garden. I can’t wait to see how KS grows this warband in 2019!

 

Dave Stone’s AT-AT

Dave Stone, of The Gamer’s Cupboard has completed a rather epic sized diabolical contribution – an Imperial AT-AT scaled for 28/32mm gaming. I’m not sure if it’s the old WotC one (which was an awesome model for anyone who managed to pick it up) or if it’s from a different source.

Dave’s Kayn Somos

Dave’s Lak Sivrak

Dave also completed a diabolical comrade for the AT-AT, Kayn Somos – a named Imperial Character from the Imperial Assault boardgame, as well as Lak Sivrak, from the famous Cantina Scene in the original Star Wars/EpIV.

 

The Imperfect Modeller’s “Operation Overlord”

The Imperfect Modeller again came up with more than one diorama this month, and I have to say that he’s really outdone himself. Which is saying something. “Operation Overlord” has been an epic to watch go through the various WIP stages over the last weeks before its unveiling. LED Lighting. Bread in a storefront that looks like actual bread, and sweet narrative throughout the piece. Do yourself a real favour and check it out on his site, and then go through the WIP posts to see how it took shape. TIM has really outdone himself with this one!

The Imperfect Modeller’s “‘X’ Marks the Spot” Diorama.

As much as I’d like to say that TIM‘s next diorama is no less impressive, that’s just not possible to say. With that caveat in mind, I think ‘X’ Marks the Spot is still very cool and tells a story – albeit one that’s not nearly as complex as Overlord. That’s the trouble with setting the bar so high, as I’m sure Pandora is also feeling. Still, as long as TIM can keep outputting models as good as this one, he’s in no danger of disappointing anyone.

 

 

Finally, my own Dauntless and Diabolical contributions, posted up last week and shown in much more detail throughout the last month of my blog posting.

Is your own Dauntless/Diabolic December post missing from here? If you left a link in the announcement thread, then it should be here and I apologise. If there’s no link there, then leave one here. I may seen, read and even commented on your post, but I’m damned if I can remember each and every blog post I go through each month!

I’ll be doing a 2018 reflection/2019 aims post shortly. But we’re having a little heatwave here right now, and it’s going to be a bit of a task arraying all of my 2018 models on the table. I’m also pretty tired all the time, but I’ll talk about that when I post that up. In the interim, I’ll be posting more models and scenery – though I’ll give this post 2 days as the many people’s hard work arrayed above deserves some extra time to sit at the top of my page.

Dauntless-Diabolical December: Community Painting Challenge

A trio of Astartes Dreadnoughts.

To finish up the year, we’ve got something that rolls in the options from a few previous months. Much like Jewel of July, the idea is that December allows a wide range of models from centrepieces to low-level heroes.

Krautscientist’s The Hound, Enkidu Lance, XII Legion 4th Assault Company.

So… what is this month for exactly?:

It’s for Heroes. Big or small. named or otherwise. A Lieutenant or a Medic or a Warlord Riding a Dragon. An Inquisitor’s aide or a Star Player or a Bounty Hunter.

It’s for Vehicles. A Motorcycle or a Maus. A Starship or a Gaslands Car. A Panzer IV to a Kettenkrad. A Rhino APC or a Konigstiger or a War Rig or a M’ak I. (or M’ak II?)

It’s for the more impressive scenery pieces. A desert oasis or a (ruined?) temple or a bunker complex or a single bunker or a skyscraper or a Ferratonic Incinerator or a Kwik-E-Mart. A forest worth of trees or a jungle worth of plants.

It’s for Monsters. Ogres or Ogors. Dragons, Giants, decent-sized Daemons. Bronze Bulls and Dinosaurs and Great Wight Sharks and Goremaw and Cthulhu.

It’s for Dieties and Demi-gods. Primarchs and Titans. Atlas and Aeres and Abaddon. Horus and Hercules. Venus and Vulkan. Saturn and Sanguinius.

It’s for Mechs and the Mechanicum. Steampunk walkers, Dreadnoughts, Imperial Knights, Warjacks, Tripods, Titans.

It’s for Dioramas and Vignettes. Historical, Fantasy, Sci-Fi. It’s all good. Even better if they also feature something from the above!

Ellen’s Idoneth Deepkin Eidolon

 

Sfjy’s Knight Castellan, in all its imposing glory.

Pandoras Bitz Box’ “The Five Day Duel”.

WestRider’s Noise Marine Dreadnought.

The Imperfect Modeller’s Duel between a Crusader Champion and a Red Dragon.

As always, the biggest distinction between this painting challenge and many others out there are that I only care about you completing these models. It’s not a “start-to-finish” challenge set during a single month, so regardless of whether you just missed out on finishing that diorama or tank this month, last month, or six months ago – or you’ve got stuff that you’ve been chipping away at for six months – or, indeed – if you’ve got models that have been shelved for months or even years, feel free to dig them out and join in.

Similarly, if you want to go start-to-finish, then feel free to go right ahead. It’s about completing cool things. The challenge is designed to easily fit into your (and my) painting schedule and be flexible enough to encompass quite a lot, and hopefully just act as a bit of an impetus or inspiration to get this stuff completed and finish the year on a high note!

Unit-ed October: 2018 Community Painting Challenge. Also, Orctober/Orktober. Community Round-Up

Faust’s BloodBowl Dwarf Blockers/Linemen.

Faust of Double Down Dice completed a hefty contingent of Dwarf players from his Dwarven BloodBowl Team. Looking striking in their regal colours of Gold and Red on their clean Astrogranite bases, they’ve come up amazingly well for a set of figures that has given our friend such headaches over the months. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that the effort was worthwhile, and that Faust should get some more of the 21(!) models that he has for these guys done as soon as he can. The Death-Roller would work a treat for Mechanical November, too! Then the Star Players for December’s challenge… I understand that these Dwarves are also very fond of Orctober as well, though they call it “hunting season” for some reason?

 

Suncar’s Orc Bloodbowl Team – the Badland Rockerz

Speaking of both Orctober and Blood Bowl, Suncar of The Suncar Vault completed his Orc Bloodbowl Team – the Badland Rockerz. If only they weren’t separated by the Atlantic Ocean and a fair bit of land, they could square off against Faust’s Dwarf Boys for a traditional grudge match. Suncar’s models are mostly the classic 2nd Edition Blood Bowl models that date from my own introduction to the game, accompanied by the Bloodweiser Goblin and a Sculpted-from-scratch Rock Troll.

 

Tarmor’s Unit of Orcs – with a Goblin lackey!

Continuing the Orctober theme, Tarmor, of Dragons of Lancasm completed this dual-challenge unit of Orcs for both the month’s Unit-Ed October challenge as well as Orctober. He’s gone for a different shade of flesh to that which many GW players would be less familiar with, but has its origins in older games and literature. I think it looks pretty bloody good and although I’ll be continuing to paint my own GW orcs like GW orcs, this is another shade I’ll add to the ways I paint my Middle-Earth Orcs. Tarmor’s Orctober orcs shown above are a followup to his September batch of Orcs.

 

mcmatilla’s Ironskull’s Boyz, from Shadespire.

mcmatilla completed a unit for the month’s unit challenge, as well as a couple of bonus standalone models for Orctober. First up, we have the Ironskull’s Boyz warband, from Shadespire done in an exceptonally bright orange, yet managing to actually pull it off.

mcmatilla’s Gretchin with a shoota.

mcmatilla’s Uruk-Hai Warrior

mcmatilla additional models are a very nicely done Grot (Gretchin, aka 40k Goblin) and an Uruk-Hai warrior from Lord of the Rings – both featuring some lovely blended highlights.

 

 

Buck Surdu’s Dad’s Army in Civvies.

Buck Surdu’s Dad’s Army lads in their Home Guard kit.

Buck’s female defenders of Little Baisley by the Sea.

…and a collection of civilians from Little Baisley by the Sea.

Buck’s Power Armoured infantry from Reaper Miniatures.

Buck Surdu, of Buck’s Blog has been particularity productive, completing several units over October – first up we have the lads from Dad’s Army in both their civvies as well as their Home Guard uniforms. As well as the Legendary(!?) Home Guard unit, Buck has also finished two “units” of civilians – one of armed women and one of more generic looking British civilians. If you visit Buck’s blog linked here, you’ll see quite a few more images of these challenge-month models, as well as a few others, including a Hellhound and a Brain In A Jar…

 

The Imperfect Modeller’s Kelly’s Heroes.

A rather nice counterpoint to Buck’s post featuring Dad’s Army is this trio of models from The Imperfect Modeller featuring Kelly’s Heroes. We have Kelly himself, Big Joe and of course, Donald Sutherland’s Sgt. Oddball. It’s like we’re only missing SGT Steiner and Jude Law as Vasilly Zaitzev

 

 

Pete S/ SP’s Rhodesian African Rifles.

PeteS/ SP also had a busy month – completing three distinct units. Firstly a platoon of 20mm Rhodesian African Rifles from Under Fire Miniatures.

Pete S/ SP’s Royal Ulster Constabulary.

Pete’s next unit for the month is a 1970’s-early 80’s-era set of Royal Ulster Constabulary, this time from Elheim miniatures.

Pete’s British Expeditionary Force Infantry

And finally, Pete completed this platoon of British Expeditionary Force from 1914, by Lancer Miniatures, again in 20mm. Pete certainly added an impressive number of painted models to his various forces over October.

 

Maenoferren22 paints a couple of Mongols…

Maenoferren22’s Mongol Cavalry

Maenoferren22 of the Bogenwald blog completed the painting of a 10mm Mongol army worthy of The Golden Horde. The models might be tiny, but as someone who has tapped out while trying to paint stands of 15mm Flames of War infantry, I can only offer admiration to someone who has the drive to get through so many, many tiny mans.

Maenoferren22’s Conquistador Army for Hordes of the Things

Maenoferren22 also completed this 10mm Conquistador Army for use with the Hordes of the Things ruleset. It was certainly interesting to see the army take shape over the course of a reasonable number of posts (and even more interesting as I was working my way through them backwards!)

 

 

One of Mark Morin’s two infantry squads of Space Roos.

…aaaand the other Squad!

Mark Morin, New England’s finest, never does things by halves as we all know by now. Ask the man to paint a squad or unit of 3+ models, and he’ll bloody well create a platoon worth of models. Including officer commanders. Then paint them. Which is what he did. Mark’s boundless enthusiasm and apparently tireless work ethic created the Space Roos force that will no doubt see a ton of action in games of his comrade Buck Surdu’s Combat Patrol skirmish ruleset. Because these guys write and publish their own rules. Because of course they bloody do. Mark’s post goes through the process of not only the painting, but the creation of these unique figures. (I think for Mechanical November, Mark is probably building an actual working full-sized Mark I Tank.) There’s also something about a team winning a game of rounders in there as well. 😉 This marks Mark’s second Aussie-themed wargaming force, the first being his Ral Partha Roo-Mans.

 

Thomas’ Old One-Eye, flanked by three other Carnifices.

Speaking of not doing things by halves, Thomas of High Times on the Eastern Fringe continued working on his Tyranid force by completing four carnifex models, including the named “Old One-Eye”. That’s kind of like painting three 1:36 scale Konigstigers plus Whittmann’s Tiger. And at least as deadly! Plus they’re green – so Orctober as well! 😀

 

Ellen’s Tyranid Hormagaunts.

Ellen’s guest-star Carnifex. Just visiting the round-up post.

And Speaking of Tyranids, Ellen from Lavender Miniatures and Gaming has been working on a substantial batch of 40k’s favourite space bugs. Her first completed unit is made up of 10 Hormagaunts, leaping from their bases and somehow not topping over for at least as long as it takes to take the above photograph. her post also features a Carnifex that, while strictly speaking isn’t part of the October Challenge, is too nice looking to not add in here as well, and hell, it fits in with the Carnifex-tastic theme set by Thomas’ contribution above.

 

 

Roger’s completed Mantic Dungeon Saga collection.

Roger from Rantings from Under the Wargames Table completed quite a project this last month – all of the models from Mantic Games’ Dungeon Saga Boardgame. While the link here only goes to the final post of the painting saga, It’s well worth checking out the preceding series of posts to see Roger’s progression through painting a similar but quite disparate collection of models over a period of time.

 

Pandora’s Bitz Box’ Thousand Sons Rubricae Squad.

Pandora’s Bitz Box, of the team behind the Krakendoomcool Blog completed a unit of Thousand Sons Legion Rubricae Chaos Marines of Tzeentch in October, including their attached Sorcerer. So many thin, thin lines of blue and yellow there – but a favourite aspect of the squad for me is the shimmering effect on the Sorcerer’s Force Sword – kinda like reflections but also kind of like arcs of eldritch power going up and down the two sides of the blade.

 

Argentbadger’s Krielstone Bearer and Stone Scribes

Argentbadger of The Bovine Overlord completed a unit composed of a Krielstone Bearer and Stone Scribes from the Trollbloods faction of the Hordes wargame. There’s a definate Obelix vibe coming from that Krielstone Bearer. I think it might be because he fell into the cauldron of magic potion when he was a baby. And now, for the first time I’m thinking about it and wondering why all Gauls didn’t get dunked into the stuff as babies. Rome would never bother them again!

 

Dave Stone’s Imperial Assault Tusken Raiders

Dave Stone of The Gamer’s Cupboard completed this unit of Tusken Raiders (or Sand People) from Star Wars: Imperial Assault. I really like the different tones of sandy brown and ochre that he’s achieved in order to differentiate between the inner and outer robes. Dave has a whole lot more of the Imperial Assault stuff happening on his blog right now, so if you’re interested in the Star Wars, I’d suggest checking it out!

 

 

Wudugast hits the full squad of 10 for his truescale Knights Mortis Space Marines.

Wudugast of Convert or Die (seems an easy enough choice, really) has had a bit of a huge month in October – completing enough additional models of his Knights Mortis Chapter true-scaled Space Marines based on Primaris models. The addition of the very nicely posed Sergeant as well as the flamer marine on top of the regular troopers finishes off a rather striking unit. Will we see an officer or specialist next?

Wudugast’s Orktober contingent of 40k Orks.

Not to rest on his laurels or anything, Wudugast has also added a pretty impressive chunk of green to his 40k Ork force for the Orktober theme of the month. 5 Boyz and three Nobs makes a second and third completed unit by my count as well, while the rather menacing Deff Dread would cover the Dreadtober challenge (run elsewhere), so Wudugast has truly been all over it in October! The Orky link there leads not only to individual shots of these boyz, but also a bloody impressive full army shot of painted Boyz and their Toyz, which just makes me jealous!

Wudugast’s Goblin Archer unit

Wudugast’s Squigs with their herder team.

A big block of Wudugast’s Goblin Spears, with some netters and a few other oddballs thrown in for good measure!

Did I say Orktober? Wudugast has also hammered out enough models to complete three additional units for his fantasy Goblin army

Wudugast added in the nicest looking one of this Rat Ogre foursome in October.

And finally, Wudugast added one more Rat Ogre to create a unit of four when grouped up with his previously finished models.

PatrickWR’s Orctober Orcs

…and Patrick’s Gobbo

As a little bonus, there’s also Comrade’s Wargames‘ PatrickWR‘s models for Orctober, which I missed at the time (due to lack of linkback). There are the foursome of Orcs, and also their Goblin boss. In my opinion, I think the Orcs especially came out exceedingly nicely.

 

My own contributions for October can be found in more detail in my Personal Round-Up Post, but for completeness’ sake, here they are, standing on top of Skulltown Hill.

 

Bloody hell. This month’s round-up has been an epic task taking quite a few hours to assemble. I’ve even managed to get it up on the second weekend of the month, which I think is actually pretty reasonable, as I try to get my personal round-up done on the first weekend of the new month, and then give people a few days or a week’s leeway to get their stuff varnished and photographed and posted.

Every time I’ve thought I was done with this post, I’ve found another couple of posts or contributions that I’d missed in my last session. There’s even one or two up there that I somehow remembered, despite them not linking to finished models in the original signup post. I’ve gone through that post a couple of times, doing my best to not miss anyone out. If I did manage to miss you out, despite my best efforts, please do post in the comments below and I’ll add you in as soon as I’m able to do so!