Shadows of Brimstone: Guardian of Targa (Jewel of July ’18)

Shadows of Brimstone: Guardian of Targa

Have you ever pained something, finished it, but not been happy with some part of it. Then after a few days, just said “screw it” and entirely redone that part of it? That’s what happened with one of the figures in the post that was going to go up today – my final June-It unit. So I’m going to do my best to have it redone for tomorrow. So for today, we’re going out of sequence and I’m posting up the first of my “Jewel of July” models. That model being the big lug above – the Guardian of Targa, from Shadows of Brimstone.

The Guardian of Targa is the final one of the three “Targa” sets (I don’t really know what ‘Targa’ is, so don’t ask!)

Shadows of Brimstone: Guardian of Targa

I’ve painted it more or less in line with the Custodians and the Dark Stone Pylons – that is to say, as the “iron”-looking metal of the Custodians combined with black panels reminiscent of the Dark Stone Pylons, with green glowies that all three sets have in common. With just a touch of brass on the cabling to add some additional colour. As it turned out, on a model this size, it still wasn’t enough. The solution was to add some wear via my Vallejo Model Washes – Oiled Earth and Dark Brown. Are they oil stains, corrosion or just dust and grime from being outdoors? Who knows if the metal of Targa corrodes or needs lubrication? Not me. The important thing was that it subtly added a bit more interest to the model and took it away from looking so monochrome (yes, even with the green and brass!)

Shadows of Brimstone: Guardian of Targa, Custodians of Targa, Dark Pylons

Here it is, alongside the aforementioned other Shadows of Brimstone Targa models. I think they fit in pretty well together. I was half-tempted to repaint some of the legs of the Guardians with some black panels like the big guy, but  …naaaaaa. They’re not the best or most important models and they look fine as is. I’d rather spend that time and/or effort on painting more models or on more centrepiece/boss mob models like the Guardian.

Shadows of Brimstone: Guardian of Targa, Custodians of Targa, Dark Pylons, Iron Warrior

To finish up, I slipped an Iron Warrior Space Marine into the previous shot. The main reason being to give a visual size reference, since the other figures are far from your standard humanoids. As you can see, he’s a big boy! I suppose I could also it into 40k as a Close-combat geared Dreadnought, or some sort of Mechanicus/Mechanicum Robot, depending on which ones have rules at the time. Visually it could kinda-sorta fit in with the Necrons due to the colour scheme, but I don’t think they have anything very like this, and besides – all of my Necrons are still attached to their sprues at present!

With all of that done, I’ll do my best to get that last June-It Unit posted up tomorrow, and if I can motivate some help around here to help clean out the table in the War Room and its surrounds from being Junktown, I may even be able to do my round-up posts right after that! Crossed fingers!

Shadows of Brimstone: Custodians of Targa

I didn’t originally intend to paint these once I got over the hump of 30 figures for April. As they’re a bit silly looking and to me, rather Meh, aesthetically overall. But since they go with the Pylons I did last week and assembly was super easy, barely an inconvenience, I decided to go ahead and do them anyway.

They don’t actually come with bases, and are too large for 32mm or even 40mm Citadel bases. I’m wasn’t going to waste a Citadel 50mm base on them (I don’t have all that many spares, being a newer size) and they looked clownish on 60mm bases. Luckily, a big bag of 50mm rolled-edge, WarmaHordes-style bases came to my rescue. I was able to perch them on the rolled edges, and they actually look quite decent and appropriate on them.

As you can see once again, they’re very simple models. The only assembly was dropping their ball-heads into the sockets. Black Spray, Silver Spray, Black Wash, Silver Drybrush, Chrome Drybrush, Balthazar Gold bits, picked out with Model Air Copper, Strone Tone Wash, White Wash in the lenses, followed by a Moot Green wash for colour. Waystone Green in there on top, and we’re done.

As with the Pylons, they could be Necontyr something something, or simply large spidery AdMech Non-Combat Servitors, as they lack any obvious weapons. Maybe Servitors for my Iron Warriors? I could even use them for Shadows of Brimstone, in a pinch(!) I realised that I didn’t provide any scale reference for the pylons the other day, so this Iron Warriors Marine does the trick for both sets.

Shadows of Brimstone: Targa Plateau Dark Stone Pylons

Shadows of Brimstone Targa Plateau Dark Stone Pylons

Over the course of last month, I became more and more acutely aware that I hadn’t actually finished painting many models at all over April. Last weekend, while going to sleep, and inspired by the tentacles that I’d just finished the actual painting on, I had an idea. Find some low-detail, mediocre-quality models that I could smash out with very little effort. Like the Gangsters and Nazis I did in January, or the Tentacles. The only question was: What to choose? Saturday night, after watching the replay of Longest Royal Rumble, I had a look. I’ve got a plethora of boardgame models that would fit the bill perfectly, but getting them quick and cleaning up all the flash on boardgame PVC aren’t compatible ideas. Then it hit me: Shadows of Brimstone. Low-detail, simple models that I don’t and won’t ever especially care a lot about that are also in HIPs, which is one of my (and most gamers’) preferred materials to work with. So a trip to the War Room at 11pm at night and I found a few appropriate kits. Stayed up for an hour ot two assembling some of them, and spent a decent chunk of time on Sunday and after work Monday getting enough done to hit my minimum 1-per-day each month. Here’s the first pair of them.

As you can see, they’re simple models. Three-part assembly not including the bases. After spray black and drybrush a-go-go, I black washed them, based them and let dry. After that, I lined several areas with thin white, let dry, then made a paint wash with a lime-ish green to give them a bit of a glow effect. The idea is to make them (kinda) visually Necron-compatible, as well as to reference Warpstone. No idea what the rules are or how they’re used in SoB. Apparently they’re from the “Custodians of Targa” pack, but since almost items from the Kickstarter arrived as a giant pile of unlabelled shrink-wrapped baggies (like a Mantic Kickstarter) I’ll worry about their finer details later.