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 2018: Personal Round-Up

So here we are. The night of January 9th, 2019 and I’ve finally taken the photos of my December stuff.

Not quite what I’d hoped to get done, but not too bad, considering how December turned out. In the middle of my final week of work, the week before Christmas, just when the torrent of craziness of work had finally subsided (like, literally, the day before), I was at the front door in the morning, literally leaving to go to my Physio appointment, and then to work when I got the call that my father has suffered a stroke and the ambos were on their way there. I literally wrote literally too many times there, but fuck it.

Long story short, the stroke(s) weren’t huge, he spent a couple of weeks in hospital, including Christmas. We brought him BBQ and had Christmas Lunch in a Hospital courtyard. Not the best Christmas, but also not the worst I’ve had, either. He showed a good attitude, did the exercises they gave him like a madman, recovered the use of his arm very well, and we were able to take him home just before New Year’s. He’s still not 100%, and Marouda and I are around there constantly bringing him food and doing all the little things, but after how last year turned out, this isn’t nearly as bad as it could have been.

Still, that took a lot of time, and even once things had settled with the Nurses looking after him as he started to recover giving me a chance to stress a bit less, there was still a lot less hobby time, as you’d appreciate. Daily visits across town are real timesinks in travel time alone. So my blogging and catching up on people’s blogs has obviously suffered, but I’ll catch up as best I can, when I can. I didn’t write about it at the time and just carried on as best I could here because the last thing I’m interested in is a pity party – especially after talking about how shitty the last few months have been a few times. So now that things are mostly okay and we’re past that stage, I’m not fussed. I’ve also been really busy in these opening weeks of the new year besides all of that which has delayed this post (and the Community Round-Up for December), but I’ll talk about that in a future post.

So under the circumstances, I think this has been an okay number of models overall. It works out to 12 or 13 figures including the APC depending whether I count the removable crewman as an extra, as well as 29 pieces of scatter. So that’s 41 or 42 for the month. The 3 Uruks are included in the photos, because they missed their Orctober pic.

I was up to 536 at the end of November, so adding these 41/42 to the total, plus the 3 Uruks, I’m brought to 580 completed models for 2018. Or 581.

Here’s what I managed to complete for the actual December challenge in the end. Not nearly as many Dauntless and Diabolical heroes as I’d hoped and planned, but not too bad, either. Some of the ones who didn’t make December  will be turning up in the next few days and weeks. I’ve already got a backlog of new shit to post up, because even though I haven’t been posting and my commenting and replies have been limited, I’ve still been painting.

I’ll try to get the December Round-up done by this coming weekend. That’s only halfway through January, so it’s still okay, right? I’ll also have a 2018 reflection-roundup once I find all 580/1 models, set them up together on a table, take the photos, and write the actual post. So basically, after I’ve had time to do the whole bloody lot.

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!