Mechanical November ’18: Monthly Hobby Challenge – Community Round-Up

mcmattila’s Ork Deff Dreadnought

mcmattila has contributed once more to this last month’s challenge with a really nice Ork Dreadnought/Deff Dread. It appears to be the previous version in metal. and he’s done a bloody nice job of it. I especially like the sharp lines and highlighting on the freehand red Ork Skull iconography across the main body. I also like the work done on the model’s base.

 

Buck Surdu’s scratch-built Assault Gun

Buck’s Other scratch-built Assault Gun

Buck Surdu’s Soviet T-26 Tanks

Buck’s T-26 with the rare 37mm cannon

Buck Surdu’s Soviet KV-1 and KV-2 tanks.

Buck Surdu from Buck’s Blog went to town this last month with 1/48 (28mm) armour – Completing a ton of armoured vehicles. The first two are a pair of Assault Guns based on some green army-man tank chassis, with the upper hull and main weaponry scratchbuilt. The next ones are a pair of Soviet T-26 Tanks, followed by a T-26 with 37mm cannon. Wrapping up Buck’s armoured output for November are a pair of classics – the KV-1 and KV-2. Quite an impressive output for a single month, I think you’ll agree!

 

Argentbadger’s Barathrum Warjack

Argentbadger, also known as The Bovine Overlord completed this Barathrum, which is a “named” and unique Warjack from the Cryx faction in Warmachine. To go with that, AB has painted the model in a scheme that’s much more interesting than the standard Cryx scheme or silver and green. Indeed, with the gold edging and black it wouldn’t look out of place in a Black Legion force! There are plenty more photos of Barathrum from additional angles on his blog, so go check them out!

 

Dave Kay’s Ape-X

Dave Kay, from Scent of a Gamer completed the Ape-X model from Reaper’s Bones line. Cyber certainly qualifies for Mechanical November, and in his post, Dave also came up with the term “TechNovember“, which will definitely be the new name for this challenge next year (and I’ve since been using it this year, anyway!)

 

Mark Morin’s KV-1a platoon

Mark Morin has also shown us that Soviet Tanks have become a bit of a theme this month with his 15mm KV-1a platoon, which he’s painting for use in “What a Tanker” a game who’s title makes me giggle a little each time I read it. Other Aussies, Brits, Irishmen and Kiwis will get it. 😀

Mark’s French Renault 35s and SOMUA S-35s

Mark followed this up with another hefty output of armour – the French received two Renault 35s and three SOMUA S-35s

Mark’s Soviet BT-5 and BT-7

…a Soviet BT-5 and BT-7

Mark’s German StuG IIIs, Panzer IIC and Panzer IIIE.

…and to even things out a little with all of these French and Soviets, a few for the Germans – three StuG IIIA assault guns, a Panzer IIC and a Panzer IIIE. You can even see the whole lot in action via Mark’s subsequent post and battle report.

 

Krautscientist’s Chibi-Gilgamesh version 2.0 Chaos Knight

Krautscientist from the Eternal Hunt completed an extensive conversion of an Imperial Knight, turning it renegade and recreating GIlgamesh, the Renegade Knight that was completed back at the end of 2015. There’s just one little tweak, though…

Krautscientist’s Gilgamesh, alongside Krautscientist’s Chibi-Gilgamesh.

I think you can see what he did there…

Krutscientist’s Truescale Deathwatch Castigator, Lamentor and Carcharodon Astartes.

Finally, Krautscientist completed his Kill-Team Ulrich, with the above three Power Armoured Truescale Deathwatch models. As always with his stuff, these custom-kitbashed models were gorgeous even before the fantastic painting…

 

Faust’s Custom-built BloodBowl Dwarf Deathroller

Faust from Double Down Dice finished this scratch-built Dwarf Deathroller for his recently-completed Dwarven BloodBowl team, The Barrier Peaks Brewers. Kitbashed from a collection of seemingly-random items, he’s ended up with a model that you could very easily assume was a third-party “Not-Deathroller”. Faust’s post includes a bunch of the WIP shots, so go over there if you’d like to see what goes on inside the head of a mad dwarf engineer!

 

Just Needs Varnish’s Marmon Harrington CTLS light tank & Nissan 80 truck

Renowned Scratch-builder Just Needs Varnish has allowed others to do the scratching this month, with some 3D-printed, 1:72 WWII vehicles, a Netherlands East Indies Army Marmon Harrington CTLS light tank and a Japanese Army Nissan 80 truck. As always, the exact colours used in their painting have been properly researched and chosen, for a really nice outcome on both models!

 

Thomas’ Thousand Sons Forgefiend

Thomas from High Times on the Eastern Fringe has completed a rather epic project – a heavily kitbashed and converted Forgefiend for his Thousand Sons force. This beast took several years from start to completion, but I’m sure you’ll agree that the wait was worthwhile! This beast will certainly have an intimidating effect on the tabletop, so I can only imagine his opponents going all out to kill it off (while his other units implacably advance…)

 

Maenoferren22’s Dark Future Cars…

…and the pair of bikes, partially hidden behind the car!

Maenoferren22, of the Bogenwald blog painted up some old, old models that really are as rare as hen’s teeth – an original pair of cars and a pair of bikes from Games Workshop’s Dark Future game, circa 1988. For me it’s personally very cool to see these classics painted up and resurrected like this, especially as they’re so rarely seen or even mentioned these days.

 

Pete’s collection of 6mm/1:300 US vehicles

Pete S /SP of SP’s Projects Blog painted this collection of Cold War Micro Armour – here we have a mix of US Army vehicles: A Command stand and a company of M1A1s plus extra ATGM, mortars and M163 VADS with Vulcan AA cannon.

Pete’s A-10 Thunderbolt (or Warthog!)

Pete’s Harrier GR-3

…and Pete’s SEPECAT Jaguar

Not to leave the Air Power short, Pete also painted up a trio of US and British air support for the ground pounders. Seeing all of these really makes me want to buy into a “modern” armour game. I wonder if I can get Marouda to buy me something appropriate? 😉

 

Tarmor’s Space Crusade Chaos Dreadnought

Speaking, as we just were, of classic models, Tarmor from Dragons of Lancasm has completed another truly classic model from the past – the Chaos Dreadnought from Space Crusade – along with all three weapon options able to be swapped in and out as needed.

Tarmor’s Chaos Androids/Necrons from Space Crusade

And once again, speaking of Space Crusade, Tarmor also completed a foursome of Chaos Androids, the forerunners to the official launch of what we now know as Necrons. I wonder how many more Space Crusade models Tarmor has to go before he’s got a fully-painted set?

 

Pandora’s Bits Box’ Imperial Knight

…and very literally bringing up the rear, we have Pandora’s Bit Box, from Krakendoom Cool has completed an impressive looking Imperial Knight, to be allied to his Adeptus Mechanicus Army. This particular Iron Giant was also the subject of a basing tutorial for “heavy” models on the same blog, which is also well worth a look-see. Let’s see if Pandora can convince Warbringer or Krakendoomcool to put something warlike and cool up for December’s challenge!

 

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). I’ll edit them into October’s community round-up when I get a chance (probably next weekend – I’m about done with blog-posting for a few days at least after doing this bloody thing over the last two days!) There are the foursome of Orcs, and also their Goblin boss. In my opinion, I think the Orcs especially came out exceedingly nicely.

 

Finally, my own contributions for Mechanical November, which can be seen in slightly more detail via their individual posts over the last month, or collected in my personal round-up post.

Welp, that’s it for now. I might read others’ posts and respond to comments when I get a chance, but I’ll be taking a few days off posting after this. I’ve got just over a week to get the Challenge post for January written up. Hint: It’s terrain, plus something else as an alternative for those who don’t want to do terrain that I had an epiphany about, and then forgot(!) – so there’s also that.

*Obviously, I’m pretty much guaranteed to have accidentally missed someone despite my best efforts – though I DID get everyone who left a link in the announcement post, so there’s that in my favour at least. Still if you painted something for November’s challenge and it ain’t in here,  just reply to this post with a link to your model post and I’ll edit you in as soon as I get a chance.

Mechanical November (MechaNovember!): Monthly Hobby Challenge – Personal Round-Up and Nov Painting Round-Up

My combined hobby output for November!

Once again, I’m just using one post for my personal round-up for November. Unfortunately due to work and illness (and some long Fallout 4 weekend sessions earlier in the month), I drastically underperformed against what I’d hoped to get finished, but shit happens, and I still got 40 pieces completed, so I’m satisfied, even if I’m not absolutely over the moon about it.

The “Mechanical” part of November’s output. And yes, I was happy to include any scenery involving mechanical construction using metal. Because motivation!

I’d also hoped to get a bunch of fellows in powered armour completed as well as some more vehicles, other mechanical models, and scenery – but alas – it was not to be. Not in November, at least. Luckily some of it will fit into Dauntless-Diabolical December. So on we go!

For the count, this 40 added to the 496 that I had at the end of October and we’re now at 536 for the year so far. As much as I’d love to hit 600, I think getting a total of 64 more models painted in the next 3 weeks is a bit of a stretch. Especially since I’m still at work for the next two weeks. :p

I’ll try and get Mechanical November’s Community Round-Up done this weekend, but compiling those typically takes quite a few hours, and Christmas holidays haven’t yet started, so don’t expect it on Saturday morning or anything!

Necromunda Scenery, Scotia Grendel Hatches – and a random bit of Resin Terrain (MechaNovember ’18)

Necromunda 2018 Sump Monster, Oldhammer Necromunda Escher, Scotia grendel 10040 - Sci-Fi Accessories Hatches, Necromunda Terrain, Kill-Team Scenery

This post is dedicated to (or blamed on) fellow Blogger, Wudugast and his recent terrain post Take Cover Part 3. Deep down on his post are a pair of hatches that are clearly from some sort of Necromunda-friendly kit. When I saw those, my “that would be quick and easy” sense perked up. I do like scenery bits that can be done simply like that.

Scotia Grendel 10040 - Sci-Fi Accessories Hatches, Necromunda Terrain, Kill-Team Scenery

But then it turned out that they’re from a set that I don’t yet own Citadel Ryza Ruins set.

Scotia Grendel 10040 - Sci-Fi Accessories Hatches, Necromunda Terrain, Kill-Team Scenery

But then I remembered that I have these – like the crates I posted a couple of days ago, I picked this set up in the 1990’s and have done literally nothing with them since. So I grabbed them out and painted them up. Naturally, they’re still available from Scotia Grendel. Funny thing was that the crates I finished a few days ago were in the same storage box that these hatches were in, and it was when I got these out that I got the crates out. Painted them after the hatches, but before the other stuff in this post was done. And three hatches hardly warrants a post, so they had to wait.

Actually, let’s take a quick aside now – I do now finally know what colour to paint the floors which was one of the reasons they’ve sat untouched for two decades – my custom Necromunda Blue mix. What about the lockers? Military Green? Bright Red? Muted Blue? Plain (weathered) Iron? I should probably try to get the rest of these painted in the next couple of months…

Necromunda 2018 Sump Monster

Almost last but not least, the sump-monster which lies in wait for unwary gangers. Another pair of models that got clipped, assembled and painted straight from seeing Wudugast’s post – I really liked his pale and sickly looking renditions of these tentacles, so I did something similar, though using a deep turquoise and an ivory with a slight yellowish tinge. They don’t look great in these photos, admittedly – they’ve come up a bit too stark here – not sure if the shiny gloss varnish on them is helping a lot with that, to be honest. The pic at the top looks a lot more true to how they look in hand.

Necromunda Terrain, Kill-Team Scenery

Finally, there’s this thing. I’m not exactly sure what it is, or who made it. I got it with a whole lot of other secondhand stuff back in the 1990’s. I suspect that it was originally some homemade terrain that was cast, as it doesn’t have the fine detail of the other pieces I have from the same era, like the various Grendel pieces, or some of the other random bits I have that date back to the same period.

Necromunda Terrain, Kill-Team Scenery

It was also cast in a pretty horrible yellow resin. As you can see, there’s quite a few holes and bubbles on the thing. Some of the black paint I’d spray-primed it with back int he day had even flaked off. It does look very much like a homemade piece, though – cobbled together from various household items in an interesting manner. I think that’s a highlighter pen lid on the side.

Necromunda Terrain, Kill-Team Scenery

Anyway, I sprayed it with a beaten dark metal Krylon spray, drybrushed the thing in dark metallics, added my Necromunda Blue around the base, then considered adding some coloured metals and calling it a day – but then I had the bright idea of deciding to use it as an experimental piece for some of my GW scenery that I need to get working on properly. So it was time to break out the Vallejo Model Colour Iraqui Sand and Pale Sand, get chipping with Metal Black and Plate Mail Metal, get rusty with Rust Wash and get dirty and streaky with Dirt Brown Wash. The chipping medium that I added was a complete failure, as you can see. Or can’t see. I guess if I don’t mention it, you won’t know I tried to use it – but then, that’s what experimental pieces are for!

Necromunda Terrain, Kill-Team Scenery

A few decals before the weathering, heavier damage where there were more bubbles and miscast resin bits, and another piece of terrain that’s been sitting around here for literally two decades is finally ready for the table. Better yet, a badly cast piece that seemed to flake the paint appears to be stable (thank you, Krylon!) and will now look quite decent on the tabletop. Sure, it still ain’t pretty. It’s still ugly. Could I do better with it? Sure – but I have better things to spend my time on than this badly-cast thing, so it’s very much “good enough”.

What’s this piece got to do with Wudugast? I spotted it sitting on a table as I moved from one place to another while varnishing the hatches – and because I’ve been doing scenery – thought: “I should paint that fucking thing.” So I did.

Zvezda KV-1 Platoon (MechaNovember ’18)

Zvezda Soviet KV-1 Tanks 1/100

A quick one today. I’m still trying to do some painting some nights at home, but work is now in insano-mode – so most nights I have no energy to paint, let alone blog, let alone read blogs or go through comments – so that stuff is super-scattered at the moment. I’ll catch up when I can, but it’ll be a few weeks before work eases off, and no break until we finish on the 21st of December. At which point all that Christmas junk takes over, so no normalcy until perhaps a week after that when I can go to sleep for a week or so and not have to deal with people…

The models are from Zvezda, which is (appropriately) a Russian company. I got five of them – probably in a set of five. I know tank platoon sizes varied by nation, time and even size of tanks during the war, so I’ve just painted the five of these as a set, with consecutive numbers. Speaking of markings, I have managed to learn a little about Soviet tank markings, so I’m quite aware that these wold not be accurate. (Often Soviet armour had no markings, the red hull star was not especially common, I’ve got guards icons on one side, etc) – but like my T-34/85 platoon, I’m okay with going with “easily recognisable as Russian tanks by my non-modeller or treadhead wife & friends even if there are also American/British/German tanks all over the table.” Which we can call “Hollywood WWII”, if you like.

Zvezda Soviet KV-1 Tanks 1/100

The thing is that I find armour markings are a horrible minefield, even if you’re trying to get everything right. Soviets seeming like one of the easier ones to get right. I’ve got British tanks here where trying to work out the “correct” markings have cockblocked me for more than a year. There are people out there who definitely know their shit, but even with a guy online willing to answer questions, knowing exactly what to put onto (and not put onto) a tank so that it’s accurate is a bloody nightmare, especially when there are ones that you’d like to get right to a specific kind of vehicle in a specific unit in a specific theatre. “Hollywood WWII” is much easier…

Zvezda Soviet KV-1 Tanks 1/100

The painting on these was pretty straightforward. I assembled them months ago, and even sprayed them months ago, firstly with a custom spray can matched to an image of the “bottle green” type of Soviet Armour colour, then zenithally sprayed with a lighter shade of same. They then sat unloved for several months until 2 weekends ago, when I did everything else over the Sunday.

A couple of layers of drybrushing Reaper’s HD29812 Meadow Green over the entire things, then Vallejo Coloured Primer Dark Panzer Grey on the road wheels and tracks (the worst, most tedious part of painting any tank, IMO). Then added the decals (Zvezda tanks don’t come with any decals, so I picked up some from Battlefront, which were hard to find in stock). For their choice and placement, I pretty much followed the lead of the aforementioned T-34/85s. The main difference was that given these tanks are 1/100 rather than 1/56, I used decals for the crew’s graffiti and turret numbers.

Next up were two layers of sponge weathering across the hulls and turrets to represent paint chipping and general wear on the surface of the green paint. The first in Vallejo Model Colour 70.994 Dark Grey followed by Vallejo Game Colour 72.045 Charred Brown. I painted the stowage in Vallejo Model Air 71.017 Russian Green, gave the tracks a light drybrush with Model Air 71.072 Gun, then hit the whole lot with Vallejo Model Wash 76.514 Dark Brown, thinned down with “Dr Faust’s Magic Wash Base” – which you make yourself out of 1 part Pledge with Future Shine and 4 parts Distilled Water. (Keep it in a large dropper bottle).

Eventually, I’ll get to play with them. Need to get more armour in this scale done, first – but rulesets I own and would like to use with them include Flames of War, Bolt Action’s Tank War (shrunk down to 1″=1cm), TANKS!, and probably What a Tanker! in the future – as I continue to follow Mark Morin’s adventures with the game.

Done!

Mechanical November ’18: Monthly Hobby Challenge

So, something a little bit different for November, but hopefully something that’s still flexible enough to fit in with people’s existing projects (and half-painted/abandoned models).

The idea for this month’s theme is to paint mechanical models. Now, this might seem restricting, but the way I see it, the theme can be applied pretty broadly. Tanks and indeed, any kind of vehicles work, including Steam Tanks that Dwarfs or Renaissance humans might use. All manner of Droids and Robots, obviously.

Lots of terrain pieces work – particularly some of the new-ish stuff from Games Workshop (Sector Mechanicus) but then also a lot of other terrain works well also – Mantic’s Inductrial Battlezones for instance and of course no end of resin options from a hundred different companies.

Even smaller stuff like some of the Sci-fi terrain I’ve been doing lately can be shoehorned in there.

Not the crates here, but certainly the sci-fi automatic doors and the terminals.

Walkers of all types, obviously are appropriate. Star Wars, AT-43, DUST, Konflikt ’47, Martian walkers.. you get the idea – as well as the obvious 40k stuff.

Didn’t get your Dreadtober piece finished (or started?) No problem, finish it in November and post it up for this month’s challenge!

Some armies are obviously better served than others here. Necrons being a standout – but I’m happy to consider power armour of whatever kind to be mechanical.

Some things that don’t immediately come to mind as mechanical are absolutely that. Most fantasy war machines fit the bill and even moreso for historical ones – after all, what is a trebuchet, if not a mechanical device?

So have a look at your painting desk, your shelf of shame or even the grey hordes and see what you wanted to get done anyway that you could fit in here.

This challenge starts on the 1st of November and as always, runs until the end of the month. if you finish the model at 11:58pm on the final evening, that’s fine – just get it varnished and photographed in a few days and I’ll include it in the community round-up. I always give a few days grace period.

There’s also no special criteria as to who can or cannot participate. If you’d like to participate, then you can. Simples. Just link your post/models back to this post or leave a comment below with a link so I can find your stuff during the round-up time.

That’s pretty much it. If you might be interested, you’ve got a few days for thinking about it before the challenge starts – though if you’re keen there’s also no reason you can’t be working on your models. Because it’s only about completing models in November! 😉