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.

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.

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.

 

 

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!

Neglected Model September ’18: Community Painting Challenge

With a week left to the end of the month, it’s time to announce next month’s Community Challenge – As with February and May, September’s Community Challenge for whoever is interested in participating will once again be “Finish a Neglected Model”. Simply complete a single model (or more if you want) that you started painting at least 6 months ago, but still sits unfinished.

Yeap, at this stage, all those models that you started but didn’t complete for painting challenges in January and February (and March, if you want to stretch it) now count as valid for this month’s challenge, so it’s time to dust them off and finish them off!

This challenge is designed to be Super Easy, Barely an Inconvenience. Way back in February, ten of us managed to finish a figure or a few that had eluded completion for a significant amount of time, and by doing so, de-clutter the world’s collection of half-painted models by at least a small amount. In May, we also had ten contributors to cleaning up the world’s supply of half-painted and abandoned models.

Can we hit eleven this coming month? Simply by finishing off that annoying single goblin or space marine on the end of your desk, you could be the one to take us to new heights of neglected participation!

So if you’re keen for it, no need to sign up. Just pick a model that’s been neglected and during the month of September, make it into a completed model. If you’d like to be included in the wrap-up at the end of the month, it’s super helpful if you post a link in the comments section of THIS post, so everything is in one place when I go to stitch it all together. Because someone’s work always gets missed, at least initially!

And if you want some inspiration, just go and check out the wrap-up pages from February and May!

The Jewel of July 2018 – Community Round-Up

Ellen’s Idoneth Deepkin Eidolon

Kicking off this month – The Jewel of July we have:

Ellen, from Lavender Miniature Painting and Tabletop Gaming with a miniature that is so large that it barely qualifies as such, and is also more Turquoise than Lavender, but we’ll forgive that. We have the Eidolon of Mathlann – Aspect of the Sea model from Games Workshop’s new Idoneth Deepkin (Deep Sea Elves) range for Age of Sigmar.

 

Ann’s Yellow-Moldy Poxbringer

Ann from Ann’s Immaterium completed this nasty looking Poxbringer which features quite a lot of colourful and shiny maladies, including a new one – the rather disgusting looking Yellow Mold on it’s pointy-arm. There’s some nice close-up shots on Ann’s blog. Make sure you’ve just finished a full, meaty meal before checking it out. 🙂

 

Alexis West’s Keeper of Secrets

Cascadian Grimdark‘s Alexis West aka Westrider completed a pretty bloody impressive conversion of a Keeper of Secrets, known as Danglethrust Sinhammer. I spy a Verminlord in there as well as a number of other parts. Alexis also proves that it’s not all that difficult to “jump the fence” and participate in a WordPress-based hobby challenge, even when your own blog is on Blogspot! 🙂

 

Marouda’s Fimbrethil, Entwife.

Marouda, who (rarely) posts here on Azazel’s Bitz Box completed her first model in over a decade – Fimbrethil, Entwife by Mithril Miniatures. Hopefully she continues to put paint to brush.

 

 

Krakendoom Cool’s “Horny Toad” Nurgle Helbrute.

Krakendoomcool‘s Krakendoom Cool created a Nurgle Helbrute “Horny Toad” based on the trailer for the 40k PC game Inquisitor: Martyr and with Emeralds as his Jewel inspiration. Using the Boxed Helbrute as a base, along with any number of additional parts (including the venerable Space Crusade Assault Cannons). A pretty nasty piece of work!

 

Pandora’s Bitz Box’ Norris Thing/Possessed Marine.

Krakendoomcool‘s brother-in-arms on the same blog, Pandora’s Bitz Box came up with two models this month. First up is the Norris Thing/Possessed Marine, inspired by John Carpenter’s classic horror film

Pandora’s Bitz Box’ Imperial Assault AT-ST.

Pandora’s Bitz Box‘ second submission is a rather impressive model in a very different way – the AT-ST from Star Wars: Imperial Assault.

 

Warbringer’s Magni Warbringer, Techmarine of the Salamanders.

Warbringer, contributor on the Krakendoomcool blog completed this Salamanders Techmarine homage to …himself! And a pretty sweet job he’s done on it, too – especially when you see the work that went into creating the model before brush met paint.

 

Mark Morin’s Cavalry Squad of Power Armoured Frinx, riding Glyptodons. Because OF COURSE they are.

Mark A Morin completed a project with a long tail. Figuratively more than literally, though you probably don’t want to be swatted by one of these – it’s a squad of Power Armoured Frinx on Glyptodons. One of these models  would have been well enough for July, but, well, you know Mark by now…

 

Alex’s Kal Jericho and Scabs

Alex of Leadbaloony finished a few figures that fit the Jewel of July categories this month. Hero(?) of the Underhive, Kal Jericho and his offsider, Skab. He’s done a great job on these classics of the original Necromunda.

 

The Imperfect Modeller’s Indiana Jones Diorama.

The Imperfect Modeller came up with not one, but three dioramas this month. Pretty insane. The first is a Reaper model nominally called “Jack Harrison”, but we know who it really is – Indiana Jones! In this model, it looks very much like Dr. Jones is negotiating the jungle on the way into the temple in the opening scenes from Raiders…

TIM’s Kelainen Darkmantle, Evil Wizard.

TIM also dipped his toe into the genre of fantasy, beginning with another Reaper model – Kelainen Darkmantle, Evil Wizard. I’m not sure if that bottle contains something magical, something really malodorous or is about to be used as a magic grenade. Perhaps all three?

TIM’s “Fantasy Island”

TIM’s third submission for the month (I know they didn’t go up in this order!) is the aptly named “Fantasy Island“. An amazing looking piece that also features a Nienna, a Reaper Elf ranger near the waterfall’s edge. This piece conjures up images of much fantasy art through the years, but personally reminds me of Nagrand, in World of Warcraft – as it is very reminiscent of that particular lovely looking place where I spent quite some time back in the day. TIM has used quite a few new and advanced techniques to create this masterpiece – but you’ll have to visit his blog to see how he did it!

 

Backtothehammer’s Garagrim Ironfist…

..and his Wood Elven Waystalker

Backtothehammer has completed more than one submission this month – firstly, Garagrim Ironfist, son of Ungrim Ironfist and then in the same post, his second Wood Elf Waystalker, making the left and right hand of Haldrin Stormlight. The twin deaths.

 

Thomas’ Aramis the Skullstalker.

Thomas of the High Times on the Eastern Fringe has created a truly awful thing. Aramis and Skullstalker. You really need to visit (and fully read) the post to appreciate it in full. I’ll say no more here.

 

Cousin Nalesk’s submission for the month.

Cousin Nalesk from Elucubrationsursidees completed this figure, the Christmas figurine from 2006 by Freebooter Miniatures, featuring some lovely NMM on the cloak’s embroidery. This served as his contribution for Jewel of July as well as his entry to the Competition celebrating the 1,000,000th visit to The Temple of Morikun blog.

 

Caseyrog’s Chaos Minotaur for BloodBowl.

Caseyrog from Wyrd Stones and Tackle Zones completed this Forge World BloodBowl Minotaur.

Mr.White’s Terrorgheist and Ghoul King.

Mr.White, also from Wyrd Stones and Tackle Zones completed a Terrorgheist for July. He’s done some great conversion work incorporating Stormcast armour and shields to represent their particular delusion.

Jason’s Volturnos, High King of the Deep.

Finally, Jason from Wyrd Stones and Tackle Zones painted up Volturnos, High King of the Deep, for his Idoneth Deepkin army, giving us a second Sea Elf for the month’s contributions. I particularly love the transitions he’s used here on the Seahorse’s scales and underside.

 

Wudugast’s Skaven Warp-Lighting Cannon.

Wudugast from Convert or Die has turned out a rather impressive Jewel for the month. A Skaven Warp-Lighting Cannon! His ever-growing horde of WHFB Skaven now have another (centre)piece of heavy artillery to smite their foes with.

 

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

Speaking of Heavy Artillery, Sfjy of Sigmund Freud is Judging You has completed the largest model yet for the month: An immense Knight Castellan. Sfjy painted the panels using the Greenstuffworld Chameleon paints, achieving those really nice, varied metallic tones on the model’s carapace. If only my challenges could motivate my own self to paint something this impressive!

 

Just Needs Varnish’s custom Panzerjäger V Ausfuhrung A Kobra.

Just Needs Varnish from his eponymous blog built and painted a custom prototype WWII Panzer. Called the Panzerjäger V Ausfuhrung A Kobra (Tank Destroyer Type 5 Mark A Cobra), he based it on a spare Panther hull, some Marder bits, and of course – plasticard.

Just Needs Varnish’s Brummbär.

JNV also turned out another pretty cool model in July, this Brummbär that has had the skirts added from another kit. but seemed adamant that it wasn’t special enough to be considered a Jewel. I personally disagree (and I’m sure most if not all readers here would, also) – and if I’d painted it, I’d certainly be counting it. So in line with JNV’s request, it’s not officially a Jewel, it’s just visiting this post.

 

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

Krautscientist from the Eternal Hunt completed an extensive conversion of a Knight Armiger, turning it renegade and creating The Hound, Enkidu Lance, XII Legion 4th Assault Company. Aside from the arms being modular, the carapace is also removable, showing the pilot inside along with his detailed console. Very cool, indeed!

 

Argent Badger’s Carrion Emissary.

Argent Badger of The Bovine Overlord completed this Carrion Emissary from Malifaux – part of the Resurrectionist Crews. I don’t know much (anything) about Malifaux, but I know a cool model when I see it – and this one certainly qualifies.

Argent Badger’s Anna Lovelace.

Argent Badger also showed off Anna Lovelace, also from Malifaux. An interesting combination of elements – steampunk, anime-bookish and also with a vicious-looking bladed tonfa. Quite the interesting contrast between the delicate pink of her top and the militaristic Battleship grey of the armoured bell-skirt.

 

EJ Henries’ Night Lord Renegade

EJ Henries of Malefic Design completed this converted Night Lord Renegade, armed with a (Deathshroud?) Power Scythe. Quite a nice build that I’m inspired to rip off be inspired by one day…

 

Imperial Rebel Ork’s Bruiser and Bully.

Imperial Rebel Ork has submitted Bruiser and Bully, a pair of characters from his immense SkyRaiders project, more specifically from the Junkers faction. If you’d like to know more, and which one is Bruiser and which one is Bully, them I’m afraid you’ll have to click the link and let IRO explain..

 

Redboarwiiingers’ Blood Bowl Ogre.

Redboarwiiingers from his self-titled blog painted up this cool-looking Blood Bowl Ogre for his human team. I only happened to see the post today (Mid-August) so it’s a good example of why I need those links!

 

Finally, my own contributions, which can be seen in slightly more detail via their individual posts over the last month, or collected in yesterday’s post.

*Obviously, I’m pretty much guaranteed to have accidentally missed someone despite my best efforts, so if that’s you, please know it was unintentional – just reply to this post with a link to your model post and I’ll edit you in quicksmart.

June-It ’18 (June-Unit) Community Round-Up

Krautscientist’s “The Road Crew.”

All I can say is that putting this post together has been a project in and of itself. I’m overwhelmed by how many people have taken up the challenge of getting a unit done for this month. I’m starting at the top of the pingbacks on the Challenge Post (at least initially) and working my way down. I’ll chase up stragglers later on.

So above we have The Road Crew by Krautscientist from the Eternal Hunt. Listening to Motörhead while viewing them is optional, but I’d personally encourage it. That’s one frighteningly feral-but-awesome looking bunch.

Krautscientist’s Deathwatch Killteam Ulrach.

Krautscientist has also dropped in a second completed unit this month – Deathwatch Killteam Ulrach converted from Primaris Space Marines into truescale Inq28 models. Each model is a unique build that I’ll (hopefully) be taking inspiration from at some stage for my own models.

 

Imperial Rebel Ork’s Bannaroff Light Infantry: The Forlorn 13

Next we have Imperial Rebel Ork’s Bannaroff Light Infantry: The Forlorn 13. There are a literal ton of photos of these guys over on IRO’s site, and I definitely recommend checking them out for a very cool unit mashup of 40k and the 17th Century.

 

Just Needs Varnish’s Paraguayan infantry battalion.

Just Needs Varnish has completed a fourth Paraguayan infantry battalion for his Paraguayan War project that he’s been working on for some time. I think it’s about time that he posts up a nicely updated group shot of both sides facing off. 😀

 

Wudugast’s Disposable Heroes Imperial Guard Squad

Wudugast from Convert or Die has had a productive month. First up he completed the Disposable Heroes, a rag-tag squad of Imperial Guardsmen that exist in-between 40k, Inq28, Necromunda (and probably soon, Kill Team and Rogue Trader!)

Wudugast’s Knights Mortis squad

Secondly, Wudugast has converted and painted up a squad of Space Marines from his Knights Mortis Chapter, using Primaris models as their basis. I especially like how the paint scheme is both striking and battle-work at once.

Wudugast’s Skaven Plague Monks.

Finally, Wudugast completed a unit of Plague Monks for his ever-growing Skaven army. I also have to congratulate him on finishing his Skaven unit while I failed in completing my own Skaven unit rather miserably.

 

Thomas’ Brood of Genestealers (and some little – and big – friends)

Thomas of the High Times on the Eastern Fringe has gotten a whole Brood of Genestealers done this (last) month. There are a few actual Genestealer Broods in there, as well as Ripper Swarms and a pair each of Broodlords and Venomthropres to boot. That’s  ….a lot of melee attacks.

 

dave2718’s US Infantry squads.

dave2718 from Faith and Steel completed 2 (or 3 – depends how you set them up) units of US WWII Infantry. I believe they’re on patrol in the late afternoon of a summer day. He’s teased some support options coming soon. I wonder if we’ll see some armour for The Jewel of July painting challenge?

 

Argentbadger’s Eldar Harlequin Troupe.

Argentbadger from (or who is?) The Bovine Overlord has painted up a Troupe of Harlequins. Those most slippery and perfidious of the Eldar race! I’m also rather embarrassed that Argent now has more than five times the number of painted Harlequins that I do!

 

 

Mark Morin’s Texican Space Rangers.

Mark A Morin has also had a busy month. Firstly he completed an entire platoon of Texican Space Rangers that originally date back to 1978! I’m pretty sure that either the platoon Sergeant or the Lieutenant is called “Maurice”. Or certainly should be.

Mark Morin’s Robot Peackeepers.

Mark’s second unit for the month was a Skittles-inspired set of Robot Peacekeepers from the Mega Miniatures range. They apparently want candy, and are willing to keep the peace all over you if you get in their way to the candy aisle. Don’t blame me – blame Tabitha!

Mark Morin’s Space Dwarf Assault Squad.

Mark wrapped up an overly-productive month with a Space Dwarf Assault Squad. (not Squats!) Once again proving that he’s not scared of a bit of colour, each of these Space Dwarves (and Agri-Bots) has an individual colour combo.

A rather productive month for Mark, I think you’d agree!

Somehow I see the Dwarves and their “Peacekeeper” allies causing a bit of trouble, before the Texian Rangers get called in…

 

The Imperfect Modeller’s Lamerton Posse.

Bringing that Western feel right back down to Earth, The Imperfect Modeller (who I like to think of being named Tim, even if it’s not actually correct) completed a set of 5 rather rough-looking fellows known as The Lamerton Posse.

 

Ed’s Black Legion Plague Marines.

Ed from Malefic Design has completed a very cool looking squad of Black Legion Plague Marines. Not something we get to see all that often, especially with the new models. They work better than I’d have expected, and now I’m tempted to do some Black Legion with some of my own Plague Marines…

 

Ann’s Poxwalkers, Shambling towards YOU!

Ann from Ann’s Immaterium racked up enough Poxwalkers to bring her existing shambling horde to 13. Each one an individually painted mass of infection and sputum.

 

 

Pandora’s Bitz Box’ unit of Possessed Astartes.

Pandora’s Bitz Box of the Krakendoomcool shared blog completed this unit of 12 Chaos Space Marine Possessed. The tweak here is that each of the models is based on a marine from a different Chapter (or is it the Legions?) As such, each model is an individual and well worth checking out on the site.

 

Jeff’s completed, converted Varghulf and friends.

Finally, we have the gang from Wyrdstones and Tackle Zones who were actually taking part in their own challenge in June, to “Turn it Up to 11” by painting 11 miniatures. Since they’ve decided to get on board for our The Jewel of July challenge, I’m happy to showcase their work here for June-It, since the criteria cross over pretty snugly.

Jeff’s Sepulchural Guard Shadespire Warband.

Jeff converted and completed a unit composed of a Varghulf and Ghouls for his Flesh-Eater Courts AoS force (and I’ll be stealing that Varghulf conversion idea!) as well as painting a Sepulchural Guard Shadespire Warband.

Jason’s Idoneth Deepkin.

Jason completed 10 Namarati Thralls and an Isharann Soulscryer for his Age of Sigmar Idoneth Deepkin.

Caseyrog’s Underworld Creepers-style Skaven/Goblin Bloodbowl Team.

Caseyrog painted a starting 11 for an Underworld Creepers-style Skaven/Goblin Bloodbowl Team, incuding a rather impressive looking Troll!

 

Faust’s Goliaths!

Faust of Double Down Dice painted up a starting six of his Goliath gang for Necromunda.

 

Westrider’s Bloodbound Warband for Shadespire.

Alexis “Westrider” West of Cascadian Grimdark completed a Khorne Bloodbound Warband from the Shadespire set. You wouldn’t want to run into any of these four in a dark alley. Or on a sunny day in a park, for that matter.

 

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Edit – Hey! I forgot to add in my own models. You can of course see them in more detail by viewing yesterday’s post.

And.. that’s it* for June’s June-It, unit-painting Community Round-Up. Apologies for it being this late. I’ve been snowed under with things, and so I’m also way behind on reading people’s blog posts, painting my own models, the TV shows I try to follow (over a month behind there) and on and on it goes..

*Obviously, I probably missed someone despite my best efforts, so if that’s you, please know it was unintentional – just reply to this post with a link to your model post and I’ll edit you in quicksmart.

Neglected Model May ’18: Community Painting Challenge

As with February, May’s Community Challenge for whoever is interested in participating will be “Finish a neglected model”. Simply complete a single model (or more if you want) that you started painting at least 6 months ago, but still sits unfinished.

This challenge is designed to be Super Easy, Barely an Inconvenience. Last time we did this, ten of us managed to finish a figure or a few that had eluded completion for a significant amount of time, and by doing so, de-clutter the world’s collection of half-painted models by at least a small amount.

So if you’re keen for it, no need to sign up. Just pick a model that’s been neglected and during the month of May, make it into a completed model. If you’d like to be included in the wrap-up at the end of the month, it’s very helpful if you post a link in the comments section of THIS post, so everything is in one place when I go to stitch it all together.

And if you want some inspirations, just go and check out February’s wrap-up page!