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: Doorways Into Darkness (OtherWorld Doorways)

Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways Into Darkness (OtherWorld Doorways)

A couple of weeks ago I completed the Mine Doorways from the Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways Into Darkness set. This weekend, I painted the other half of that boxed set – the OtherWorld Doorways.

Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways Into Darkness (OtherWorld Doorways)

Once again, they’re pretty simple models, but nice enough for what they are. I took some inspiration from their suggested painting guide insofar as the greenish hue to the lower parts of the portal-like doorways, though I decided to paint the runes in a bright (glowing) green. I didn’t bother with OSL effects, because they’re good enough as is for boardgame doorways or potential wargame/roleplaying scenery items – as portals/etc. They certainly pass the four-foot test.

Another boxed accessory set complete!

Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways Into Darkness

Our scale models for the Doorways into Darkness are a trio of Conan’s Black Dragon bodyguards.

Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways Into Darkness (Mine Doorways)

Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways Into Darkness (Mine Doorways)

Another of the Shadows of Brimstone sets that I started last month, the set comes with 4 each of the Mine Doorways and another type, the “OtherWorlds Doorways”. I haven’t started on the Other Worlds ones, but I’ve just completed these Mine ones.

Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways Into Darkness (Mine Doorways)

They’re not bad. Pretty simple, and as with a lot of the other models from the SoB range, they lack a bit of detail. In this case, the woodgrain in the pillars is really soft and the lanterns are a bit rough. The rocks on the sides were also as smooth as something that’s recently been polished. I gave them a bit of texture using the old dabbing with Liquid Greenstuff trick and it’s improved their appearance no end. Anyway, a relatively simple paintjob across them, and they’re now done.

There’s still another four doorways left to go – the “OtherWorld” doorways. Spoooooky!

Shadows of Brimstone: Doorways Into Darkness (Mine Doorways)

Here’s a scale shot with a Marine and beastman as well as some other Brimstone scenery pieces I painted recently. I guess I gotta paint the other ones now, eh?

Shadows of Brimstone: Mine Terrain (and some crates from Grendel)

Shadows of Brimstone: Mine Terrain

The last of the painted models from April to show off, these were once again some Shadows of Brimstone bits that I found and decided to quickly knock together in order to hit 30 models in the 30-day month of April.

Shadows of Brimstone: Mine Terrain

Shadows of Brimstone: Mine Terrain

The quality in this kit is probably best described as variable. The buffer stop is rather excellent. Nice and chunky. The actual stoppers look a bit oversized, but fine. I painted the reinforcements and such as metal rather than wood mostly as an excuse to get some more colours onto it, and I’ve gone for a pale wood, not quite grey yet – to represent aged wood. I’d have added some grass, etc, but since I figure this is going to spend a lot of time deep in a mine when playing SoB, I’d keep it without any of that sort of thing.

Shadows of Brimstone: Mine Terrain

The mine cart is more than a bit undersized. It barely fits on the tracks, and if you blow on it (or look at it funny) it will fly off. However, the boxes and barrels are a bit more egregious…

This is what was shown in the Kickstarter. So when the sprue arrived, the photo of painted minis above provides both of the “2x crates” and one of the barrels. (yeah, even though the render shows 2x double-crates). Want to see the other barrel?

See that tiny thing that’s the size of the Space Marine’s head? Yeah, that’s the other barrel. So I’ve left it on the sprue so I don’t lose it, since it’s useless as a bit of scatter on it’s own, and will need to be glued to something larger to have any use at all. The other thing is a pickaxe, which wasn’t promised, but I guess takes the place of the other crate. I’m not exactly what you’d call upset – mostly because I have many other barrels and crates, but it’s a bit annoying and silly. They could surely have fit another of the crate piece or the barrel on the sprue in place of that stuff.

Scotia Grendel 1007 Crates

Anyway, on Monday night while I was working my way through this stuff, and the Pylons, and the dive-suit Harvesters, and the Auto-turrets, it quickly became apparent that I was not going to get he turrets finished before April ended. So I went searching for some simple resin terrain that I may not have painted. I found this pair of crate stacks, which I picked up in the 90’s from Grendel (now Scotia Grendel), and quickly knocked them up over an hour or so (mostly drying time) while working on the other stuff. In doing that, I hit 31 models for the month of April – which achieves my goal for at least one miniature for each day, every month in 2018.

Shadows of Brimstone: Mine Terrain, Scotia Grendel 1007 Crates

Here’s the “Mine Terrain” set, along with the crates, and a Space Marine to provide scale reference.

Tomorrow, my Assembly April stuff, then the Community Assembly April, then my rounded-up painted April stuff. Then back to April’s minis.

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: Derelict Ship Auto Turrets

Shadows of Brimstone: Derelict Ship Auto Turrets

Here’s something assembled last month but painting completed this month. I know, I’m overdue on the Assembly April round-up – both my own and the community one. Unfortunately I have a slightly messed up knee and foot at the moment so my mobility isn’t great (went for an ultrasound this morning – followup next Monday) and so – yeah – some of these posts are going to be out of “proper” sequence while I get the photographs sorted out – including taking the bloody things, as I wanted to try something new for them. Oh, and I’ve …misplaced a sprue that I wanted to include in one of the posts.

In short: Sorry the Assembly April posts are late. Yes, they’re still coming. And in the meantime I’ll be posting whatever I can, so as not to have a month’s worth of backlog as stuff gets completed.

Once again, we’ve got some Shadows of Brimstone models, selected for the same simple-assembly, simple paint as the previous few. Once again I’m only figuring out how this stuff actually goes together with the other items from the giant box of seemingly-random shrink-wrapped plastic baggies as I type this and work out what the fricking things are called, and which expansion they’re from. So it turns out that these are from the Derelict Ship expansion.

I considered painting them in silver-greys because spaceship, but again – I like generic. Besides, they’re a pretty odd design. What looks like an energy cable, yet the weapon has what looks entirely like the gun barrel shrouds that you’d see on a machinegun. And some odd-looking power pack and vent-type stuff on the sides and rear. So I’m going to go with yet another miniature model weapon system designed by someone with no real understanding of firearms or weapons.

Shadows of Brimstone: Derelict Ship Auto Turrets

So I just went for a green that would work okay with the Sedition Wars Barricades and Crates I painted last year. Didn’t need to be a perfect match – the models will look fine for the boardgame, and outside of that, this stuff is just generic scenery for the most part. I did make a Derelict Spaceship allowance, though – I went with grey (dirty grey, because derelict) bases and avoided the sandy, weatherbeaten look that the other terrain pieces have. Since the things have power cables going into the floor, I felt they needed some sort of base rather than to go unbased.

I’ll have something else tomorrow.