Painting Decemb-uary 2017-18: Part 6 – The Final Round-Up!

So here we are. Wrapping up the second time this challenge has been a thing, and the first time I’ve invited others to participate if they so wish. There was triumph, tragedy, we laughed, we cried, there were tears, and fears. And possibly someone listened to Tears for Fears at some point. I’d hoped to complete the 1996 Great Unclean One as well as one (or two) Forge World Nurgle Daemon Princes, and maybe a Herald of Nurgle, maybe the Original Great Unclean One, and possibly even finish Be’lakor and the Marauder Giant that still languish on my desk and shelf, unfinished from the previous Painting December of 2015. HA!

I did get the ’96 GUO finished, and Mamon, Daemon Prince and the Original GUO are both close enough that they will be complete very shortly. Probably later today for the original GUO, in fact – and hopefully by tomorrow night for Mamon. (I’m typing this on Saturday.)

Wudugast from Convert or Die completed his Skaven Screaming Bell.


The 28th Scribe completed Grymdraig from Mierce Miniatures. A nice subtle use of brass and verdigris on the torso add interest and detail to the completed model.


Alex from Leadbaloony converted and painted a personalised version of Arkhan the Black, using a combination of Grenadier’s old-school Death Dragon, and old Citadel Skeleton Cavalry model, and a few spectral undead models for the basing.


Dave Kay from Scent of a Gamer completed Goremaw, a huge model from Reaper’s Bones line. I’ve been working on getting my own Goremaw assembled after seeing his completed one!


Archer from Dakka completed his Necron Monolith.  He’s gone for a sandstone-and-metal look which has come up really very nicely. More photos are buried at the bottom of his gigantic post.


TinPot Revolutionary completed Venerable-Brother Dracorus of the Iron Eagles Space Marine Chapter.  Sharp, neat highlights combined with a muted, military colour scheme makes the extra details really pop.


Joshinjapan from Dakka completed what I last time called an inspirational job on Great Cthulhu from Reaper Bones. Somuch so, that I’ve been looking for the same paints that he used locally (with little luck, so far).


Zergsmasher, also from Dakka, smashed out a great Mortarion. All those fiddly details!


Last finished model to show, but very much not least is Imperial Rebel Ork’s fantastic Ogre/Ogor Mournfang Stonehorn and rider.


There were a few non-completions – both shared online and not, but hopefully those figures will now be well on their way to being done. And there’s no reason they can’t be used as content for any future painting challenges, either here or elsewhere if it comes to it. Anything that helps motivate us to get more stuff done is a good thing, after all.


Ian Sturrock is close to completion on his Bones Frost Giants. Having been interrupted by a house move, he just needs to find everything (because packing) to drive them to final completion.


Ann from Ann’s Imperium‘s work on Foetid Bloat-Drone “Becky the Bloater” appears to have stalled out at the end of January. I’ve heard that Becky might make a reappearance as part of Leadballoony Alex’s Fembruary Challenge.


Thomas of High Times on the Eastern Fringe was working on a Khorne Lord of Skulls. He appears to have been distracted by the schemes of Tzeentch, however. Hopefully one day Khorne’s big mechanical champion shall arise!

Dreadtober 2017 Completion #2: Mentor Legion Dreadnought


Today we have the second (and last) model I finished for Dreadtober 2017.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

When I restarted on this model for Dreadtober, most of the basic work was already done. Long done in some parts, and then piecemeal during the various times I’ve tried to make myself complete the model over the years, but it had been a real albatross for a long, long time. My Dreadtober work, then – was a bit of final cleaning up, shading, highlighting, de-skittling parts of the model, and then of course adding in the iconography. There are some Easter Eggs here for those who recognise them as well.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

The model is the old, 2nd edition Metal Space Marine Dreadnought with a Plasma Cannon converted from the Multi-Melta and a metal Space Marine Plasma Cannon, because none of those parts existed when I built this model – not even the resin Plasma Cannons from Forge World. The arm is magnetised, and all that metal is why it droops a little. I’ll add back in a little bit of blu-tac which will reinforce the magnet enough to hold itself up for long periods

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

The Mentor Legion were my second “proper” Space Marine army, following my Rogue Trader Ultramarines and the mess I made of them when the latter part of 2nd edition hit – which I will discuss some other day. I started the Mentor Legion when 3rd edition came out. “New Edition, New Army” wasn’t really a thing back then – certainly not as a marketing term, anyway – but it’s what I chose to do at the time.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

One of the things that put me off from finishing this model for the longest time was the lack of Mentor Legion transfers or Iconography available. Back in the 1990s, when I used a Mac (G3/233), I created a transfer sheet with Mentor Legion decals, along with many Aquila, and all sorts of other icons that would be very useful for wargaming. I purchased a sheet of decal paper, and ran it through my Inkjet. Looked amazing. After a wait to allow it to dry, I then sprayed it with a fixative as the instructions stated, and it ran and was ruined. And that was the end of that until the 30th of October 2017 when I finally tried again. Because I really wanted to add the chapter number (888) of the Mentor Legion to the model.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

Of course now, in my home office, I have a really quite good quality colour laser printer. I’ve had unused decal sheets for a few years, but again – it took the completion of this project and the deadline inherent with “Dreadtober” to get over that particular hump. I also had some 3-d printed “owl” icons made by a nice fellow on Shapeways. I’ll update the post in a few days with his details once my next order has been sent as GW has been a bit litigious with this sort of thing lately and I’m a bit tired of things I like that aren’t really enforceable being ruined by C&D’s from big corporations lately.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

The rear-facing number on top of the sarcophagus was inspired by police and similar vehicles that do the same. It’s not really at a proper aircraft recognition size, but it still looks decent. I’ve gone for a “Dreadnought number” rather than using the company number of my Mentor Legion. Mentor Legion, I should point out – circa White Dwarf 98/ – as distinct from the red-raptor headed “Mentors” that they kind-of retconned the chapter into, though with such little detail that it doesn’t matter. I consider them a successor chapter, or perhaps a sub-chapter in my own head-canon. I might write it up one day, or perhaps not. Either way, there’s so little written about them post-WD98, and what came later is contradictory enough that there’s plenty of Tabla Rasa space there, so I’m sure I could write up some fluff that incorporates it well enough and would probably make more sense.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread

So there we are then. I guess I’ll need to get to work on the rest of the unfinished Mentor Legion sometime soon enough, but I’ve got other stuff to clear out first before I re-start that project in earnest. It might even be a 2018 one.

Mentor Legion Space Marine Castraferrum Dreadnought, Mentors, Rogue Trader, 40k 2nd Edition Dread, Iron Warriors Hellbrute, Chaos Marine Dreadnought

We’ll finish with a shot of the pair of Dreads that Dreadtober motivated me to finally complete. Both finished, finally. After so many years. It feels bloody good to get this pair of monkeys off my back.