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.

The Jewel of July – Personal Round-Up & July 2018 Painting Round-Up

How our plans go astray when the gaming gods intervene! The Jewel of July was supposed to motivate me on a personal level to finish a bunch of small heroes and villains from various games, some large monsters and also get some of those Space Marine Heroes for my armies done.

While I somewhat achieved the first of those objectives, my group’s beginning to meet again regularly after a couple of months’ hiatus – and the focus in our gaming sessions primarily being Star Wars Imperial Assault switched my previous painting of IA models from being somewhere to get some easy wins, mixed in with my other models (as with Shadows of Brimstone) into much more of a proper gaming focus for the month and into August.

It’s not been a terrible month by any means, though it kind of morphed into a bit of a neglected model month of sorts (as so many tend to do) as I finally completed things like a sextuplet of Zombicide models representing both the living and (un)dead states of three Survivors that were started at least 2 years ago when we used to play Zombicide frequently.

Similarly, I got a bunch of LotR models finished that I’d done very little on in the past – in fact, all seven of those models had been started to a lesser or greater extent in the past, though most had little done to them before July motivated me to get them done and out of the way. The big nasty spider had been assembled, sprayed and initially drybrushed a dark grey in the distant past, though I went over the top of that with the browns and also created the base. The Big Brimstone Guardian of Targa was started in June, as was the Royal Guard Champion, alongside his brethren. The rest of the Imperial Assault stuff was actually painted start-to-finish during July, as was the Valkyrie. So 23 models completed for the Jewel of July, including 1 for Temple of Morikan

Since the only difference between my challenge models and my overall models this month was a few pieces of terrain, I’m combining both posts into the one, here.

Aside from the Jewel of July models, the 10 ruined columns from Mythic Battles: Panthenon, the 2 bridges from Massive Darkness and the 4 doors from Star Saga provide me with a bunch of improved elements when I get to the appropriate boardgames, as well as an additional 16 pieces of scatter terrain for various wargames as needed.

16 pieces of scatter also works nicely towards my monthly goal of a minimum of one model of some sort for each day of that month – these smaller, but more frequent and constantly reset monthly goals are working a lot better for me overall than the broader “365 for a year.” My total for this month being the 23 for Jewel plus 16 non-challenge scatter terrain brings me to 39 models for this month.

From Jan to June, I completed 343 models, so with the addition of July’s 39, I’m up to 382. More on that later, though!