Monday, October 17, 2016

Part II - Epic 30K Adeptus Mechanicus Project

Here are a few more units to add to my Mechanicus force for Epic 30K. Today we have some Tech-Thralls, Krios Battle Tanks, Tech Priests and a trio of imposing Imperial Knights.

Tech-Thralls are basically penal cyborg units whose 'organics' are sourced from criminals and other undesirables. Their minds are wiped, augmetics installed and then they serve as marionettes to the Tech-Priests. One would think that the rates of recidivism are quite low amongst Imperial planets...
Tech-Thralls with their Tech-Priest minders.

Next up are the Krios Battle Tanks. These are wonderful little models with a very Great War utilitarian look about them. I particularly like the short-barreled 'Venator' variant with it's rather baroque looking gun shield.

Here are a few command stands for the force. Two Tech-Priests and the Big Guy who signs the cheques: the creepy, gold carapaced Magos-Prime. 

Finally we have the Knights. The Games Workshop backstory to the Imperial Knights is so incredibly impenetrable that I'll simply say that they originate from neo-feudal warrior societies which have close affiliations to the Adeptus Mechanicus. Silly fluff aside, the reason I've done up some of them is that the Knights are just so freakin' cool. I mean really, who can deny giant robots festooned with guns, chainswords and lances?

Questorious Kight-Magaera in Mechanicus Colours

There are a bewildering array of Knight designs, each constructed for a particular type of combat and each with their own specialized weapon loadouts. These guys here are called Questorious Knight-Magaera. 

Knight with soon-to-be-flattened Tech-Thrall.
They are armed with a Lightning Cannon and Hekaton Siege Claw(?!) Whatever. They look badass. Even though they probably should be in their own 'knightly livery' I decided to keep them in theme with the rest of the force, so red, steel and brass it was. I think I need a few more of these with differing weapon bits... 

Well, there you have it, folks. I have just a few more units to complete and this force will be done. 

Oh, on a completely unrelated note, some people have been asking me for updates on what I've been up to with the 3d printer With this in mind, I've put up a widget on the right sidebar which I'll try to keep updated with pics of my silly craft projects.

Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Epic 30K Adeptus Mechanicus and a 3D Printer(!)

For a slight change of pace here are the beginnings of a small Mechanicus force for our Epic 30K campaigns.

I've been a big fan of Epic since its first inception as 'Adeptus Titanicus' way back in 1988. The 4th edition of the rules 'Epic: Armageddon' is perhaps the best version, with easy to understand rules providing a quick enjoyable game (though I still feel a little nostalgia for the mental, highly-detailed 2nd edition). 

In the Warhammer 30k/40K universe the Adeptus Mechanicus is a technological organization, often known as the Priesthood of Mars. It holds a monopoly on technological knowledge in the Imperium. Their factory worlds, know as Forge Worlds, turn out the Imperium's most powerful and advanced weaponry and equipment. The organization's adepts, the Tech-priests, are vital in maintaining much of the Imperium's more technologically advanced equipment, particularly the wargear of the Adeptus Astartes, the Space Marines.  They are a parallel organization to the Imperium of Man, separate yet sympathetic, and even possess their own religion, based around a Machine God an 'Omnisiah'.

Yes, it's all very fun, silly and marvelously baroque. 

My good friend Greg has been doing amazing work with Epic 30K and I thought I'd pitch in with this Mechanicus force.

Riffing on the baroque esthetic, I thought a corresponding red, steel and brass paintjob was in order.
Triaros Armoured Conveyors

Thallax Infantry with a Tech-Priest

Usarax close assault Infantry
'Falchion' War Engine

Small but still hefty.

I have a few more of these to finish off and will report when they are done (don't worry, there are definitely some 'larger bits' in the works...).

Also, as a new addition to the hobby room, I recently purchased a 3D printer kit. I've been fascinated by the technology every since it first emerged and with prices finally coming within reach I thought I'd take the plunge.

Yes, that glass was filled and emptied several times during the build...

With about an hour a night, the kit took me a week to assemble. Huge credit for this goes to my friend Byron, who came for a weekend visit and helped me with the final wiring and calibration. (Thanks again Byron!)

I have to say that no matter what the promotional literature and advertising may tell you, the technology is not yet matured for the mainline consumer - not yet. From what I've come to understand from working (wrestling) with mine is that these printers are very fiddly and prone to repeated breakdowns/recalibrations. There are a multitude of things that can go wrong and many of the issues just can't be anticipated. Things happen. BUT with all this being said, when it works it's truly AMAZING. I can't get over the rush of simply 'printing' a 3 dimensional object in my own home. It's just so darned cool.

Anyway, to close the post, here are a few samples of the things that I've printed off since we assembled the machine.

A 1:4800 scale model of Helm's Deep.

1:4800 scale Helm's Deep
A 1:600 model of architect Le Corbusier's 'La Savoye' (now one of France's World Heritage buildings)

Le Corbusier's 'La Savoye'
A few Epic-themed buildings downloaded from 'Thingiverse'.

For the wrecked building below I added a bit of rubble to make it a bit less sterile.

A shattered building for Epic

I'll keep at it and if I can, I'll let you know what I'm up to with the printer from time to time.

Thanks for dropping by folks! I hope to have some new stuff next week so please come over for a visit.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Renaissance Swiss Commander from the Canton of Lucerne and DIY Cypress Trees

Last week I promised an Italian Wars command stand and so with shortened breath I'm delighted to report that I've managed to deliver. In fact I even had time to gild my post with some do-it-yourself cypress trees, but more on those in a bit.

Readers with sharp eyes (and/or benefiting from week-long memories) will have noticed the drummer from my previous post is curiously absent. Well, being a fashion-forward kind of guy (cough, cough...) I realized that the drummer's rather 'busy' purple, buff, green and red outfit just wouldn't work with the clean-and-simple blue and white motif of Lucerne.  

 So, ordering a quick costume change that would make Karl Lagerfeld proud, I swapped-in a better garbed Swiss piper in the drummer's stead. La! The sartorial splendour of the Renaissance has been maintained. Phew!

The mounted figure is from Foundry's late medieval range while the two foot figures can be sourced from the Perry's somewhat vaguely titled 'European Armies' collection.  The flag is from the talented Pete, from the much better described 'Pete's Flags'.

I quite like the forked beard of the Captain. I suggested this to Sarah as a future winter look for me, but strangely she rolled her eyes and returned to reading her book, which I believe roughly translates as, 'Don't, you'll look like a git'.

Right, moving along. In the quest to make my Italian Wars tabletop look a little more, um, 'Italian' I've decided that I needed some proper cypress trees to go with the nice rustic cottages I got from Grand Manner. I looked around the webiverse and found that my friend Simon (BigRedBat) had a wonderful tutorial on this very subject. Please check out his great how-to as I, being a brainless muppet, completely forgot to photograph my work-in-progress. Suffice it to say they are made of twisted pipe cleaners, glued to washers, painted green and liberally coated with PVA and green flock. Here are 5 of the blighters, but I did up a dozen for good measure.

I look at the finished product and feel the need to order a plate of prosciutto, a glass of red and finish it all with the Medici-esque poisoning of my rivals. 

Ciao Bella!

Hope to see you soon - Have a great week!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Renaissance Swiss Drummer for a Work-in-Progress Command Stand

Hmm, the week seemed to have slipped away from me so I didn't get as much done as I wished. Nonetheless, I did manage to finish this Swiss drummer for an upcoming command stand for my Italian Wars collection. 

As you can see, this guy is a veritable riot of colour, but I think if you have the moxy to wear tights into battle then you're allowed to have a little creative sartorial expression as well.

Hopefully I can get the rest of the group done for next weekend.

Thanks for popping in and have a great week!

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Boys from Sanitation and Maintenance - Post-Apocaliptic Survivors and Terrain Inspired by 'Metro 2033'

Over the past few weeks I've been doing-up a smattering of figures and pairing them with (hopefully) relevant pieces of terrain. This has been a lot fun and I've managed to work through several lumps of resin which otherwise would have languished in The Lead Shed, unpainted and unloved.

Along these lines and to try to keep things fresh, I've decided to return to my post-apocalypse collection which is loosely based on Dmitry Glukhovsky's novel 'Metro 2033'.  

The premise of Metro 2033 is that a biological/nuclear war has ravaged the entire world, and that in Moscow, the only people to have escaped the horror unscathed, are those who were in the city metro when the warheads rained down. Twenty years later the Metro has evolved into a dystopian, poly-politic society where the survivors identify themselves with their home territory, their particular metro station, and it's homebrewed ethos (like the protagonist's VDNKh 'Exhibition' Station). Some stations are neo-Communist, some are neo-Fascist, others democratic, and so on.  In the Metro internecine warfare is commonplace and threading amongst all of this is the threat of being overrun by the 'Dark Ones' - creatures from the above-ground, who have become heavily mutated from the nuclear/biological Petri dish of the world's surface.

These figures are from Lead Adventure Miniatures.  For a bit of tongue-in-cheek fun I've painted them in the brightly coloured jumpsuits you often see sanitation and maintenance workers wear. I envision that the sanitation and maintenance people of the Moscow Metro would know all the secret in-and-outs of that labyrinthine system, and that since they repair and clean nasty things like the Metro's sewer system nothing, no matter how strange and horrifying, would make them blink an eyelash - Yup, they are rated as Level 10 in Badassery.

I've used my usual 'ash-debris and brick' motif for these guys. No grass, shrubs and flowers in the Metro I'm afraid.

The crushed subway car is produced by Ainsty Castings. I picked it up when we were at Partizan this spring as I thought would fit in well with the rest of the collection. 

I used a bit of texture gel and added some more bricks and debris so it better blends with the basework of my figures.  

I admit I went a little nuts with the MIG weathering powders to add rust, grime and dust to the subway car, but hey, I think it would have gotten pretty filthy after twenty years in the gloom.

Thanks for dropping by - I hope you all have a great week!

Next: Heading back to the Renaissance...