Saturday, 13 January 2018
From ByronM: More Greeks and Mechanicum (140 points)
Hello everyone, I am once again back with more entries to two out of three of my big projects this winter, Greeks and 30k Mechanicum. I had planned some 30k Death Guard for this week but fell behind a bit, but am madly trying to finish them off today, so I may yet get them in later tonight...
First up this week though are 4 more Castellax Battle-Automata, these ones armed with the much more basic mauler bolt cannon.
Even though the gun is more basic than the others that I have done, it is still an upgraded version of a heavy bolter that is capable of cutting space marines down without a save. The model also is pretty damn cool with a huge belt feed going to the gun which looks awesome! The issue with it is the belt feed looks like it holds about 3x more rounds than the ammo box does that is mounted to their backside.... sigh. Regardless of that, I still love the look of feel of these giant robots of death!
This brings my Mechanicum force to 8 Castellax completed already, and at roughly 100 points each that's already almost 1/2 an army done! Expect more to come soon.
Next up this week is another unit of 16 Greek hoplites. Once again these are the very poor Warlord (Immortal) figures, but I have been forcing myself to work through the pile of these before going onto the better Victrix and Foundry figures that have been arriving from various orders, as I don't think I could force myself to come back to these things after working on better figures.
This batch I painted up in white and blue in various patterns and am picturing them as an Athenian unit. I realize that most units would be more mixed with colours and styles historically, but am choosing to simplify at least a few units so that they look like units and are easy to keep straight on the battle field. I know, not very historical, but I play more for the look and tactics than any real historical recreation reason, I don't have a burning need or desire to be 100% accurate.
I respect those that make sure it's all accurate, but despise those that berate people that take it to the level of "That shade of green was not used until 1941 and your figures represent men from 1939 and therefore I won't play with you", which there is a lot of around my area, and one of the reasons I never wanted to play historical for the longest time (Until I met and started playing with Curt, Greg, Dallas and a few others in the area). As long as you don't do something like paint your Panzers pink, I could care less.
OK, rant mode over and back on topic... While the unit may not be perfectly accurate, I think they look good as a unit and will make it simple for people to tell them apart from other units where every figure essentially has the same pose. Once again, these were done to a very basic wargame / tabletop level with only colours blocked in, a wash, and a highlight. On the table they look pretty solid and I am happy with them, when I pick them up and look closely, I kinda cringe, but again I have too many units of them to get done to take much more time than this on them.
Back to work now, and hopefully I will talk to you all again late tonight with another last minute submission this week. If not, I hope everyone has a great week and keep those brushes flying until next week, I am loving all the great submissions everyone is putting in! They are keeping me hugely motivated this year trying to keep up with some of you other amazing artists.
Fabulous Byron and once again thank you for reminding me that not everyone is having a beer when I am. Cracking work Sir and I just love your work, the painting is brilliant and I love the full armour vibe that is going through your posts.