Wednesday, 1 January 2020

From TomM: Burch's Bluff: The annual Pink entry (65 pts)

No Painting Challenge for me without entering something pink, and this year it's more reinforcements for my FWC Marine Corps / Epic 40k Chaos army.

And as such of course, they remain painted in glorious pink as the Emperor's Children keep terrorising the battlefields.

Now, in this year's challenge, there are various locations to go explore on the map, and this entry I linked to Burch's Bluff, where one needed to paint something that fits in the Warhammer 30k, better known as the Horus Heresy, setting.

A lot of these (aka, nearly all) models are 3D prints found on Thingiverse, and give a variety of vehicles and troops to the army.

Spearheading the force is the mighty Sicaran tank, a precursor to the Land Raider.  But the venerable Land Raider is of course present as well...

... as is it's mighty payload of Terminators to gorge into the enemy lines.

But I also painted up these three Knights (aka, a "Lance") of their ne Adeptus Titanicus game,  it's just a pity they upped the scale a bit, though they can now serve as more Titan scaled units in a game of Future War Commander as a result.

For scoring purposes as such, I have 9 models of infantry, and 6 basic vehicles, while for those that walk among them they are the size of a GW Fantasy figure, so I`d estimate 5 points each for those?  All that pink goodness for a nice tally of 31.5 points, adding the 30 of Burch's Bluff granting me the grande totale of 61.5 points.

For the Emperor!

Well thats a fine pink entry alright. i have tweaked things to give you 65 points for the extra size of your Knights 
and with that I will hand over duties to Dr Cooke who will be banging the minion rocks together tomorrow 

From MattK: Reidy's Reef Ancient Navy and some Ghosts (68 points)

At long last, I'm entering the Challenge Island. As mentioned previously Poseidon's Warriors was one of the games I wanted to try this winter. My hopes are to use the rules as part of a huge Punic Wars campaign sometime down the road. I did finally got around to setting up my portable light booth. I definitely still need more light but I think I'm on the right track here.Let me know if it's working.

So first up, 6 quinquireme's I think. These are 1/600 scale models I got from Wargames Vault and 3d printed in Resin. I read somewhere that they tore the sails down when they actually went to battle so I decided to skip the sails on these (so no bonus points there). These are gaming models for me and I gave them a very quick paint job accordingly. I've decided I'm going to go with a generic "red" navy and a generic "blue" one which should work perfectly for gaming.

So here are the first 6 boats for the project. There's a scenario I want to try in the Poseidon's Warrior book that will need 30 in total but I wanted to start my trek into the island. As an aside, I love the challenge island because without it, I have no idea when I would've gotten to this project.

Over the New Years break I also managed to get the newish King of The Dead and the Heralds of the Dead box set for Lord of the Rings. These are incredible simple paint jobs to match the rest of my army.

So 3 x 28mm foot for 15
30 Points for Reidy's Reef
5 Bonus Points because it's a new project for you at Reidy's reef  (First boat models I've ever painted)
18 Points for the 6 1/600 scale boats.

Thanks everyone, and Happy New Year!

Welcome along Matt, i do like the sound of printing the ships. i have adjusted your points estimates to give a total of 68 points. 

From SimonM: "Wizkids" Iron Golem & Earth Elemental - 45 points

The 54mm tall model of an Iron Golem is produced by “Wizkids” and can be bought from their Nolzur’s Marvellous Miniatures range. “Highly detailed… primed and ready to paint out of the box”, the artificially constructed creature made its first appearance in the original 1975 "Greyhawk" supplement written by Gary Gygax and Robert J. Kuntz, and “could take a hero’s head off with a swipe of their arm.”
Amongst the strongest types of Golem, the figure was originally treated to a couple of coats of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and subsequently dry-brushed quite heavily with “Citadel” Ironbreaker. I then drenched the entire animated object with “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade. This helped blend the brown and metallic paints together so as to create a rusty, time-worn look to the large creature.

“Three times as strong as a Flesh Golem”, the model was dry-brushed with (more) “Citadel” Ironbreaker and dabbed with “Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash. This product produces a nice rusty orange stain, so specifically targeted the miniature’s joints and gaps between its armour plating. The entire ensemble was then light dry-brushed with (even more) “Citadel” Ironbreaker in order to help blend the Rust Wash in with the metallic areas.
Where I was unhappy with the stain’s final result, I went back in with some “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and then simply (re)dry-brushed these tidied-up areas with “Citadel” Ironbreaker. I also had the chance to try out my new Psycho brush by “The Army Painter”, courtesy of applying an incredibly thin line of “Vallejo” Dark Vermillion into the Iron Golem’s two very narrow eye slits. Finally, because I wanted to try and draw attention to this area, I then applied a line of “Citadel” Ironbreaker to the construct’s eyebrows…

The 67mm tall model of an Earth Elemental is produced by “Wizkids” and can be bought from their Nolzur’s Marvellous Miniatures range. Able to “travel though solid ground or stone as easily as humans walk on the earth’s surface” the summoned creature made its first appearance in the original 1974 “Dungeons & Dragons” boxed set by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and “can come in almost any shape, size, and composition imaginable.”
Unable to swim, the monster was first primed using a double-layer of “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna and somewhat submerged in “The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade. The figure was then enthusiastically dry-brushed in (more) “Vallejo” Heavy Sienna, before receiving a significantly lighter ‘dusting’ with a make-up brush containing a little Heavy Brown.

The Elemental’s formidable maw was darkened using a combination of “Citadel” Abaddon Black and Nuln Oil, and subsequently shaded with (more) Strong Tone Quickshade by “The Army Painter”. Finally, I ‘picked out’ the model’s eyes with a couple of dabs of “Vallejo” Heavy Ochre and shaded them with a spot of “Citadel” Reikland Fleshshade…
In addition to my latest “Dungeons & Dragons” figures, I’ve managed to finish off a significantly smaller model in the guise of a 28mm scale skeleton for my Empire of Dust “Kings of War” army. However, rather than exclusively populate my Spearman unit with well-armed bleach-boned cadavers, I’ve started the ten-figure regiment off with the deceased animal corpse that can be found on the “Mantic Games” plastic Undead Skeleton Troop frame.
Primed with a double coat of “Vallejo” Iraqi Sand, the two-piece creature was shaded with The Army Painter” Strong Tone Quickshade and dry-brushed using (more) “Vallejo” Iraqi Sand. I then gave the critter a much lighter dry-brush of White, before picking out its collar with a combination of Gold and Strong Tone Quickshade. In all likelihood the skeleton is meant to be a giant rat, but as my Undead force will have a distinctly Egyptian feel, I figured it could be a cat…

Blax its always an education! Well our spreadsheet o doom doesn't have 67mm figures - Miles please note! - i have applied minion mathemagician skills to award a total of 45 points..Though i think you might have skimped a bit on the Nuln Oil! 

From NoelW: Epic Marines sighted at Burch's Bluff (116 points)

We’re heading downhill now, at some speed. Which is a shame, really, because it’s completely the wrong direction. We’re also beginning to get a little hungry. Consulting our rather tattered map, we see no sign of Edgar’s Emporium or Gregg’s Grocery. Do the people of this island subsist solely on paint and glue?

Suddenly we come across a pair of slim silver saplings bent to the ground like yoga contortionists,  yoked to the earth with vines. Tied between them on the ground lies a huge basket of coconuts, glistening in the sun. Given that by now we’re ready to suck our own shoe leather, this unexpected bounty seems very tempting. But wait! With so many madmen running around this island, surely we need to exercise caution – it is about the only exercise we’re capable of, after all. This basket case could be a gift or it could be a trap. Hard to tell.

Tentatively we circumnavigate the arboreal enticement, taking care to give it a wide berth. So wide, in fact, we find ourselves tumbling elbow over patella down an unexpected cliff. As we plummet we realise the bent birches were simply a bluff. And we fell for it. Or rather – over it.

There’s the roar of water and a blur of violent blue below us. Luckily it’s a deep pool which we plummet splashingly into, breaking almost no legs in the process.

Once we’ve remembered how to swim and stopped gulping pondweed, we emerge wet and miserable to find ourselves surrounded by another army. As the last, this is equipped with weird carriages, with their pouting chimney-cannons and magical mechanisms grumbling like flatulent dinosaurs. But these wear an armour of bright blue, not gold, and almost all are masked. Clearly they find the tropical sun a tad on the chill side.

When questioned, they seem particularly interested in the golden troops we recently encountered. But they can’t help us with our quest. Their scouts say there’s no way back up that steep Bluff, so our only choice is to follow the shiny brick road once again to the coast in the hope that there we may spot a sail to ferry us round the island to a more salubrious locale.


For my Horus Heresy entry, I’ve another Epic force. Space Marines have never really been my thing, but whilst was on the look out for Imperial Guard, I happened instead to come across a motley collection of epic marines and orks at a flea market (at an unresistable price). You know how it as – they are precisely not what you are looking for, but they’re an absolute bargain, so what can you do? The orks have been under way for months, so they won’t appear here, but the Challenge has given me the excuse to polish off the Marines. So here they are.

I wanted a blue force, but not the ubiquitously boring Ultramarines, so I aimed for something closer to sky blue. What I’ve produced is not really as light as I’d intended, and still rather ultramarinish, but at least it’s consistent across the force. I chose a deep purple and gold for contrast highlights, and named them the Sky Chasers. They exist to track down and gently re-educate recidivist imperial forces, so are tasked with returning the Starwasps to the realm of reason and light. However, when faced with a common enemy of the Imperium – whether chaos, tyranid, eldar, ork or any more exotic alien – the two forces may well band together to properly make light of such dark matter.

There’s the inevitable flock of rhinos and their bolter fodder:

supported by whirlwinds and Land Raiders :

bikes, scouts and assault troops (two figures unfortunately broken when I bought them)

terminators, a smattering of devastators and command 

and here's the whole army skulking under Burch's Bluff.

Pointswise, that’s 98 foot figures (49 points), 3 bikes (3 points), and 17 vehicles (34 points), plus 30 points of Bluffery: total 116 pts.

A fine submission of little uns we have here. 

From Paul SS - Virginian Infantry Regiment - 120 points

Under the tree was a box of Perry Miniatures Confederate infantry wrapped up for me. Over the past few days I've assembled and painted a couple of dozen of them as a Virginian Regiment of the Army of Northern Virginia.

Most of my Confederates previously painted are as a rag-tag bunch in a mish-mash of greys, butternuts, etc. but I wanted this unit to look more uniform. So, they are all painted with the same coloured jackets and kepis (base-coat VMC Dark Blue-grey) with a blue collar. All trousers are painted in the same colour (base-coat VMC Neutral Grey) , only the blanket rolls etc. are less uniform.

There are three highlights on each uniform colour, adding a touch more VMC Pale Grey in each, but the highlights are really not showing up that well in the images.

The only difference to the standard uniform colour applied throughout this unit is that the officers coat is done off of a base-coat of VMC Luftwaffe uniform. The flag is from Warflag, printed out at the local Staples.

Although most of the infantry are using the attacking pose, I made up some of them using the arms from the Union Skirmishers frame for a little variety adding a chap ramming home, one biting into his cartridge and the other firing.

I'm currently working on another unit from the box and hope to have that ready for my next post in a few days.

Twenty-four 28mm infantry should net me 120 points, and pick up the momentum that I let slip over the holiday break.

Aah most excellent to see a decent sized unit of 28s. I like the colour choices , and its also nice to see some CSA that are not a rag tag bunch either . So 120 points it is to get you motoring again .

From LeeH - Pauravan Indian Javalinmen (72 Points)

Last week I submitted eight bases of infantry/Bowmen for my 4th Century BCE Indian Army and today its the turn of the rest of the infantry, this time Javalinmen. I'm not really sure they can be described as Javelinmen though as these troops carried a weapon that was more akin to a spear than a throwing weapon. 4 Cubits long (about 6ft) with a cane or bamboo haft and a leaf-shaped metal head. These infantrymen also carried a long cane or hide shield, nearly as long as the wielder but not as broad providing a limited degree of protection. 

I've really struggled to find any pictorial sources for these troops online (or elsewhere for that matter) so the only description I have doesn't mention if their standards were coloured or not. I have decided to give each unit a different banner so they can be differentiated but if I find any better information at a later date I can easily repaint the standards. 

As with the bowmen, the 'uniform' of these troops consisted of a white cotton high waisted 'kilt' and sandles, so these were pretty easy to paint. My method makes short work of this scale, block painting the various items of equipment and then applying a generous ink wash (W&N Peat Brown calligraphy ink to be precise). Then four coats of W&N spray varnish to seal everything and protect the paintwork from the rough handling they will get on the games table.

This is four units of 36 infantry, so 144 foot figures in total which will earn me a smart 72 points. I've had a productive opening to this years Challenge but I'm back to work tomorrow so I expect productivity to drop a bit over the coming days. On the whole though, I'm very happy with my position as I'm comfortably ahead of my weekly target and have bought myself a bit of breathing space for the coming weeks.

That is more fine 6mm goodness Lee - the rough handling on the gaming table will be Ray running away i guess? - 72pts it is!

From MikeW: 6 x 28mm Polish Armoured Cossacks or Pancerni (63 Points)

Raw Figures
The Pancerni (or Armoured Cossack) were armed and equipped well, they wore a chain-mail coat and head protection was given by the distinctive  'Mizurka' a steel helmet with chain-mail neck-guard.

Solid cavalry boots and thick woollen jackets under their chain-mail give them good body and leg protection as well. Units were organised into 'Banners' and typically armed with a Sabre, Lance, often a Shield, as well as  Musket, Pistols and a Bow and Arrows. Some also carried large hand and a half swords on their horses, in case they get dismounted and have to continue the fight on foot.

These miniatures will be joining other Pancerni Banners that I have in my collection and as such are themed predominately in red.

Finished 'Banner', believe figures may be Wargames Foundry
The Pancerni, typically were deployed alongside the more famous Polish Winged Hussars, there would always be at least as many - if not more - Pancerni in any Polish Cavalry formation.

Focus on Banners
I have used acrylic paints to do the horses and men, painting the horses separately before super-gluing the riders in place after their paint jobs. All before a Dark Tone Army Painter wash on the chain-mail and a Strong Tone wash over the rest of the model.

A final hand painted Matt Varnish was added to give the figures a non shiny finish and to protect them on the tabletop.

Focus on horses
Lance pennants are home made, and the flag was from an internet source.

I have another 6 Pancerni to complete plus a number of Polish characters and officers to be done in the next couple weeks.

Points: Basis 6 x 28mm Mounted Figures at 10 points ea.
TOTAL: 60 Points

Ah we do like a big flag! and with pennants flying whats not to like! - so 3 extra points for the flag and pennant work

From TeemuL: Mentor Reivers (25 points)

The last painted miniatures from 2019, finished on the evening, but I didn't have time or energy to take pictures and write until this morning.

This is a group of 5 Space Marine Primaris Reivers, from the box Fangs of Ulrich. They are generic marines, although painted as Space Wolves in the box. I decided to paint them as Mentors. Mentors are a secretive and suspicious chapter, number 888, which is rarely seen in big force, rather as kill teams or task forces, units attached to other, inferior, chapters. They are the best of the best, so ideal for Kill Team.

We are starting a Kill Team campaign this year, Chaos vs Imperium. I am half the organizing force, so to avoid problematic situations I will have forces ready on both sides. My Chaos Space Marines will hopefully be ready soon.

I sprayed them with Wraithbone and then painted the Green areas with Ork Flesh. Then the white areas Ushabti Bone followed by heavy drybrush of Army Painter white. Tidy up with Ork Flesh. Grey is Basilicanum Grey, I didn't want their blades to be too bright, these are smart guys anyway. Chapter icon is free hand as well as the squad marking (looks bad, felt bad and then I realized I was using too big brush...). I left them as a cruel memory... They all have a campaign badge as well (transfer), in the future I will paint more squads from other chapter(s) with the same badge and create a Crusader army, but kill team is enough for now.

5 miniatures for 25 points, or should these Primaris marines be scored as bigger ones?

i do like the colour scheme on these lads . to be fair my knowledge on these is limited to the stuff i did a long time ago , so its nice to see peoples take on newer stuff. so its a base 25 points with an extra 5 for the pain of painting badges!

From KenR : 3 x 28mm M11/39 Tanks & Flakegate 65 pts

Welcome to entry number 2 of the challenge which was supposed to be entry number one ! Safe to say everything did not go well with these at the start, they were primed and ready to go, I thought when at the first sight of paint they did this,

So after some swearing and throwing of models down the garden, I called down and did some light sanding followed by another wash, we got there in the end.

The tanks themselves are 28mm from Blitzkrieg Miniatures with Italian Tank Crew from Perrys. The M11/39 tank was a pre war design made for Colonial warfare where the enemy weren't really chucking anything bigger than a large rock at it. It wasn't made for WW2 warfare, but then most of the vehicles in the Desert at the start of the war weren't either.

The tank commander has a flag to communicate with other vehicles which is unusual so I did a bit of research and found out that the first M11/39 was made with a radio and shown to Mussolini who authorised the vehicle, the next 99 tanks which the Leader didint look at, were minus a radio !

Painting wise they are the same as the last entry, layers of progressively lighter sand, some chipping and some washes, these have an additional green camo pattern common to this vehicle type.

Points wise it's a solid 65 points, 3 28mm vehicles at 20 points a piece and two 28mm crew at half points for a further 5 making a total of 65.

The paint problem continued after the initial problem but just in smaller patches, there is even some bubbling on the finished models, there is a good couple of mm of varnish on these to try and keep the paint on !

I've got a unit of Italian Wars shot done this week so they will be up next giving me a couple of days to work on a small number of Landsknechts I have to do before Saturday and tank day comes round again !

Cracking job here Ken, especially having to recover the base coat .. I look forward to seeing yet more roll off your tank factory production line!

From Alexandros - Ghurkas - Absolute Noob - 55 Points

Happy New Year challengers.
This is my first post ever. I’m absolutely noob and feel like a rockstar in your first concert. In this entry will be a Gurkhas section. It's will a core unit of my challenge.

Gurkhas Section Front View.
Gurkhas Section Top View.

During World War II (1939–45), a total of 250,280 Gurkhas served in 40 battalions, They earned 2,734 bravery awards, and suffered around 32,000 casualties in all theatres.(info from Wikipedia)

This proyect is focus in far east battle. Playing chain of command rules. I already have a Japanese Platoon  plus reinforcement.

Section have a two team, (Chain of Command british Rifle section) Rifle team with six riflemen and Bren Team with Three men.

LMG Team

Rifle Team + NCO

Figures are made from Warlord Games, I think they are from the last metal boxes. There are 21 figures and they really are very well sculpted.
I bought them a couple of years ago but so far I haven't had time to paint them.

The biggest challenge for me is to paint these figures is the skin tone. Searching the internet for the best article I have found is that of the cool mini or not forum.

Chocolate Brown #872, Flat Brown #984, Orange Brown # 981, Beige
Red #804, Cork Brown #843
 I have respected the color palette, but I have created intermediate tones between Flat Brown and Orange Brown because the color jump was too large. In general I am happy with the skin tone, but I think I have been a little dark. The next figures I will try a lighter skin tone, with more orange and then shadows with a more purple color.

Welcome along to the challenge Alexandros - thats a fine first entry , i think you got them just right. So its a base 50 points , and an added 5 for an excellent first entry!