Thursday, 15 March 2018

From DavidB - Hydra cultists, traitor marines, another PDF tank, and a battlefield (180 points)

I have a whole raft of minis prepared and photographed for today, so give a prayer for Jamie as I'm sure I'm not the only one who will keep him busy today.

First up some sandbag scatter terrain from Games Workshop. in the back is one that I missed in the eclectic organisation of my painting desk. It does serve as a glimpse of what I started with, so I will use the serendipitous neglect for a before and after.

Mainly base color with highlights followed by rust and typus corrosion which is a muddy, gritty wash much akin to oil mixed with mud. it dries with a grit which really catches the rust well.  Each sandbag wall has all sorts of detail with boards, sheet metal, equipment, and boxes all with battle damage. they were a lot of fun to paint.

I've had this crippled Chimera transport for a long while, but I finally decided to complete it by using the camouflage pattern as the PDF tanks. It can be an objective or battlefield dressing. By painting it in the PDF camo it does tell the story of a civil war between loyal and traitor forces.

This was even more fun than the sandbags and has even more detail.

The cast up earth and crippling wound hint at the ferocious action.

I can still use it as terrain for other 40k games too, and even scifi generic.

This is a vac base from Games Workshop when they first began offering terrain other than cardstock kits. I was really disappointed it was a vac plastic and rediscovered it when I moved. I'm glad it's done. I may static grass the edges yet, but at least now it will get used.

I also completed this quonset hut and tower by Laser Craft workshop. It is the laser cut wood kit and my first of such. The company is run by the owner of my local hobbyshop and he has a lot of stock of several neat kit including construction equipment and bayou style shacks.

He uses and recommends house latex and craft paints as the wood really sucks up the paint.

I also painted up 4 barrels and three sandbag walls for scatter. two of the walls were primed black while the third was primed white....not sure why I did that!

I also painted these resin crate stacks that were a gift from an uncle who does model trains. I like the stacks as troops can move thru them quite easily. They also seem genre inclusive from western to scifi.

A fast brush with craft paints, highlights then brown, black and green washes to shade them up.

I had a chosen champion and marine left over from the 40k box game that I purposely didn't include in the Deathguard from the last challenge. I planned on making them Alpha legion and include them as heroes for the vast pool of cultists. Just some emissaries selling "Horus for Hope" to the masses.

The two squads of cultists also came from the game and I painted them similar to the style of the Alpha legion cultists in the Chaos Codex from 7th edition.

And here they all are with the final target identifier model.

This is a heavily modified ZSU 23/4. A radar guided antiair machine built in the 1950's and still in service all over but the newest mods can radar lock. As a RSTA this thing was a high priority target as it can shred a helo pretty quick. It is also good for tearing up infantry which the Soviets did in Afghanistan. Its best if targeted to be still and tell yourself they only think you are there. Just tell yourself you built your hide site well! ;)

It does have four Autocannons. The model only had one intact when i got it so I removed it and replaced it with some spare 40k autocannons. The new additions are huge compared to the old one removed that could easily fit in the 40k barrels, but is too short to be a good weapon cleaning rod for the tank!

Some spikes, a chaos star and a few gubbins to complete it's transition to the dark side

I added another confrontation mini to this bunch as the mask fits with the champions of the cult squads. plus the alpha legion marines probably could use a minion to relay orders.

I may end up taking this force to adepticon. My buddies are taking 30k and custodes forces, so I don't expect to win. They do look to be a pretty horde though!
 Artist: Faith no more
                                                          Song: Last Cup of Sorrow

23 28mm inf- 115 pts
zsu AA tank-15 pts
5 sand bag walls
3 scatter sandbag sections
4 oil drums
2 crate stacks
2 fire bases
1 quonset hut and tower.... 40 points
I figure 170 for the lot.

Good gravy, this is a great mix of eclectic stuff!  I do like the scenery, that destroyed chimera is a brilliant piece and the weathering on all that stuff makes it look very battle worn - I agree with you on the Typhus Corrosion, it's a really useful "technical" paint.

That 4 autocannoned tank is an absolute beast!  I absolutely would not want to be targeted by that in the field as I can well imagine it shreds whatever it targets, be it in the sky or on the ground..... I do like the Alpha legion too, plenty of warm bodies dedicated followers to stand in front of the guns in the light of whichever chaos god they're worshiping this week!

That last "family shot" is brilliant, and best of luck if you do go to Adepticon, it's somewhere I'd like to go to one day.   Anyway, I have used the metric ruler of power on the scenery and I come up with 50 points for it all by mentally stacking it in my head, so 180 points all in.

Now, I must go, there's a Mr Bromley who has a paint bomb that requires my attention.....


  1. Fabulous looking terrain David! I really like those stacks of crates, as you say, very useful for many types of games - do you happen to know where you uncle sourced them from?

  2. Nice figures and a great big bunch of terrain - nice work David :)

  3. Great work David. Very well done.

  4. Great work all around David!

  5. Nice wrecked chimera and terrain, great figures and another brilliant repurpoused tank!
    Best Iain

  6. A great selection of scenery! Happy gaming!