Lt. Varras and Dr. Diana

A bit of a sci-fi diversion today. Two of the figures that have been taking up space on my desk and in a figure case for years are this pair. Lt. Varras from the Warhammer 40k 4th Edition “Battle for Macraggae” starter set. He’s also often simply known as “Imperial Pilot”. In any case, he’s been kicking around here for 11 years – and had his boots black and greatcoat grey for much of that time.

Lt. Varras, Imperial Pilot. Dr. Diana, Cybertonic Medic. Warhammer 40k, WarZone

Lt. Varras, Imperial Pilot. Dr. Diana, Cybertonic Medic

 

Dr. Diana is a cloned doctor from the Cybertronic MegaCorp faction in WarZone (1st Edition, though she’s apparently still a thing now in WarZone resurrection.) She used to have a black top and bare legs as part of my nWo sub-faction for Cybertronic, back when we used to play regularly in the mid-1990’s, but after the campaign expired, she just sat in a case and never got finished. Several years ago, I decided to pair her with Varras as a fellow Imperial Navy Officer and paint her outfit in a matching grey, and again – like Varras, she’s been sitting around part painted for the years since. It’s a pretty safe bet that she’s a Werner Klocke sculpt, since she shares the same female face that almost all of his models have. Yes, she’s been part-painted for going on 20 years. God I feel old. I was going to paint a red or green cross on Diana’a Med-kit, but I decided against it in order to keep her a little more generic.

Lt. Varras, Imperial Pilot. Dr. Diana, Cybertonic Medic. Warhammer 40k, WarZone

Now, a pair of Imperial Flight Crew.

So anyway, the story ends a week or two ago when I was looking for stuff to make myself finish as part of the desk-clearing project I’ve been on for the past several months and spied these two. Always easy to overlook, I finally forced myself to knuckle down and got them done. Aside from using them as potential 40k objective markers and such, they’ll also easily fit into my RPG games of Rogue Trader (once I get it off the ground) and both are generic enough to work for many other Sci-Fi/skirmish games from Inq28 to Judge Dredd. And now I’m actually quite happy with the pair of them. They make a nice pair of Imperial Flight crew

Realm of Chaos: Nurgle’s Lost & Damned #5 – More Plague Mutants & Zombies (From WarZone 1e, & DUST)

Some more painted figures from the LatD Army-oriented models.

WarZone 1e Dark Legion Heretic

WarZone 1e Dark Legion Heretic

I’m still pretty proud of this figure, another from the WarZone 1st Edition line – he’s a “Dark Legion Heretic“. I’m not especially a fan of Iron Maiden, but with that face, could he actually be Eddie in miniature form? I clearly thought so! Replicating their well-known font on a tiny miniature t-shirt was always going to be a bit much, so I went for more of a “Heavy Metal”-friendly font.

WarZone 1e Dark Legion Heretic

Dark Legion heretic with Gatorade Bottle

He’s painted with Dark Legion iconography rather than Nurgle or Chaos, but the DL is pretty much Chaos with a different name. The interesting/fun part of this model is the Gatorade bottle I gave him. Both images can be clocked if you want a better look.

Mutant Chronicles/Warzone Necromutants

Mutant Chronicles/Warzone Necromutants

These two are (I think) Necromutants. I can’t find them on the Prince August site, and I suspect that these two might even predate WarZone 1e and actually be Mutant Chronicles models. Clearly these two were sculpted by Kev Adams as their faces both have their trademark style. From their faces, they look almost like they used to be an Ork and Squat, now fighting side by side in undeath. Which suits Nurgle just fine.

Mutant Chronicles/Warzone Necromutants

Mutant Chronicles/Warzone Necromutants

Even looking at their gear and posture, I find them to be very reminiscent of early Rogue Trader Orks and Squats, right down to their quilted armour. I’ve really got to dig out and (re)paint my RT-era Boyz sometime…

WarZone 1e Undead Legionnaire

This guy is an Undead Legionnaire. They usually come in sets of four models, but apparently I only have the one painted. While the Blessed Legionnaires are much more generic zombies, the models of the Undead ones are designed with the look and uniforms of the WarZone corporations. This guy is a former Cybertronic trooper. I believe I have some more of these – but – down the track!

Catachan Zombie Kitbash!

Sharing is caring – want some sausages?

These two pics aren’t that great. I may have accidentally turned off the Macro function, according to Marouda – and the Zombie is pretty washed out. I built this guy using Citadel Catachan models combined with their Plastic Zombies and a bit of putty. I built it for use with the first edition of Frag! as I recall. He’s also got a welcome place with Papa Nurgle’s band of misfit models.

Plague Zombies and Plague Mutants.

Another group shot of all of today’s figures, sans the Zombie Horde part…

DUST Zombies

DUST Zombies

Much like the DL Blessed Legionnaires in the last post, I’ve shown these DUST Zombies before but took the opportunity to take a new photo of them, as Nurgle Plague Zombies were always one of the things I had in mind when I painted them originally early last year.

 

 

Ach! Zombies! – WarZone 1st Edition Dark Legion Zombies, DUST Zombies (again).

Groundskeeper Willie. Zombie Hunter.

Who better to quote when beginning a zombie-themed post than that great Zombie Hunter, Groundskeeper Willie?

First up, some WarZone zombies. I haven’t played WarZone in years, and my previous forces were Cybertronic as my primary and Imperial as my secondary, but I did paint up a few models back in the day. Only one of them is on the blog, though.

WarZone Dark Legion Zombies!

WarZone Dark Legion Zombies!

These were bought back sometime in the 1990s, after 2nd Edition Warzone came out, failed, and Target Games was down. My FLGS of the day was selling off a pile of Warzone stuff on clearance, and so I picked up a whole ton of stuff using the logic that I could use it “one day”. Flash forward to 2013, and I received my Indiegogo Zombies from Studio Miniatures. I assembled about half of the shambling horde, and decided to pick out these guys from the two blisters in a box, glued them down, primed them, base coated the flesh in a few shades of yellowy-brown and green. And then got distracted and they went into a box.

More WarZone Dark Legion Zombies

After my recent speedpaint of the DUST Zombies, inspired by Sho3box’s stuff (and wanting to make space by getting rid of the pile of unopened DUST boxes) I was well chuffed, and with Grimdork starting to pump out some cool looking Zombie models from Sedition Wars, I got inspired to dig these guys out (which is surprising, after all of the shit around that game) and finish them off – so I’ve done just that. Not quite speed painting per se, since they’ve been a side project that I do a few minutes work on while working on other stuff, but with an eye to finishing them ASAP as well.

The Undead Horde – WarZone Edition.

A bit more detail on these guys than the DUST ones, and I tried out the new GW Blood for the Blood God paint, which worked well enough. Didn’t really notice much difference from Tamiya Clear Red to be honest, but I really didn’t use a whole lot on them. These guys came up pretty well, but the shots are a little dark. I really need to get myself a light box. And somewhere to set it up. That has access to several lights or power points.

Hm, yeah. These photos are way too dark. I’ll take them again at some point. These were taken in diffused natural light and looked bright enough at the time. I think the white paper behind them threw the light balance way off on the camera…

I also took a couple of shots of the DUST Zombies this morning as well. The shots from their previous post are okay, but kind of take away from how I felt the teeth and eyes came out on them. Like I said at the time, they’re speed painted and weren’t done for awesome, but I was happy with how those details came out, so I may as well show them off. 

DUST Zombies!

Naturally, the guy I kept trying to get into focus (bottom left) was the only one who wouldn’t. You can also see a representative from each of the 5 “squads” that I decided to differentiate by the use of slightly different flesh tones.

Coming to get you, they are…

So all in all – more figures for Typhus’ horde in 40k. I should probably paint Typhus up sometime, though I’ve got a couple of decent proxies should I decide to run him in the meantime.

From the Painting Desk #4 – Gorillas, Elves, Zombies and Scenery

So with the paint enthusiasm seemingly on the go right now – for another couple of days at least – here’s the stuff I’m working on right now. You’ll notice that those bloody Mantic Ogre Shooters have been temporarily put to the side. The lack of pleasure I was getting from painting them certainly affected my enthusiasm, so I figure a short break from them should help me come back to them somewhat refreshed in a little while. Once those six are finished, I’ll be able to start on the FUN Ogre stuff! Or the Chariots. Those are less fun.

Axis Gorillaz (feat. Damon Albarn)

Anyway, finishing the DUST Zombies recently got the next few boxes of DUST stuff opened – Axis Gorillas! That’s another three boxes disposed of (cleaned up!)

Swordmasters of Hoeth WIP on a temporary regiment base.

My recent games of Kings of War (BetRep to follow sometime in the next week, hopefully-maybe, caused me to start on a unit of Swordmasters of Hoeth, which I guess would be Palace Guard in the KoW Elf army, but is standing in for Twilight Kin Darksome Guard right now. Whatever. They’re Elves! The best part of these (so far) is that they were completely unpainted just a week ago. At the glacial pace I paint, getting to this point is pretty amazing. The basing has set me back 2 or 3 days, since it’s slow, unfun and tedious. (Hi, Cash!)

Basing almost complete. Then crests and boots!

I’m painting them up a little different to other High Elf armies I’ve seen. I’ve had a small collection of unpainted WFB High Elves for 15-18 years, but never had the enthusiasm or a reason to paint them. Ever since The Burning Crusade was released for World of Warcraft, I knew how I wanted to (eventually) paint my High Elves – as Blood Elves rather then the typical White/Blue/Silver with Gold & Red accents most HE armies are painted in. So I’m going Red/Yellow/Gold with Silver and Green accents. It’s giving them a nice autumnal feel, as well as regal & rich – though obviously the colours are highly saturated.

Zombies!

Next up we have some zombies from WarZone, circa the early 1990’s. These would have been purchased during the file sale phase after WarZone 2nd Ed managed to kill our local enthusiasm for the game, and Heartbreaker started to crash and burn. I never actually played Dark Legion, but regardless was willing to pick up a couple of blisters (I’m guessing 2 or 3, since I have 10 figures here?) on closeout. I basecoated the flesh on these about 8(?) months ago when I started assembling my Studion Miniatures IGG KS figures, but like so many projects over the years, (Ogre Shooters!) they got shoved to the side. The initial plan was to use Army Painted dip on them (and the others) but since the DUST Zombies went together just fine and quick using the AP washes, I’m going in that direction with these instead. They have more details and individuality than the DUST figures – and lots more exposed skin, bone and viscera, but I’m still hoping to have them finished in a couple of days. Again, these are more likely to see the tabletop in 40k working alongside Typhus then a WarZone game, but painted is painted, and they can work across several games.

Some DUST Campaigns

Also inspired by wanting to clean stuff up, I decided to unbox these two of my DUST campaign box expansions. Seelowe because of the Character-model Gorilla inside (who you can see above in the background of the Gorilla pic), and Icarus for the Quonset huts, which I figured I could paint reasonably quickly. All of the rest of the contents got shovelled into the DUST Core box set.

Quonset Huts from DUST.

Considering that these have only been out of their box for about 14 hours, (including my sleep overnight) they’re not doing too badly. Hoping to finish them today, and varnish overnight/tomorrow. I might even buy some more, since they’re good looking, cheap and effective!

And that’s it for this quick WIP post. I’ll update again when some of it is finished!

Chronopia – Sons of Kronos (and MIB update)

While working on some assignments the other week, I needed some way to ease my stress. While taking breaks, rather than playing videogames, watching TV or reading (more reading – ha!) I decided to pull a part-painted figure out of one of my cases and try to finish it. In this case, a Barbarian Son of Kronos (I think) who had been based and simply had some unshaded fleshtone applied. I finished him the same day. I then started on the figure next to him in the case, a Chronopia Sons of Kronos Blade Maiden, who also had simply been based and has some of her flesh basecoated. I finished her the next day.

Painting models – I found it to be a great stress relief and also great to motivate me to do my work – since I made myself do more reading/writing in-between paint breaks – which was much more rewarding than the assignments!

Chronopia Sons of Kronos

Chronopia Sons of Kronos (back)

The tartan looks a bit better in person, what with the figures being about an inch tall. Looks much more messy when blown up like this. The markings on the guy are meant to be woad warpaint, though I wanted to avoid the “Braveheart Lite” look, as well as overly-intricate patterns. I was initially going to put some on her as well, but she’s already quite busy with a lot going on so decided against it.

As for Chronopia itself, I bought the rules and a few semi-random figures when the game came out, but my group never got around to playing it. The figures therefore won’t be painted as proper forces, more likely a few nice display models and perhaps a few will be drafted into 40k-ish or LoTR forces. Much the same as the majority of my WHFB stuff.

Warzone Corporation Men In Black

Also a small update to the MIB figures from a few posts ago. I wasn’t satisfied with the sunglasses or the whatever-it-is on the bottom of that one guy’s pistol, so I touched them up. The gloss varnish on the glasses hasn’t come out in the photo, and the thing on the guy’s pistol has been painted as a tac light, though it’s a little out of focus in this photo. Win!

Men In Black – Warzone “Corporation” Miniatures.

Mark Copplestone’s Warzone Figures.

So I finally got some small amount of painting done. I picked a couple of old figures that had been half- finished in a figure case for.. a decade? These three fine individuals are Warzone figures. And old miniatures game based on the Mutant Chronicles universe. They’re from the Corporation, and sculpted by Mark Copplestone. We actually had a really good Warzone campaign going at our Friday night FLGS hangout back then, right up until Target Games pushed out Warzone 2nd Edition, and things just fell apart. Good times…

My guys at the time were a Cybertronic force, but instead of painting them grey, I painted them based off of the WCW “nWo” (New World Order) wrestling faction. They were Tres’ cool back then with their black outfits and stylish T-shirt logo. I naturally painted my few Corp guys to match.

And the same. From the back.

 

The photos aren’t especially brilliant (the shading on their clothing is both more noticable and more subtle in hand) and they haven’t yet been varnished, (hence the shiny ponytail). I’m in two minds as to whether or not I should add the typical “GW style” highlight/shade/light point to the sunglasses, or simply go over them with gloss once the figures are sealed. Actually, I’ll need to do that to the torch on Ponyboy’s pistol.

I’m overall happy with the simple act of getting them finished, though my fav of the three is the Maori-tattooed bouncer. I swapped the front of his Ghenna Puker (aka Warzone’s crap-looking flamethrower) with the main section of a GW Heavy flame, probably off a Chimera or Russ kit. Makes the weapon a bit bigger and a lot nastier looking.

Bases are kept plain and pretty generic so they fit in with as many different settings as possible. I generally don’t go for overly-specific bases, though I have warmed to them in some cases these days.

WIP it!

Haven’t had much of a chance to take new photos or paint anything this week, so this update is a bit of a blast from the past.

The first pic is some kind of Warzone/Mutant Chrionicles figure. I can’t remember what this guy is exactly, but he’ll fit into a Nurgle-themed chaos cult/Lost and the Damned force well enough, so that will do him, if I ever get around to building and fielding such a force. I’m showing him today because I had the photo handy, I think it’s a nice looking paintjob, and I wanted to have some colour in this update by having at least a finished figure included.

These are some early assembly/WIP pictures of my Iron Warriors figures, some of whom are finished and shown here (bottom half of the page). Just a mixture of plastic Marine, Chaos Marine, Khorne Berserker kits with metal components from the Iron Hands and Iron Warriors kits.

The Warsmith’s (on the right) head is from a Noise Marine, and his Thunder Hammer/Power Weapon is from a Chronopia figure, with some guitar wire added. The champion is just a kitbash of metal and plastic parts, but I think he looks effective. I should pull my fist out and finish these figures someday!