Monday, October 12, 2015

Showcase: Warhammer 40,000 Adeptus Mechanicus: Cult Mechanicus

While the Skitarii are the scuttling hordes which precede a massive onslaught from the Tech Priests of Mars, the Cult Mechanicus units provide the heavy covering fire and necessary long-range punch needed to advance your army across the battlefield. 

While I really enjoyed hobbying-around with the Skitarii, I found myself much more engaged with the technological elements of the faction and was drawn particularly to the much more mechanized flavor and aesthetic the Cult Mechanicus has to offer. 

I decided to stick to the Mars color pattern for the time being because I wanted to have a nice cohesive army scheme. I started with the Kastelan Robots since they seemed nice and bulky; easy to paint right? Turns out, they are! 

Like many others out there I can't make up my mind about the dome head piece. I think after staring at it for a while I've decided that I don't hate it, but I do think it was a moderately poor design choice. I've left mine pretty blank for now but intend to give it some scuff on the final pass of touch-ups and overall weathering details. 


Cult Mechanicus: Kastelan Robots 

There are two variants of the model, ranged and close-quarters, and I built one of each. The above model was built with a set of twin-linked phosphor blasters and a shoulder-mounted incendine combustor. Below is the variant with powerfists and a shoulder-mounted phosphor blaster.

I'm still continuing to refine my basic shading and edging skills, but those first round of Space Marines sure look like total junk compared to these guys. But, I know I still have a long way to go for true presentation level. For now, these are starting to look pretty decent for tabletop-worthy.  

Any tips, comments, questions or discussions are always welcome. 

Next: Electro-Priests 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Showcase: Warhammer 40,000 Skitarii

Scuttling ahead of the Imperium's giant war machines and Titan engines in a swarm of flesh and metal; the Skitarii are a really interesting mash of weaponized steam-punk aesthetic and ancient technology. I thought they'd be a great entry point for me back into the world of painting.

I chose the weapon, head, and various war gear options for the models with some vague approximation about their intended role on the battlefield. I've been sticking to the traditional red "Mars" color scheme; it was a close call between that and the orange of Ryza (which I'm honestly still considering for my Cult Mechanicus). What I'm enjoying most about the models is the number of assembly options and their ability to look great in a variety of poses.

I started off with Vanguard before moving onto the Dragoon, the Ruststalkers and finally the Onager Dunecrawler. I've been looping back around and cleaning up some details here and there; I learned a lot in the few weeks it took me to finish everything, but I mostly like how they turned out so far.


Skitarii: Vanguard

Skitarii: Dragoon

Skitarii: Ruststalkers

Skitarii: Onager Dunecrawler

Overall I'm happy with the progress I'm making, especially considering I'm still really just getting back into things. There are lots of little details which I'm planning to circle back around to now that the bulk of the models are assembled and painted together cohesively.

Any tips, comments, questions or discussions are always welcome. 

Next up: Cult Mechanicus