Friday, May 1, 2015

All those "real" mechanicus minis!

When I started this blog a couple of years back, it was with the aim of sharing all the customised AdMech minis I had so many ideas for. Now GW is ruining all that be releasing tons of model - and really impressive ones even. So what to do? Should I just go with the legal minis now and is this the end of the converting/blog, since everyone can have AdMech now! Well for a few seconds I thought that, but the released models cannot but stir up a fuss in an old Mechanicus lover, and now the next wave is hitting us I just keep getting impressed. Though I do not game much I still like to build around a codex, just for the occational game - so I also worried a little that none of my already made models would be of any use. However when looking at the poster above, I see quite a few uses for my old models - though I miss a few, and think that GW will add even more units. Especially sagittarii, praetorians, servitors and weapon platforms are missing in my book.
So what do I think of these new models? Well generally I'm very impressed, there is a few things that need changing though. Luckily one would say, because if I had nothing to convert and improve I think interest would be lost momentarily.

Vanguard: almost insanely impressive kit, with detailing that just takes the breath away. I like these as basic infantry, not a fan of robes though, as in my book red robes are for the priesthood. Already have few ideas how this can be improved. Guns need a bit of spiffing-up as well.

Rangers: Again I don't see robes a classical cannonfodder guy equipment, but given they are rangers it makes some sense, and I'll keep them, never painting them red though. The guns are awesome.

Elektro priests: Never really warmed up the idea of elektro-priests, but I have to admit I really like he look of these models, great potential. 

Tracked guys: Until I see the in the flesh they will simply be designated: awesome!

Big robot: These seem to have taken quite a bit of heat in the first couple of days, generally being really unliked. Sure there is few things that need cutting and gluing, but they carry great potential as well. I agree the model looks lees impressive that most of the others, but I think that's because of the paintjob, which IMO doesn't really look finished. A colorscheme with just red all over? Come on Eavy metal, when was the last time you did that? Luckily I think they can be grim-darked quite easily.

Ruststalkers: Those I really like, menacing evil looking buggers. Much like the nazi in Hellboy, spidery and nightmarish - super cool. Tons of bits straight for the bitsbox too. 

Sicarian Infiltrators: Not as huge fan of the kit when used for these. I kind of suspect that's it due to the way the are assembled in the pics though. Looks extremely unstable and ramshackle. I don't like. Doesn't fit an infiltrator. If those poses cannot be optimised, I'll be looking for leg replacements for these guys.

Dunewalker: Like the mini, lots of possibilities, but again I think the paintjob let's it down. That bonecolor will never be a friend of mine.

Strider: This is a weird piece too. Great and strange though, cannot really clarify why I like it - but I'm really looking forward to seeing some dark muted colors on this too.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 pick

Another Draft Day is upon us - and that on a day where some cool Admech pics reached us too. Good luck to the bucs tonight, may the Omnissiah guide your hand.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

While waiting for paint to dry......

Inspired by the overload of AdMech minis hitting us at the moment I figured it was time to start painting some of the models I have before I feel the urge to buy even more - you know I don't have I Knight yet, completely insane. But also rumours of robots and tracked models (praetorians?) two of my favourites have emerged, so best get some of the old stuff out of the way. I really wanted to finish my hunter robots, but if we are getting new models soon, I figured it would be wise to wait and see which weapons they'll be able to field, so I can make some last minute adjustments to the models them selves. Instead I have picked up the Neutrino Irradiator I have had for a very long time. A cool product from PlastikKrak - who BTW will have a new website up and running soon.
Progress isn't massive yet, but at least I got started. When I paint metal I go for the several washes method, so while waiting for the washes to dry I needed something else to do, and beside the paint-rack was and old inquisimunda mini, so I decided to give it a lick of paint in the mean time. I have been trying to give this dirty, sloppy look that seems to be popular and looks really good - I think that will take a few tries though.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Good news for my models

Couple of interesting days on the rumour front again, news and possible detail of elektro priests hitting the open yesterday, and today BoLS have these rumours to add.

“The Second combo kit for the new Mechanicus will feature tracked conveyor infantry models who resemble cybernetic terminators cut at the waist and attached to set of small triangle treads.
One unit type will be heavily armored, and decked out for close quarters engagements.
The second is less armored, and features two types of cannon; a plasma cannon varainat, and a larger calibre weapon.

They are on 50mm bases.”

Though really cool with new models this also fills me with some kind of comfort, as this add to the pool of usable entries for my models. Honestly I think I'd use them anyway, but it's just better to have similar units in the codex I think.
So I might still be able to use these for game play.


Friday, April 17, 2015

I don't care it's not AdMech

Thought not AdMech this image has been found cool and cleared for publishing in this blog.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

How to make skitarii the alternative way

Sometimes miniatures comes to you in the strangest way, like yesterday. Anyone know what the thing on the pic it? Right - it's a katousche, the bit inside your taps, that controls flow and mix of hot/cold water. Also the part that's worn out when it start dripping. But what do all this have to do with AdMech you might ask! Well we had a few dripping tabs and it would take us 200 -300 £ to have them changed, I decided that was too much, and bought those spares instead. Even though I do not have much in the way of handyman skills, I managed to make the repairs without floddings or ruined sinks. Then came the magic point: the missus said "now you have some spare cash for little plastic men!" I was baffled, couldn't say a word - but I'm going to take her up on that!!!

Monday, March 30, 2015

What a mess

Fired up by the eminent AdMech release I vented to the missus I needed some of those new models. The "look"and a comment about me not using or building all the stuff I already hed, made me have a look in my hobby room. The biggest problem was, she was right - at least it looked like she was. Tons of plastic everywhere, still on sprues, you know all the not used bits from tons of conversions - so full of mechanicus energy I decided to clean up the room, getting all the plastic sorted out. Mistake! It takes forever - getting all those bits off the sprues and into little boxes. Anyway once I'm done it will get easier to sort though the bits, but just feels like I'll be ready for building minis again once Codex Adeptus Mechanicus 2.ed arrives.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

GW reveals the next Mechanicus release?

Take a close look at those two clip below. A real close look - not only do the show of some really cool models without blur or the ever present minecraft effect. But if you look closely in the intro you'll see concept sketches for the rangers and vanguard - below those are other concept sketches of, what seems to be a magus or tech-pries and some sort of lovely evil looking bioconstruct? Next week?

edit: By the Omnissiah for once I thought I was fast and it turn out I was "out fasted" by a guy on BC

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Skitarii model details and minecraft-mechanicus

Once again pics of the new mechanicus has hit the web - once again I'm awed by the detail in these minis. But why people getting their hands on WD early cannot stop shaking or set their camera at a higher resolution is beyond me - hey I have an idea; send me the very first copy of the next WD with mechanicus in it, and I promise you'll get pics without blur and where you can actually zoom in with out seeing minecraft-mechanicus - deal?

First off is a couple of detail shots of the new models - honestly I cant find a thing I do not like (I'm not a huge fan of the way the servitor is hooked up to the dragoon though - that will be worked over). But look at all those tiny detail work on the guns in general - and the jezzail in particular - now I like it (muzzle will get the knife though). Get wait to get converting these.
What gets me equally exited is the decal sheet - just amazing, been wanting something like that for years.
At the bottom is a couple of fine on the battle field pics - funny how they just blend right in with that Knight isn't it - now I have to get one anyway!

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