Posts Tagged ‘Adeptus Mechanicus’

Well, Games Workshop’s Inner Circle event has come and gone.  I entered at my closest store (Warhammer – Northwoods outside Tampa).  It’s a little over an hour away.  I went to all of the build-up events to work on conversions and to meet some of the regulars.  I have to say, between the manager Johnathan and a great group of hobbyists, they create a great atmosphere.

Anyway, I decided to enter the Graia Forgeworld Mechanicus that I have been working on this last year.  The event was a great reason to kick things into high gear, finish some units that were still sitting in boxes as well as inspiring me to build some of the conversions I had in mind.  (The converted Dominus models are my favorites.)  You guys can let me know what you think of the force.  It came in 1st place with players choice for the store but did not make the cut for Dallas.  Overall, I am really glad I took on the challenge.  It even got me to build a display board.  Enjoy!

 

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So, a little tease on the Mechanicus front.  I painted up one of these Forge World beauties for the ever growing army of my friend J.S.  This is quite a nice model with lots of detail to bring the Martian atmosphere to he tabletop.  I stayed with the color scheme of his other Mechanicus pieces.  The result is quite striking I think.

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The body and top are monolithic pieces that (in my case) did not align as well as I would like.  I donned a dust mask and wrapped a wooden block wrapped with 400-grit sandpaper to get a flush join.  If you have trouble identifying the surfaces that need sanded, briefly sand one face on the wooden block to get it mostly flat.  Do NOT remove a lot of material at one go.  A half-dozen passes of the block will help get things started.  Then you should rub that face with a pencil  .Press the mating face of the complimentary piece firmly against it.  Look for smudges of transfer to identify the spots on it that need smoothed down.  Repeat while alternating pieces until you get a good join.  Remember to alternate which piece you sand so as not to remove more than absolutely necessary.  This method helps get a tight and flush join without removing too much material or resorting to large amounts of greenstuff plugging.

Assembly is pretty straight forward.  However, with the way the final assembly would hinder painting detail, I did paint the model in assemblies – body, shroud, gears, and sides.  Because of the small number of large pieces and the way that they join, the model required very few pins.  I did go ahead and magnetize the weapons and targeter because the stems seemed a bit fragile for the weight of the model.  Any shift during transport might have snapped them off.  Be careful to ensure the model sits flat when gluing the tracked sections to the body.  I have seen some of these with a terrible wobble to them.

Overall, another fun model from the boys at Forge World.  I’m sure that I’ll be doing more for the Mechanicum.  But, for now, there is a fresh batch of Skitarii sprues waiting to be assembled.  Onward!

 

So, I have had a jones for all things Mechanicus since I first picked up Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader in the late 80’s.  Something about those gritty, “hard line” sketches of robed figures festooned with rebreathers, dendrites, and all manner of arcane equipment really brought the atmosphere of the game into focus.  You could almost smell the mixture of incense and ozone and machine oil.

However, other than during the short life of GW’s Specialist Games Inquisitor tabletop game, I have never done much towards modeling Mechanicus figures.  Sure, I have plenty of bits in my bins and there are a few converted models that I tested to see about making some skitari and priests for the Rogue Trader RPG.  But, I have so many other projects (and commissions) on my plate, I could ever justify the time to build a scratch-built “counts-as” army for the Martian brotherhood.  But now, GW has released some gorgeous new figures that really do justice to the “feel” of the Mechanicus.  Forge World has also stepped up to the plate and rolled out their own beautiful pieces

Here are the first few models I have done for a client.  I love the detail and feel of the new pieces.  I know that I’ll be lightening my wallet soon to acquire some of my own.  Later i will do a long post with reviews, tutorial, and some tips and tricks for building your own sons of Mars.  For now, just sit back and take a look at the first few to come off of the assembly line.

 

UPDATE:  For those of you that never saw it.  Here is the Adeptus Mechanicus cake that my beautiful wife got me for my birthday a few years ago.

In the spirit of evoking the real “feel” of the Templars, the client and I sat down to refine our ideas how to customize the piece.  One of the defining ideas was to try to capture the relic worship so ingrained in Space Marine lore.  To this end, We have decided that the carapace of the titan should feel like an altar.  Time for some cool theme detailing as the painting progresses.

Check it out!

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Because I am a junky for all things Forge World, my wonderful wife decided to get me a custom cake for my birthday.  The folks at Cakes by Ron in Sarasota, Florida did a fantastic job getting the Adeptus Mechanicus imagery correct.  But, besides looking great, it tasted fantastic – lemon cake with a raspberry filling.  Birthday dreams do come true.  Thanks babe.

I’ve been working on this Warhound titan so much that I thought it only fair he be there to help me cut the cake.

Did I mention that the cake was delicious?  Mmmmm.

Thanks again to my beautiful wife for the terrific birthday treat.