Friday, May 3, 2013

What was old is new again!


I haven't been idle, hobby-wise, since Adepticon. I've just been without my lights for photography. They returned on Wednesday, so last night I was able to sneak in a few shots of what I've been up to.


So far you've only really seen the "new" stuff for the Mechanicum army. Well, part of the plan has always been to rebase and touch up the "old" stuff, and bring it inline with my new approach. Above you can see the four Magos/Adepts models from the "never commercially released" Adeptus Mechanicus set that was available for a short time in the early years of this century (vis GW's Skullz program). When I first tackled the AdMech in 2005-6, I converted these guys, and replaced a few missing bits, hence the interesting mix of backpacks and claws etc.

For this update I simply switched their bases, updated their skin color to match the pallid flesh aesthetic I'm going for now, and repainted any military green areas with black or red. They'll be a nice "throwback" cluster of models in the greater procession.


I have over 30 servitors to update as well. Here you can see the new approach to the flesh in effect. The model on the left is my original "greying flesh", then the second step of the new flesh (Vallejo Pale Sand with a layer of Seraphim Sepia wash), followed by the fourth step of the new flesh (highlights with Pale Sand and Dead White). The final scribe servitor on the right has some thin, spot glazes of Secret Weapon Ruby wash pushed into the details.


Here are a couple more of the updated servitors on their Dragon Forge Tech Deck bases.


I also had over 20 "Cultists" to bring up to date. Here they are. The bulk of the original conversions are based on the old Bretonnian Grail Pilgrims.


And finally. I was short a couple of 40mm bases (a miscalculation on my part), so I built these ones using plasticard, plastic rods, and a few cool vents and deck sheeting that I received from Jeff (at Dragon Forge) in my order. I think they've turned out very nicely.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy seeing this "update". There'll be a lot more Mechanicum/Adeptus Mechanicus stuff to come.

But, wait... there's more!

My mate Graham McNeill, author of Priests of Mars (the book that rekindled my obsession for the Ad Mech), is up for voting in the SFX awards for 2013. Please take a few minutes to head to this link here, scroll down a bit, and vote for Priests of Mars. I (and Graham) would really appreciate it ; )

Cheers
Dave

16 comments:

  1. These take me back...

    Amazing what a base swap and a wee bit of updated paint can do. Seeing this entire army together, in one place and on one table - might just shatter minds.

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    1. I was going for "melt faces", but I'll take "shatter minds" ; )

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  2. Brilliant work all around. I think I've actually seen the "cultists" somewhere before?

    If Graham McNeill is a mate of your, you all things pionty, shooty and damaging his way untill he does write another AdMech book. That thing was some of the best.

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    1. I thinks he's already finished the manuscript for Lords of Mars, the follow up to Priests of Mars, so we just have to wait on BL ; )

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    2. I had no idea a new one was in the making. Easily makes the best news of the day list here.
      Is that official news btw?

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    3. I'm pretty sure Graham posted it to his "Fortress of Hera" author Facebook page, so yeah, I think it's official. Hopefully I haven't accidentally leaked anything ; )

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  3. Awesome work, Dave! I'm a huge fan of those old Skulls tech priests. I really ought to getting around to painting mine - inspiring stuff! I really dig the little updates and add-ons you've done to the set, they really look fantastic!

    Keep up the great work!

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    1. Thanks Mordian. Ofcourse, part of me would like to do them again with all the original parts.

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  4. Great stuff mate - really stunning:)

    Looking forward to see more from your workbench :)

    Cheers

    Janus

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  5. I really like them, always had a soft spot for the ad mech. Dammit, another project! CN

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    1. There's never enough time, is there?

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  6. Always loved the Skulls tech priests. I've got the Magos with the child servitor attached. Classic figure although mine is painted terribly in comparison to yours.

    Love your blog, got a Grenswick platoon half built totally inspired by your work ( ps really love the tech cultists, not seen them b4)

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