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Work in Progress Wednesday – Update on What’s on My Desk

The last few weeks have seen a bunch of sporadic hobby projects for me, but for some reason, little writing here. So, here is a look at my workbench and the randomness therein.

While one of the things I have promised myself to work on is to finish a bunch of my half-finished projects before starting anything new, I have failed at that big time this week.

I have found with myself that sometimes I just don’t feel like painting. Just the idea of it overwhelms me with ‘meh.’ Odd considering that this is my hobby and one of my biggest stress reliefs.

Instead, I find the desired to build models to be where I get pulled. So that is where I have been since I finished the Megaboss.

Mentor Legion Terminators

It started with moving my workspace inside. My gracious wife recommended we move the boys into the same room and use the smaller bedroom as my new office. And in this new office, I could finally setup the bookcases with glass doors to use as a display case.

While digging out my Mentor Legion, I found a few Terminators I had started re-posing a few years ago. Along with them were the Dark Angles from the Dark Vengence set. I knew I had more terminators in my bits box of shame that I should build up.

Mentor Legion Terminators Build WIP

Well, it turns out I had thirty of these terminators along with the Blood Angel’s Capitan in Terminator armor. Each had come from various box sets over the years. Assualt on Black Reach, Dark Vengence, the Space Wolf vs Orks campaign, and the Space Marine big box.

Now I love the idea of the terminators, but the basic guy is so bland and blocky. Especially compared against the DV set or Space Hulk minis. But with some simple adjustments to the pose, you can make a big difference in their look.

Mentor Legion Terminators with Missile Launcher

Armed with a pin vice, 1/16″ brass rod, and needle nosed pliers, I adjusted the angle of arms, hands, and even one of their legs. These were later filled in with putty and attempted to sculpt ribbing. Small adjustments to the arms changed the feeling and movement of the mini. From opening up the pose to making it look mid swing.

Mentor Legion Terminators with Assault Cannon

Many of the chapter specific icons I was able to scrape off. But I also left many of the general wolf, wings, and sword motifs and plan to work them into the warrior’s heraldry. Figured that I could use some of the old fluff for the Mentors where they would train with other legions.

Mentor Legion Terminators with Assault Cannon

Since I am not a gamer anymore, I have no clue as to the effectiveness of any of the weapon options. So instead, I went with the rule of cool and mixed it up.

Mentor Legion Assault Terminators with LIghtning claws

This resulted with a squad of Lightning claw shredders.

Mentor Legion Assault Terminators with Thunder Hammers

The Titan Squad equipped with Thunder Hammers and shields.

Mentor Legion Terminators with Heavy Flamer

And four squads of ranged Terminators, two with assault cannons, one missile launcher, and the last with a heavy flamer. Each squad has a couple of chain fists to make sure they can break open all those tanks.

Mentor Legion Terminator Captain Conversion

The Capitan was only slightly modified from the original miniature. Notably, the bare face was replaced with a helmet (actually only one bare head made it into the build). Some of the Blood Angel icons were removed and some replaced with other icons where needed.

Ork Mek in Mega-armor

Another box in the backlog was Meganobz kit – also from the Space Wolf campaign box. My grown hoard of walkers needs some Meks to hammer things into place, so I busted out the Mek from the kit.

Ork Mek in Megarmor with Kustom Force Field

While I figure the shield generator would be more useful in the game, the teleporter weapon looks awesome. So I busted out my much-neglected magnets and actually put them to work. With a magnet sitting under the top armor of the Mek and matching magnets in each of the options, I can easily swap back and forth.

Ork Mek in Megarmor with Telleporta

I also had the normal Mek sitting in the box so I quickly put him together. I think from the random bits between the two, I should be able to create a third – Deathskulls have a lot of scraps after all.

Painting the Buildings

The one thing I have been putting paint to this last little bit is one of the big buildings I built for my table. As these things are huge, it has mostly been dry brushing with the biggest brush I have.

WIP Gothic Ruins Building on TableScape Tile

I want the buildings to be neutral shades of color. Enough color to be interesting, but not stand out. They are also so large that my normal bottles of Vallejo paint would not do. It would a few bottles per building!

WIP Gothic Ruins Building on TableScape Tile

So instead, I am using standard acrylic tubes from the craft store. Not the stuff made for kids (it doesn’t stick well) but from the ‘fine art’ department. They are super high pigment and thick, so would be difficult to use for normal miniatures, but for dry brushing buildings, they work great.

I will write a post with more details about the paint job once I finish, but I am happy with how it is turning out.

The Backlog

As part of this office cleanup, I have also started going back through the back log of other projects in the bits bin. I plan to update my old Trello board and do some triage on all the old projects.

I spent a good deal of time going through my big bits box of unbuilt models and started clipping parts into baggies. I plan to build up a few more random models and get everything primed. Found a Rhino I plan to turn into a Razorback, a drop pod, Ork Boyz and Nobz, and the rest of the Dark Vengence kit I never built.

With the sunny summer starting to come to an end, I will have plenty built and primed for the next 8 months of rain.

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  • Always exciting to see WIP progress from others. Following along with others’ hobby projects is a big motivator for me, especially during spells when I’m not able to hobby much myself.

    You mention cleaning up your Trello board, which intrigues me. Is your old Trello blog post still how you plan to use it? I’ve been tinkering with a Trello Chrome Extension specifically based on how I use Trello for painting / hobby progress and am curious if it would benefit others too. (e.g summarize unit counts, dollars, points,)

    • I always mean to do more of them, but then get distracted and forget to take more pictures 🙂

      I haven’t used the chrome extension, but I have been using it a lot for my blog posts and some other projects. But I have fallen WAY behind on tracking my unit progress. I think I got a little overwhelmed with everything in there so will probably break it down a bit more and create a whole different board for the backlog and ‘stuck’ projects. Leaving only the projects I am actually working on in the main board.

      I would love to see how you are using it too.

  • I only put up my WiP post today and yours blows it out of the water. Lots of great stuff chief, delighted to see the terminators there. Love a big group of them.

    Always an Ork fan and clever use of the magnets. The building looks cool as well.

    • Well to be fair, some of this has been a bit more than a week’s worth of work, just been way behind on a lot of the posts.That and building progresses much faster.
      I don’t usually magnetize things but this was just calling for it 🙂

  • Joe, that is a lot of terminators! Good going 😀 I like the tweaks to the poses you have done, it really makes them more dynamic. All the extra gubbins add interest to them too.

    Still use my Trello app after seeing it here. It’s a really great tool for tracking purchases, building and painting progress, as well as whole army projects. Can’t imagine not using it now.

    Great to hear about your hobby room. It is definately one of my dreams to have my own room again to hobby in

    • haha yeah it is, I just started building them and later realized that it is probably the whole allotment of terminator armor for the chapter!
      I still use Trello almost every day, but the project log for units has been badly neglected. need to get it back into shape and use.
      Getting out of the garage has been a huge blessing, though I do need to move some of my hobby stuff around to make room for actual work stuff too…

  • Those Termies look great. The pose changeups really made a HUGE difference in what, as you said, is often otherwise a dull model.

    I’m really liking the color on the outside of that building. It gives interest without being too bold.

    • Thanks! Yeah just tilting an arm and head makes so much difference.

      I have three of these big buildings and I’m trying to decide if I paint them all the same colors or mix it up. I would leave them all the desaturated colors, but maybe one reddish and another greenish.

  • Love those Terminators. Some of the head twists are a little extreme, but the overall effect works quite well.
    The Shrine is great too. It would make an awesome photo backdrop for finished models. Is that one of the Secret Weapon table tiles under it?

    • thanks, and true, some of the heads needed to twist further than they probably should have to achieve the effect. I didn’t feel like redoing the heads and body armor though.
      Using them as backdrops is definitely a reason I’m doing them. Need something for more cinematic pictures and such. Yeah its one of their TableScapes. They fit rather nicely on them though I had to cut down some of the rubble to make way for the walls.

  • Mordian7th

    Very cool – That’s a whole mess o’ terminators, really looking forward to seeing ’em done up in your Mentors scheme! Really dig that terrain as well, awesome work, man!

    • me too! Though it takes so long for me to paint them that I almost thought about using them for a whole different army just to get them done 🙂

  • Siph Horridus

    Who is hosting Dreadtober this year mate? You or Greggles?