Community Spotlight: 02 Hundred Hours, Solar Auxilia & A Gnome Army!

December 6, 2023 by brennon

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Come and join us for another delve into the Projects to find the best of the best from the last week or so. We're going to be getting stuck into lots of great-looking miniature wargaming painting and hobbying this week...


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02 Hundred Hours Battle Reports by SirHumphreyRtd

We start off with a look at some battle reports from SirHumphreyRtd who has been diving into the special operations behind enemy lines in 02 Hundred Hours. These have been a nice look at diving into the game and learning the mechanics whilst also exploring what SirHumphreyRtd likes and dislikes about the game. There have been two games played out so far including a Raid In The Desert and some Intelligence Gathering.

02 Hundred Hours Battle Reports #1 by SirHumphreyRtd

What's nice about the reports from SirHumphreyRtd is that they've set up some absolutely awesome tabletops packed with fun terrain. There is a good mix of MDF buildings in there alongside awesome-looking palm trees and the like that help to sell the look and feel of North Africa on the tabletop. Having the table look like it fits the game you're playing is a great place to start.

02 Hundred Hours Battle Reports #2 by SirHumphreyRtd

The two reports that have been added so far are a good breakdown of the rules so if you're someone who is interested in giving the game a go, this might be a fun way for you to work out whether or not the game is for you. It's interesting looking at how the games played out and the way that the stealth works in terms of the sneaking LRDG and the German Sentries.

02 Hundred Hours Battle Reports #4 by SirHumphreyRtd

It's always nice diving into these kinds of projects as they give you a taste of the games that might be on your watchlist and they showcase people actually getting to play the games that we work so hard on. Some great tabletops, some awesome terrain and a good breakdown of the two different games have certainly got me interested in playing the game!


Solar Auxilia Army by nazroth

Next up, we're looking at the hard work of nazroth that took place over the course of a month. The idea was to bring to life a Warhammer 40,000 and/or The Horus Heresy army featuring the epic Solar Auxilia. This is a proper feat of painting as something like this might take most people around a year or two to bring to life. nazroth has done some pretty wild stuff here.

Solar Auxilia Army #1 by Solar Auxilia

This project looks at the process of bringing these miniatures to life including all of the hefty vehicles that you see here and the various infantry miniatures too. I quite like that there is a good mix of miniatures in the set here with plenty of specialised infantry and then, of course, plenty of tanks! Everyone loves an armoured column when it comes to the "Guard" of Warhammer 40,000.

Solar Auxilia Army #2 by Solar Auxilia

The idea was to run with the theme of a German Army from World War II in terms of colours but with a splash of yellow and purple in there to hit those Warhammer 40,000 themes and turn them into something from the grimdark future. This is a proper challenge and one that really shows off the process of batch painting, especially when it comes to getting all of those key elements of the different vehicles and infantry down in the space of a few days.

Solar Auxilia Army #3 by Solar Auxilia

For example, the infantry elements alone took eight days of hefty painting to bring to life. I think the final look to them is pretty awesome. I really like the dark grey of the armour which matches with the World War II theme. This then goes to eleven with the addition of purple and yellow to tie everything together. I also really like the work on some of the characters including this fellow above with his crackling power weapon.

This was one hell of a project and shows that the life of a commission painter is a lot of work! The photography apparently took three hours as well! I guess there was a lot of pushing miniatures around and sorting out little sections of the army to photograph. As a whole, this is a brilliant bit of work and maybe it will inspire some folks to do something similar!


Gnomish Army by gorram

Last but not least, we have something Fantasy. Recently, Warp Miniatures took to MyMiniFactory with a whole host of Gnomes that can be used to make fun Not-Hammer armies. gorram was clearly inspired and so fired up the 3D Printer and got to work bringing this little army to life.

Gnome Army #1 by gorram

The army has grown and looks like it's going to be brilliant once it's all ready for the tabletop. The prints have come out very nicely for the regular infantry and some of the monstrous creatures and I reckon that gorram is going to be snapping up the December collection as well with those Troll-Badgers!

Some of the Gnome Archers also got a lick of paint that matches up with the scheme that Alex created for the army. How awesome are these little guys!?

Gnome Army #2 by gorram

The beards look great and they pop next to the red for the hats and the blue on their tunics. The dark wood weapons also really suit and I love that their swords are also made of wood! I think the basing is also awesome for these miniatures and gives the idea of a forest floor that they are scampering over.

Gnome Army #3 by gorram

I hope that this army gets more paint on it and the rest of the force comes together for Kings Of War. I would love to face these across the table! Some glorious 3D Prints brought to life very nicely by the painting from gorram.

What Are You Painting Right Now?

Every week we’re absolutely blown away by the incredible topics that are put into the Projects, it’s getting more difficult to choose Community Spotlights! We love your work and we hope to see a lot more of it in the future!

If you fancy getting your hobby fingers out and showing off your newest paint job, terrain piece or even greatest gaming achievement, we want to know about it! We don’t mind if you’re a newcomer to painting or a veteran of the brush, everything you do inspires us to create more and more content together!

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