Community Spotlight: Arty Mechs, The Elephant In The Room & Debigulating Bolt Action

May 3, 2023 by avernos

Supported by (Turn Off)

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...

...make sure to always let us know what YOU have been working on and share it across the site.

Battletech Lances by JesusJohn

We're kicking off with a Battletech project from JesusJohn, who may be Tank Johns' own personal Jesus. A project jam-packed with Battletech miniatures and background as he is working through a mech army bringing it kicking and screaming out of the grey and into glorious technicolor! Well, I say technicolor but I really mean camo.

JesusJohn has settled on the Jihad era and is focusing in on the Draconis Combine to make the best use of the Mechs he has access to. Or at least he was, skip forward a couple of days and an audio book about the Eridani Light Horse called No Greater Honour and now the Draconis Combine has become Light Horse and the era has shifted to the Ilclan era.

JesusJohn's paint scheme is terrific and I love how he has carried it across onto the jump infantry to give a cohesive look to his forces and the small amount of foilage added on top of the textured paste helps scale the men and mechs very well without needing to do a ton of work you can see how the lances dwarf the shrubbery. The light reflecting off the pilots cockpits and likewise the visors of the infantry and add a great spot colour to break the camo pattern and drab military colours.

Speaking of a splash of colour a mixed media art collage for the Jade Falcon also shows JJ's appreciation of the Battletech universe beyond the world of tabletop and tiny fighting mens. Indeed it was this vibrant splash of colour appearing that drew me into the project and I'm glad it did. Spectacular work on the very tiny and larger canvases alike.

Carthage Must Be Resurrected by SirHumphreyRtd

In the 1970s when not explaining to dull ministers and prime ministers alike what they should be doing, SirHumphrey built a Carthaginian army in 25mm for some ancient warfare. Fielded with miniatures from Garrison and Lamming what a sight it must have been. Now several decades later and several millimeters taller the Carthaginian army is being rebuilt with a view to fielding it in smaller skirmish games. At least initially.

The whole project is packed full of big units for wargaming simply painted with the minimum of fuss. The use of Little Big Man Studio transfers on the shields help to elevate the overall look of the units alongside the simple yet effective basing scheme and you have an army that is worthy of bringing Rome to her knees.

Apart from the citizen soldiers there are also some of Hannibal's elite soldiers. These figures have replaced the traditional Carthaginian armour and shields with equipment salvaged from the Romans so have Scutum shields and also chain armour. Historically the chain could either have been looted or obtained from Gallic allies, but given the amount of Roman dead during some of the battles at Cannae and Trasimene I don't think they'll have needed the Gauls to supply many.

The standout piece in the army thus far, and there are many to choose from, has to be the Armorum and Aquila miniatures' elephant. The joyous look on his face is only because he doesn't yet realise he'll be freezing his pachyderms off halfway up a mountain in the not too distant future. It's a great model and I love how it dwarfs the Numidian cavalry even on their oversized horses. Next up a battle report. hint hint!

15mm Bolt Action by Wormfooduk

The final project for this week has got to be this reduction of Bolt Action to 15mm. It's a game that WormfoodUK loves but admittedly can't really play due to transport issues in getting a boards worth of stuff and figures to his local club for gaming. In many of our cases I imagine that would result in hands being thrown into the air and cloth rent whilst wailing ensued. Not for the stout yeoman WormfoodUK. He pointed the debigulator at Bolt Action and is rendering it in 15mm instead!

The first thing that struck me was the table layouts, taking the equivalent of a table that's 8x4 and reducing it to a 15mm version has let Wormfooduk build a board that has a layout a train modeller would be pleased with. but also offers up some interesting tactical choices for game play. Static tables sometimes get knocked because they always play the same way, but if you think about the towns and cities that were objectives in warfare it's not like they changed the positions of the buildings between attack and counter attack.

Wormfooduk has also used the old and new techniques that are available to help craft his terrain. So a 3D designed and printed bridge sits between some polystyrene hills that have been plastered and textured. He also has been working on several other boards that will allow the terrain to be assembled in a variety of ways for some mixing and matching of this little slice of Europe. His planning work on those has to be seen to be fully appreciated so I'll let you visit the project to see it yourself.

No table would be complete for a wargame without a force to fight upon it and Wormfooduk has started work on his German platoon using the Plastic Soldier Company 15mm figures. So far his force is small but perfectly formed, they've come up very well on the individual bases and he plans to colour code the rims of some of the bases to help identification across the tabletop, or in the case of my eyes right in front of me. The Panzer looks great as well supporting the force, the only thing I have yet to find out is if he means to reduce the scale of weapons and movement to centimetres or keep it as it currently is for a more realistic small-scaled engagement.

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!

What do you think of the entries this week?

Supported by (Turn Off)

Supported by (Turn Off)

Supported by (Turn Off)