Community Spotlight: BattleTech, The Barons’ War Islamic Armies & New Blood!

August 23, 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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BattleTech by elmir

We start this week with a look at some more work on a different game by elmir. elmir tends to do a lot in the Dystopian Age but has also done some great painting for the worlds of Marvel and now BattleTech. I think we should summon a John!

BattleTech #1 by elmir

This one is quite simple. elmir wanted to get painting some BattleTech and so took their patented brand of awesome painting know-how and did a pretty darn good job on a Lance for use in some games. I like the green and yellow/sand for these mechs but I think the proper standout element of them is the painting on the cockpits!

BattleTech #2 by elmir

This works nicely to produce some miniatures that immediately draw the eye. I love having that "isn't that cool!" moment when looking at miniatures and these have that in spades. You get a sense of the battlefields their fighting on as explosions flash in the face of the pilots.

A glutton for punishment, elmir has also started work on a Grey Watch Lance and painting up some tartan (and tiny tartan at that) on one of his mechs. Once again, it looks pretty darn special I think you'll agree.

BattleTech #3 by elmir

There is a nice little tutorial included in the project talking about the way that tartan came to life and, if I know elmir, there are going to be all manner of additional miniatures coming to this project over the next while. Maybe this will inspire some folks to have a go at painting more of their own BattleTech.


The Barons' War Islamic Army by scribbs

Next up, we're going to be exploring some of the miniatures painted up by scribbs for The Barons' War. We'd had a look at some of scribbs work on the Crusaders and now we're looking at the Islamic States and their armies which are going to war.

Islamic Medieval Army #2 by scribbs

Some of the most recent work has gone into painting the Islamic Spearmen that make up the core of their force. I absolutely love the HUGE splash of colour that you get with these miniatures and how clean but realistic the colours look. There is a place for the grimdark and the gritty but there's something to be said for bright, poppy colours capturing the vibe of a particular period. These look great and I especially like all of the work on the shields.

Islamic Medieval Army #3 by scribbs

The same goes for some of the cavalry that have also been added into the mix for this Islamic army. I really like the painting on the riders but also the work on the horses is just really good. It takes a lot of patience to paint different-looking horses so well done to scribbs for cracking on with it. This is also a good time to talk about basing and how that basic sand look properly nice for framing the miniatures.

With so much work going into both the infantry and the cavalry as well as characters like this fellow below, scribbs seems set for a proper royal rumble in the Middle East during the period of the Crusades.

Islamic Medieval Army #1 by scribbs

Make sure to take a closer look at the project linked above and get your fill of the amazing Medieval project that scribbs has put together. I hope that we're going to be seeing some battle reports in the near future.


New Blood! by jmsstockwell

Next up, something a bit different from jmsstockwell. This project isn't aimed at painting miniatures but instead on getting new people or perhaps those who have left the tabletop gaming sphere, back to the tabletop to start playing games again.

Getting People Gaming #1 by jmsstockwell

Over the course of a few different entries in the project, jmsstockwell has been talking about getting people into games like Warhammer Fantasy Battles, testing out Dungeon Saga with the family and adapting the likes of HeroQuest to play out fun adventures. It's really awesome to see someone's philosophy on "play" and trying to get youngsters, family members and friends into their games.

Getting People Gaming #2 by jmsstockwell

The project comes with a lot of detail on the mindset that jmsstockwell is in and why they are choosing particular games to dive into. It is really interesting reading about Dungeon Saga and why that gets such a top billing as well as the recent look at Warhammer and playing with a cut down set of rules that give people the vibe of a game. Sometimes, the full rules of a game can be properly daunting and put people off. The aims here are to get people excited and it's great to see that.

Getting People Gaming #3 by jmsstockwell

We've talked a lot in the past about getting people interested in games and trying out all manner of ways to do that. jmsstockwell is doing that in style and I can't wait to see where this particular project goes in the future. It has been fascinating learning about the different experiences he and his friends (and family) have gone through so far and I am eager to get more after action reports!

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?

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