Community Spotlight: Elite Troops, Mechanical Servants & Veteran Romans

August 21, 2019 by brennon

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Come and join us for another delve into the Forums and 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 pieces this week...

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

Adeptus Mechanicus by danlee

We're diving into some awesomeness from the world of Warhammer 40,000, to begin with as we look at this awesome Adeptus Mechanicus army from danlee which came out of the manufactorum during the 40K Hobby Weekend.

Adeptus Mechanics #1 by danlee

The first thing that struck me about this project and the colour scheme was the use of orange as the big poppy colour. I think it works really well on these models and is a good contrast to the darker metal tone used across the rest of the model. It really makes the models pop and even though there are few additional colours used the miniatures look finished and tabletop ready.

Adeptus Mechanics #2 by danlee

This is then pushed to the next level on some more of the models in the collection. For example, I really like the subtle green glow added to the reactors for this walker and the way it reflects softly off the top of the leg. I also think that, once again, this shows off just how awesome a nice bright colour scheme can look, even on grimdark Sci-Fi warriors.

I have to tip my hat to the really good use of texture paints on the base to bring across that lava feel for the planet too. Overall, this is a really striking and simple army which has a good presence on the battlefield. I could happily look at this across the table and know I was playing someone who cared about their army!

Adeptus Mechanics #3 by danlee

Contrast paints have been used really well here alongside some more classic paint choices from the Citadel range to provide us with an awesome army and perhaps some ideas for others to cotton onto!

Militarum Tempestus by darkdanegan

Next up we're turning our attention to another Warhammer 40,000 army which was brought to life by one of our digital ticket holders. Here we have darkdanegan and his stunning looking Militarum Tempestus force which is primed for a tactical insertion!

Militarum Tempestus #1 by darkdanegan

I remember seeing the start of this army coming together on the Saturday of the 40K Hobby Weekend. The bold choice of black is always an interesting one but the base colour for these soldiers has been really well done. The thing that makes it though is the use of very clean and tidy brushwork on the red trim and across the other spotlight colours to help bring the models to life.

Whilst there is still a plethora of black on show you can't tell thanks to the way the other colours have been used to break up the model into different segments. It looks brilliant, especially when you see the green glowing lights on their screens and lenses.

The great painting continues when you look at more of the infantry here and the coolest thing is how lots of the soldiers have been posed in proper action stances. I love that thought has gone into how they might look when fighting.

Militarum Tempestus #2 by darkdanegan

As well as the infantry there's also the work on the Taurox transport which the Militarum Tempestus use.

Militarum Tempestus #3 by darkdanegan

Again, the model is looking great and whilst there is a lot of black/grey here the use of the various brighter colours really helps to make it look like a finished vehicle. I also like that the red hasn't been overly used and instead just been applied as a trim, much like on their armour.

SPQR Romans by dugthefug1644

Last but not least we're looking to a different game and a different time. Here is dugthefug1644's work on his Roman SPQR warband for use in the skirmish game by Warlord Games.

SPQR Romans #1 by dugthefug1644

dugthefug1644 is one of those people for whom their painting has come on leaps and bounds and it has been brilliant to see their progress. He is also a machine when it comes to working on models and you'll no doubt see more of his projects as you scroll through our interface. Here though he has put his talents to good use making a band of characterful and detailed Roman soldiers who have been through the wars.

SPQR Romans #2 by dugthefug1644

From the characters through to the core troops, he has really made attention to each figure and making sure that they all look authentic and most of all cool! The use of the transfers on the shields really serves to bring the models to life too and continues with that theme of 'detail' from the painting on display.

One thing we always talk about with models is telling a story with them and I think dugthefug1644 has done that here. The use of blood and wounded heads, arms and hands tells the story of an SPQR warband which has been through the wringer and found itself battered and bruised after its exploits.

SPQR Romans #3 by dugthefug1644

This kind of thing tells a story and makes you care for your soldiers all the more. I also almost forgot to say just how awesome the basing is here too, placing these soldiers in a nice generic location somewhere in the Mediterranean. I commend the use of smaller bits and pieces here to make the bases look natural rather than just covering the entire thing in rocks or grass!

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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