Community Spotlight: Mercenary Bots, Celtic Gods, & The Greatest Golden Button Of All Time

May 4, 2022 by avernos

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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...


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


Bot War - Mercenaries by Rum8le

This week we begin with a monthly challenge as Rum8le continues his prep for a global campaign in July by painting a host of sellswords for use in the 80s nostalgia slap in the face that is BOT WAR.

After showing off his unbuilt collection the creator of BOT WAR threw down the gauntlet to get the lot painted in a month and for a lot of us I feel like we'd be onto a hiding to nothing, but Rum8le has painted substantially more in a month previously and has risen to this challenge with aplomb.

The project shows a development of a colour scheme over the days and weeks as Rum8le dialled in the overall look as it progressed. The majority of the Mercenaries have the same militaristic violet brown and grey colour scheme and overall look like a cohesive force, the slight changes in style give them an individual look within the group that I love.

Not everyone adheres to the uniform look in the force and Oleeta is one of those. I almost see these as feature pieces, the sudden splash of colour or change of tone really draws the eye and the bluish-grey used on her gives a lovely cartoonesque feel of metallics. From debagging to basing in under thirty days is amazing and the only question is, has Pundancer got his Bots yet?


Sláine the King by Demonsub

The Celtic vibes are in the air once again and another community member has taken it upon themself to knock out a starter box set in April to shame the rest of us! This time around Demonsub is tackling the 2000AD flavour of the month Sláine.

I love Demonsub's painting style and he's managed to do a brilliant job in capturing the look of the characters for the tabletop. Slaine the King taunting the enemies of the Earth Goddess in his black leather. There is lovely subtle highlighting on the black which is a pain to do without ending up in a washed out grey, and Demonsub has done it wonderfully well.

If the subtlety of the black highlighting impressed me then I was blown away by the harsh highlighting on the flesh that gives a texture to the skin as it ripples and warps during Sláine's raistrad. The bulging veins and popping eyes show the animalistic transformation and the painting style accentuates that.

The figures alone are good enough to warrant a butt butt ding, but on top of the terrific paint jobs I was even treated to a mini battle report as Demonsub had some friends around to try out the game and seeing the painted figures in situ on the tabletop shows how good they look with a paint job that has been annoyingly painted in less than a fortnight. So the rest of us have no excuse!


HMS Wheatstraw by Crispin

The last, but in no way least, project that deserves recognition is Crispin's build of the HMS Wheatstraw in what many people are calling the greatest golden button ever awarded!

Where to begin with this monster? Well first off the bat is that the Wheatstraw is a hell of a boat and what makes it even more spectacular is that Crispin designed and printed the entire thing with a view to using it in a game. I believe it counts as a fighter in A Billion Suns.

Eagle-eyed viewers may notice that the flight stand is made from Warren's flashlight holder for the 40K table build. Obviously scaled up massively to allow the huge acrylic rods to lift the Wheatstraw into the air. The banks of guns, each as large as a leman russ turret, may give you some idea of the scale of this beast that is both an in-game model and at the same time the whole table to play your skirmish games on.

It is easy to build a huge display piece model and let the smaller details slide, as people will be blown away by the overall majesty of the piece. However that is not the case with the Wheatstraw as you can see from the bridge. These final touches really set off the beast of a miniature with the seating and control consoles included and the room to add in your command staff to keep an eye on the smooth running of the HMS Wheatstraw. There is even a Battle Report!! Go and see.

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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