Community Spotlight: Tiny Tanks, Creeping Dead, And Massive Mechs!

December 13, 2023 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...


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IDF Mechanised Company by Miniaturebrushwork

We're kicking things off this week with an old old project dredged up from the mists of time because of all the Team Yankee that I'm seeing around me these days. Miniaturebrushwork's Israeli Defence Force began, as these things often do, with a small Tanks! modern game between friends that then expanded into building 50 and 100 point lists for Team Yankee.

First up was the problem with the M113's which as a stock plastic kit didn't feel like they belonged in the IDF. So to rectify this horrible oversight Miniaturebrushwork designed the additional pieces himself in a Blender (has to be dangerous with those blades) and then combined those with some kneadite sculpting and styrene rods to put together a superbly unique set of M113s


The addition of the Pereh ATGM carriers was fascinating it's not actually a tank. The wild donkey houses guided missiles and to keep its secret they added a fake gun on the front a secret that worked well as they entered service in the mid 1980s and the first photographs didn't leak until 2013 before finally being declassified a few years later. That's one of the reasons I love historical gaming so much, there's always something unusual hiding out there for your games and it doesn't require sci-fi to make it happen.

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This group shot of the first 50 points shows off a beautifully rendered force with increased detailing and intricate little touches that personalise the whole force. When he last updated the project he was still trying to lay his hands on infantry and I hope that the supply chain issues of the EVENT haven't permanently shelved his plans to complete the force now that he has so much done.


Conquest the Old Dominion by Seldon9

Our next offering on the altars of Hazlia's dark fire is Seldon9's Old Dominion army for Conquest which has come together off the back of a demo game and a small tournament run by a friend. So after being pulled into the world of Ea he's making the best of it.


The most recent offering of infantry is the Varangians which highlights Seldon9's change in approach for painting the infantry. It shows how the change in his approach to going for a fast paint scheme has paid dividends and helped showcase the units. The use of a zenith makes the colours more vibrant which is important when you are going to be dulling them down for the undead look.

The Bone Golems are probably my favourite unit in the army, from the weird spectral green stone that appears on many of the heroes' bases to the purple glow of the Dark Fire they are probably one of the brightest units in the army. They really have a grim menace that is almost at odds with the art displayed on two of the hulking monstrosities.

One of my favourite things is the simplicity of the basing and it's highlighted on the heroic figures extremely well. Using pigments and a mottling effect it looks like scourged earth and for an army of undead risen by a God's dark fire that's pretty on point. Seldon9 has also made several large bases to sub in when some of the hero models are being used as Warlords rather than unit upgrades which is an excellent way of doing it. It gives the army a minimalist look that helps direct attention to the miniatures itself.


Battletech by Elmir

Finally this week we have a stunning set of mercenary lances for Battletech by king of the very tiny Elmir. Working his way through the Game of Armoured Combat box with some additional 3D prints Elmir has put together some very distinctive lances.


The first lance is a two-tone colour scheme in cream and green which is excellent because it rhymes but more than that are the little details that Elmir does to make the miniatures really pop. The cockpit reflections and small amounts of paint chipping and damage make them look a little bit beaten up but still well-maintained.

The second standout thing in the project for me is Elmir's tutorial on tartan or plaid. Through the use of a photomontage, he shows that the scheme itself is a very easy set of steps to reproduce even though the final result may look daunting. Just breaking down your scheme into its constituent parts makes it so much easier.

As you can see from the finished Warhammer the completed look is simply magnificent the tartan "sash" across the mech looks fantastic, but couple that with the comic book style black/blue gun barrels and the finish on the bases just gives them a fantastic grounded look overall.

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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