Community Spotlight: Xenos Rampant, The Macau Incident & A Royal Rumble(slam)

October 25, 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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Xenos Rampant by zoidpinhead

We start off this week's Community Spotlight with some army builds for the awesome Sci-Fi wargame, Xenos Rampant. zoidpinhead has been working away on two armies to use in the game using miniatures which have come from a variety of different companies. They have all come together to make some pretty awesome-looking armies!

Xenos Rampant #1 by zoidpinhead

The two armies that zoidpinhead has been working on cover a police-like force known as The Enforcers and a band of Cultists. Miniatures have come from a variety of different places including the Gates Of Antares range, North Star's plastic kits for the likes of Stargrave and Frostgrave, the classic Warzone miniatures range and more. I really like the choice of miniatures from zoidpinhead across the two factions and how even though they are all slightly different in aesthetic, the paint schemes have bound them together.

Xenos Rampant #2 by zoidpinhead

I really liked the Cultists in particular who have been made from a mix of those Warzone miniatures and the plastic sets from North Star. I really like the dark purple/red that has been used, especially against the dull gold and silver which really serves to highlight that "evil" vibe to the warband. The sandy bases which are much lighter then help to frame the miniatures nicely and make them pop.

The Enforcers are equally awesome in look with a blue armour that really pops. There is a nice breakdown of the painting process for both sets of miniatures over on the project as well as how they are going to work when used in games of Xenos Rampant.

Xenos Rampant #3 by zoidpinhead

The finished look of both forces feels quite bound together; as well as if they both sit in the same world. That has been achieved by the basing as well but I think the style of the schemes across the two forces also helps to keep them bound together. It would be fun to see if zoidpinhead ends up having any more ideas that could be brought to this world as the factions expand!


Black Seas by jamescutt

Next up, we have a project from jamescutt focused on Black Seas and whilst the main focus is a neat battle report as you'll see down below, The Macau Incident, there is also a little bit of TerrainFest goodness in there too as jamescutt needed to make some islands to use during the game in short order!

Black Seas #1 by jamescutts

The Macau Incident is based on a real clash that happened in 1799 but jamescutt has made a fun scenario (which you can download) to play using your Black Seas ships. There is a good breakdown of the two fleets which have been used for the game as well as a write-up of the scenario itself being played. I think it also helps that those lovely islands look so nice! Cheap and cheerful and yet very effective when dropped onto a sea mat as you can see.

Black Seas #2 by jamescutts

You can actually get a look at more from jamescutt over on their YouTube Channel, Shakos & Sprues where there is plenty of historical content. This is quite fitting because I have recently been looking at getting stuck into Black Seas and this is very inspirational!

Black Seas #3 by jamescutts

I like the effort that has gone into building the campaign and setting up the scenario. I also like the write-up which comes with a lot of images showcasing the fleets in the heart of the action. It is doing a lot to get me back into painting my Black Seas ships and that has to be a good thing!


Royal Rumbleslam by hazyboy75

Last but not least, we're having a look at an awesome project based around TerrainFest but also a fun event that hazyboy75 and their pals put on. Why not take the awesomeness that is Rumbleslam and turn it up to eleven with a Royal Rumbleslam!

Rumbleslam Royal Rumble #1 by hazyboy75

So this all came about when hazyboy75 and friends wanted to play out their yearly Royal Rumble. This time, because it's TerrainFest, hazyboy75 also went to the trouble of building a suitable ring for all of the action to take place! The project began life with some foam and some careful cutting as well as a healthy amount of dowel so that there wouldn't be any faffing about when it came to getting the edge of the ring sorted. I think the finished product is pretty awesome and showcases another quick but effective project that came together in short order!

Rumbleslam Royal Rumble #2 by hazyboy75

We were also able to see some awesome photos of the royal rumble in action as the ring got absolutely packed with miniatures who were vying for that belt! You can get a breakdown of how this ring came to life as well as see all the wrestlers kicking ass as part of the project. I think the techniques used here, especially for the ring itself, could be great for those wanting to build up a dungeon on the tabletop!

Rumbleslam Royal Rumble #3 by hazyboy75

Definitely go and check out the project to get all of the tips and see how it all played out. I really like the idea of making an event of a game like Rumbleslam which is meant to be fun and quick to play. I like that it got to the point where it has become a yearly thing and hazyboy75 took the time to build a fun piece of terrain to play the games on. It has inspired me to have a think about doing something like this for games I play in the future!

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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