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Bot War – the war wages on (clearing the backlog)

Bot War – the war wages on (clearing the backlog)

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About the Project

It's time to knuckle down and clear my Bot War backlog. I have a huge amount of minis to paint covering most (but not all) factions, and these bots need to see the light of day in my cabinets with a nice 80s paint job. Disclaimer: PLEASE NOTE I am in no way sponsored or affiliated with Bot War or Traders Galaxy, I am just a fan of the game, the miniatures, and universe Anthony has created, its the miniatures range I have always wanted so I’m happy to share my enjoyment of them where I can and hopefully see this game grow and grow. I'll also be making a big push to get some factions ready for gaming at Beachhead 2022 in February where I'll be running a demo table with some fellow hobby heads.

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May 2022 - The War Continues

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Its now the end of April 2022 and my push to clear my backlog continues.

If you haven’t seen my April project please check out https://www.beastsofwar.com/project/1726515/ and you will see that i have been busy painting up the Mercenaries faction and some of the Sell Sword characters who can fight for them.

 

April 2022's BotsApril 2022's Bots

So with this batch of bots completed i have updated my backlog spreadsheet to see how i have progressed

Backlog in January 2022Backlog in January 2022
Backlog in May 2022Backlog in May 2022
Backlog in January 2022Backlog in January 2022
Backlog in May 2022Backlog in May 2022

OK, i have bought more bots.

I can’t help it.

BUT, i have been busy and bots are getting crossed off the list.

What should i paint next though??

Go Bot War Go

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A couple of fridays back i wanted to paint something fun. So without holding back I built up one of the new Mercenaries, their leader in fact, called Blackwheel, and decided to go full 80s inspired cartoon throwback on him.

 

Blackwheel as he should be Blackwheel as he should be
Blackwheel inspired by Cy-kill from Go-BotsBlackwheel inspired by Cy-kill from Go-Bots

By painting up Blackwheel I triggered an urge to get stuck into my Mercenaries faction next, whilst digging through my backlog boxes to get them all out I unknowingly would set about a chain of events that will see April become another jam-packed Bot War painting challenge……

Follow along with that adventure https://www.beastsofwar.com/project/1726515/  and I’ll see you in May to continue the backlog purge.

 

Go Bot War Go

Infantry March into Spring

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After a short break at the beginning of March, I continued to work through my backlog, but after a couple of months of just painting bots I wanted a change.

Bot War is a 10mm skirmish game, but it doesn’t just have bots and flying cars, oh no, there are also 10mm infantry, so I set about building up the infantry sections, squads, and platoons for my Democracy faction.

 

The infantry are also inspired by 80s cartoons, and are a real action force of army Joe’s on the table.

 

Infantry March into Spring
Infantry March into Spring
Infantry March into Spring
Infantry March into Spring

February painting challenge completed

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And so, after 28 days of solid painting, 48+ models painted for 3 factions, I had to get an action shot or 2

February painting challenge completed
February painting challenge completed
February painting challenge completed
February painting challenge completed
February painting challenge completed

Infesters

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The 3rd and final part of my February painting challenge was the Infesters faction, and to be honest they were my primary goal to get completed during it.

The Infesters are a unique faction as its core is made up of 6 Infester warriors who can each take multiple Clones of themselves. These Clones are essentially zombie-like shades of the warriors Statline, and whisky the main faction is made of resin, the Clones are made of metal.  The Bot War models are shifting over to resin and plastic at the moment so when Clones become a bit cheaper and more available, I will probably look to pick up a few booster boxes to give me a proper horde army.

For now though I have the 6 main warriors and one of each of the 6 different Clone models…..

I also have the Maggot which is a tunnelling bit that can carry 4 Larvae symbiotes for some surprise attacks. There are also 3 Swarm bots but I have not painted these up yet. I have 9 in total and they will form part of a secondary faction that have rules currently in playtest.

 

 

MaggotMaggot
Maggot & LarvaeMaggot & Larvae

And in true Bot War fashion there is of course a titanic centrepiece, and in keeping with the insectoid theme of the Infesters it could only be…..

 

 

 

 

The QueenThe Queen

Special Branch Activated

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During the February painting challenge I completed 2 factions, Democracy and Infesters, but the Democracy faction actually contained the 2 sub factions in the form of Eagles Veterans and Max Starr’s Special Branch.

Whilst I showed the competed Eagle’s Veterans as an army shot (after painting them in a weekend), I hadn’t shown the Special Branch since I completed them either, so I shall rectify that now….

 

Max Starr's Special Branch

Eagle's Veterans

I also took the time to take some individual shots of my Eagle’s Veterans whilst I had my camera out….

Even my backlog project has a backlog - SPRING CLEAN INITIATED

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It’s been a very busy few months. Beachhead was a great success, I smashed out loads of models, got them on show, had some games, and have continued to push on through the backlog.

February was another annual Bot War painting challenge which saw the Facebook community paint an insane amount of bots over the 28 days. If you’re not aware what this is, it’s a challenge to paint for at least 30 minutes everyday for the duration of the month, you are allowed 2 pass days as life can get in the way, but you must post before and after photos of your session daily which means there’s a huge amount of content being posted. It’s a real highlight to see what everyone completes.

I managed to paint everyday, including the 2 days of Beachhead, and managed to complete 48 models from start to finish in February. I actually painted more but I started some of these before February 1st so I did not include them in my count and didn’t share any progress of them.

But, I will share those here.

Trashers

The Trashers are a close attack focused faction, they love to get really stuck in and smash up the enemy with melee weapons.

Taking inspiration from junkyards, I painted up the bots with a rusty metal theme, using a tutorial from a great painter/teacher/YouTuber friend who also streams on Twitch, Reiner72, I applied a Necromunda underhive scheme as the basis for the Trashers armour. I won’t go into too much detail but his video is well worth a watch, it involves a TMM base that then has rust and grime applied to it.

Whilst it’s not a refined paintjob, as far as “tabletop” standards go this looks quality and I’m really happy. The Mig Ammo Lucky Ultra Matte did take some of the polish out and flatten the highlights, but I wasn’t too bothered as they are gaming pieces and still look great on the table.

 

As with most of the Bot War factions there is a centrepiece model, a titanic bot which looks insanely imposing on the table, for the Trashers this is Trashasaur, and if course I had to get mine painted up as well

 

Even my backlog project has a backlog - SPRING CLEAN INITIATED
Even my backlog project has a backlog - SPRING CLEAN INITIATED

Beachhead 2022

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One of my hobby goals for 2022 and a milestone for this project was to be able to put on a demonstration table at the Beachhead convention in Bournemouth (UK) which was held the weekend of 12th/13th February.

And I managed to do just that, even roping in a couple of mates to help me out and get a few games in whilst still enjoying the show over the 2 days.

 

All the bots getting ready for transportationAll the bots getting ready for transportation

I took with me everything I could think of to help show off this product:

  • Current miniature range
  • Cardboard city terrain
  • Rule books (multiples of)
  • Stat cards
  • Perspex display cabinets
  • Unpainted examples
  • Empty bot war boxes
  • Allllll the dice
  • More dice

I also packed plenty of snacks and drinks to keep us going, copies of The Crew and Skull boardgames to help us pass time if necessary, and my Level-up game riser to give us some more space and help line of sight checks.

 

 

Beachhead 2022
Beachhead 2022
Beachhead 2022

Over the next 2 days we ran some demo games and I got to use 2 of the factions I had completed; Trashers in an Assassination mission against Atlanticans, and Democracy Eagle’s Veterans with Special Branch assistance against COILS in a capture the city scenario.

Both of these factions were very fun to play with and we had some great cinematic moments with them.  We even levelled a city block which made me go off to buy some cast resin rubble terrain pieces to add more flavour in future games.

 

All in all it was a great event, I got to talk to loads of people about bot war, play some games, listen to very positive comments about my painted miniature collection, spend some money supporting local vendors, and get to chat with great folk like Moonstone Tom who was attending his first Beachhead.

My Trashers leader assassinated in the final turn by a sneaky air support move into close range by an Atlantican bot that then gunned me down. Next activation was mine and would have seen the Atlanticans tabled, oh wellMy Trashers leader assassinated in the final turn by a sneaky air support move into close range by an Atlantican bot that then gunned me down. Next activation was mine and would have seen the Atlanticans tabled, oh well
COILS Bot tries to make a grab an energy cube boost right into the firing lines of Democracy armoured forcesCOILS Bot tries to make a grab an energy cube boost right into the firing lines of Democracy armoured forces

Special Branch

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Continuing with Democracy I set about tackling the Special Branch element to the faction.

The vehicles in this set represent some iconic vehicles from pop culture and 80s cartoons, and in-game bring different tactical elements and abilities that can really boost the traditional armoured ground forces of Eagles Veterans.

 

Special Branch

After a grey primer I first went in with a thinned wash of P3 Armoir wash to preshade recesses and create contrast to help plan the next stages.

Special Branch

Up next was vallejo model-color off-white to draw in highlights and give a brighter element for the forthcoming airbrush work to grab onto and boost vibrancy at key points

Special Branch

At this point each of the vehicles went in a different direction.

Unlike the tanks which had a solid cohesion in their paint scheme to match their organisation as a singular united fighting force, the Special Branch are individual specialists that have their own style and character. With this in mind I took out the airbrush and a selection of thinned inks and transparent paints to create some vibrancy.

Democracy; Eagle's Veterans and Special Branch, not bad for a week's workDemocracy; Eagle's Veterans and Special Branch, not bad for a week's work

Democracy rising

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This is weekend I started and finished the majority of the Eagles Veterans faction box and a couple of old booster packs for the Democracy faction. All that’s left are the 2 Jets that wouldn’t use the same colour scheme.

This was a real push for me, I almost never work on tanks or vehicles, but these 10mm scale armoured units were horrendously good fun and I really loved it.  This may be why I got them all done over only 2 days.

 

Saturday morningSaturday morning
Sunday morningSunday morning
Sunday evening - doneSunday evening - done

Painting camouflage was a new experience for me and this was a good tear of my airbrush skills.

Not going for any specific type of camo or real world allegiances, I just glanced through the Colours of War book for inspiration before settling on a sandy green and green grey scheme. Does this work in the desert settings, no, does this work in urban settings, no, but I don’t care as I think it looks cool!

 

Democracy rising

The basecoat was a mix of Citadel Air Typhon Ash, and Vallejo Model Air German Grey which gave me a lovely and desaturated warm sandy green. This was airbrushed all over.

Next I went in with a 0.15 needle on the airbrush drawing lines of pure Model Air German Grey.

Finally I brush edge highlighted with straight Citadel Air Typhon Ash.  Using 2 colours like this really worked well and created a wonderful harmony in the overall effect.

The models were also shaded with a very thinned mix of Citadel Agrax Earthshade and Nuln oil to help create contrast against the desaturated colours.

Democracy rising

Taking the Trashers out.... of the backlog

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<Coming Soon>

Trashers are finished, based, and just waiting for photos to be taken.

Will upload photos here very soon

 

January ends

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It’s been a full-on couple of weeks since my last update, Trashers and Trashasaur are all finished and just need to be based.  As this faction is slightly more display worthy they are having my standard bot war desert bases which although they don’t necessarily look the part when fighting in a city, brings them in line with my other factions.

 

Trashers bases, made with AK Interactive Rough Terrain diorama paste, and a selection of basing materials from Rival CraftsTrashers bases, made with AK Interactive Rough Terrain diorama paste, and a selection of basing materials from Rival Crafts

I have also managed to knock out a handful of objective markers, representing energy stockpiles that are used in a few of the game scenarios. These are just Bot War energy cubes, superglued to clear bases and then given a light wash of scale75 magenta ink to help enhance the colour.

Spare Bot War energy cubes make excellent objective markersSpare Bot War energy cubes make excellent objective markers

I also managed to get another game in, this time I used my Atlantican force, and faced off against Valiants. The usual points limit for a game is 80, but we decided to up it to 90 to get some more variety into the lists, add some upgrades, and essentially try to test out as many special rules and abilities as we could to familiarise ourselves with them.

I also put together a close attack variant of General Duc for the Valiants called War Duc. He’s a bit of a badass and so I decided to alter his pose slightly so that instead of charging forward to attack, he is instead stood heroic and stoic, with a foot on a rock like any noble leader should these days. He will be painted up in traditional Duc colours (blue) and will go with my other General Duc that I’ve been working on to match the official Boxart colours (and not an homage to Optimus Prime)

Valiants' War Duc, standing triumphant after the battleValiants' War Duc, standing triumphant after the battle

The final part of this update signals the end of January and sets up February. This will be a very busy month and will see me demo Bot War at the Beachhead gaming show in Bournemouth in less than 2 weeks.  February is also the Bot War community painting challenge month for 2022, which means I need to paint for at least 30 minutes a day, everyday, for the whole month, and complete at least 10 models. There is also an exclusive miniature bonus up for grabs if you can complete twice that amount. I love this challenge and am in full stride already to hit this challenge hard. Sadly I won’t be making a separate project for it this year as I won’t have enough time to get all of the painting done and get prepared for Beachhead, however I will keep this project updates as I go.

Painting Challenge 2022 on the Bot War Facebook groupPainting Challenge 2022 on the Bot War Facebook group

It’s a lot of miniatures I’m planning on painting.

2 full factions to be exact:

The Infesters, corrupted deceivers with an insectoid theme led by The Queen and featuring a contingent of zombie Clones.

The heroic Democracy Eagle’s Veterans, an all action force fighting for freedom over land and air, supported by Max Starr’s Special Branch of Secret agents and masked crusaders who will save the day!

52 models in total!

It’s going to be a very busy month that’s for sure, and it all kicks off tomorrow.

Until next time friends……

Bot War painting challenge 2022 Day 0Bot War painting challenge 2022 Day 0

Round Two - Trashers

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With the first round of Bots complete I’ve decided it’s time to tackle the Trashers.

These are a very close attack faction with lots of aggressive bots that will really offer a different flavour when playing he game. The first few games I played it was mostly about guarding and controlling firing lanes, and only really pushing movement to capture objectives, so having a force that excels at closing the gap and getting in the opponents face will be fun to try out.

Trashers entering the paint queue Trashers entering the paint queue
Trashers primedTrashers primed
Trashasaur, metallic basecoated with scale75 Decayed metal > Copper > Brass WorkupTrashasaur, metallic basecoated with scale75 Decayed metal > Copper > Brass Workup

15x Trashers, 4x Generators, and also the Trashasaur combiner are hitting the paint queue. Stay tuned for the next exciting update….

 

 

 

….. Oh and this little lot is going to get cleaned up!

Round Two - Trashers

Round One - COMPLETE

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It’s been a few weeks, but 2022 has started off well as I’ve managed to make a decent start on the backlog.

The Turbo Edition COILS have all been painted up, with only a few touchups left to go.

These have all been finished to a tabletop level, some have had a bit more effort than the others, and to get them to the table quicker I have gone for clear bases. These are definitely gaming pieces and I have so many to get through, getting the backlog cleared as soon as possible is the priority.

Turbo Edition COILS completedTurbo Edition COILS completed

I have also finished up the Valiants from both the Turbo Edition and 2nd Edition starter sets.  The only one missing so far is Ducal who is the leader of the Valiants, as such he will have a little bit more time spent on him. General Duc will lead this faction on the meantime and I have used the model to pay homage to a Valiant leader of a well known franchise close to my heart.  I have got another General Duc which I will paint in the Boxart scheme to match the rest of the Valiants. The reason I’m going for boxart is because there are so many of them (I have over 50) and each has their own colour (compared to a unified scheme as seen on the COILS), so matching the art will make it easier to find the gaming cards and remember who is who.

Valiants from 2nd Edition and Turbo EditionValiants from 2nd Edition and Turbo Edition

With this round of Bots completed I managed to rope a mate into having a couple of games. After collecting and being involved in this game from the hobby side for a few years, actually playing the game was really fun. I’m not a massive wargamer anymore, not since GW blew up the Old World and made all my old armies redundant (yes I did try Kings of war but it wasn’t the same), so getting Turbo Edition COILS vs Starter Edition Valiants in a 60 v 60 point game was great. Rules were easy to pick up, and it won’t be long before I’ve remembered all the special abilities, and then I can look into competitive list building.

 

My first game of Bot War, Scenario 1, fighting for Pringle TowerMy first game of Bot War, Scenario 1, fighting for Pringle Tower

Starting with the Starter sets

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Starting with the Starter sets

Getting bored of sorting and updating spreadsheets, I’ve started to build and get some paint down on the remaining starter factions I had from the 2nd edition starter, and the recent Turbo Edition.

This will give me a decent selection of Valiants from the 2 sets and a starter force of COILS from the Turbo Edition. I already painted the Atlanticans from the starter set so it’s getting the rest of the starter box finished up at the same time I paint the Turbo Edition Valiants seemed logical to me

It's a 10mm game, big bots can do serious damage! It's a 10mm game, big bots can do serious damage!

After some cleanup and a quick soapy rinse the resins came out lovely and were easily assembled.

They were all given a quick blast of Badger Stynelrez grey primer (to give a neutral starting position) which I then went over with Liquitex white ink that had a little MIG Ammo Ultra Matte varnish in to give it a bit more body and reduce the shine of the ink. This was then sprayed laterally and from a zenith all in varying amounts to give a stating highlight point. The COILS had a very light coat, as they will ultimately be dark grey/black, and the Valiants had more coverage as they will be more vibrant colours.

I’m not looking to achieve anything groundbreaking here, just a solid foundation that I can through colours over.

COILSCOILS
ValiantsValiants

So much data

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I have started the process of cataloguing all of my bots. Using a very sophisticated system of a spreadsheet, a heavy duty supermarket bag, and 2 cardboard boxes.  The bag has all of the individual bot packs in, I take one out, log it on the spreadsheet, and then if it is metal it goes in one box, resin the other.

 

The spreadsheet is used to define the following attributes of a bot:

  • Name
  • Faction
  • Material (Metal/Resin)
  • Traders Galaxy state (Current/Legacy/Promo)
  • Subfaction/Notes

After doing this for a while the data starts to look something like this…

A sample of the dataA sample of the data

One problem I have found is that I can’t remember all of the bots names, and as I have a large number of legacy miniatures which have either been fully discontinued or updated with newer versions.  Quite a few were purchased from the Traders Galaxy site directly so don’t have any merchandising stickers on with the contents, or they simply have “Promo” on the label so I’m having to dig through old Facebook posts and my archive of stat cards to try and determine who the Bot may be.

 

The other problem I have is the sorting I have done. Whilst I split them into 2 boxes to have metal in one and resin in the other for protection, I should have actually split between Current/Legacy status.  I’d rather paint all current models first and get them to the table, then work through the legacy pile in slow time.  So I need to go back and resort the pikes I’ve done so far. Any I can’t identify will then also go into the Legacy box. Promos will go into the Current box.

I may also add a column to the spreadsheet to identify how keen I am to paint it, because there are definitely some bots I want to get done first. So I may look to add a priority to the entries to help sort this.

** Data Update…. January 17th 2022

So much data
Painted vs unpaintedPainted vs unpainted

Humble beginnings

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Welcome to my 4th Bot War project.

You can check out my previous Bot War OnTableTop project blogs:

Cult of the Destroyer

Atlanticans Rising

Beastlords

Painting Challenge 2020

This one though is the biggie, the one to rule them all, the final push, it’s time to clear the backlog!

 

I became interested in Bot War around April/May 2019 after seeing a Twitch hobby streamer talking about them in one of the streams I frequent. As a huge fan of 80s kids cartoons and toy lines I knew this was going to be something I wanted to get in on. I finally pulled the trigger on my first purchases in August 2019 and since then I’ve loved collecting and supporting the game, knocking out painting projects every now and then, but as I’m a painter first and game second I jump around all manner of hobby projects. Like many other hobbyists who’ve been involved for multiple decades, our backlogs are huge and our list of potential projects is stupidly long. My Bot War collection is no different. Its time to change that. Its time to get this lot painted…..

The backlog, those packets are layers deep as wellThe backlog, those packets are layers deep as well

The plan

Usually I would fire up my PC and go searching for references, start mocking up colour schemes and figuring out paint palette options, but this is not like those other projects. What I will do is start planning what I want to paint, and I’ll be honest, I can’t remember everything I have in my backlog.

I’ll fire up a spreadsheet and start to catalogue everything during the week, this will help me with balancing the different factions. I know I have the majority of the Infesters, Trashers, Beastlords, Democracy, Valiants, and Deceivers factions. I have a decent amount of COILS, some Overlords, but at present, I don’t have any Red Star Nation (which I find strange as I loved both Centurions and DinoRiders growing up).

I have recently received the new Turbo Edition Starter set and so will be starting with these as the new COILS look fantastic, and as a mini-challenge for this project I have signed up to run a demo table of Bot War at Bournemouth’s Beachhead 2022 event in February. For that I will be looking to have a few factions that I can have playable on the day, but to also have a few on display.  Given I already have Atlanticans and Deceivers painted up, I figure having Valiants, COILS, Infesters, and Democracy forces available for play would be a good goal… I think I have 10 weeks to do this. Whilst I won’t have everything painted, 2.5 weeks should be sufficient to get a decent force ready, and I won’t be looking at going past a high tabletop level for the painting and will mostly be following the boxart. As there are now unit stat cards this will help for any demo purposes as well as saving my brain trying to come up with original schemes.

 

So, let the war rage on, and let’s battle this bot backlog!

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