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Old Sourpuss

Lakewood, Ohio

The model shape looks dumb, I just can't get past how blocky Land Raiders used to be, but as always Gits you manage to make it something I'd love to see across the table


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Pittsburgh PA, USA

Well Done Gits! Love the melta wielding MW out of the top hatch!

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Longtime Dakkanaut

Chaumont, France

Great job on that LR, Gits !

Everything you put in it makes for excellent details, and adds so much character to that old model !

Meltagunner, chips, tracks... Awesome work !

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This entire thread is awesome.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

@CtC: To each his own I guess.

@WyFox: Thanks mate.

@Alf: See above. But thanks!

@Master Azalle: Thank you sir, that's my favorite bit.

@Yggs: Other than the hatch... I'd finished up painting it and it just looked a little plain. Vehicle like that needs some history. So I added the squiggles with reliquaries, the seals and the banners. Looked much better after that.

@Chris_P: Glad you think so! Don't be a stranger, come back from time to time and lend your opinion. I'd welcome it.

So, the next marine project isn't actually mine. Ice gave me a bunch of his tanks to airbrush for him. He's been waiting patiently for months while I thought I'd do a fairly quick job of knocking off the LR & squiggoth. Well, the squiggoth's not close to complete, but I'm going to break out the Tiger Claw tanks anyway. Nothing fancy here... just some dynamic shading in variants of orange.

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Fixture of Dakka

That's really cool of you and it'll be nice to see you play with a different colour.

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Fireknife Shas'el

Reedsburg, WI

Ah, that sure is swell of yah big guy. BTW, I have 4 rhinos, 3 land raiders, 2 preditors, a whirlwind, and 2 razor backs that could use some of your air brushing expertise as well.

No rush, just whenever you have time.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

Oh swell...

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Is that all it takes to get Gits to paint for you? Well hell, I've got all kinds of things for you
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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI


Let's change the subject shall we?

It's been a bit over 50 pages since my last P&M Summary. The completion of the Land Raider seems like a good milestone to commemorate with same.

Lets see... this update begins on March 2nd with an update to the rhino hulls of my razorbacks (as I needed them as rhinos). This in prep for Adepticon 2013.

My rather unorthodox variation of a LS Typhoon.

Completed the quad gun for the Aegis wall.

Finished my devastator sergeant, Brother Scaramanga.

Took a pic of the whole chapter. 4450 pts in 5th, I'm sure it'll be less in sixth.

Couldn't stop fiddlin' with the rhinos...

... and then had to fix the razorback parts and touch them up too.

Painted up a couple of rhinos/razorbacks for Yellowbeard (just the basics).

Took a pic of the Adepticon army.

Shots of our display at Adepticon.

Got a cool space wolf from Alfindrate as part of the GMS.

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The first ever Mantis Maker Challenge!

 Gitsplitta wrote:
Mantis Maker Challenge Final Results!

Before I go any further, I just want to say to each of the contestants how honored and humbled I am by your participation. No matter what your scores are, if you're elated or disappointed... you're all aces in my eyes. Every last one of you. You took my private passion and made it your own for a bit, and for that... I will be forever grateful. This last month has been so inspiring for me. Thank you!

I'm going to post the results in the original order of the OP, with the big reveal at the end (for those not keeping score along the way). The scores listed here will be aggregates of all three judge's marks. Detailed scoring and commentary will be provided individually through PM to each contestant. I can't thank the judges enough for all their work. Judging a competition is hard enough, but to give each contestant meaningful commentary as well is an amazing amount of effort to undertake. Thanks guys, I'm in your debt. The judges will remain anonymous, however they're free to make themselves known if they so desire.

As a reminder, here were the judging creiteria that I provided to the judges. They were not required to use the entire matrix, but they were required to give a score for each main category.

Build (100 pts)
- quality of build (i.e. neatness) (20 pts)
- adherence to theme (20 pts)
- conversions/kitbashing (30 pts)
- pose (30 pts)

Painting (100 pts)
- neatness (25 pts)
- use of advanced techniques (25 pts)
- overall effect (50 pts)

Basing (50 pts)
- theme/appropriateness to figure (10 pts)
- build/customization (10 pts)
- painting (10 pts)
- overall effect with figure (20 pts)

There will be 20-30 extra points for the judges to use at their discretion for "the unexpected", humor, etc., i.e. whatever floats their boat.

Brother Nero, Wrath of the Endymion, Stalker in the Shadows, versus Trankillus the Corsair.

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 220
Painting: 180
Basing: 133
Bonus: 20
Total: 553 points

Brother Kamakiri:

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 225
Painting: 180
Basing: 92
Bonus: 5
Total: 497 points

++Honoured Lord,
The following attached picts (cleaned and edited for your perusal), taken shortly before the conclusion of the Badab war, show an unidentified chaos marine. All chapter heraldry and unit markings have been scraped off so true identification will be close to impossible. However due to weapon and armour patterns I highly suspect that the traitor in question is veteran sergeant Rathis (now known as "Rathis Headtaker") formally of the Mantis Warriors chapter. After turning traitor Rathis is known to have killed dozens of Imperial soldiers and at least 18 other marines in close combat during the Badab war, 3 of which were his erstwhile squadmates, before he seemingly vanished. Rathis and his veteran squad were one of the Mantis Warriors foremost recon squads and as such Rathis is a consumate ambusher and under no circumstances should he be underestermated.

I will contact you again when i have more information. Snrubarius out.++[/color]

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 182
Painting: 141
Basing: 75
Bonus: 5
Total: 403 points


Aggregate Scores:
Build: 231
Painting: 244
Basing: 81
Bonus: 30
Total: 586 points

Hive Fleet Lazarus
My finished entry, Enemy of my Enemy
When is a Red Corsair not the mortal enemy of a Mantis Warrior?
When there's a horde of Genestealers bearing down on you and no one else to watch your back

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 150
Painting: 87
Basing: 79
Bonus: 15
Total: 331 points

I present to you, honoured Veteran Sergeant Lazran:

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 195
Painting: 135
Basing: 65
Bonus: 5
Total: 400 points

Brother Ahoky.

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 231
Painting: 225
Basing: 77
Bonus: 15
Total: 548 points

The Mantis Prince Cornatus
A Mastery Level 3, Winged Daemon Prince of Tzeentch in Power Armour, with Ichor Blood, the Gift of Mutation, a Spell Familiar and holding the Scrolls of Magnus. (370pts)

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 255
Painting: 105
Basing: 90
Bonus: 20
Total: 470 points


Aggregate Scores:
Build: 248
Painting: 269
Basing: 133
Bonus: 40
Total: 690 points

At the end of the hundred year crusade The Mantis Warriors sought out the their once former allies the Astral Claws. Taking their revenge in their new form. A Red Corsair Hellbrute.

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 216
Painting: 191
Basing: 73
Bonus: 7
Total: 487 points

Ice Angel & Steve
The idea is that near the end of the Mantis Warriors 100 year crusade they were tested and examined by the Inquisition to make sure they were still loyal and pure. This scene is depicting one of those meetings. The inquisitor and his assistant are standing before all that remains of one of the Mantis Warriors Companies.

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 280
Painting: 213
Basing: 120
Bonus: 25
Total: 638 points

Commander Cain

Aggregate Scores:
Build: 255
Painting: 218
Basing: 130
Bonus: 5
Total: 608 points

Congratulations everyone, job well done!!

Bear with me now... as I have a situation to sort out... It was pointed out to me by one of the judges (before the judging actually began) that the original rules for the contest imply that each entry be completed by a single person alone, and we had one entry by a team. He was right... not only in the wording but in my intent as well. It isn't fair to make individuals compete directly against a team unless teaming up is proposed as a possibility in the original rules. HOWEVER (sit down... stop yelling at your computer and calling me names)... neither am I such a consummate d-bag that I'm going to exclude a fine entry by people who were participating mainly to show their support and friendship for me (and they did such a damn fine job that I had to come up with a plan B). Keep your socks on, I've got it sorted.

In pondering things like prizes and trophies, it seemed to me that the winners of this competition would be proving exactly how good they were at painting Mantis Warriors. Perhaps, I thought... an appropriate prize would be something that they could practice their new-found skills on? Thus I set about building 3 custom Mantis Warrior figures to celebrate the achievements of the winners and in the hopes that they would continue to practice their craft at least one more time. (P.S. If you're sick of painting Mantis Warriors and just want me to paint it bronze, silver or gold & make a little trophy out of it... I can do that too!) OH, and Mrs. 'Splitta is making cooking of course. One tin each for the winners!

So, without further delay... the winners of the Mantis Maker Competition... 2013 edition!

The Bronze (Heavy) Medal goes to Giraffex for his IA-style Mantis Warrior with a total of 586 points!

Gir wins a custom built, Badab-era Sternguard so he can practice his yellows!!

The Silver (Heavy) Medal goes to Commander Cain for his awesome robot slaying Mantis Warrior with a total of 608 points!

CC wins a custom built post-crusade Vanguard marine so he can come to really and truly appreciate my building skills and thank God that HE doesn't have to build these things! This figure made possible by BLACKHAND and his awesome sculpting skills and the good folks at Chapterhouse for the shoulder pad.

The Gold (Heavy) Medal goes to none other than Nerdfest09 for his outstanding Mantis Warrior Terminator with a grand total of 690 points!

Nerdy wins the first and only... post crusade Gitsplitta Mantis Warrior Terminator in existence! This model foreshadows things to come and there's no one I'd rather see it go to than the winner of this competition. Also brought to you with the help of BLACKHAND and Chapterhouse. Fantastic job Damo, you really set the bar high.

"But what about our intrepid brothers-in-arms?" you say... "What justice awaits Ice Angel and Steve after creating this masterpiece and earning a whopping 638 points??!!"

Ah, well you see... Ice and Steve are MY brothers in arms too... from multiple Adepticon campaigns past. I know what they play and what perhaps, they might enjoy.

For Ice... Captain, oh my Captain... a limited edition Mk 7 Captain model... I think he'd look mighty fine as an Ice Angel!

Steve is a bit trickier... but Steve runs Space Wolves... and I think I've got a figure he might enjoy. It's a Scribor Celtic Sci-Fi Warrior. Very Space Wolfy... very cool.

... and.... now I can't find it. Even though I had it in my hand yesterday. You guys will have to trust that I'll take care of Steve ASAP. *sigh* The best laid plans...

Anyway... thank you everyone for hanging with me for over a month! Contestants, judges and observers... you were all wonderful!

Winners including Ice and Steve... please PM me and let me know if you have any nut allergies!! It will impact the cookies you receive from the misses!

Night all... it's late and I need a drink.


Made a GMS marine I owed inmygravenimage for several years, Deathwatch heavy weapon scout Uncle John Grabowski.

Could not pass on a stunning SW army.

Nerdfest09 made this awesome artwork of a Mantis Warrior.

Then won the Mantis Maker competition (the two were not related). Yes, there were cookies involved.

Finally... the Mark-1 Land Raider.

(I could still use a vote or two in no one minds...)

That's it! Quite a busy 50 pages. Hope you've enjoyed reading it as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you!

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Whoa, you certainly packed a lot into those last 50 pages! Loads of great moments and tonnes of awesome miniatures!

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Excellent Recap! Lots of good stuff there. I look forward to the next 50 pages!

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Screamin' Stormboy

Southern Maryland - US

Just a thought about the land raider. You have the sides worn and torn to within an inch of their lives and very mucked up, but the cow catcher blade on the front is still pristine along with the radiator behind it.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

Good point. I guess I wasn't sure how to do the effect on a metallic object. I'm open to suggestion.

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What about something to make it look oily or kind of rusted?

Like the old school citadel brown ink. That's what i use if i need something to look oily.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

Well, I decided that rust = neglect, which isn't consistent with my SM world view. It would have to be ware or damage rather than rust.

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If it's a gunmetal finish you have on it now, you could just add a few "scratches" with silver.

Maybe a few splashes of mud (probably not, as the rest of the tank doesn't have any) or a dusting of dirt (like the rest of the tank).

Or if you have a spare scale twig, you could rest/wedge it onto the hedge-trimmer to look like it has been used...

The army- ~2295 points (built).

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Wow that one one hell of an update review, Crazy to think hopw much has happened in what seems like such a short amount of time.

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Wow... Awesome recap.

Really what Cutthroat said- Its incredible to see all that has happened. Adepticon feels like it just ended to me xD

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Crazed Zealot

Central MD

and then there's us slackers. Great work, Gits!

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Escanaba Mi

On page 500 can we have a video montage of the army. Maybe have a catchy song to go with it, possibly a member driven contest?

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Loyal Necron Lychguard

South Dakota

 1-i wrote:
On page 500 can we have a video montage of the army. Maybe have a catchy song to go with it, possibly a member driven contest?

I demand that said 500 video montage be set the Theme from Love Story.... or Eye of the Tiger.


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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

 1-i wrote:
On page 500 can we have a video montage of the army. Maybe have a catchy song to go with it, possibly a member driven contest?

I'm not sure I know what you mean by a "member driven contest" 1-i. Can you be a bit more specific?

I'm open to anything.... hell, 500 is probably a year away at least. Probably more as there's won't be a Mantis Warrior painting frenzy this year leading up to Adepticon.

My long term plans are still to work on at least one more land raider and some terminators. Those are big holes in my army that need to be filled. There's nothing I've seen in the rumors about the new SM dex that makes me want to go out and buy any of the new models... so I just think I'll keep plodding along as originally intended. After the LRs and termies... I've got a Storm Raven and two Storm Talons that I'd like to paint. THEN things loosen up a bit... for now however, I'm still working on the basics.

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Canada,Prince Edward Island

Ooh I'd like to see some MW termies! Sounds like you have about the same amount of stuff to get painted as me Gits, race?

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

I'd lose... no contest. . But I'll be happy to cheer on your progress!

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Fixture of Dakka

Looking forward to those terminators. I have an idea stuck in my head actually, I might have to make a MW of my own.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

The more the merrier!

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Sopron, Hungary

Probably I skipped over it, but how many points dou you have Git? Painted / unpainted (in boxes still shrinkwrapped )

edit: nevermind, found it

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Madison, WI

I try not to think about how many points I have unpainted (or needing to be repainted).

I have a ton of stuff I'll probably get rid of eventually. Many thousands of points to be sure. I'd guess close to 10k... no wait... more than that for sure. Problem is I'm always holding out hope that I'll get to it all eventually... so I can't bring myself to get rid of it. Sad part is that no matter how much I paint, I never really make any progress vs. the huge pile of things waiting to be painted. Everything I do is just a drop in the bucket.

That's why I want to stick to my guns and focus and the land raiders and terminators. If I can knock out 2 LRs and two squads of termies... that would be significant movement towards that particular part of the great, unbuilt horde. I've engaged Ifalna, Ramos and weety to help me with my orks and certain parts of my marines... but funds are limited so over the years it's just been a character here, a unit there. Still, progress is progress. I suppose what I should do is spend some money on a nice display case so I can show off some of the best of the best. At least that way I get the satisfaction of being able to look at the summation of all that work (aside from when I'm not getting my *ss kicked on the gaming table).

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Surprisingly I don't have enough terminator bits to build the miniature I had in mind. I'll buy the stuff I need in a week or two and give it a bash. There might be something worth casting if it goes to plan. Got a funky powerfist conversion in mind for instance.

I definitely think you should get all your stuff on display, if you have enough room to display it all it might help you push forward. It's like writing a list and crossing things off as you do them, but prettier.

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