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Shrieking Guardian Jetbiker






Ah wait, it's the Orc Drummer round this month? Yeah, I'm in.


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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Mostly, on my phone.

Working on core space civilians with the In The Line of Fire expansion.



And a bit of detail

Reporter, drone operator and filming drone from the Media team.

They can be an in-game irritant but have their uses glorifying your alien treasure hunting.

Prospectors, with extra hands for helping.

Again, can be a bother wandering around alien tombs looting or digging up samples but equally very good addition to your crew with a useful set of skills and unusual gear.

So, these are probably my final submissions, but might try to get better shots.

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Tangentville, New Jersey

Okay, I'm in with some helping hands for my Inquisitor, Lorem Ipsum:



Yes, I know there's more than 5 models here. In the highly unlikely event I finish all 6, I'll post the best 5.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves here


 
   
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Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

These guys are essentially finished:



Their bases need some work, and I think I should go back and make sure the reflections on their helmets all match.

Now showing Ashigaru ammo bearers for my Kings of War samurai army!

Painting Total as of 8/10/2022: 99 plus eleven pieces of street scenery and a wrecked car

Painting Total for 2021: 113 plus an iron golem and five spider nests and all the obstacles for Dreadball Xtreme and four trapdoors and a cauldron and some teleport disks and seven SF buildings and some resin barricades!






 
   
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Longtime Dakkanaut






One 32mm mechanic is in the works, tabletop quality. (maybe i can do a second model entry, depends on my mood)


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Powerful Ushbati






Your mechanic looks better than my mechanic. Stupid beeping trashcan.

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Fireknife Shas'el





Leicester

Ah, the traditional workshop attire of hot pants and bikini top (!)

At least her protective boots are flat soled

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 Zed wrote:
*All statements reflect my opinion at this moment. if some sort of pretty new model gets released (or if I change my mind at random) I reserve the right to jump on any bandwagon at will.
 
   
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Longtime Dakkanaut






Dont blame the painter, blame the artist and sculptor


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Surrey, BC - Canada

WIP.

Because you cannot seal the model with the clear canopy attached.






Cheers,

CB

   
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Grim Dark Angels Interrogator-Chaplain






A Protoss colony world

Hoping to get back on track with this Middle-Earth model:

This is a Lothlorien Wood Elf with a banner; carrying a banner to inspire and rally the troops is definitely a helping or supporting role rather than being a frontline combatant.

My armies (re-counted and updated on 4/26/22, including modeled wargear options):
Dark Angels: ~18000 | Space Marines (Blood Ravens and others): ~900 | Space Wolves: ~5000
Astra Militarum: ~800 | Adeptus Custodes: ~1100 | Imperial Knights: ~1300 | Sisters of Battle: ~4300
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Surrey, BC - Canada

Finished...

A Helping Hand (When you need to inflict that last wound)







Cheers,

CB

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Flashy Flashgitz






Yaay, more blue camo! It should be on everything I say

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Fireknife Shas'el





Leicester

 Gulgog TufToof wrote:
Yaay, more blue camo! It should be on everything I say


Surely it IS on everything. After you’ve nicked it…

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 Zed wrote:
*All statements reflect my opinion at this moment. if some sort of pretty new model gets released (or if I change my mind at random) I reserve the right to jump on any bandwagon at will.
 
   
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 FrozenDwarf wrote:
Dont blame the painter, blame the artist and sculptor


Always tickles me when they complain about the mechanic in hot pants. But not that she's carrying a wrench most body building men would struggle to use let alone an average sized woman. Not my taste in minis at all but if youre complaining daisy dukes aren't suitable attire we should consider how functional a door sized sword is as well..

Got the orc drummer painted. He'll do nicely for a rank and file game. Need to do his basing to finish him up. He was quite fun to paint and a nice test for army painters new speed paints. Did not like the red reactivating under the silver. Should have varnished it so its my own fault but pink metallic shoulder details didn't seem very orcy. Not many orcs want to dress up as a pretty pink princess when they're looking for a dust up.

 Captain Brown wrote:
Finished...
Cheers,

CB

That model looks really cool. I don't know if you've painted a lot in the blue camo scheme but camo pops better with over lapping layers. Your 3 colours cutting into each other makes it more visually interesting. It reads as more camo than polka dots with a small adjustment to where you paint each layer.
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Leicester

A) This is a very light-hearted thread, so don’t worry about those being serious complaints.

B) You’re obviously never seen some of the big torque wrenches that are needed in engineering. One of the funniest moments I’ve seen at work was one of our 17-year old female apprentices using a torque wrench about 2/3rds as tall as she was to do up some massive bolts (50mm/2inch-ish) on one of our projects. It wasn’t specifically her that was funny (she was doing fine), but the fact that she was surrounded by half a dozen burly guys, all at least twice her size, ready to get on with the rest of the job once the bolts were in. It was such an incongruous sight!

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 Zed wrote:
*All statements reflect my opinion at this moment. if some sort of pretty new model gets released (or if I change my mind at random) I reserve the right to jump on any bandwagon at will.
 
   
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Tangentville, New Jersey

A little progress...



These two are pretty much done. Still working on the group, not sure how many I'll finish in time.


 
   
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..and Mechanic is done. (Model dont have a name as it is part of a command squad)

Not painted for display, and it looks grainy up clouse as i use exlusivly rattlecans for the primer. When its on the table it looks good, but phone cam dont woork to well like that.



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Tangentville, New Jersey

F-Dwarf, I really like how the skin came out on your mechanic.


 
   
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Mostly, on my phone.

She's an absolute smasher.

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Renegade Kan Killin Orks






Northern Ireland

Here’s my entry. Maybe more of an eye in the sky than a helping hand. Though I’m sure photo reconnaissance is plenty helpful.


Here we have my selection of WW2 PR aircraft. I’ll tell a bit about each as we go along, just cause… you know, history.

Ki-46-High speed long range photo reconnaissance - code name Dinah.


Spoiler:

In 1939 Imperial Japanese top brass ordered a fast reconnaissance platform with long range endurance of 6 hours. The Ki-46 was the result and at the time could outpace the fastest Japanese fighters but as faster American fighters like the P-38 came online it had to be upgraded supercharged and redesigned in an effort to keep up.

Earlier designs had one defensive machine gun which was soon eliminated to save weight and increase speed. When you’re faster than your pursuer you don’t stay around to fight over the photos you’ve just taken.

British planes in Burma had a hard time countering these fast, high altitude planes through there were some occasional interceptions. One notable example was by P-38 fighter ace Major Dick Bong over the coast of Papua New Guinea in late 1942.


Ju 86 P- Luftwaffe High Altitude Photo Reconnaissance -Eastern front.


Spoiler:

Some PR aircraft weren’t so straight forward in their genesis though. The German Ju 86 began life as an airliner (though that’s maybe a somewhat dubious claim when the Nazi war machine was being prepared in the civilian sector with the “honestly that’s not bomb capacity that’s for mail bags” school of design.
Early field testing with the Condor Legion in the Spanish civil war proved the Ju 86 wasn’t the medium bomber they’d hoped for, the He 111 winning out on that front.
The Ju 86 was converted to transport duties but failed badly at that too and the survivors were relegated to training.
One variant that saw some success though was this Ju 86P- with longer wings and a pressurised cabin no guns and a crew of two these aircraft could reach an altitude of 49,000 ft where they were largely safe from enemy fighters.

This example is the paint scheme used when flying over Russia in July 1942. They operated successfully in both the photo reconnaissance and nuisance bombing role for some years over Britain, Russia and North Africa while Allied engineers developed high altitude interceptors to deal with them.


AR 707 of 431 Flight -Martin Maryland- Flight Officer Adrian Warburton


Spoiler:

Once it was said that the RAF’s most valuable pilot was not some hotshot fighter ace or even the leader of a crack bomber squadron, but this guy, photo reconnaissance pilot Adrian Warburton. Based primarily in Malta during some of the hairiest times for the Mediterranean campaign this fearless and resourceful pilot would do absolutely anything to get the job done.

Early in his time at Malta Warburton flew this captured French Martin Maryland (an American plane sold to the French captured by the British and sent to Malta!) which, although designed as a light bomber, in the hands of the right pilot became an invaluable tool for aerial reconnaissance.

Warburton became something of a Malta legend through his unconventional and often highly aggressive methods. His planned photographic sweep of Taranto Harbour on was hampered by bad weather but unwilling to call it a bust he instead opted to fly in at mast-top level, ordering his crew to take notes with pencil and paper on the distribution of Italian ships, completing two passed the second (unsurprisingly) under heavy flack, in order to secure the vital intelligence needed for the subsequent raid.

So effective and indeed famous did his efforts become that he was even used as cover for other intelligence assets in the field in order to keep them secret.
“How did we come by these extremely close and detailed photographs of enemy installations? Do we have a man on the ground behind enemy lines?”
“Oh no old chap, it was our man Warby in his PR plane.” *Wink wink* but actually plausible enough.



B-17 E - Old 666 - The Eager Beavers- 43rd Bomb Group -New Guinea 1943


Spoiler:

On the 16 June 1943 pilot Captain Jay Zeamer's aircrew “The Eager Beavers” flew a solo photo recon mission in B-17 #41-2666, known as “Old 666” to map the west coast of Bougainville Island in support of an invasion planned for later in the year.

The mission earned pilot Cap Jay Zeamer and 2nd Lt. Joseph Sarnoski each a Medal of Honour and all other members of the aircrew the Distinguished Service Cross.

Having turned down the request to also photograph Buka Airdrome to the North of the Island they arrived on the west coast too early for light conditions to be any good for photos and so Zeamer and his crew decided to go kick the hornets nest and do the Buka Airdrome recon job anyway.

While the cameras rolled the newly arrived Zeros at Buka Airdrome scrambled into the air. But the crew of Old 666 were more than ready for them, having stripped the old B-17 of every scrap of dead weight they’d fitted no fewer than nineteen .50calibre machine guns! (A standard load out could be more like 13 .30 cals)

With the Buka Zeros climbing to meet them (mapping altitude at 25,000 feet) Zeamer had to fly the western coast line straight and level for 22 minutes to allow the cameras to record terrain. During this time the enemy planes made a series of attacks, their 20mm shells wrecking terrible damage on the nose of the plane leaving both pilot Zeamer and bombardier Sarnoski badly injured as well as navigator, 1st Lt. Ruby Johnston and Sgt. Johnny Able in the top gun turret. The B-17’s nose was left in tatters the hydraulics were shot and the oxygen system was in flames.

But Zeamer held his course and once the vital shots were in the can it was time to drop to a breathable altitude and beat it for home. The dogfight continued with the crew of Old 666 giving as good as they got surviving an estimated 40 minutes before the remaining Japanese fighters, low on fuel turned back to base.

The crew nursed the battered plane back to a hairy no-flaps landing at Dobodura on the eastern coast of Papua, New& Guinea securing the vital reconnaissance and importantly ensuring no other aircrew would have to take another stab at it.



PR Spitfire - 16 Squadron -Low cloud-level reconnaissance -1944


Spoiler:

One of the most successful PR platforms developed by the RAF was a modified Spitfire.

Removing all armament and fitting additional fuel tanks the Spitfire became a quick and nimble camera platform that could reach as far as Berlin if need be.

These nifty spies in the skies could operate at high medium or low altitudes and could be equipped with a variety of cameras depending on the types of images required including an oblique mounted camera on the port side for low level images such as the famous picture of the Würzburg radar at Bruneval or of the Tirpitz moored in Aasfjord, Norway.

This is a Spitfire of 16 Squadron, painted a very pale pink/white for low, cloud level reconnaissance. On 18 Sep 44 Wing Commander G.F.H. WEBB from HQ 34 Wing was flying Spitfire PL834 of 16 Squadron and captured the famous Aerial reconnaissance photo of the Armhem Road Bridge, showing signs of the British defence on the northern ramp and wrecked German vehicles from the previous day's fighting.

The photos could be an invaluable resource, however as the planning and execution of Market Garden might suggest you can take all the photos you want but it’s what you do with them that counts.

   
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Ottawa, ON

It looks like I have some free time, so hopefully I can get something done in time.



I figure reconnaissance counts as a sort of support role.

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Leicester

He’s definitely giving a helping hand to that drone and the drones are also helping him. Help all round!

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 Zed wrote:
*All statements reflect my opinion at this moment. if some sort of pretty new model gets released (or if I change my mind at random) I reserve the right to jump on any bandwagon at will.
 
   
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A Protoss colony world

 inmygravenimage wrote:
She's an absolute smasher.

As in, "I'd smash'er!"

I'll see myself out.

My armies (re-counted and updated on 4/26/22, including modeled wargear options):
Dark Angels: ~18000 | Space Marines (Blood Ravens and others): ~900 | Space Wolves: ~5000
Astra Militarum: ~800 | Adeptus Custodes: ~1100 | Imperial Knights: ~1300 | Sisters of Battle: ~4300
Check out my P&M Blogs: ZergSmasher's P&M Blog | Imperial Knights blog | Total models painted in 2021: 114 | Total models painted in 2022: 29 | Current main painting project: Middle-Earth Easterlings
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Maple Valley, Washington, Holy Terra

I got halfway through painting my entry when I finally decided that the initial priming was too grainy. Stripping and starting over. :(

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Tangentville, New Jersey

Good News: Making more progress

Bad News: I can't take a decent photo of any of these guys



Really, the finished scribe and the cherub look a lot better in real life!


 
   
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Upstate, New York

Month half over, put the first basecoat down yesterday. Need to get moving here.

   
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Mostly, on my phone.

So, I have finished painting up all my Core Space... now I just need to pick 5.


Nothing new here, just on a better backdrop and slightly tidied up.

Civilians! The alien in the middle is a contender. Street-Punk Girl is super shiny for some reason.

Crew of the Ion Hope from the base game. Their captain, with his hand out flat (and sneaky pistol in the other) is a maybe.

Crew of the Black Maria from the base game. Snazzy sculpts, but none I think fit the bill for the challenge except maybe the mechanic on the left.

The inhabitants of Trading Post 5, otoh, has LOADS of potential. Yeti, the wee dude with many arms, has many hands to help with

The droids also. I am particularly happy with the NED-B (Kenobi) paintjob.


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Right now my top 5 are Gan'eek (the alien in the group of 3 civilians), XL (the yellow droid), Stilts (the red droid), Yeti (multi limbed small alien technician) and Bullworth (the big alien with the prospecting rig). They all seem to fit brief.

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Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
[b]2022 Painted model tally: 354] 
   
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 Nevelon wrote:
Month half over, put the first basecoat down yesterday. Need to get moving here.


I was thinking the exact same thing for my orks. About 3/4 of the way done with basecoating, buuuuuut, that doesn't include the massive "cleanup" stage I have at the end of that wherein I fix all of the mistakes I made along the way.
   
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Powerful Ushbati






I'm having similar thoughts half of the time. Getting the models basecoated and ready for the real work was easy enough, but finishing them feels so drawn out. The other half it feels like they're really not much work and I'll be able to finish my models with time to spare. Odd month, this one...

Nehekhara lives! Sort of!
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Fresh-Faced Inquisitorial Acolyte




England

Yep... I've undercoated mine, and that's as far as it's gone!
Hopefully I'll find time to actually pick up a brush before the end of the month.
   
 
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