Thursday, 2 April 2020

(Lead) Mountain Musings - "Adeptus Titanicus" April 2020

"Adeptus Titanicus" WIP - The Warhound Titan has been assembled, primed and layered
This month's themed attempt to reduce my bloated backlog of metal, plastic and resin models will primarily focus upon "two nimble Warhound Titans" from the Adeptus Titanicus: The Horus Heresy starter set by "Games Workshop". Despite having a healthy love for the second edition of "Epic" (or rather "Space Marine") and owning a copy of "Epic: Armageddon", I had managed to resist purchasing the Nottingham-based manufacturer's Adeptus Titanicus: Grand Master Edition when it was first released on account of its disconcerting price point.

However, the company's arguably more affordable "starting point for playing Adeptus Titanicus" containing "six incredible Citadel miniatures" was a little harder to ignore, especially as the somewhat significantly smaller war machines didn't look half as intimidating to build or pigment as the formidably large Warlord Battle titans. As a result I have assembled the pair of Warhound Scout plastic kits found in the box as two Traitor titans from the Legio Mortis, which will give me a fairly straightforward palette of black, red, silver and gold (Pre-Heresy), and then Green, Black and Silver (Post-Heresy) once they have fully given themselves over to Nurgle...
"Wizkids" WIPs - The Minotaur has been primed, washed and dry-brushed
In addition to my dalliance with "Games Workshop", I will be ploughing on with some "Wizkids" figures in an effort to help bolster the amount of civilians I can field on the tabletop. Not only do I have a few non-combatants in mind, perhaps to use as simple innocent bystanders or movable objectives, but I've become increasingly aware of owning few non-super-powered civilian forces, such as actual S.H.I.E.L.D. troopers, A.I.M. operatives or Agents of Hydra.

Having recently added to my collection of G.C.P.D. officers, I also want to be able to get some S.W.A.T. forces and U.S. Army soldiers onto my tabletop too. But first, having been badly bitten by the murderous machinations of the Roxxon Energy Corporation's CEO, Dario Agger, in "The Immortal Hulk", I thought I'd paint up the insane industrialist's "Heroclix" alter-ego, the Minotaur...
March 2020 - "Wizkids" once again dominated the month with a plethora of "Heroclix" and "D&D" models
Statistics wise, the past four weeks have proved to be a highly productive March, with my interest in "Dungeons & Dragons" ruling my painting queue and instinctive need to successfully achieve my target tally in the Tenth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge channelling my hobby mojo. Interestingly however, my love of underground tunnel dwellers didn't limit me to just a single manufacturer either, with both "Wizkids" and "Otherworld Miniatures" benefiting from my need to populate a stone-tiled gaming table with some denizens of the deep.

Alongside "Otherworld Miniatures", this period also saw another company rise in my estimation with "Precinct Omega" and their utterly bizarre "Ballmonsters!" range. Surprisingly, I actually managed to finish off an entire team of these weird-looking sporting creatures, and fully expect to have a second squad completed before the year is out.

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    1. Early days yet mate. But I've assembled them both, and that was an achievement in its own right!

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  2. So when will you be playing with your balls? Perhaps a https://fumbbl.com/help:SquigT team could be created by you with a little effort. http://ausbowl.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=9212&start=60

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    1. The second team of "Ballmonsters!" certainly don't look as good as that Squig "Blood Bowl" team, Phil. But I'm hoping to pick away at them over the coming weeks as they're taking up some considerable space on my painting table :-)

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  3. Looks like this month could throw up some interesting models Simon and what a month March turned out to be.

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    1. Thanks Michael. I certainly am looking forward to getting some paint on the warhounds, and I have an absolute stack of "Heroclix" waiting in the wings too.

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  4. Great progress on the titans Simon, haven't got into the latest version, and stuck with the armageddon rules and figures. Maybe I'll be tempted one day, or just get the new models and use the old rules.
    Great start on the Minotaur, and look forward to seeing the human element you add to your super hero gaming

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    1. Thanks Dave. The new AT titans certainly look good, and I'm hoping to get the boxed set painted over the next few weeks. I don't know much about the rules yet, apart from having worked out the load-out of my two warhounds so they both cost the same points - to make my maths easier.

      Lots of "Heroclix" planned, as I really want to get some good BatReps posted featuring larger scale super-powered fights, and to do that I think I'll need a fair few cops, SHIELD and Army minis for the goodies :-)

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  5. I say you were a busy boy last month weren't you, never really got into "Epic" there were a few people doing at the Chester club many years ago, but we were playing "Battletech" at the time so it rather passed me by. The Warhound was always my favourite of the titans though to my eye anyway, so best of luck with this.

    Minotaur is not a character I have ever heard of, though as you know well I am not the biggest Hulk fan either so really only know the more famous baddies from that series. Nice figure though.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. Last month was hectic indeed, but tbh a fair few minis painted probably won't see the tabletop for a while. I hope to change that for April, hence an idea to use the Warhounds in some homemade rule mash-up with my pre-painted Daemons...

      The Minotaur has seen a massive revival lately because of "The Immortal Hulk", so I'm not surprised you don't recognise him. It is a great mini albeit I was hoping for one of him in his three-piece suit, sipping tea in an ornate cup, as per the comic rather than this older incarnation of him.

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  6. The warhound titan looks like a great model. I love GW models, but boy are they fiddly to put together, often unnecessarily so to my mind! Can't wait to see them painted though so will stay tuned for the progress reports. That minotaur mini looks great! Not heard of him, but can't wait to see him painted too.

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    1. Thanks Undercoat. The Warhound titan is great looking, but as you say an absolute swine to assemble, and took a couple of days to put together, and dry etc. Hopefully the Minotaur will be finished soon enough :-)

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  7. I can imagine the Ttians being a pain to assemble, but no doubt you'ree pleased with them.
    I think the minotaur will look good when finished - it's an impressive sculpt and pos.

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    1. Cheers Joe. I'm very pleased the titans are assembled, because, as you rightly say, they're an utter pain to put together. I should have the Minotaur finished next week - fingers crossed :-)

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