Monday, 27 July 2020

"Knowledge Is A Treasure That Must Be Guarded..."

"...With bitter jealousy in this age."
These three 8mm scale plastic shipment containers are produced by "Games Workshop", and can be found inside the Nottingham-based company's Manufactorum Imperialis scenery set for "Adeptus Titanicus". Assembled from parts taken from the four "frames of detailed components" found within the box, each piece of storage was actually built using four separate components so as to allow the odd door to even be open if wanted/needed.

It would appear that all of the Manufactorum Imperialis models are intended to be free-standing. But as I've always liked to base my terrain, especially when some of it is so small, I decided to compile a seemingly suitable collection of containers upon a "Citadel" 50mm circular base, and permanently attached them in place with a few dollops of plastic glue. Hopefully, this would also mean for these particular miniatures that I could use them as elaborate ammunition crates or some such for my 28mm sci-fi gaming tabletop...
"Adeptus Titanicus" WIPs - The shipping containers were primed, shaded and dry-brushed
All of the models were primed using two coats of "Vallejo" Heavy Grey and then absolutely drowned in a torrent of "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. They were then dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Heavy Grey, as well as given a haphazard highlight of "Citadel" Ironbreaker in places so as to give the impression of their paint being rubbed away through heavy use. As a final touch I strategically dabbed them with some "Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash in the hope that it would suggest weathering and poor care.

I actually own a rather embarrassing amount of untouched "Games Workshop" terrain for "Warhammer 40K", "Necromunda" and "Kill Team", so very much viewed this 'test piece' as an opportunity to trial a straightforward colour scheme for some of that scenery too. I have a few palettes I want to apply to the various 234 plastic components found inside the Manufactorum Imperialis box, but as a starter I'm rather pleased with how the combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Grey, "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade, "Citadel" Ironbreaker and "Mig Productions" Extreme Rust Wash turned out.
"Adeptus Titanicus" WIPs - The crane tower has been primed and washed
In addition to these three shipment containers I actually built a fourth model to use as cargo for the largest of two cranes which comes with the set. The body of this beast, which comprises of twenty separate pieces, including two tiny ladders and four fiddly-fitting walkways, has already been attached to a 60mm circular base and is 40mm tall without the actual crane being fitted.

Fortunately, I was wise enough to assemble the box's second, slightly smaller, crane base simultaneously, and hope to get the pair of these formidably-sized constructions painted over the next few days. There's also an incredible amount of piping to assemble for another scenic piece I have in mind, which consists of an eye-watering twenty-one sections - and that's not including the minuscule fuel barrels and detritus I hope to add to the micro vignette...

16 comments:

  1. Great work on your Titanicus scenery Simon, when you come to working on your larger scenery, remember to add extra colours with the increase of size of the model, even if it's tiny chipping effect as it will make a lot of difference

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    1. Thanks very much indeed, Dave. I'm a long way from tackling that 28mm scenery yet, but I'll certainly be revisiting your postings to see how you did yours before I do :-)

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  2. ohh those came out nice. good job man.

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    1. Cheers Mr Martin. I'm certainly happy with the final result :-)

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  3. Very cool Simon, good to get some terrain done for the summer challenge, a timely reminder that I need to do something too.

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    1. Thanks Michael. I'm not a fan of painting scenery tbh, but this 8mm terrain is rather fun once assembled.

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  4. At first I thought they were ammo crates for regular 40K. :)

    All looks like it'll pop nicely on the tabletop mate. Look forward to seeing pics of your first game!

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    1. Cheers Dai. That was the point of the basing. I won't be able to use all the scenery this way for sure, but getting double-use out of some of the terrain is the cunning plan - alongside getting my colour schemes sorted out.

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  5. They seemed to have turned out very well indeed. A suitably industrial looking paint job that fits the nature of the terrain perfectly. The little patches of rust in particular look excellent. I am of course expecting some yellow and black hazard stripes expertly painted on a future piece of terrain!!

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    1. Thanks Undercoat. If I can find some yellow & black hazard stripe decals - wish I do own somewhere, then you may well get your wish. LOL!!!

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  6. Lovely bit of scenery that Simon, getting them to be multi usage/ multi scale is a stroke of genius!

    The crane base looks great too, really nice colour choice on that and the weathering looks spot on.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Cheers Roger. Nothing like your awesome scratch-built toxic pond [Link: https://rantingsfromunderthewargamestable.wordpress.com/2020/07/25/the-strange-tale-of-cletus-tanner/] But it'll hopefully do.

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  7. The crate look the part and will fit in with many of your games and genres.

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    1. Cheers Joe. That was the plan for this piece at least.

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