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Well, this is a bit of an eclectic (Oooo, a $2 word) selection of units to (almost*) finish as a modest start to the collection. I didnít really plan
on getting slightly distracted finishing the Void Shield Generator, but thatís what happened. Being already half finished for many months and beginning to collect dust, it was simply too much to ignore it. Naturally, wanting to see it with the plasma globe in place didnít hurt my shift in motivation.
*Almost finished because they are
doneÖ sortaí. The primary paint job is finished. Iíve hit the edges and high points with gloss varnish and given everything the first coat of matt varnish, thatís a little closer to a satin which is my actual preference for general applications. Now theyíre going to wait for decals before a bit of dirtying up and the final coats of varnish. For now, Iím procrastinating on the decals because I want to complete more units for the army and get a better idea where I want to put icons, thus having a better idea just what size the decals will need to be; so thereís that, aaand Iím kindaí not looking forward to the work involved in finishing the icons and compiling the final decal sheets, so that can wait until Iím feeling more inspired to do such things and I have more models that are at the point of actually needing them.
Ok, ok, this isnít exactly a unit that hasnít been shown before but I figured a few more images for the sake of completeness wouldnít go amiss.
Given that the Ad Mech line is new and Iím so pleased with the models I donít plan on doing any elaborate conversions like I might be tempted to do when working with Chaos. However, I dislike excessive repetition caused by repeating models in an army, so I prefer when I can use a posable multipart kit/s to assemble the Troops of a collection; even subtle changes in pose and composition can dramatically improve the level of variety that can be found in an army that may otherwise be very similarly equipped. The Skitraii kit walks an interesting line in this regard. They donít offer as much in the way of pose-ability as I would normally prefer, but the kit does have ten distinctly posed miniatures and there is a good range of selection in the components. Switch a few arms, swap a few backpacks and turn the odd head and thereís enough variety to obscure any blatant repetition in the rank-and-file, but not so much with the Alphas and the Omnispex/Data-tether operators. So Iíve decided to focus a bit of converting and kit-bashing on those models in each of the squads to provide some variety to the models that are the center of each unit.
To that end, this first unit of rangers is taking the easy route and staying completely stock with no changes, since the Alpha simply requires nothing more than a Galvanic Rifle which are plentiful and that leaves the shouldered rifle component for the Omnispex operator. Iíll want the next unit of Rangers to mix thing up a bit, but Iíll worry about that another day.
Besides, showing the Rangers again gives me a chance to show a nice large image of them in context, perched in the battlements of the Void Shield Generator.
Damn the bases for the Transuranic Arquebus models are freakiní huge. The squad in my list is 8 strong but the battlement doesnít really accommodate more than 6 miniatures with the 2 Transuranic Arquebusí taking up so much floor space. Since this is their intended perch it looks like I might need to tweak my list a bit. The extra bodies are really just ablative wounds for the models with the wargear that matters, so I guess losing a few isnít an issue, but Iím not sure if there are many options to make use of the points that will be freed up. HummÖ
Delayed by finishing the Void Shield, the first squad of Plasma Caliver toting Vanguard is now caught up with the Rangers.
Hereís a large close-up to showcase the paint job and to have a look at the switch-and-swap conversions I did on the Alpha and the Omnispex operator.
I want to give the Alphas in the Vanguard squads Taser Goads in part because they are signature Mechanicus weapons that are unique looking but I also plan/hope to use the Vanguard to support some close combat actions where their Rad-saturation rule can offer some extra utility. So, with luck, the Alpha might add an exploding six with the Goad from time-to-time. Not knowing which unit will be called on to perform this (likely suicidal) maneuver Iím going to give them to all the Vanguard Alphas and thatís where the vile specter of repetition crops up. I also want at least some of the Alphas holding their Rad Carbines in both hands so that begs the question of what to do with the Taser Goad when Iím not using the stock bit.
The same problem arises with the Omnispex, since I donít want every single model equipped with one to be in the exact same arm extended pose. So, in this case, I took the opportunity to do a simple switch-and-swap of the Omnispex arm and the Taser Goad arm; removing the Taser Goad from its arm let me easily add the Omnispex to it so it can be in a lowered position, and from there I needed to add the Taser Goad bit to the Alpha in a convincing way If I wanted him holding his Rad Carbine at the ready. So, with a bit of scratch build, I created a simple buckled strap to wrap around the weapon letting it be stowed on the Alphaís backpack. Since the backpack already features a covering with straps and buckles it didnít seem like a stretch.
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Next up, two squads of Vanguard toting Arc Rifles, which is the minimum number of Skitarii Iíll need to complete my initial list. For future list flexibility I was going to force myself to complete 60 Skitarii before moving to bigger things, but the itch to work on projects that will benefit the list right now
is very strong so I suspect things might change. Any progress is good progress, however, so Iím not going to sweat my order of execution too much as long as whatever I work on is in the list. That damn Void Shield Generator is just too dominating, I need some bigger toys to bring it down some.
Thanks for reading, following along, the kind words, and feedback. As always comments, questions, and general musing are always welcome.
Now go paint something! ;)