Tuesday, 14 August 2018

1st Void Marathon Painting Challenge: Victor Araujo's VASA

Finally, after a small delay, here we have the winner of the Void 1.1 Nexus marathon Painting challenge. A well deserved first place went to Victor Arajo's VASA.

Based on the studio colour scheme of purples with a splash of yellow for contrast, these minis really pop.

I especially love the use of a TAV MKIII and a Typhoon. Two of my favourite minis. Great choice Victor!
The final list includes: a unit of VASA Marines (with a variety of heavy weapon options), Major Kali, a Knight of the Spirit, a Typhoon and a TAV MKIII.

I too found the back banner of the Birds of Prey to be unmanageable in terms of modelling and durability, so I'm not surprised to see it missing from the Typhoon, but I consider this to be a feature not a flaw.

Monday, 30 July 2018

1st Void Marathon Painting Challenge: Ben Braim's Junkers

I've been posting the results of the Void 1.1 Nexus facebook groups's Marathon painting challenge. This is where entrants painted 400-500 point force (purple book, force books, 4in1 - dealers choice) in two months.

Here we have the greatly deserved 2nd place entry. A Junkers Force, including some highly converted Berserkers, and a unit of Legionary Sandrunners, with two troopers and a Decurion. This force of course is "supported" by Ben's Sandrunner Lictor, that won one of the Fun Run challenges.

The Berserkers are not the classic metal berserker miniatures, but a set of the plastic Legionnaires, modded to fit a berserker theme.

It's never easy to paint black IMHO, but Ben does a great job here. I'm also in awe of the weathering effets on the khaki armour and the weapons. really gives the effect that no-one cares about these guys, they're reallly fire-and-forget troops!

Great Job Ben, a well deserved second place. I think if facebook allowed close-ups of the images, you might even have swung this one more in your favour!

Monday, 23 July 2018

1st Void Marathon Painting Challenge: Hugh Duggan's Viridians

Okay, so I'm a bit delayed in getting these out, but here,s the second entry to the Void 1.1 Nexus Marathon Painting Challenge, where entrants painted up a 400-500 point force (purple book, force books, 4in1 - dealers choice) in two months.

Here we have the entry from Hugh Duggan. A Viridian force. We have a squad of Marines including a whole bunch of weapon specialists, a squad of Commandos, a Marine HMG team with a neat little converted guy keeping low, a wonderful Jaguar Strike craft, then a whole bunch of Dinosaurs. They include, 2 URSA-TS2 Terrasaurs, an URSA-TR8 Terrasaur, a Terrasaur-TR6 Chain Gun Support, and a Terrasaur Mortar support. Please correct me if I have missed anything.

I really love the camo work on the vehicles and dinos, and there are some neat but subtle conversions hidden away in there. I'm sure if there were some closeups of the troops in here, this would have been voted higher, but as it was, this entry came in as a respectable 3rd place. Congrats Hugh.

Friday, 20 July 2018

1st Void Marathon Painting Challenge: Thomas Head's Junkers

After the last couple of single mini painting challenges on the Void 1.1 Nexus Facebook group, we finally have the results of the Marathon painting challenge. That is, the challenge to paint up a 400-500 point force (purple book, force books, 4in1 - dealers choice) in two months.

A poll was taken, and the results are in. I'm going to post the results in reverse order. So, here we have Thomas Head's Junker Force.

Some classic minis, with areal Old School varnish look. Great job Thomas, looking forward to more from you!!

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

2nd Void 1.1 Nexus Painting Challenge: Top Two

Ok, so here are the top two from the 2nd Void 1.1 Nexus Facebook group Fun Run painting challenge.

As can be seen from the screenshot of the poll, I voted for both of these, so I can't say I have a favourite of the two. Ok, you twisted my arm, it's the VASA minis! ;) Anyway, in reverse order, or course:

Florian Heller's The Girls of VASA:

Being of course, an Anchangel, Major Kali, and an original version Black Legion Sergeant. Some close ups would be nice. Florian, if you're reading, get in touch.

And finally, in a very well deserved first place,

Simon Bradley's Lieutenant Johnny G:

The smoothness of the colours on this are pretty amazing. The blending going on here is top notch. It really isn't a surprise that this mini won the vote.

Well done to all participants, and a special congratulations to Simon, who won a £10 voucher for the Scotia Grendel webstore.

Next up, the Marathon painting challenge armies

2nd Void 1.1 Nexus Painting Challenge: The Runners Up

The Void 1.1 Nexus Facebook group ran a second painting competition. Their second 'Fun Run', and the votes are in.

Here I'd like to showcase the runners up. Each a valiant effort and worthy paintjob. I'd be more than happy to face any of these across the table. Well, maybe not happy, as they'd put my bare metal minis to shame, but you know what I mean.

Anyway, here are the results of the painting challenge.

The more observant amongst you will see where my votes lay, but that does not really matter.

So, with no further ado, here are the runners up. The second place and winner will be posted seperately.

Tamas Lehoczky's Colonial Marines:

Classy paint job on some classy minis. I do like these.

Clarke Payne's Tactical Androsynths and Sergeant:

I love the different colours used here. Gives a bit of an old school 200AD look to the unit.

Renzo Crispieri's Arkterex "Spider Tank":

I don't think I'd ever seen this mini before, not having come across many Koralon forces back with Void. Man, this thing is a monster!

Hugh Duggan's Viridian Assault Marines and Guass Cannon:

Complete with Sergeant, Rocket Launcher and I think the Grenade Launcher. There's even one of Fenrir's Assault Marines hiding in there. Nice.

Thomas Head's Aurelian, Junker Champion:

I dunno what that is he's holding, but I don't want to get too close to it for sure!

Great work all of you. The top two in the poll will be posted shortly.