The Chances Of Anything Coming From Mars… – Part 2

It’s been the best part of twenty years since I started banging on about wanting to paint an Adeptus Mechanicus army, almost six years since miniatures for them were released and nine months since I finally got a couple of Skitarii painted. For that matter it’s also been one week since you looked at me, cocked your head to the side and said, “We need to talk about Mars” and five days since you laughed at me saying “The Omnissiah demands you get your shit together and paint His legions!”. Anyway, at long last my two Skitarii have been joined by two more.

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Really I should have painted another to round out a squad but the uncanny powers of Tzeentch with which I’ve been tampering over recent weeks have clearly addled what was left of my common sense.

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I’m not going to pretend that more of these will follow straight away, I’ve got more Tzeentch and the Fembruary challenge lined up which I want to concentrate on, but I am determined that after that I’ll give the armies of Sacred Mars the love and attention they have been denied for so long.

33 responses to “The Chances Of Anything Coming From Mars… – Part 2

  • theimperfectmodeller

    When a chap says he is going to do something he generally does, so what if it takes 20 years, 6 years or 9 months. The thing is you’ve been true to your word. Look brilliant mate and will be interested to see what you have been keeping up your sleeve for Fembruary. πŸ™‚

    • Wudugast

      I know right, I say this to my partner all the time – “If you ask me to do something and I say I’m going to do it, that means I’m going to do it, you don’t need to nag me about it every three months!”. Does she listen though? Anyway, glad you like them mate! πŸ™‚

  • terryshithole

    looks great! the trick is to have ongoing projects.

  • Alex

    … a million to one I’d say πŸ™‚

  • savageddt

    If i have to wait another 20 years fir you to get to the next couple, I am more than willing to wait. Job well done man

  • Kuribo

    These came out looking nice! I think you did a great job on the ridges of the plasma rifle, in particular. I like Adeptus Mechanicus too and I just haven’t found the model from their faction that worked out for me. I tried doing something fancy with the Electro-Priests and a Tech-Priest Dominus and I wasn’t able to finish either one sadly. Maybe one day I’ll get around to it, though probably not any sooner than you will get yours painted up, I figure πŸ™‚

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! The plasma glow was surprisingly easy, I gave it a couple of coats of contrast paints (which colours you ask? Errmmm – I can’t remember exactly, one green and then one dark and blueish in the deeper areas). Gave it a moment or two and then ran a finger lightly over the ridges to lift the paint off and leave a natural highlight. Then it was just a case of tidying up and emphasising the highlights.

      They’re lovely models aren’t they, but the sheer number of details can be quite intimidating. I reckon you could do some incredible work with them if you felt so inclined though, and I could certainly use the inspiration if I’m going to get this project up and running. πŸ™‚

      • Kuribo

        Sounds like great technique to me πŸ™‚ I don’t think I’ve tried to paint a plasma weapon before. It’d be a good painting exercise to do that one day πŸ™‚

        Haha, I’ll keep that in mind on future Adeptus Mechanicus projects! I would probably choose an unlikely color scheme if I tackle one of their models again. The scheme you used is VERY popular with that army for some reason πŸ™‚

      • Wudugast

        That’s ‘cos it’s the best colour scheme mate! Why would anyone choose to paint their models as coming from an inferior forge world when they could paint them as the legions of Sacred Mars itself? πŸ˜‰

  • daggerandbrush

    Miniatures are like good wine or cheese, the longer they rest in a dark place the better they taste! Or something like that.

    In any case, I know the feeling of picking up a mini and not quite remembering where it came from. The better it feels to finally paint it up.

    Really like the weathered metal look in combination with the the red. The subtle glow effects on the weapons also add interest.

    Only thing I would suggest is to increase the contrast of the red cloth a tad, should you revisit them or paint another batch.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! I’ll keep that in mind about the wine and cheese, in that case I’ve got quite a few models that are maturing nicely! πŸ™‚

      Yeah, the red’s come out look a bit stark hasn’t it? It’s got a bit more depth to it in real life but the light for taking pictures isn’t great at the moment (I won’t get into excuses but one of the lamps is out of action). That said I’ve learned a lot about painting large areas of red cloth from each of these so hopefully future ones will improve on that front as well.

      • daggerandbrush

        Another option, that doesn’t require crazy wet blending or glazing skills, is to build up successive texture layers. In your case you start with a dark red and layer fine horizontal strokes were the highlights are. You can always glaze it down again, if it is too stark. Basically what I did with Nienna’s cloak in my other post, but not after highlights have been applied, but instead as a way of highlighting. I post a video link later, that explains it in detail.

      • Wudugast

        Yeah I do like that effect, makes the surface feel more textured and organic. For me it’s perfect for cloth and skin, sharper highlights are better for hard surfaces. Guy in the video presents it well, I’ll check out the rest of his stuff – cheers!

  • Pete S/ SP

    Those are superb- I do like the classic red look on them.



  • Mark A. Morin

    I know nothing of the lore, but the red knocks me out!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! In brief, in the background that colour scheme is associated with Mars, the homeworld or “capital” of the faction. Other subfactions have settled other planets and have their own colour scheme, and of course you can always make up your own planet and your own colour scheme. The studio models are all painted in the Mars colour scheme, and it leads to a bit of banter. Some would say that painting them in that colour scheme is something of a clichΓ© to which I would retort that they’re just jealous because Mars is clearly the best planet and armies painted in other colour schemes are clearly second rate. πŸ˜‰

      To be honest though, I too just really like the red colour scheme, I think it suits them a lot so it wouldn’t really matter which planet it “belongs” to, it’s the one I’d go for. πŸ™‚

  • Argentbadger

    Great painting, and great BNL reference to start with.

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! So glad someone got the reference there, I’m pretty sure most people just assumed I was batty. I wrote the first sentence and couldn’t work out why I started humming that song, once the penny dropped I had to go with it. 😊

  • Azazel

    Awesome stuff. I do love the Admech, and it’s a crime that mine are all stitting in their boxes and you’ve done that thing that makes me want to get mine out and start on them. Too many damned models to paint! And I still owe you that last five orks…

    • Wudugast

      ” Too many damned models to paint!” I’m pretty sure that’s what they’ll be writing on my grave… Aye, most of mine are still in boxes too, and it is a sin. Right now I’d settle for inspiring myself to get on with painting them! πŸ˜€

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