The Chances Of Anything Coming From Mars… – Part 3

I spotted something the other day which I probably should have noticed earlier; that I managed to add something to my Adeptus Mechanicus project in January, February and March of this year. Seems a pity not to add something in April too then doesn’t it? In fact I’ve started so I might as well commit – I hereby challenge myself to add something to the legions of Mars every month of 2021. It’s a trick that worked nicely for my Skaven army, building the momentum that turned a mountain of grey plastic into a swarm of fully painted vermin, so now I’ll apply it to the armies of the machine god as well.

First things first let’s do something about the squad of Skitarii rangers  who still stand at a paltry four members even after all this time.

Skitarii Warhammer 40k Wudugast AdMech (1)Skitarii Warhammer 40k Wudugast AdMech (2)Skitarii Warhammer 40k Wudugast AdMech (3)Skitarii Warhammer 40k Wudugast AdMech (4)Skitarii Warhammer 40k Wudugast AdMech (5)Skitarii Warhammer 40k Wudugast AdMech (6)Skitarii Warhammer 40k Wudugast AdMech (7)

With these three ready to serve the legions of Mars I think my next move should be to add three more for a full squad of ten. Let’s see if that can be done by the end of May then.

Skitarii Warhammer 40k Wudugast AdMech (8)

Of course these models also fit very neatly into the “Paint the Crap You Already Own” challenge being run by Ann’s Immaterium. You can read all about the challenge here, or just get Batman to sum it up for you…

Paint What You Own

As we’re now almost at the end of the month and time for getting anything else painted is short I’ve taken the liberty of assuming I won’t get anything else finished (chance, as they say, would be a fine thing) so here’s a round-up groupshot of everything I painted for the challenge.

Skitarii Warhammer 40k Wudugast AdMech (9)

Not sure what I’ll tackle next but I’ve got a feeling that some worshippers of the machine god might just be among them…

26 responses to “The Chances Of Anything Coming From Mars… – Part 3

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Love the minis of course but you’ve got me thinking with this post on the subject of incentive and motivational painting as I think I am going to need it going forward. At the moment I’m toying with the idea that every mini I paint buys me a unit of alcohol. 🤗🍺

  • FirBholg

    Love these, the understated colour scheme really makes the detail (especially those yellow wires) pop, and I’m always going to be a fan of any Mechanicus models based on red earth!

  • Page W Benway

    The Omnissiah notes your proposed output adjustment and allots a subroutine cycle of appreciation for your logical contribution to the glory of Mars.

    I’ve finally had some success finishing models to a tabletop standard in part by participating in Yaktribe’s current Finish Your Stuff Challenge (FYSC). That combined with fine examples set by bloggers like yourself and some of the Youtubers out there has helped me learn that finishing something can be as or more satisfying than buying more stuff. It doesn’t hurt that GW seems to be cycling back towards its tone deaf, “the price increases and odd model availability issues will continue until moral improves” persona from several years ago. Excellent time to paint what I’ve got and support other miniature manufacturers when I do make purchases.

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! Aye, finishing something that you’ve painted yourself is waaay more satisfying than buying something new – it’s just unfortunate that it’s also way more effort. As you say though GW’s latest shenanigans aren’t exactly inspiring confidence – maybe if they keep this up I’ll actually start to make inroads to the backlog! 😀

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    Really nice minis painted this month! 🙂

  • Alex

    Good stuff mate, I do love your AdMech & I’m delighted that we’ll get to see more!!

  • Pete S/ SP

    Really like those. I’ve just started to collect Ad mech as it happens.



  • Kuribo

    Very nice work on these, mate! Its always cool to see you paint Ad Mech though I still say you should try painting them in a different scheme than how GW does with these ;). It would almost appear to a very casual 40k fan that they only come in red plastic and on Mars bases, if you know what I mean 😀

    • Wudugast

      I reckon that everyone is allowed one “studio style” army in their lives. I’ve always done things my own way – my orks are a clanless horde, my chaos marines bleached bone armour ties them to no particular legion, my space marines are so far from the Blood Angels that the lords of Baal aren’t even fully convinced they descend from the same primarch and my skaven were yellow before GW’s were. Mars though, that’s the homeworld, the Forge World Primus, the true heart of the Imperium! Anyway, I’ll stop defending myself – Mars is best – nuff said! :-p

      • Kuribo

        For me and one of my mates, we have a chuckle at how Adeptus Mechanicus is probably the one army where people rarely stray from the Mars design. We’re probably just being snobby painters because I know I rarely paint a common or popular army scheme in Warhammer to try and make whatever I’m painting stand out. Also, I think you can do some cool things with Ad Mech colors beyond what the Mars scheme but until I put my money where my mouth is and paint one, it is all talk on my part. So ignore me and my snobbery and enjoy yours Mars Ad Mech minis 😀

      • Wudugast

        I think part of the reason so many people are drawn to Mars comes down to the fact that the Ad Mech were central to the background for so many years (decades really) but there were no models for them. Imagine 40k as it is today, with all the same books and artwork, but no space marine miniatures. The only Ad Mech you ever saw on the tabletop were tech-marines or engineers (in space marine or imperial guard armies respectively) and these tended to be painted red – indeed GW tended to push the idea that the “right” way to paint them was red, and most people went along with that. At the same time there were lots of people who wanted to convert Ad Mech armies of their own, but not much in the way of miniatures that could easily be kitbashed/converted to represent them. If you wanted your conversions to look like convincing members of the Ad Mech you needed all the visual cues you could lay your hands on and painting them red was a good way to do that. It’s a visual shorthand that some of us have never managed to get over. I do like that there are more forge worlds being explored nowadays and a greater range of colour schemes on show (I particularly like Gryphonne IV for instance) but my heart still lies with Mars. Plus, as every Ork knows, paint them red and they’ll go faster!

        Anyway, I think by now you’ve talked yourself into it – you’re going to have to paint something for the Adeptus Mechanicus in a non-red colour scheme. I look forward to seeing what you come up with! 😀

      • Kuribo

        Oh yeah, that is a good point, mate! I forgot about how GW talked up Mars in the lore and there were no minis for it back in the day. How far we’ve come! I think GW would be wise to encourage people to branch out and try other color schemes. It can only be good for 40k. I do really like those mechanical hound riders (Sulphur hounds maybe?) that came out a little while back so maybe I’ll get around to painting Ad Mech one day. They are an army where kind of love the aesthetic but there isn’t one mini that sparks the inspiration for a display painting type of idea, if you know what I mean. Maybe one day soon though! I’m trying to work more projects like that into my queue so you never know 🙂

  • Mark A. Morin

    I could look at these for days. So cool

  • Faust

    Those look great, mate! The nice red, the tech bits. Speaking of the tech bits, I feel like I might just want some of those bits for cobbling some SciFi terrain. Cool, I’m back and my wallet is much lighter! Why do I read these blogs?!

    Nice group shot, had no idea that they aren’t too much bigger than the Gobbos but definitely way smaller than the Kroot! Is the Kroot supposed to be pretty tall?

    • Faust

      Oops, and I forgot to say ‘tackling the Skitari bit by bit’ seems a great way to get this rather cool looking group done!

      • Wudugast

        Thank you! Yeah, I’ve never been much of a batch painter, I work best when I break things down into small groups. When I was first getting into the hobby someone said to me that he’d rather paint one ork in an evening than paint the boots on 40 orks and I’ve always found myself to be the same. Sometimes it means armies don’t progress as cohesively as they might otherwise, and I sometimes end up with various half-finished squads kicking around but on the whole it works for me. 🙂

      • Faust

        I kinda go back and forth. There are definitely pluses and minuses to both. The bulk of my painting has been Blood Bowl, usually tackling a team of 20+ minis at once. When I switched to Necromunda and started painting 6 minis at once, I thought my mind had been blown! I had plans to do my next Blood Bowl team, 6 minis at a time, but somehow I just get in the groove and slowly grind through them. Or stall (like the current team!). Then with Frostgrave it was a bit trickier, because it’s single minis. I’ll try things like paint one color across different bits, and then another across different minis, etc. But for the most part on any minis, I’m deciding which colors and/or bits I’ll be painting and get to it. It’s very rarely that I tackle one mini and paint lots of different colors at once.

    • Wudugast

      Aye, that happens to me all the time – I think I’ve got plenty to be getting on with and then I see what someone else is working on and the grass, as they say, is always greener… I don’t really know if all Kroot are tall or if it’s just this one, it’s a long time since I saw any other Kroot models in person but I seem to remember them being pretty tall compared to the Tau at least.

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