Life On Mars – Part 1

Well here we are in November, and my campaign to add at least one model to my Adeptus Mechanicus army in every month of 2021 has reached its penultimate stage. Over the last ten months the collection has grown from a tiny handful of models to something which, if not quite the vast host of Martian warriors I might dream of one day commanding, is at least a substantial looking mob of mechanical men. However I still have a lot more planned for this project so this month I’m going to up the ante, and set myself a painting challenge. After powering through a mighty horde of greenskins in Orktober I reckon this month I should be able to paint a complete “Start Collecting” box. This has become a staple of Games Workshop army painting challenges in recent years and frankly if they can do it so can I, right? After all, it’s only 12 models – time to put my money (or my foot) where my mouth is!

The set in question is this one, which was one of the first “Start Collecting” sets Games Workshop ever produced, and an absolute bargain at the time which I eagerly snapped up. Since then, in what is probably a familiar story to many readers, it’s been gathering dust…

My challenge is to get everything painted up by the end of this month, even if that means I’m applying the last lick of paint at midnight on the 30th (although hopefully it won’t come to that!). I have however allowed myself the headstart of getting everything assembled in advance so let’s take a look at what I’m up against.

Leading the force, and acting as the warlord in command of my growing army, is this tech priest.

Under his command will be this unit of ten Skitarii Vanguard.

Wudugast Ad Mech 40k Mechanicus Skitarii (5)Wudugast Ad Mech 40k Mechanicus Skitarii (6)

Finally, just to make my life tough, we have this Onager Dunecrawler. I always find vehicles intimidating to tackle but hopefully having a deadline will prevent me from getting too bogged down, or stalling until I end up pushing it to the back of the desk and forgetting about it. Plus, once it’s done it should make a nice centrepiece for the army.

Wudugast Ad Mech 40k Mechanicus Skitarii (3)Wudugast Ad Mech 40k Mechanicus Skitarii (4)

So there we have it – 12 models in 30 days. Should be easy right… Right..? I guess we’ll find out over the next few weeks…


12 responses to “Life On Mars – Part 1

  • theimperfectmodeller

    After Orktober this should be a walk in the park! 😉

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    All looks good! 🙂 I really like that Dunecrawler!

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! It’s a cool looking machine isn’t it? I tend to get a bit nervous about painting vehicles for some reason so having a deadline should keep me on track, and it should make a great centre piece once it’s done. 

  • Alex

    A most noble challenge – good luck dude!!

  • Kuribo

    After 37 Orks, this should be cake 😉 I’m excited to see you paint some more Ad Mech as well. They have a lot of great looking minis!

  • mcmattila

    This will be good!

    If I might give one suggestion, maybe add a bit of putty or spackle to the crawler’s base to create so gentle dunes, to avoid the large base looking too flat. But in any case, all that debris is looking good already!

    I’m so bummed that I didn’t get this box when it was cheap. Or available.. I think the new one is a big downgrade, both on the vehicle and the character model.

    • Wudugast

      That’s an excellent suggestion. I’ve been thinking that the base needs a little extra to stop it looking so flat but I’ve added as much junk and detritus as I think it can handle, much more and it’ll start to look like the crawler is moving through a junkyard. I’ll get some putty on there to structure the landscape a bit, that should be just what it needs.

      I know what you mean, the old Start Collecting sets were great but the second one, and the new Combat Patrol, haven’t looked half as interesting to me. I’m tempted to pick up a couple of other ranges’ Start Collecting sets sooner rather than later, there’s some good deals there and they seem to be phasing out the Start Collecting sets in favour of Combat Patrols (which are mostly a bit too expensive to tempt me).

      • backtothehammer

        I’ve found that too. The start collecting boxes are excellent but the combat patrols are too expensive to tempt me and at least with the space marines, have some odd combinations for the sub factions they are being sold as

      • Wudugast

        Yeah the Start Collecting boxes are just in the sweet spot for me, there’s enough there that they look like a good bargain without being too expensive (especially if you can get a decent discount from a third-party supplier). The Combat Patrols, being a bit bigger and more expensive, need more careful budgeting both in terms of time and money. I’m with you on the content of the Space Marine boxes too, some of them look like they were more concerned about what models they could sell rather than what models would fit best with the faction. The Ork box was cool and I reckon Sisters of Battle fans who missed out on the Starter Set must be pleased to see it brought back as a Combat Patrol but other than that I’d have preferred them to stick with Start Collecting.

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