Life On Mars – Part 2

At the start of the month I set myself the challenge of painting up the entire contents of the first Start Collecting: Skitarii boxset. Now the fruits of my labours are starting to pay off, and after assiduously painting over the weekend the first five Skitarii Vanguard are ready for action.

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I’ve got various miniatures sitting around which are all at the “almost done” stage so I’ll be aiming to spend this week batch-painting the rest of the Vanguard and working on the other two models from the set (the Tech-Priest and the Onager Dunecrawler) whilst keeping things fresh by taking breaks to put the finishing touches on those other models.

20 responses to “Life On Mars – Part 2

  • imperialrebelork

    Lovely, lovely work mate. Do those serbrey horses/raiders come with the start collecting box too?

  • imperialrebelork

    I think that’s what they’re called haha

    • Wudugast

      Cheers dude! I know the things you mean, the Serberys Raiders (stupid GW spellings…). They’re not in the Start Collecting set but they’re really nice models aren’t they? I’ve got a set that I’ll be adding to the army at some point. 

      • imperialrebelork

        I saw Duncan Rhodes do a conversion with one of those horses and had a Unmade Warcry mini riding it. It looked brilliant and I’ve been considering doing something similar down the track.

      • Wudugast

        I know the video you mean, that conversion looked really cool. The Unmade (like most of the Warcry sets) are just so cool and weird. If I had the money I’d buy two of each, one to build straight out of the box and one to convert. Someday, when I’m rich…

      • imperialrebelork

        Some very awesome kits in the Warcry range. I should get back to the ones I’ve built for my HellGate project. One day I’ll have the time I’m sure haha

  • Alex

    Looking awesome mate – you’re hitting your stride with these now eh? I love the dark metallics you’ve used on the torso – really gives them a strong industrial vibe & hints at a climate that isn’t kind on machines & worse on flesh!

    • Wudugast

      Thanks mate! I do feel I am getting into my stride with these actually. When I first started painting this collection I wondered if I’d taken on something I shouldn’t have, everything seemed to take forever and it was all so fiddly to paint. Now I can knock out models I’m happy with without too much grief, which certainly bodes well for getting the rest of the army done! 😉

  • John@justneedsvarnish

    Oooh, I really like them! Very nice indeed! 🙂 I like the way they all have a different shaped TV aerial on their packs (although I might be a bit unsure about that bit! 😉

    • Wudugast

      Cheers! I love the little TV aerials, they’re fiddly to attach (and I may have broken one of the ones on the second half of this squad beyond repair…) but they’re such a nice touch.

  • theimperfectmodeller

    Excellent mate. Red is always a striking colour and guaranteed to make figures stand out and these are certainly the dogs privates. 🙂

  • Pete S/ SP

    Those look really great. All my Ad Mech are still on the sprue- trying to decide on what scheme to use for them… agony of choice.



    • Wudugast

      Cheers! That is a tough choice. I’m a Martian traditionalist myself, it’ll always be the Red Planet for me. There’s some other colour schemes out there that look really good though, I’ve always been partial to the quartered orange and yellow of Voss Prime if you’re feeling fancy. There’s a few of them have white or cream cloaks (I think Metalica uses that scheme) and that always looks good. Or just make something up. They’re lovely models so I’m sure you’ll enjoy them when you get around to them anyway. 🙂

  • Kuribo

    5 in a weekend!? That is very impressive. I can’t get a single mini done most weekends at the pace that I paint. These look great and I can’t wait to see more as you work through the box!

    • Wudugast

      Thank you! That’s the power of batch painting. Usually I avoid it like the plague but if I was to try and paint each of these from start to finish one at a time I know I’d get bored by half way through and either get distracted or start rushing and cutting corners (which in turn would leave me unhappy with the results and put me off from doing more). This way there’s a nice balance, I get the whole batch to about 70% done then I pick one and race to the end. 

  • mellis1644

    Wow those look great. I really like the overall effect

  • Azazel

    Just to add to the chorus – these are inded great. Appreciating the more detailed pics here after only seeing the group shot! (working backwards)

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