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(Lead) Mountain Musings - "2000 A.D.” January 2022


"The Galaxy's Greatest Comic!"

This month's struggle to lessen my somewhat sizeable backlog of lead, plastic and resin miniatures will continue to be strongly influenced by my ongoing participation in the Twelfth Annual Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC). But having had a brief discussion with Dave Stone over on his excellent “Wargames Terrain Workshop” website, I am also planning to pigment at least a handful of figures taken from the British Science Fiction comic book “2000 A.D.”, as part of his Paint What You’ve Got Challenge.


Initially, I did intend to simply finish off more of my Judge Dredd models from the long Out Of Production (OOP) range by “Mongoose Publishing”, for despite a couple of semi-successful attempts last year to get more of the miniatures finished, I have still only scratched the surface of that particular collection. However, having had a rummage through another box of long-forgotten models, I discovered several of the metal sculpts I bought from “Wargames Foundry” following the sudden announcement that they were discontinuing their officially licenced range in 2017.

"Wargames Foundry" WIPs - Mek Quake, Morrigun and Ro-Jaws

To be honest, despite Tim Prow and Shane Hoyle’s evident skills, I have never really been a particular fan of this range due to the large size of the figures – especially when compared to those produced by “Mongoose Publishing”, “Wizkids” and “Warlord Games”. Fortunately though, I don’t think this unpalatable ‘scale creep’ is quite so noticeable with some of the robots produced, and resultantly I have primed ABC Mek Quake, Morrigun and Ro-Jaws up with some “Vallejo” Grey Surface Primer in the hope that I’ll be able to freely mingle them amongst my existing 28mm Judge Dredd figures on the tabletop.


In addition, I thought the automatons would provide me with a good opportunity to test out some of my Metal N’ Alchemy metallic paints by “Scalecolor” – something I’ve been itching to do since I first applied some Cobalt Alchemy to my three Paladin Annihilators for Warcaster: Neo-Mechanika by “Privateer Press”. Of course, ever being an optimist I would like to successfully apply my brush to far more than just these three figures, and have subsequently set aside a number of other 2000 A.D. related sculpts aside produced by various manufacturers in the hope that I can get a few more finished.

"Games Workshop" WIPs - A Juggernaut of Khorne

Moving over to the AHPC, I have broken down the next four weeks into a quartet of painting blocks which should help me really focus upon getting plenty of miniatures submitted. Every seven days will see a different subject matter, and even scale, so as to help energise my painting mojo, and I have already made some considerable headway with several OOP Dwarf Blood Bowl models by “Games Workshop” as part of my opening task.


These diminutive football players should subsequently be accompanied by a consignment of 15mm Flames of War Germans by “Battlefront Miniatures”, plenty of 1:285 scale Mechs from Battletech by “Catalyst Game Labs” and even some 28mm English Civil War Royalists by “Warlord Games”. However, running alongside all these painting projects I seem aim to ‘pick away’ at a number of 6mm Epic models by “Games Workshop” I want to finish as part of Chaotic Khorne force…

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undercoat2670
Jan 07, 2022

Nice to see some 2000AD models. Such a diverse range of characters. My recollection of Mel Quake is some huge tracked monster robot so I am interested to see this incarnation come to life. Black lining 6mm models? Are you mad? Dedicated? Skilled? All 3?

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 07, 2022
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Cheers Undercoat. This particular incarnation of Mek-Quake is from his days as an ABC Warrior, when he wore the body of one of his victims. Even at 6mm I fear I have to black line the figures as I can't help myself, but it isn't as difficult as you'd think with a magnifying glass and glasses helping me see. LOL!!! 😀

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wsd50
Jan 04, 2022

The Juggernaut looks great, painting the divides on 6mm that well takes a steady hand!


Looking forward to seeing your ABC's I never bought those and I really should have, the only one I do have from it is the ""bigger" Hammerstein, and I hope to get him done this month too.


Cheers Roger.

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wsd50
Jan 04, 2022
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Nah' probably not.....


Cheers Roger.

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planetmut
Jan 03, 2022

First off, excellent painting on that Juggernaut! You've really managed to get the separate bits defined well.


The 2000AD robots look like an interesting project. They're certainly well sculpted and have a lot of detail on them. The metallic paints you used on those Paladin Annihilators looked really good, so hopefully it'll also work well on these guys.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 03, 2022
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Cheers Matt. The Juggernaut is just a test piece as I seem to have acquired a good 50+ of them, so was planning on getting a dozen of them on the tabletop soon(ish). They are a bit fiddly to paint tbh.


Fingers crossed for the metallic paints too, I'm certainly looking forward to seeing how they turn out.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Jan 03, 2022

Look forward to seeing what you do with the robots Simon, never got the foundry ones,as you know I built my own, but did get most of their judges models, which were great sculpts, if larger than other manufacturers. Looks like you have a lot planned and started for the analogue challenge, hope all goes according to plan.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 03, 2022
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Thanks very much Dave. I picked up what I could when Foundry announced the line was being dropped, so have some Judges, Strontium Dog and Slaine stuff too - albeit Warlord Games appear to be covering all three of these bases now. It was the Hoagy sculpt which really put me off, he's huge!!! But I don't think the current three I've selected are quite so bad scale-wise.


The AHPC is going well currently, as I've almost finished my Rusty Buckets, and hope to have a day or two's grace working on some other Blood Bowl Dwarves before starting a week-long FoW-fest, LOL!!!

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