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"Once They Were Noble, Loyal, Effective And Ambitious."

"A true beacon of Imperial might and light."

This 15mm scale Black Adder Combat Lifter is sold by “Alternative Armies” and can be purchased as Pack Code IAF036C from the company’s "The Ion Age" range. Supplied as a multi-piece metal and resin vehicle, it is "armed with a Fretan Rail Gun in a turret mount", and is approximately 60mm long, 30mm wide and 25mm tall.


The model was super-glued to a large-sized plastic "Flames Of War" stand by “Battlefront Miniatures”, and was actually initially primed in "Vallejo" Heavy Red as I planned to add it to my ongoing (not) Blood Angels army. However, having found that I owned three of the same kit following a rummage through my "Alternative Armies" backlog box, I decided to re-undercoat this 'tank' using a couple layers of "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green.

"Crooked Dice Game Design Studio" WIPs - This Temporal Traveller is slowly being progressed

"The standard light ground vehicle for the Muster", the automobile was next completely drenched in “Citadel” Nuln Oil, before receiving a thorough dry-brush of (more) "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green using a soft-bristled make-up brush. I then applied some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to the Combat Lifter's flexible skirt, the odd entry-hatch and side panel/window, as well as a combination of "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil to the rear vents, front headlamp frames and giant gun.


To be honest I could easily have stopped at this stage. But wanted to add a little "Vallejo" Gold and "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade to at least a couple of panels to properly mark the model's palette out as being that of the traitorous Horus Lupercal's legion. To further emphasise this, I applied a couple of "Games Workshop" Sons Of Horus transfers onto the miniature's hull. Lastly, I 'picked out' a trio of lights using a dollop or two of "Two Thin Coats" White Star and a wash of "Vallejo" Pale Grey.

"The Lord Of The Rings" WIPs - These Black Númenóreans have had their metal areas base-layered

With the opening (short) week of the Fourteenth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge (AHPC) already gone, I have started working on my first entry for the event's Challenge Library - which is where I plan to snatch many of the bonus points I'm going to need to achieve my annual 500-point target. My first port of call will be the New Acquisition's desk, so I thought I'd pigment one of my recently obtained Temporal Travellers from "Crooked Dice Game Design Studio". This marvellous sculpt has clearly been inspired by actor Ncuti Gatwa's new incarnation of "Doctor Who", so the figure seems doubly appropriate.


In addition, I've rather carelessly splodged some "Vallejo" Gunmetal on six of the twelve Black Númenóreans from "The Lord Of The Rings", which I somewhat impulsively bought from "eBay". These unofficial and unlicensed 3D printed figures should easily allow me to pass through the AHPC Library's Fantasy booth with a reasonably quick score, as well as provide my Barad-Dur force for the "Middle Earth Strategy Battle Game" by "Games Workshop" with some suitable-looking foot-soldiers...

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undercoat2670
Jan 13

Nice looking tank. I like your Sons of Horus colour scheme so good call on the change of look!

That Dr Who is looking fab and I do like your forces of evil colour schemes in Lord of the Rings so looking forward to the completed images.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Jan 13
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Cheers Undercoat. I've got a fair few of these Ion Age tanks to paint, so I thought I'd change up the colour scheme for a few of them. Super-pleased to have got my hands on the Temporal Traveller 15 - great sculpt imho.

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wargamesterrainworkshop
Dec 26, 2023

Great work on the Adder Simon, looks suitably Sons with the colour scheme you've used. Nice progress on your Temporal Traveller, and Numenoreans

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Dec 26, 2023
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Thanks Dave. I've got two more of the Combat Lifters to finish (predominantly in red), and perhaps unsurprisingly have now completed the Temporal Traveller. Not feeling the Black Numenoreans currently though, just not in a fantasy mood for some reason.

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