I took a bit of a break from the painting table after last week’s herculean effort to get the Tohaa done. After a bit of deliberation and discussion, I decided that I’d save the Tohaa for my next tourney and go with something a little more familiar for the tournament coming this weekend. I’ve been playing nothing but Aleph since Christmas, so I decided that my PanO would be the ones to take to the tourney – more specifically the Neoterrans.
I’ve tweaked my list a little from the list I took to the Winter Challenge, mainly to fit in a new Neoterra Bolt, plus a couple of different Specialists just in case I roll up any of the relevant Classified Objectives. I’ll go into more detail about my list in my Aftermath post, but for now, here’s a pic:
In order to get these guys ready, I only had two models to paint – the Bolt and the Aquila Guard – I’d been using my converted Aquila for a while now, but I felt it was time to retire him and get the actual model, since I quite like the pose, despite the ‘gangta’ style way he’s holding his HMG (yes, one-handed. I’ll let it slide because it’s power-assisted armour).
Next up was the Bolt – a lovely new-era miniature. I really like his hunched pose – he looks like he’s moving carefully forward to get into position before taking a shot. The red for this guy and the Aquila was my usual recipe of Mechrite Red washed with Agrax Earthshade before being re-highlited with Mechrite Red, then a highlight stage of Evil Sunz Scarlet then a Fiery Orange final highlight.
I really like the new Bolt models, and I plan to get the rest of them as I think they’re great. What’s interesting is that the aerials on these guys aren’t the usual PanO style ones, but a little ‘skull-cap’ which has both aerials moulded on it – a much less fiddly and fragile prospect, which is brilliant news. I’m currently still awaiting replacement aerials for the rest of the Military Orders models I’ve got to paint!
In addition to these two models, I also painted up my Knight of the Holy Sepulchre – in my little force’s background, this guy is the overall commander of this particular group of soldiers, and his own personal armour colours of red signify the blood of both his enemies and his brothers in arms. To honour this, the troops under his command often re-paint their armour in his colours, both to fit in but also to strike fear in their enemies. Anyway, enough preamble, here he is:
I’m pretty pleased with the way he’s turned out – I’ve kept the robes the same colours as the studio scheme, but the armour is my own red rather than the studio’s usual blue.
Finally for this short post, here’s a pic of him next to an Order Sergeant, whose freehand symbol has been tidied up a bit:
This shot also shows how similar the Antenociti’s Workshop hex bases are to my own custom ones – fortunate, since I’ve now run out of the dolls house flooring material which I was using to make these bases, so I’ll be switching fully to the Antenociti ones for all future Aleph and PanO models in my force (I’ve got another 7 PanO and one more Aleph model still to assemble!)
This weekend just past I popped to my old home town of Devizes to visit the annual wargames show, Attack! (The “!” is part of the name). I’d reserved a new case and backpack from KR Multicase, and I was also able to pick up some cheap aquarium plants in preparation for the Paradiso campaign games we’ve been itching to play in our group – I think a small break from ITS (Which is pretty much all I’ve played since Christmas!) will be a welcome change.
Well, that’s all from me for now – I’ll be getting one practice game in this week before the tournament down in Bournemouth on Saturday. I’ll make a post after the event to detail how it went!