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A. Mechanicus... Darkly

Dark Mechanicus Black Legion Painting Kit Bashing Converting Scratch Building 1st of the 9th The Dark Works 3D Printing 3D Modeling

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Ok, time for a shameless bump, because, why not?
 
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∙ I literally ran out of AdMech models to assemble but have so many bits at my disposal I was able to create this chap (and others) with some Electro-priest legs and nothing but spare bits.
 
I have too many images for the proper update I’m working on (won't be as much text for this thread, but still lots of images), so here’s a better look at one of the kit-bashed counts-as Daedalosus I came up with recently. It's a shame that his current rules limit him to one in an army because I had so much fun making the first one that I could help but make this second one.
 
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I’m particularly pleased with how the Eradication Pistol turned out but I need to tweak the wrist since its drooping ever-so-slightly and aiming a bit low for my taste. I’m not completely sure I’m sold on the small ‘reactor’ backpack solution I came up with but it does accommodate the servo-skull really well, which I like, and I guess it’s a bit of a contrast to so many Tech-priests that are bulky and strapped with all manner of gubbins. Maybe once I add a few pouches and other bits it’ll fill him in a way that works for me. It’s fine if I can’t come up with something better, but he’s still a work-in-progress that has room to evolve because he’s not the only experiment in bits-bashing that I’ve been having fun with.
 
Ok, back to smashing the keyboard with my brain in hopes of finding the right words to finish my full update.

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Ok, I’ve got no choice but to trim more out of the large post I’m working on for Legion Rising. I’m stuck at a certain point and these images/projects simply take the post off in another direction just when I’m explaining my thinking and then I need to pull it back to what I’m trying to get across. So here you go, some more of what I've been up to.
 
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∙ With no AdMech kits left to assemble but a mound of bits to work with I found myself compelled to create this counts-as Daedalosus and it turned out better than I expected.
 
Like with the other Daedalosus I showed previously everything except the Electro-priest legs is spare bits bashed together, even the outer robe from the Infiltrator kit, that I’m so amazed it fits as seamlessly as it does; I kept looking at the spare Infiltrator robe and the E-priest legs and it seemed like they would fit together very easily but I had to chop them up to find out. Given that the robe adds a lot of motion I fiddled around with the arms quite a bit to try and get a pose that compliments the happy accident I had created. It’s very dramatic combined with the rather static legs so I tried to give a sense that he’s spinning around to take a shot with the pistol at a target the servo-skull as picked out. This was my first try at making an Eradication Pistol and it wasn’t bad, but the solution I came up with for the other Daedalosus above was so good I’ve replaced the one pictured here with the improved version.
 
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∙ I’m not that fond of the official Manipulus model and I still had another set of Electro-priest legs kicking around (*Groan* Dad joke? *Nod* Dad joke.) so I picked over the pile-o’-bits again to see what I could come up with.
 
Ok, so I need an Omnissian Staff and some kind of shooty gizmo that can counts-as two obscure weapons. Yeah, I’ve got enough odds-and-ends that I can come up with that. I’m happy with the staff, but while the rule of 40k is that over-the-top is usually a good thing I think the shooter might be a bit too, err, over-the-top-heavy. It’s not the worst solution but I think I’ll keep looking for another opportunity to bash something together that’s more suitable for the role. I’ve also just noticed that I overlooked that the Manipulus has Mechadendrites (Considering the official miniature, of course he does, until you break them all off one-by-one) so I’ll have to see what I can come up with to evolve this idea just a bit more. But, not bad for a start of just bashing spare bits together to see what comes out the other side.
 
Adeptus Mechanicus is comfortably settling in alongside Chaos as a favorite for converting, bashing, and scratch building, with so many opportunities to mix things up. I can’t wait to get back to my Chaos to explore some darker ideas, and then blend the two factions as I start to contemplate my proper Dark Mechanicus and how they’ll be made real. I still suspect that GW will make them a proper faction someday, but who knows how far out that is, so until then I’ll keep working towards my own Darker goals…

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Head up to Legion Rising if you want a much more longwinded post and update, but here’s some images for this thread of my AdMech force coming together.

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∙ I had plans of showing more in-progress images as the Onagers received their paint but that kinda’ got lost along the way as I became absorbed and distracted.

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∙ Despite the Onager competing for space in AdMech lists these days, I’m still very pleased to have a ‘unit’ of them ready for the tabletop.

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∙ As the Onagers were finished it started to dawn on me that, hold on a moment, *Checks his to-do list* I’ve… got a… painted army… ? ... I’ve got a painted army. I’ve got a painted army!!

 

Now, the points have changed over the many months of painting and building, my understanding of 8th game mechanics and tactics changed (and now 9th is here), along with the AdMech faction getting some new toys, so I know already that my 2,000 point list is going to change. I’ve also still got to do the decals on all of the troops, and some final little touch-ups and overlooked details, so there’s still a bit more work but the end of this phase is in actual sight at this point; I’m finally at the tipping point that going forward all I need to do is paint units to add to the greater whole and that’s always a lot less daunting.

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∙ Umm, what else needs some paint? Some Breachers and another Dominus? That works for me! Because of my procrastination, these are actually finished at this point but that’s another image for another post...


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Wow, looks great to see it all come together. Especially with that vibrant color scheme.

 

Despite the Onager competing for space in AdMech lists these days, I’m still very pleased to have a ‘unit’ of them ready for the tabletop.

Nah, they're good again. Their boaty competitor got a hefty points increase in 9th that makes it a harder choice again.

And from personal experience - the Icarus even profits from the cap on hit roll modifiers when shooting at ground targets, and is quite good at that job.


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That army is so sweet looking!!

 

Regarding use of Onagers this is why i run a spearhead msn-wink.gif  4 Dakka Bots, 3 Belleros Skorpius, 2 Icarus Onagers. Fun times


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WoW, just WoW! Superb. Since the beggining of my admech project I wanted them to be silver+blue and it is a coïncidence that I found the magic and electric blues from vallejo. I just read the thread from the first page and bang! you're using those very same colors. 

I have to assemble my admech now that I have enough boxes to have an army. During the past 2 years, with the buying/resell game of big boxes (battleforces, dual army boxes etc...), I'm almost here.

 

I have a question about the 3D prints. It seems that you're using some pieces that are 3D printed. Where did you find the models? Are they availlable somewhere? I have ordered a little 3D resin printer for another project and now is the perfect time to try to print those tiny pieces of admech.

Thank you in advance and keep up the FA-BU-LOUS job you're doing for the omnisiah!



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I have a question about the 3D prints. It seems that you're using some pieces that are 3D printed. Where did you find the models? Are they availlable somewhere? I have ordered a little 3D resin printer for another project and now is the perfect time to try to print those tiny pieces of admech.

Thank you in advance and keep up the FA-BU-LOUS job you're doing for the omnisiah!

That's the thing, the 3d printed parts are all of Subtle Discord's devising. They are for his personal collection but he does own a store that I believe he is in the process of expanding. Suffice to say I am impressed enough that I keep an eye on this store every now and then to see what's changed.


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Thanks for the kind words. Takatus is correct, all of the unique bits you might see are my own designs and created in-house. I keep getting such a good response to the AdMech bits I've created that I will be producing them in the near future, starting with a crowdfunding drive of some sort that will include any bits that have already been shown and some new kits that are in-the-works. Plans were to get things going before now but lots of things on lots of levels came up and that delayed everything.

 

I as still not sure if I'll be selling the STL files for 3D models I create but it is something I'll consider in the future. For now, I have the entire process, from the idea, to the final cast kit, all worked out so that's what I'm working to get going; a complete model design, printing, moulding, and casting studio.


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Oh yeah, I forgot to toss this down here...

 

*Subtle clenches his eyes shut and blocks his ears with his hands in a futile attempt to stop the endless ideas that lurk in the dark corners of his brain*
 
No no no! I have things to do! Please stop temping me with distracting ideas! *Binaric screeching* Lo, the Omnissiah offers inspiration so that I might find my way in these dark times.
 
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∙ Yes! I know! I am to take the concept of the Forge World Ordinatus and blend it with this glorious AdMech mega kit-bash.
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∙ Look! Can you see?! I have begun gathering the required components and have contemplated my plan. Can you see it?! I can see it!
 
It will happen, and it’s sooo tempting to get started on it because it’s begging to come into existence, but I’ll settle for this much progress as a proof-of-concept and put it aside. For now…


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I wonder if an army can reflect the personality of the owner? I think there's a little bit of mad scientist in some of the people that collect Admech or their more sinister cousins. This is a prime example. I'm really curious to see where this one goes.


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Oh yeah, I forgot to toss this down here...

 

*Subtle clenches his eyes shut and blocks his ears with his hands in a futile attempt to stop the endless ideas that lurk in the dark corners of his brain*
 
No no no! I have things to do! Please stop temping me with distracting ideas! *Binaric screeching* Lo, the Omnissiah offers inspiration so that I might find my way in these dark times.
 
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∙ Yes! I know! I am to take the concept of the Forge World Ordinatus and blend it with this glorious AdMech mega kit-bash.
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∙ Look! Can you see?! I have begun gathering the required components and have contemplated my plan. Can you see it?! I can see it!
 
It will happen, and it’s sooo tempting to get started on it because it’s begging to come into existence, but I’ll settle for this much progress as a proof-of-concept and put it aside. For now…

 

I know how and might have all the pieces to copy this design. Good luck on your project.


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I recently won some Kastellan robots on Ebay for a discount I am pretty happy with. As I've said before, I think your Kastellan upgrades are awesome. I can keep mine on the backburner for a while but consider me officially upgraded from "Those look nice" to "Intending to purchase once available". Those ammo feeds are necessary considering how much firepower they put down range in your average turn. Either that or Datasmiths are actually just ammo caddies carrying dozens of magazines around. teehee.gif


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