Aphrodite Builds – Mechanicum Part 1

So it begins…

The first time I’ve had to myself for hobby stuff and I have managed to put a few Mechanicum models together. One of my three Thallaxi, a Magos with rad cleanser and a Castellax battle-automata.

I have to say that these models are not the easiest to put together. The Magos is very detailed with many small parts I even have one servo skull left over and I cannot for the life of me work out where its supposed to go.

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Being a Mechanicum construct things seem to spring out of every orifice, skulls sprout from everywhere, this model alone has no less than 14 servo skulls dotted around it (not including the spare one sitting on my work bench). Lord knows (Zeus: That is Zeus knows thank you very much!) how long its going to take me to paint.

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The Thallax was more straight forward although I did have to heat some of the parts up and shape them the right way. The power able especially. Hairdryer at the ready.

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The Castellex caused the utmost consternation. Forge World make some nice models, the imaginative that goes into the thought precess is awesome. I’m sure the Droid armies from Star Wars prequels had a influence here but these really are unique models. The one area they fall short of the mark is assuming mere mortals such as us can follow their imagination. By that I mean the kit suffers from a lack of instructions. It is far from apparent which part goes where. The arms themselves are made up of 7 pieces each. It’s not straight forward.

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The ammo feed to the mauler bolt gun needed some heat to make it slot into both the bolt gun and the ammo hopper. I would advise a hair dryer over hot water less messy and you have a greater deal of control as to where the heat goes. Plus, have you tried super glueing something which is wet?? Nightmare. borrow your friends/mums/hamsters hair dryer, you will thank me for it.

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Still… I don’t think I did too bad.

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I’m keeping the bases simple. Plain sand which will be painted red. Martian Red. Obviously.

I still haven’t settled on a paint scheme yet. I’m leaning towards Iron Warriors on the Legion side so I may be looking to make a couple of units/models look like they were seconded to Perturabo’s Crusade forces. I have never really perfected the black and yellow hatch warnings so this will be a challenge (Zeus: Time to develop your airbrush and masking skills). I also want to try my hand with weathering, rust effects and oil stains. I’m not a great painter so this will be a good challenge for me to up my game. I’ll be calling heavily on the expertise of Zeus and Hades who paint for Fifty Shades of Wray, for these techniques…

I shall be back with progress soon.

Aphrodite

Aphrodite was born when Cronus cut off Uranus's genitals and threw them into the sea, laughing. Technically I'm wedded to Hephaestus but only because he's ugly and deformed and not a threat to man nor beast. In other news I've been wargaming for over twenty years. Collecting, painting and playing wargames, mainly Games Workshop stuff. I especially enjoy converting miniatures and making them my own. From simple weapon swaps to full on multi model kitbashes. I'm huge fan of the narrative side of gaming and lean heavily towards more characterful armies. Watch this space for Heretical automatons, Psycho-indoctrinated transhumans, The denizens of mortal chaos (and perhaps their Daemon allies) and the cruel and eternally spiteful elves of Nagarroth....