Sunday, 9 August 2015

Martian Alliance 2nd batch

I post the 2nd batch of the Martian Alliance. This time I include the big ticket beasts for the crater dwellers, their unique and excellent airboat and a home-made cavalry unit for them. I also show the remaining types for the Olympians - dragon, aerial hero, flyers, blades (2 types), behemoths, riders.

These are knights. They are microworld wildland orang-utans riding on irregular ww1 German A7v tanks. I needed a cavalry unit for the crater dwellers and microworld's wildland doesn't offer one. By chance, I still had 4 irregular tanks left from 3 years ago, when I did a dwarf tank unit, using British ww1 tanks - because they fit and the German ones didn't. Anyway, as soon as I did these bases, which I had never planned, I knew I would love them and have ordered enough tanks to make 12 more of these knights.
I love the unfinished, crude look of the German tanks - which is historically accurate - but I didn't even cut off the flash, because, being their first tech unit, the crater dwellers should look crude.

My favourite unit this last week and possibly of all time. It's an uncharted seas balloon, topped off with wildland heroes and other hangers-on. This doesn't show the detail on the underside of the unit, which is exquisite.

Slightly different perspective. I have another five of these to paint. The crater dwellers must not be cannon fodder. This just  looks right.

Crater dweller hordes

more crater hordes.

This is the crater dweller behemoth one - a wildlands great dingonek - fresh from the microworld imagination. I usually like to put escorts and point defence people for the big units.

Crater dweller behemoth two. a wildlands emele Ntouka. Those two big units look great 

The crater dwellers from this week. A great looking little mini-army.

This week's Olympians all together. Another lovely little mini-army. I do love that dragon - in my opinion, the best fantasy dragon I have ever seen.

Olympian beasts (for HOTT), driven on by a fallen. Look closely and you will see that these are Cerberus dogs, with three heads, just as in Classical myth.

Olympian blades type one - microworld blade demons.

Blades type two - cyclops demons.

Riders! Microworld demontaurs. These are brilliantly characterful miniatures. I like cavalry, so I bought lots of these.

As always, I spend time on the back views, since I will see it from my side of the table more often.

Superb miniatures, if not equalled by my amateurish efforts at painting them. These are microworld abyssal crawlers, topped by a basket of flame demons, escorted by abyssal juggernauts (who I conceive as acting like deputies) and escorted by assorted Olympian infantry.

My favourite dragon, in his Martian colours. I have four more of these to do. I cut off the existing dark alliance general and stuck on the alternative general from the Abyssal crawler, who is a sort of flame demon (or energy demon in my theory). 

Olympian aerial hero (it's a pit lord), escorted by imps. I bought only two pit lords, but loads of imps. I am glad, for I am beginning to like the imps.

Flyers - imps, led by a fallen.

from another angle.
Notice the new style of flying base. The one I did last week for the technocrats did not please me. This style is way better, but it was a tricky one to do. It's miliput supported by lolly stick bits and a paper clip.

Finally the fruits of this week's labours. I had planned to finish this army within three weeks from today, but it is clearly going to take longer and I want to give it the time it needs. I would say October is looking more likely (alas! I return to work on September 1st).