Thursday, 16 September 2021

Bog Trog Trawler: Model Review


Today we take a look at the Bog Trog Trawler, a Minions Solo. It comes in four metal parts as seen here.


The body is a pretty large chunk of metal, you can see the attachment points for both arms and the head here on this side.
Its left foot is raised up onto a rock. Personally I don't tend to like models having basing integrated into them as it can ruin some peoples personal basing styles, but this simple rock should fit in with most bases easy enough.


Over its left shoulder is a covering of various scraps of leather, some of which is from people! You can see the tell tale holes which would have been the mouth and eyes of some poor bastard.



It has a couple of sizeable knives including one with a hooked end which will be fun to paint.



The harpoon gun is a really beefy piece of equipment. I really like how cobbled together it looks, just the sort of thing that I could see being taken from a fishing boat then weaponised.



Very slight mould lines run down this part, but they came off with a quick filing.


The head and left arm can be seen here, this is a much bigger Bog Trog than typical and it has more facial webbing than the other smaller ones.



And here it is fully assembled. 
I used green stuff to help attach it to the base as the right foot and the rock the left foot is up on are not level with each other so I was having trouble getting it to stay on with just glue.

I recommend gluing the head on first and then adding the arms and harpoon at the same time. It was a bit tricky to get all the pieces to stay together, I had to hold the whole thing together carefully for w while for the glue to harden. If you have super glue activator this will speed up the process considerably.







And here is the scale shot with Professor Pendrake. Its a very large Bog Trog, the only type which is on a 40mm base.


I really like this model, I know it might not be considered the most competitive of choices but it has a lot of character. It is cast in great quality, though I imagine if it was released today the main body might be cast in resin due to the weight of it.
I have picked up three of them (the max field allowance) and am looking forward to running some janky lists with all three. They also would great "mini bosses" for IKRPG encounters with regular Bog Trogs as the grunts.

And finally I thought I would try something new! 
Using money from my generous supporters over at Patreon I purchased a rotating display stand. I like to put the money from supporters back into improving the content I make.
I'm hoping to get better at making these over time, one thing I know I want to save for is a better camera (I currently use my phone).
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Monday, 13 September 2021

Artificer Prime Nemo Painted


Nemo4 is done! This is another project which has been a long time coming, something of a trend for me sadly but I'm slowly working my way through my backlog. 


One of the things that blocked my motivation to paint this for so long was figuring out how to balance the two paint schemes of Cygnar and Convergence. 
I wanted it to fit in with both of my schemes, even though I have only painted JAIMS and Destructotron 3000 and a converted Talon for Nemo4, I like to have consistent paint schemes for my version of the Iron Kingdoms.
I do have a Mitigator and a Diffuser which I'm working on painting as well in this same scheme. 






I used gloss mod podge to make the voltaic parts appear a bit more like they are within glass or something similar. I could have used gloss varnish but I don't own any.




If you saw my review article (you can find it here) you would know that I wasn't a fan of the clear flight stand so I mounted Nemo on this Protectorate wreck marker.
I've got a post in the works where we will explore basing in great detail so I'll leave it at this for now.




Like a lot of my Cygnar I went with a trench warfare theme.


The mechaniks painted up fairly easily as I was able to copy my colour scheme from the other Stormsmith models I have already painted, the only difference was having to paint the mechanik tool tabard things they are wearing.
I did make a mistake in coating them with gloss agrax earthshade... I wasn't even aware I had accidentally purchased gloss to be honest. Hopefully this will get fixed when I one day varnish them with matt varnish.





I'm really glad to have my Nemo4 finished it brings me back to having all my Cygnar huge bases fully painted. I will eventually get back to 100% painted for Cygnar (I've got to finish the newer morrowan stuff) I am working on it but its slow going!
Let me know what you think of my Nemo4 and his basing!

Using money from my generous supporters over at Patreon I purchased a rotating display stand. I like to put the money from supporters back into improving the content I make.
I'm hoping to get better at making these over time, one thing I know I want to save for is a better camera (I currently use my phone).
Please let me know what you think of this addition to my painted model articles.
If you like it please like, comment and subscribe on Youtube it really does help with letting Youtube know its a video worth suggesting to other hobbyists. (And it upsets Mike...)

If you want to support my content consider taking a look at my Patreon which you can find here. I don't put any finished content behind a paywall but I do offer rewards to people who support me in ways like getting to vote on what content I work on in the future or outright just picking the next subject of an article as well as posting wip projects.
Even if its just $1 it really helps me out!

See you all next time!

Saturday, 4 September 2021

Model Review: Mercenaries Artificer Prime Nemo & Arcane Mechaniks


Today we take a look at Artificer Prime Nemo & Arcane Mechaniks.
The kit comes in 13 parts, 5 of which are resin. It also includes a clear plastic flight stand.



I'll start with the easy stuff first, here are the three mechaniks which come with Nemo4. There is one leader sculpt and two identical grunt sculpts. Some of them had bent staffs so I was careful when bending them straight again to make sure they didn't snap off.


The leader, pictured here on the left is a single piece model. For the grunt, the left arm is a separate part. There is a piece of flashing or excess metal connecting the leader models staff to their hip which needs to be carefully removed as to not bend or damage the pole.


These are very nicely sculpted and fit visually with existing Stormsmith models, though they have extra equipment with their tool belts and front pouches. This identifies them as mechaniks somewhat as that's where they would keep their tools and spare parts. You can even see a hammer hanging on each models hip, percussion maintenance anyone??


These are the voltaic coils which attach to the top of Nemo4's "hull". They are each progressively larger (or smaller depending on your perspective)


This large resin part is the upper part of Nemo4's hull. It is really crisp in its details which go quite deep into the piece especially around the clockwork sections.




These three dents in the top are where the voltaic coils attach.


On the underneath you can see a few resin injection ports. These need cutting off and filing/scraping smooth. Remember that resin is toxic so wear a mask!


These thin rectangle injection ports on the back are easy to miss, but need cleaning off to make the model look its best.


The middle section is very large and nicely detailed. The clockwork parts are particularly good with multiple layers of parts with no loss of detail. 


There is a pretty bad mould line/slip on the upper part of the "eye". I was initially worried about how I would be able to fix it, or if I would have to put in a replacement parts request. 
Once I dry fitted the upper part however it turns out this mould line is completely covered and isn't visible so I didn't need to worry about it.







This part is the lower portion of the model, and is where the fin looking parts connect.



The resin injection ports are on the back end of this part. You can also see the round dent where the flight stand attaches.




The two fins or nacelles as I will be calling them from now on are on a resin sprue. I suggest clipping them off a short distance from the actual part itself to insure the part is not accidentally damaged should the resin snap.





These vent looking parts are really nicely cast, again the detail goes deep into the model. I think I will paint these as if they are voltaic coils.



The mould lines on this one are a little rough but I managed to get them pretty much cleaned up. Though they are still visible its not bad enough to overly concern me.


This is the flight stand. I'm not a fan of these to be honest, they break immersion for me and I find that they are often a weak point in the structure of the model often breaking off.




After removing the resin injection ports I dry fitted the main parts. There are some sizeable gaps between some of the parts especially the bottom part. 
I had to use hot water then press the middle and bottom parts together then put them into cold water a few times to get the parts to line up as closely as I could before using green stuff to fill the rest of the gaps.



So I tried how it looks using the flight stand supplied just for the completion of this article. I have no intention of using it. I was thinking that it might be possible to mount the model onto one of the wreck markers I had sitting waiting for a future project.




I have a Cryx, Cygnar, Mercenary and Protectorate wreck marker to choose from and I tried them all to see which would look the best and provide the most stable connection.



The Protectorate one had the easiest connection point with its smoke stack relatively upright it would provide a great place to drill down into. I just had to figure out which way to face the wreck marker.







I drilled into the smoke stack of the wreck marker and made a hole large enough to fit two brass rods.



I drilled the hole up into the attachment point and filled the gaps with green stuff. I uses small pieces of masking tape to stop the green stuff sticking the wreck marker to Nemo as I wanted them separate for now. I might glue them together once its all painted, or I might keep it removeable for transport.


And here they are fully assembled.










Here is a scale shot with Professor Pendrake.


And here is a scale shot with just the mechaniks who are slightly taller than average but not stupidly so.

Overall I like this model but it has some issues which I am not impressed with. I think its a shame to get too identical grunts in a unit of three, it makes the unit look less unique.

There was also a larger than typical amount of gap filling and heating the resin parts to reshape them than I would expect from a kit of this price. Though as what I would call a "centre piece" model the extra work does not feel like wasted effort as it does look impressive once finished.  

I hope you found this interesting, if you did please be sure to let me know I value your feedback.
I will be doing an article sometime soon about the basing I am doing for this model so follow me at the social media places to make sure you don't miss it!

If you want to support my content consider taking a look at my Patreon which you can find here. I don't put any content behind a paywall but I do offer rewards to people who support me in ways like getting to vote on what content I work on in the future or outright just picking the next subject of an article as well as some wip content.
Even if its just $1 it really helps me out!

See you all next time!