Category Archives: Steampunk Mechanica

Steampunk Cavalry?

It has been a while since I got excited about some new Games Workshop models, but with the recent announcement about the new Zoat, these Adeptus Mechanicus cavalary make two in one week.

Although I won’t be doing an Adeptus Mechanicus army any time soon, there are quite a few models in the range that are steampunky enough to be added to one of my Steam Wars armies.

These are just the sort of mechanical horses I have been wanting for some time. I guess it is three to a box?

I’m Melting!

The rather warm temperatures of the summer may be a distant memory, but when I was looking for models last week in the Loft Full Of Lead for a game, I found one of my resin models was a bit wilted. It is meant to look like this…

It does get very hot up in the loft and this chap was on a shelf and just could not cope with the temperature. Having skinny legs and a chunky body does not make a good combination.

The poor thing had drooped forwards with his gun now just about resting on the ground.

I have repositioned resin models before a bit by dunking them in boiling water and then once the desired position, dip them in cold water to fix the pose. But I have not done this before with a painted model.

When it got immersed in boiling water it when really floppy really quickly, I had to quickly try to get it standing back up without scalding myself and dip him in cold water.

It worked and it has been saved!

Steam Wars Game

I have been a bit tardy in posting details of bigger games played recently, but I do get around to it eventually.

Mr Steinberg and I played out a decent sized Steam Wars game with his US Navy making an airborne assault against my Mechanica force.

Mr Steinberg has built up quite an armada of steampunk flying ships from Blotz, and they have plenty of deck space for transporting his troops.

To counter the threat, The Mechanica had a new weapon, the OW81 Air Superiority Aether-Jet Fighter, armed with a substantial nose mounted Gattling Cannon.

The US Navy narrow barge can carry a squad into the thick of the action, and there were a couple of these, each flanking the main twin hulled flyer.

The larger twin hulled flyer can easily carry a couple of units, I think it would be possible to get a least four six man squads onto the deck of this thing if needed.

Once the Skyships had made it most of the way across the table, it was time for the ground offensive, the troops rappel from the flying ships to deploy into the best cover and start to assault the defensive positions of the Mechanica.

Meanwhile in the skies above the ground war, the Mechanica Fighter Aether-Jet continued for unleash hot lead into the Skyships even though they had already deployed their troops.

The Mechanica ground units had all been equipped with Drones for the engagement, some were weapon Drones, others were defensive Drones.

One lucky unit even had a B4-PO Droid which had been configured as a targeting drone for the battle.

There are few living models in the Mechanica force, the Iron Man likes to operate on all his own, using his jump pack to charge into combat and try to inflict enough damage so the defending unit cannot strike back with much success. It does not always work…

Meanwhile in the skies above, the dogfight continued and the Mechanica Aether-Jet eventually brought down a Skyship.

Another new piece of hardware for the Mechanica was the Steel Wheel Quad Ack-Ack Roller Tank (I need a shorter and punchier name for this baby). It packs some serious firepower, but for some reason the targeting systems (the dice) were just not working.

It was another really enjoyable game, but then again I am biased as I wrote the rules…

Adventures In Airbrushing

After many year of thinking about and wondering if the investment would be worth it, I have finally purchased a compressor to see what I can do with it.

I sprayed a few bit of paper and then decided to have a go at undercoating something I was not going to be worried about if it all went horribly wrong.

So to start with I picked on a fair sized lump of plastic with the intention of just undercoating it in Vallejo Air Gun Metal. I selected my Mantic Tunneller as it does not need to have a clean finish.

Once I got started, I realised that spraying Gun Metal onto a grey model means it is quite difficult to see where the paint is actually going…

I then did a few bits black, which it means it is much easier to see where the paint is going…

First results were okay, I will have to get more practice in.

I picked out the detail by hand and finished off with a bit of drybrushing.

Whats On The Table?

This West Wind quad tracked gun is a model that will fit into several games, Weird War II, Steampunk and Sci-Fi. So I want to paint it in a generic colour that will fit any army scheme. It was originally planned for my robotic Mechanica army, so I suspect it will be finished in grey or Gun Metal.

Whats On The Table?

There is a mech frenzy going on at the moment, I decided to get a selection of models finished to make way for the next project. Why is there always another project waiting to be started?

Anyway, I bought this Wolsung Golum model just because I liked it, I had no real use for it, but I thought it could be used in my Mechanica force. It just needs a spalsh of ink to finish it off.

Mantic Tunneler

This is the Mantic Veer Myn Tunneler I received a short time back from the 2015 Kickstarter, don’t get me started…

Anyway, I will be using this as a Steam Wars Mechanica Tunneler, primarily as a troop transport.

There was the opportunity to make the nose removable so weapons could be added. I added a plate in the nose ring so if no weapons are added, the interior would be hidden behind the plastic card.

So with a weapon added, I could even use this little beastie as a tank for the Mechanic force, something they are lacking at the moment.

To start with, I was not sure which way round to mount the three massive drill bits but then found the image above online which suggests they go on like this:

…and not like this:

Roboplane Painting

The Roboplanes for the Steam Wars Mechanica army have been hanging around half painted for quite a few weeks.

It could do with some weathering, but that is a painting skill I have not quite mastered, especially on flat surfaces.

Fortunately, the cockpit detail is still reasonably visible, although the control stick is not painted or maybe even finished, it is still just a pin.

The nose cannon is impressive, I suspect the recoil of firing this beast in flight would cause the plane to stall.