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Paradise Lost - An Adeptus Mechanicus expedition

Updated: Jan 28

Mechanicus expeditionary fleet L-05t set out in search of habitable plants almost 80 decades ago. With their mission to find mineral rich worlds, the fleet was code named “Paradise”.

No transmission has ever been received from the expeditionary fleet. They are resigned to the history books as simply ¬¬Paradise Lost¬¬

Armed with the latest technological advancements, “Now that’s what I call Synthwave” 85 and a white labelled copy of No Man’s Sky for training simulations, Paradise Lost still roam the stars in search of their primary objective and a sick beat.

So with a lucky (and incorrectly spelt) Adeptus Mechanicus ebay find, I start my next project. Long have I been collecting Ad Mech stuff, teenage armies being built on servitor models, tech priests and Ork bionic parts. I even have an Adeptus Mechanicus logo tattooed to my left arm and the same logo emblazoned on my cars engine. So you would think when they released the official model range I would have been all over it. Sadly no...

As with so many armies, a lack of conversion ideas, an empty wallet or the wife's watchful gaze prevents me from collecting another. However I finally settled on a theme, I have the spare coin and promised the misses I'll sell the Tau.

Most of my recent evenings spent painting has been to the tune of New Retrowave or Synthwave. It's a genre of music I can't get enough of at the moment and I encourage you to read this blog listening to the below;

It's this awesome reimagined 80's design, fantastic colour palette and inspiration from some of the worlds in No Man's Sky that has given me the direction for my Ad Mech army.

I'm aiming to make the bases brightly coloured too. With palm trees, crystalline structures and this alien grass! Considering these Ad Mech fleets explore uncharted worlds, a real focus on how alien the planet is should work.

I picked up some hexagonal resin crystals from ebay and had planned on just painting the bottom of them white. However after a bit of playing about with them on the bases, I decided it would be best if there was nothing under them at all.

I set about cutting out holes roughly the right shape in the larger bases. Then pushing greenstuff around them and letting the putty cure when the crystals were in place. Once set, the crystals were pushed out and a little bit of super glue was added over the green stuff so it didn't fall off. Once the base is sanded and painted, the crystals can be glued back in place.

With nothing under the crystals, there is a possibility I'll light them up with a tiny battery/LED further down the line.

I also wanted to add some slime/goo to parts of the bases. This was achieved by rolling Milliput into a line and shaping it with a sculpting tool. Small greenstuff bubbles were also added to the slimy parts. Luckily I normally roll left over greenstuff into a ball, this habit finally came in useful here when I cut them in half for the bubbles.

As for a colour scheme for the infantry, I settled on a palette similar to the header image (all the way at the top of this blog) and ordered some fluorescent Vallejo paints. Which over a white under coat are mental!

I played with a few different ideas on where to use these paints, but ultimately settled on the design to the left after a bit of photoshop trial and error.

Hopefully by colour coding the different weapons the Mechanicus use with these fluorescent paints, they'll be easily identifiable on the table top.

I'm thinking blue Arc weapons, green Radium, pink Plasma and orange Phosphor.

As for the painting these figures, individually they're not technically my best. A lot of the model has been left silver, as to not take too much focus away from the neon parts. However as a group I think they stand out quite a bit.

The blue ground was Blue Ink straight over sand. Then dry brushed with a Teclis blue, with a few highlights of Baharroth blue. The slime was a layer of Fulgrim pink, two layers of white, a watered down Warlock Purple (old GW) then finally the Vallejo fluorescent pink. Well technically the gloss varnish is last.

Each of these fluorescent paints are really thin. If you're using them I would suggest painting a pretty solid undercoat of white (a few thin layers). Even still, I added some appropriate washes to each part after the first layer of Vallejo, followed up with some fluorescent highlights.

Well that's the start of the Vanguard done. I have also finished one of the Rangers, mainly to have a painted example of these crystalline bases as soon as it was possible.

The gun lets this model down. I don't want to use golds and not currently sure what else to do with it if I'm honest. I'll leave it for now as good ideas aren't normally forced.

I don't imagine a lot of infantry sized models in the army. Which will give me plenty of opportunity to explore this 80's inspired world on the much larger bases.

Also, cutting out the hole for the crystal was totally worth the effort. This model was just sat on an old phone for the photo. Moving forward I'm defiantly getting tiny LEDs!

As for the crystals themselves, I applied a layer of Tamiya clear blue (x-23). The thinner parts of these resin pieces didn't have enough colour to them originally.

Well I think that's enough done to start this blog. Looking forward to getting more finished.

P.S. are you still listening to Cassetter?

12th of December 2020

Not a massive update this week, work has continued on the Rangers but they're not quite finished yet. However I did find this fish tank scenery the other week. I usually try and avoid plastic plants, as even for a scale model they look fake. However the colours are a perfect match to the alien grass and I thought at the time, if I didn't buy it, I'd kick myself if I ever think of a use for it.

Maybe it can be cut off the stone weight and added to a huge base further down the line.

30th of December 2020

Well these guys seem to have taken the back seat to the McFarlane Marine I'm working on. However the unit of rangers is now done.

Now don't get me wrong, I like the colour scheme on this army and I'm hoping it all comes together with some larger models, but I'm not 100% happy with the troops so far.

To reiterate what I've already written and as cool as they are, these neon paints do not highlight and shade very well. These paints are very thin and heavy in pigment at the same time. White or very light base coat is a must and you cannot use these Vallejo fluorescent paints to cover any errors in your base layer. The finish completely rests on how solid your base coat is. 2 or 3 thin coats off white is advised first.

I have found that a light wash in the correct colour can be applied overtop of the fluorescent layer without completely ruining it. If need be, small highlights with the fluorescent paint can be applied overtop too.

Hopefully in time I learn how to use these neon paints correctly but after recently painting up my Space Marines and really pushing the painting envelope, these models are not technically very well painted.

At some point I need to finish the Tech-Priest Dominus too...

23rd of January 2021

This week I've finished the Tech-Priest Dominus and an old metal Enginseer model that I found within some old Imperial Guard bits. Before I get onto the photos of both of them, I just wanted to say I've recently uploaded a video on what I've learnt so far with this Vallejo Fluorescent paints. You can watch it here.

I'm going to start with a couple of shots from the Dominus base as I have already included pre painted photos of it further up in the blog. I still need to order some mini LEDs and wired these model up property, so far it's just sat on an old phone.

As for the actual Dominus model, I've tried a couple of new techniques like 80's chrome and liquid within the canisters on his back. The latter was also uploaded as a tutorial on my YouTube channel.

The same 80's chrome was also applied to the axe of the Enginseer and his heavy armour also allowed me to clearly demonstrate the colour scheme gradient.

and that's it for now. I don't have anything left in my Mechanicus paint queue!

28th of January 2021

So not a painting update this time, but while I was eating my dinner this evening a thought occurred to me. Would the Vallejo Fluorescent paint glow under blacklight? The answer is yes. Inadvertently this army has just become even more 80's!

Even the grass glows!

Now that I know this, any future models will be layered more constantly with these Vallejo paints as the blacklight really does highly any blemishes in the paint.

The helmets of the Vanguard, which were the first models I painted in this army do not look that impressive under this light. There was a lot of yellows layered while I tried to get a handle on the technique. With only a thin layer of Vallejo yellow applied at the end.

I'll get some more models soon, promise.

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