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NCA – The Demolition Crew

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  1. burlesford

    burlesford Well-Known Member

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    "Sarge?"
    "Yes, Gabe?"
    "My rifle isn't working anymore, Sir."
    "What do you mean it's not working?"
    "Trigger's somehow jammed, Sir."
    The Fusilier didn't see Jabel roll his eyes behind his helmet. "That's because you've been sticking this thing in the mud for eighteen hours straight, you dumb fuck. Ventura!"
    The head of a female Fusilier rose out of a nearby cluster of bent and rusted metal beams that had fallen off the hull of the decomposing freighter they were hiding next to.
    "Sir?"
    "Take over for Gabe here. He's too stupid to keep his rifle clean even though we've been in this god-forsaken pit for three days already. Gabe!"
    The young man tried to pretend he wasn't flushing. "Yes, Sir!"
    "Head back to camp two and clean your fucking rifle. And make sure that when you're shot on the way you let command know we need reinforcements."
    After Jabel had made sure that the soldier had made it around the far corner of the ship without being splattered by the Ariadnan Cateran that had pinned them down here for way too long, he checked his comm. Where the fuck was that Locust, and what taking her so fucking long?
    "Sarge?"
    This time, it was Ventura.
    "What?"
    If she pulled any more of the stupid shit the rest of this incompetent batch of idiots was tormenting him with, Jabel wasn't sure he wouldn't just shoot her. Or himself.
    "You know what I've been wondering, Sarge? Why is it that whenever there's a dirty-ass job on a dirty-ass pile-of-shit planet like this one, they send us? There are two hundred and fifty battalions in the NCA. 'The pride and joy of the hyperpower!' But all we get are these busted pieces of hand-me-down armor and the oldest fucking remotes in the world" – she looked at the nearby Fugazi whose yellow coat of paint was almost completely invisible under the layers of rust and dirt and which was struggeling to free its half-submerged leg out of the puddle it had gotten stuck it – "and yet they expect us to accomplish the mission anyway. If you ask me, it's a joke."
    "But we do." The voice had come from further to the left, where a Bolt was throwing little pieces of trash at the hapless Fugazi.
    "Shut up," said Jabel. He had forgotten the guy's name, but he remembered that he hated him.
    "We do," said the Bolt. "We accomplish the mission. We might look like a bunch of construction workers in power armor, but we get the job done. That's why they call us the Demolition Crew. We demolish everything in our path. Isn't that right, Sir?"
    Jabel surpressed the urge to throw the guy over the edge of the trench. "What's your name, soldier?"
    "Zephyr, Sir."
    "And how long have you been with this platoon?"
    "I filled in for Juarez, Sir. Arrived yesterday. And proud to be here. Folks in my previous squad talked a lot about this crew. Said it was a special honor."
    "Well, you must be the stupidest fucking Bolt of all the stupid fucking Bolts I've ever met if you didn't realize your squad was taking the biggest fucking piss out of you, Juarez. You've hit the bottom of the barrel, boy. Try feeling honored that. And just to be clear, the only thing we have accomplished on this mission is not getting every single soldier's head blown off by bunch of claymore-wielding wankers on the other side of that trench. Which is also basically true for every other mission. Count yourself lucky if you off this planet alive." Jabel noticed that some of the brackish water he was standing in had managed to find a chink in his leg armor and now slowly soaked into the soft underarmor around his foot. He cursed.
    "And to answer your question, Ventura, we're here because we're the only ones no one will miss. You know how every army has a top brass? Well, it also has a bottom brass. And that's us. All of us are here because we fucked up in some way that made it impossible to keep us on the posters, yet too good to just throw us away. And if Juarez hasn't realized that yet, I don't know how his brain is even functional enough to hold that rifle of his in his hands. Fact is, we're cheap. We're ugly. And most of all, we're deniable. When High Command needs to get a job done they don't want to draw attention to, they send us. We don't even look like NCA in these ridiculous clown suits. Yeah, they call us the Demolition Crew to make it sound less bad, but the truth is, we're – "
    Jabel instinctively ducked when he heard a sharp whistle over his head. He managed to grab the edge of the leaning metal wall next to him and, boosted by the remaining power in the boots of his Swiss Guard's armor, swing himself around the corner into the dark inside of the ship before the world around him became muffled for a full thirty seconds. A deluge of mud and water, with half an arm that looked like Ventura's somewhere in between, flushed through the gap in the wall next to him. Eventually, silence returned. Jabel looked outside. Only the yellow stabilizer rods of the Fugazi peaked out of the freshly dug crater the grenade had left in the exact spot the three of them had just been.
    The truth is, Jabel thought, unlocking his weapon and retreating further back into the wreckage, we're the fucking Garbage Crew. Seriously, where the hell is that Locust?



    Welcome to my new project:

    THE DEMOLITION CREW

    Now that I am done with my Nomads (for the time being), I'm finally ready to take care of my NCA. You already should have gotten the idea of what I want to do here from that little fluff piece. Basically, I'm going to take the shiniest flagship army of PanO and turn them into the dirtiest, most busted-up motherfuckers of the Sphere.

    I got the idea from a paintjob by Giraldez for Wyrd miniatures as well as a youtube tutorial on weathering from Squidmar and decided to combine that with my wish to try out a few speedpainting techniques on the Icestorm PanO half I got for cheap from a friend and expanded a bit over time. The decision for NCA was made when I took another look at the Uhlan and decided I just needed to have that model, no matter the profile.

    With all of that in mind (and the exhaustion from my Nomads in my bones) I set myself a new goal for these dudes: To paint a whole Sectorial in one month.

    Then the #opathome painting challenge came around, which coincided neatly (although a little bit tightly) with completing my Nomads. So the last two weeks I managed to paint the first 13 models in a total of 20 hours, which I'm very happy with:

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    They're obviously not on par with my other stuff, but since that wasn't the goal, I'm very happy with them. I wanted to see how much a simple color scheme, a flashy effect and consistent basing would already be able to pull off, and I'm not disappointed. Tell me what you think!

    The process

    This time, I managed to take some pictures of the process. So here's a little step-by-step:

    First, I decided I didn't want more than 30 miniatures for the Sectorial. That meant some minis would have to double for more than one profile, and some things I wanted to proxy. Here's what that's gonna look like as far as I planned it:

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    In words:
    • Akalis and Kamau from Icestorm will be my two Auxiliar.
    • Female Fusilier will double as Trauma Doc as well as Bipandra.
    • Comm Tech HVT will be my Machinist.
    • Locust will also be a Hexa (mostly, actually).
    • Swiss Guard will also be an Aquila.
    • Uhlan will also be a Squalo (I'm planning on some magnet shenanigans to be able to switch him from a 40mm to a 55mm base).
    • Peacemaker will also be a Bulleteer (mostly, actually, as well).
    • Karkata will do Palbot, Crabbot and maybe even Devabot jobs (although he's not S2, so might have to rethink that if I ever do play a Devabot).
    • O12 Alpha will be my Richard Quinn.
    • Patsy Garnett will be Uma Sørensen, Shona Carano or a second Orc if I ever need one.
    • Corporate Executive HVT will also be my third CSU Unit.
    • Coldfront Yadu will be my Deva.
    • No Black Friars planned so far since I don't think I'll ever really play them.
    This is what that resulted in during assembling the first batch:

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    (Only after that group shot I realized that my Mulebot/Traktor Mul conversion a) looked to small on that 55mm base, and b) was better used as a third Dronbot than a second Mulebot. That's why she's on a 40mm base in the other pictures.

    Now, the painting process:

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    In words:
    1. Tape stuff that you want to be stripey with Tamiya tape.
    2. Basecoat everything with GW Rhinox Hide.
    3. Take a batch of no more than 5 minis each and spray them with chipping medium.
    4. Do simple airbrush of your main color, including gradients (in my case, orange+yellow for the yellows, dark red+red for the reds).
    5. Go at it with brushes to create the chipping effect.
    6. Drench everything in an oil color wash mix of brown and black.
    7. Wait 20 minutes, then rub away most of the oil color again to get a super greasy, grimy, dirty look.
    8. Let everything dry, then continue with detail work.

    Detail work consisted only of a very sloppy and quick shading and highlighting with Contrast Colors and a few acrylics, spraying the lights in with some titanium white and Vallejo Escorpena Green, slapping some AK Interactive puddle liquid mixed with a drop of Vallejo Khaki on the bases, and voila!

    I made pictures of the single minis, too, but since this post is already very long, I'll put them in a spoiler.

    Sniper Bolt (SR is the Marksman Rifle from the Locust)
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    Combi/Paramedic Bolt (Combi is from the female Fusilier)
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    Spitfire Bolt (Spitfire is the HMG from the Kamau)
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    Fusilier/Trauma Doc/Bipandra (Pistol/Nanopulser is 3D-printed, Med-Gun is from the Bolt paramedic)
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    Machinist
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    Palbot/Crabbot/Devabot
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    Locust (Combi is from the female Bolt)
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    Orc
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    Swiss Guard/Aquila Guard (Pistol is from the male Chasseur)
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    Dronbot 1 (Mulebot / Traktor Mul kitbash)
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    Dronbots 2&3
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  2. ZlaKhon

    ZlaKhon New scale enthusiast

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    I love it! Especially the amount of planning you put into it!
     
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  3. burlesford

    burlesford Well-Known Member

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    Small update: Second Mulebot/Traktor Mul conversion is ready to go:

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    Also, I had the biggest scare the other day when I decided to assemble my Uhlan. I had spent months finding one and got very lucky to finally obtain a box with both Uhlan and Tik and managed to make back the money I spent on it by selling the Tik. I was just starting to attach the legs when I noticed that I didn't see his right arm anywhere. Started to look around my whole apartment — it was gone.

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    Starting to get really worried, I texted the guy in the UK who I had sold the Tik to, in the flimsy hope (and dread of my own stupidity) that I had managed to pack the Uhlan arm with the Tik parts.
    Long story short: He actually had it. Which means I'm really stupid, but also really lucky. The arm is on its way back to me, and should it survive the trip across the channel, my Uhlan will be two armed yet. Boy oh boy...

    PostScript: I love the comradery in hobby communities like these. He sent it back no questions asked, even though we're complete strangers apart from that one transaction. Honestly, these kind of stories make me love this hobby even more.
     
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    burlesford Well-Known Member

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    Second batch is ready to go

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    I'm also done assembling. Did a few more minor conversions/arm swaps/weapon swaps:

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    Patsy needed a sword to believably turn into Shona Carano, Alpha needed a marksman rifle in order to become Richard Quinn, and the Akalis had given her combi to the Kamau so he could become an Auxilia, so he got the Bolt's combi to... also become an Auxilia.
     
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  5. ZlaKhon

    ZlaKhon New scale enthusiast

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    Really curious how the remotes with the masking tape will turn out!
     
  6. Wikkid Devil

    Wikkid Devil Well-Known Member

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    I’m guessing stripey :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

    I’ll see myself out...
     
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  7. burlesford

    burlesford Well-Known Member

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    Well, here you go :)

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    :scream:How did you know? :P

    Also, my two Auxilia. All five of them got done in one afternoon. I'm really starting to like this process:

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    Nice job
     
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    burlesford Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. And the next batch:

    Mulebot (I honestly love her)
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    Last two Fusiliers:
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    Last Bolt:
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    Which puts me already at 60 percent done and pretty much a functional Sectorial in three weeks:

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    The only thing that's really missing to play the majority of lists is a couple CSUs. Those are next.
     
  10. Wikkid Devil

    Wikkid Devil Well-Known Member

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    Luffs the mulebot! :heart:
     
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  11. Nuada Airgetlam

    Nuada Airgetlam Nazis sod off ///

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    OK, grimdark infinity? Love it.
     
  12. jherazob

    jherazob Well-Known Member

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    Naaah, Grimdark has a certain something freaking drenched in everything, this is more like "very unlucky troops", even in the bottom of the barrel it doesn't get that far
     
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  13. Lady Numiria

    Lady Numiria Cyberius TaskForce

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    Love that grim look, great job!
     
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    ZlaKhon New scale enthusiast

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    Amazing speed and results! Love the new bots!
     
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    Tristan228 Morlock trainer
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    @burlesford very uncommon design, that's makes your army unique. I like it!
    So let's call it "grimedark"?! :laughing:
     
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    Ditto! Very unique like your Nomad bot conversions. Where did you get the bags? I'm also going to steal that striped paint scheme.
     
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    Beneath the bottom of the barrel then? :P

    Thanks! Yeah, wanted to try out something completely different from my Nomads paint style. And grimedark it is! :D

    Those are from the Mulebots :) Steal away!

    Unfortunately my initial goal of finishing them in one month will have to be stretched to two months, because I'm on vacation for three weeks now. The rest will be done in August, hopefully just in time before my Crimson Stone arrives.
     
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    Man, that's a sweet looking unit, I love the vibe! They seem battered, tattered and pushing on!
     
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    burlesford Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!

    I'm back from my vacation with three CSU Units. These well-dressed ladies did not know what they were getting into when they accepted this job. Literally.

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    This is the first time I tried my hand at a sheer effect. Suffice to say, if you want it to look good from up close, you can't do it quickly. I still did it quickly, so it doesn't look that good from up close XD It's enough for tabletop standard though.

    One other thing I only noticed when I started painting is that the ltd. ed. CSU Unit is the exact same model as the VIP Executive HVT, just 3D-modeled and therefore much larger. Maybe that's common knowledge to everyone else, but I found it funny. It's the same outfit, same hair, and same suitcase. Which, lore-wise, means that that innocent looking CEO lady from the Dire Foes pack is actually an undercover mercenary.

    Therefore, I felt no qualms forcing her to give up the charade and officially join the ranks of my CSU force ;)

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  20. Wikkid Devil

    Wikkid Devil Well-Known Member

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    Those pinstripes! Dayum!
     
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