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Title: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: Schwerpunkt Prinzip on 25 July 2021, 20:19:22
Luyten 68-28, Prefecture X
Republic of the Sphere
17 September 3140


As a Clan fanboy, I've never found ComStar or Word of Blake appealing, but Joshua Perian's work on Turning Points: Epsilon Eridani and Spotlight On: Unending Faith piqued my curiosity. I found the Blessed Order fascinating: a blend of ComStar and Word of Blake, promptly roflstomped by the Republic.

This Level II was based on the RAT in the above resources. I've chosen the Heralds of Pious Light Level III mainly because my partner's name means 'pious'.

Rho Heavy Level II, Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order:

TI-1Aj Titan II
DLR-OBLO Doloire
KHP-7R Kheper
UAE-7R Uraeus
Bolla Stealth Tank  (Inf.)
Bolla Stealth Tank  (Inf.)

(https://schwerpunktstudios.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/20210725_134400.jpg)

(https://schwerpunktstudios.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/20210725_134835.jpg)

Titan II and Doloire

(https://schwerpunktstudios.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/20210725_134513.jpg)

(https://schwerpunktstudios.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/20210725_134447.jpg)

Uraeus and Kheper

(https://schwerpunktstudios.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/20210725_134553.jpg)

(https://schwerpunktstudios.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/20210725_134630.jpg)

Bolla stealth tanks

(https://schwerpunktstudios.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/20210725_134718.jpg)

(https://schwerpunktstudios.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/20210725_134746.jpg)

The Titan II required a lot of effort to modify and represent the 1Aj variant. I bulked out the torso with plasticard, added PPCs and SRM4s, and medium lasers to the arms. I also modified one of the Bolla tank turrets to make another Infernus variant, and bulked out the SRMS for both tanks. I made very minor modifications to the Doloire and Uraeus and no modifications at all to the Kheper.

Like RabidFox's amazing ComStar Warhammer (https://bg.battletech.com/forums/miniatures/start-of-my-comstar-level-2/), I was inspired by the artwork in the recent Tukayyid sourcebook, and I copied the low-visibility ComStar insignia from that resource.

Comments, criticism, and questions welcome! Thanks for looking.
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: Louie N on 25 July 2021, 20:55:20
Fantastic work all around. The white, weathering, mods, and terrian.  Well done
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: Valkerie on 25 July 2021, 21:15:26
Wow, that's just some brilliant work.  Well done sir.  8) 8) :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I just got a Kheper myself, so I'm a bit curious.  Did you find the mini a little undersized for the mech being 55 tons?
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: CranstonSnord on 25 July 2021, 21:29:33
Beautiful work! I love the kitbash on the Titan II, looks so much better than the stock version...
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: Luciora on 25 July 2021, 21:31:55
Nice work. Wish we could get new art for the Titan 1 as well.  Did my own version of the Titan 1A as well, but yours looks much cleaner.  If I did another one, I'd definitely redo the arms and give it proper battlefists.
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: jimdigris on 26 July 2021, 07:21:41
Impressive! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: Stinger on 26 July 2021, 07:22:49
Very nice work!

I sculpted the Uraeus, and I have to say, I can't tell what modifications you made, but no matter what, it looks great! How do you like the mini on a whole? How was it to assemble?  I don't see many Uraeuses (Uraeusi?) very often....
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: Schwerpunkt Prinzip on 26 July 2021, 17:39:11
Thank you for the generous comments!

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I just got a Kheper myself, so I'm a bit curious.  Did you find the mini a little undersized for the mech being 55 tons?

I didn't really notice it being undersized, mostly because the Titan and Doloire are so large. The poor Kheper and Uraeus are stuck in a Level II of oversized miniatures (so much so that the Bollas didn't even fit on the hex bases I normally use).

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I love the kitbash on the Titan II, looks so much better than the stock version...
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Wish we could get new art for the Titan 1 as well.  Did my own version of the Titan 1A as well, but yours looks much cleaner.  If I did another one, I'd definitely redo the arms and give it proper battlefists.

I almost gave up on the Titan. I agree that it needs fists! Those hands annoyed me, as did the overall awkward pose. The casting on the legs was bubbled, too, but I tried to hide that with scratches and weathering. I actually like the line art, and the cover of Jihad Hot Spots: 3076 is still impressive!

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I sculpted the Uraeus, and I have to say, I can't tell what modifications you made, but no matter what, it looks great! How do you like the mini on a whole? How was it to assemble?  I don't see many Uraeuses (Uraeusi?) very often....

I really liked it! It was a joy to assemble (especially compared to the Doloire). You are, of course, completely correct—I thought I had used greenstuff to give the bombast laser a lens, but I see you'd already scultped that. I must admit my stupidity, though, that I accidentally attached the bombast laser to the right arm and the UAC/10 on the shoulder turret, but, mercifully, I noticed my error before the superglue had set.  :-[

Hopefully I'll get a chance to put the Uraeus's vibroblade through some of Worktroll's Hastati Sentinels, if even our lockdown ends.
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: Stinger on 27 July 2021, 09:19:29
I really liked it! It was a joy to assemble (especially compared to the Doloire). You are, of course, completely correct—I thought I had used greenstuff to give the bombast laser a lens, but I see you'd already scultped that. I must admit my stupidity, though, that I accidentally attached the bombast laser to the right arm and the UAC/10 on the shoulder turret, but, mercifully, I noticed my error before the superglue had set.  :-[

Hopefully I'll get a chance to put the Uraeus's vibroblade through some of Worktroll's Hastati Sentinels, if even our lockdown ends.

Hahaha, it is quite alright.  I have quite a few I have assembled incorrectly myself, and I have even seen some of my sculpts incorrectly assembled by Camospecs people.  It happens :D

I am glad you liked building it and I hope you enjoy destroying worktroll when the time comes!
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: IAMCLANWOLF on 27 July 2021, 09:37:14
Fantastic group! And, dripping with loads of flavor! I love that a good read inspired you to get creative!! I'm reading through The Price of Duty now. Thank you for sharing!
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: Empyrus on 27 July 2021, 10:27:45
These look awesome!

Really makes me want to get at least a Uraeus and a Kheper.

Any idea how the Doloire compares to the new plastic Awesome or other new plastic 'Mechs? Approx same, bigger, smaller?
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: abou on 27 July 2021, 13:00:24
Really wonderful stuff. Are the checkers done by hand?
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: God and Davion on 27 July 2021, 15:53:36
Great work. The mods are very clean and nice and the white shades are great. The freehand is also very good. Congratulations.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: RabidFox on 27 July 2021, 18:38:50
Wow, these are awesome.  The white just pops and looks real smooth.  Your edge highlights look like straight up painted gradients and I love the weathering.  Got any tips on how to do proper weathering?
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: Schwerpunkt Prinzip on 27 July 2021, 18:57:48
Fantastic group! And, dripping with loads of flavor! I love that a good read inspired you to get creative!! I'm reading through The Price of Duty now. Thank you for sharing!

IAMCLANWOLF! Thank you! What are you working on?

Any idea how the Doloire compares to the new plastic Awesome or other new plastic 'Mechs? Approx same, bigger, smaller?

Funnily enough, I have a plastic Awesome on my bench at the moment so I put it and the Doloire together with a Battlemaster.
(https://schwerpunktstudios.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/20210728_093947.jpg)

Are the checkers done by hand?

They are, and I wish I could have painted them smaller, but if wishes were horses we'd all live in yurts.

Great work. The mods are very clean and nice and the white shades are great. The freehand is also very good. Congratulations.  :thumbsup:

I really value your comment, God and Davion. Your work is an inspiration. Thank you.

Wow, these are awesome.  The white just pops and looks real smooth.  Your edge highlights look like straight up painted gradients and I love the weathering.  Got any tips on how to do proper weathering?

There's a section on this page (https://www.heresybrush.com/en/guides/) called 'weathering techniques for vehicles' and it's an amazing resource. Any tips I offer would be taken from there, so I'll cite this page as the original source.
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: Empyrus on 28 July 2021, 02:17:49
Funnily enough, I have a plastic Awesome on my bench at the moment so I put it and the Doloire together with a Battlemaster.
(https://schwerpunktstudios.files.wordpress.com/2021/07/20210728_093947.jpg)
Working on a Royal Beemer? Seems cool!

Good scaling on the Doloire, want one now too.

Also, your bases look awesome, they accent the paint job very nicely!
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: worktroll on 28 July 2021, 03:43:23
Luminous is the word, Schwer. Or should that be Luminos? ;) Gorgeous, the white glows, the hand checkering is brilliant, and the basing lifts it all together. I look forward to having them under my guns!

Now we can start thinking of another game in a few weeks, should I put aside a couple of stands of DA BA for those Bolla? Purifiers, or something Republic like Centaurs or Simians?
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: Kibutsu on 29 July 2021, 09:18:49
Outstanding work!
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: avon1985 on 31 July 2021, 19:33:59
Very very Sweet! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: Mecha82 on 01 August 2021, 07:10:49
Very nice. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Heralds of Pious Light III-delta, 1st Division, Blessed Order (Dark Age)
Post by: DOC_Agren on 01 August 2021, 16:37:44
Well done... :clap: :clap: