Sunday, 16 March 2014

Mechanicum WIP 3 - Basing

Gday all,

Keepy here with the latest instalment of my 1000pts Mechanicum Army. Truth be told it has been finished for a couple of days now and has competed at a tournament, so the next couple posts will flow on thru shortly. This post will focus purely on basing. I will keep the text short as this has been explained how to do this before with my Justaerin Basing here.

The bases used were the tried and trusted combination of Secret Weapon's Urban Rubble and Urban Streets, and were heavily modified with grey bricks, medium slate, medium sand, fine sand, GW basing brass and my personal favourite Verlinden razor wire.

Basing construction done including the mounting of Castellax feet onto the bases

The Castellax legs were also mounted and tested on the feet prior to constructing the base around them,
heavy use of bricks and razor wire for a real Istvann III feel

Basecoat of GW Mechanicum Standard Grey and highlights of GW Codex Grey done

Metallics done in GW Leadbelcher and GW Balthasar Gold

Thallax and Magos bases with basecoat complete

Black weathering powder added to creases and recesses to create shadow
Red weathering powder on metallic to give a rust effect

Red and Black weathering done

Patches of green added to break up and give colour to bases

All weathering pigments now done

Wash of GW Agrax Earthshade done, avoiding green areas

Wash of GW Agrax Earthshade done, avoiding green areas

Black weathering powder added to Castellax bases

Red weathering powder done

Washes all done

Bases completed after a light drybrush of GW Fortress Grey

That's all for now, overall I am very happy with how the bases turned out. Please let us know what you think, C&C welcome.



1. Mechanicum 1000pts List
2. Mechanicum WIP 1
3. Mechanicum WIP 2
4. Mechanicum WIP 3 - Basing
5. Mechanicum WIP 4
6. Mechanicum 1000pts Completed!


  1. Looks decent mate - I enjoyed following their prgoress on the facebook feed the other day.

    Do you use anything to seal in the powders?

  2. Thanks for stopping in Frother! It was an excellent tournament with a very high calibre of terrain, armies and people. I will be doing up some battle reports over the next week or two so stay tuned for those.

    I seal the weathering pigment onto the model by spraying acrylic thinners from the airbrush on a low pressure and conservatively. The more thinners you apply to less effect you have so less is more. You always loose out on a bit of detail so I go a bit harder with the pigments to allow loss on fixing.

  3. Looks great Mick, now you just have to pull your finger out and finish your SoH!

    1. Haha thanks Macca! There is going to be a Tournament up here in Townsville soon focusing on Astartes as a lead into 30k, so I will have to keep my nose to the grindstone and finish the terminator contingent of the Sons of Horus to use as Deathwing.

  4. They looked really good on the weekend mate, and contributed greatly to the teams win, congrats on first again too :)

    One thin I noticed though is that the bases tops blend into the sides/bevel alot. I personally think that if the rims were painted black they would "pop" more and frame the mini better.

    See you at the next one, onwards to terra!

    1. Gday Sheep, it was great to finally meet you in person and see your Sons of Horus in the flesh, they really are one of the best painted armies I have seen period.

      Thanks for the kudos mate, looking back on things it was a bit of a jerk list and I don't think I will take 6x Castellax again. A maniple of three will probably accompany my Sons of Horus as a fire magnet.

      I airbrushed in the sides of the bevel to try and blend it, but looking back on them now I think you are probably right and a more defined line would frame the mini better. 30mins work, will probably do that when I get home.... or just pay it off until the last minute for the next tourney!