I'm taking a break from the infantry for a moment. Some nice gentleman at the Wrath of Kings tourney at CMON Expo insisted that I try out his C.A.G.E. model in my games, and I was totally sold on the model. It was fun to play, because I could just brainlessly use it as a clobbering tool, with the option to either focus a massive blow against one enemy model or fry multiple enemy models with a less powerful, area-of-effect, "galvanic burst".
Here is the initial airbrush work.
I spent the last couple evenings prepping the plastic and assembling the model. I couldn't decide between the axe or the spear that came with it. I decided on the spear too late -- after I had accidentally glued on the massive forearm on both appendages and then realized that I was supposed to choose only one. The weapon hand attaches to a smaller forearm. And there is only one set of "galvanic generator bolts" available to glue onto the forearm, and I had already glued it to the left one, which apparently is the hand that carries the spear. So I had to settle for an axe for now. I wanted to use the spear, when I realized that there's a hoplite mosaic sculpted into the floor of the custom, resin base (by MicroArt Studios). It would be a cool juxtaposition to have an ancient warrior showing on the floor, with a future/fantasy spearman standing over top of it.
I also like the heft and chunky design of the model. And the aesthetic is such an original take on the otherwise done-to-death, armored walker. And I just love the goofy, almost jolly, personality assumed by this machine of destruction, as he cleaves his way through enemy ranks.