Fort Hardknox

The gaming table at Ninjabread HQ has a new centerpiece in the form of an absolutely giant space castle. This humungous 18″ x 18″ fortification dominates the desert landscapes of the far future – a rock solid bastion for miniature soldiers to defend. This is Fort Hardknox.

Fort Hardknox
Over three hundred square inches of post-apocalyptic fortress chonk.

This giant resin kit came courtesy of Fogou Models. I got to paint and keep an advance casting of it in return for encouraging all of you to go and back its incredibly succesful Kickstarter campaign.

Fort Hardknox
The Godbreak 84th garrison Fort Hardknox against Skabsquig’s Skallywags.

I’ve kept the paint scheme quite neutral so I can deploy it on the table for games of Strontium Dog, Warhammer 40,000, Judge Dredd, Doctor Who, Necromunda et cetera. It perfectly suits Mad Max, Fallout, Gorkamorka and anything with a post-apocalyptic flavour.

Oldhammer Sam on Fort Hardknox
Psycho Sam claiming Fort Hardknox for the glory America.

The Psycho Sam miniature was the event exclusive from the Oldhammer USA Weekend that Grove kindly gifted me. Asslessman, Lopez and Sean have all already painted this miniature in the red white and blue of the American flag, so to out-patriot all of them I modelled mine holding an actual American flag.

Oldhammer Sam USA Weekend
Republicans! Sportsmanship! Books!

There’s a gallery of yet more Psycho Sams in the Oldhammer Community.

Asslessman, axiom and cheetor have all painted their own advance castings of Hardknox. The four of us have been comparing notes, swapping photos and bickering about whose painting approach is the best for months now. There’s talk of us combining our forts into one truly giant structure that would be big enough for the smallest of us (cheetor) to sleep inside.

Fort Hardknow by Doti of Katsina Miniatures
Fort Hardknox painting by Doti of Katsina Miniatures.

And finally, don’t forget to check out the Fogou Kickstarter, ending today!

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Curis

Curis has painted for Games Workshop, Forge World, Warlord Games, Mantic Games, Avatars of War, Wargames Foundry, Studio McVey and many others. He's won at Golden Demon and Salute. He publishes monthly painting tutorials on Patreon.

8 thoughts on “Fort Hardknox

  • June 3, 2019 at 12:35 pm
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    Both the fort AND Psycho Sam are absolutely master pieces ! Like often, You’ve put so much work into it and yet it looks “easy” and so clear.
    Fantastic.

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    • June 3, 2019 at 1:21 pm
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      Thanks JB! It’seasy to plough a load of time into miniature when they’re a bit special – like if you’re the first person to get a casting, or they’re exclusive. It’s why I like limited editions so much!

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:46 pm
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    Super job on him. You have maxed out those stars and stripes, even continuing the motif on the mohawk.

    Great shots of the fort in action. After painting a single resin building on the weekend I begin to appreciate the work that you have put into getting it so nicely done.

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    • June 4, 2019 at 2:53 pm
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      Thanks Sean! I was a little frusrateted to see I wasn’t the only person to have thought of star-and-striping the mohawk when I was checking out what the other painters had done. So after that I added the flag.

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  • June 4, 2019 at 10:19 pm
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    Psycho Sam is terrific, as others already stated, but I really want to point out the work on the fort, as it’s absolutely outstanding. The way you used and merged the colours and textures is awesome, and shouldn’t be taken for granted like ‘oh, yeah, that’s a wall’. Incredible work.

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    • June 5, 2019 at 10:20 am
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      Thanks Suber! It took a load of time to arrive at the method as I had a clear mental image of what I wanted it to look like, but no idea how to get there! I’m glad people can spot it’s not a quick job.

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    • June 5, 2019 at 10:20 am
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      Cheers Warburton!

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