Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Return of the Valkyries

As you may know, I have had some pretty bad luck with my air force over the last couple of years, thanks largely to the bulky and difficult to store nature of the Valkyrie models. I did however come into possession of 3 already built Valkyries mid last year, and I finally resolved to get them up and running. Here are some pictures of Green squadron (Valkyrie transports) and Blue Squadron (Vendetta Gunship Squadron) together. It is worth noting that both these squadrons need a little extra detailing (more yellow and black chevrons and the pilot names etc. etc.)

 Green squadron- the valkyries have magnetized multiple rocket pods and nose guns like the vendettas. These valkyries are the first I have done with the airbrush, but despite a little difference in shade of the brown, I am generally happy with how they turned out. 

 I tried to make the cork on the bases look like a dry river bed, with some very small flat pieces clumped together, with some larger pieces creating some levels. I will hopefully get around to making some mini dioramas on the bases, similar to the troop bay on my halftracks. 
 All the fliers are part of the 40th Corps task force on Vesen, therefore they all wear the task force vehicle markings, noted as the blue and white striping on the nose. 

My current painted air force all together. Hopefully the Vulture will be completed soon.

I will finally be getting the keys to my new house (and more importantly my new man cave) this Friday. I will update soon with pictures of my new digs and talk about the big plans I have for the workshop/gaming room. 

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Astra Militarum Tech Priest Engineseers

Just a small post today, but with their inclusion is so many of the Imperial guard formations, I felt it was important to get a couple of Engineseers that have been languishing in my bits box sorted.

 I went with the Ryza colours, as I may build up a small mechanicus faction to ally into my guard. Also, down the line I would hope to acquire a titan or two, so it would be handy to have a forgeworld to base my Titan House colour scheme off.

That's all for now. I'm still plowing ahead with the betrayal at calth box set white scars (plus a couple of forgeworld treats), and I also picked up two Hades mining drills, so I will hopefully build a couple of combat engineers squads soon.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Horus Heresy White Scars- The First Squad is Complete!

I have finished off the first squad, and have began work in earnest on the next batch of 20 Legionaires. Let's jump straight into pictures!

All in all I'm really pleased with the results. This is the first time I have done power armour in 9 years, and the first time I have ever done a complete squad of white space marine power armour.

The bases came out nice too, and hopefully I can get a similar result with the next 20! Work in progress shots of them soon. :)

Friday, 23 September 2016

Deathstrike Missile Launchers- Ready to luanch

I'm getting to grips with the airbrush. This time I have blasted out a unit that I have always wanted to try out. I finally gathered up three of these monstrous weapons.

 As you can see I have built these tanks pretty much straight from the kit, as quite frankly, I already loved the design. I would love to do a bigger wheeled version, but that would purely be for the fun of having a super huge missile (Ordinatus?)

 As I bought these kits second hand, the hatches had already been glued into place, but I'm happy with the over all finish. They match up very well with the basilisks.

 Perhaps one of the parts I am most proud of is the cevrons on the dozer blade. I even managed to add a couple of paint chips. I used LX tape rather than masking as it didnt seep as much with the airbrush paint. I was particularly pleased with how vibrant the yellow ended up looking.

I was going to add colour to the head of the missile, however, I think I like the simple white. I simply couldn't have got the shading so smooth without the airbrush. 
The spotlight was also finished off simply with the airbrush. 

I did get these tanks out for a game, however as I was playing Nids with lots of monstrous creatures, the results were a little underwhelming. I would love to crack them out against a horde army or even some marines. These could be lethal to a gladius! More soon. :)

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Updating the Basilisk- Painting

So I have made a start on painting up the Basilisks. These models have been around since 2nd edition 40k, so it's no wonder they have become such an iconic vehicle in the 41st millenium. 

I broke out my cheap little airbrush again (which I hope to update soon!) and got to work. The weather was so good I even got to take them outside to finish the airbrushing. 

I still have some details to add, but overall I'm happy with how the painting turned out. I have more vehicles to show you soon!!!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Updating the Basilisk- Artillery support for Astra Militarum

Every Imperial Guard commander worth his salt should have one or two Basilisks in their arsenal. These venerable mobile artillery platforms, sporting the Earthshaker cannon are one of the most iconic pieces of wargear in the Imperium. They are however only available these days via direct order. I have had many in my time, however, I was never happy with the model. 

This was largely due to the gun shield if I am honest. I had bought the Vanaheim upgrade shield from Forgeworld in 2003, but unfortunately I never picked up more than one, and they have since discontinued the piece. My basilisks have fallen to wrack and ruin, and I eventually cannibalized them for other projects.

It was only when I was at a hobby sale last weekend that I found a pair that a fellow Guard commander was getting rid of. I had to have them. They were about a tenner a piece. I dug out my plasticard and set to work on a new gun shield based loosely on the Vanaheim piece. 

 I started by cleaning up the old kits. They had been painted, but it was pretty smooth and thin, so I decided against wasting time stripping the models. I was just keen to get cracking on.

 I test fitted the vanaheim Shield to give me an idea of what I wanted. I decided to go a little taller with my own shields.

 The first thing I did was to take the curved baces off the old shield. I cut away all the extra parts I didnt want, which left me with those central beams. I cut these below the eighth rivet up.

 I then built a small platform the fit tight with the hull that would allow the shield to rest on.

 To this I attached the upright supports for the flat plastic sheets that would provide the armour.

 With the first two pieces in place, I then filed down the edges so the remaining parts would fit snuggly, tapering them at 45 degree angles.

 Above, you can see I used a scrap of cardboard to make a template for the sides. at this point I trimmed the front armour panels to make sure they would line up well.

 I traced the template and made the extra side skirts I needed.
 You guessed it...Rivet time!

 I left the shield un attached for painting

Thats us up to the end of the build. Painted pictures coming soon!

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Astra Militarum- More Veterans and Vengeance Weapons

Recently I have been trying to finish off long forgotten about projects in an effort to stop spending money. This has actually been brilliant fun, allowing me to not only ease a sense of guilt every time I buy another new model, but also has given me a real sense of satisfaction when a unit is completed. 

Two of the units I have been meaning to get around to for a long time are the wall of Martyrs Vengeance Weapons (with Punisher cannons of coarse) and my third squad of Veteran Guardsmen.

I will post up some better pics soon, rather than this just finished painting image, but as you can see I have reused my old scout heavy bolter conversion to count as Harker and the squad has been outfitted with meltas. I also wanted this squad to have the demolitions doctrine modelled on the unit, so I have included a forgeworld demo charge and a few guys throwing melta bombs. 

You can find my previous veteran squads HERE!

Next up was the vengeance weapons that have been sitting on my desk for months. I kept having to move them around whilst at the keyboard and looking at them guiltily as they lay there, undercoated black, crying out to be painted and used! I finally cracked and broke out the airbrush, although I would at some point like to add a little bit of weathering at some point. Again, I will try to get some nicer pics up soon, but the scheme matches my Imperial Bunker very well. Next, I will try and paint up one of my Bastions.

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