Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Bullgryns Completed!

As I mentioned before, I got a reasonable bit of hobby done at the later half of last year. One of the units I am most proud of is the Bullgryns. When I first saw them I wasnt too sure if I liked them or not, but after playing with the sprues and painting them up, I have to admit to really loving both the sculpts and the way the kit has been designed to go together.

Below are some work in progress shots. I was keen to mix up the poses a little. I found that by clipping and swapping the feet around, it was very easy to create a much more dynamic pose.I also built up the bases with miliput, carving some craters into the putty to add detail. I also extended the barrels and added some extra bionic eyes to change up the squad.

Below are some painted shots. I might go back and add some serial numbers and icons to the armour, but generally I am very pleased with how they turned out.

The Chevrons took a night themselves, but it was totally worth the extra time to get them just right.

I just have to add some grass tufts and the bases will also be complete. In game I have been running them with Azriel, to give them a 4+ invuln and also a ministorum priest and they are absolutely rock solid. They sure do take a huge amount of punishment.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Lets Get Rivetted! More work on the Stormlord...

Last night was an interesting one, after cutting over 300 rivets from thin plastic rod, I began adding this finishing touch. Of the rivets cut I have about 25 left, so there is close to 300 rivets added to this vehicle. Once I had found a quick technique, this process became rather enjoyable. Here is what I have so far. 
 As the riveting material I was using was slightly different to the GW rivets, I added extra rivets to the original portions of the tank in order to blend the two types together. 
 I added the road wheel to the armoured plate, and bent some wire around widest part. I cant remember who I seen doing this before, but I thought it looked better than a simple strap. If I can find the genius behind this Idea, I will Certainly reference them. :)
 Perhaps the part of the tank I am most proud of is the top of the gun. I have really learnt a lot on this build about plasticard manipulation. 
 The rear troop bay- I added a halved rhino door to each side of the troop bay to be used as a fire step for the stubbers. I will be adding the crew and stubbers soon. 
 The crane- I wanted this vehicle to feel more like an engineering vehicle than a front line tank. I liked the idea that it would lead a heavily armoured convoy. I also had to make the exhausts smaller, so that I could fit in the crane and make it look usable.  
 Another view- Do these barrels make my bum look big?

That's it for now. there are still some details to be added and then the crew, but I will be painting these separately and adding them in after as I will get a smoother paint finish without them.

This has been a really very enjoyable build. I think there are a few people at my local gaming centre who are keen to blow it up though. :)

Friday, 16 January 2015

Starting big in 2015- Astra Militarum Stormlord

Its been a while since I have found the time to get on and blog. Although I have been quiet on here, I have still managed to hobby away in the last few months. I finished a squad of 9 Bullgryns, continued testing things out for the new ultramarines force, and even fitted in the odd game.

In real life I have also secured a new job, which will free up a lot more hobby time and I my hobby goal for the year is to manage at least one game a week. 

Anyway, I have been working away this week on my second superheavy. When the baneblade first came out in plastic I bought one right away, however it sat in my shed for years. I always wanted a stormlord, but they werent included in the original baneblade kit and I couldnt justify the price of one. I have eventually built up the stamina to convert my own using the baneblade sprue, an old landspeeder and a truck load of plasticard. I also ebayed the stormlord heavy stubbers a while back, which I had planned to use on my centuars, but it seemed so much more fitting to put them here. 

Anyway, on to the pictures...
 I went for a shorter weapon bay than the original model, as I wanted to create a larger troop platform.

 The weapon was converted from the back of a land speeder turned upside down and plastic piping added as gun barrels. 
 I then added extra armour plates to the side panels.
 you can see the enlarged troop bay above.
 I love using white plasticard as it allows you to draw the shapes of extra panels you want to add before fabricating them. 
 I built another layer of plating around the gun, I love the way each layer adds more detail to a project like this. 
 I sketched out an outline of the detailed pieces I wanted to creat for the top of the tank.

 Although I will probably not use this crew model, it is one of my favourites.
 I added a series of plastic tube and a wheel hub to create the inlet for an air filter.
 I moved the drivers hatch further up the vehicle, using a Leman Russ' drivers view port.

 I started to build up the crew compartment and sealed off the fuel intakes. 
 More detail added to the top of the gun. 
 I added two plasticard grills either side of the targetter. I figured a weapon of this size would produce a lot of excess heat.
 The crew platform was lined with textured plasticard. 
 Again more detail added to the top of the tank.
  I added more strips of plasticard to work the stubber gunshields into the body of the stormlord.
I added a small crane to the back of the crew bay,I built this using the heavy bolter turret, and the wrecking ball chain from an Ork truck. I thought that the Stormlord might be used to lug extra equipment when not in battle. 

I hope to complete this tanks build over the weekend, and get it ready for battle in the coming weeks. More updates very soon. 

Saturday, 11 October 2014

The 32nd Vastadtian Regiment- Work so far

So here is how the 32nd Vastadtian regiment looks so far. This Army has been slowly building since the plastic Cadians first came out in 2003.

I am pleased with how the regiment is shaping up, and I hope to finish off the current section, 5th Company (Supply), within the next year. I will then have two more companies (Both much smaller) to complete. These include 2nd Company (scout) and 1st Company (Grenadiers).

You may notice that each company has its own colour scheme, this is to represent a different period in the regiments history. I will discuss these periods alongside the pictures.

Our Pooch wanted to join in. 

Third Company- Vastadtian 32nd

This company is in the camouflage pattern used during the landing on the planet of Horizon. This densely forested world was infested with Orks of the Black Tan Tribe, led by Trackle Black Secrada. The regiment is is fighting this fearsome warlord to this day.

Third Company Command- Company colours fly behind Captain Pluskat, with Colour sergeant Blane, bellowing orders at his side. 

 Forth Company (Siege)- The 4th Company Can be seen here wearing the 40th Corps Honourary Colours, worn whilst on Garrison Duties at the 40th Corps' HQ- the Dodecahedron.  The Company on guard is known as the Stairguard, due to the many levels up to the Command buildings. 

Captain Sperick- Recently Promoted to 4th Company Commander, with his Command Squad.

 5th Company- The main supply Company for the 32nd Vastadtian. In the Standard Colours of the 32nd, during their time on Vesen, a formerly Civilised y class planet in the Horizon Sector. 

 This company houses the Heavy weapons, Penal Detachment and Cargo 6 and 8 supply trucks. There is also a veteran platoon, which specialises in defending convoy runs. 
Major Eklan- One of the Longest serving Soldiers in the Vastadtian Regiment.

 Attached Elements of the 7th Vastadtian Armoured Korps
 Colonel Pluskat- Older Brother to 3rd Company's Captain Pluskat, Commands the Regiment and his BaneBlade, A283
 Commissar Kwell- Ever Vigilent from his Turret/Pulpit of his Exterminator 'Obedience'.
 Exterminator of the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Company, 7th Vastadtian Armoured
 Commander Juvik- 1st Squadron Commander, 3rd Company, 7th Vastadtian Armoured
Battle Tank of the 1st Squadron, 3rd Company, 7th Vastadtian Armoured. The Fist Motif bearing the words Honour and Sacrifice is in memoriam of a Crimson fist detachment who sacrificed themselves to secure enemy held bunkers during the initial engagements on the surface of Vesen. 

A Chimera Refitted for duties as an Ogryn Transport.
S company Troopers assist the Vastadtians under the command of Lady Commissar Balbreacher. 

 The Adeptus Arbites are often called upon to assist the 32nd with Policing duties. The Arbites and the 32nd have generally had a healthy respect for each other.
 Some members of the Ecclesiarchy, Bringing the Lectitio Divinatus to the liberated worlds of the Horizon sector.
Members of the Officio Psykana, working in the Horizon Sector

Chief Ministorum Priest Zelick. Currently attached to 3rd Company.

Well thats all for now. It was nice to get to see the regiment formed up and survey my work over the last 10 years. Still a lot to do, but I hope to field the regiment in its entirety one day. :)
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