Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Kitbashed Primaris Librarium





I fancied adding a Librarian to my Primaris Ultramarine army but the £22.50 cost for the single plastic figure was somewhat too rich for my wallet.

I therefore resolved to buy one of the Dark Imperium figures that can be had for a few quid off eBay and convert it.

I have to say that my effort has not been entirely successful.


Oh well, it will have to do.

On to the next.





Thursday, 17 August 2017

Scratch-Built Chaos Hellblade Aerospace Fighter

Rolling over for an attack run

The Chaos Hellblade is an absolutely iconic 40K fighter plane. Imperial fighters tend to be Hawker Typhoons - heavy, brutal, blocky - but the Hell Blade is a Spitfire - light, elegant, agile.

Banking into a hard left turn: note the steerable lateral thrusters

Forge World used to make a Hell Blade but it has been withdrawn, possibly for remodelling as the quad-autocannon are gone in the new datasheet.

The new Hell Blade has twin guns. I have located them on top of the wing because that is the visible part of a fighter model and scratch-built models often are too 'clean'.

Power climb using the main ventral thrusters

The Hell Blade is normally piloted by a hard-wired servitor and/or a daemon. There isn't really room for a pilot.

Pulling out of a strafing run

I found a paper-plane template on the web for scale and the shape of the main body parts and wings.

Outrunning a missile

The plane is made from card, reinforced with white glue, and straws. Only the guns and sensor packs on the wings are from plastic kits.

It is painted with commercial primer, to smooth out the surface, Humbrol red spray can paint, as a base colour, and a light coating of Tamiya metallic red.


Okay, it not as good as a Forge World resin model but that will cost you the best part of a ton (assuming you can find one), and this cost pennies.



Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Review: Artizan Designs - Grey Wolves U-Boat Crew

 Grey Wolves

Northstar Miniatures sell 28mm Artizan Designs metal models on their website. There is a 'Thrilling Tales' section of Pulp Fiction and generally Interesting Characters. They come either as single figures or in packs.

Two of those packs, available for £8.50 each are U-Boat crewmen, entitled 'Grey Wolves'. They include: a captain with binoculars, a petty officer with Schmeisser SMG, two crewmen with SMGs, and a Spandau team.

These are great figures, full of character. In size, they match Warlord Bolt Action minis pretty much exactly.

I envisage using them: as a defenders of Berlin '45 Naval section, a Sea Lion Patrol Scenario section, Very British Civil War, 7TV, and in pulp fiction skirmish games generally that are set in the interwar and WWII eras.

Highly recommended.

You can buy them here.



Saturday, 12 August 2017

Review: Quick Fit Plastic Deathguard

Gee Dubya have released a Quick Fit Build box of three plastic Deathguard, clearly aimed at the 'toy' market.

So should a wargamer buy them?

They are pretty similar in concept to the Deathguard marines in the starter sets, i.e. push together, which is why, I suppose, they are quick build.

'Push together' means 'spring slightly apart after the glue has dried' so I recommend cutting off the push together lugs before gluing.

Note: a friend of mine decries this ridiculous idea and advocates making the sockets wider instead.

So should you buy them?

On the plus side:

First up they are only a tenner so are reasonable value. Hell, an Ayrton Senna represents great value compared to character models currently going for a Bobby Moore.

Secondly, they are different from the ones in the starter set - a definite plus.

Thirdly, one of the heretics is clutching a Blight (grenade) Launcher which is a useful supplement to one's putrid host.

But on the flip side:
I assumed they would turn my seven-marine starter unit into a ten-marine set - but no. One of the models is a champion with sword and power fist as the set is intended as a three man section, which ain't a lot of use. You can take two models away from the seven in the starter set and make two five-marine sections.

Kitbashing the fixed-pose champion to turn him into a standard marine would be very tricky and probably not worth the effort.

So, my advice is buy them if you want to turn your starter section into two smaller sections, otherwise wait for the box set which will undoubtedly be on the way.



Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Kit-Bashed Chaos Hell Talon

The Business End

I recently pulled my Siege of Vrak Chaos Armies out of storage to confer some TLC

First up was my Hell Talon

Straffing Run

The Talon is the intermediate sized Chaos aerospace combat machine, designated as a Strike Fighter. It is well armed with twin lascannon and secondary armament.

Bombing Run

It carries some really nasty dumb-bombs which unfortunately mean you have to fly over the target. Choose with care, or you can find yourself stranded in the middle of your opponents army - ho hum.

The Base

The Talon is mounted on a metal tube affixed to a Vrak siege line resin base.

I took the damned photo so I'm posting it

Chocks away, Biggles




Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Plastic Deathguard Through The Ages: Size & Style Comparison





 Deathguard Marines

I have been collecting plastic Deathguard models for a few years now so I thought it interesting to compare them.

In terms of size, there is not much in it with regard to height. Perhaps there is a slight increase as time has gone on, but the real change is in bulk which has noticeably increased.

As far as style goes, there has been a tremendous improvement in both detail, and corruption/decay. There has clearly been a ratchet up of 'vileness' (for want of a better term) over time across the three versions.

However, none of this stops one bulking out an army with the old models.

Deathguard Section Leaders


Fundamentally, exactly the same trends are on display.

Note that the early 'sergeant' is metal as there was little variety among the plastic marines. In fact that is a third trend, from identical trooper models, to customisation per model, to every model different.

Deathguard Lords


All this only really becomes a problem when you get to warlord models. On the left we have a Forge World model of Necrosius (produced around 2007) - and on the right a new generic Lord of Contagion.

Necrosius (as depicted in Siege of Vrak III, graphic from warhammer40k.wikia)


Ex-Apothecary Necrosius is The Hand of Nurgle, and the Warlord of the Apostles of Contagion. He ranks number three among Nurgle warlords after Typhus and Mortarion himself: in fact he and Typhus are at daggers drawn.

In short he is a big wheel in Nurgle space marine circles, at the head of the party A-list.

But the old Forge World model doesn't do him justice. In short, he just doesn't look like one of the chaos supreme warlords. And that is my problem.




Sunday, 23 July 2017

Dark Imperium Nurgle Deathguard Character Models


What strikes me about the new Deathguard plastic character models is their size and the vast amount of detail present. They cry out for the use of washes - unless you are a very patient and skilled painter.

I have to say that I completely love the Lord of Contagion (centre) and Noxious Blightblinger (right) that are superb models but absolutely hate the Malignant Plaguecaster.

How do I loathe him; let me name the ways.

I hate the stupid expression on his fat face and the silly stick in his left hand. It might make a suitable wand for a fantasy hedge wizard but not the Deathguard.

Most of all I hate the eruption of magic flowing out of his right hand. I find it impossible to paint these things in any way that looks one tenth real and they make the model a pain to store and move around the tabletop. The 'vomit' might be artistically balanced by his cloak sticking way out t'other way but that utterly compounds the practical issues. The thing has a huge 'footprint' on the table.

But Citadel models often have a marmite quality - which is much better than being bland.





The awesome detail continues in the back view to make your models still pleasing on the eye as they march forward across the table crushing the lackeys of the corpse god.

Mwah, ha, ha, ha.......gibber.......