Friday, 22 September 2017

Smurf Primaris Repulsor Tank

This thing is a brute!

It's a sort of flying Land Raider - only with more weapons.


It has a Gatling cannon and HMG in the turret, twin anti-tank lascannon in a front hull turret, two anti-armour grenade launchers, four anti-personal grenade launchers and a SAM launcher with anti-tank capability on the engine deck.


Oh and then there's the repulsor field that pushes close assaulting infantry away.

And it can carry a section of Bigly Smurfs exiting through the side doors.

Codex creep or what?




Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Hellions

A bladed killer swoops down on his prey

My pack of Hellions

The gang leader....for now

He should watch the lady behind him...she is ambitious

Circling around

Celebrating the kill








Sunday, 10 September 2017

Gosh, He's a Big Boy





Haven't had much time for painting recently as I've been finishing off a book but I did get around to modelling a Primaris Redemptor Dreadnought.

This is a complicated highly posable model with a multitude of parts that move or open. Display modellers will love it but it is almost over-engineered for a wargame model. Of course, this trend is also detectable in the products currently being offered by non-wargaming kit manufacturers - especially vehicle interiors that can't actually be seen when the model is assembled.

I have read of show judges inserting fibre optic probes into models to check out the quality of painting for non-visible parts. And wargamers are supposed to be obsessives!

Anyway, the model is infinitely posable: you want it in a sumo wrestler crouch? - no problem,  an arm out shoulder high clutching a cultist? - piece of cake, doing chinups - why not?

Just for fun, here is a Primaris Dreadnought by the side of an old one.


The Primaris undoubtedly has presence on the battlefield.

It also has presence in game turns. I've given it a typical general-purpose mixed weapon load of a heavy gatling, close combat weapon, flamer, twin assault grenade launchers and an AA missile launcher with ground to ground capability.

Hellbrutes don't stand a snowball's.

Great model: recommended


Saturday, 2 September 2017

The Warband of Malo the Impaler



8th edition has rekindled my interest in 40K so I am getting out all my old models and tarting them up a bit. This is one of my chaos collections.
I enjoy putting together small 40K armies and giving them a back story. Somehow it seems much more fun than putting together a killer army. I guess that’s why I play narrative rather than competitive games.



Anyway, here is a small balanced Khorne force.

HQs
Chaos Lord in terminator armour – 6pts
Exalted Champion – 5 pts

Troops
15 Khorne Berserkers – 13pts
20 Beastmen (cultists) – 6pts

Fast Attack
2 Chaos Spawn – 4 pts

Heavy Support
Forge Fiend – 9pts

Flyers
Hell Blade – 8pts
Hell Talon – 12pts

Total: 63 pts


In tactical terms the idea is that the Forge Fiend is fire support for what is primarily a close support army. The aerospace assets are there to tie down a defensive line and keep them occupied while the troops move up. The Beastmen are a tarpit and objective holding force. I expect the Berserkers and Spawn to do the actual attacking.

 


Malo the Impaler

Sgt Maluock of the Iron Hands 1st company lost control and slaughtered a detachment of the 73 Zillian Fusiliers who failed to advance dooming his squad of Space Marines, impaling their Colonel and mounting him on his armour. He turned to the worship of Khorne, making an unholy pact with the Seamless Dark Mechanicum Forge World – souls for Daemon engines.

Currently he leads Bloodfist’s Warband of Brazen Gladiators, Donna Bella and her Beastmen cultists, and two Spawn. His warband is supported by three daemon engines – a Forge Fiend, a Hell Talon and a Hell Blade.





Sunday, 27 August 2017

Kitbashed Typhus

A new Typhus model is on its way to replace the rather tired offering still in the GW range but - given that Lords of Contagion models are on offer on eBay for a few quid - I decided to make my own.

I cut off much of the LoC decoration to change the silhouette of the model and gave it a different stance, one with both feet on the floor. One main change is that the dangling intestines have been removed to make a ragged exit for plague flies.

I chopped up the manslayer and rearranged the bits to make it more scythe-like in appearance, adding the hand protector - Nurgle is all about Health & Safety, after all.

The destroyer hive is mainly made from Milliput, grooved, drilled and cut up while semi-dry to give a crumbly appearance.

The cloak is also cut back. This entailed filling in several uncovered gaps with paper impregnated with polystyrene cement.

A top view of the destroyer hive tubes.






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.