Monday, 20 April 2015

Imperial Guard vs Aspect Warriors classic White Dwarf battle report

Hi everyone

Sadly my last post was more than a week ago so after almost 4 months I have eventually broken my blogging resolution. But I gave it a good at least I think! 

No new models painted unfortunately. Lots of real life style has gotten well and truly in the way. But I have put together a rather different post that I hope you will all enjoy.

All the new Eldar rumours and releases got me thinking back to 2nd Edition when you saw some truly wonderful Eldar armies that featured all of the apsect warriors and all manner of crazy wargear. The rumoured new rules seem to indicate a return to seeing this style of play with boosts for the aspect warriors and a considerable amount of D weaponry being fielded.

I'm very much looking forward to facing the new Eldar dex with my guard and the D weapons don't bother me in the slightest! they might as well be bolt guns given how squishy regular guardsmen are. The changes all look quite fluffy and characterful to me. 

Anyway, I digress, the changes got me thinking back about the good old days and my mind turned to all the white dwarf magazine I accumulated in the 90s (when the magazines were amazing). So this evening I ventured into the loft and found a few dusty old boxes stacked with the magazines! Not only the white dwarfs, but the citadel journals (they always had great conversions), and various game specific magazines for things like BFG and Mordheim.  

So without further ado here are some photos from a selection of white dwarfs and classic imperial Guard vs Eldar where we see the aspect warrior army!


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I absolutely love the old Epic range. Such a shame it isn't supported any more.

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Ichar IV was a big campaign run back in the early/mid 90s. Anyone else remember it?

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Here is a part of the very first article that revealed the Eversor Assassin.

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Now some classic guard armies I found in various White Dwarfs.

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A few sneaky Praetorians made their way into White Dwarfs from time to time.

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Fingers crossed I will finally have some painting updates for you all next week!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Baneblade update

Hello everyone!

Here we have two quick snaps of the Baneblade I've been working on. Sadly I haven't got as much work done on it as I would have liked, but progress is still progress! 

I've now completed painting the white on all of the skulls and aquilla on the tank. Next step is going to be painting all of the black and metal. When that is done it'll be on to deciding the freehand for the tank.

This view gives you a good idea of all the blue glass and lights that I painted and the white aquilla. 

Fingers crossed the next post will give you lots of new things to look at!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Hobby Update

Hi everyone!

I hope you have all enjoyed the posts over the last few months. I am now back from Texas and am ready to get back to painting!

At the top of the list will be continuing work on the Baneblade. When I post again next week I hope to give you some serious progress on it.

I hate to put a post up with no photos at all so here is a photo of my old school rough riders, converted and painted circa 2001.

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I was having a think about when I must have painted them and I can recall it must have been when the first Lord of the Rings movies and miniatures came out. The reason being the lances are uruk hai pikes!

They now look dated,  and certainly compared to the painting standard of the rest of the army they are a little out of place. However. I'm still fond of them, you've got to love Rough Riders!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Tank stowage and base updates

Welcome the last of the posts I scheduled before I went away for a month. In this post I will share a few photos of the updating that is going on throughout the army, with a new base scheme and new tank stowage to keep them provisioned on the coming campaigns.

Here we have the first batch of troops which have been fully updated. We have 4 squads of 10 guardsmen, 3 AT teams, 3 mortar teams, 3 Thudd gun teams, Command HQ, 3 chimera and 1 Taurox. Additionally various characters like the techpriest and the Lord Commissar.

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You can see that I've added lots of stones to the bases and painted them up in a gray slate colour to add an extra element to the army.

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You can see two of the Chimera here, they have had all their lenses painted, sponge weathering applied and new stowage added to hulls and turrets.

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The command section's chimera has all sorts of bags and packs strapped to it. You can see that the gun cowl for the heavy bolter has also been painted now too.

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The Command HQ pictured here have had stones added. While only a little touch I think it really makes a difference and looks great.

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Another photo of the chosen men.

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Finally another photo of the new mortar teams.

Right, that's your lot for now. I'm back in the UK from 1st April and will look to get finishing the Baneblade as soon as I can!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Baneblade painting update

Greetings everyone, a quick post here for you today with a sneak peak at the painting work taking place on the latest super heavy to join the Praetorian IV.

So far the tracks have been painted and weathered but still require a lot more drybrushing to bring out the colours of the weathering. The red and white colours have been painted on the hull as so it would start to take shape, there may be other panels or sections featuring the red and white but I haven't decided yet.

All targeting lenses and viewing glass has been painted in the dark blue style in keeping with the rest of the army. Additionally the inside of the command cupola has been painted in the same manner as the Macharius. Don't let the armless commander alarm you as i removed one to help painting.

The big jobs to be done are the white and black (including metal). All the Aquila and skull motifs will be white and various weapon parts and engineering gubbins will be black and metal. When these are done it will be time to start freehand and then weathering and then finally the Commander.

Fingers crossed it shouldn't take so long to complete when I get back from Texas in April.


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Fast Attack of the Praetorian IV - Gallery photos part 5

Welcome to the final gallery photo post. In this one I will take you through the faster elements of the Praetorian IV from the Thunderbolt to the heroic Rough Riders.

We start off with the Thunderbolt of Flight Lieutenant Corvus 'Rook'. A beautiful forge world kit and one of my absolute favourite models to paint. So much character and such a brutal look to it.

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Here we have a decent photo of the cockpit and his call sign. The display in front of the pilot is banked to be horizontal with the way the plane sits on the flight stand.

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Clearly a very successful pilot he's racked up a lot of kills with an impressive 18 confirmed enemy kills. Behind the cockpit we have the squadron markings.

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Once again the plane features the red and white markings that run through all the support vehicles in my army. The black and white chequered pattern continues the chess theme of the pilot.

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Not really a part of the fast attack but its quick so we will take it. It's the prime that will transport the Highland Scions when finished.

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Here we have the hellhound 'Singing Sally' and the Banewolf. The Hellhound was originally painted way back when the army was started and so is the proper old school metal model and fatter chimera frame. It was of course update more recently to bring it in line with the rest of the army.

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The Salamander Command vehicle with a few minor conversions. It usually has a heavy flamer but I converted a heavy bolter from the guard kick. A very old forgeworld model, but still such a god one.

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You can see another minor conversion here where you see half of a land raider grenade launcher mounted on the side of the armoured half track area. Also note the way the ammo feed comes from the tank to the heavy bolter.

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Now the Rough Riders! Converted with Col. Gravis kits and lots of green stuff on the horses with aquilla on the heads and holstered weapons.

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These models have big fat cavalry sabres on the mounts for when they get close and personal. Also note the cavalry plumes green stuffed on the helmets.

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Another photo of the 5. I would love to make a few more squads of these with lances and have these guys as a command section.

That concludes the gallery posts! I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time there will be some more new models to show you.

Thanks for reading!