Friday, 10 August 2012

More on the way

I took advantage of Wayland Games' current offer and bought one of the new Leman Russ kits and a Catachan Heavy Weapons Squad. The Russ will provide a chassis for Pask's Vanquisher turret, and the HWT will manifest itself as a mortar squad as well as providing the autocannons for my Salamander Scout stand-ins.

Both of these latter projects will only appear a way down the line, but the Vanquisher should hopefully be finished reasonably soon since I am eager to get an airbrush and finish all five tanks.

On a more immediate note, I have finished building and painting the Forgeworld titan tech-priest that I've had lying around with nothing but a coat of Mechrite Red for yonks (absolute bloody nightmare - so spindly. Lots of pinning.) and painted up seven more blokes who were lying around in a half-finished state.

Next on the list:
1 - Paint Harker
2 - Paint Stormtroopers
3 - Paint Commissar
4 - Build Rough Riders (horses already done)
5 - Paint Rough Riders

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Credit to Spaniel

I have managed to find the mastermind who came up with the heavy bolter conversion idea - his project log is quite superb.

Spaniel on the Ammobunker forums.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Filling Gaps

I have finished my Harker conversion, shown below. When I have finished painting him I will fix the grave marker to the base properly and add some reeds to tie him in with the rest of the veterans.

Note the studded and quilted armour on his left arm. That was a particular bitch to do.

I am currently working on a sniper so that I have enough for a Ratling proxy squad, and a heavy bolter team for the Veterans. When I have finished sculpting I will upload photos.

Here is an example of the FW-style greenstuffed shell-strikes:

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Dozer blades

Just finished - note the rivets made by creating a shallow recess (using a drill) and glueing in a tiny ball from a water filter (shown centre).

Hydraulics made from plasticard rod:

Heavy bolter sponson conversion tutorial

I have now retrofitted the Conqueror to feature the WWI-esque heavy bolters featured below, and thought I'd include a step-by-step in case people wished to try the same thing.

Tools needed:

  • Razor saw
  • Craft knife
  • File

Parts needed:

  • Imperial Guard Heavy Weapons team heavy bolters (if using old Leman Russ model)
  • Ork shootas (easiest to obtain en masse from bitz sites - the name of the part varies)


1 -  Saw off the sponsons and hull weapon at the base if using the old Russ; if using the new one, simply take the gun out.

2 - Saw through the shoota at the point where the round barrel housing ends, and clean up the edges with the knife and file.

3 - File the top of the shoota until it is slightly flat (i.e. no longer round).

4 - Saw through the heavy bolter (HWT version if converting old Russ model) immediately behind the shell ejection port.

5 - Saw vertically down along the length of the barrel, just below the little round bit that projects out above the muzzle.

6 - Use the knife to cut along the length of the piece, maintaining a width the same as the weapon's foresight (the bit that sticks up above the muzzle). Clean up edges.

7 - Glue the two pieces together, ensuring that the ends are flush, but also that the top piece does not project too far ahead of the muzzle of the gun.

8 - Glue to the sponson/hull mount.

Voila! Quirky and slightly more realistically scaled hull weapons.

Although I will confess it is more than a little wasteful... junk on the left, end product on the right.

Vehicle Progress

I received eighteen (!) identical Ork shootas in the post today, so I can start retrofitting my three Russes with heavy bolters like this:

Furthermore, I have now finally finished detailing my tanks - all now have a converted heavy stubber on a pintle-mount in addition to all the other fiddly details. I have also green-stuffed all the bullet- and shell-strikes a la Forge World's model masterclass technique.

In other news, I have completed my Knight Commander Pask conversion:

- Imperial Guard tank crew legs and raised arm
- Cadian officer torso
- Imperial Guard metal head (from GW sprue available online)
- Cadian guardsman left arm
- Bent etched brass sprue to form map
- Greenstuff waist sash.


I have begun work on a Gunnery-Sergeant Harker conversion for my Veteran squad. Parts are:
- Vostroyan sniper body
- Chaos marauder horseman head and arms
- Chaos space marine autocannon
- Ork big shoota strap and bullet belt (not shown)
- Cital scenics resin 40mm base (not shown)
- Kromlech guardsman backpack

Since these photographs were taken I have pinned him to a base and sculpted some quilted armour onto the left arm to finish it. The finished model will sport camo ragging and a scenic base that ties him in with the rest of the squad. Is he looking towards the sky because I accidentally knocked him off the table, to add variation to the otherwise quite samey poses of the army, or to reflect the change in the meta-game that commonplace flyers have introduced? Who knows....