WIP: Veteran Armored Fist Squad 005

Mean While At College

I started this project in May 2012, while looking for work.Originally I wanted the squad to be a grenadier squad, but since I had no money at the time and the fact the pewter models for the Cadian plasma and meltagun shock troopers were at a higher price. I decided to redo the squad and made an armored fist forward sentry unit. Sure it might sound silly, but the idea that a mechanized unit doesn’t have a recon didn’t make sense to me. Plus, the idea seemed kind of cool.

The Squad So Far…

Three veteran snipers equals BS 4 of fun!

Three veteran snipers equals BS 4 of fun!

This squad is going to be model with some camo cloaks and I will update this post when that happens, or link it or re-post. Currently the squad is at the finial stages of its formation were only a few members of the squad are actually painted and I still have to plan and make the camo cloaks. I’m not sure which camo pattern I want to use, but I have an idea.

This guy was originally a Dark Heresy character, but he looked to cool not to use.

This guy was originally a Dark Heresy character, but he looked too cool not to use.

I originally wanted the whole squad to look like this guy right here, but it didn't really happen.

I originally wanted the whole squad to look like this guy right here, but it didn’t really happen.

Some the members of the veteran squad have different camo-patterns to represent that the squad is completely different from the rest of the platoon. I now realize that doing this creates a mish-mosh of wacky camo-patterns. However, repainting 2  models will have made for wasted time.

So now I’m going to make this squad look like a veteran squad of leftovers. The only thing that will have changed for these men will have been their insignia and squad number. I’m hoping that will make them have some more depth.

They are a mish-mosh, a haphazard if you will.

They are a mish-mash, a haphazard if you will.

The guns that veterans in squad 005 have, are different from the rest of the company. The veterans of 912th sport customized lasguns, and most the lasguns have wooden stocks, shortened stocks, cut-stocks, improved optics that vary in quality and size, or different pattern lasguns.

A lot of the veterans have extra las packs and grenades, since they know how tough it is out in the field. You will also notice that the sergeant has a respirator.

The Complaints of the Old Guardsman

When I first got into Warhammer 40k back in 2001. I thought veterans were  the coolest thing to have in my army during 3rd edition when the imperial guard still had doctrines which limited the troops choices you had. With the current Imperial Guard Codex, which is now being changed (according to certain rumors) that doctrines may be coming back. Like most of the older imperial guard players that I know, Doctrines made your imperial guard its own regiment and had its own identity which in my opinion has been lost with the current imperial guard codex.

As much as I would like to say, ‘at least we got cooler tanks,’ I really can not. To put into a better perspective, image if all the space marines chapters that don’t follow the codex Astarte were suddenly rewritten so that they all look like an Ultramarine Army. There is only one hegemonic identity and the only difference is the chapter symbols. Point being; no customization, identity and personality for fluff players kills the game.

WIP: Armored Fist Command Squad 306

Mean While At College

This project I started in the summer, but I had to take a quick break for the time being while I was working at Ariens Company during the summer. Now that I have time during Winterim break to sit down for once, and finish something, I would first like to say that I like the newer command sprues that Games-Workshop has made for the imperial Guard.

Imperial Guard Ho!

Imperial Guard Command Squad, Ho!

Squad 306 is a platoon command squad for 10th company’s first platoon. So they have to look over glorified, so I gave them the best thing ever, a platoon standard. The squad is nearing its painting phase and the models are almost complete. What I have to focus on right now is getting the Chimera repainted, but since it’s already done, I may ink the tank.

As for right the now, the only models I have done are the junior officer model and the vox-caster, who needs a chainsword attached to his communication pack. They might get an extensive overhaul once I’m officially done with them. However, we will see what happens.

Problems, Set-Backs and Re-paints!

The flag was the first challenge to tackle, I had paint and re-painted the flag multiple times in order to figure what kind of color I wanted to use, but in the end I decided to go with orange and blue, barely highlight it and ink it with black to give it some depth. Even though I’m done with the flag, I still have to detail it, and highlight it more.

This is last time I'm painting this flag!

This is last time I’m painting this flag!

Other issues I ran across while painting was thinning the paints  to paint the flag. I may be an amateur at painting, but I think I need to use the new paint system from Games Workshop. I’m not sure if I want to, but I’m not going to get left behind. I got left behind in 5th edition and was shocked to find about that they switched to a hull point system.

WIP: Armored Fist Squad 317

This has been a work in progress for the last three months. I was working overtime at a factory over the summer. The only time I had to work on my miniatures was Sunday and I don’t know about you, but if I’m really tired, I just can’t work. I have some time now to show the progress of this squad.

This is the Chimera I am using for the squad.

This is the Chimera I am using for the squad.

The squad is currently being painted, but what’s bad about it is the painting progress. When one of the heads started become caked in paint.

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I cleaned the mold lines off the head and then realized I had mold lines on all the other models. Most of these models are from when I was twelve (which is why paint was caked on) and I now have the graces of cleaning all the models. This is a huge bother, but I’m pretty confident that I won’t have the same problem with the second platoon, I hope.

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However, this has been a very long project and I’m willing to finish it up. This platoon project has been really fun, but I wish painting was as easy as modeling.

WIP: Chimera 728

Meanwhile At College

I was able to scrap some money together the other day and decided that I would buy another Chimera. I honestly, think it’s a load of crap that they cost almost $40 now. It is nice though that I can get some new bits for the Chimera, but taking away a majority of the accessories makes the kit lacking. A new Chimera will cost about $37.75; when only 3 years ago they only cost $35.00 and had the tank accessories sprue added to the kit. Now if i want the sprue kit, I gotta fork over $15.00 for something that was included. I’m getting charged more, for less. It’s like they are the Federal Reserve and IRS of miniature games.

The Beast of APCs

Tashorn 912th Armoured Regiment Chimera.

It’s all built, but it needs some paint. I’m thinking grey!

Enough about the rant, lets get to the model. The Chimera which was for the most part, easy to build, but I had a major problem with the hatch, and it’s sticking out a good 1/2 cm from the hull. Also, the commander didn’t even have hands to operate the heavy stubber that mounted. I used the arms from a heavy weapons team sprue, which did the trick, but it looks slightly goofy. The gun looks like it is arcing a little to much, but other than that, no other complaints.

The trajectory is off at little bit.

The trajectory is off at little bit.

The stowage you on the Chimera came from an old accessory sprue from 1998. The stowage seemed like a nice touch to add, but I think adding more stowage wouldn’t be a bad idea, however, I got other things to work on at this moment.

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Stowage courtesy of 2nd Edition Warhammer 40k