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.

Miniature Wargame Video!

This is my first Vlogging experience, ever, so I’m pretty excited. I hope you enjoy it!

Special Thanks:

Thanks once again to Galaxy Comics Comic Games and More, and a very special thanks to Matt Schmidkamp of angryelfbrewing.blogspot.com, Eric Skarenes, Justin Wilzba, Chris Randazzo and Fred Simmons.

Picture Credits:

  • Matt Schmidkamp  – Warmachine Photo
  • CSW Expo 2009 Photos – Wargame Photo
  • Alan De Smet –  Gary Gygax Photo
  • Photo of HG Well is Public Domain

Music Credits:

  • “Consort for Brass” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Apocalypse Kits: Emperor’s Talons Recon Company

DSCN9939

This a Waste-hounds sentinel unit I painted two years ago. The shorter looking sentinel actually has the pewter parts which made it cost $35.00 about five or six years ago.

Finally Something I Can Get Behind

After seeing the current pricing on the Emperor’s Talons Recon Company, I have to say, ‘why didn’t they do this crap sooner so I didn’t have to spend almost $350.00, plus tax?’ Currently, the price of the Emperor’s Talons Recon Company stands at $300 and what is funny is that you can still buy 10 sentinels and get the same price; if it was not for sales taxes.

Why I Like This Kit

Once I have enough money I am going to buy one of these. I’ve always thought that sentinels have always been an important aspect of the Imperial Guard Army list. They are useful for a hard hitting advances with mechanized infantry, especially if you do not have a tank for support, and if you use them correctly they can be used for flanking tightly held enemy positions. You could say that the armor value alone does not make these for a sensible buy, but I’m an old 3rd edition guard player at heart and I love the idea of fluff based armies.

In My Opinion

To be fairly honest, when the finally turned the whole sentinel kits into all plastic I was rather happy about the change. If you wanted to buy a sentinel you had to buy it in different patterns: Mars, Cadian, Armageddon. Each individual model was priced, to the best of my knowledge, was priced as: Mars, $25; Cadian,$30; Armageddon, $35. If you think that is ridiculous, at the same time these prices were around, an Chimera APC was about the same price as the Armageddon pattern sentinel.

By making everything plastic, it really cut the cost that made the expensive pewter parts the Armageddon pattern had, but because of the kit be change into a more universal sentinel kit at a decent price rate.The one thing I will miss though about the pewter parts though and that is the hardiness. I can drop my old sentinel on the floor and it does not shatter like the newer models.

On that note I would like to say this. I’ve worked in manufacturing, both in metalworking and carpentry and know what quality control is, but I feel as if the quality of the plastic the models once had, is diminishing.

If you are wondering if that is a dead Eldar, then you are correct. I do not like them and they make great model base material.

If you are wondering if that is a dead Eldar, then you are correct. I do not like them, and they make great model base material.

I think that cost cutting on the quality for quantity has made the models cheaper for some of the armies (sorry space marine players), but somewhere along the line quality should be more important when it comes to plastic models.

Finished: Armored Fist Squad 728

Meanwhile At College
It’s done, it is finally completed. I feel I like I some what accomplished something, but at any rate this squad is done. This squad took me a better part of a week to finish up and that’s including the Chimera APC. Finishing the project, I found out, was rather easy; Since I have (literally) a small book of decals. I finally decided to use them up and the I’m happy with the result. Don’t get me wrong though; hand painted numbers are fine, but I don’t paint numbers all that well.

Marching across the desk-top like they should.

Marching across the desk-top like they should.

The squad is rather basic, but that’s how I prefer my squads. I like to have one flamer per-squad, but sometimes grenade launchers are very handy against light infantry and light armor. Lately, I’ve been putting more stock in flamer-throwers, because I think they are more useful when it comes to the over-watch rule. I still like grenade launchers though, because of the range and they have the same firing capability as a mortar team.

The models seem to be screaming a lot that of late.

In all their black and blue and white all over, polka dot glory.

The APC is another story. Much of the work done behind the APC was rather tedious with me having to go back and paint certain spots after I dropped it and surprisingly not break! Since I still paint with old GW colors, I finally got into the technique of layer, but now the new GW paints do that for you, but at least the layering process isn’t as hard anymore.

A view of the left side.

A view of the left side.

A view of the right side.

A view of the right side.

First, for the whole tank I used codex grey as a base layer, then did dry-brushed layer of fortress grey, then a highlight of fortress grey (watered down).

A view of the turret and gunner.

A view of the turret and gunner.

The weapons were based painted with boltgun metal and then layered with chain-mail, then inked with tin-bitz and black ink. The heavy stubber’s ammo can was layered with codex grey, then layered with camo green and highlighted with a watered down sunburst yellow.

The smile written with micro-pen references a photo from the Iraq war.

The smile written with micro-pen references a photo from the Iraq war.

The optics of the crew members helmet and the view ports were painted by layering, regal blue as the base layer, then enchanted blue, then fortress grey then skull white.

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.

IMG_20131010_120258

Stowage courtesy of 2nd Edition Warhammer 40k