A Very Long Hiatus

Meanwhile During Finals Week…

If you thought this blog was dead, you were wrong. The blog will continue during the year when I have the time and I will be posting some new projects that I will be doing with a friend of mine. Here is the list of projects for this summer:

– Project One

I am very excited about this project. The project I have in mind, with my friend that is, will be a very long and tedious process. Not to mention that he is the only person available and capable of helping me. This project will remain low-key until further notice. I have to do some legislative logistics, because it does involve, not to profit reproductions.

Will I tell you what project one is?

Those who know to much have treasonous thoughts, treasonous thoughts are heretical... you get the picture.

If you have to ask. I will say it involves old models of highly trained elite soldiers and people who live in the Norse afterlife.

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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.

Apocalypse Kits: Emperor’s Talons Recon Company

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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.