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/
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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.

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.

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.