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I’ve been cleaning up and gluing my AT:SMv1 era vehicles I discovered two sides of a vehicle that don’t fit any of that era of Space Marine vehicles. Although they look like the vehicle sides that fit the original Rhino, Vindicator and Whirlwind models they’re slightly smaller and slightly more detailed:

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Note: that I’ve not removed any flash from the vehicle sides.

The differences between the mystery vehicle sides and the usual ones are as follows:

* More detailed lights.
* More detailed tracks.
* More detailed wheels.
* More detailed stowage area.
* The exhaust has four holes in it and not three.
* Less detail on the top of the exhaust.
* The doors are slightly smaller.
* The hole the body plugs into is smaller.

Below is a comparison with the mystery sides at the top, usual vehicle sides in the middle and Predator vehicle sides at the bottom:

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And a closer comparison between the mystery sides at the top and the usual vehicle sides at the bottom:

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The position of the gaps a body would plug into with the mystery one at the top and a standard one at the bottom:

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The metal is consistent with the sides released during the AT:SMv1 era and it looks like it contains lead. Because of this, and the fact that they’ve been in a box for twenty plus years(!), I don’t believe they’re fan made.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the vehicle body that the sides connect onto and I can’t remember where I got these vehicle sides from. Could they be from a very early version of the AT:SMv1 Rhino that was changed to a less detailed part to make casting easier? Do I have part of an unreleased sculpt? Something else? Answers on a postcard..! ūüôā

When EpicA first came out I cobbled together a Steel Legion army using vehicles from my SMv1 era Imperial Guard mixed in with Epic40k era vehicles. I was never keen on how the army looked with half of it looking Heresy era and half of it looking quite modern in terms of design. As the years passed I decided that my SMv1 Imperial Guard vehicles would be used as a Heresy era Imperial Guard army only and my Epic40k and EpicA era Imperial Guard vehicles would be used for my Cadian Shock Troops and Minervan Tank Legion armies. My Steel Legion army would instead be built using vehicles from the SMv2 era and only using vehicles with the very flat chassis armour pictured below:

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I’m not quite sure how I managed to end up with so many of these vehicles from this particular range given that I wasn’t actively collecting them. However, I did recently buy the Chimera variants (Chimerro and Chimerax) on ebay for a very reasonable price to finish the army off.

Sculpted by Norman Swales and Dave Andrews, this is my least favourite range of Imperial Guard vehicles. The flat chassis armour coupled with minimal detail just looks so flat and boring. There is also the issue of bad mould slippage on both sides of the chassis armour. It ranges from barely any to so much you’ll never get it cleaned off and, unfortunately, it’s pretty bad on half of the vehicles I own. Amazingly it’s even on the White Dwarf advert for the Basilisk:

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And worse than that some of them have double mould lines. Again this can be seen in an advert for White Dwarf:
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It’s really quite shocking to see these sorts of problems in adverts for the models when they’ve just been released.
I usually dive in with a needle file for this sort of work but I found that using a very sharp knife to scrape the worst of the mold slippage off gave a better result. Even so, not all of the mould lines could be cleaned and I’ll just have to reluctantly live with them.

After all of that moaning, imagine my surprise when painting these models that they’re not only quick to paint but, gasp(!), I they look really great. Once the whole army is painted it’ll have a very coherent look to it. The intention was to paint the army as a modern Russian force but the colourscheme looked a bit bland on the test model I painted (no photo, it was quickly stripped and repainted) so I went with an olive green colourscheme. I like it but it it did occur to me that it’s quite close to the Space Marine Salamander Chapter colours.¬† Unfortunately, there’s no photo of the models I painted (6x Basilisks and 4x Manticores) because when I applied my Army Painter Anti-Shine Matt Varnish it dried horribly and now those ten models are sat in the stripping queue. I’m not impressed, moreso given that I checked the varnish on a test model first which dried perfectly. Very annoying..!

Although this range is fairly comprehensive it’s missing an appropriate Bombard sculpt. I own quite a lot of the Mk1 Bombard models so I converted three Bombards that would fit more with this range using three spare chassis from this range and the original Mk1 Bombard guns. A lot of the detail was filed off the Mk1 Bombard guns to keep the simple, flat, look of this range:

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It’s really not a great photo because the model isn’t that green or shiny but I wanted to upload what I’d done to make the Bombard.

Finally, I did a quick check of how many Epic Imperial Guard and Space Marine vehicles that are now in my collection. I’ve now amassed 716 Imperial Guard and 297 Space Marine vehicles with more working their way to me in the post. That’s twice what I thought and I’m now not going to count my Ork vehicles nor am I going to tell my wife! ūüėČ Before you ask just over 200 are painted. If I pull my finger out I’m sure I can get another hundred or so painted this year.

Like a lot of wargamers I ‘ve got too many projects on the go and I dip in and out of them as the mood takes me. One project I’ve been working on on a very ad-hoc basis is building a Minervan Armoured Legion for as little money as I can manage while I concentrate on my main Epic projects; Vraks and Krieg.

The Minervan Armoured Legion is a fun project because, unsurprisingly, you get to field a wide variety of tanks. Not only that but there’s a lot of scope to convert the Leman Russ variant tanks available for use with this army. Some of might be thinking why would I want to convert the tanks when the Forgeworld models are reasonably readily available? There are three reasons for this:

Firstly, I’m not willing to pay what some of these Forgeworld tanks go for on the second hand market. For example, Leman Russ Tank Destroyers for an average for ¬£8-10 each? That’s far too pricey for me!

Secondly, (this is going to make me sound a bit weird) I like my tank sculpts within an army to look coherent, particularly the tracks. I realise that in a real world conflict involving armoured vehicles are all shapes and sizes but on the wargames table I like a nice coherent look if I can achieve that. Moving swiftly on…

Thirdly, Forgeworld didn’t release sculpts for the Leman Russ Annihilator or Exterminator variants, although the Annihilator variant isn’t in the Minervan Armoured Legion.

I skimmed through the army list and decided to convert three Leman Russ Exterminators using some broken Leman Russ Tanks I won on ebay:

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How did I convert them? When I got hold of my Vraksian Malcador tanks they came with two types of guns meaning that they could be built as either the standard Malcadors or Malcador Annihilators. I’m intending to only build three of the Malcadors as Annihilators leaving me with seven of the below Annihilator guns:

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The mold slippage is quite bad on some of them, which is surprising given how cleanly cast the tanks are, but these guns are actually very quick to clean up. To remove the Lascannon look the Annihilator guns have I filed down the angular barrel. I think it works enough, this is 6mm scale after all!

Next up will be converting Executioner, Destroyer and Thunderer variants which don’t actually look to difficult to achieve.

I’ve not had a lot of hobby time¬† this week but I managed to squeeze in building my Novan Dictum Command Centre. I was pleasantly surprised at just how quick it was to build as there was almost nothing to clean up on the model and the gaps were easily filled with a bit of green stuff. I don’t think I spent more than ten minutes putting the model together from start to finish and it looks great in bare metal:

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One bit of advice I would give is that the plug on the main turret is very small in comparison to what it plugs into:

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I filled the bit it plugs into with a blob of greenstuff to ensure a good fit.

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last did an update! I knew life was getting particularly busy behind the scenes but I didn’t realise just how little I’d done hobby wise. Oh dear.. So where are we? Well I finally worked out the paint scheme for my Forgeworld Epic army. After much pondering I decided to go with early WW2 French as I like the colourscheme and it’s fun to paint. Camo is quite timeconsuming to paint but I’m not intending to paint a huge amount of models for this army. Below is a¬†WIP of an Epic40k Hellhound, it looks much more messy close up than it does in reality:

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I’ve still not decided how I’m going to paint things like baggage, netting, sandbags, ablative armour etc etc. I’ve also managed to get quite a lot of OOP Forgeworld models from ebay for a very reasonable price and this includes lots of Chimera, including some with¬†Heavy Bolter turrets. All good stuff but apart from cleaning them up not much has happened with them. I’ve also managed to get hold of enough original Imperial Guard infantry to field every Imperial Guard Company in Armies of the Imperium at the same time. It has to be said that I’m not looking forward to painting them! Of course all of that infantry means buying some more vehicles and, after losing many auctions on ebay, I got my third Mole model. Unfortunately it was incomplete, something I knew when bidding on it, and missing it’s pneumatic arm but that was easily solved with a quick kitbash:

The picture below shows a pneumatic arm taken from another Mole and bits taken from both a broken skeleton and zombie standard:

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After few minutes of careful cutting and gluing we have a new pneumatic arm:

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Obviously it doesn’t look exactly like the original but it’s good enough for me. Finally, we can see¬†the new pneumatic arm on the model:

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This sort of kitbash is a good reminder to never throw even broken bits out because you never know when they’ll come in handy.

It may look like I’m starting to get back into painting Epic models but I’m actually putting them on hold for a couple of months because I’m busy¬†painting my very old WHFB 3rd edition Undead army for the Oldhammer day taking place at Wargames Foundry.¬†I’ve literally got hundreds of Undead infantry painted but an infantry force will be carefully picked apart and destroyed through instability so I need to paint quite a lot of models to create a more flexible force. Behind the scenes I’ve been busy putting models together and, as of today, I’m starting on a small unit of five zombie cavalry:

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I own twenty cavalry models from the 3rd edition Undead range but, realistically, I’ll only need to paint ten up because that’s all I require for the day. The plan is to initially paint five zombie cavalry¬†then five skeleton cavalry. If I’m on a roll painting them I will paint the¬†remaining ten models. After that I’ve got skull chuckers, character models, a plague cart, giant bats, chariots, it’s never ending!

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I last did a blog update. In my defense there’s been a lot going on behind the scenes and my ISP, the ever unreliable Virgin Media, failed to provide me with a working Internet connection for the last two weeks. Oh well..

Anyhow, with the weather having very hit and miss at the weekends, which is when I normally paint, I’ve been spending time building my Baran Siegemasters. I’ve been dipping in and out of building this army since I got it whenever I can’t be bothered to paint. However, I’ve decided that¬†this is the year that I finish building it all and actually paint the thing while I simulatenously paint my existing Epic army.

When I first saw this army in Fanatic magazine I hated it because the models looked ugly and the paint job was absolutely cronic. Over time, however, I started to warm to the ugliness of the models to the point where I took the plunge and spent far too much money building the army.

One of the things I did like was the integrated scenic bases that artillery and support weapons came on.¬†In reality I didn’t realise just how tedious they would be to greenstuff. Thankfully that’s all now been done!

Blitzen AA

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Thudd Guns

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Rapiers

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It has to be said that I’m not looking forward to putting my Bruennhilde Company together.

Speaking of Companys I’m also working on my Imperial Guard Gorgon Company:

Imperial Guard Gorgon Company

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With the festivities finally over I’ve spent the day cleaning up and building a variety of Epic Imperial Guard models from my collection with the intention of painting them this year.¬†I didn’t take photos of everything as an assembled Epic 40k Hydra is an *ok* model but not exactly earth shattering stuff. I will say that the EpicA Basilisk model is a really great model and it looks much better in the flesh than it does on the GW website. Unfortunately, like my EpicA Leman Russ models, the casting quality is disappointingly average. However, luckily for me, I snagged nine of these models on ebay for under a fiver so I can’t complain too much.¬†Even so,¬†I certainly wouldn’t have wanted to pay thirty quid for them new!

Speaking of Basilisks I managed to start cleaning up and building my Forgeworld Earthshaker Carriages pulled by Trojan support vehicles:

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(I’ve not stuck the side feet onto the model and that will make painting the gun difficult)

I was very lucky¬†to get my hands on four of these models in December from ebay. They’re¬†lovely sculpts¬†and should look great once painted up. The downside was that I managed to damage two of the gun floors when cutting where the resin pours into the mold:

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It’s nothing that can’t be fixed but annoying all the same. Moreso given that I should’ve remembered to be a bit more careful having already done¬†this with a couple of my Medusas a couple of years ago. Oops.

Continuing the Forgeworld theme I also pulled my finger out and built my Manticores:

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These are very clean sculpts but I’m not overly enamoured with them as models for some odd reason, they just do nothing for me.

Although I’ve still got mountains of Epic models to clean up and build I realised why I’ve recently¬†got a bit bored of painting them. Quite simply I’ve been painting models I’m less enthusiastic about and this has ground me down a bit. So, the plan to get over this is¬†to paint models I enjoy then every so often throw in the models I’m not as keen on. Here’s hoping that it works.