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The New Year has definitely come and gone however I’m still keeping one of my New Year resolutions going. The resolution being to finish building putting my World Eaters army together. I finished collecting it a while ago and I’m slowly working my way through stripping paint from second hand models I’ve bought, cleaning them up and putting them together. Considering I loathe putting models together it’s all been going well so far.

Originally I was only going to field one Lord of Battle but I had another almost complete one kicking about that would also be worth building and painting. The downside is that he’s ‘armless (sorry):

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I spent a few weeks trawling ebay and asking around to see if anybody had a spare Lord of Battle arm, or anything suitable, but nothing came to fruition. This left me with the option of attempting a scratch build replacement arm. After digging through my bits box I found an old Skaven Rat Ogre arm to use as the basis for the arm and it rolled from there:

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It still needs a bit of tidying up and having taken photos of it the skull at the front of the gun really isn’t working for me because it makes the gun look front heavy compared to the other weapon on the model. Even so the size of the arm is about right and blutacked onto the model it looks a bit like this:

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Once I’ve worked out what to replace the skull with and the arm is undercoated it shouldn’t look too out of place.

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..! 🙂

The painting of my Steel Legion army has stalled due to the models needing stripping and repainting which has drained my enthusiasm for the project for the time being. Instead I began to sort out my Epic Space Marines with the intention of painting an EpicA Codex Space Marine army that could also fit in with my Space Marine 2nd edition Space Marine army. As I was going through the models I own it occurred to me that with a bit of planning I could put together a 30k Heresy Era Space Marine army list using my MK6 Beakies from Space Marine 1st edition and metal vehicles from that era. I realise that technically 30k Space Marines wore MKIV armour but at a 6mm scale I don’t think it matters too much if I use MK6 models.

But which Chapter should I paint? A few years ago I’d painted about 50 bases of MK6 models a rather bright blue that I’ve never been happy with and the vehicles looked dreadful in that colour scheme so after an awful lot of pondering I’ve decided to go with Salamanders. Below are some quick test models showing the green colour scheme. Obviously the models aren’t quite finished:

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Rhino Test

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The green is quick and easy to paint and looks good in the flesh as opposed to my photos which look washed out. I realise that Salamanders have black shoulder armour but I’m not 100% sure if I want to go down that route on my MK6 models yet.

I’ll worry about getting hold of the rarer models such as Fellblades, Glaives and the like later on once I’ve got the basics painted.

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! 😉 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.

Over the Christmas break I took some time to update my spreadsheet inventory of my Imperial Guard miniatures because I bought so many of them last year (and this year, oops!) I was a bit lost with which models I was intending to use with which army. After juggling things around on said spreadsheet I realised that I had enough models to run a Cadian Shock Troops list. This list would give me the opportunity to scratch build a couple of Stormlord Super Heavy tanks (I realise that the Stormlord Super Heavy tanks are “out there in the wild” but I’ve failed to get hold of any) and I would finally be able to field a Leviathan in EpicA in a “proper” list.

I really like the idea behind the Imperial Guard Leviathan. There’s just something about an Imperial Guard army backed up by huge Leviathan command centres that appeals to me more than using Titans. I own three in my Heresy era Imperial Guard army because you need to field at least three of them in a list to make using them worthwhile due to them being such juicy targets. However, I’ve never been a fan of the sculpt. It’s an ugly beast, with little detail, and getting it to fit together properly is an exercise in patience with an end result that just makes me go “meh”. Mine have been half painted for years and looking at them now I just can’t build up any enthusiasm to finish painting them.

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Anyway, I wanted to keep all three of my half painted ones for my Heresy era Imperial Guard army and the thought of coughing up £12-£15 for another model I don’t like didn’t appeal. I’ve been aware of Troublemaker Games for a while and their Troublemaker Novan Dictum Command Centre looked like a decent update of the classic (classic?) Citadel model:

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First impressions of the model are very good. The detail is well defined and the casting is crisp with no flash.

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I really liked that the model has internal detail for those who want to keep the rear doors open on their model. I’ll be gluing my doors shut but it’s a nice touch all the same.

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Attempting to dry fit the model proved tricky. Like the Citadel one the two halves of the main body of the model don’t fit flush and the tracks didn’t fit particularly well into the main body of the model. To be fair, it’s nothing shocking but it is a reminder that multipart metal models like this require a bit more preparation before assembly. Oh and green stuff. 😉 Below is a photo of the initial dry fit:

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Some size comparisons with the initial dry fit of the model:

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All in all I’m really impressed with it. It fits perfectly with my existing Epic models and has enough detail to make painting it rewarding. All I need to do now is put it together properly.