Friday, 31 July 2009

1st Platoon Bombadiers/Company Commander

So, I finally finished deciding on the colour scheme and painted up the first squad of the army, a special weapon squad with 3 grenade launchers. I am also going to be mega sneaky, and make up more special weapons from the command and platoon sprues, and use the snap-fit guardsmen to take their place in their respective squads. That way, I can have the option of using the different special weapons.

I have also started a Company Commander conversion. Merchant-General James Scrymgeour, commander of the 1st Sculfleet, is of the most noble lineage of Scrymgeour, and 5th in line to the throne. He weilds an imperial issue power fist, and a weapon of archaic design known as the "Gauntlet of Ferrus' Wrath". It is a Space Marine designed power fist which has had its power supply rerouted to a plasma conduit to provide him with a powerful, albeit unstable, ranged weapon. The Merchant-General gained this odd weapon while engaged in combat alongside Space Marines of the Hellions of Steel chapter. Sculfleet forces fought with such ferocity in battle, that the Hellions took many soldiers aboard their Battle Barges stationed in orbit for treatment. James, having had his left arm torn off by a Chaos Space Marine, recieved a mechanical transplant, the Gauntlet in question.

For some reason the pictures of the conversion came out really badly!

- Closeup of the 'Gauntlet of Ferrus' Wrath'

Friday, 17 July 2009

First few models, plus fortress based shenanigans.

So, i finally have a working camera (though no lightbox yet, its just one thing after another!), and lo, there are now some crappy definition pictures to show!

This is a bunch of fisher price toys that i picked up for £2; i figure with a little plasticard, it will make a decent bastion/factory, and a pair of gun emplacement anderson shelter type things. Perfect for Planetstrike, who needs and Imperial Bastion kit! (Though they do look damned nice!)

Here we have two different colour schemes. I have decided on the greener one, as opposed to the khaki. I may use the khaki uniform with drab brown armour for artillery or tank crews though. The main colours used are Humbrol dark green acrylic for the armour, highlighted with codex grey for some weathering (i'm out of gunmetal, and cant afford new paints!), the uniform is gretchin green which is to be highlighted with a 50/50 mix of that and bleached bone. I also used a couple of layers of brown wash, it makes the lower areas of the uniform look slightly dusty and muddy.

The first squad and a special weapons squad are converted and ready to paint, though I am considering adding backpacks made from random bits to them. I wouldnt mind going in a slightly steampunk direction, especially for the heavy weapons where a big bulky backpack is somewhat warranted.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Beginnings of the Green Legion

So, at long last, my first detachment of Imperial Guard have arrived! Sadly, I dont have any WIP pictures, due to my camera lacking a USB cable, but hopefully this will be remedied tomorrow.

I have started removing the mould lines and putting together 25 Guardsmen of 1st Platoon, it is going well. I am thouroughly impressed by the cadian command sprue, the amount of options is fantastic. I am going to save the special weapons until i have parts to build spare guardsmen, which should be once i build 2nd Platoon (Autocannons in each squad mean 2 squaddies are not needed).

In other news, I managed to pick up a Fisher Price building which is completely modular, in that the floors, walls and rooves are interchangeable, for £2. With a little plasticard work, it will become a Bastion and command center for my new army!

Hoepfully tomorrow I'll have some pictures to post.