Sunday, August 30, 2009

WIP - Quick Update

First off, thanks to all who contributed votes and comments on the drop troops. They are in the "to do" stack, with more to be revealed at a later time.

I have been making progress on my first squad of standard guardsmen. I have some highlighting to do and then I can get some pics up. I have also been working on my own version of Mogul Kamir. Keep in mind the motorcycle theme for my rough riders and you may have an idea of where I'm going with it. Here's a tease...

So much fun. More to come.

The war goes on,

Sunday, August 23, 2009

WIP Drop Troops - Feedback Needed...Again

I have refined the design of my drop troop concept today. I filled in the backs of the Tau feet and have tried to smooth them out as best I can. Apparently I need some smaller files...what is smaller than "micro" LOL??

The pulse rifle is from Hasslefree, I think it looks exotic enough for an elite airborne regiment.

The grav chute is just roughed in for now. I will either add some wires and bits & bobs or I will just break down and by the FW grav chutes.

I have also presented 3 head choices, 2 you have seen previously, 1 was inspired by someone I saw on a forum somewhere. It's meant to look like WWII Fallschirmjager helmet.

To make things easier, I will try putting up a few polls over in the right column. Thanks in advance for your input and feel free to leave other comments or suggestions below.

Cadian with Respirator

SM Scout

Cadian Variant

The war goes on,

Saturday, August 22, 2009

I Need A Quick Opinion

I'm playing around with a jump-troop concept and I need some opinions on a head.

a) Cadian with respirator

b) Tank/Sentinel driver

c) SM scout

d) IG Catachan

I think I may have seen some ideas like this before but they look cool and I am eager to do some jump troops. Also if someone has better ideas for heads or even bodies, let me know. I did see the conversion someone did with the Chaos Marauder legs...I tried it and I can't cut them that well.

For those who are wondering, these will end up being much more than just Tau with different heads. I am working on ideas for a drop chute/pack and I will be moding the weapons to reflect a more Imperial look.

C&C is really needed on this one...tell me what you think.

The war goes on,

Friday, August 21, 2009

Ogryn Chimera, Rough Riders, & more

Work has progressed quite well on the Ogryn Chimera, adding a top component to house the turreted multilaser. I also added some crude armor plating and rivets, crude because I suck at working with plasticard. Oh well, practice makes perfect...

My motorized rough riders have received some attention, as well. I have overcome my aversion to the hand held hunting lance with a speargun-style launcher that is mounted on the handlebars. This as easy as drilling out the GL and sticking the end of a lance into it. Simple but effective.

Last but certainly not least, my latest hobby toy arrived in the mail today...

This weekend will be filled with airbrushy goodness, assuming it's not too humid (thank you very much Lake Michigan).

The war goes on,

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Ogryns Need A Ride

That's's a new WIP...

More to come...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Psyker Battle Squad (2)

I have finished my Psyker Battle Squad, known as the Wilde Männer. See my previous posts for more background on these wild men.

Although I committed to finishing this squad, I am unsure how happy I am with them. I am partial to the fluff I came up with for them but I'm not sure they fit in well with the rest of my army. They almost look "non-imperial"...although they present quite a sight to an opponent as they charge wildly towards their foes, destroying the psyche of all who oppose them.

What do you think? As always, C&C is welcomed and appreciated.

The war goes on,

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Works In Progress

As I try to strike a balance between building models and painting them, I find it easier to go back and forth between the two. The logic is to feed both sides of the addiction at the same time, therefore keeping them both in check. I have been tempted to adopt the painting points system that many of my fellow bloggers use but I'm not quite there yet.

Rough Riders
I have wanted to do some rough riders on scout bikes for a while but was never quite liking the marriage of motorcycle and hunting lance; at least not the idea of the medieval style lance that is held under the shoulder. What I have come up with seems to be a satisfactory answer but I really would like some feedback. Please let me know what you think of the design. As the title says, it's a work in progress...

Veteran Squad
I have also started another squad of veterans, this time based on the Forge World Veterans upgrade kit. I managed to assemble everyone except the special weapons.

Thanks for looking, any C&C is appreciated.

The war goes on,