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Thursday, April 28th, 2011
8:56 AM
Well, thanks to an ongoing final project for my web development class, I've had precious little time to work on the gloriously yellow bikers.  But I did manage enough time to get this guy started:



He'll be my force's commander armed with a relic blade and storm shield - both of which are magnetized (the shield detaches at the arm).



The roman style helmet crest comes from an Eldar Dire Avenger helm, while the white-resin knight-like helm is from a Forge-World Grey Knight tank commander bit I just had laying around.

I really can't wait to have the time to get this guy (and his command squad) done.



Thursday, April 14th, 2011
9:37 AM
Big yellow tank!


Yes, the tank is named Archer, after a certain BBC-hero's half-brother.

This is a Predator Destructor light tank - lovingly referred to as a "Dakka Pred." It does a decent job of putting out a lot of shots that are capable of threatening infantry and light vehicles.


Drive me closer so I can hit them with my sword!

While the predator can come mounted with las-cannons instead that are capable of hurting armored vehicles, this version is far cheaper and fits better with the three dreadnoughts already in the army.  Besides, I'll have plenty of other ways to deal with heavier armor.





The tank commander wears an Adeptus Mechanicus shoulder pad to show his dual allegiance to the Machine-God of Mars.  The Adeptus Mechanicus is basically an entire religion/cult formed around the worship and preservation of half-understood ancient technologies.  They're basically the IT support of the 41st millennium and are one of the things I love most about the Warhammer 40k universe.



See children, this is why you always wear a helmet.



Here's a final close up on one of the heavy bolter sponsons.  Like many of my models, this one is fully magnetized and can sport any weapon combination available, or turn into 3 other vehicle types (a Rhino APC, a Razorback APC, or a Whirlwind artillery tank).

You can also see some small honor writing I've added.  In the past I did text like this with a small brush, but here I used a micro pen.  I think it came out a lot more consistent, and it was certainly easier to work with.






Monday, April 11th, 2011
8:08 AM
And now for something completely different:





An Imperial Guard Sentinel.  This is probably one of my favorite 40k models.  This one was painted as part of a pretty-much-never-to-be-finished Vostroyan Imperial Guard army.  The Vostroyans are essentially an entire planet of 19th century Russians (you can see some of their infantry in the banner up top).



Basically the 40k version of the AT-ST, sentinels scout ahead of the main force and can be used to carry heavy weapons.  This one is armed with an autocannon and a one-shot "hunter-killer" missile.

I took the extra effort and finished the interior (and made the upper cockpit armor removable)... you know, because the only thing cooler than an armored chicken-walker is a convertible.

Next time on Plastic Space Guys: Big Yellow Tank!



Monday, March 28th, 2011
9:27 AM
Another squad down!







Current tally of progress:
Commander: Not started
Command Squad Vets: 0 of 5 completed
Bike troop squads: 2 of 4 completed (10 models of 22)
Dreadnoughts: 2 of 3 completed, 1 in progress (assembled, painting almost done)
Predator tank: In progress (assembled, painting begun)

To sum up, 12 models are completed, with another 2 in progress out of 32 total.

Whew boy... almost half way there.  I'm currently working on the tank, though I think I'll take a little break and paint something else before starting the next bike squad.  Also, I promise the next thing I post on here won't be yellow.




Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
9:32 AM
As I continue to bang away at the bikers in yellow, it occurred to me that I should start thinking on how I should actually play these guys.  While reading a few advice posts on various forums, I realized that I had overlooked a valuable option: the attack bike.


The only thing better than one power-armored super-human space guy on a motorcycle is, of course, two.

Attack bikes bring several advantages over their lighter brothers, the most notable being the heavy weapon (in this case an anti-tank multi-melta).



The weapon is (as usual 'round these parts) magnetized and can be swapped out for a heavy bolter.

I expect to have the second bike squad done next week, at which point I'll be at the roughly 50% done mark for the whole army :)

 
 
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