Saturday, 6 September 2014

DIACLONE...or what Takara made before Transformers.


Now, one of the benefits of having a Royal Navy dad was the guilt they felt over deploying for upto 12 months at a time.  If this guilt coincided with a visit to Japan, you got stuff like this bad boy at Christmas (1980 in this case). 
At the time I just thought this was the coolest ever...and I still do! 
As a bit of background, I later found it this was a Takara product.  This is the Japanese company that later made transforming robots that Hasbro bought up and marketed as Transformers, inventing the Autobot/ Decepticon storyline with it.  I suspected the two were linked when I discovered that the Diaclone crewmen (more later) fit in the crane and car that came in Optimus's trailer.

Here is Diaclone - The Great Robot Base (his full title).  He does have damage though. In combat he has lost the gun horns that should be sprouting up from the helmet.

As for play features.......

the chest opens to reveal the Command Centre and two of his five crew.

The dias revolves so they can look at the world chart behind.

The launchable fist has a crew spot not that I would volunteer to be that close to the business end.

Welcome to the Gun Show! Diaclone has two fists but for extra tasty enemies, you could upgrade.

The faceplate flips down to form a launch pad for a fighter.

Just feet...or home to two ground cars!

The crew have foot magnets to get everywhere.

Extra missile badness from the abs!

For scale, check out the GW Praetorian.

Can't be arsed walking?  Become a tank.

More crew hideaways.

They even thought of how the crew get to work with a foldaway conveyor belt.

Do they make them like this nowadays?

Unfortunately Diaclone is not in the best of conditions anymore.

Broken tracks, missing bits even rust but this fellow has seen some action.

He has:

Stomped Darth Vader
Kicked over a Big Trak
Flying fisted Star Bird out of the sky
Booted Metroplex in the dangly parts
Shot down Tie Fighters
Head butted an AT-AT (that was glorious to enact by the way)

...and many others.

He is to me as Bagpuss is to Emily.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Oh Dear....I've Done It Again!!!

It's been a while since I posted but I've started a new position which sees me doing a lot of moving around...and then I get bored with a Wi-Fi connection (which is dangerous)...and buy stuff.

Hence I now have another 40+ Praetorians to paint up.

As mentioned in an earlier post, these will be painted up using a pseudo Rifles scheme with the intention of them being Veterans so they stand out from the standard Redcoat trooper.  Kind of like companies of the better trained and equipped  95th and 60th Rifles being attached to Line Regiments during the Peninsula Campaign.

The challenge awaits, but update phots may only be posted on Saturday nights.  I'm thinking Caliban/ Dark Angels Green for jackets and trousers with Castellan Green for epaulettes and webbing.  I'm undecided for the helmets at the moment.  I will probably go for a wood effect on the lasgun furniture for a Baker Rifle feel.

The Curious Constructs bikers will be painted up in the same scheme.


Saturday, 12 July 2014

I'm A Sucker for Steampunk!!!

Well, this  second Col Gravis Kickstarter is six days old and I'm sad to say I was only backer number two!!  I wasn't quick enough to be the first.

I'll be eagerly awaiting my initial two batteries (approx arrival Dec) but what weapons to go for?

I'm liking the flak concept as a possible Defence Line stands in/ counts as.

How about a Colt revolver inspired cannon?

The basic Heavy Calibre machine gun.

Plus, future platforms may provide some Ork Mek Gun goodness.  I still have the Tesla cannon barrels from the first KS left over and they can be suitably Orkified.

Monday, 26 May 2014

Hmmm...Bits for new Orks. Ramshackle Games Kickstarter

I couldn't resist and have dropped a pledge for this bad boy from Ramshackle.

What it ends up as depends on the new Ork Codex so either Trukk/ Battlewagon base or not so much a looted Leman Russ but one knocked together by a Mek after seeing a Russ in action.

Should be available in August so that's another project in the bank.

Friday, 25 April 2014

252 Original GW Praetorian models

In answer to a question I was asked, there are 252 metal GW Praetorians in my army.

I considered trying to fit in the Mordians and Vic Lamb Highlanders but, that's a no go.

Basically enough for 3 full platoons (Command Squad + 5 Squads) and an Armoured Fist Platoon (Command + 4 mounted Squads).  Some models left over for Heavy Weapon Squads and one 3 melta Special Weapon Squad.

Company Command Squad with the metal Bone 'Ead as Nork Deddog.  I'm considering gluing on the Commissar Cap and Loudspeaker from the plastic set to this model.   Curious Constructs Tank Commander is sitting proudly in the turret.

Showing my age again.  I can remember when I thought that was a nice colour scheme.  Someone has a date with a Dettol bath before becoming the Army's Enginseer.

 1st Platoon
  2nd Platoon

  3rd Platoon

 Curious Constructs Heavy Weapon pieces...

...led by the Bombardier.

Armoured Fist Platoon

 My original Rough Riders converted from Rogue Trader models.

Full squad of 10 Vic Lamb miniatures. 

 I used to use the bods above as Storm Troopers but I will probably re-cat them as Veterans

I'm an Iron Maiden fan don't you know.  This banner is NOT hand painted!