Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Beast is getting there....with the veterans lagging behind.

A burst of weekend activity has seen the Taurox almost completed with just the fine details and tidying up to do to go.  Not so good news on the Veterans however, next weekend I have what is known as a Cheeky 'Arry Extenders so may have more time available on the Friday to get some hobby time in.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

A Small Amount of One Prepared Earlier

Real life and aiding friends move masses of paving stones have dented attempts at hobby time this weekend but the veteran squad now have painted helmets and I've started on the Taurox.

I've stuck a Curious Constructs head on the gunner as their helmet is more in keeping with the GW style.

Plus the Hydra that I finished up earlier this year.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Fast delivery from Oz = Pimp My Ride!

Well, as well as being a purveyor of fine add on parts for IG, Victoria's Miniatures also get top marks for quick delivery.

The wheels mentioned in my last post were ordered on 2 Nov and arrived at my house on 8 Nov.  Not bad from Australia.

As a result, the transport for one of veteran squads is also on the jobs board.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

SLOW Work in Progress plus What's Coming Up

With the Real World getting in the way, to wit being unwillingly based in London and only being home at weekends, hobby time has taken a back seat to family time.  As such, progress has been slow on my Praetorian Rifles with only 10 on the way to being painted.  I have however had a bash at the motorcyclists, deciding that they could be members of the green jackets rather than the standard Praetorians.  Yet to be finished is their Land Rover Support Vehicle but hopefully that shouldn't take long.
Just to be different, I undercoated these with some of the Bolt Action British Uniform brown spray that I picked up for some Bolt Action and Airfix projects (now firmly on the back burner).

Upcoming will work once the order goes in to Victoria Miniatures for some Taurox wheels.  I have a Taurox but have been waiting for a decent wheel set to come along as I have very little love for the tracked version.  Now if GW had made it as a half track!

I think the Taurox will make a nice ride for one of the Rifles veteran squads, just to differentiate them again from the standard line infantry.

Hopefully, I'll grab some time again next week but remember, it's Remembrance Sunday so I will have other priorities.

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.