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Project: Desert Astra Militarum #1

It's been a case of all-hobby, no-bloggy for the last few months. The new edition of 40k has reinvigorated my motivation to build a...

Sunday, 28 December 2014

A while ago I was lucky enough to procure a handful of the infamous 'Russian' Jetbikes, the replica of the Jes Goodwin prototype models first seen back in 2008 but never released by GW, now occasionally available on eBay from Russia. These are exceptionally well-cast resin models and look really sleek and fast—very Eldar, very sexy. I don't understand why GW never released these guys!

I don't mind the classic Jetbike model, as long as it's converted with a modern Guardian pilot, but I plan to use these alternative Jetbikes for special models like Shining Spears or an Autarch.

WIP: Eldar Jetbike Autarch #1

A while ago I was lucky enough to procure a handful of the infamous 'Russian' Jetbikes, the replica of the Jes Goodwin prototype models first seen back in 2008 but never released by GW, now occasionally available on eBay from Russia. These are exceptionally well-cast resin models and look really sleek and fast—very Eldar, very sexy. I don't understand why GW never released these guys!

I don't mind the classic Jetbike model, as long as it's converted with a modern Guardian pilot, but I plan to use these alternative Jetbikes for special models like Shining Spears or an Autarch.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014


I have completed my mini-project to create an alternative Void Shield Generator model from a CNC Miniature Scenery terrain kit. I used this mini-project as an opportunity to practice my weathering, decal application and OSL techniques in preparation for painting my Astra Militarum vehicles. This model was also good practice for my forthcoming desert gaming table and terrain project.

Showcase: Void Shield Generator


I have completed my mini-project to create an alternative Void Shield Generator model from a CNC Miniature Scenery terrain kit. I used this mini-project as an opportunity to practice my weathering, decal application and OSL techniques in preparation for painting my Astra Militarum vehicles. This model was also good practice for my forthcoming desert gaming table and terrain project.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014


The internet tells us that competitive 40k is dying. The internet also offers various conspiracy theories to explain why this is so: Maybe it’s the rules? Maybe it’s GW corporate strategy? Maybe someone somewhere rolled 666 on the Warp Storm Table? But what is telling is that no one seems to have the balls to write about the real problem: Us. The players. We are killing the competitive 40k scene.

Rant: Blame the Player, Not the Game


The internet tells us that competitive 40k is dying. The internet also offers various conspiracy theories to explain why this is so: Maybe it’s the rules? Maybe it’s GW corporate strategy? Maybe someone somewhere rolled 666 on the Warp Storm Table? But what is telling is that no one seems to have the balls to write about the real problem: Us. The players. We are killing the competitive 40k scene.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Here are some update shots of my Void Shield Generator.

WIP: Void Shield Generator #2

Here are some update shots of my Void Shield Generator.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

CNC, MDF

Here are some WIP shots of the Void Shield Generator I'm building to break up the monotony of assembling mass Guardsmen. I've used the Sci Fi Power Generator model from CNC Miniature Scenery and a standard 120 mm oval flyer base. I think this 'Power Generator' looks more like a shield generator, not unlike those from the start of The Empire Strikes Back—I just hope this shield generator performs better for me than it did for the Rebels on Hoth!

Stronghold Assault specifies the Void Shield Generator Fortification as a Medium Building, like an Imperial Bastion; I think this model might be a bit small for a Medium Building, but given that a bigger footprint would be better in-game I don't think anyone will complain about it. I intend to measure the Void Shield area of effect from the base, rather than the model itself, since I think this will be both fairer and easier in-game.

WIP: Void Shield Generator #1

CNC, MDF

Here are some WIP shots of the Void Shield Generator I'm building to break up the monotony of assembling mass Guardsmen. I've used the Sci Fi Power Generator model from CNC Miniature Scenery and a standard 120 mm oval flyer base. I think this 'Power Generator' looks more like a shield generator, not unlike those from the start of The Empire Strikes Back—I just hope this shield generator performs better for me than it did for the Rebels on Hoth!

Stronghold Assault specifies the Void Shield Generator Fortification as a Medium Building, like an Imperial Bastion; I think this model might be a bit small for a Medium Building, but given that a bigger footprint would be better in-game I don't think anyone will complain about it. I intend to measure the Void Shield area of effect from the base, rather than the model itself, since I think this will be both fairer and easier in-game.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Astra Militarum, Imperial Guard, Wheeled, Conversion, Chapterhouse

Here are some more WIP shots of my first two Rapid Response Chimeras. Both are fully assembled and have their basecoat colours applied. I really want to finish painting these guys but I'm going to force myself to stop at this stage; I need to stay disciplined and finish a squad before I allow myself to paint a tank!

WIP: Astra Militarum Chimera #2

Astra Militarum, Imperial Guard, Wheeled, Conversion, Chapterhouse

Here are some more WIP shots of my first two Rapid Response Chimeras. Both are fully assembled and have their basecoat colours applied. I really want to finish painting these guys but I'm going to force myself to stop at this stage; I need to stay disciplined and finish a squad before I allow myself to paint a tank!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

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Ugly and unpopular, the Astra Militarum Taurox seems to be a rare sight on the battlefields of the grimdark future, especially in serious army lists. But does this new addition to the Imperial arsenal really deserve so much hate?

Building wheeled Chimeras is a painful modelling experience, so much so that I am seriously considering adding a couple of the much-maligned Taurox to my Astra Militarum army. I am not a fan of the stock kit, but like every other model in my army, I'm not afraid of doing some conversion work to achieve a better aesthetic. But is the Taurox a worthy alternative to the venerable Chimera? I think the answer is "yes", and here is why.

Analysis: The Ugly Duckling (Astra Militarum Taurox)

http://victoriaminiatures.highwire.com

Ugly and unpopular, the Astra Militarum Taurox seems to be a rare sight on the battlefields of the grimdark future, especially in serious army lists. But does this new addition to the Imperial arsenal really deserve so much hate?

Building wheeled Chimeras is a painful modelling experience, so much so that I am seriously considering adding a couple of the much-maligned Taurox to my Astra Militarum army. I am not a fan of the stock kit, but like every other model in my army, I'm not afraid of doing some conversion work to achieve a better aesthetic. But is the Taurox a worthy alternative to the venerable Chimera? I think the answer is "yes", and here is why.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Astra Militarum, Imperial Guard, Chapterhouse, Conversion

Here is a sneak peek at the first of my Astra Militarum vehicles: a pair of specially-modified Rapid Response Chimeras. These transports are built from a rare variant of the Chimera STC that exchanges the usual all-terrain track units for six wheels for better speed and handling on sealed surfaces—too bad these vehicles are being deployed to a desert world! Fear not, and trust in the infinite wisdom of the Departmento Munitorum...

WIP: Astra Militarum Chimera #1

Astra Militarum, Imperial Guard, Chapterhouse, Conversion

Here is a sneak peek at the first of my Astra Militarum vehicles: a pair of specially-modified Rapid Response Chimeras. These transports are built from a rare variant of the Chimera STC that exchanges the usual all-terrain track units for six wheels for better speed and handling on sealed surfaces—too bad these vehicles are being deployed to a desert world! Fear not, and trust in the infinite wisdom of the Departmento Munitorum...

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

My hobby time continues to be limited, and I have had very few opportunities to paint these last couple of weeks. I have instead been working on building lots of models so I can continue to use the batch painting method once I can paint again.

Project: Astra Militarum Update #1

My hobby time continues to be limited, and I have had very few opportunities to paint these last couple of weeks. I have instead been working on building lots of models so I can continue to use the batch painting method once I can paint again.