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Made in us
Nimble Pistolier




Idaho

Just red some stuff/rumors with the new codes release and i cant wait to see what you add to the army!!

1000pts
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1500pts
 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






SoCal, USA!

It's been a while since I've updated, because the coming IG Codex has severely dampened my enthusiasm for Guard lately. Mostly, it feels like an unnecessary nerf, and I've not been happy about it.


But then I came to the revelation that mostly this doesn't matter because I play Apoc. So I've focused on Apoc plans.

I've been working on detailed design for my Superheavy Company: counts-as Baneblade, Shadowsword, and Stormlord.

The Baneblade is pretty stock but substitutes a Mortar for the main gun - I just don't like that turret.

The Shadowsword is a tank hunter, and will mesh well with how my Russes are designed.

But the Stormlord has been a lot of work. The basic Stormlord layout makes no sense, so I've been trying to figure out how to package engine / transmission / transport / guns to make it work. It looks like a rational design is possible based on a mid-engined layout, with a custom-build rear transport. The LAV that I bought is going to do more donor work than I had originally guessed.


Anyhow, with the new Codex, I think I'm going to rearm some Chimeras from their basic Mult-Lasers to more impressive-looking Autocannons, along with the miscellaneous upgrades like spotlights and smoke, where they are included automatically. Depending on Bitz availability, I may re-gun some Heavy Weapon troopers.
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... or not, as the new IG Codex doesn't have the option - only FW / Inquisition Chimeras will have the gun options. Suckage.

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Lone Wolf Sentinel Pilot





London, England

Aside from your awesome tanks, I like how you've got the balls to plop a Wehrmacht Cross on the side of one of your Chimy's. I personally wouldn't risk it (I fully support you in doing this) with the "HAI NAZI" brigade, but it's your choice.

Brilliant foresight and planning. I envy your army building.

sA

My Loyalist P&M Log, Irkutsk 24th

"And what is wrong with their life? What on earth is less reprehensible than the life of the Levovs?"
- American Pastoral, Philip Roth

Oh, Death was never enemy of ours!
We laughed at him, we leagued with him, old chum.
No soldier's paid to kick against His powers.
We laughed - knowing that better men would come,
And greater wars: when each proud fighter brags
He wars on Death, for lives; not men, for flags. 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






SoCal, USA!

Um, actually, the Iron Cross is going to be the icon on *all* of my armored vehicles, as the symbol my Mechanicus Forge moon "Nibelungwerke".

I don't see the Iron Cross as Nazi, as it predates and postdates the Nazi era by a considerable margin (starting with WW1 armor, then continued by the West Germans / current German Bundeswehr).

I do, however, very much like Panzers, and make no apologies for doing so. The Panzer design ethos makes sense to me.

The key point is that the Iron Cross is as far as my iconography is going to go in that direction.

   
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Fixture of Dakka






drinking ale on the ground like russ intended

The Iron cross predates wwI as well it was popular during the crusades with knights using it on there shields and horse barding.

Logan's Great Company Oh yeah kickin' and not even bothering to take names. 2nd company 3rd company ravenguard House Navaros Forge world Lucious & Titan legion void runners 314th pie guard warboss 'ed krunchas waaaaaargh This thred needs more cow bell. Raised to acolyte of the children of the church of turtle pie by chaplain shrike 3/06/09 Help stop thread necro do not post in a thread more than a month old. "Dakkanaut" not "Dakkaite"
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






SoCal, USA!

I broke out the knives, files, and glue this weekend and started building a Valkyrie. This is actually a tremendously good kit.

Features are clever, with opening door, sliding doors, moving Heavy Bolters. Of course, these aren't the most robust things, so I'm going to button the kit up, and probably re-mount the HBs onto the hull...

Engineering is very good, with integral stops and guides. The Valk *wants* to build up square. And GW did a good job of hiding most seams and attachment points. This kit can build up very, very clean.

Scaling is the weakest point - compared to other 40k kits, the Valk is oversized by at least 25%. GW basicially made a "True Scale" Valkyrie for the Guard, and that's the biggest problem. If you were to shrink the dimensions by 20-25%, the kit would be far superior for playing and still look great.

Conversion options are rather limited. I'm going to attack the wing landing gears, because those things look horrible and destroy the wing line. Re-scaling the kit makes no sense - I'd rather FSB & cast in resin, which defeats the point of a plastic Valk in the first place!

Overall, this is one of the best kits GW has made, and I rate the Valk as a solid 8/10.


Oh, yeah, FWIW, I'm building a full squadron of 3 anti-horde Valks: Multi-Laser, Rocket Pods & HBs.

   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






SoCal, USA!

I got side-tracked and cut the Lasguns from 3 of my Chimeras, and I'm much happier with the cleaner look.

I need to do a little gap-filling / surfacing on them, along with bitz allocation. The lack of Lasguns makes room for much-needed stowage which no APC would ever be in the field without...

   
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Battleship Captain





Perth

Any chance we can get some pictures? I'd like to see both your Valks as well as your Chimeras.

Man, I wish there was a real Black Library where I could get a Black Library Card and take out Black Library Books without having to buy them. Of course, late fees would be your soul. But it would be worth it. - InquisitorMack 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






SoCal, USA!

Heh, there are no good pics of my Chimeras!

I'll see what I can do, but don't hold your breath on the Valks.

   
Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






SoCal, USA!

Side-tracked again, thinking about Psyker Battle Squad.

I've decided to go forward with the Plague Monks and have placed an order for them.

As a bonus, I get *free* tentacles of Slannesh, maggots of Nurgle, chains, & scroll bitz to use with my CSM!

(Plus, a couple of Wizard / Familiar models for my Dogs of War Fantasy army, assuming I ever jump back there... )

Tho I think I may need to buy some more 25mm round bases. I'm not sure I have 20 spare, especially as I also ordered Dryads to serve as generic Lesser Daemons for my CSM.

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Thinking of Joining a Davinite Loge






Bexhill, UK

This is all excellent stuff. I want, no, need to see more. And ignore anybody who says anything bad about the iconography you use as they don't know what they're on about.

Armies:
(SM/HH) - Iron Warriors; Emperor's Children; Death Guard; Night Lords; World Eaters, Luna Wolves, Vlka Fenryka
IG - Vestfalian Expeditionary
Force (Solar Auxilia - HH)
SM - Black Templars Sigma Scorpil Crusade
IG - Verda Abyssal 12th Cohort (Stahl's Voiders)
(DE) - Kabal of Ouroboros 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






SoCal, USA!

Per requests, here is a picture of a trio of Ragnarok-pattern Chimera-class Transports:
- track covers, standard
- additional spaced-armor glacis plate
- forward glacis-mounted skids
- additional turret-mounted stowage
- sealed weapon portholes

Pending refits:
- mount spare track, tools, gear and/or stowage
- swap standard multi-laser for something more like a chaingun
- swap hull Heavy Bolter for Heavy Flamer
[Thumb - 3 Chimeras.JPG]


   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






SoCal, USA!

With Space Hulk being the latest thing, I made 4 Sentry Guns modeled after the USCM UA-571-C designs:
- top-mounted video scope
- full-cased hardware
- drum ammo
- folding tripod

They are to support my Guardsmen when they need to clear a Hulk, and function as (move-or-shoot) Assault Cannons in SH; 1 AP to set up.

For 40k, I think I'll count them as Heavy Bolters.
[Thumb - 4 Sentries.JPG]
4 Sentry Guns


   
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Apprehensive Inquisitorial Apprentice






Those look like really awesome 28mm G36-C weapons-systems with C-mags mounted up to auto turrets...

MIGHTY GOOD JOB!

I have lived long enough, for I die unconquered. 
   
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Lead-Footed Trukkboy Driver




Brighton, Uk

Great idea for using the sentries in Hulk!
They look proper too. Good Job.

"Get on the Ready Line!"

Orkeosaurus wrote:Yeah, but when he get's out he'll still be in Russia, so joke's on him.

 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






SoCal, USA!

Thanks, guys.

Maybe I'll get around to scratchbuilding a M577-style APC (or two) to complete the look...

   
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Lead-Footed Trukkboy Driver




Brighton, Uk

*grins*

I still have my old Halcyon model kit of the APC lying around in the battered half built state I left it in (I bought it as a kid so didn't build it properly or paint it at all).


...Dropship!

"Get on the Ready Line!"

Orkeosaurus wrote:Yeah, but when he get's out he'll still be in Russia, so joke's on him.

 
   
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Stealthy Warhound Titan Princeps





Earlobe deep in doo doo

Nifty stuff. Those sentry guns are great and the Russes as SPG's make some sense to me!

"But me no buts! Our comrades get hurt. Our friends die. Falkenburg is a knight who swore an oath to serve the church and to defend the weak. He'd be the first to tell you to stop puling and start planning. Because what we are doing-at risk to ourselves-is what we have sworn to do. The West relies on us. It is a risk we take with pride. It is an oath we honour. Even when some soft southern burgher mutters about us, we know the reason he sleeps soft and comfortable, why his wife is able to complain about the price of cabbages as her most serious problem and why his children dare to throw dung and yell "Knot" when we pass. It's because we are what we are. For all our faults we stand for law and light.
Von Gherens This Rough Magic Lackey, Flint & Freer
Mekagorkalicious -Monkeytroll
2017 Model Count-71
 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






SoCal, USA!

Apone wrote:*grins*

I still have my old Halcyon model kit of the APC lying around in the battered half built state I left it in (I bought it as a kid so didn't build it properly or paint it at all).


...Dropship!

The APC is very doable as a scratchbuild, even without the nice Halycon kit (which I've always wanted).

The UD-4L Cheyenne Dropship? Way too hard for me to build, even with a Valk as a base... But hmm... The Valk is big enough to tak in this direction as a conversion. This is going to have to take some real thought...

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Avatar of the Bloody-Handed God





Inactive


The sentry guns looks cute , but i think the scopes can be changed to look less like a scope ( since its computer controlled )
And atm it doesnt look like it can swivel around

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Decrepit Dakkanaut






SoCal, USA!

Hmm... I'll have to better integrate the tripod to the lower drum, thanks for feedback.

   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






SoCal, USA!

JohnHwangDD wrote:thinking about Psyker Battle Squad.

I've decided to go forward with the Plague Monks and have placed an order for them.

The Plague Monks came in, and they look like they're going to work very nicely. It looks like they'll stand about shoulder height, maybe less, compared to a 2E Guardsman.

Need to get those bases, tho.

   
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Thinking of Joining a Davinite Loge






Bexhill, UK

Very impressive so far. I love the creativity involved.

Armies:
(SM/HH) - Iron Warriors; Emperor's Children; Death Guard; Night Lords; World Eaters, Luna Wolves, Vlka Fenryka
IG - Vestfalian Expeditionary
Force (Solar Auxilia - HH)
SM - Black Templars Sigma Scorpil Crusade
IG - Verda Abyssal 12th Cohort (Stahl's Voiders)
(DE) - Kabal of Ouroboros 
   
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Mysterious Techpriest







Looks like our projects are pretty similar; I'm converting all of my vehicles, too.

DQ:90S++G+M++B++I+Pw40k04+D++++A++/areWD-R+++T(M)DM+

2800pts Dark Angels
2000pts Adeptus Mechanicus
1850pts Imperial Guard
 
   
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Guardsman with Flashlight




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Decrepit Dakkanaut






SoCal, USA!

Thanks, guys.

@excessionary, I'm actually planning to scratchbuild a couple Aliens-flavored APCs, along with a Dropship. I've been working on detail design for a while, and it all looks very 40k-doable. Besides, $150 US for each kit is way more than I can afford to spend, when the scratchbuilds will be <$20 in materials.

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Guardsman with Flashlight




Coool


im thinking either russian/german themed

or

Starship troopers IG
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






SoCal, USA!

Sounds good. Whatever theme you go with, stay focused, because Guard is a "big" project!

   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






SoCal, USA!

It's not a Grot tank - it's a small Imperial command tank with infantry support capability.

Construction was to cut down the Chimera track plates, and then scratchbuild the hull, retaining the standard vision plate. Easy!
[Thumb - minitank-F.jpg]
minitank - front

[Thumb - minitank-R.jpg]
minitank - rear


   
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Avatar of the Bloody-Handed God





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Its going to roll down a hill if it gets too steep
but its cute hmm...

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