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Cardiff

[img]I'm sure I'm not the first to do this, but I'm kitbashing plastic Pistoliers with Cadians to make plastic Praetorians.

I was pleasantly surprised that each box of Pistoliers contains 17 heads. This means I can do head swaps for a full Infantry squad (plus one spare for a character or towards a weapon team) as well as make a 6-man Rough Rider squad from each box. Handy! It also means I'll be fielding lots of rough riders so it'll be a characterful army. I debated not using the beards ones, but decided I like them after all!

Here are the first three infantrymen and WIP on a Rough Rider. I trimmed the legs to make the upper leg armour look more soft pads than plate metal, trimmed behind the leg and scored a line in the calf to mark the top of the boot. I left the knee of the armour but trimmed off the rivet, again so I can paint them up as knee pads instead of metal armour. I'll drill through the grenade to fit the hunting lance, turning it into a handgrip instead.

For the Guardsmen, I had to trim the collar off the bodies so the back of the helmet would fit. Otherwise, assembly as normal. I'll be saving all the multi-barrelled Outrider guns and armoured torsos to convert into my army's Stormtroopers with Hellguns.





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 Stormonu wrote:
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Awesome idea! Keep up the work!


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Cardiff

Quick mockup of a limber style lascannon:



Just realised my number of minis per box calculations are wrong because of the torso donation - oops! Ah well, will give me spare legs, and if I figure out a way to make the Pistolier torsos into carapace-armoured Stormtrooper torsos I won't end up short any minis. Phew!

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 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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Australia

dude sweet army, i definitely like ur idea of using empire pistoliers to make praetorians. maybe with the rest of the pistoliers you can turn them into veterans/stormtroopers/penal/etc.
anyway i look forward to seeing the rest of ur work

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Really clever idea, using the pistoliers- you've made some very nice updated praetorians, there.


My painted armies (40k, WM/H, Malifaux, Infinity...) 
   
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Started a test scheme. I've stripped him now as washes ruined the trousers, but what do you think? I prefer the white trousers to the studio blue/red stripe ones I think.

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 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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ooh! This thread looks like it has lots of promise. Subscribed, can't wait for more

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Cardiff

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 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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Cardiff

Quick update:

Stormtrooper mockup...



Not perfect... C&C welcome. I wanted to use the Outrider torsos, so using the capes made a lot of sense too. I added a Catachan lasgun barrel to the repeater gun, to give a mini-multilaser look. Hope you agree it makes a suitable Hellgun. Not sold on the power pack and cable... They may need a touch of work.


Update:

A little squad of Stormtroopers is coming together nicely.



And here's a Commisar, body was in an eBay bitz bag.

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 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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Cardiff

I think I may shorten the repeater Hellguns by cutting the multi barrels at the next section down, then re-affixing the lasgun emitter. Just a bit too long just now to look plausible!!!

 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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Cardiff

Test model. Face is a little unfinished, and overall won't win prizes, but I'm happy with it.




What basing should I use? A nice trad green to offset the red? Something sandier and tuftier?

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 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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Cardiff

Let the squad painting commence...

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 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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Flitting about like a mad thing. Started on a biplane Valkyrie/Vendetta... Building around a plywood biplane model!

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 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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Cardiff

A couple of years later...



More to come.

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 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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Those look very nice. I especially like the choice of color for the models.

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New York City

Wow, great work on those rough riders. It only took you...2 years? Not bad. It typically takes me upwards of 5 years to complete my conversions.

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Reinforcements!

My Bronekorpus eBay special tanks arrived!











And with some Rough Riders:





More Rough Riders:










More tank stuff:

I raised the hull up, as per Paradigm's review of the Bronekorpus tanks. It looks a lot better. From this...



...to this...



This barrel makes for a rather perfect Leman Russ Executioner. Just need to add a lascannon to the hull.

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 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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Cardiff

Argh, having glued one up I don't know if I prefer this arrangement now!!! The perils of choice.

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 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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Personally, I'd raise the hull on any you want as Russes, leave them lowered on any Chimera-hulled tanks. Should help distinguish them.

   
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I have a plan... Forward raised hull for Russ config, and I've made a rear raised hull with mini turret version for Chimeras. That way, the big box carrying troops is at the back. I'm going to model a new hatch on the flat back of the hull, rather than use the kit bits. Photos tonight, hopefully.


Automatically Appended Next Post:
Removed all the Chaos dabblings and early versions. Updates with more finished Scions and squads soon.

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 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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Cardiff

While I work on tanks and Rough Riders, I also threw together a couple of personalities.

My scratchbuilt Commisar Yarrick - DV Chaos Lord cloak, Space Marine front torso, Baneblade commander head, AOBR Warboss power klaw, Terminator arm, previous edition monopose plastic Terminator Storm Bolter, Scout legs and pistol arm, copious Green Stuff and Milliput. Still to do: drill barrels, final details, sand on base.




I've heard some people suggest that the GW Yarrick didn't actually kill Ugulhard, instead commissioning a human-sized klaw to *look* like he was a badass. Well, this guy doesn't have that problem. He has *definitely* killed a full-size Ork Warboss!


And here's a characterful medic, from a Macragge Lieutenant Whatsisname that had lost a hand and had a melty glue face. New 'rubber glove' hand from Empire Militia, oversize syringe cut down from a Marine back banner.



(eBay bits boxes are fun when you're bored)


Also, moved all my images to Dakka gallery as I'm bored of Photobucket, and they are hopefully more accessible now. Updating the whole plog was a bit of a pain!

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 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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Neat kitbashes!

though the shaved helmets make me think more 1950's sci fi than pith helmets

 
   
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Cardiff

Starting to paint. Yegads I'm bad at painting, it's been so long!!



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 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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Rough Riders update: there are now 10, including bugler and standard bearer (no in-game effects, they're just fluffy and look cool).









Just a tiny bit of gap filling and barrel drilling to do, then basing and painting.

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 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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I'd comment and tell you stuff looks great, but it seems like you don't notice or acknowledge any commentators.

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Cardiff

I haven't really given the thread a lot of attention, to be honest, so thank you for the praise and the criticism is fair and noted. ;-)


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And actually, kenshin620's comment has shaped the final direction of my Stormtroopers... Pics up very soon! I went much more "Fifties Spaceman" in the end.

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 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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Very cool stuff. The world needs more bearded guardsmen.

   
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Cardiff

Today I hit the bitz box, as well as finishing some Heavy Weapon teams. The Officers first...

I had a few of these guys kicking around:


So I cut them in half to become donor legs and raided the bitz box.



Then did some Greenstuffing.


And came up with these guys! Two Commissars, a new General and a Preacher. Hope you like them.









 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
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Cardiff

Some updates...

Characters and Command


Scions / Stormtroopers - I've decided mine will be known as 'The Old Guard' as they're all veterans of many a campaign.






These guys have all been base layered now and the flat, bold red looks fab. Really ties all the bits and conversion together.

Now the Infantry squads...





That's all for now. Hopefully some finished painted figures very soon!

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 Stormonu wrote:
For me, the joy is in putting some good-looking models on the board and playing out a fantasy battle - not arguing over the poorly-made rules of some 3rd party who neither has any power over my play nor will be visiting me (and my opponent) to ensure we are "playing by the rules"
 
   
 
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