a Sunday update, so very late.

Totally missed any updates for the few weeks! Work life has been mad, and hobby wise it’s all been a super heavy busy. So what have I been up to?

Project gladius
The big build on my thunderhawk is going well. I have completed the the. Inside and assembled the bodly. I have made a start on the green work, filling the gaps, but it’s a ball ache of a chore. I will blog a full update on this soon.

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Imperial knights
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t have missed the arrival the imperial knights. This new kit is the the long waited thin edge of the wedge. Finally gw have added a supper to the basic game. No longer just apocalypse or escalation, the arrival of super heavies in the normal game is the beginning of the end for the foot slogger. Gw have wanted to head this way for a while and the riptide and wraithknight were the start. The super sized kits are awesome pieces of work, but can dominate people’s budget. (Ok, rant over for now)

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On the hobby side, the knights are stunning. I love the kits and sold off most of my imperial guard to fund 2 of these hunched behemoths. I planned to use them to support my ultramarines, but to allow my to play with the airbrush for a paint scheme. So house verdan was born.

I have bought some proper airbrush paints from elemental games, what a great service by the way, and this has allowed me to have some fun playing with them. The Vallejo air range is great. The paints are a good quality for what I want and are under £2 a pot.

House verdan are from a heavily forested planet and the camo paint scheme reflect this . I have added different coloured trimming and some free hand blocking to make them stand out. The knight transfer sheet is very good with a much lower over hang on the decals. Only the decal it’s self comes away from the sheet, with none of the clear edging that you normally get.

Ultramarine reinforcements
The boys of the 2 company needed a few changes as I had some units that I just can’t use. Tactical 3 never got used as the triple plasma just never worked for me. I made the following changes:

Sgt from plasma pistol and power sword to combi flamer and chain sword

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Plasma cannon to missile launcher

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Plasma gun to grav gun

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This mix dramatically drops the points value and make the squad more usefull. I Also painted the sgt for assault 2. Again the sgt for assault squad 1 (thunder hammer and storm shield) is to pricey points wise and never lives long enough to be of any use! Sgt 2 gets a power weapon only. I have made him using a mix of vanguard, sternguard and assault marine bits.

Stormraven
It’s no surprise to anyone to say I love my flyers! I love all the current models and the way they play. I am especially fond of the marine flyers and have wanted to add a raven to the force. My only issue is the it doesn’t work well with the raptor and eagle with the large top turret on the top. I decided to make it a slim line version. I trimmed the air intake down by 2cm, and found a slimmer turret, from cheekily named forge planet on the net. The las cannons on this kit were a bit basic, so I swapped them with the forgeworld ones left over from my demios preadator. Paint wise it was the first vehicle I have painted since I moved from the old ‘ultramarine blue’ to ‘atldof blue’ this has resulted in a darker look and the match is not good.. However, it’s still looks good, just a lot newer than the rest of the airwing.

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Gaming wise, games have been few and far between, but have been great. I fought dark angles for the first time and got a hard fought victory. The centurions really worked form me deploying from the eagle they tore through the dark angles.

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I had a great game vs lee Bedford and he pulled a great surprise. He used the imperial armour list-armoured column. That’s 4 leman Russ tanks, 2 basalisk, medusa, knight and a hydra. Not a single foot slogger! As I had Taken 2 knights and a half battle company, it turned into a one sided affair once his tanks started to die. It was still the best surprise deployment I have ever seen and he managed to keep the knight, the pride of Albion, from for 2 weeks! I really enjoy games vs lee and I can’t wait for the next game! Lee has also joined club and got a Stella win in his first game, I think his arrival will shock most other gamers, his tank heavy force is something to behold. Most of your army is useless against them!

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So, that’s the last. Couple of months updated. I still have loads to assemble and paint, but the stack has reduced. I think any new purchases will need to be for the gaming board and I am itching to get my hands on imperial armour 2. Knowing me, once I get thus book, more forgeworld tanks will follow. I do feel that my marine lack ground based fire power, the land raider Achilles in particular looks like it will fill a whole in my army nicely.

Sunday update 020314

It’s been quite a week at work so work on project gladius has been slow. Need to start off by say a huge well done to lee, (@ratinabun on twitter) his Lego iron maiden went supernova on miniature monad this week with over 1200 re tweets! Madness I tell you. His project is film some ‘live’ maiden tracks using stop motion on a fully working stage. The guy is a slightly mad genius.

For project gladius, my thunderhawk, I have managed to finish the cockpit completely now and the top roof is done. Work has stared on the inside of the main body, with the nose section walls done.

Also completed is the landing gear assembly and this turned it to a total pain. I could not get the thing level and, being very slightly anal about these thing, this took me a while to fix.

I got some work done on the pilots as well, but these need to be finished. I have ordered the acrylic rod for the base, but I am still thinking about the main body of the base. It needs to be really strong, but I want it to be clean. This is taking some planning and any ideas are greatly appricated.

On the hobby front of course is the realise yesterday of the knights and the announcement of the codex: imperial knights. I caved in and I have ordered 2 of these beasts and the codex. To do this I have sold my imperial guard. This army was on the shelf and not getting any love. If I still had it when the codex is released, you know I would slide off target.

I have decided to try the airbrush out on the knights and using k’oosh from Babylon 5 as the core of an idea, house verdan’s core house colours will be a mottled green. I am also going to base the metal using Vallejo airbrush paint. (Gun) this is a new challenge for me and I have bought a couple of Vallejo air paints to play with.

So, that’s me for the week. I have spent enough this month already and I have more to paint. I will try to finish the interior of the thunderhawk this week, but then I will do the 2 knights. I am planning on doing both at the same time, to help me them match. What could possibly go wrong?

Till next week, see you across the battle field.

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