Project gladius parts list

Hi all,

So it’s time to start thinking about the Thunderhawk. The kit is huge, complex and notoriously badly caste. The mould is 12 years old, so you should expect some warpage. The instructions for the kit is merger 5 pages long for a 109 part kit, and in nowhere near what you get in the most basic kit today. I have decided that the first thing to do is to check every part is here and is OK. Sadly the first thing missing is a parts list! They never wrote one! So, using the pages as a guide here is my Thunderhawk parts list.
Full parts TH

Sheet 1-cockpit
● core controls
● Chair x 2
● Crew x 2
● Controls with arms
● Controls alt
● Bulkhead wall rear/left
● Bulkhead wall rear/right
● Monitors x 2

Sheet 1 cockpit

Sheet 2-interior
● Lower fuselage
● Rear bulkhead
● Front bulkhead
● Ladder
● Stairs
● Bolter rack
● Upper celling
● Nose

Sheet 2 fuselage

Sheet 3-undercarriage
● Front landing pad
● Front landing leg
● Front leg piston
● Left landing pad
● Left landing leg
● Left landing leg door
● Main landing leg pistons x 2
● Right landing pad
● Right landing leg
● Right landing leg door

Sheet 3 Landing gear

front heavy bolter assembly x 2
● Left heavy bolter
● Right heavy bolter
● Upper heavy bolter mount
● Lower heavy bolter mount
● Central support
● Heavy bolter shield
● Targeting array

Sheets 3 Front guns

Wing heavy bolter assembly x 2
● Right heavy bolter
● Left heavy bolter
● Wing heavy bolter mount

Sheets 3 wing Guns

Sheet 4-fuselage
● Cockpit canopy
● front ramp
● Front ramp hinges x2
● Side door x2
● Sensor x2
● Upper fuselage
● Attack wing x 2
● Air brake x2
● Air brake support x2
● Attack wing hinges x4
● Front upper fuselage (not named on sheet)
● Upper fuselage rear (not named on sheet)
● Front ramp hinges x2

Sheet 4 front

Sheet 5-exterior
● Front canards x2
● front canard ailerons x2
● Wings x2
● Engine intake x2
● Main weapon ( turbo laser and battle cannon)

Sheet 4 Wings

● Engine exhaust x3
● Rear fuselage
● Tail plane
● Ailerons x4
● Elevators x2
● Tail fin

Sheet 5

(Additional parts)
● Hellstrike missiles x6
● Pylons x6
● Purity seals
● Aquila Eagles x3
● clear plastic card (for windows)
● Certificate

So that’s the parts. Next up is the prep work. I have decided, some what bravely, to break this process down. I will wash, clean and dry fit the core structure, then do each additional section as an individual project. To this end I have bagged the parts up in the sections as listed. I can just wash, clean and prep each section.

Bagged parts

Well, that’s the plan. Let’s see if it all works. Day one (proper) on this project is coming soon! Look out the next instalment of project Gladius.


2013 gaming review-what a year!

So 2013 draws to a close a it time to look back on what I got up to over year. I will try to pick out the bits that will have some thing to learn from, but it has been a great year in the hobby

1st quater-January to March

The year started badly with my loss to Norbert in the league final. It was last game with my marines in the league and after about 10 games he had finally worked them out. He deserved to win the trophy but 2013 would be my year (or not as it turned out).

It was around this time that I, with the support of the club, applied for a ‘play grant’ from our local council. Designed to promote club activity, this grant usually gets allocated to football clubs and other sports. This was the first time that any gaming club had asked for some money. We were awarded around £600.00 and we used this to grow our club. We purchased 2 realm of battle sets, lots of scenery and the 2 core sets. The idea is that if you turn up at our club, we will be able to teach you to play either core game. We held an event to paint the stuff up and had an open door painting session were 10 club members turned up help paint the boards.

New gameboards

New gameboards

Our clubs annual painting competition went well an I picked up 1st in the other section for my samurai guinea pig. I didn’t win the main prize, which was best in show, but simon trammer deservingly won for his ork storm boy. As Simon had organised the event, he refused to accept the prize of a battle force of his choosing. This was raffled off and I won! This gave me a necron battle force to add to my league army.

The rise of the Necron

I started using my necrons as my league force. This was a choice as the marines had dominated the league last year and I wanted to try something completely test games had gone well, but I was not really prepared for how effective the soulless metal hulks would be. My basic list was 2x 12 warriors, a-barge, doomscythe, nightscythe, lord and cryptech. This left around 500 pts to experiment with. I tried deathmarks, C’tan, destroyed, scarabs and spiders over the year, but it was wraith and tesseract arc that really struck a cord. You’ll find lots of blogs about the necron over the year, have look.


2nd quarter April-June

By now my necrons had a reputation and I was sitting pretty in the league. May saw my 40th birthday and I planned a trip to Warhammer world to spend my birthday money. A strange quirk of fate left me with £400.00 to spend, so I had my heart set on a warhound titian! After a lots of thought however, I changed my mind. Instead I went for the realm of battle and some forgeworld goodness. I added the tesseract arc, the fall of Orpheus and the necron citadel tile. It was great day with the family and it was such fun to spend big like that, I don’t normally get to spend that kind of money.

Painting wise I got loads done and I soon had a fully painted board, tesseract arc and a whole pile of Necrons.

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We also took a trip to Warhammer World for a game of Apocalypse.Using my orks and the Stompa, We had a blast and the ‘evil team’ of Me, Adam and Norbert got a clear victory over the imperial dogs (Matt, Lee and Jamie) the full blog is here

3rd quarter July-September

August saw our first kill team tournament. I had chosen my list using wraiths. Rather than just use normal wraith, I planned a new canoptek race, the shades. Made from converted wraith models, the shades went down well and I won the event. I did however lose one game to norbert for a second time! This was the first loss of the year and it would not be the last.

The 5 shades read for War!

The 5 shades read for War!

The tournament went well for the club and was our best event ever. I was luck enough to also win the best kill team at the event, voted for by the club members this did mean a lot to me.

League wise it was going well and I was leading the field for most of 2013.  I had a few close calls and the level of the games in 2013 was really high.  1500pts game I remained unbeaten all year.

By the end of september I started to plan my 2014 games and I decide to return to 2nd company Ultramarines, now reinforced with a Stormeagle. I started to tidy the force up and started to plan the new editions. the New codex out in Sept Helped me a lot and the force stared to take shape.

4th Quater October-December

The Last Quater of 2013 turned out to be great fun. Not only did I get to add a Fireraptor to the Ultamarines, but got to chat with Stuart Williamson, the Sculptor of this stunning Flyer

Finished Fireraptor

Finished Fireraptor

We meet while I was playing a great game against Lee and Norbert, my ally was Mark Bedford. it was a great game with Spacemarines winning against the alliance of the Dark eldar and the Imperial Guard. played on a Warhammer world scenic table this was one of the best games of 40K I have played. The Dark eldar advance was blunted, but they fought on, the Imperial Guard blazing away at Sternguard (75 las shots Vs 5 Sternguard, and the Sgt Survived!) Heroic Archorns taking on and killing 6 terminators, and the Centurions dying in the 1st turn, this game had it all!

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After game we made the Mistake of heading up to the Hall of Miniatures and on the left by the door are 2 Thunderhawks, I was blown away by them but at £400.00 I was never going to get one.  Forward-wind 2 weeks and I’d sold my orks for over £400.00 and you know What ended up with right? Project Gladius in next years big project so watch out for this, probably in Feb?

League wise, I lost 1 game all year, but due to the Game mechanics, I ended the outside the top 3. work meant I had to pull out of the wildcard stakes and the league decider is next week.  Our 40K league this year has been great and while I didn’t win, I don’t think I’d want to change anything. the games were fun, the players, while competitive, have been great opponents. No cookie cutter lists, not underhanded shenanigans and no bad blood. defeats were taken well and victories not rubbed in. I can’t wait for the new league!

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here is the last remaining humans lined up against all the remaining Necrons.

here is the last remaining humans lined up against all the remaining Necrons.

Painting wise 2013 has been great. with 3 ‘Big’ Forgeworld kits and loads of great models painted, I am proudest of my Board. I FINALLY have a fully painted and usable board with full painted and Usable scenery! it may not the thing I have painted, but Its the most useful. 2014 will see it getting a lot of use and the Ultramarines will be on campaign against the Imperial guard of Lee early in the new year.

So that was 2013! what great year with a great bunch of War gamers! 2014 is already looking like it will be better! The Games night will be more crowded, the Leagues will be tighter fought and I am sure we as a club will get to Warhammer world at some point! Killteam 2014 will have the new rules to use, and I hope we get some Apocalypse games in to.  The New Ultramarine list is taking shape, With more flyers, dreads and centurions on the way.  the Outlanders Open is only 6 days away and the new Leauge is 2 weeks off. 2014 is gonna be great!

1st Centurion

Till then, see you all across the battle table.





The even bigger build up

Hi and a merry Christmas to you all.

This year my family have been extra kind and my painting stack has substantially increased. The ‘To paint pile‘ now includes:

Aquila macro cannon
This model is huge! Even if if not being used it will make a great centre piece for any battle. For a plastic kit, the parts don’t come on the sprue. You get possibly the largest single plastic piece you will ever see (the main body of the building is one piece!) and 3 zip lock bags of fairly large bits.

I can see some great mission being fought over this fortification. You just see kill team missions to recreate films like the ‘guns of naveron’ where a stealth team try to destroy the gun.

Imperial entrenchment
The wonderful @ratinbun bought me an imperial entrenchment from forgeworld. I had not really considered this model much before, but getting it in my hands I can see I was wrong. It is stunning and will be so much fun to paint. I feel some what that lee, an avid imperial guard player was thinking about his army using this item in our regular games and I can see his colossus parked behind the sand bag walls. However, like the macro cannon, it could be used as a great objective to seize. I am really grateful to him for this wonderful gift.

Wall of martyrs imperial defence emplacement
This added to my current collection of Wall of martyrs models. I have 2 bunkers, 1 set of trenches and a set of emplacement. These kits have a strange effect on me. The sculpting is poor by gw standards and I should hate them, but I love them. They are fun to paint and work well on the table.

The second emplacement kit is great as it adds symmetry to the collection. ( not that I a bit OCD or anything!) it also means I can make a much bigger entrancement.

This is odd kit. Made up of a wrecked rhino, some dead trees and 2 craters, this will add some difficult terrain that also blocks line of sight. Again it’s a great objective for my games and with my scouts and centurions having ‘move through cover’ it makes for an interesting addition to my scenery collection.

Honoured Imperium
This pack of 3 imperial scenery pieces is a great, if somewhat ecleptic mix. You get the wrecked Aquila, a bit of broken building and the big space marine statue. I have wanted this for ages and I have already built and painted the statue. I was such fun to paint and weather it in. I can’t wait to crack on with the rest of kit. The Aquila is huge and will look great along side my crashed lander. The building part seems a bit random, but it’s a nice bit of cover to paint up. While it doesn’t fit my current collection, I hope to add a lot more wrecked buildings soon, so it’s a great addition to my wrecked city scape.

Space marine captain
I took part in the 2013 warmonger secret Santa and someone has sent me a finecast space marine captain. It’s the master of the relics with the servo skull and combi plasma. Not a model I would have chosen, but it looks a challenge to paint an I needed an additional model for space marine supreme hq for apocalypse games.

As well as the fantastic gifts I have a bit of money and vouchers. These will be invested into more marines and I am focusing on getting my battle company finished. I will add a devastator squad and a tactical squad along side a new dreadnought. I am thinking of adding an ironclad dread as it works well with the centurions with a few modelling nods to each other (siege drills and flamers) and with the addition of the stormraven they are a Death Star unit in the making.

As I have the combat squad from the battle force I can make the devs a 10 man squad. Taking the missile from the new tactical squad I will go for 2 launches and 2 plasma cannons. Mainly because I have 2 lass and 2 heavy bolters in the other dev squad. I will put a las-cannon into the 6th tactical squad. The dev sgt will get the fantastic power weapon arm from the sternguard kit. The iron clad will be armed with dread close combat arm and the seismic hammer. 2 heavy flamers will round off this unit.

So that’s the painting stack. It will take me months to get through this lot, so the bank balance can breath easier. The only thing I need to buy, apart from the forgeworld terminator shoulder pads is black spray. Lots and lots of black spray.

Till then, have a great new year and I hope 2014 bring you much luck (and new tyranids, imperial guard, space wolves, Orks and possibly new blood angles)

Return of the Star God.

My Necron need something big and after my Blog on the C’tan’s, I thought I would do something Special. I have always loved the K’daai Fireborn and this was my chance. I have never used Warhammer Forge bits so I was very excited. I hope to give you an idea as to how I do this.


Now I always deal with all forgeworld stuff the same way. After checking all the stuff is in the Box, I wash them out in warm soapy water. And then rinse off in cold water. I then cut off the excess and prep the models in the normal way.

After that I need the extra bits. To convert these Chaos Dwarf models into necrons I needed some 40k bits. I have loads of bits left over and my plan simple. The Head needed swapping out and the arms needed some weaponizing. This kit comes in a squad of 3. I wanted each to have a different look, so one would have 2 weapon arms, one would have a larger gun and the last would be all about the Claws.

I will focus on the 2 gun shard for now, but the other 2 are well on the way.

Parts List

1 K’daai Fire Born

2 Tesla Carbine

1 Old Metal Tomb Spider headImage

I started off with the head. I stripped of the Resign head. I trimmed it down with a knife and then I used my Multi tool to carve it out. I then had my chance to try out the Metal insect head. It really did not work, but Plan B was always to try it with a Necron Immortal Head. This looked ok, while a tad small it made him look more like a slave.


ImageI then used a bit of green stuff to sculpt up the flames. Now I am not a good sculptor, but these where quite easy.


Next up the arms,

I cut the Arms off just above the Greaves, taking care not to damage the delicate shoulder pad. Sadly, I managed to damage the shoulder spikes. I trimmed them down and shaped them to be less ‘chaosy’

Now again I attached these and it looked ok, but not a monster, I rummaged around for some blades, I noticed that under the Gauss Blaster was a small cutting blade. As I had 10 of these, I had plenty to play with. To give it gaming strength I needed to pin these. This was a mammoth task. Drilling in to these was very hard and I ended up damaging 4, but I still managed it to pull it together in the end.


With 4 blades on each ‘hand’ I finally had the Look I wanted!


Painting Wise, I wanted to go with my regular Green and bone, with Bronze accents, I soon end up with more brass and I think the overall look was great.

So thats my Necron Shard. I have 2 more to paint and tomorrow I will be trying in battle. i will do a Blog on the battle and i will let you know how it gets on.

Till then see you across the Battle table.