Sunday, 20 August 2017

Rain Encourages Progress.

Now that I'm back from Barcelona after a 20th Anniversary break (I was not there at the time of the murders) a bit of rain has encouraged to crack on with some painting.

The main drive is to complete the crews and protection force for the Sledgehammer battery.  Time is running out as I will soon be on a six month enforced 'normal life break'whole and I really want to try a whole Army photo shoot before I go.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Holiday Progress.

Thanks to being able to grab some quality time off, I've made a start to the Sledgehammer battery.

All three BFGs, the crews and the two-squad (so far) protection force have been built and undercoated.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Sledgehammer Battery Ready....just waiting for a dry spot for spraying!

I've finally arrived home for the first time in a couple of weeks, delayed by the number of cheeky holiday makers using my south coast route, so I was able to get to grips with the tracks and shields.
I've conducted most of the head swaps for the crews as well.
Now, it only depends on the South West achieving some form of dry spell so I can start the spraying.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

It's Just So Cute

Opinion of GW will always be, shall we say, divided.

The new starter sets however do have things going for them.

Number 1, the box makes simple terrain.  I love the cargo containers.  They'll fit in with my old 2nd Ed terrain next time I set them up.

The snap fit figures are nice as well.  I know the later box sets may have more options but I have enough there to add to the Dark Imperium box set to have a decent Primaris set up.

Now, do I consider picking up another four mats to have enough for a 6ft x 4ft table?  Has to be cheaper and easier to store than a Sector Imperialis.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Experiments With Colour Schemes

Whilst waiting for the next delivery, I've decided to try an Army Green base coat for my Praetorian BFGers.

I still don't know what to do for my Kharadron Squat platoon lurking in the background.  Something will come up, it always does.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

A Temporary Halt To Progress

Unfortunately, as the tracks and shields haven't arrived yet, I can't progress past putting the guns together.  As I'm away for a couple of weeks, it'll be late July/ early August until I get to finish the beasts.

I have enough male pith helmet heads to be able to convert most of the crew but the replace ment heads for the female crew ill be arriving with the tracks order.

On a plus point the Bones material is soft enough to cut through easily so head swaps aren't an issue.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

I Couldn't Resist....

As per the title, I just had to unpack a BFG and have a little play.

The kit is an absolute dream.  With everything pre-cut from the sprue and nattily laid out in the box, it is so easy to put together.

I haven't glued the wheels and undercarriage together as I'm awaiting some tracks and a gun shield but, as a positive, I'll have plenty of wheels left over for some conversions.

The gun is made from hard plastic. The crew, however, are made of the Bones material which, to me, feels a little weird.  It is very soft and fairly bendy.  Again, there is a positive.  The heads are easy to remove to add the pith helmets (so sue me, it's a Praetorian blog).

No issues with the female crew as some of Victoria's female pith helmet heads are on the way with the tracks.

Friday, 30 June 2017

They're Here.....


They have finally arrived, coincidentally when I had arranged an extended weekend.

Isn't modern technology frustrating when you can live track your delivery van and you are number 134 on the delivery list meaning your time slot is 1630 - 1730 but the van is only half a mile away delivering number 15.  First world problems eh!

Nevertheless, they are now mine and with the order made with Victoria Miniatures for the alternative tracks and gun shield (x3), it'll be a happy August when I finally get the time to put them together.

Nice packaging as well.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Sledgehammer BFG and Victoria Miniatures

As some lucky types on the North American continent have already got their hands on the guns, Victoria Miniatures have released the first of the add ons and alternatives for the set as well as resin versions of the Bones crew.

US$74.99 for the retail price.

 I'm not too bothered by the barrel above but I do like the look of the blast shield.  But do I wait even longer for the tracks?

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Kickstarter Projects Within Sniffing Distance

It has been a week for good news as regards the Kickstarters I have backed.

First of all, the Reaper/ Victoria Miniatures Sledgehammers (or BFGs) should be crossing the Atlantic right now to a UK distribution hub.



Additionally, Mantic are close to approving the design of the Tunnelers for my alternate Praetorian Armoured Fist platoon.  Test shots of a plastic model are shown below:

The race is on.  I need to have these in hand and done by the end of Summer.  After that, no hobby time for quite a while!!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Stompa Camo

Following the purchase from the show last week, I picked up some Army Painter sprays...and pound shop Blu Tac... in town this morning before having fun this afternoon.

I tend to go for more of a toned down 'realistic' camo for my Blood Axes.  This one is courtesy of Army Green and Desert Yellow.

Next week, when I remember to bring my paints home, I'll work on the head gear and some other details.

Monday, 15 May 2017

When You Get A Tax Rebate Before A Wargames Show...Part 2

A Stompa for £40.  That was bought and placed in the back of a car within 10 minutes of getting in the venue.

It's not perfect.  The original owner has left a fair few gaps that will need filling but the box came with most of the parts still on their sprues.

The one addition I have made however is the presence of a large lump of green stuff on the head for a beret.  The Stompa will be providing heavy support for my Blood Axe boys.  I've used the Blood Axe symbol from the Nobs kit to add a beret badge.

I think to save time, this one will be painted with sprays and the use of large amounts of blue tac for a camouflage pattern.

Busy times!!