Monday, May 16, 2011

Plastic Storm Trooper - My version

Here's my prototype storm trooper.  He's made from Cadian torso/legs, green stuff, Wargames factory Shock Troop shotgun arm modified with the muzzle from a Catachan lasgun, and the ever popular Pig Iron head.  More on the conversion process after the jump.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Wargames Factory Shock Troops Heavy Weapons -- Preview Review

WGF - used without permission
Wargames Factory has posted up a preview of the Heavy Weapons crews to go with their Great Coat Shock Troops.  I love the basic troops -- they're great conversion fodder, as you can see here, here, and here.  Here are my thoughts on the preview.

The preview appears shots of the CAD drawings so hopefully they'll still be able to incorporate some of the comments folks have left.  First off, it looks like WGF is trying to step up the level of detail on the new models -- this is both a plus  and a minus -- on the plus side, the upper torsos feature a new, more detailed armor design that will make great carapace armor.  On the minus side, they aren't cohesive with the old Shock Troopers.  Likewise with the new helmets -- they look good but they remind me more of french WW1 helmets than the coal scuttles of the original troopers.  Of course, I'll probably use pig-iron heads anyway so not a big deal for me.

The kneeling pose on the mortar-man is welcome but the squatting pose on the other gunner is a bit of a miss  in my opinion -- I can't quite see using it with a heavy weapon though perhaps with some thought I can come up with other uses for it.

 Finallly the heavy weapons themselves are a bit of a mixed bag -- the twin-linked gatling gun has potential (Hydra conversion anyone?)  the beam weapon not as much.  The missile launcher and the mortar look fine, though I'd lose the paws on the bipod.

I'll probably buy at least one box of these guys just to play around with.  I can solve some of the cohesiveness problems with a razon saw to mix and match the upper torsos from the standing shock troopers with the kneeling legs.  Likewise that will enable the use of the new torsos for Carapace Armor.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Marbov Gets First Blood

So my new Sly Marbo got his first use this weekend in my FLGS' monthly apocalypse game.  He popped up behind a Squad of Paladins with an attached Libby that had come in the previous turn and didn't disperse...

Direct hit with the demo charge.  2 made their 5++ and charged him the next turn taking him out. Still not a bad trade. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Al Rahem painted

Busy past couple of weekends have kept me from doing anything to post up.  But here are a couple of pics of my Al Rahem stand-in all painted up. 

I went with the lightning effect on the power sword using a red/orange color.  What do you all think?  Would I be better off with a purple or blue scheme. 

.  Now I just need to get the rest of the platoon painted.