Friday, January 28, 2011

Exemplum: Vostroyan Casualties

So I finally bit the bullet and plunked down cash for these guys on Ebay. Picked up the three for $23... not too terrible for OOP, limited edition models. Basically, they are the last of the Vostroyan model line that I did not own.

I based them on 40mm and added some additional scenery bits. I didn't want to go overboard and detract from the focus on the models, themselves. I still need to add some coarse ballast before priming but I like the way the decorative bases came out. These guys will ultimately serve as objectives markers for my 51st Vostroyan Firstborn.

Speaking of metal models, I read someone lamenting recently that the move to plastic has actually diminished the "gotta catch 'em all" mentality of the dyed in the wool collector. I suppose that is true now, as there really is no "complete set" of models because all of your plastic sets will be built differently from all of mine.

The Vostroyans really are GW's latest and final all metal line of models. I must admit to (obviously) liking this series precisely because they are metal. There is a range of poses across this model line that allow diversity in squads while still maintaining the detail and heft that is unique to metal models.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Exemplum: It's Good to be King

A couple of pre-game apocalypse shots. There's nothing like bringing a couple of extra friends to a party!

"Say hello to my little friend!"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Commutatus: Psyker Battle Squad

I've had a box of WFB Flagellants laying around my workspace for a while just waiting to be converted into a psyker battle squad. Unfortunately (for them) I've been using some Ash Waste Nomads as perfectly legitimate stand-ins. However, I have recently had an interest in running a penal legion, so the ash wasters have been upgraded, so to speak, into former occupants of one of the many penitentiaries that are hidden under hive Nercomunda.
These wild psykers have been culled from the masses of humanity that normally exhibit little or no warp taint. They have been herded off into the dreaded black ships that ply the immaterium, relentlessly searching for their psychically attuned prey.
The few that survive the less-than-deft touch of the imperial interrogators are formed into battle squadrons, held in the most loath conditions, until such time as their unique form of warfare is required. Sanctioned by the imperium, these psykers exist only to serve the Emperor.
This servitude will last for only as long as it takes for them to die on the field of battle, killed by the enemy or their overseer for succumbing to the warp. As such, the comfort of these sad creatures is largely disregarded. They are confined to psychically sealed chambers aboard the great dreadnoughts that carry the imperial guard to their next conflict.

Commutatus: IG Manticore

I had posted a while back that the whirlwind turret fit perfectly into the older style leman russ kit. Well, here is the finished project. I have to say that it actually came out better than I thought it would.

I went this route mainly because I have more Russ chassis lying around than I typically use in a game and I had a whirlwind kit for a marine list that never saw the light of day.

Does anyone else find themselves chopping off a hull mounted lascannon and going with the flamer instead? After a few engagements, I am realizing that once the turret is gone, these guys make nice, little mini-hellhounds.