Zooooooommmm!!!

I finally painted five raptors.  This may seem sensationalist, but I got these raptors for Christmas (at the same time as my terminators in fact) so finally getting round to finishing them is a big deal.

Here they are in all their glory:

Finally done

Well… not all of them.  I accidentally kitbashed 12 of them, so I’m less than halfway through them. How did I get to this place?

Anyway, lets take a closer look at these models:

Sergeant [name]

The main thing is the lightning claw effect.  I tried to do some quasi blending with thraka green wash.  I simply painted the claws white and then layered over the wash, just covering less and less.  At tabletop distance they look pretty good, but up close they look blotchy and a bit ‘off’.  A good first attempt methinks.

Yes, he doesn’t have a name (yet)… I will accept suggestions in the comments below.  I may ignore them…

…I’ll probably ignore them.  But you peeps have fun anyway.

Special weapons

Flying special weapons bod:

Walking special weapons bod:

The ‘normals’

(I’m just going to lump them all together)

Again there’s one flying and walking, flying form the raptor kit and walking from the assault marine kit.  Nothing too special going on here,

I’ve also been working on some other things, including this vindicator conversion:

Scrubbing this Helbrute:

I’m slightly disappointed that I didn’t get many pictures of the conversion in action.  It’s my first conversion that isn’t kitbashing.  As in, there was cutting involved

The origin of it is 1) the new traitor legions book, which incentivises ordnance weapons and 2) I had a rhino lying around.

The first thing I did was try to find the sprues that are sold with the vindicator set.  But these are impossible to find.  So the next thing was the big momma cannon, but that was just ridiculous in size and price.  Expensive to the point where I may as well have bought another vindicator.

From somewhere came the idea to use the defiler cannon.  Really I have no idea where it came from just suddenly I thought ‘I wonder if that would fit’.  And lo, it did; and I saw that it was good.

The basic steps are here: Cut a rectangle out of the top right corner of the rhino front panel.  Then slip the defiler cannon in the gap, gluing the top of the cannon mounting to the front of the top part.  Next, up-armour the front by gluing the plates and the window armour on the left hand side and placing the cowling from the defiler kit around the cannon (this nicely covers any rough edges from the cutting).

Then I chaosified the rest in the normal way 😉

And I’m starting to experiment with basing…

I’m going for salt flats a la Star Wars 8

Here’s where we’re at so far

The front half is based red and the other Ulthuan Grey.  Then I put Agrellan Earth over it, using different thicknesses to see how the cracking works.   I quite like the deep cracking over redThen Ulthuan Grey over the top of it all.  I quite like the deep cracking over red, but I’m not quite sure where to go with it – maybe some ceramite white layered over, maybe use more texture paint?

Anyway, I’m off to watch an 8th edition battle report and deliver my musings on how my iron warriors are going to fare.

See ya!

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Some lessons from a game

I had a game what must be a few weeks ago now and now I have finally written up some points I learnt from it. (I was playing Iron Warriors vs Smurfs, using the traitor legions supplement).

So onto the 5 points 🙂

1. Obliterator as troops are epic

They are just AMAZING!

Like, any Iron Warriors army should really consider taking CAD instead of the Grand Company formation.  Deep striking, tank hunter, objective secured, 2 wounds, 2+/5++, 6+ FNP, fear, slow and purposeful… What’s not like? These possibly won me the game – deep-striked into my opponent’s back line and cleared out an objective and then stole it from under him.  And then refused to die.  1 point for objective and one for 1 point for linebreaker.  Bish Bash Bosh

Men of the match

2. Havocs are solid

They did really nicely secured my flanks, my opponent couldn’t do his cheeky land speeder flank attack as he didn’t want run through my right flank missile launchers.  The left autocannons popped a transport in their first salvo and then played tennis with a devastator combat squad.  The tank hunter makes them pretty good at that kind of thing.  If you’re going for a CAD, obliterators might be better though, that way your back line objectives are secure.  However, in a chaos warband you can’t take the ob sec oblits but you can take havocs, so worth bearing in mind…

3. Use daemonforge early

Yeah, defilers are good, but they’re not any use if they’ve been tarpitted by scouts 😦 should have used daemonforge early and then objective would have been clear and i could have rampaged across his left… oh well.

4. Warpsmiths are not alpha males

They do not do well in close combat.  That said, it was warpsmith in a unit of bog standard CSMs (avec c&c weapons) versus a kitted out command squad with librarian. It. Was. Not. Pretty

But the squad was avenged by… the havocs.  The autocannons never fail XD They riddled the command squad with heavy fire and broke them.  The fall back stopped them getting line breaker. Woop Woop!

See ya soon

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