Monday, May 3, 2010

The Bishkek 2nd Penal Squad, part 4: the end of this project


The Emperors' finest are all finished up. After completing the troopers, I finished up their ride as well. Although the Penal Squad doesn't have a dedicated transport (they could board during the game though), I had to build this to fullfill my vision of how they would get to the battlefield: in the cage.
This is what I started with
and this is what it looks like now.
the back, with extra jerry cans
This red thing with the power cable going down, is a little fluff that I thought up. It's a laser, which becomes active when people move through it's field of view (like climbing out..). It shoots out a near lethal dose of energy. You can see diagonally across I built another one. The convicts don't mess around with these things.
This thing is pretty torn up from the years of service driving criminals to the front lines..here's the holding area. You can also see the lasers a little better in this image.
I painted it white and washed chestnut ink over it. After that dried a light dry brush of boltgun metal which makes it all look pretty realistic.

Once I positioned the actual penal squad in and around this chimera, the picture really came alive:
Here are some of the men inside..
The drivers job is simple: keep driving, ignore the insults and don't look back
I realized that I have been painting the Bishkek 2nd since February of 2009. I don't have much to show for it but here it is: (the Valkyrie didn't fit in this cubby).
I played my first game in over 8 months with it this weekend...I lost but it was great fun.

Mike

14 comments:

  1. Impressive, characterful army. Full of original conversions & creative reinterpretations of old standards. You've got alot to be proud of with this group here, sir.

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  2. Quiet impresive! I like very much the family photo.

    My army seems simple in comparation.

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  3. I've got to agree with the last two, I was very jealous of your army when I saw that photo - it really is unique in every way!

    Oh, and that laser idea is just awesome!

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  4. It's true, photos of an army like this one really do inspire. There are tons of conversions and it's all well painted. Awesome!

    Cheers

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  5. You can't see it, but I'm standing in front of the computer executing a full golf-clap... You Sir (and those like you) are why I've kept at this silly game/hobby/obsession!

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  6. Fantastic work, that transport is simply brilliant.

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  7. You've got a great imagination. I love the idea, the theme, the conversion. Very nicely done!

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  8. The paint job makes the project come alive. I am glad to see that your force could finally hit the table for the glory of the Emperor ...

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  9. Brother, I tell ya, I've spent the better part of the morning pouring over each of your Bishek 2nd posts and I am mucho impressed. That is one of the coolest themed, and excellently executed armies I've ever seen...and I've seen a lot!

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  10. What an excellent army. Wonderfully imaginative and inspiring. Great stuff.

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  11. I'm seriously envious, excellent transport, outstanding army, what more needs to be said!

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  12. Colonel FredricksMay 5, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Excellent work loving the penal legion, inspirational work.

    Colonel Fredricks

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  13. THANKS YOU ALL FOR THE WONDERFUL COMMENTS. I am really proud of my army and love to hear others like it as well. It keeps me going and hopefully you all won't get bored.
    Mike
    Santa Cruz Warhammer

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