Monday, December 8, 2014

Using alternate barrels for a Kheres Assault Cannon

Recently I was able to own two Contemptor Dreadnoughts, unbuilt and fresh in the bag. One of them was a Relic Contemptor and I built him in a standard mode with the powerfist and a Meltacannon. He is being painted in white right now, as one of two Space Wolf contemptors.

But the other one, which will be painted blue, I wanted to build with the 'cheese cannons', the Mortis Contemptor with the double Kheres Assault Cannons.

image: Forgeworld

When I opened up the package, I wasn't too happy with the quality of the 6 barrels of the guns. Here's a shot of all the parts (not my parts - found it on google), and you can see that the barrels are not straight.

On my set it was similar - I tried working with it, but wasn't happy.

That's when I dug out some Evergreen Plastic rod of an appropriate diameter and cut off six equal lengths. Then I got to work, slowly but surely.

After twenty minutes of quiet and patient work, my alternative barrels were built and the gun looked great:, straight, tight and the barrels were just a tad fatter, which makes the cannon look more formidable.

Give it a try!

SC Mike

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ahh, the ongoing projects....

I think I can speak for many of you when I say that I feel overstretched, distracted and without enough time to finish all the modeling projects that I am so excited about. I keep telling myself it's OK, "you still have a lifetime of modeling ahead of you", but when your buddies start putting some ultimatums on you, it makes you think. So today I am taking stock.

1. 1000 point mirror list
Every heard of this insane idea? Everyone in your modeling group agrees on building the exact (i mean exact) same Space Marine list. Can be any army, but no army specific weapons or rules. For some reason, all my friends put this together in a matter of weeks, but I have completely imploded on it.

I received this entire army from SC John in a ziplock bag, all battered old models with crazy amounts of paints on them. I figured it would be interesting to NOT strip but instead paint over all of them and see if they could look decent. While John handed over the bag, he threatened: "better get started on this...", then in a friendly, wishing voice: "I just want to play games with my would be so great if you could also be there..."
 Ah, I know I am such a turtle when it comes to painting. The armor is almost done and I am happy with it, but repainting old space marines takes me forever.

BUT it will have to get done and I might just start a series with all our 1000 point armies to give myself a kick in the butt. I need deadlines! 

2. Bolt Action British Eight Army
This past week I finally finished all the 15 models I put together 8 months ago along with a tank.It felt great and I really enjoyed putting the group together for a family picture. 
Of course the box set from Perry Miniatures has 38 models in it, so that leaves 23 models unbuilt, unpainted.....but finishing this group was a personal victory for me!

3. Spacewolves
With the new rule set my Wolfwing went out the door and I am faced with retooling the Wolves. First I modeled this guy, a psyker Inquisitor, Lord Coteaz!
Then the wolves:
and now a few Contemptor Dreadnoughts, one of which I put together as a relic dreadnought over the past few days. Here's an artsy shot of that guy:
Here is another Landraider that also fits in this army, but the one on the right is not ready yet, and I haven't touched him in 6 months or so....but it should be there when I am ready!

4. Bolt Action US Army Northern Italy
This is the army I feel most satisfied about right now. I love playing Bolt Action and the army is painted up, so each time I get a model for it, I can finish it and feel that the army is complete. Over the last three weeks I worked on this little jeep and I enjoyed creating a small family shot as well. I will do a post on the jeep this coming month.

5. What else is there? Well these guys:

So in sum, there are so many models still to build and paint. I generally don't get to play much so the deadlines of having units ready before a game don't really happen often. So it all boils down to a good feeling about a project; it can happy suddenly one morning. I FEEL like painting some goblins and BAM, I manage to paint one or two. And then they go back to sleep. 

Does anyone else recognize the behavior in this post? If so share some stories, and links.

SC Mike