Monday, June 26, 2017

Taurox Hovercraft Feedback Requested

ello,  I had some second thoughts about the design of the Taurox air cushion skirt, so I printed up an adapter.  It adds about .5 inches (13mmm) to the length and width.

Please let me know which you think looks better



 It slips over the existing wavy skirt, no reprinting required!
And a before shot.



Thanks

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Taurox, Swampified.

Hey, glad to see you stopped by.   I just got done showing the Colonel the "Taurox" light infantry carriers and I'd be glad to show you as well.  One Warning:  They've been 'swampified'.

Yikes...  I tried to get out of the picture, but this demo pack is really heavy.

Before you ask, the barrels are plugged to keep the spray out.  (I will drill them later, maybe.)  You see the Colonel asked for a light armored vehicle, and called it a Taurox.  We borrowed one from the Cadian 127th and brought it to our motor pool.  After a few hours of shaking our heads and saying "It just won't work.", Ollie, one of our more instinctive mechanics...um enginseers... said, "Why don't we put that top on one of our Air Cushion Patrol Craft?"

Well we hemmed and hawwed for a bit then decided, what the heck, as long as we were careful with the patrol craft, its not like it was our Taurox.  

It was after Ollie nearly got shot by Joseph as he tested the autocannon, that they decided that having guns behind passenger doors was a bad idea.  We were hoping to get a heavy stubber up top, but all we could find was a storm bolter some Space Marine had left lying around as he was lifting a crate for us.


Not again!

Joseph!


So, I've been wanting to design another vehicle for my Swamp Guard, and now that I have my new Index, I thought "What about a Taurox Hovercraft?"

I took the dimensions and began by modeling this:




I think it keeps some of the Taurox character while incorporating some of this:

And here is what it looks like before and after painting.  

Oh, and don't worry the fans are on their way.  I'll be using 40mm computer cooling fans. 
As always, I truly appreciate your comments and thanks again for stopping by.





Monday, June 19, 2017

Review of the 83rd Catachan's Motor Pool

Col Trakken was able to take a Valkyrie and view the 83rd Catachan's motor pool today.  Here are some picture's his aide was able to take.

It appears a Space Marine and Dreadnought were visiting the motor pool while the Colonel flew over. The aide was assured that the Catachan Demolition Specialist was not a saboteur, however suspicious it is to be seen with a demo charge in a motor pool.

The maintenance chief, as the greasy and surprisingly unaugmented and burly enginseer introduced himself, noted that the lasgun arrays on the "chimeragators", or just "gators", were being repaired and would be reinstalled soon.  Also, the hatches were being requisitioned from a nearby Cadian regiment that had "extras".  The tracks on 3 of the vehicles had recently been overhauled and would be reinstalled within the week. Lastly the arctic camouflage would be replaced and the Lemonstre tank would be returned to swamp camouflage as soon as the Cadians received a new paint shipment.


Colonel Trakken turned to his aide and asked "Tell me again why this "regiment" from Dagobah is called the 83rd Catachan?"

The aide replied "It's Dagob 4-H sir."

The Colonel spoke "What?"

The aide replied softer "The planet they came from, it's Dagob 4-H sir.  I think the papers you saw may have been smudged." 


Trakken sighed.  "Fine.  Now explain why they are mustered under a Catachan designation."

The aide brightened. "Oh, that's easy sir.  You see after the last campaign, they were in desperate need of supplies to rearm and refit.  The Master Gunnery Sergeant went to the Departmento Munitorum Officer and requested supplies.  Luckily, the old CO had been tagging along and he was able to drag the Master Guns away before he could murder "that slimy little slug turd" as Master Guns put it.  As they were walking away, the old CO noticed a pile of supplies that was overflowing from its warehouse.  He sent Sergeant Barker to ask the DM officer who that gear was for, hoping to perhaps speak with their CO and help the regiment.  Sergeant Barker came back and said, quite characteristically. 'It just won't work' then he added a 'sir'  and before the Master Gunnery Sergeant could launch him across the supply yard with a backhand, he continued 'Those perfectly good supplies are for the perfectly and totally annihilated 83rd Catachan.'.

So you see, they continued walking on for a bit, when the old CO asked 'So what is the Departmento Munitorium regulation on merging regiments?'

Well, the Master Guns replied, 'Well sir, they don't rightly say, sometimes the larger unit name is kept, but sometimes its the regiment with the longest lineage.'

Then the CO asked 'Didn't we get Private Carl on loan from the 83rd Catachan?'

Then the Master Gunnery Sergeant got a wide smile on his face...'Carl, with the head wound, yes, sir, I believe we have some paperwork on that.'

Then the CO says, 'Good.  Return Carl to the 83rd, have him promoted, to say Lieutenant, and then send him my request to merge our two understrength regiments.  I'll defer and allow his unit name to be kept as long as our battle honors are transferred.  Since he is incapacitated, you may need to get someone to sign the orders for him.  Then after you get our insignia made, go get our supplies Master Sergeant.'

The Master Sergeant he just replies, 'Aye Aye Sir!'  and that was how it happened.

Colonel Trakken laughed.



I hope you enjoyed the flyby of the 83rd Catachan.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sneak peek at New Swamp Tank

Hey there, I don't have much time to post at the moment, but wanted to share a quick picture of the new Swamp Tank that will count as a Leman Russ with side sponsons.


Let me know what you think.  Also need a good name for it too.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Roll Call!

*****Confidential and Sensitive Communication*****
*****If you are not the intended recipient, please turn yourself in for summary execution.****

Colonel Trakken,
  As I promised when we met on the battlefield, your courage and leadership on that day will be rewarded.  You will find attached your promotion to full Colonel.  In addition, I have found a regiment for you to lead.
   You will have to accept my apology, but I due to recent events, I was not able to source a "fresh troop of he finest Cadians" for you to lead.  But I know you will agree that these men need your leadership even more. 
  They are a misfit bunch from a forgettable swamp planet. Dagobah or Dagob 4-H or something.  They have a strange manner and their uniforms are unconventional to say the least.  In my younger days, I'd have sent them all to penal legions and reeducation regiments.  However, experience has taught me to focus on results, and this band of misfits is nothing short of astonishing.  I'll let you view the records yourself, but of particular note is their mission accomplishment rate.  Flawless.
  You might be asking what commissars allow would allow such deviant behavior.  By some administrative foul-up, they haven't been assigned any replacements for over 2 years.  Their record in that time, flawless, with zero disciplinary issues.  When my orderlies asked how it was possible, they pointed to a burly and grizzled enlisted man wearing the an archaic rank insignia of a Master Gunnery Sergeant.  The troopers spoke with fear and awe of the silent warrior, who performed a similar role to a Lord Commissar.  He was aided by others with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant, which in this regiment is only gained with the approval of the Master Gunnery Sergeant and Commanding Officer.  But above all, they must have shown exceptional bravery under fire and be amongst the best fighters in the regiment.
  I'll leave it to you to decide if you will leave this strange arrangement in place.  Should you decide to request commissar replacements, I will approve your request without hesitation.
  Recent events also means you will have to make do with the regiment's current motor pool.  My adjutant reports they have some sort of amphibious transport, similar to a Chimera, but specialized for swamps that they call an Alligator.  They also have some other indigenous armored vehicles, including something they claim is equivalent to a Leman Russ.  Regardless, it's all you have until we can get this Cadia situation handled.  I'll put you on the top of the list for the next shipment of Leman Russ tanks and Chimeras from Mars.

Below you'll find the rest of the Roll Call.  Good luck Colonel.  The Imperium is counting on you.

11 Officers (Ranks too obscure to decipher)
2 Medics
11 Communication Specialists with Vox-casters
2 Standard Bearers
10 Flamer and 2 Heavy Flamer troopers
5 Melta-Gunners
4 Plasma Gunners
6 Demolitionmen
4 Mortar Teams
4 Lascannon Teams
2 Heavy Bolter Teams
1 Missile Launcher Team
1 Autocannon Team
65 troopers many of whom claim to be veterans.


signed Captain General Tiberius

****end transmission****

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Counts as Leman Russ (the tank)

Welcome to another post where I showcase a design in progress for my new Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Regiment.  The forces raised on Dagob 4-H are a hardy resourceful folk, and they aren't the type to ask for help.  They prefer to solve problems on their own.  And when it comes to things involving the Dagobian swamps, they particularly enjoy seeing the results of when people ignore their advice.

It wasn't long after the first new and improved starport was built that some settling was noticed.  Something that the Imperial Engineers had said was impossible.  The locals had advised the builders to use less material, but had been ignored.  Within a hundred years, the starport landing pads with a height of 50 meters above sea level were awash with the tides.

The first commissars declared the world unfit for training new armored regiments and had the first battalions shipped to Cadia where they promptly learned how little the Cadians knew of swamps.  The Dagobians did admire the Chimera and Leman Russ tank, but felt that "It just won't work, ya know."  When the first battalions returned, they practiced their maneuvers on the relatively solid ground of the starport and garrison.  The commissars raged at them for fearing to take the Emperor's finest into a silly swamp.  And they complained that the drivers were unsure of their skills and kept some distance from each other to avoid collisions.  Finally, the battalion commander relented with a sigh and "It just won't work, ya know."

This is how the vibrations of the battalion of tanks all in close order turned the once solid ground into a soup-like consistency.  The mighty vehicles struggled for a few additional meters and shuddered to a halt.  Without the vibrations of the hundreds of vehicles, the ground solidified and trapped the battalion, in perfect formation a few hundred meters from the starport.  As time went on, they slowly sunk below the surface, but Imperial pilots still use the sunken formation as a navigational reference as they approach the starport.

In response, the Dagobians, took one of their heavy crawlers and mounted a gun in place of the crane.  Later versions would become what you see below.  It is as wide as a Leman Russ with sponsons and it has tracks that are twice as wide and 1.5 times the length on the ground, greatly reducing the ground pressure.  By placing all of the crew in the hull, the weight was reduced without sacrificing protection.  These vehicles are rare and treasured by Dagobian Regiments.  Once lost they are replaced by the standard Leman Russ tanks.

This is the tank hull and main gun.  I used the Stryker MGS as inspiration for the turret.





Here you can see the front hull mounted weapon, a low profile remote turret, and the two rear mounted, sponson type, remote turrets.  All are mocked up with heavy bolters currently. 


Here you can see the rear doors and engine exhausts
And a frontal view.

Please let me know what you think in the comments.  I'll be printing one up soon if I don't get too distracted by the release of 8th edition.


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Counts as Chimera the Alligator APC

So, a quick post to update the Alligator.  I got to work with some tracks and some additional bits.  Let me know what you think.


I'm wondering, should I add details like rivets to make it more like the Chimera or do I leave the design alone?


*****UPDATE*****

I made some tweaks and started a new print last night.  Unfortunately, I ran out of PLA while I was sleeping.  The roadwheels look really good, and it was much easier to clean up.

I've loaded in a new roll and am in the process of printing another. As for this one, I think I'll try and print just the top and glue them together.  Wish me luck!




Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Swamp Regiment's Alligator APC

So, as hinted at in the previous post, I have been diligently working on the APC to replace the Chimera in my new Imperial Guard / Astra Militarum Regiment. 

Being from a Swamp Planet, Dagob 4-H to be exact, they have had to adapt exploration and agricultural vehicles to equip their regiments.  It's said the first battalion of Leman Russ tanks is still resting, in perfect formation, buried in meters of muck just a few hundred yards from the edge of the rockcrete surface of the main starport.

Below you can see a rendering of it.
The Alligator APC is a development of the General Purpose Agricultural, Terraforming and Rescue Vehicle or Gp-ATR.  The Gp-ATR is a lightweight open topped vehicle used to travel to various agricultural mega crawlers that roam the extensive marshlands of Dagob 4-H.  The waters of Dagob 4-H are so rich in nutrients that not only is a significant portion used for hydro-cultivation of rice and other foods, but it was once canned and sent with troops as soup.  It was not popular, but drinking the waters of Dagob 4-H is not harmful.*

Below you can see a few prototypes.  The one on the right was selected for production.  The turret sizes were adjusted after this version.


Once I get some tracks on it I'll get some paint and a few better*** pictures up.  What do you think so far?


*As the 1st regiment that was issued "soup" was killed by an errant artillery barrage of propaganda leaflets**, it is uncertain if drinking soup will have lasting harmful effects.

** The Master of Ordinance choose to mix High Explosive shells into the barrage of morale boosting, signed and individually serialized, ministorium approved, metal foil impregnated, limited edition, collectable posters of famous commissars to ensure a wider distribution of the leaflets.  Sadly the leaflets were nearly all destroyed.  Many of the leaflets that survived were used to bandage wounds where the metal foil proved to have an unfortunate toxic effect.

***I'll let you be the judge of what exactly better means.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

New Imperial Guard Regiment

Hi, I came across a good deal on som Catachan IG, and have decided to start another army....  I wanted these guys to use custom vehicles, designed especially for swampy conditions.  The first one that came to mind was replacing the Chimera with something like an LVT-A-1.

I've already modeled one up, so expect more soon.

thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Raven Guard Centurions and Dreadnought

I got a bit of paint on my converted (and taller) Raven Guard Centurions.  I've placed them next to my converted Dreadnought for scale.


I believe that the Dreadnought was from the old Assault on Black Reach or some other starter set.  I 3D printed the arms and used some tubing for the Autocannons.  The raven is an extra I printed when making the Corvus Storm Raven conversion.  I don't know how much time these guys will see on the table, but they bring a lot of shooting.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Fixing the Space Marine Centurion

So, I wasn't sold on the Space Marine Centurions when they were first released, but I figured there must be a way to make them look better.  Something like the picture below.


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At this point I need to point you to this article, which forms the start of this project.  Simon over at Master of the Forge, posted a great tutorial on how he went about fixing the Centurion.  Looking at Simon's tutorial is essential to understanding what I've done.  I did not opt to narrow the shoulders, and I added the piece removed from the feet to the bottom of the siege drill piece. This added a bit of extra height.  I opted not to make new leg armor, but uses groin armor plates as kneepads.  I extended the hydraulics with some sections of styrene tubing.

But most importantly, I took the underslung heavy bolters and made them into pistols.

Kind of like this


or this
or this

Here's the back side of them.


And a close up of the leg extensions.

Next, I'll be removing the iconography from the right shoulder pads, and adding my small 3d printed raven symbols, cleaning up those ugly mold lines and getting these ready for a coat of black primer.

Let me know what you think in the comments. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Corvus Pattern Storm Raven

Ok, I think we can all admit that the official model for the Storm Raven is a bit...meh.

I saw the Deathwatch Corvus Blackstar and was smitten.  If only it wasn't so...um...inquisitional.

I picked one up and went to work!


First I worked on the I on the top of the craft.

Then I tackled the doors.


Before you ask, I 3d printed the red symbols.  I took an image and traced it in a CAD program to make my STL files.  I am pleased with how they came out.

I then scraped and filled a few other spots.

All together it looked pretty good, with little indication that it was a deathwatch transport.


I went with Twin-Linked LasCannons and Twin Linked Heavy Bolters.

Here's it with some paint, WIP but playable.

My Raven Guard appreciate camouflage, and avoid big white symbols.

Let me know what you think in the comments.








Monday, January 16, 2017

Raven Guard Sniper Scouts and LSS (now with paint)

Although I enjoyed the previous two paint schemes of my Raven Guard & Raptor Scout Squads, I thought I'd try and something a with a dirty grimy feel to it.  The Land Speeder Storm started black with white markings.  (Really, I swear its true.)  It the received a few dry brushes and washes and even a spray mist of thinned graveyard earth with the passengers and crew loaded  to get to its final grimy state.

I'm considering touching up the lights and a few other details, but based on my experience, after enough time with fine dust, they just look like more of the hull.


Dust inside a tent, during a windy day.

 Various dirty, grimy vehicles in Afghanistan.