Monday, 15 January 2018

Ork Custom Battle Wagon

Why am I unhappy with the battlewagons? I think it stems from the fact the rightfully awesome model does not really reflect the rules. The biggest issue is that for an open topped assault vehicle, the front of it is fully closed in and lacking any efficient egress point. So what am I going to do about it? Bitch and moan?  Hell yeah! But I'm also going to build a bigger, better more battley-wagon of my own. With Blackjack. And hookers!

Well we'll see about the final two, but in principal I am going to convert up my own battle wagon. This first post is going to be picture dump of some awesome ideas that I am going to rip off, I mean be inspired by.



My current WIP battlewagons


This is defo a slow burn project at this point. This is a post that contains a few ideas as they coalesce. If anyone has spotted anything awesome then please give me a shout!


As an aside, if I have pinched your photo, but not accredited it correctly then please let me know and I will amend.



Inspiration


I want to draw on WW2 lander type ideas for the basic structure. With that in mind I started off with some mild googling and found some pretty good ideas.


User dustyfish over on imgur has come pretty damn close, but at a trukk scale. I want bigger...






I found something very close to what I was after. My only gripe with this is that it is a little on the long side. But the idea of carrying lighter vehicles struck a cord. Even more so was some sort of roll on roll off arrangement..




Assault ramp is essential



I then found this guy and cried a little. I think this unknown person has properly nailed what I was after. Compared with what I want to achieve, I think that this may be a bit too big, defo straying into the superheavy category with the large tower at the back...





Love the overhanging upper level
Between these three models alone I was nearly there, but I decided to expand my research and look at orky wagon and trukk conversions in general.

General Good Ideas What I Will Rob

First up are a few pics of stuff from Recalcitrant Daze, a blog that I have been following for a while and is simply rammed with awesome stuff. The detail that he packs onto the models is incredible. Definitely something to aspire to. The kopta carrier and weirdboy tower are two massive stand outs...




Crew is vital


Loving the teeth


Nuts






Turrets on turrets. Great idea.


All the detail


An in depth look at different bw ideas from over at the waagh has some really good content. Thoughts about modelling weapons, upgrades. Basically the lot!

































Design Features

After further pondering I have cooked up a list of what I want this Assault Wagon to be and do...


  • Big
  • Not too big
  • Mostly deck space for dudes
  • Big ramp at the front
  • Upper gantries
  • Control tower
  • Transport smaller vehicles as a roll on roll off type thing
  • Side doors and steps like the current battlewagon
  • Tower not at the back
  • Tracks at back are extended bw tracks



A fairly rough scale drawing next to a regular BW


Thats pretty much it for now. Thanks for reading!

Monday, 8 January 2018

2018 Targets

No messing about. Here are my hobby goals for 2018...

<Edited to include details of what needs doing to the ebay orks>

Iron Warriors

  • Paint Terminators
  • Prime and paint Helbrute
  • Prime and paint more Contemptor
  • Build, prime and paint some warpsmiths
  • Paint Terminator Lord
  • Paint Land Raider
  • Paint the Skuldrake

Imperial Guard

  • Paint the Stormhammer
  • Paint two Valkyries

Inquisition Stuff

  • Build up some more inquisitor stuff and warbands

Deathwatch

  • Build and paint the marines in the deathwatch box
  • Build and paint the tyranids in the deathwatch box

Orks

  • Paint 3 Big Gunz
  • Paint Stompa
  • Paint 10 Meganobz
  • Repaint 2nd ed dread
  • Repaint all my 2nd ed Goffs and Grots (dear god why do I want to do that)
  • Finish off 2 battlewagons
  • Finish off loads of buggies
  • Paint bunch of deffcoptas
  • Finish off my superheavy
  • Start the custom Battlewagon
  • See what needs to be done with the bunch of orks I got off ebay:
    • Update squad of boyz
    • Update Mega Armoured Nobz
    • Update Bikerz
    • Update a Trukk
    • Finished 2 Trukks
    • Paint 3 Killa Kanz
    • Update Deff Dredd
    • Paint Battlewagon
    • Paint flyer

Dystopian Wars

  • Finish British Fleet
  • Finish Japanese Fleet
  • Finish Merchant ships
  • Finish 3 oil rigs
  • Finish 2 lighthouses
  • Finish 2 islands

Terrain

  • Pain the Wall of Martyrs Stuff
    • Aquila Strongpoint
    • Vengeance Weapon Battery
    • Imperial Bunker
    • Imperial Defence Network
    • Imperial Defence Line
    • Firestorm Redoubt
  • Do something with the sector mechanicus lit I got for crimbo

Hobby Stuff

  • PLAY SOME GAMES
    • This is really important. Want to do this so much.
  • Come up with some way of displaying some stuff
  • Set up a new hobby space

Necromunda

  • Dig out old Goliaths
  • Get the new stuff!

Thanks for reading and LETS DO THIS!!

Saturday, 6 January 2018

2017: A Year in Review



2017 over and done with. How did I do on the hobby front? 

33

33 models painted. Not that great considering I managed 100+ last year, but then again I did buy a house in the middle of summer so quite predictably that put pretty much anything not house related onto the back burner. I've not painted, well, anything since then. I moved in in early December and I haven't got my hobby stuff unpacked yet. But then again, I'm not suffering from a lack of motivation or anything. In fact my mind is surging with 40k possibilities! I need to sort a hobby space out. The new Necromunda stuff is making me feel funny.

The Blog



The top 10 posts of my blog feature 8 from 2017. This is pretty cool. I am still pretty keen on blogging being my main outlet for 40k stuff, although various people I follow on twitter and what not seem keen to put their blogs on hiatus or whatever. I fully intend to keep on blogging.

The Hobby

The Good

  • Made awesome (for me anyway!) progress on my Iron Warriors. A box full of painted kit makes me very happy. This army is now pretty much wrapped up.
  • Found some awesome ideas on yaktribe, in particular this stuff about a vertical hive. Defo going to pinch that idea. By the way, this site and community is fantastic and very welcoming.

The Bad

  • Not enough games. Only played a couple
  • I miss my Orks

The Ugly

  • Still not played Dystopian Wars. Will do one day. This is the same as last year. Plus Spartan games unfortunately shut up shop.

The List

Here is the target list of 2017, with some stuff ticked off...

Iron Warriors

  • Paint Chosen
  • Paint Havocs
  • Paint Terminators
  • Prime more Terminators
  • Prime Bikers
  • Build, prime and paint the raptors
  • Build, prime and paint more helbrutes
  • Build, prime and paint some warsmiths
  • Paint Terminator Lord
  • Paint Land Raider
Last year was defo the year of the Iron Warriors. Still not quite finished tho. I did finish a helbrute, but then I started another. Oh well. I also nearly finished about 20 termies. 

Imperial Guard

  • Paint the Stormhammer
  • Paint two Valkyries

Inquisition Stuff

  • Build up some more inquisitor stuff and warbands
I found out this year that one of my uni buddies is a stealth 40k fan. After a catch up on messenger, we kind of agreed to have a game. This is awesome

Deathwatch

  • Build and paint the marines in the deathwatch box
  • Build and paint the tyranids in the deathwatch box

Orks

  • Paint 3 Big Gunz
  • Paint Stompa
  • Paint 10 Meganobz
  • Repaint 2nd ed dread
  • Repaint all my 2nd ed Goffs and Grots (dear god why do I want to do that)
  • Finish off 2 battlewagons
  • Finish off loads of buggies
  • Paint bunch of deffcoptas
  • See what needs to be done with the bunch of orks I got off ebay:
Didn't do anything with Orks this year. Not good.

Dystopian Wars

  • Finish British Fleet
  • Finish Japanese Fleet
  • Finish Merchant ships
  • Finish 3 oil rigs
  • Finish 2 lighthouses
  • Finish 2 islands

Hobby Stuff

  • PLAY SOME GAMES
    • This is really important. Want to do this so much.
  • Come up with some way of displaying some stuff
  • Pain the Wall of Martyrs Stuff
    • Aquila Strongpoint
    • Vengeance Weapon Battery
    • Imperial Bunker
    • Imperial Defence Network
    • Imperial Defence Line
    • Firestorm Redoubt
Not painting that terrain sucks. Naughty me.

Well I guess it is all history now. Onwards to 2018!

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Havocs

Just a quickie cos it appears that I forgot to post some pictures of the havocs that I finished up other month. Silly me! 





 








Probably my fave of the bunch




This is the test mini from ages ago that I brought into line with the current pain scheme
Thanks for reading!

Models painted 2017... 44