Monday, 27 January 2014

Imperial Guard Rumour Round Up

Times are changing for the Imperial Guard. These are rumours collated  from Faeit 212 from several posts and recycled here.

The Imperial Guard are to be renamed - Astra Militarium.

There are to be new Steel Legion plastics but Catachians will be dropped and not exactly on the same wavelength there will be an emphasis on Cadians as their equipment will be universal and there will be much less emphasis on exotic regiments, so perhaps Valhallans and Mordians and Vostroyans will be phased out.

Rough Riders are also out. The minis date back to 2nd edition.

There will be new tanks perhaps including, Griffon, Colossus, Medusa, Tank Hunter Destroyer.

There will be plastic veterans/storm troopers

 Imperial Knights will not be part of the Imperial Guard - sorry Astra Militarium

The new codex will be out April

There could be a Horus Heresy era tank

Or will it be all change and everything remains mainly the same. Who knows

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Ecclesiarchy Pattern Immolator Crusader Gunner

There is still a long way to go. Will this project take 6 months like the Steel Legion Medusa? Originally the idea was the Ecclesiarchy might hide their armoured power amongst the Adepta Astartes, and indeed they must as they have been banned from having men at arms, yet there are a few crusaders providing muscle for the Ecclesiarchy. Hence it may be possible that the gunner on a transport Immolator might be a crusader if the Adepta were stretched. And so the turret gunner was born. The mini may yet change but at the moment it comprises the seated lower part of the SoB gunner mini with the power armour knees sanded down. The torso is an IG tank crew torso with a Grey knight shoulder shield fixed to the chest as a breast plate. The head is a spare from the Brettonian men at arms, while the arms are from the Empire militia.

Otherwise the basic bits for the delivery vehicle for the Ecclesiarchy assassination squad are fixed together as planned. The key components have now been defined apart from a few ideas not yet crystallised plus and essentially details, details and details. So here they are:


Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Steel Legion Medusa Completed

Its taken 6 months. As there is little time tonight here are some pictures of it.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Ecclesiarchy Pattern Immolator Project

OK, some activity here. Here are the results of making a platform for the immolator turret and some alternative side doors for the Rhino platform.

Rigidity to the plasticard assembly is given by the "girder" from the tanks sprue and the turret assembly cut from the Rhino kit.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Ecclesiarchy Tank Project part deux (part 2)

One happy hour was spent this afternoon chopping bits up for this project. This is an overview photo. Necessary tools can be seen. The yellow tip of the handle of the GW clippers in the top centre. The cheap knife at the mid right, and below the GW saw, while at the top left is the glass of wine, (Yes I am 18+, it is OK in the UK for US readers).

The project took shape this afternoon. Ecclesiarchy bits are from the Sanctum Imperialis kit. Lots of debris created as can be seen in this pic. Chopping bits of plastic here is usually done away from the painting table. Lumps of plastic in the paint is typically a bad idea. Concepts for the side doors, top, front armour, immolator weapon were created.

The Immolator weapon will still be crewed by an assigned Adepta Sororita to technically get around Imperial regulations. The bits box has a spare Immolator turret from the 2 Exorcists the Sisters have here.

Looking at the side doors, the figures have been clipped from the Sanctum wall  section seen below the side doors. The actual door has been cut from the interior doors of the Rhino kit and positioned behind the monkish figures on the exterior.

For the glacis plate of the front Rhino armour one of the complete Sanctum Imperialis wall sections will replace the classic dip and reinforce Rhino front armour.

For the top surface of the Rhino tombs of Saints were carved from the Imperial Doors of the Sanctum Imperialis kit. More tombs might be added to the track covers.

There are more bits to cut out to complete the components and much sanding down of components to complete for assembly. In addition if the rear ramp is to be movable an Imperial Shrine for the interior of the Rhino is needed.

Most of the concepts have been covered so far apart from the weapons.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Occasionally I have been asked to show how. Ecclesiarchy Tank Project

OK, this blog makes no claim to expertise in conversions or painting, but sometimes the blog is asked how something was made. Generally and sadly there is no step by step record kept, but. So, here is the start of a project for 2014. It may never be completed, but probably will be. It is only at the concept stage at the moment. But thinking of the Adepta Sororitas and their Ecclesiarchy sponsors and paymasters, perhaps the Ecclesiarchy could have slipped a tank or 2 or 3 or a few thousand, beneath the Imperial ban on Ecclesiarchy armies. Any armour the Ecclesiarchy hid could be hidden in plain sight if it was listed as a transport as part of and Adepta Sororitas formation - no?

Here are the first thoughts.