Friday, 16 June 2017

Taurox Prime progress

GW has refined the detail on its minis. This is a good thing but with the Taurox Prime it it has been impossible to hinge any of the doors to allow viewing of the interior after the mini has been assembled. I tried drilling through the hinges on the rear doors with the finest hand drill drill bit but to no avail. It wouldn't have been possible to thread a wire through anyway. So here is the painted interior probably in its last glimpse of the world.

And here it is all put together for painting.

Have to say I wasn't entirely sure about the wheels but now I have to say it looks much better than I had thought. The wheel hubs indicate where the unit will be deployed - with the steel legion on Armageddon to fight Orks. Colour scheme will follow that of the other vehicles with the Steel Legion:-

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Mititarum Tempestus not in 8th Ed Index?

First competed mini from the Militarum Tempestus boxed set. The Taurox Prime is still under construction so as to allow for the painting of the highly detailed interior. Once that is done construction should be fairly quick. On the GW website this morning a number of the starter boxed sets were up for preorders with the relevant 8th Ed Index for the faction in the boxed set. But the Militarum Tempestus was not amongst them. Does this mean that the Militarum Tempestus isn't in either of the Imperial faction Indices??

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Victoria Minatures Taurox Prime Suspension conversion review

Victoria miniatures sell a suspension conversion pack that can be used with the Taurox and Taurox Prime vehicles to give them wheels instead of the tracked bogies they were designed with. Having acquired an Militarum Tempestus boxed set it seemed a good idea to try the conversion kit.

What you get for your money are 4 wishbone suspension arms for the front along with steering arms, and 2 suspension axles for the rear. These fit to 2 supplied transmission hubs and the 4 large wheels are attached. There are no instructions with the parts. The only info about how things go together must be gleaned from the Victoria Minatures website pictures. The supplied parts are in resin with quite a bit of flashing and mold lines. So before any assembly there is quite a bit of cleaning and tidying up of what are quite small and delicate components. Next comes assembly. This is quite tricky with the front wishbones as they do not sit firmly on to the transmission hubs. Essentially 4 small components have to be superglued correctly to each other and attached to the hub simultaneously, a job that required a few attempts to get right and superglue on the fingers.

At $18 US dollars the kit is not cheap and postage is an additional $10 dollars. It comes from Australia.

Below are the pictures of what has been achieved so far. As can be seen a bit of green stuff has been needed to cover gaps in the fit of the rear hub and one of its walls that had holes in it.

The weather here has been too windy for spray undercoating outside, so more pictures of the Taurox when this can be done.