Monday, August 29, 2011

Land Speeder Conversion

Brother C here,

I know I said I was going to start with the terminators but.. change of plans.. first up.. my conversion of a land speeder into a Caliban Dune Buggie.


so I was inspired by an article I read on the BOLS site regarding what 'smaller clubs' around the US are doing as far as the hobby is concerned. As part of their post, they displayed an image of a speeder converted to a dune buggie that I fell absolutely completely in love with. See the image below:

Since I am trying to roll my army (eventually) to be completely from Caliban not going FULL out pre-heresy but trying to give the flavor of Caliban and the jungle planet from whence the Dark Angels originally came. So, I wanted an off-road, muddy, weathered, jungle theme. A speeder conversion into a dune buggie was right on target.. so I went for it..

First was to pull off the bumper car rails on the front and cut off the little anchor/gyroscope thing on the bottom of the speeder so it'll sit flat and have room for the wheel axles. The wheels are form a ravenwing box set with the axles being bitz from the dozer blade attachments for Chimeras. I 'covered' these with dreadnought circular legplates also from the Ravenwing box set. The searchlights are from the bastion terrain sets. The large searchlight in the front is from a chaos rhino kit. A small wooden dowel was added for extra support because the axle looked a little too weak at that angle without a bit more support. Green stuff was used to help get the angles right so it sat flat. Notice, you can use excess here and cut it and file it down later.

One thing I love about this conversion is, if my opponent complains because the speeder can now obtain cover easier since it'll be on the ground and not a flying base; I still maintained the hole on the bottom side of the speeder, so... yes.. it can still be mounted on a flying base if it really is a problem.

thoughts? flames? would you allow this conversion in a competitive setting of the game?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Path to Salvation: Intro

Brother C here,

so here's what has been going down lately... a bunch of us from Lancashire Wargaming are going to be making the trek to White Plains, New York, for the Battle of Salvation GT. that's right, Fritz, Jawaballs and company better be ready, cause Amish Country is coming!

so.. there has been a noticeable lack of posts lately, which is about to completely change. We will be posting progress reports of how our painting, playtesting and general tournament prep is going. hopefully we can inspire our guys to hit up mechanicon this fall and cabin fever this winter.

also.. maybe some inspiration for those of us that struggle with finding the drive to paint and convert and entire 40k army, especially when its not a requirement of your club to have such a thing.

anyways, this is just an introduction of what is going to be coming down the pipe over the next month or so here. I am bringing my DA. No, not deathwing.. at least not for now.. yes.. I know its a lousy codex, yes I know I should play 'nilla marines instead, but i'm a loyalist.. and i'm sticking with DA. sadly my ravenwing list won't be ready in time.

so how do I make my DA list stand out from other more 'normal' marines that are going to be everywhere at this GT? by making myself unique. by throwing in some bits and pieces here and there that make you remember my army. (talking just display purposes here now) the key will be to not make EVERY model in my army stand out, that's not what I want. i want you to notice here and there, small things i have done to really make a decent looking overall force. I don't want the individual to pull away from the whole. I'm also looking for my units to have a story behind them. who they are, why they have XY+Z equipped on them. what is their role in my force.

yes I think I will be relying heavily on invisible 'fluff' here but I think the other players and judges will be able to pick out for themselves, what I will be revealing in the upcoming posts. there is just something about having an entire force of Scibor miniatures that turns me off (no offense to Scibor, your miniatures are fantastic looking). And no more of this mish-mash fantasy/40k crap either. I'm seeing so much of that lately and its freaking lame. c'mon really? Space Rat Elves... really.....

enough ranting..

the real point of these series of posts will be to show our members and other 'noobs' like myself out there, some simple ways to customize your army and to bring your overall quality of your army up to a higher standard. details you never thought about emphasizing.

Anyways, that's enough of me for now. first up will be... the terminators.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Eye Spy

When I was but a boy... reading my Highlights magazines.. they had something similar which I used to enjoy.

what is wrong with this picture?

GW independent retailers from Lancaster, PA. oh wait.. that's right.. there are NONE within 30mins of our club... sad :(

Kudos to our members, which have come and stayed and played. you have shown your quality. We have assembled boards, terrain, and a club that rivals any brick and mortar in the area. We could not have done with without your dedication, guys. WE did not have much to offer you, yet give of yourselves you did. (Yoda is pleased) Keep up the great work guys, I never waste an opportunity to brag about our club and our members wherever we go in our travels.

more updates coming soon

- Brother C.