Monday 31 May 2010

The first vehicle




The first pictures come. This is a supply vehicle I have made for my Guard. The design is close to that of GW's Chimera kit, but clearly distinct. I made from plasticard some sides for the vehicle, and the chassis which lies between the sides. When I made this I thought I had plenty of spare IG tracks, so I used some spare small Guard roadwheels to ensure the sides were a centimetre apart. As you can see, I ran out of GW tracks, and have made some new detail-lacking ones to stand in their place. There are two ways of going about making replacement tracks. One can either put in a great deal of work or instead make very plain ones and cover up the lack of details with "mud" later on. Guess which route I'm taking.

GW parts used in the model are as follows.
* 12 small roadwheels (no longer available in the current Leman Russ and Chimera kits)
* 1 Cadian Heavy Weapon Team backpack
* 1 shovel from the IG tank sprue (no idea if this remains available)
* 3 handles from said sprue
* 1 Leman Russ exhaust (placed beneath the rear access step)
* 1 Russ towing hook
* 1 Imperial Aquila symbol
* 3 handles
* 1 tow rope (with the original plastic tow rope replaced)
* 1 crate of ammunition
* 1 Heavy Stubber (mounted on an IG searchlight mount and with a shield from an IG Heavy Weapons Team)
* 1 piece of cowling from a Heavy Flamer (weapon removed and replaced with a scratch Heavy Bolter)

Other pieces are as follows:
* 1 canister from a forgotten 1/35 detailing kit.
* 2 Jerry cans from a 1/35 detailing kit
* 1 piece of furled tarpaulin or similar from a 1/35 detailing kit
* 1 hatch lock from a terrain piece I have currently forgotten
* 1 small piece of metal car repair body-mesh to wrap around the exhaust
* Assorted detailing from plasticard

I'll now take this outside and undercoat it grey. I usually use Halford's yellow, but they haven't had any in lately. I very much hope they haven't got rid of it.

Introductory Waffle

I haven't had a waffle, neither sweet nor savoury, in years. That isn't relevant.


I have been persuaded to begin a blog. My intent is for it to cover - in the main - the armoured fighting vehicles of the Imperial Guard of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40K setting. In case I need to say it, the copyright and whatnot are all theirs, and so on. I began collecting the army back in about 2000, although I had previously toyed with a Tyranid army in the 40K universe, and an Empire army in GW's Warhammer Fantasy setting.

It became apparent after a while that I was spending a fair whack of cash, so I bought some plasticard and started knocking up some vehicles based on the GW designs (for my own use). It also became apparent that I'd failed to repress my innate/learned desire to have a comprehensive collection when I looked at the total number of vehicles and spotted it was hovering around the 200 mark. By then it was too late, and the attic has yet to fall in on me, so I am still making the wee things. And not so wee, given the size of superheavies.

I will mainly blog about pieces I'm working on, but may well mention other things that catch my mind. Vegan haggis, for instance, is jolly tasty. Anyway, this will do for now, I think. So good bye for now!

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