Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Not happy....

This post isnt about kitbashing, its about GW online ordering. Im sorry but when it says 'Usually ships within 24 hours' you would expect it to at least ship within a week. Nope try 20 days.

I ordered three books, Dark Creed, Sons of Dorn, and ShadowKing as they were listed as available, and two preorders, Black Tide and Rynn's World, which would be sent some time next month after they release.

Next time Iorder from Amazon, or go to the closest Borders (50 miles away) though if I do the later I will go to the FLGS there and support them (also the closest Brick and Morter GW store near me).

Oh and if you call GW dont expect a happy person on the other end of the line. The operator there sounded like I interupted her viewing of Desprate Houeswives.

Anyway, They shipped last Friday. But Im still not happy with the service or the attitude.

Rant over.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Picture's of Gruss

Here are the pic's I promised last night.
Sorry for the blurry. Cant quite get the hang of the auto-zoom.

As you can see I added the fore and upper arm of a CC servitor then added a drill from a clicky mech from Mechwarrior;AoD (I knew the ton of extra's would come in handy someday)

Here, above the glare, you can see the extended cowl I added to the DA Sgt.s head. you can also see the shoulder ring and rivets on the arm. I though it would work, and it seems to.

The back of the head, showing the cowl. I have added the resperator from a Cadian sprue, with the captor/filter cansiter cut off. Letting the green stuff cure is hold up the work I want to do next.
Anyway, happy gameing/modeling. And if you have any suggestions drop a line.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Building to relax

I dont know about you, but working on minitures relaxs me. Take today, We went to a funeral yesterday, and had to deal with emotions and family. Didnt get a lot done (Did however create a odd-ball powerfist/Claw which will be used on a forthcomming Tech-Terminator to be covered in a later post. Took about 10 minuts).

Today spent most of the day at the rest/medical rehab home where my mother is. Got home watched NCIS in LA with the wife and when she went to bed I hit the computer/work area. In the past 15 minuts I've added Gruss's head, drill arm, and draped the hood with green stuff, might add a few more bit's here in a while. (Cant take pic's as I dont want to wake the wife due to the camera being at her computer in the bedroom......I'll post pic's in the morning.)

I am more relaxed than I have been since the middle of last week.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


Well I've tride to start the harness for the Gruss figure. So far I've had some little success's. The top pic is of course his front (and upside down for those of you that live on the otherside of the world ).

a little blurry but here is the right side. I popped the gun arm apart and attached it soI could find out if the hose created agap i would have to fill. It didn't (thankfully).

Back (posted sideways for those who live halfway to the other side of the world)

Another shot of the back.

Standing. If you haven't noticed I need to do a little green stuff so I can create the Ad Mech symbol and vox speaker for his chest. Plus a little for the back to make it look like the hoses are actually comming out of the power-plant.
Any comments? Suggestions? All are welcome.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Gun Arm

Couple of Pic's of the gun arm.

Bolt pistol barrel stillneeds to be attached. Not sure about it. Any comments, suggestions?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

WiP; Ad Mech Kitbash

Most 40K Bloggers and players have seen the above picture of Inquisitor Delphan Gruss (taken from the GW website). Many have lamented bitterly over the fact that he was only produced in the 54mm Inquisitor line for Specialist Games 'Inquisitor'. I know I did. I feel this is one of the best Ad Mech representations ever produced. Well..... I decided I would kitbash one.

One thing eBay is good for is the fact that not only can you find and buy the single bits you need for kitting somthing you have enlargable pic's so you can actually compare the parts you will need. I spent entire days looking at the above pic then looking at legs, arms. heads, ect.... before aquireing the needed parts for my attempt at a 28mm version of this great looking figure.

Now I have enough parts to begin (actually I already have).
Head; Dark Angle cowled Sgt.'s head
Body; Robed Dark Angle
Chest; Robed Dark Angle (no Astartes Plate visible save where the backpack mount is)
Pistol Arm; Empire Pistolier (wraped in Green Stuff to create the flowing robe sleeve)
I have since taken the right arm of a close combat servitor and will be grafting this onto place of the extreamly thin plastic hand and forearm holding the Gun.
Breeching Drill Arm; Needing a bare arm with approaite hose's and what looks like an augmentic mounting I chose the left arm of a close combat servitor.
(both servitors were the older ones without boots)
The pistol itself will be cut and have the drum magizine from an Ork Nob grafted in and the 'Pepperbox' four barrel muzzel of the pistol may be replaced with a bolt pistol barrel (not decided on this yet as I like the 'Pepperbox' look).
Lastly I recieved my order from Jeff at Dragon Forge (http://dragonforge.com/) for some of his excellent puter hose's and some of the brass chain to create the mechandrite arms and the hose harness across the figures chest and back. (I also have several of Jeff''s 'Wasteland II' bases, but I havent setteled on which one he will be on yet.)
Here and below you can see that I have the Chest and legs assembled. I am also cutting away the armored coller so that when I add the cowled Dark Angle Sgt. head I can form the needed coller out of green stuff.
I also have a Cadian rebreather to implace where I have already removed the heads mouth and nose.

The breeching drill came from an old WizKids Mechwarrior Collectable Figure Game piece called the "Violator". Its the only piece so far that isnt actuall 40k or WHFB. (And I still might replace it with a twist of Green Stuff) I also have several other bits but as he gets closer to compleation you will see them.
Bits still needed; Ad Mech Symbols, and a small book with straps on it. Any one who can point me toward one will recive my undiing thanks.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

My Prize arrived........

Before Christmas I took part in a prize giveaway at http://akersminis.blogspot.com/. I was lucky enough to be one of three winners. My prize was one miniture of choice in the colors I wanted. Well he arrived. Alex did an amazing job.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Do you collect what you play.....

......or play what you collect?

Two versions of the same question..........nope, just crazy Marine Corps logic. (Yes former USMC vet.)

I've played several other games, from AD@D, to Battletech, to Mechwarrior, and collecting 'Ugly Barbies' as my wife calls them is a must, somewhere along the line you break down and ...BAM....the next thing you know you have every concievable surface loaded with painted, and bare, highly detailed, or just lumps of what ever medium the pieces are made of litterilly everywhere. Kitchen, bedroom, loo, and guess what they are all the same ......dust catchers.

The above is the mark of the collector-centric player, 'Gotta-have-em-all' pokemon attitude.

One of the things I really like about Warhammer 40k are the wide range of nicely detiled figure, or boxes of parts with which to outfit your force any way you want.

The best thing about it, to me at least, are the wide array of line from which to pick and choose bit and pieces to create model youve seen description's of in books that are tottally playable as a 'counts-as' figure. This is a 'Kitbasher's' dream game.

Anyway back to the question.........Do you collect what you play......is your army evoleing along a single force,with no variation in or from what material you can find on that chapter, Regiment, Ordos......ect...

So you play Crimson Fists. If I look close will I find Chaos Marine, or Black Templar bits on your figures?

Do you play what you collect.....You want a Navel Armsman force. Do you use Mordians as your Petty Officers and Officers? Grenade launcher equipped Adeptus Arbites as Shotcannon toting armsmen? Catachan Death Worlders as armed press-ganged conscripts? A hugely mixed bag of figures, to make one cohesive force.

Or like me, elements of all of the above. I have the beginnings of a Marine Company. With a Navel Armsman force as IG allies. And a fair selection of Inquisitors with Adeptus Arbites as Stormtroopers.

And now the beginnings of an Ad Mech force has claimed a section of my work area. The center piece for this last group will be a 28mm fully kitbashed Inquisitor Magos Delphan Gruss, of which I now have about 85% of the pieces for.

Anyway. Do you Collect what you play or Play what you collect?

Must get the hang of this.....

...blog thing.

A WiP of my Captain.

First the metal parts: The shoulder pad with raised Dragon and power/lightning claw are from Chapterhouse Studios, the cloak is a Chaplin Xavier holdover, while the Stormshield is from one of the Chapter Masters (ebay, the rest of him was mangled beyond salvaging due to being shipped in a regular envelope which hung in some rollers during its journey from England)

The helmut top comes from n Empire knight head which has been cut down to fit onto a trimmed down Sm head.

This model also has a Chaos Champion chestplate. I wanted the chainmail skiting so I shaved off the Chaos star.

Now I just need to learn how to paint :P

Thursday, January 7, 2010

With tomorrow being Rogue Trader Friday on From the Warp, I thought I would post a little something in that vein. Limited Edition Citidel miniture called "Imperial Thudd Gun". Now most Bloggers, Players, Collectors, and Kitbashers know of the "Squat Thudd Gun" . Four barrelled autocannon/heavy bolte, space dwarf that stands on the firing platform, yeah that one.

Well looking at http://www.collecting-citadel-miniatures.com/wiki/index.php/Imperium_-_Limited_Release i knew I had to aquire one of these. Well I got three of them, though one is lacking its drum magizine/breech block, gun shield and track unit (sub'ed in a unit from a Squat thudd gun). Anyway above are some pic's. I hope you enjoy them.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Brand New

Kitbashed; Built from pieces and parts

40K; In the Grim Darkness of the future there is only WAR.