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Right then, a project log! I do maintain a Project Blog (linked in my sig normally), but logs always seem much more accessible (and it gives me something to do while I'm waiting for the paint to dry!).
I'm not new to Praetorian IG, this is the third incarnation of my army in about 8 or 9 years, this time round I'm more interested in theme then anything else, with a heavy slanting towards the British Army of the late 19th Century, the first stepping point is 1500pts, my GT army for this years UK GT Heat 1 now only a little over a month away, beyond that, well, it's ongoing with no end in sight put it that way!
A quick catch up of things already finished,
Close ups of Standard Bearer conversion based on the Praetorian Mortar Loader figure.
Heavy Bolter (Gatling Gun) Heavy Weapons Squads (1 of 2)
Heavy Bolter (Gatling Gun) Heavy Weapons Squads (2 of 2)
Lascannon Heavy Weapons Squad (1 of 2)
Lascannon Heavy Weapons Squad (2 of 2)
Autocannon Heavy Weapons Squad (1 of 1)
Mortar (Rocket Trough) Heavy Weapons Squad (1 of 1)
1st Platoon (Command Section, 3 Infantry Squads)
2nd Platoon (Command Section, 3 Infantry Squads)
The Duelist, based on the Praetorian Missle Loader model.
At the moment I'm working on two projects, firstly a Leman Russ, I'm painting this one at the moment, I've used a Conqueror turret from FW though it will just be a standard Leman Russ to all intents an purposes, as with my infantry the Heavy Bolters are replaced with Gatlings Guns, these are the old metal sentinel assault cannons. Have just finished painting the upper hull, gonna work on the lower hull tommorrow, will post up some updated pics then probably.
The second are some Praetorian Roughriders, I want to do a fair few of these in the long run and I'm a sticker for consistantcy throughout a unit, so I decided to sculpt and cast my own, I'm just doing one last arm before I start trying to make some molds, will show something more of these later.
Dear All Concerned,
Wow, these look amazing! I do have a bit of aproblem with them though, I cannot tell what it is, but when I look at them, I feel a bit odd.
Othe rthan that, great work! It is inspriring to see so much conversion work!
ps-I especially love the heavy weapons!
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Nice lookin' stuff! How can anyone not love these guys?
They look great! The only thing, and I mean this is the only quibble I have... they look a little too, I dunno... alike. It's hard to even differentiate the Sergeant. Have you considered coloring parts of the uniform, or even the helmets differently to make, say, the Sarge stand out, or maybe to tell the squads apart other than what they're carrying?
That's the only thing I would do differently, but other than that they look awesome. Your conversions are inspiring. I'm planning an army based on the Tallarn models down the road, and I can only hope to make them look as good as yours. NICE work!
EDIT: My bad, took a closer look at the heavy weapons crews, and I like the whole crowd even better now! You go boy!
@yourtimehascome, feel odd? Thats an interesting one! Bright uniforms not your thing, there are plenty who do much prefer the camo or at least partial camo it has to be said.
@Canew, well the Sergeant and Corporals all have Chevrons sculpted onto their sleeve, I dont tend to see further identification too important though as I tend not to use Veteran Sergeants - they're all basic Guard profiles as a result bar the officers, those which do need to stand out (such as the HW crew) do
Have to say I love the duelist model, Do a bit of rapier duelling myself and the posture is bang on, also the heavy weapons are inspired.
aut viam inveniam aut faciam / I'll either find a way or make one.
ill be the first to admit i didnt like the original praetorain models tbh or any of the metal IG forces in fact but these look brilliant so far and have changed my mind, i can only imagine what they must all look like when they are together, nice clean painting and colour scheme and the attention to detail is great, all this and amazing sculpting, great job.
Boris for PM! Go Bojo
I really like these.
The painting looks first class and the heavy weapon conversions are IMO excellent. The Gatling guns and the Rocket (mortar) racks fit right in with the Victorian look of the troops.
If only the lasguns looked more like a 'short chamber Boxer Henry, point 4-5 caliber' !
Roughriders then, as I'm after eventually a large number of Roughriders, and since I want to both make this relatively simple and be consistant over them I decided to sculpt and cast my own.
I picked out the WFB Empire Outrider set as being ideal to supply the horses, relatively cheap, nice sculpts and lots of extra bits (always good!), with a initial batch of ten Roughriders to do - 5 Lancers, 5 Laspistol & CCW equipped Hussars.
To create the Roughriders themselves, the easiest way was as components, broken down into legs, torso, left and right arms, head, and a lance tip (the lance shaft to be metal rod), hands etc I'll sculpt on each model seperately to give more potential variation in pose.
Sample Arm (Have done one left and three right arms) & Lance Tip
The heads (not shown above) are GW Pith Helmets with a Hasselfree Head, giving some variations on that in the Infantry.
Only one half of the mold finished so far, but it *seems* to be going okay so far.
Never thought I'd dig out my lego bricks again, but damn they are useful! Filled the bottom half with clay and pressed the components into this, after an application of the release agent (brushed on) I mixed an poured the RTV Rubber, again brushing on a small amount to catch the details before pouring it on slowly.
Four hours later I pulled the mold, the real test will be the actual casting of course though, no idea how well it'll of worked until then - but making progress.
Last edited by ColGravis; September 8th, 2007 at 22:46.