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Valtarian 422nd "Mythril Mastiffs" 
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At the very least to get started on my overtly slow progress as I continue to work back into doing this maybe semi-regularly. I present, the 422nd! A mildly cobbled together collection of nonsense as part of my Valtarian Iron Legion in accompany of the ongoing fluff now that I'll likely struggle to keep up with and/or change constantly!

In most recent history, the 422nd was under the shared banner of Valtaria's first Iron Legion, the Crimson Phalanx that was one of nine established for the numerous wars that were fought within the Valtarian Sector. Whenever the call for help for the vital world of Cadia came, the 1st Legion would be mustered to full strength under the command of General Agatha Von Draken. However, by some matter of fate, the Valtarian Council were approached by the returning forces of the 9th Legion alongside an Imperial commander that, by no small feat, influenced the redirection of the two Valtarian Legions. While countless regiments raised in recent years were to be directed to Cadia, the 1st and 9th legion would find themselves en route to the realm of Ultramar.

The 422nd Regiment specifically represents a very rough and ready organization of the Iron Legion, known well for their heavy assault tactics and drowning their foes in heavy lasgun volleys from point-blank. As per I mentioned in the gallery area, they will be utilizing the rules for the Death Korps of Krieg for the time being, particularly the likes of Grenadiers and Death Riders. Currently I'm entertaining the idea of making them mechanized organizationally, however they have particularly small platoons (3 squads of ten and their platoon officer) that travel in a single transport (Which would be a Crassus assault tank)

For this I would probably be very minimal in supporting units, however as an army list I'm looking at including multiple snipers as, frankly it seems the presence of characters and the synergies they create are neigh on vital in 8th edition. However, it's likely that all sort of additional pieces are going to find their way into this little blog as it were (As I already have one I'm working on...)

But lets get started!
Aside from the current collection I already have, I'm working on adding forces as I can.

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18 Lasgun-toting "Grenadiers" Ready to be primed and get going. I have a small set of four more in the wings equipped with plasma guns, but they have a lot of work left, alongside that, I've noted that I have quite a bit of special weapons I've never gotten around to building or making use of that I might prepare for the future, alongside a couple of platoon officers because I don't have enough of those obviously...

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And for side additional things, this truck! It is a light german truck from WWII, however I feel with the right amount of work it'll fit just fine. Originally I had picked it up to be some manner of troop transport for the Nyokan Abhumans prevalent throughout Valtari militaries, however for now I'm simply entertaining the idea of 40kifying it, likely to be some manner of side piece, perhaps a Casevac unit?
I feel the biggest and often most overlooked problem when adapting things like this is that often people leave a lot of the very fine detail that simply doesn't mesh well with the 40k models, so I'm looking at bulking out the thing, deepening the few panel lines and overall just hoping to make it work between bits, plasticard, and greenstuff. Speaking of which. When reassessing the piece I had decided to redo the headlights to have them more securely mounted, of course, as with cutting any small piece, one of them flew into another dimension and will likely be replaced by a searchlight that came with my Tauros Venator. This however leads to another idea.

I do adore the Tauros Venator as a fast, supporting fire vehicle in concept, if nothing else at least with the utility of it, and I'm looking at possibly getting a 1/48 Sd.Kfz 250/3 or 232 if this proves successful to see if it's the right sort of size to fill the role.

This is largely more random, but I had made some smaller sketch for Agatha Von Draken
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I doubt I'll make any sort of miniature for her as she is more of a commander moreso than a fighter, and this is moreso illistrated by another smaller sketch Here.

Regardless, thankya for pokin through, hopefully I don't take too long, but we'll see.


Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:41 pm
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It's a good sketch. Is the second sketch her to scale against a guardsman. I love the idea of a model like that sketch.


Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:26 pm
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I would PAY for a miniature of a tiny woman perched on the arm of one of her soldiers as a general.
I would say something about me not being willing to part with money and how that made that statement powerful, but we all know that is a lie. I blow cash on miniatures faster than I can make it. Still, that is a magnificent idea for a miniature. Do it!


Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:03 am
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I always love the idea of adapting models from WW2 in to 40k. I've always wanted to make a guardsman Arial unit to look like a biplane. maybe fight against an ork army using prop planes as their models. I know it's not technically 40K tourny legal, but the only tourney I ever entered said it was fine as long as I was playing lower rankings, and that I could borrow some of their store model units if I progressed far enough in rank for it to matter.

It always strikes me as interesting to see how modern tech might effect the appearance of 40K vehicles. I mean, what is it about wheeled trucks that makes them extinct in 40K? They have bipedal units, so why not wheels with extra armor bolted on to the sides? (Especially for imperial guard. Using a world war 2 transport truck model and sticking plasticard on as if the guardsmen had just bolted metal on to the outside of shit equipment would make for an interesting stand in for a chimera.


Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:02 am
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What are those grenadier models made out of? I see PIP heads, cadian parts and a lot of greystuff?

Look forward to seeing that truck converted.


Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:13 pm
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Thank you!

MoTheGreat wrote:
I would PAY for a miniature of a tiny woman perched on the arm of one of her soldiers as a general.
I would say something about me not being willing to part with money and how that made that statement powerful, but we all know that is a lie. I blow cash on miniatures faster than I can make it. Still, that is a magnificent idea for a miniature. Do it!


Keke, I'll admit I wish I had come up with the idea, but it is quite amusing as almost a minor version of nobles carried on chairs or akin to the shieldbearers for dwarves. I may well make one however I'm dreadful of the idea of sculpting such a thing, we shall see.

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I always love the idea of adapting models from WW2 in to 40k. I've always wanted to make a guardsman Arial unit to look like a biplane. maybe fight against an ork army using prop planes as their models. I know it's not technically 40K tourny legal, but the only tourney I ever entered said it was fine as long as I was playing lower rankings, and that I could borrow some of their store model units if I progressed far enough in rank for it to matter.

It always strikes me as interesting to see how modern tech might effect the appearance of 40K vehicles. I mean, what is it about wheeled trucks that makes them extinct in 40K? They have bipedal units, so why not wheels with extra armor bolted on to the sides? (Especially for imperial guard. Using a world war 2 transport truck model and sticking plasticard on as if the guardsmen had just bolted metal on to the outside of shit equipment would make for an interesting stand in for a chimera.


To be fair wheeled vehicles arn't completely extinct. Between the Elysian Tauros and the Goliath truck it's clear that the Imperium has some wheeled vehicles. Though it is always strange how they are rarer. I've thought about that, if it wern't for the fact that german halftracks are surprisingly small I might entertain the idea. of course then theres everyone that complains but if it's done well I usually don't have a problem. Though slapping on a gun or two is hardly enough.

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What are those grenadier models made out of? I see PIP heads, cadian parts and a lot of greystuff?

Look forward to seeing that truck converted.


Basically! They're Cadians with PIP Heads and a whooole lot of greenstuff

As for progress:

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A bit of progress with my officers, though both of them are going to need a bit of sculpting still. I feel I may have uhm over-defined the bared woman's abdomen and may give a layer of liquid green to smooth it a little bit. Still a lot to do with adding the bunched coat around her waist, other arm, and a bit of detail on the severed head. The other is much closer to being done, cuffs and elbow plates I think are all that's left as well as cleaning up the left arm.

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Array of four more plasmaguns to add to my collection, I noticed I actually have a fifth gun though I'll need to make another guy for it. I'll probably lump in whatever I decide to use for my vindicares in this collection whenever I finally decide on how I design them. I believe they're on 32mm bases now? So they might make not much sense...

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A chunk of work has been done on this boy, I think I'm nearing complete with the front though I may attach a classic guard skull+wings on the hood. Aside from that, cleaning up the rivets, maybe add more on the front grill piece, as well as adding tow mounts on those squares of plasticard on the front.

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I've also replaced the exhaust with a plasma radiator. It really doesn't make sense, but it's a blatant excuse to have the glowing radiator thing on the back of the truck... Do ignore the lost wheel. there.

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Because I'm probably replacing it! I had gotten a Tauros Venator a while ago, and the front wheels are just a hair bigger than the ones here. alongside filling out it's width profile I think they'll help immensely in making the model blend in a bit. I had gotten it second hand and I'm 90% certain it's a recast, but I'm looking at making my own casts of the wheel since I'll need eight of the bloody things, I'll usem if they don't turn out terribly, or may attempt to scratchbuild a similar wheel piece.

I'm still at an impasse of what to do with the truck though so I'm leaving the truck bed alone for now. Welcome to suggestions, but we'll see!


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Going on about how you don't know how active you will be, and then being the most active. HA! But, good work dark!


Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:34 pm
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MoTheGreat wrote:
Going on about how you don't know how active you will be, and then being the most active. HA! But, good work dark!


Says the guy with triple the post count.

Regardless, have a small sketch of what I think I'll be making the Vindicares look like in general. Fluff-wise they'll be specialist from the Valtarian Blackguard, but we shall see.

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They were originally going to be holding their weapon but I was looking to get to working on another picture I've been meaning to get to. Visually I believe it'll be very visually similar to the Var from Valkyria Chronicles

I think I take a lot of inspiration from that game.. hrm.


Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:45 pm
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What models do you use for the female bodies? There aren't any 28 mm female models that don't require a full gs uniform construction?


Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:05 am
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There are plenty Ults, the question is, how much money do you want to throw at it, how much creative control do you want to throw at it, and how much skill do you want to grow out of having had so much practice?


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