Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pushing Space Hulk fever - to buy or not to buy

After starting with Space Hulk pre-ordering on last Monday, Games Workshop is pushing hard this action by adding new pictures and articles to their website. I'm stupidly looking at all these pictures and my initial reserve for this project is melting down continuously. First of all, the miniatures are not pre-painted what for sure would prevent me from buying. Instead they are just red and blue plastic which is not a problem. Second, I started to think about this box as a kind of ForgeWorld-like stuff, which sooner or later will justify me the high price. Truly Larry Leadhead said, there is nothing easier than to justify yourself a miniature purchase.

As for a limited character of this release, I never had a problem with it , neither counted for special value of this box after years. If I will buy, I will do this for gaming with friends, most probably replacing the special SH figures with ordinary Termies and Stealers. This brings us to the next point - how unique are this minis, especially BA Terminators? Maybe only until the anticipated BA regular codex release somewhere next year? So, to buy or not? The problem is not Space Hulk itself but a very long list of GW, FW and third party miniatures and boxes waiting for their way to my never-ending collection...

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Using Steam Tank body - first try

Trying to use main body of plastic Empire Steam Tank to make some fancy conversion of 40K model.
As previously announced, I got the selected parts and they fit together flawlessly almost like Lego blocks.

First idea was to improve a little bit an outdated Land Raider model ;-). Unfortunately, just from beginning, size comparison of S-Tank body and LR top plate gave lot of doubts. S-Tank seems too large, especially the height is rather significant.

So, for the moment, I hold applying this idea until a) I will build this Land Raider completely and, b) I will check another possibilities.
However, postponing a main body usage doesn't mean anything for the S-Tank turret. I dry-fitted it to the same upper armor plate of LR and it looks fine... But not outstanding/groundbreaking...

I think the main problem (but also advantage) is an angular (I don't have better word) shape of these parts. They seem much better suited for some Imperial Guard models like Chimera or Baneblade, which I'm leaving as a small teaser of forthcoming posts...

Monday, August 3, 2009

Those new terrains are controversial...

New-old piece of terrain, previously included in 40K Macragge box is available from GW online store. It is very nice piece of terrain but the price is little controversial. For 15 GBP you can buy complete smaller vehicle or box of figures.

For 28 GBP one can buy Valkyrie from some independent retailers and build much more original terrains. Or you can buy few bitz of virtually any model at eBay and got similar result for half a price. This however will need much more effort, so as for the announced destroyed Rhino terrain, it is up to you what to choose. At least, we have a choice...

Update (08/08/2009): Full sprue of Battlescape terrain at John's Toy Soldiers blog.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Lazy Sunday (5)

Sons of Russ are coming...

... but we are well prepared.

Luk 'ere boyz, oomies ar messin anozer time..


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