Legion Dreadnought Drop Pod

This Legion Dreadnought Drop Pod was on display at Warhammer World.

Legion Dreadnought drop pods are larger than the general service drop pods employed by the infantry of the Legiones Astartes, with a sturdier frame and more powerful engine designed to support the formidable machine shell of a Dreadnought. As a result, these armoured capsules strike with unprecedented speed, making a dangerously meteoric descent from orbit to deliver their lethal cargo. Legions value these drop pods both for their ability to deploy Dreadnoughts safely onto the battlefield, and for the sheer impact of a mighty combat walker arriving from the skies.

Ultramarines Xiphon Pattern Interceptor

This Xiphon Pattern Interceptor flown by the Ultramarines was on display at Warhammer World.

Ultramarines Xiphon Pattern Interceptor

With unparalleled speed and manoeuvrability, the Xiphon pattern Interceptor saw increasing service in the Legiones Astartes during the dark days of the Horus Heresy. Based on ancient designs, the void and atmospheric craft carried heavy armaments into battle, allowing it to destroy both air and ground targets with apparent ease. Its pair of twin-linked lascannon and Xiphon rotary missile launcher combined with the Interceptor’s speed and agility to make it a deadly opponent from which the enemies of Mankind could not hide.

Xiphon Pattern Interceptor in the Miniatures Gallery

Mark IIb Land Raider

This Mark IIb Land Raider was on display at Warhammer World in the Battle of Signus Prime diorama.

This is one of my favourite Forge World models.

The Mark IIb Land Raider Phobos is one of the earliest marks of the standard pattern of Land Raider, and it still bears similarities to both the Land Raider Proteus and the Spartan Assault Tank that served as the models for the design. The Mark IIb Land Raider Phobos is the only pattern of the standard Land Raider Phobos that uses the older armoured sponsons, as they do not allow the weapons they hold to fully rotate. This pattern of Land Raider is mostly extinct within Space Marine Armouries, having been replaced with newer marks and patterns of the standard Land Raider Phobos. However, some Chapters may still possess one or two as treasured relics of their ancient past.

MkIIb Land Raider Miniatures Gallery.

My own MkIIb Land Raider on the workbench. When I first started putting this force together I knew that if I was going to get a Land Raider it would have to be the Forgeworld MkIIB Land Raider.

Sadly the model is now no longer available from Forge World.

Epic Size Comparisons

Over on the Warhammer Community site is an interesting article comparing the new Legions Imperialis miniatures with Epic miniatures of old.

The new Legions Imperialis models are much bigger than the Epic versions. This probably means that it will be challenging to use any Epic models alongside the new ones. Many of the models were pretty much underscale anyway.

One mistake in the article is that they mention plastic Leman Russ tanks

On the left is an adorable family photo, depicting three generations of the Leman Russ. At the front in green is an old metal version from the Space Marine-era in the mid 90s, joined by a plastic model (we think) from Epic Armageddon. The new Legions Imperialis Leman Russ kit also builds Leman Russ Vanquishers, pictured on the right with a smaller plastic version below it.

These plastic models were in fact resin models from Forge World. Here they are advertised in the Forge World catalogue.

I had a few, but as they didn’t match the metal Epic 40000 models I had, so I sold them on eBay.

Razorback in the desert

One model I got many years ago, well in 2006, was a Forgeworld Razorback the one with the much bigger turret, which I much prefer over the plastic kit version that you could get in the shops back then. I recently retrieved it from storage and decided that I would try and finish painting it.

I took some photographs of the Razorback on my desert scenery tile.

There is still some work to do with this model, but I am pleased I have made progress and nearly finished it.

I like how the Inquisitorial iconography has turned out on the model.

It’s a pity that, that range has been retired. I found some more resin purity seals and a spare Rhino frontal armour plate in one of my bits box.

See the workbench feature on the Razorback.

Inquisitorial Stormtroopers Repressor Transport

The Repressor tank is often used by Sisters of Battle as transport, and by the Adeptus Arbites in an anti insurgency role. I started building and painting this model back in 2007, I recently retrieved it from storage and decided that I would try and finish painting it. I realised I had made quite significant progress and it wouldn’t take too long to finish it off.

Having sprayed the model with Citadel Zandri Dust over the existing Tausept Ochre base coat and black undercoat, I started the detailing, using Leadbelcher on the weapons and the exhausts. The next step was painting the iconography and purity seals. I then gave the model a wash using Citadel shades. I then did some additional shading using different shades. The next stage was some drybrushing, for this I used Citadel Zandri Dust. I also took the time to brighten up the purity seals and other iconography after it was dulled down by the shades and washes. I added the tracks.

There is still some work to do with this model, but I am pleased I have made progress and nearly finished it.

See the workbench feature on the Inquisitorial Stormtroopers Repressor Transport.

Ork Wartrakks in the desert

Wartrakks are Ork tracked vehicles that are modified off the versatile warbuggy design by Mekboyz. Essentially a Warbuggy mounted upon a sturdy track unit, a Wartrakk sacrifices its speed for the ability to traverse rough terrain such as a ruined city and deliver heavier firepower. Wartrakks wield either a twin-linked Big Shoota or Rokkit Launcha.

This model was originally designed for Gorkamorka, and then became part of Warhammer 40K with Codex Orks.

I have added an Ork glyph to the frontal armour plate.

See the workbench feature on this Wartrakk.

There were at the time some Forge World conversion kits, including this lovely little fuel bowser.

There isn’t a similar model in the current range, which is a pity.

See the workbench feature on this Aircraft Traktor and Launch Trolley.

Want to finish my Ork Mega Dread

I was looking for something else when I found my Forge World Ork Mega Dread. I had got so far with it, I am surprised I hadn’t got around to finishing it off.

I bought mine at GamesDay 2009 and purchased it with two Killkannons as I didn’t think much of the Rippa-Claw, it looked flimsy in comparison to the model as a whole.

The construction process started off with the body, then the legs and the thighs. The legs were then attached to the body. The weapons were put together and then attached to the body. After constructing the model, it was undercoated. After basecoating the model, I gave the model a wash.  The next stage was giving the model more washes….

I now need to think about what to do next. I think the model is quite dark.

I will certainly add some metallic paint and rust to the engines on the back of the dread.

See the full workbench feature on my Ork Mega Dread.

Visit the Ork Mega Dread Miniatures Gallery.

Ork Fighter Bomma

This is the original Forge World Ork Fighter Bomma. The model was retired when the new plastic kits were released.

Ork Fighter Bommer

I purchased my Ork Bommer way back in 2003 at GamesDay. This project originally started off as a large transport for Epic, find out more here.

See the full workbench feature on the Ork Fighter Bomma.

Painting the base of the Forge World Grey Knights Dreadnought

I have had a Mark IV Forge World Grey Knights Dreadnought on my workbench for a while. After getting some weapon arms for the model. I gave the main model a black undercoat and started base coating with a metallic paint. The weapons I had given a white undercoat. Getting it out from storage, I decided to almost start again and gave the model a base spray of Leadbelcher. I gave the model a wash of Nuln Oil Shade. For the next stage I used some Citadel Leadbelcher. I took a large brush and gave the model, what I would call, a heavy drybrush. I then did a lighter drybrush of various silver paints.

I did intend to paint the base for the model next, but upon checking the workbench feature for my Grey Knights, I realised that I needed a paint I didn’t have. For my Grey Knights I painted the flocked (well sanded) bases with Bestial Brown and then drybrushed with Bleached Bone. I bought a pot of Mournfang Brown. I used this to paint the base of the Dreadnought.

I didn’t have any Bleached Bone either. I drybrushed the base with Citadel Ushabti Bone, which is a replacement for Bleached Bone.

Forge World Grey Knights Dreadnought

Forge World Grey Knights Dreadnought

See the workbench feature on the Grey Knights Dreadnought.