I have just uploaded (and updated) a new version of my GamesDay 2009 Gallery, which has been offline for a few years. Moving to a new host has meant I am reviewing existing content, creating revised pages and uploading higher resolution images. Going through the images I was reminded of this interpretation of the Stormbird that was at GamesDay 2009, well before Forge World released their version. It is much bigger than the resin model.
The Stormbird Gunship is an armoured versatile craft that combines the role of dropship, armoured transport and strike craft.
This model was based on this pencil drawing from White Dwarf.
This was a lovely scratch-built model, with nice little details, such as these Assault Marines dropping from the ship.
I then used a variety of greys and drybushed them on.
I was originally going to keep the whole model grey, but I am now thinking I might add more scenic and foliage and rather than have it as a recently broken Aquila, have it as one that was broken some time ago and nature has over time grown around it. The Imperium has been around for ages and so it still fits the fluff. It was seeing a ruined Imperial City in the jungle in a copy of White Dwarf a few years back that inspired me to think about going down this route.
This scenery that was also on display at GamesDay 2009 always impressed me.
Taking the Imperial Ruins, painting them stone in colour and adding overgrown jungle foliage and roots was always in my opinion an inspired move.
I am going to do something similar with my broken Aquila.
I have been thinking about going through my Ork models and getting them finished and painted. I seem to have stalled and got distracted by Flames of War and Dystopian Wars (and Doctor Who) and haven’t really painted any Orks for ages.
One model that has only got as far as an undercoat was my Forge World Big Trakk. Looking back at the last update on this model (in 2011) it was apparent I was having undercoating problems with a fair few of my Ork models.
Eventually I hope it might look similar to this finished model that I photographed at Games Day 2009.
I would like to get a dusty dirty look and I have the Forge World weathering powders somewhere in my collection of paints and inks.
At GamesDay 2009 one of the Historical display games was a Napoleonic version of Warmaster.
I did miss the lack of Warhammer Historical games at GamesDay 2010, no idea (as I didn’t go) if there were any historical games at GamesDay 2011.