Undercoating and basecoating the Grot Bommers

I did say in a post last year that these would be my next purchase for Aeronautica Imperialis would be some Grot Bommerz.

The obvious answer for me is a pair of Grot Bommerz. I do like the concept of these, though I am not a big fan of the actual models, but Orks is Orks, so they are next on my shopping list.

Well in the end I got a box as a present, so the decision was made for me.

The diminutive Gretchin have long been enthusiastic supporters of Ork aviation, whether gleefully pushing bombs out of open bays, crawling into tight spots to fix engines, or acting as spotters and even gunners on ork planes. It doesn’t take long before they become obsessed with flying just like their bigger kin, begging for their own turn on the control stick. Some enterprising Ork meks decided this arrangement could be mutually beneficial, and created guided missiles that could be flown like a tiny, gretchin-sized airplane. Fitted with a short-burn rocket engine and stuffed with unstable explosives, some rabid grots are happy to climb aboard just for the (short-lived) thrill of speed and freedom. They’re loaded into the wings of specially-fitted Grot Bommers, and launched in support of the Air Waaagh!

Having constructed the models I gave them a white undercoat.

Having built and painted the models I have actually grown to like them. I like the amount of detail and they certainly are big models compared to the other (tiny) planes I have now in my collection.

This is one of the models.

Here is the other one.

The next stage was a basecoat.

I used the Blood Angels Red contrast paint.

As is usual with my painting there are still some white patches…

Next stage will be adding the detailing before washing the model.

It has legs…

As part of the boxed set of the Precept Maniple Battleforce as well as the Warlord, the Nemesis and the Warhounds you also get one of my favourite titans, the Reaver Battle Titan.

The Reaver Titan forms the mainstay of most Titan Legions, and is a key component of many Adeptus Titanicus maniples. Swifter than its Warlord cousins and more durable than the smaller Warhounds, with a wide range of devastating weaponry, the Reaver Titan is the perfect addition to any battlegroup.

The kit comes with three sprues for the Reaver.

I started construction and have finished the core legs.

Reaver Titan legs

I will paint these before adding the shields on the legs.

I will add the legs to a base before undercoating and painting

Constructing the Xiphon Interceptors for Aeronautica Imperialis

I have the models from the Wrath of Angels and have been spending some time putting the models together.

So having constructed the Storm Eagles, I then put the Xiphon Interceptors together. There are three of these in the Wrath of Angels boxed set.

These were simple and very easy to put together.

I am thinking about getting some more. Though from a value perspective I am tempted to just get another Wrath of Angles boxed set rather than buy an individual box of models. I don’t think I need more than six.

Here is another view of the model.

The next stage will be a white undercoat.

I did think about Ultramarines blue, then Salamanders green, but now thinking about painting them up as Grey Knights.

See the Xiphon Pattern Interceptors Miniatures Gallery.

 

In the end I bought…

The other day I wrote about the problem I had with an old can of Team Yankee Chieftain Green and painting the base coat of my Bolt Action Home Guard Mark IV (male) World War One Tank. 

I did look at possible alternatives, attempting to find a new paint which matched the colour of Team Yankee Chieftain Green.

There are various conversion charts available online and it was clear from a couple that Vallejo Model Color 894 Russian Uniform was a match.

My local FLGS however doesn’t sell Vallejo paints, it stocks Citadel and The Army Painter range. Finding a match with those was more challenging.

In the end I decided I really didn’t need to worry. The Home Guard Mark IV (male) World War One Tank could probably be any shade of (army) green.

So I bought a can of Army Green Spray from he Army Painter range.

Back home I gave the Mark IV a base coat and I am quite pleased with the final shade.

Constructing the Warlord Battle Titan

Having got the Precept Maniple Battleforce, I have started constructing the models that came with it.

One of the first models I have been building is the Warlord Battle Titan.

Warlord Battle Titans bestride the battlefields of the Imperium, their thunderous tread heralding the destruction of the enemies of Mankind. A mainstay of the Collegia Titanica, Warlord Battle Titans are among the largest and most powerful war machines ever devised by the Mechanicum.

The kit comes with three sprues. One is the weapons, another are the (external) shields, whilst the third is the core body structure and the legs.

The first stage of construction is the build the legs. These go together quite easily and you can model the Titan in different stances, even striding forward.

The instructions recommend to paint the legs before attaching the shields.

The main body is quite easy to put together, and like the legs it is recommended that you paint the core body before attaching the shields.

Here is the model so far.

The next stage will be to put the base together and the painting what I have constructed so far.

Constructing the Storm Eagle Squadron for Aeronautica Imperialis

I have the models from the Wrath of Angels and have been spending some time putting the models together.

The first ones I finished were the Storm Eagle Squadron.

Storm Eagle

These were a little complicated to put together, but I got there in the end.

I like these models.

The Storm Eagle is an orbital assault craft employed by the Space Marines, equipped with a formidable weight of firepower.

There are two of these in the Wrath of Angels boxed set.

The next stage will be a white undercoat.

I did think about Ultramarines blue, then Salamanders green, but now thinking about painting them up as Grey Knights.

 

Alternatives for Team Yankee Chieftain Green

Chieftain Green  (TYP293)Back in the day I bought a can of Team Yankee Chieftain Green which I used to spray my 15mm Team Yankee Scimitars. I also used it to spray one of my Forge World Warhammer 40K Grot Tanks as well.

I was in the process of going through my workbench and I decided I would base coat my Bolt Action Home Guard Mark IV (male) World War One Tank. 

However going to the cupboard I saw that it had leaked some yellow sticky stuff, which I am thinking might be the propellant. However despite that I decided I would paint the tank with the spray.

However after going for it, I realised that I wasn’t going to be able to finish the tank, as the propellant ran out.

The problem I have now is finding a replacement, as the Team Yankee Chieftain Green paint is no longer available. So I am on the lookout for an alternative as a replacement.

Grey Knights for Aeronautica Imperialis

I have been thinking about is what colour to paint my Adeptus Astartes models for Aeronautica Imperialis.

I have the models from the Wrath of Angels and am seriously considering getting a Thunderhawk as well.

I did think about Ultramarines blue, then Salamanders green, but now thinking about painting them up as Grey Knights.

Forge World had a display of a Grey Knights Thunderhawk at a GamesDay event.

Grey Knights Thunderhawk
Grey Knights Thunderhawk

I think this could work, however they used a grey colour scheme. A lot of Grey Knight vehicles were also painted in this scheme.

Inquisitor Rhino next to Inquisitor Land Raider
Inquisitor Rhino next to Land Raider

When I started thinking about painting my Aeronautica Imperialis models I was thinking painting them the same colour as Grey Knights.

Giving the models a base coat of Leadbelcher and then washes and detailing.

Now reflecting on the excellent Forge World models I am now thinking of following that scheme on the Aeronautica Imperialis models.

It also got me thinking that I could add some Inquisitorial Storm Troopers Valkyrie Transports to the force as well.

A Storm Troopers Valkyrie Transport which is part of Mike Sharpe's superb Space Wolves army, which was on show at GamesDay 2006.
A Storm Troopers Valkyrie Transport which is part of Mike Sharpe’s superb Space Wolves army, which was on show at GamesDay 2006.

Add another boxed set of those to the shopping list.

I will also need to think about rules, either using the vanilla rules, or doing some tweaking.

Aeronautica Imperialis Workbench updated

Following my purchase of Wrath of Angels I have updated the Aeronautica Imperialis Workbench.