It still lives. I'm slowly chipping away at the edge high lighting of those Crimson Fury, got two to go plus a jump packs and the like. I'll post a picture of them when they done. Some of you may remember those hastily smashed out Penal Legionaries I did last year. Well I finally got around to Black Rimming their bases:
So that is 35 of them done. Now the benefit of doing them as I have is that I've actually got a lot of options as to how to run them. Just a quick break down of them:
1 guy with a banner that is removable (could work as a standard bearer)
3 guys with grenade launchers
31 guys with lasguns.
That's what I have painted, in addition I have sitting in parts 5 Cadians armed with CCW's (1 with a blade that could be a power sword),a Commissar and 1 pretty battered Ogre left over from my half built heavy weapons servitors for the back burnered =I= force) waiting to be painted. Basically means that I can run a few different combos of the list. Small Infantry Platoon with a Special Weapons Squad, Penal Legion Squads, Commissar Lord etc, they won't be the most effective lists due to the lack of special and heavy weapons but it's nice to have options. I can always just pin some special weapons to a base and do up some HW bases and drill out holes for the legionaries to stand in.
The Cadian "Custodians" are all ready to be painted and I'm considering painting them for the Feb month of the painting challenge just as a bit of a break from painting bronze. The Ogre however needs a bit of TLC (and a new arm). The idea behind him fluffwise is that he's a poor lost Ogryn that the Penal Legion has picked up along the way and kept him. Ruleswise he will count as a heavy weapons team and the heavy weapon I give him is going to be suitably generic looking that it could count as pretty much anything bar a mortar and even then meh it could probably count as that as well. Anyway here are some pictures of the process so far:
Random pile of parts that was dredged up from the bits box to use on him, obviously not all will be used.
Shot of the body that I half converted ages ago, got pissed off at and threw into the BB for later. When I pulled him out he didn't have either arm so I managed to get a cut up shoulder joint and an arm (which was actually the wrong arm but I just carved it up a bit and it's not that noticeable) and stick them to him. I'll GS the missing parts of course. For the hand I'm just going to use an Ork hand.
Also shaved down his boots which will also be GS'd. Side view of said arm:
His other arm is not so easy a fix, I don't have any other left over Ogre parts and I can't be bothered tracking some down for a mini that I don't actually care too much about. So instead I'm giving him a "bionic" one, it's just a trimmed down terminator storm bolter arm from AOBR. It's about the right size, maybe a little small but I can live with it, I might add some pistons and the like to it to bulk it up a little.
The weapon is just a multi laser body with the heavy flamer canisters from a Sentinel trimmed down and stuck on the end. I'll probably remove those power cords from the bottom and replace it with a generic looking ammo canister. I figure it's generic enough looking to count as any HW should I ever come to play (hahahahahahaha yeah right).
This is what he currently looks like, got a fair bit of GS'ing to do on the left hand side of the body and I'll hopefully get it looking so the metal shoulder looks crudely implanted. Same with the hand and fore arm. Again, I'm not too bothered how he looks as long as he's passable I'm not bothered. It's not like the rest of the force is at GD standard.