Hello everyone! It's been a few years. About 4 or so. Yeah, life's been busy.
Well, I'm happy to announce that I'm back into building and painting models! Sort of. Nothing major as of right now, but I do have a couple small projects planned/started.
First of all, I finally figured out how I'm gonna handle my Moridan Heavy Bolters and Autocannons. I think it was about 5 years ago that I made a post about that? Wow, I've been at this a while. I've decided to base them on old civil-war style artillery pieces. Similar to my Lascannons seen earlier in this log, but a lot less ornate. These ones are clearly built to be used and carted around, not just for sitting in the back and looking fancy! Here are some pictures of my first prototypes. I like how they turned out, so I don't think any major changes need to be made to the design.
The Autocannons in particular are a bit of a pain to make, because the second member of the crew is holding extra ammo for the "older" style model of Autocannon. That means I still have to incorporate that into my conversions somehow, and I can't simply use the plastic Cadian heavy weapons like I can with the Heavy Bolters. A bit of sawing here and there solves the problem though.
The main body is made of the old metal Lascannon chassis that I no longer use from my old Mordian Lascannon models. Now that I have my fancy plastic ones, my old ones were just sitting on my shelf. Well, now they can be of some use! Combine them with some Lego wagon wheels, and they're good to go! Once again, Lego has come to my rescue. Anyway, I just primed these two today, so hopefully by the end of the weekend I will have them painted up all nice.
Another thing I want to do in the foreseeable future is add a platoon of Valhallan troops to my Vostroyan army. Turns out, a guard army made up of only veterans doesn't work so well on the table. It just doesn't have enough bodies in play! Valhallans still exist on the online store, so I feel like I should get some while I still can. Maybe 30 or so. It'll also be a good way to differentiate between who is a veteran, and who is just a regular guardsman.
Reading through old posts here, it is a shame my Vostroyan tank colour scheme turned out the way it did. I would like to improve it, I really would, but I'm just not... I dunno... Skilled enough? Patient enough? To make that work. Those probably aren't the right words, I feel like I could do it if I just knew... how. I know what I want it to look like, but I just can't figure out a good way to put that vision to my models. It's not that I think they look bad or anything as they are, and at least they're consistent, but they don't really reflect the look I wanted them to. Oh well, they are what they are. At the end of the day, the entire point of that army was for me to get away from gravel/grass bases and tanks with completely uniform colour schemes. Artistic expression, I guess.
Anyway, enough of that. I have two more Autocannons and two more Heavy Bolters to make. C&C are always appreciated!