Sunday, 2 December 2012

We Have A Problem

Sorry I have not posted in a while, and you might have noticed that some pictures have disappeared from the Blog. The reason for this is I ran out of picture space, and so I decided to delete some pictures not realising it deleted pictures from the blog. So the blog will be a little quite for a time while I sort out my mess. Once sorted I will post the pictures I took from my Campaign Weekend and what I have been painting.

So till then thanks for you patience, and I will get thing's back to normal as soon as possible.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Army List's

Hi again folks,

I have not done any painting today, but I have done four of the five list's. That is only because I forgot that I needed five list's. I thought I would start from the top and do the 750 point list, as I thought it would be the easiest one. How wrong was I. The reason for this is even though the weekend is only meant to be a bit of fun, I can see people treating it as a mini tournament. So I need to take models to combat this so I don't die with in two turns. The two model's I have feeled that are a must is the psyker, and Thunderbolt. The psyker is an easy choice for the simple fact that it helps deny the witch, and cause some damage myself.

The Thunderbolt was not so much as an obvious choice, but to me seems the most logical. With the new flyer rule's and the amount of flyer's I am expecting to see I need some anti air, as I have not built or painted my Hydra and don't have any other anti air it was a choice between the Valkyrie and Thunderbolt. The Valkyrie is good in the fact it can carry troop's, but would be rubbish at taking down other flyers. But the Thunderbolt is an out and out fighter with some punch. For 180 points you get a fighter that can deep strike, armoured cockpit, can repair itself. Weapon wise it has two twin linked Autocannons, and twin linked Lascannons. So as you can see the Thunderbolt is one of the toughest and hardest hitting flyers out there, and I hope will chew up ground forces as well as air forces, but we will see.

The other lists were easy just a case of me deciding what I wanted to take. So below is the lists I am going to take, so enjoy and your comments are appreciated.

750 Point List
HQ Company Command and Pysker (Regimental Standard, Plasma Pistol, Meltagun, Medic, Vox Caster)
1st Platoon (Equipped with Flamer's and Platoon Standard)
Veteran Squad (X2 Plasma Guns, Meltagun, Plasma Pistol)
1000 Point List
HQ Company Command and Pysker (Regimental Standard, Plasma Pistol, Meltagun, Medic, Vox Caster)
1st Platoon (Equipped with Flamer's and Platoon Standard)
2nd Platoon (Equipped with Grenade Launcher's and Platoon Standard)
Medusa (Enclosed)
Heavy Weapon Squad (Heavy Bolters)
2000 Point List
HQ Company Command and Pysker (Regimental Standard, Plasma Pistol, Meltagun, Medic, Vox Caster)
1st Platoon (Equipped with Flamer's and Platoon Standard and Commissar with Power Fist)
2nd Platoon (Equipped with Grenade Launcher's and Platoon Standard)
Veteran Squad (X2 Plasma Guns, Meltagun, Plasma Pistol)
Techpriest Enginseer x 5 Servitors (x1 Heavy Bolter, x1 Multi-Melta)
Commissar Yarrick
Vanquisher with Kinght Commander (Lascannon, Plasma Cannons)
Vanquisher (Lascannon, Plasma Cannons)
Chimera x3
2500 Point List
HQ Company Command and Pysker (Regimental Standard, Plasma Pistol, Meltagun, Medic, Vox Caster)
1st Platoon (Equipped with Flamer's and Platoon Standard and Commissar with Power Fist)
2nd Platoon (Equipped with Grenade Launcher's and Platoon Standard)
Veteran Squad (X2 Plasma Guns, Meltagun, Plasma Pistol)
Techpriest Enginseer x 5 Servitors (x1 Heavy Bolter, x1 Multi-Melta)
Commissar Yarrick
Lord Commissar
Vanquisher with Kinght Commander (Lascannon, Plasma Cannons)
Vanquisher (Lascannon, Plasma Cannons)
Chimera x3
Medusa (Enclosed)
Heavy Weapon Squad x2 (Equipped with Heavy Bolters)
Sentinel x2 (Armoured, Autocannons)

Psyker Progress

Hi folks,

Sorry for the lack of post's, but normal life and work has taken over slightly this last week. This is down to doing loads of drill ready for our parades in a fortnights time to celebrate the Regiment being back at home. But the good new's from that is I then go on leave for five week's, so I can get loads of painting in.

If you did not read my last post I have stoped work on my Storm Troopers as I get ready for my Campaign weekend up at Warhammer World next weekend. Which I am really looking forward to especially the doubles game along side Colonel Winterbourne and his Praetorian Army, I just hope the quality of my army does not bring his down. But it will be an awesome sight and I will take lot's of pictures.

So here it is my progress so far on my Psyker. The photo's have made it more shiny than it actually is, so I am sorry about that. I have painted the coat red as I want to keep the model in keeping with the rest of my army. The green cuff's are to denote that he is of the higher officer class. The green tabard I have copied off the GW model. I have also decided to try something new for a change as well, I thought it would be nice to go for the inside of the coat to be purple. It has not turned out as nice as I thought it would but it's ok, it's not as if I'm entering the model into any painting competitions. But he will blend in with the rest of the army really nicely.

There you have it, I am hoping to get more of it done today and start on my army list's. As always thanks for looking and your comments are appreciated.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Stop The Progress

Hi everyone,

Work on my Elite Guard ((Storm Troopers) will have to stop for the time. The reason for this is not due to normal life, but rather down to the fact that I am heading to Warhammer World in a fortnight for a campaign weekend.

First off this is the first kind of competition I have entered done by GW and I am looking forward to it. Will I come away with any prize's? I doubt it, as I enjoy playing the game and doing the model's I feel add character and depth to my army rather than how they preform. I hope my army gathers quite a bit of interest along with the other Praetorian brothers as we put up a united front.

The second reason why work on my current project must cease at the moment is so I can paint my Primaris Psyker. I learnt from my game on Thursday is these guy's are really important, and really help in denying the witch. So this is what I am going to move on to.

So keep an eye out as I let you know on my progress. Also I will put up my army list for each point category so you guy's can have a look and pass judgement.

So thanks for looking and I will write again soon. 

Sunday, 11 November 2012


Hi folks, sorry for the delay in this post but I wanted to get more done than I originally intended to to my next post. It has taken me a while as I wanted to get the Red done and looking good. To do this I had to split my squad in two as I felt it would be easier. The process I used was a lengthy one compared to what I usually do but I think looks great. The shine will go away once I have completed all the model's and sprayed them with Purity seal which will give them a matt finish.

Below is a list of what I used to get to the end product:

1) Red Gore (This is used over the white undercoat).
2) Red Ink (To give the shade in the recesses, and to make the red a little darker).
3) Blood Red (Highlight on all raised area's).
4) Red Ink (To dull down the highlight slightly).
5) Blood Red (Highlight on all raised areas again).
6) Wild Rider Red (Detail Highlight).
7) Blazing Orange (Top Highlight).
8) Red Ink (To dull down the highlighting so it is not so sharp).
9) Wild Rider Red (Top highlight).
10) Blazing Orange (Spot highlight).
11) Red Ink (Once again to dull down highlight's).
12) Bloodletter Glaze (This is to bring everything together and give the red a softer look. It give it a shine that I don't want, but this will go once I sprayed the model's with Purity Seal).

Also Thursday saw me play my first game of 40k. I went to GW Oxford the day so I could learn the new rules that have been added and to do some painting. I went up against the store manager who loved my army, painting so much that he wanted to put my army in his display cabinet. I have said maybe after the campaign weekend in November I will let them borrow them for a short time.

I lost the game but I was not interested in winning or loosing I just wanted to have some fun and learn what has changed. First off I am happier about the tank rules and have learned you need to protect them behind buildings or troops. The challenge thing is quite good fun but you have to be careful if you are going to accept or not. But apart from that I feel that the game is better and more realistic. I did not get to test the new flyer rules but I will read up on them so I know how to use mine.

So there you have it that's what I have been up to, as always your comments are appreciated and thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

It Has Begun

I have returned from my holiday in Wales with the family, and cracked straight on with my new projects. First off I sprayed them with primer, then a black undercoat. I have decided to start on my Elite Guard (aka Storm Troopers) and have split them down into two five man squads. I have done this because I want to spend a little more time painting them as I want them to stand out on the battlefield. So that I get a good red coat on them, I am first doing the same process that I do for my white parts in the army. This being a coat of Codex Grey followed by Fortress Grey then Skull White. I will then do my normal Red Gore highlighted with Blood Red and Blazing Orange. So my veteran squad will take a back seat for now.

In the pictures you will see three painted models, these are my current models two from my vet's and one from my HQ. These I have brought down for reference. The Elite Guard will have the same armour as the HQ model and other bits and pieces, but they won't have green cuffs and collars.

So there you have it that's what I have done so far, but I will do another post tomorrow with further progress so watch this space.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Watch This Space

My new banners are now complete and after Col Winterborne suggestion, and having a look at my HQ a seeing they have a dark banner pole I have done the same. I have not done another picture as I felt there was no need as I would only be going over old ground.

Yesterday and today I have moved onto my new projects. The first being my replacement veteran squad, which will fill the gap for the veteran squad I have just sold. For those of you that don't know my first veteran squad were the old classic storm troopers. Which at the time looked really cool with berets, but when I did the second squad using the Cadian veteran pack they looked out of place and would need to be replaced at some point. I did have a mind to turn them into Storm Troopers I did not have a replacement classic model for the one of the special weapons, and I was not willing to pay the crazy prices on eBay.

 Old Veteran Squad behind new style
Part of current Veteran Squad

With the new squad I am doing I have decided to go with three Melta Gun's instead of my classic two Plasma and one Melta. I had to buy the Bio Cadian special weapons as Forge World have seem to have stopped doing the normal special weapon teams. So I had to do quite a bit of cutting and tidying up, as you can see from the picture. The rest of the model's were straight forward only requiring to be tided up.

The next set of models are going to be my Storm Troopers. I have played around with using Karskin, and the current Storm Troopers but felt they would not fit in with my army and style. So the decision was made to make my own using DKOG Grenadiers. I have cut away the heads and respirator piping ready for the new heads. I was going to use the new Pickalube heads from Curious Constructs but found they are a little on the large size and plus the style did not look right. So I ordered the Life Guard heads, but again I have found these to be a little to big for the size of model. But not to worry I already have plans afoot for these heads. So I have gone back to using Empress Miniature heads. But to be more precise the heads with the crests on the helmet like the officers.

So that's what I have been up to, they are all glued to there basis cleaned and ready to be primed and base coated. But that will have to wait till I come back off holiday which I go on tomorrow to Wales. So thanks for looking and your comments are appreciated, and I will see you all next week.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

New Flag Bearers Nearly Completed

Sorry I have been a little quite these last couple of day's, but that has been down to normal family life and doing the new banners. I have received my second delivery from Forge World so I can now get on and do my replacement second veteran squad.

So I have completed the banners themselves, by sealing the green stuff with a primer. I then gave them an undercoat of white and letting it dry. I marked out the line going from corner to corner with pencil and started painting the two different sections. The red was done with Red Gore and highlighted with Blood Red and Blazing Orange, I also gave the different coats a ink wash then a final wash with Baal Red. The white was done by giving it a layer of Codex Grey, then Fortress Grey. I then did a couple of layers of watered down white. The Eagle and Numbers were done with transfers which were then given a coat of Ard Coat to seal them in place. I finally placed the poles back in place and glued the crest's back on.

So there you have it they are nearly done. All that is left is to finish the banner poles and touch up the hands and they will be ready to be put back with there respective units. As always thanks for looking and your comments are appreciated.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

More Hobby, Plus My First Forge World Delivery

This is going to be a long post as I am going to go into some length on how to make banners out of green stuff, plus some other things I have done today. So grab a brew sit down and make yourself comfortable.

So I got up this morning and had a look at the banners I did last night, and straight away hated them. They looked so wrong and not very professional and no were near my normal standard. So I moved onto plan B, which involved some converting work. So here we go this is how I do my banners.

1) I removed the old banner poles by cutting away the bottom half away first then the top, I then carefully cut away the crest on top. Holes were drilled through the hand for the new pole's to fit and the remaining old pole carefully cut away from the hand. Holes were also drilled in the crest for the new poles to be inserted.

2) Using a large cutting mat I placed talcum powder which I worked into the mat, as this stop's the green stuff from sticking. I also applied talcum powder to my roller in this case my hobby knife.

3) For my banners I used just over half a strip of green stuff that GW sell and kneaded it together. Once fully green I rolled it into a ball then placed it on the mat and rolled it in talcum powder.

4) Using my roller I rolled out the green stuff, making sure I turned it over so it does not stick to the roller. When I felt it was big enough I placed my banner template down to make sure I rolled out enough green stuff. What I will say you don't want your green stuff to thin as it will be to floppy and is likely to tear, and you don't want it to thick as it will look un-natural. You need some where in the middle were you can work with it comfortable.

5) Once happy that my template would fit I then cut round the template. Don't do a normal cut as you are likely to either tear the green stuff or scrunch it up. Do a straight cut down like you are cutting cheese, plus it will give you nice straight edges.

6) Supper glue was applied to one edge of the pole and placed about 3-4mm inside, then the banner edge was foldered round and blended into the rest of the banner. I normally use a spare paint brush for this bit but it is up to you. I lay the banner over the paint brush to get a nice curve shape, I then fold up one of the edges and place a paint pot there so that it keeps it's shape while it dries. Once dried it will have Primer sprayed over it to harden the green stuff so that it is ready to paint.

So there you have it, that's how I do my banners.

I had just enough Purity Seal to do another tank today with it's weathering. The tank done today was my first Chimera for the 1st Platoon Command. This model was first painted about the same time as the Sentinel that I finished yesterday. The turret is a Forge World turret and has a Forge World interior, all the command vehicles will have this interior. I also replaced the antenna that had snapped off quite some time ago but was never replaced. The weathering was done like the rest but I spent more time on the dozer blade. I was not sure how this was going to turn out as I wanted it to look quite battered and worn. So I added my normal weathering powder brushed off the excess, then applied a light rust powder with some metallic powder mixed in. I think it has turned out quite well, but next time I do a dozer blade I will use the technique in the Model Master Class book I have.

Lastly I have received the first of my parcels from Forge World today. The guy's you see will become my Elite Guard, I will be using the Storm Trooper stats for them in games. There is quite a lot of work to be done to these guy's before they look like Praetorians. I was going to use the new heads from Curious Constructs but I'm not sure they will look right, so I think I will invest in some other heads from him. So as you can guess from what I have said the first thing to be done is o cut away the heads. Also the respirator tubes will have to be cut away, then the new heads can be stuck on. I also purchased some new special weapons as I don't like the Flamer or Grenade Launcher. I felt if I used the special weapons supplied my new squad would still look like Krieg rather than Praetorians.

So there you have it another successful day in the hobby world for me. As always thanks for looking and as always your comments are appreciated.    

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

A Productive Day

Well what a productive day I have had modelling. Only problem being is I have run out of Purity Seal and non slot bases, so I will have to take a trip to GW some time to get some more. So what have I done today?

First off I have done the weathering on my Medusa tank. I was worried that I might ruin the design on the side but to my surprise it has not and made it even better. The tank has been weathered the same way as the Baneblade and my other tanks. I have even re-mastered my weathering effects with powders, what I had forgotten to do was use a dry brush to apply the powder once I have used a brush to apply the paint thinner.  Overall I am really happy with this vehicle and feel it has turned out really well.

I then moved onto my first Sentinel that I did many years ago. This to was done in the same way as all the other vehicles but more care was taken applying the weathering powder due to the base and not wanting to ruin it. I might in the long run buy a new one and re-due it as it is not quite as good as the command Sentinel. But that is to be expected as it was painted several years ago.

As I have run out of of Purity seal I have moved onto replacing the banners on the platoon command squads as I started to hate the paper ones. I used the same technique that I have used on others, which is rolling out green stuff with talcum powder as for it not to stick to the roller or board. The part I found hard and hope turns out all right is wrapping the green stuff round the banner pole as it was attached to the model, were normally the banner pole has been separate. So they have been left to dry and harden. If I am not happy with them then what I think I will do is make new banner poles and cut off the old ones, drill holes in the hand so that the new poles can slide through.

Last thing I have done is start on my Militia which will use the conscripts rules. The legs are Cadian and the body's are from Curious Constructs. I have used Cadian arms and kept the shoulder guards which will be painted white, so they will look different. Apart from that they will be painted the same as the rest of the army, the heads will be painted last so that I can get to the rest of the body first.

As always thanks for looking and your comments are most appreciated.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

My New Baneblade

It is not really new but it has had a much needed face lift as it was not in keeping with the rest of the army. So something I thought would take me quite some time to do, but it only took me 4 hours. So what have I done to it?

Well first off it has had the battle damage added to it. I have done this by using Chardon Granite thinned down and dabbed on with a sponge, over this I used the same technique but with Boltgun Metal for the deeper damage. I then touched up the bit's that the sponge accidentally touched, which was mainly the light and window lenses and the large eagle's. Once the windows and light were touched up they had a coat of Varnish to make them more realistic. Oil stains were added to various places as well. I re-painted the main guns as they looked a bit naff. This was done with dry brushing Tin Bitz over a black undercoat then dry brushed with Boltgun Metal. The muzzle end's were then dry brushed with Black. To finish off I then added the mud and dust in my usual way. I must admit I have lost my touch a little bit in this area but it does not look terrible.

So there you have it another model completed and looking more in keeping with my army. Next up is my Medusa to get the weathering treatment which will be started tomorrow so watch this space. As always your comments are appreciated and thanks for looking.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Another Thing Done

Well I managed to get some more stuff painted today nothing big but something that needed to be done. I replaced the heads on two of my tanks, the first being my Baneblade the second being my Medusa.

For some of you that have been following my blog for some time might remember the HQ Chimera that I done with the extra armour. Well I decided to have a crew member holding a bolt pistol out the hatch but with a head I purchased from Empress Miniatures. This head had a Scottish kind of beret and look so right as a rank and file tankie, and it fitted in so well with the rest of the army. Well I did want to do the others but never really got down to doing them as I wanted to expand my army some what. It was only when I was looking at my army before deploying to Afghan that I decided that one of the first things I will do when I get back is change the heads, so that is what I have done.

The Baneblade has had a beret for the gunner as he is rank and file, and the officer has had a Pith Helmet. I decided that he should have a Pith helmet as it would look strange if I had my Tank ace being the only officer within the whole of the tank company waring a Pith, so to that end all tank officers will wear a Pith. The Medusa has had a beret as well as I felt that that would only be a Sgt commanding the vehicle. But overall I am happy with them and it is starting to bring my tanks in keeping with the rest of the army.

Starting tomorrow I will be weathering some of my first vehicles that I painted for my Army. These being:


I did ponder the idea of replacing them with new ones. But went against it as it would cost to much and did not want to start dropping point's in games because I did not want to use them. I feel my painting skills are good enough to bring them up to scratch with the rest of the vehicles I have done. So watch this space as the first vehicle I am going to tackle is the massive Baneblade.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

My First Model Completed

I know I said I was going to get this finished a couple of day's ago but life kinda got in the way. I had to take a trip up to the In Law's as they wanted to say welcome home and so did a few other people, I guess I can't really blame them.

Well this chap has taken over from my original Pask model which I felt didn't fit in with my army, as well as a few other tank commander models who will shortly be having their heads changed. Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with the GW model he just doesn't look like a Praetorian so had to be changed.

The chap that has replaced him is a miniature done by Rob (aka Col Gravis) from Curious Constructs. This model has been an absolute pleasure to paint and has helped me get back into the swing of painting again. This is largely due to the simple design but bag's of character which lends itself to doing some really good highlights. His face is full of detail but is not to the point of it being to much and is really easy to pick out the detail. The size of the model is good to, it is around the same size as the GW Pask model, but is larger than the plastic tank commander's in the box's. The price is great to with Rob charging £3 for his model were as GW Pask is £7.20. So Rob is way better on value for a better model. Thanks Rob and keep up the great work.

So what have I done to get him finished? Well I painted the gold trim around his uniform and buttons by first using Tin Bitz then using Dwarf Bronze and highlighting with Shining Gold. His collar and cuffs were given a coat of white then painted with Dark Angels Green, which then a coat of Green Ink to give it the look of velvet. This was then given a highlight with Snot Green then a spot highlight with Scorpion Green. The badge and shoulder parts were painted using Boltgun metal a highlight with Chainmail and a spot highlight with Mithrial Silver. The white braiding was done with first a coat of Codex Grey then Fortress Grey, over this I then do a couple of layers of white making sure I don't go into the recesses so that the grey can show through. I almost do a sort of drybrush but with a slightly wetter brush, the helmet was done in the same way. The face is done in my normal way but with an extra highlight as he is not my normal rank and file trooper.

Well I must admit it was great to do some painting after all this time and nice to see that I haven't lost to much of my skill. It certainly has not been my best paint job or my worst but it has been a nice model to start with and get back into the swing of thing's. My next job is to paint the replacement heads which I will start tomorrow and hopefully finish as there are only three to do.

Well thanks for looking and as always your comments are appreciated.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

New Pask

I have finished doing the green stuff on the Victoria Lamb mini's and have been put away in the cupboard to be painted another day. So yesterday I started on my new Pask who will be named Captain Melmoth, I will do some history at some point but I just want to get some painting done at the mo.

So I have gone with my normal Praetorian colours but with a white front along with all my other tank crew to denote that they are part of the cavalry. Also because he is part of the higher officer class due to him being an ace he has the green collar and cuffs, he will also have gold braiding and buttons. I have decided his corps badge will be silver along with the shoulder parts.

I am enjoying painting this model as the detail is great and really lends itself to being highlighted. It feels good knowing that I have not dropped off in my painting skills and the model is blending in nicely with the rest of the army.

Well I will leave you with some photo's, and hopefully tomorrow I will get the rest done and mounted in his Vanquisher. I have already based the new heads for my other tanks which I can hopefully start tomorrow, and then start weathering the tanks I want to get done. As always thanks for looking and your comments are appreciated.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Here You Go.

As promised here are some pictures of some of the new projects I have started, also my cupboard that I have sorted out. First up is the picture of the cupboard which holds all my projects that need painting, also my carry case's. Yes I know I have lot's to paint but it's not as if I have not got enough time is it.

Second lot of pictures is my new 4th Platoon commanded by Lt Bromhead. The rest of his command squad is missing as I did not order enough legs or weapon arms, I did order the main body's. I decided that they would be dressed in a traditional dress from when the company was first formed, and Lt Bromhead refusing that his platoon change into the new dress. (The classic Praetorians). I have also thought I would have Bromhead coming from the Highlands he will have a Bagpipe man for his radio man. Bromhead is the model with the helmet on the floor, the other two are the seargents which I thought would be better to fully build. The models themselves are slightly bigger than GW but in a crowd I don't think you will notice. The fit is not great but with a little liquid green stuff they will look great. Once the green stuff has been done they will base coated so that they are ready for painting, they then will be put to one side so I can move onto sorting out the tanks, heads, and banners.

Third lot of pictures is of the new tank commander ace who will take over the Pask model I have and don't really like. Also the new heads for my Storm Troopers when I get the models from Forgeworld, which should arrive some point this week. The sculpts are great with no mould lines and there is loads of detail on the heads, and I am really looking forward to painting them. If you are still thinking of getting stuff from Curious Constructs, don't think do it you won't be disappointed.

So that's it for now thanks for looking and as always your comments are appreciated. I will keep you all updated with my projects, so stay tuned as there is lot's of exciting stuff going to happen.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

What Have I Been Up To?

Hi Folks,

So this is my first post since I have been back, and before I go into work on Monday for a couple of day's for something we call normalisation. I haven't taken any pictures yet but I will do tomorrow so that you can see what I am up to.

First thing's first I had to sort out my store cupboard for my unpainted stuff as it was a mess. So I brought some draws to put my work stuff in and create some extra space so I can put my large travel case and my other GW cases in the cupboard. My unpainted stuff has remained on the shelf but a lot neater. I have also created some extra space in my display cabinet as I will need the room later.

I have started one of my many projects while I am off. During my tour I took the liberty of ordering my 4th Platoon from Victoria Lamb. So I have started to clean the mold lines and gluing them together. Due to the amount of detail there is I am only gluing the legs and body's at the moment. I like the quality but was a bit surprised at how aggressive some of the mould lines were, but they have been quite easy to clean.

I have also ordered some stuff off Curious Constructs as I want to replace one of my tank commanders with something that looks more like a Praetorian. I have also ordered some heads that look like the WWI German Helmets. The quality is excellent and I am looking forward to painting these. The heads are going to be used on some DKOK Grenadiers which I will convert into my Elite Guard and use them as Storm Troopers.

Before November I am going to touch up a few of my vehicles and make them more battle worn and bring them into line with my other vehicles. I am also going to change some of the heads and make them more like Praetorians. I am also going to change my banners as I hate the paper ones I have as they look tacky, and make some new ones out of green stuff.

I have also put up for sale today on of my Veteran squad, the Classic Storm trooper ones as they are not in keeping with the rest of the army. These will be replaced with some conversion work models when I get the stuff from Forgeworld.

Last off I need some advice. I have the parts to make a Militia unit but wondering what stats should I use. Should I use the Penal Squad stats or the Conscripts stats. Militia are trained but to what standard. So some help in this would be great.

So till tomorrow when I put up some pictures thanks for looking.

P.S Thanks for your messages on my last post, and thanks for all your support it does help to know that people appreciate what we do.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

I have checked to make sure I have my arms and legs are still with me and have boarded the big bird back home. So after nearly 7 months of doing my bit for Queen and Country I am back home. But let us spare a moment for those that have not made it home by making the ultimate sacrifice, and those that have serious life changing injury's.

I am glad to be back and looking forward to some time off. Also I have a lot of catching up to do in the world of our fantastic hobby, and I am looking forward in catching up on my painting and checking out all the new models that I have brought. Which my wife kindly put away for me awaiting my return. before I start painting any new stuff there are a couple of things I want to finish off painting, and a couple of models I want to bring in to more like the rest of my army. I will start painting and posting again very soon hopefully in a day or to. So till then thanks for looking and all your messages of support I have received during my tour of duty.

Friday, 24 August 2012

I Know I Said.....


I know I said I would not do another post while I was home on R&R or do any painting. But my wife saw me looking at my un-painted stuff, and said if I wanted to do some painting then I could. So I have taken her up on her offer and done some. I thought it would be good if I started on my third platoon ready for the campaign weekend in November, so I have started on the command squad.  I have done them the same as the rest of my troops but have spent a little more time highlighting the Junior officer and I think he has turned out quite nice. I will also when the models are finished do the banner but made out of green stuff, like my company banner as it looks much better than my paper banners. Plus when I get back from tour in October I will change the other ones.

I have also been to a GW where I purchased a new starter paint set and the painting guide to see how the paints are. I originally thought they had changed all the paints but only when I spoke to the staff I discovered that they had renamed them, but also included some new paints. When I get back from tour I will purchase some more and try some new techniques that I have been reading about. I also saw the new Ork fighter/bomber, and the Space Marine flyer thing and was surprised at how small they are. I thought they would have been a little bigger.

I have also been reading the new rule book and have found it to be a very well put together book. It's a shame that the Praetorians are still not mentioned, but you never know they might include them in the new Guard Codex if they do one. I'm not happy with some of the new rules as they don't seem to read just quite right but once I have played a few games I guess they will make sense. I do like the the flyer rules as this means I can now use my Thunderbolt, which I am really happy about. But I don't like the new rules regarding vehicles as I fell the new rules make them two easy to kill. I also feel they have got the hull points a little wrong, especially for guard. How can a Sentinel have 3 hull points when its armour is only ever going to be a maximum of 12 but yet a Leman Russ with armour 14/13/10 also gets 3 hull points. But wait a Land Raider with armour value 14 all round gets 4 hull points. Also I don't like the fact that you loose a hull point on glancing hits, as this means you could go for the cheaper heavy weapons that will only ever get glancing hits and destroy vehicles. But that is only from what I have read and will have to see how they play. I love the new missions and the extra terrain rules as this adds some real life to the games, but I also feel it could slow games down a little as we have to take into account the new rules into account. I am also a little wary about the new pyhsic powers as on first glance they have gone back to second edition. But like I said I will have to play a few games and see how it feels. But from what I have read on other blogs it all sounds very promising.

Well that's it, thanks for all your messages they are much appreciated and as always your comments are much appreciated. Only one more month to go and I will back in the UK for good and getting on with the many projects I have planned.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Back On Some Rest

Hi everyone,

Well after around 5 months on tour i am back on some well deserved Rest and Recuperation, and spending some quality time with the family. So to that end I will not be doing any hobby painting as this is not fair on the family. But I have bought the new 6th Ed and will be having a read of that to see what has changed. Which by the looks of it is quite a lot. I did also buy the new templates which I'm not impressed with as they look a bit cheap and nasty, and the other bits and pieces that can be purchased. I have also got tickets for the campaign weekend in November so that myself and a couple of other Praetorian players can get together and show a united front. So I will need to learn the new rules pretty quick when I get back, and get a few games in.

Afghan has been fairly busy for me, very hot and dusty. I have been all over Helmand in the good old helicopters, I have also been in the American Osprey which I must say is a very impressive bit of kit. I have also served with the US Marines, and must say they are a great bunch of guy's who are very professional. Plus they have some awesome kit and the vehicles are pretty good too. I think it's about time we the Brits took a leaf out of their book as we could learn a thing or two.

Well I must be off to spend time with the family. So this will be my only post while I am home. But it is just over a month before I am home for good, and getting on with painting and organising the big Praetorian game for January. Till then thanks for looking and for all your messages of support.

Commissar Dave.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Leaving On A Jet Plane

So as promised I would let you all know when I am off to Afghanistan for my 6 month tour of duty. That time is now upon us, as from tomorrow I will be on a plane going to that Very Hot and Sunny Place.

I must also apologise for my lack of post's, this has been because as you might understand I have spent a lot of time with friend's and family before I depart, so this has not left a lot of time for hobby. But you will all be glad to know that I have done a little bit today and yesterday.

But before I get to that, I will let you know my wife has access to my Blog so that she can do post's as in how I am doing, also to let you know when I will be coming home on R+R, and also when I finish my tour.

Also I have put on hold for the time being the big Praetorian Apocalypse game organisation until I return, unless some one else would like to take up the mantle. If not don't panic I will thrust myself into this epic project.

So after all that what have I been up to I hear you cry? Well I have finished on more of my objectives, and the one I finished is of the fallen standard. I really wanted to get this one done as I liked the idea I had thought up, so I went to work. Before I went on my holiday to Wales I had done the sculpt of the flag and left it to dry with a spray of Primer.

I decided that it would be a platoon standard rather than a Company, so I painted the crest on top of the pole Silver, the flag was painted in my custom Red and White which was quite difficult to do. This was because of the shape of the flag and also making sure I had the Red and White going the right way. The Imperial Eagle is a transfer which again was very difficult to put in place due to the creases in the flag, and also making sure the transfer went in all the creases and laid flat. Last off was the weathering which was done with weathering powder's then given a coat of purity seal. I wanted the flag to look dirty as if it had fallen and the dust and mud from battle had gathered. I have not done it as if it was all shot up and torn as I felt it would spoil the effect that I was after. There you have it my fourth objective which I am very happy with, and looks really cool I think.

Well there you go that's it from me, and as always your comments are appreciated. Please keep popping back to my Blog even though it will be quite for 6 month's but I will return with a vengeance as I will have loads of time for painting.

Till October time keep safe, and I hope you all have a great 6 months of painting and gaming.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Have Decided On A Date

So as the title suggests I have decided on a date for our Apocalypse game. So I am going to go for the 11th to 13th of January. The reason for this is that it gives people 10 months for everyone to get their army done. Second it is a week after the first pay weekend so most of us should still have some fund's left. And the last is we can all have a good time at Christmas and have something to look forward to at the start of a new year.

So all I need is for everyone who is interested to drop me a line at my e-mail address, so I can give Warhammer World rough number's, plus I can get the venue booked plus start looking at prices. My e-mail address is If we can get this bit done before I deploy that would be great, unless someone is willing to take it off my hand's while I am away on my Op Tour.

Thanks guy's all your help and comments are appreciated.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Going On Holiday

 From tomorrow I am going away on holiday with my family before I deploy to Afghanistan. So to that end I will not be doing any hobby till next weekend, as I want to spend some quality time with my loved ones. I am still taking my laptop so that I can stay in touch with my Blog and with what is happening.

Also guy's if I can get some answer's on who will be possibly attending our epic game, I can start looking at price's, plus to see if there will be a cost incurred for the tables at Warhammer World. I know it seems strange but from the game we played in January because we took up a third of the hall there was a small fee. But don't panic.

So till next week on the hobby front, have fun.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Date's For the Apocalypse Weekend.

Right guy's I have been thinking about this a lot now, to the point were my head is about ready to explode in a fiery ball of mess. First of the date's I have chosen are:

1) From 7th to 9th December 2012

2) From 14th to 16th December 2012

Now I have picked the first set of date's because it is the first weekend second weekend after pay day and gives all time to spend with our family's before we do one for the weekend, plus we still have some money left.

The second date I picked was because it was in the middle of the month also you still have just over a week before Christmas day, plus I would like to think we still have a little bit of money left.

All I need from you guy's is what date you prefer, and who is likely to come. Also it would be great if we could russel up some Ork player's. I have one that is interested with 25,000 point's worth of Ork's, but I want more because we really need to be out numbered but not to the point we die on the first turn.

Gol Garvis: I really appreciate all the effort you are putting in, and if we can track down this bit of board and borrow it that would be so awesome. Let us know how you get on.

A Few Hobby Thing's To Go Through.

Well with me putting the huge Apocalypse game that a few of us are planning to one side at the moment as I wait for a few answers from Warhammer World, and me looking at some date's. I got down to doing a little hobby.

First off I have finished my third objective marker, which was done the same as the other two. I moved onto doing the fallen Colour's objective, and the store's objective. At the moment I don't know how the banner is going to turn out but I will have to wait for it to dry. The banner was made out of green stuff and the white all over it is talking powder, which is used to stop it from sticking onto everything. The store's base was done by using some spare bit's I have knocking around that I purchased from Empress Miniatures awhile ago.

Second I thought I would take a picture of my Army in all it's glory in it's display cabinet. To be quite honest I am really pleased with how it is looking and how large it has got. Not bad for a project that has been going on now for about 5 year's. But wait till you see what I have left to do.

Third as mentioned above is a portion of what I have left to paint and build. Now trust me when I tell you that I have not layed everything out just for the sheer fact it would not all fit into on picture shoot. Needless to say I have a lot of troop's to get done, let me give you a breakdown of what I have to get done.

1) 2 Shadow Sword tanks.
2) 1 Vulture Gunship
3) 5 Chimera's
4) 3 Leman Russ Tanks
5) 1 Basilk
6) 1 Medusa Tank
7) 3 Hellhounds
8) 1 Sentinel
9) My Golden Daemon Entry
10) About 100 Troop's
11) About 30 Characters
12) 7 Ogryns
12) 1 Hydra
13) 6 x 3 teams of Heavy Weapons.
14) 1 squad of Snipers
15) 1 squad of Ratlin Snipers

So off the top of my head that is what I can think of at the moment, I did work out a few months ago once everything is painted I will have around 10,000 point's of Praetorian's. But when I get back from Afghan later this year, and with the amount of time I will have off I am planning of get through a few amount of this.

So as always thanks for looking and any comments you have are appreciated.

Friday, 2 March 2012

The Ball is Rolling Fluff.

Now after Col Ackland given me a link to a battle that happened during the Zulu Wars, and me coming across something that I printed some time ago. I think I have come up with a good bit of fluff for what could be a fantastic battle. What I will do is write below exactly how it's written, let you guy's have read and let me know what you think. Plus when I get a bit of time I can tweak the Regiments involved so that it works for us. So here it is:

When the 24th and 13th were deployed in the reconquest of Montaur VII, the Black Guard was sent in to retake Glazer's Creek; the site of a small victory in the final battle of Montar. The 13th mounted a full assault on the small Ork garrison. Disorganised and leaderless, the Orks stood no chance against the 13th's righteous fury.

The Black Guard soon set up a firebase and prepared for a counter-attack. While the main force lead by the 24th sack the central Ork village, the 13th prepared to be the anvil to crush the Orks upon. Driven towards the creek by Imperial forces, the Orks fought a fighting retreat. Lord Sherdan allowed the Imperial Guard to drive the Orks towards the Imperial outpost by the creek. The Orks couldn't let such a sweet target escape them: more, battle, more blood, more WAAAAAGGGHHH!!! The Orks amassed in a valley that ran beside the creek, divided by a low rise.

The Orks rushed over the hill screaming in their foul Orkish tongue. The first thing to surprise them was the heavy barrage of artillery. Still they kept coming, wanting to destroy the base and all the guardsmen there. A Speed Kult led the assault on the firebase, and soon they were working their way into the creek valley. At the same time from behind, an Imperial air strike forced the rear elements of the Ork Warband onwards into the Praetorian guns. Pressed into a box, the Orks fought onto the death.

The final element of the plan came into play when the 24th Praetorian led the counter-attack on the Ork remains from behind, while the 13th held them off. As the Orks were about to reach the firebase, the 13th's armour battalion rushed forward to challenge the Ork Speed Kult, and closed the trap. The Orks were smashed between the 24th's hammer and the 13th's anvil. This would finish the Orks dominion of Montar VII. Following this victory all that was left to do was to clean up the last remains of the Ork Waaagh!. The 13th was given this mission which took a few months to accomplish.

So there you have it guy's something we could really get to work. The two regiments named here we can change to our own. The only drama being mine as it is not a regiment but a Company, but I have made reference in my history going to support the 24th. Also the we can use the Rough Rider's we have in the armoured Battalion that is mentioned above.

Give me your thoughts guy's as to what you think, and if we can all decide on this then that's one less hurdle to jump. Also guy's we really do need to decide on a date as this will help massively but I am conscious of our fellow overseas friends when it is the cheapest and easiest time to come across.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

The Ball Is Rolling

A couple of day's ago a few of my fellow Praetorian Bloggers planted a seed in my head by suggesting that when I get back from Afghanistan we do a huge Apocalypse game. The only thing being is that we use for the good side Praetorians only.

So to that end I have contacted the Whats New Today crew to see if they can help. The reply I got back was they are not sure how they can help, but they will talk to a few people and see what they can do. But they really like the idea as well, what I have suggested is that we could re-fight the battle of Big Toof River or Rorke's Drift. The only problem is that I can see at the moment is finding people with enough Ork's, but I am hoping this is maybe were Warhammer World will be able to help.

So I have been thinking about some dates and if we would do this as a one day thing or a weekend. Now I like the idea of a whole weekend due to the fact you don't have to set off stupid O Clock and leave stupid O Clock. Now if we do a weekend we could arrive Friday night say 8pm set up and get our heads down for the night at a hotel that's 5min's away. Now what I am thinking is I get back from Afghan mid October and go on leave soon after. Now my birthday is in November so I was thinking we could do 1st & 2nd of December as that is the weekend closest to my birthday. The only other time I can think of is January at some point. But this is were you guy's come in. I could really do with your help and decide when would be a good time to do it, and if you would want it to be a weekend or night.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Two New Objective Markers Complete

The first of my objective markers are now complete and based, and I must admit I am really really pleased with them and I think they will look awesome on the battlefield. The third one will be finished in a couple of day's or so.

So to the first one which I must say is my favourite. The helmet was painted the same way as I do the rest of my army and was given a coat of green on the inside of the helmet. But the thing that  I am really pleased with and feel has tied the whole model together is the wooden ammo boxes. To be honest I find painting wood really hard, as I find it difficult to make the wood look real. But I feel like I have pulled it off this time. So how did I do it? Well I gave it a coat of white over the black under coat, which was then given a coat of Scorched Brown and a watered down coat of Bestial Brown. I then gave them a wash with Brown Ink, once dried a highlight with Bestial Brown again and a final highlight with Snakebite leather. The locks and banding wires were done with Chainmail, and highlighted with Mithrial Silver. The model was then finished off by doing my base in the same style as the rest of my army.

Nothing on the second model was changed I have just done the base so that the model is now complete. I know it was commented on that the spear looked a little to big, and it does in a way. But I want it to look like the poor bloke has taken on an Ork and lossed.

So like I said the third will be done in the couple of day's. But the last two will not be done as I have had a change of heart, plus I felt that having the same sort of thing again would not look good. So what I am going to do is have once base with a set of Company Colours that have fallen in battle, which will look quite cool I think. The last base will have a load of store's on it that has been left behind enemy lines.

The two that will not be done is the bottom base and the second one in from the left.

There you have it, that's what I have done and going to do so far. As always any comments are appreciated and thanks for looking.

Monday, 27 February 2012

New Objective Marker's Update

Hi Folks, well with an early finish from work and a bit more well deserved leave, I decide to pick up my paint brush and do a bit more. Needless to say I have completed the wounded guy's.

Now I had a look on goggle to see what other people had done with their Praetorian's and needless to say they were not that good, and very bland with no creativity. So I decided to do something different. The first one which is kind of sitting up holding his leg was a easy one to do, as I decided to just add blood on his hands and his trousers. The blood for all of them was done by doing a white base coat followed by Scab Red, highlighted with Blood Red, given a wash with Red Ink and given a coat of Gloss Varnish.

The second model had a bullet hole done to him, this was done the normal way by drilling a hole then cutting little bit's away from the edges. This was also painted the same way as above. His skin was made to look a little pale to resemble the fact that he was now dead.

The third one I thought I would have a little fun with by making it look as if he had been speared. I made the spear look a little bit big as if it had been wielded by a Feral Ork. Again the skin and blood was done the same as the second, I also thought it would look good with some blood coming from the mouth.

Hopefully I will move onto the other bit's on the bases tomorrow and get them finished to start and bring the model's together. I would appreciate any comments you have if you think they look realistic or not, because at the moment I'm not sure. But I guess when I have a look tomorrow I might decide differently.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

New Objective Markers.

Some time ago I received some wounded Praetorians which I decided I would use as a objective markers. So they were glued to their bases and base coated. But I did not do anything else with them, they were put in my display cabinet in the to do pile whilst I moved onto other things. Well after painting the ship for Dystopian Wars and having a look at what else to paint, I saw these and thought I will get on and do these guy's.

So I have started with three of them first so that I can spend a little bit more time on them as I want them to look really good as they are objectives. The other two will be done at some point, which I don't think will be long as these have not taken that long. So far I have painted the same as the rest of my army but with a little more highlighting.

When they are all done they will replace the ones I did for Blog Wars Two, which look good but I just want something a little different.

Anyway there you have it, and you guy's are so lucky with three post's today. Hopefully I will be able to take a bit more leave from work so that I can do some more painting, as well as pack before I deploy. Don't worry I will let you all know when I am going but let me just say it's not long before I do.

1 Year & 100+ Posts.

So it's been just a little over a year and 100+ posts which I think is quite something. Also I have 52 followers and over 6000 hits which again I think is great, so thanks everyone. I thought I would do this post and have a look at what I have completed this year in regards to my Praetorians, and a couple of little extra things.

I started this Blog to help me in painting more and building my army as I had far to much stuff sitting in boxes and not being completed. So has the Blog helped? Yes it has in many different way's.

1) I have met and read many other Blog's that have inspired me to try different thing's.
2) I have come across other fellow Praetorian Hobbyists. ( I must admit the quality of model's I have seen for out does mine).
3) I have painted far more than I would normally have done, and this is due to the fact I want to keep you guy's abreast of what I was doing.

So let's have a look at what I have done this year:-

1) This was at the very start when I did a shot of my army as it was.

2) My Army Commander converted from the Death Korps of Krieg. I really enjoyed painting this model and converting, so much so I entered it into Golden Daemon but sadly it did not doing very well.

3) My first completed model's for my Blog, which turned out really well and get plenty of people looking at them because of the weapons.

 4) My Command Chimera which again was a joy to work on, and won me second at the Colour's show at the Newbury Race Course.

5) This was an absolute joy to work on and loved every moment of it. I also felt at this point my vehicle painting had come on leaps and bounds. It has also gathered loads of interest at Apocalypse games.
 6) This was done for a friend for a Apocalypse game, and he really loves this model and was very grateful.

7) Some time after doing my Commander I thought I would give him a command squad to complement him. This was done at the point of me feeling my conversion skill's were good enough and painting skill on model's as well. I was really happy with the banner as I made this out of green stuff, and was also my first attempt.

8) I increased the amount of Chimera's I had by painting this one for one of my Veteran squads. The turret I used was purchased off a friend of mine which I think looks really cool as a Autocannon.

9) My updated tester Yarrick to replace the one I had when the new metal Yarrick first came out.

10) These guy's were painted to replace the banner guy's I had in some of the squads. I did this because the banner's did not sit right in the normal squads. (The platoon banners will be replaced with banners made out of green stuff at some point).

 11) I had already painted this tank before I started the Blog, but because I had done the weathering on all my new tanks, I did so with this to bring it in line with all the others. Also it was done for the Blog Wars Competition I entered.

12) This is the same story as above.

13) Again these were done before Blog Wars, but there are new ones on the way so keep your eyes peeled.

14) The Servitors which were recently done and look really nice as a squad, and with the Techpriest.

15) My tank Servitor which I think looks really good and has gathered a lot of interest. The only problem was the fact the resin was of a really poor quality.

16) The last thing to be done in the year was is the Command Sentinel.

So I feel I have done quite well, because with this I have also played two huge Apocalypse games, taken part in a competition which I came last in, plus a few games at my club as well. Also I have spent the last six months prepping for Afghanistan as well.

So there you have it everything I have done in the last year. I have really enjoyed what I have done and will at some point do some new pictures of my whole army as it stands. But for everyone that has looked, follows, and has left comment's. THANKS because with out you guy's I would have not done all this, and I look forward to your continued support.

Commissar Dave.