|British Shock Troopers move into the streets of Ah-Pul-Sh'Napps...|
Well, it's time for a new post and I've finished a few more bits and pieces...
First up: Her Royal Britannic Majesty's Armoured Shock Troops.
|Sergeant Major Abbot, armed with Magna-Lectric Gatling Rifle.|
I featured the beginnings of these in my last post. They were a very simple conversion and really easy to paint. I'm happy to have completed them quickly, as my pile of ideas seems to be growing a a frightening rate at the moment. I seem unable to just finish stuff without starting new stuff!
|The full squad. The troopers are armed with Magna-Lectric Shock Rifles.|
Anyway, here they are in all their glory. I went for a small unit of five men initially, as I figured they might be rather too powerful for fair gaming in larger groups. We'll see. I have enough bits and bobs to create about twenty of these, should I so desire!
Next: The Wutha-F'Kahwi Riflemen
|Wutha-F'Kahwi rifles take up positions on the high ground...|
This is the first unit of my natives to be completed. They also featured in my last post and were very quick to finish, using my usual inking techniques.
|The finished unit in close-up. Orange and green will be featured strongly throughout the army.|
|Notorious warrior Ranseed B'tah leads the riflemen...|
I figured that a native force facing Europeans with technology ought to be given a fair chance, so I will be featuring plenty of rifles and archers, along with more dangerous units to balance things out a bit, rather than simply charging steam-powered tanks and walkers with hundeds of semi-naked, spear-wielding religious zealots...
|Wutha-F'Kahwi rifles, alongside the mighty warlord Guzz-Lin-L'aga and his fearsome mount Bé-Bé-Chamm.|
And speaking of dangerous units...
|Really crap toy dinosaurs, glued to washers...|
I set myself a little challenge yesterday. As readers of this blog will know, I have on a couple of occasions picked up interesting looking toys and declared, "This should be a nice, easy and quick little conversion..." Many days and hundreds of rivets later, such creations as the Bazelgette Light-Armoured Perambulatory Contrivance and the Hydrothermicopters emerged. (Yes - I know the second Hydrothermicopter isn't done yet...)
|The transition begins: Brass-foil blankets are smoothed into place and a saddle (and rider's legs) are constructed.|
So when I happened upon a bag of the cheapest, nastiest dinosaur toys I had seen in ages, I said to myself, "This could be a challenge - make 'em look good, and do it quickly!"
|The saddle and rider are fixed up with greenstuff. I also added a larger washer. Coz I can.|
|A nearly-finished model. Feathers are from GW High Elves. A bridle has been added using greenstuff.|
Needless to say, I had been very happy with my warlord on his dinosaur mount, and the idea of having a unit of dino-cavalry was very tempting. But I didn't want to spend a lot this time around and decent dinosaur models can be very costly. So We shall see what the end result is in not-so-much time, I hope.
|The five dino-riders in various stages of completion. The standard-bearer is finished and ready to paint. Reins were made from brass foil.|
What you see here has all taken shape very quickly indeed - probably around three hours' work. The models are simple but should look pretty good when painted. Using brass foil was a great way to save time and I'm confident that I won't be disappointed with the final result.
|Another group shot. Because eye-candy isn't bad for your teeth.|
On a final note this week, I would like to apologise in advance to those of you who wish to post comments, as I have had to reinstate the bloody annoying encrypted text identification thingummy. I was getting bombarded with up to fifteen SPAM comments a day... I just hope this doesn't put you off leaving your comments - I love receiving them and really appreciate your thoughts...
So that's it for this week. By next week, I plan to have finished the dino-riders, maybe do a bit more on the Flunks and Lord Blandford-Fly's Lancers, possibly figure out what on earth I want to do with the second Hydrothermicopter, probably do some more Wutha-F'Kahwi warriors and continue with my designs for Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe's Hydraulicly Motorvated Sextupedal Land Traversing Vacational Domicile...
Keep watching, Folks!
|Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe and the Shock Troopers take a moment to pose heroically...|
All the Best!