Friday, 30 December 2016

Recalcitrant Daze - Twitter, Open Day, Buying Stuff, Models.

That title is a bit of a mouth full isn't it?


New Years Open Day.

This Monday I'll be at the Open Day at Warhammer World. Most likely spending more money than I should.

As always I'll have my camera with me and I'll do one or two posts on RD. However I will also put up the odd picture on Twitter during the actual event. Not done that before but thought it might be fun to do.


Twitter:

Must admit thus far I've quite enjoyed the whole Twitter experience. Seems easy to join in without it being too much of a distraction or taking up all the spare time.

As I mentioned above I will probably be using Twitter to post up a few pictures during the Open Day, so if you want to see some pictures earlier than normal from me pop along to Twitter and look up @Rictus40k


Buying Stuff:

Went on a bit of a spending spree book wise recently...


The two Apocrypha books were a definite to buy and join the softback Astartes version I have.

Not really sure why I bought the two Codex books, it was partly to get the free postage when I ordered the Apocrypha books I have to admit...doubt I'll ever actually use any of the rules in them but they were a nice enough read.

The Index Chaotica Apocrypha book arrived damaged unfortunately. Alas due to their limited nature GW couldn't replace it with a new one. However I can't fault their customer service as they both refunded the cost and gave me a voucher.

Joining those two books will be the new anniversary edition of Rogue Trader which goes on sale at the Open Day. I've got an original on the shelf but it's too fragile to actually read so I am looking forward to getting the new one and being able to read it properly again.


Models:

I've actually been working on some models.

Shocking, I know.

Hopefully you saw the update on the Decimators already and now I am looking at the Adeptus Mechanicum Zone Mortalis force. While the full force will be 1000 points the aim is to get the first 500 done by the Heresy Weekender.

The path of Heresy begins with a small step.

Update to come soon (I hope).

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Blessings of the Plaguefather - Decimators 11

An update.

With actual models.

That I have worked on.

I should be working on my AM force for an upcoming game, but instead my attention returned to my two Decimators. You may remember that I had one Decimator built with a second as a WIP.

The built Decimator needed a new 80mm base to match the second one and also needed a CCW (due to me not reading the rules right when I built it, turns out if you have a conversion beamer you can't take a second ranged weapon which screws me over a bit).

So my first job was the base. I didn't want to pull the Decimator of its base as I was sure it'll just break. Instead I took an 80mm base, cut a hole in it and fitted it round the existing base, this was trickier than it sounds. It was then textured to suit.



For the CCW I used the standard claw from FW, I couldn't be arsed making my own which I had been thinking about doing at one point.


One thing I really don't like about the Decimator model is the wrist and leg joints, the bits that look like this:


For a start they never seem to be cast well, one side always seems to be at an angle or twisted. But the main issue is that they are so damn fragile. They very easily break and are an absolutely bitch to fix, there is almost no area of contact between the body and the hinge parts.

On this first Decimator one of the wrist pieces broke off and I have had a nightmare trying to sort it. I won't bore you with the details but I really wanted to put him through the window at one point. It took super glue, two part epoxy, Green Stuff and some brass rod to - I think - resolve it.


In the end the first Decimator looks like this...


For his younger brother I got the body all finished, the Claw done and finished the base off.

You may (but probably not) remember I wanted to make one half of him more Nurgley than the other, as thought he Daemon inside is slowly spreading it's influence working from one side to the other.

So I fixed the one shoulder plate in place allowing me to add more GS and bed the plate in more.



As you can see I also added the Decimator head. I spent a long time contemplating and mocking up alternatives but in the end nothing else really felt right. So I went with the stock head plate but attacked it with the Dremel and added GS around it, again as though the Daemon inside is slowly corrupting all of the body to it's true nature.


The second shoulder plate is not glued on (for ease of painting later). In the pic above it is just blu-tac'd in place. You may notice is doesn't fit exactly the same as the right shoulder plate - this isn't an issue or a problem, I wanted a bit of difference to show how the right shoulder plate is being distorted and moved by the growths inside.


Not much really to see on the Claw weapon.

I have mounted all of the magnets on both Decimators in the same position, so if I want I can use any weapon on either Decimator. So if I wanted I could go with one walker with two Claws. Also means I can come up with more weapons later and have them fit into any arm on any Decimator.

Annoyingly I found I was one magnet short, so the Butcher Cannon below is just held on with blu-tac for now.






And the two brothers together:


Well they were a pain in the arse.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Lootin' Tutorial - Part Three


Continuing my step-by-step part one and two post on how I Loot vehicles, part three follows the  second and third Looted Wagons covering their hull re-builds turrets. Also, lots of finished pics!

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Lootin' Tutorial - Part Two


Continuing the step-by-step article on how I loot vehicles, part two follows the progress of the first Looted Wagon and shows how I went about rebuilding the hull and adding weapons and details.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Lootin' Tutorial - Part One

After joining Twitter I began showing some of my Ork builds, from a question or two on there I realised it was a long time since I did my Ork Lootin' articles for Bell of Lost Souls. So I thought I would revisit them and post them up on Recalcitrant Daze...



This three part article will follow my progress as I turn three old Leman Russ tanks into Looted Wagons, covering everything from concept to the finished build. This first part covers the basics and also the benefits of doing a mock up.