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40K IG BUILD: Work on the Superheavies!

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So our house 40K Astra Militarum is being organised and assembled, this is a project diary covering the organisation and painting being undertaken. To access most of this content you will need a backstage pass!

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Weathering The Super Heavy Devisonal Markings

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Adding Comms Arieals

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Super Heavy Markings

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Push on the Super Heavy Tanks Underway

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Picking Out Unit And Divisional Markings

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Black Chipping Effects - One of the best and fastest techniques you can learn!

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If you try anything this weekend try this, as it's one of the most useful (and simple) techniques out there. In our opinion nothing gives a sense of 'Weight' to a model better than this...

Greasing the Metallics

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Machines need grease, its one of those golden rules 😉

Fortunately its a lovely little touch to add to your models and really easy to do!

Engine Grills and Other Small Details

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Detailing Broken and Missing Exhausts

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So a couple of our tanks for whatever reason had exhausts missing, but rather than ignoring this we decided to make it a feature. Lets watch how its done...

Detailing the Aquila & Periscopes

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Next round of details are underway and John is back with some tips...

Tank Factory Catch Up

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Phew, that has been quite a work of week on the Tanks for this Imperial Guard army. What do you think of it all so far?

The Tank Factory Continues To Churn Out Armour

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John continues work on his herd of tanks...hmm, I wonder what kind of collective term we could come up with for a group of tanks? An Armour?

Getting Stuck Into The Details - Painting Tank Stowage & More

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John gives us the lowdown on how he is painting the stowage on these awesome tanks and also laying down some plans for his next steps and what will get super detailed next.

Mass Painting The Armoured Division!

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Khrystan has been tasked with getting stuck into the tanks and painting them all up to a decent standard. This is where those 'factory line' painting set-ups really come into their own!

Armored Division: Fast & Brutal Tank Tracks

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We have a lot of Tank Tracks to paint and we need them to look effective as they are one of the defining areas of colour contrast on the vehicles. John shows us his hot tip...

Armored Division: Rusting up the Exhausts

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We love the Rust effects from Model Mates, and we're using to great effect here to weather up the Exhausts across the Death Vally Armored Division

Armoured Division - The Initial Weathering Steps (Fast, Easy and Perfect for Army Painting)

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John takes us through the first steps of weathering we are using on the 'Death Valley' Armored Division. Nice simple stuff that lets us get an army put together quicker!

Tomorrow: We Start to Weather the Tanks

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DEBATE: Toys to Machines & The Air Cav Assault Sled In Game

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Warren 'tries' to explain to Lloyd how the Assault Sled works in game. And he's not sure it went well...

Air Cav, Creating a Mobile Assault Platform

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So when considering how we could make an 'Air Cav' detachment look and act a bit differently, one idea Warren has been 'toying' with is the creation of a mobile assault platform. A Big Container of Doom that is deployed from an Air Cav Heavy Lifter and opens up to reveal squads of IG ready to defend to the death or assault for the Emperor!!!

VOTE: Is it OK to Turn a Toy into a Mighty Machine of Death!!!

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OK so Warren picked the title, but you get the point. Discussions have broken out about Warren's fascination around picking junk toys up from car boot sales and then proceeding to turn them into alternative units or narrative devices for our studio 40K armies.

Is he bang on the money and should we let his imagination run amok, or is he just straying down a path that will ultimately lead to a visit from the inquisition? (or loony bin doctors)

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TOMORROW: Warren 'INVENTS' the IG Assault Platform (YUP YET ANOTHER CRAZY IDEA)

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Master of the Fleet

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We are working on adding some special characters to the overall army, just for that extra flavour and to let us work up some cool senarios later on.

We are attaching each character (or Commisar) to one of the specific Detachements within our army, so in this case Master of the Fleet has taken direct command of the 'Air Cav'!

We can only spend about 1-2 hours on these but we think they are turning out well 🙂

Master of the Fleet

Krystan paints the High Commanders

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So we have a beautiful set of high commanders we want to attach to various detachments (or should that be the other way round??!!)

Colour matching old paints is the challenge faced today!

Work In Progress: Master of Ordnance

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John Makes a Plan for the Armoured Company

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The armoured company is primed and now we discus what the next experimental steps will be.

"OLD LEMAN RUSS KIT OR NEW??? - POST YOUR VOTE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW..."

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Astra Militarum Project Intro Video

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We start to describe what we plan to do. (Tons of building!)

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nakchak
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Nice that’s gonna look epic when all done, both in numbers of tanks and sheer scale.
Always thought of building a horse box for a chimera for my rough riders, shame i cant locate the box of old 40k stuff in the loft, fear it went to car boot or worse the tip..

sercoffee
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I still like the old kit better though.

The new kit has those sidepanels fixed in the kit were the old kit had them seperate.
In my opinion having thos glued on seperate gave the model just that extra little dept that I’m missing with the new kit.

The new kit also doesn’t have that stowage rack on the back next to the engine 🙁

jodain
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This is a good way to keep track of this kind of thing. Can the Age of Sigmar board be put into something like this to make it easier to track?

nakchak
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Yeah im liking the format, but would tweak the ui, so rather than have a 1/3rd of each post taken up by the left gutter, i would move that to the top of the post, beneath the post title, so then the vids would be full width of page without having to go full screen to get a bigger view (tend to get frowned upon at work if i have full screen vid open ;))

enginseer
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Those tank wheels are ork gold!! 😀 Put every single one you don’t use in a bitz box for your ork army! 🙂

After doing so many ork builds I don’t even see Leman Russes and Basilisks on your table, it is one vast pile of glorious Looting potential. *drools* 😉

happyhowler
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A big mek wet dream for sure. 😉

nakchak
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V glad I bought 10 gorkamorka bitzbagz back in the day possibly the best thing gw ever sold…

happyhowler
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Storm Troopers with jump packs would be more appropriate than veteran if you ask me… 😉

Fits the fluff more.

yoshi
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Go Beats or Go Home.

Gotta love your grandeur !

number32
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looking great guys!

wcfree
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I am a fan of the old kit, mostly because that is when I was first introduced to 40K.

I really like how you guys are putting this into a project build! it will make it so much easier to follow!

jay188
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Drat!!, not a backstager 🙁

kender2001
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OMG how do I get my mitts on that BIG flyer can any 1 plzz put up a link to the online shop that sells them plzz

joerugby
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Hey @kender2001. The big flyers is a GI JOE Sigma 6 DragonHawk.

I’ve had a look for some on eBay since they showed em on the infinity weekend blogs.

Their pretty expensive.

starminer
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It’s hard for me to pick which Leman Russ I prefer. Both have solid features about them that I really like.

The new kit is simpler and faster to build. It has lots of swappable weapon options making it easier to do multiple variants of the Russ per kit. Fitment is somewhat better, as it’s a newer mould with improved design elements.

The old kit is great because of the features it has that were eliminated to make the new kit simpler. The wheels and the tracks were always excellent for scratch building/kit bashing or conversion work. And if you used track guards to allow you to save some track pieces, and fewer wheels (which are not seen anyway), you would have a bevy of extra bits left over.

Having said that, I voted for the new kit because it was necessary. The old mould was tired, needed updating, and they took the opportunity to add weapon options, which really help the new kit give more bang for the buck.

starminer
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@warzan I really like the idea of compiling project logs into the live blog format. I’m sure it will help with reduce front page clutter, and make organising much easier!

sercoffee
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I didn’t expect my comment to bring this all about O.o

Better start being more careful with what I post, else we’ll end up taking over a small country or something…

dugthefug1644
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Just painted up my first Infinity miniatures. I now see the appeal of painting sci-fi minis. And it was the day my first set of citadel shade paints turned up. A very cool and very fun way of painting. Not sure I can invest in 40K just now, but might take advantage of a sale of a small section at least to enjoy the painting aspect.

I have a little base coat spray paint to prime models with, but no air brush. Will you have some tips on painting 40K tanks when you don’t have the advantage of an airbrush?

happyhowler
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You should try the colored primers by Army Painter, they have a great range of colours. They even have the range of paint that matches those primers. You’d save a lot a time. That’s what I did with my Imperial Guard army:

http://www.beastsofwar.com/groups/imperial-guard/forum/topic/my-imperial-guard-army/

millsbomb
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BoW must have an insane bits box. I would love for the guys to show if off some time.

steve1797
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Fellas, for fear of sounding like a bit of a Nerd and I’m sure you won’t mind me pointing this out for clarity but…

Tanks are organised in to Troops, Squadrons, and Regiments.. Platoons, Companies, and Battalions would be infantry formations…

Sorry to be a spotter…

Cheers,

Steve

steve1797
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Sorry for being British Warzan…

steve1797
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I’ll wind my neck in now then (but those Leman Russ look very British to me…

Cheers,

Steve

zoglin
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Great stuff! Building out all those tanks is very cool. I have some old style tanks unbuilt from early Space Marines – like the small Rhino. You are inspiring me to get stuck in (after years of idle time) on building my Crimson Fist army.

joerugby
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Really liking the blog format a big thumbs up from me.

Looking forward to other blogs like this one and I’m very jealous of the amount of tanks you’ve got there.

whitetiger
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The force is looking great can’t wait to see them fielded!

zorg
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love the steel army guys.

dugthefug1644
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I have never played 40k. How big is the table going to be to house an army that big? And if tanks are presumably hard to take out, how long will a battle take at that size? Intrigued to see how this pans out and looking forward to the battle reports.

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