Friday, 30 December 2011

Site News: Waiting on bit's And 2012 Plans

Things are slow on the Minotaurs front, but for once it's not due to lack of motivation! The seasonal holidays has meant the postal service has (understandably) been a little slow. I am waiting on numerous small and fiddly bits for the Terminator squad as well as shoulder pads for the second MK 8 Tactical squad. I have put in bids for the last three Space Hulk Blood Angels Terminators meaning I can bump the unit to the full size of 10, I will be converting the flamer model to an assault cannon but leaving the Lightning Claws intact for a future Terminator Assault squad. I am estimating that the Terminators; due to its size and detail; will take around 2 months to paint if i really knuckle down and work them every day. As for the rest of 2011, I am getting ready to sit down and finish the backpacks and weapons for the first tactical squad. Pigment dust for the bases are en-route but I doubt those will arrive until after after the New Year's weekend as the order is coming by second class post. I have to admit, seeing the Tactical squad  with power packs on is a real confidence boost and will be a major achievement for me once finished as it will be the first time I have finished a full GW infantry kit; just for me; in quite a few years. At the same time, it is painfully obvious that painting speed must be addressed when dealing with personal projects, while my clients always get their stuff quickly the same can not be said for my own stuff.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Badab War: Christmas Loot

So Santa gas been and gone, what did he leave you? This year had a very Forge World theme (yar!) and is a perfect compliment to my growing Minotaurs force, this years loot is: A Caestus Assault Ram.

I will be having a lot of fun putting this beast together in the coming weeks and with news of a new Space Marine flier vehicle in development for 6th Ed, I sense counts as coming into play next year.

Thanks for reading,

The 14th legion

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Just taking time between cooking the turkey, to say Merry Christmas and thank you to all my readers for continuing to follow my little toy soldier rants. I am looking forward to sharing this years loot with you all next week!

May your stockings be filled with resin, plastic and metal and not lumps of coal!

The 14th Legion

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Badab War: Minotaurs Tactical Squad wip 22/12/12

All that is left now is the small details such as bolters, grenades, gun flash and of course the bases. I am little stuck as to how I want the bases, half of me wants ash waste grey with snow to offset the warm bronze colour. What do people think? Overall I am very happy with the final colour scheme, and am looking forward to working on the second tactical squad once I get it built. As I mentioned before, due to work, procrastination and the need to get 'the right look', my first units always take a long time.

I will do as much of the guns and back packs tonight (they still need cleaning) with the intention of complete finish (not bases though) tomorrow. It would be great to have the entire thing finished before the Christmas Eve parties but this will ultimately depend on how I want the bases, if I go for the ash grey I will have to put a small supply order in.

So thoughts?

Thanks for reading,

The 14th legion

Forge World: Deimos Pattern Predator

Forge World strike with a last minute announcement, the Deimos Predator has been announced as available to order. Like the Deimos Rhino, the Predator is a Forge World re-imagining of the Rogue Trader classic Tank design.

Also announced is the Macharius Omega, a nasty looking tank bearing a Plasma Blast gun.

Both vehicles look to have a shipping dates of the 6th of January 2012, plenty of resin treads to start the year with.

Merry Christmas indeed!

Thanks for reading,

The 14th Legion

Badab War: New Terminators Phase 1

I mentioned briefly in my last post that although the old Assault Terminators were shelved, I was to be working on a new Terminator unit. Parts of the new unit have arrived, with the remainder due to turn up over the Christmas holidays, so what did I decide on? Well its 'Tactical' Terminators; your standard stormbolter and power fist wielding Terminators; and I have even decided to use an Assault Cannon..I can almost hear cries of "why!" across the Internet. The simple truth is, I have not liked Terminator models since the old Rogue Trader box set I got decades ago and this unit will be a tribute of sorts to that very box set. So the next question is, what parts arrived in the post?

Monday, 19 December 2011

Badab War: Some resin to tie me over...

The last bit of Forge World resin for the year to tie over my Minotaur's project this holiday, has arrived. I ended up grabbing two bags of each item apart from the Minotaur Terminator shoulder pads, and decided to try the newly designed extra armour kit for the Rhinos and Predators. I ended up getting these as I want a generally bulkier look to my Minotaur force to represent the siege tactic nature of the chapter as a whole. So extra armour all around for my army!

Monday, 12 December 2011

Badab War: Shaprias Checklist

Ok so I have a revamped format and a bunch of figures in various states of completion (mostly built but unpainted). I am posting up a check list of sorts to give readers an idea of the scale of this project and also as a motivator for me for 2012. Upon closer inspection, this augmented battle company is quite large, mainly from the addition of lots of armour. The fact that it features Thunder hawk transports as well, will make the cost a more daunting prospect but not impossible..who knows, by the time the primary elements are complete a plastic Thunderhawk may have already been released by then.

Numbers in red indicate how many of listed item I already have:

Badab War: A small adjustment

Still suffering from some jet lag this morning and now flu (joys of coming from 31 degree to 0 degree temps)! hence the early start and post. At least this means I can get some of my thoughts (and hopefully some paint) flowing. The problem with being away for 6 weeks, is that it is easy to lose focus on a project which is already moving as slowly as this. Getting wrapped up in list writing is a sure fire way of losing time and having bare plastic toys on the field. So in an attempt to simplify this project I am again stepping away from list writing and looking for a new fluffier focus. I have many Forge World toys kicking around including a number of dreadnoughts and the Achilles Land raider, all just sitting in boxes. While the intentions of including them in an army list of sorts was genuine, the chimeric state of my list writing means that stuff keeps getting shelved and products keep getting you can imagine, the girlfriend and bank are not to happy with this (but Forge World probably love it).

Saturday, 10 December 2011

And we are back!

After a gruelling 16 hour flight I am back! and ready to break out the MInotaur space marines once again (assuming I don't get knocked out by the jet lag!). As many of you already know, Forge World has released a bunch of goodies related both to the Minotaurs chapter and pre-heresy, and you can be sure that some of those goodies will be appearing in my army and on this blog. Due to more support from Forge World, interest in the Minotaurs chapter has grown a great deal and I have received a number of emails asking for the palette I use on my lot. While I have tried to answer each email personally while I was away, I am sure I missed a few, so I will be prioritising the tutorial I was working on last month with the intention of posting Monday.

So thanks to everyone for visiting while I was away, its good to be back and I am looking forward to sharing next weeks progress with you all.

Thanks for reading,

The 14th Legion