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Tuesday, 28 February 2012
40K 25th Anniversary Model

40K 25th Anniversary Model

When the first details of the 40k 25th anniversary model were first released, I knew immediately that I had to get one. First of all because the model just looks cool, and secondly because one of my little side projects is a small force of Crimson fists. When I collected Space Marines many years ago, I painted them up as these ork killing bad boys.

So I pre ordered my model to collect in store and went along on Saturday to pick it up. By the time I got to the till to ask for my model, they had sold out, so I was quite happy I'd ordered it. So here are some pics.


Starting off with the box. I was expecting a bigger box, I don't know why though. The box is 11.3cm wide, 15cm high and 3.5cm deep. The artwork on the outside is very nice, and the full colour photos on the cover (which is held closed by a magnet) give me some inspiration.

Opening up the box, and out comes the plastic tray holding the components for the model. Now for a "special limited edition" model, I would have like to have seen a bit more in the way of protection to stop all the pieces rolling around, maybe some foam or something. Now onto the model itself, which is where things go wrong.

The detailing on the model itself is brilliant, from the severed ork's head to the fist's on the banner. The most noticeable fault however, is with the armour section on the neck. The two pics above, which can be seen bigger, show what I'm talking about. The resin is non existent in a few areas and translucent in others. And this wasn't the only problem.


On the model I found a few other faults. On the heel of the left foot there is a nice void where I'm guessing an air bubble was, and also on the bum armour there is the same sort of void. I imagine that these problems could all be fixed very easily if you know what you're doing when it comes to green stuff. I do not really know what I'm doing, nor do I want to practice on my £20 mini.


Next up were some problems with the base. First of all there is a crack in the edge. Maybe this could have been avoided with better packaging. This probably won't matter once the piece has been glued to the normal base that came with it.

I'm not sure if the fault here will show up, but again it's a problem with the thickness (or lack of) of the resin. I'm hoping that I can sort this by just using a blob of green stuff on the underneath.

And finally here is a view underneath the base piece. Here you can see the thin resin area, and also a thin area on the edge of the piece as well.

Overall I am very impressed with both the model and the packaging. Nice clear pictures and the reproduced artwork help the box to stand out. The plastic tray could have been padded out to avoid damage during transportation though.

The detailing on the model is excellent. I really hope that I can do this mini justice and get it finished. The Finecast casting faults do let the model down. As I said before, someone with more skill than me would probably be able to fix them easily, but for now I'll have to work around them.

As a closing statement, I have e-mailed Games Workshop's customer service team with the pictures I have posted here and explained to them the problems I have encountered. I hope that I can get a quick response and that they resolve the issue. Thanks for reading.
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Shadowsword/Stormlord Magnetisation WIP - Part 1

Shadowsword/Stormlord Magnetisation WIP - Part 1

Having provided a teaser pic a few weeks ago, now its time to actually show some more WIP shots of the Shadowsword/Stormlord (/Doomhammer/Banehammer/Banesword/Stormsword - that's a lot of /'s).

In order to be able to make all the variants, some degree of magnetisation would be needed - which really means magnetising everything! Surprisingly so far that has been quite easy, as can be seen in the following pictures.

I started off by gluing the front and rear sections of the side armour together and let that set. As the magnets won't be visible, I went for a larger size, 4mm x 1mm, to help them grip the magnets on the outer panels.

To make sure that the magnets lined up properly, and had the same correct polarity, I used an applicator magnet (magnet with some greenstuff for a handle) on the outer side. Then I applied a drop of super glue on the panel and using the opposite polarity applicator, carefully placed the magnet onto the panel. Using this process means that the removable panels can be swapped over to any slot without worry.

With the side section turned over, no magnets can be seen, in case I ever wanted to use the tank without any side armour, or sponsons.

Next up were the side armour panels. As the rectangular guide pieces are slightly larger than 4mm, I had to use a smaller magnet, only 2mm wide. I started off by drilling a 1mm hole, roughly in the centre of the raised piece. Then I widened the hole using a 2mm drill bit. A lot of time was then spent getting the hole just deep enough for the magnet to sit flush. Trying not to drill through the whole piece was the main worry here.

With the hole the correct width and depth, I used the same magnet applicator process as before to glue the magnet in place. Again, quite a bit of time was spent double checking the magnet polarity's to avoid any mistakes.

Here you can see that I managed to avoid drilling all the way through the armour panels, and there is no sign that these have been magnetised.

Next up was the top section. This was pretty much a repeat of the process for the side section. Once again the magnet applicator was used to get the magnets in the correct position. One thing to note, these magnets will be close to the one's on the side section once the whole thing is glued together. I thought this may cause problems with the magnets trying to attract or repel each other, but after dry fitting it doesn't seem to be an issue. If larger/different size/shape magnets were used instead then this may be a problem.

Once again the magnets aren't visible on the top side of the section.

With the top section finished, next to be magnetised were the top armour panels, and the top of the sponson. This was a fairly simple job. My 4mm magnets wouldn't sit inside the guide pieces again, but after removing 2 opposite edge's, the magnets fit perfectly. This was done for all three pieces. Using the applicators (I can't stress how useful these are!), and with several minutes of double checking, I super glued the magnets in place. Once the glue was dry, I checked that the panels fit correctly onto the top piece, and once satisfied, I glued the magnets on to the other pieces.

Here you can see the top armour panels for the other side of the super heavy. These were magnetised in exactly the same way as those above.

With the magnetisation of the top and side sections complete, I had some time to glue the inside section together, and add the running wheels to the front and back.

Having let the inside section to dry for some time, I was ready to glue the inside and outside sections together. This is a little bit fiddly as the pieces want to move apart at the top and bottom. To get around this I used the front and rear armour pieces, with some elastic bands, to keep the top in line. Then I used the long track section, with an elastic band, to keep the bottom correctly aligned.

And here is a pic showing the track in place on the bottom of the completed side section.

Next up I'll be magnetising the other side section and getting the rest of the tracks glued on to this one. Thanks for taking the time to read through all of this.
Monday, 6 February 2012
Penal Legion Squad

Penal Legion Squad

At the beginning of the year Mike over at Santa Cruz Warhammer ran a competition giving away a Penal Guard conversion set, courtesy of Victoria Lamb who runs Victoria Miniatures. The draw for the winner was made, and to my surprise it was my name pulled out of the hat.

When I got home from work on Friday I had a package waiting for me, and inside was the conversion set. And here are some pics of what I received.
 The conversion set in its bag.

And the set laid out.

Now this means that I can make up a Penal Legion squad. I hope to get this started sooner rather than later as I can't let this set languish on a shelf. WIP pics will be a must and I'll keep everyone updated on how I get on.

Finally I'd just like to say thanks to Mike at SCW and also Victoria Lamb for donating the set. Thanks guys.
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