Montag, 28. Februar 2011

Autocannon Flak Zwilling - Part 1

"Dakka Dakka Dakka!!!"
Schütze Krauss murmuring in his sleep.

The Autocannon is the queen of the 5th Edition for the Imperial Guard. Enough strengh to punch through AV12 on a lucky day and enough shots to kill transports and infantry allike. Even better at transporthunting when it is under orders from an officer. So I definately need lots of these babys for my Baran Panzerdivision.

The Inspiration came from "The Soldier James Ryan" where a wheelmounted 20mm made a scary mess of the airborne rangers on the german tank. Everytime someone fires his AC I'm reminded of that scene. So my basic idea was to simply build that thing. 

Well, there the problems started. First the featured gun is a 20mm Flak on an Wheelmount (Sonderanhänger 52). There is an old tamiya 1:35 kit for this. But it is out of production and almost not possible to buy. Especially when I might need it 12 times. So I went for the 1:35 Flakvierling from  Tamiya. It can be bought for around 6 to 8€ at most toyshops in germany and i took two from the start. Bad Idea though.

This baby in 1:35 is BIG. Almost 1,5 the size of a Heavy weapons base. So again I looked into the 1:48 Range. And I found it there and also at my local Toyshop. The German 20mm Flakvierling 38.

It is a little costy with 15€ the box but my plan is to build two out of one box. But enough talking.
Lass Knacken!

1:48, I love you
That is the gunmount when the gun is stationed. It fits exactly the heavy weapons base.

I assembled the central part of the gun according to the manual. The grey part is a cutted searchlight from the tank sprue. I glued it in so that the gunner, more precise a guard gunner can reach the paddels with his imperial boots.

Thatfor I need a sitting guardsmen. 

When they took my first leg, I said: "Take it, its for the emperor!"

I started with cutting the leg of a kneeling guardsmen.

Then put the leg on the front, cutted the rest of his upper tigh remaining on his bottom and used green stuff to build a new thigh.

See, almost as new.

Here you can see him sitting already in position. I had to lenght his sitting stock with some plasticard and punched the searchlight-holder where originaly the pedals are located. But the long thigh is quite unstable at the moment. In future attemps I think I will use some kind of rod to fix the leg and then put the greenstuff around that rod. Thats why maybe the sacred form of the human body has something like bones. (see IIUP ch.6, s.2)

Gut, the second part are the guns. For my army I want only to use gw-guns are gw modified guns. That is the last border I will not cross. So I need Autocannons.

Original sickle magazines from the tamiya kit. A little DkoK.

The almost finished ones. Actually the Flakvierling had 4 guns. But 4 Autocannons would have been a little to much for a one AC-proxy. The ACs for the heavy weapon sprue were cut a lot to fit onto the gunmounts. The magazines on top where cut and filled with greenstuff. I said almost complete because when I later mounted the gunshield I had to cut them more and more so that they would fit.

I build the gunshield an 40k-ed it a little, also the ammunition boxes.

Double eagle.
On the Top-view you can see the extensive cutting on the autocannons. And the pic was actually made before I fit the gunner.

Gut, the gun isn't finished, like most of my conversions. BUT, the vallejo paint should arrive soon, so I can start with airbrushing the primer on. 

And some pic at the end. The last view of an orc bomber pilot.

Thats all for today.

Freitag, 25. Februar 2011

Feldgendarmerie - Rough Rider Bike conversion - Part 1

"Ogryns ready!?" - "Yuas Sor!"
"Rough riders ready!?" - "WROOOOOM WROOOOM!!!!"
Last year at the inter-regimental-games.

"I will drive closer, so that I can hit em with my sword!"

Two post ago I showed some pics of a scoutbike rough rider conversion from Col Hessler from his blog.
At that time I had also made my first prototype ready but wanted to show it only a little later. Also I know that most of my conversion aren't painted at that moment. But that will change soon. Bei meiner Ehre.

Ok lets get started.

I simply build the scoutbike according to the instruction manual. As the windshield I used the one without any extra weapons. The difficult part is the driver though. I took the Scout Space marines legs and cutted some of his boots mumbo jumbo. Also I cutted a littel the belt area of the scout-legs because then it would look like he has two belts on. After that I put a guardsman upper body on top.

Later actually I tore that body of the legs and put one of the officers from the command sprue on the legs.

Because my rough riders should act as Feldgendarmerie on bikes.  They were actually the military police and one of their main tasks was to shoot deserters and some other more grueling stuff during the late war. In the 40k universe they are some kind of troops attached to the comissariat of the baran military. Also the plate they wear gave them the name "Kettenhunde" which means roughly chain-dogs.

Quelle: Wikipedia
Somehow the repulsorfield of the Cadian Officers looks exatly the same.

Thats my version with a converted arm. A quik word on the arm. I made three demos of it.

The first is an guardsmen arm with a scout hand. Doesn't looked right. Also a full scoutarm looked to big for my liking. Although the ones used from ColHessler looked very good when painted.

The second one is a 1:35 Tamiya hand. Also doens't looks right, and the last one is a cadian hand on an cadian arm. And that is how it went.

The right arm is the one from the tank sprue and he wields a sword from the catachan command sprue. the bike was then loaded with tamiya 1:35 storm trooper stuff and some GW-sprues.

I even made an empty sword scabbard.
Gut. The prototype was done and I liked it that way. When I have finished my main task of my first 500 points I will go back and paint a 10 man squad of them. Instead of hunting lances I think I will outfit the other troopers with panzerfäuste.

But the ones from tamiya are too small so maybe its again conversiontime.


Montag, 14. Februar 2011

Sdkfz 251/1 "Marauder zu Fuß" Manticore count as - 1. Basic Idea and the first steps-

"Its like flying a marauder bomber. Except the flying of course."
Feldwebel Zimmerle

As mentionted in the previous post I started to work on my first chimera count as. A kit bashing of tamiya and 40k model kits. And as the standard tamiya sdkfz wasn't available I bought the Rocket launcher one. So my first conversion will not only be a chimera but also a manticore count as.

Missily Death awaits.

Ok, lass knacken! We begin our Sdkf-Chimera with the tamiya kit.

It is the "Stuka zu Fuss" kit in 1:48. Costs around 22€.
The kit has around 240 parts and most of them are smaler than a frag grenade. So it is quite important to read the construction manual at least once complete. I haven't at first and made it myself a little more difficult.

Read the frakking manual. Front AND Backside.

The basic idea is to use the tamiya kit as the backbone of the chimera-count-as and put on additional parts to make it 40kish. A must are the weapons at least, but this can be done easily. The second part will be the hardest in building the suspension, ie. the tracks and the wheels out of GW-parts. At my first plan the tracks will be build out of the old chimera kit sideskirts and the wheels are made out of scout-space marine biker wheels.

So I first put the main body of the model together and fixed it with some tape.
Then I made some size camparison.

The picture was taken after some of the conversions.
So the sdkfz is almost as long as the original chimera. Although the original one is far broader. Maybe I will bild the sdkfz on some "chimera-base" for shooting and measuring commandos, etc.
I then began to build sdkzf tracks out of the old chimera kit.

Top is the complete one (other side of course),Middle is what is left after top and bottom is cut, Down is the completed three parts.

All credits goes to 8rad at WIP as he invented this construction as far as I know for his sdkfz conversion. Work_In_Progress by 8rad.
But he made it along the whole section, I build a shorter version for my 1:48 kit. I cut the lower level of the sideskirts and then a line of the top two milimeters. And then glued them together. Also I shortened the length of the section by cutting out 1 or 2 centimeters.

Here the size comparison after finishing it. Befor I made a cut I measured everything a hundred times of course.

Looked fine at that moment.

I then used some greenstuff to fill the missing parts.

Greenstuff to fill the gaps on the outer line.
At that moment I used some 4 year old green stuff. And as I used greenstuff for the third or fourth times in my whole life I was still dazzled why it was so hard to kneed. After breaking open a new pack of greenstuff I realized that my previous one was just to old and firm. The new one was far more fun to work with.

Not final status.
After I glued on the wheels in the standard holes I realized that they where to short on the top of the section and the tracks wouldn't fit in nicely. Also I put on a slice of plasticard at the backside to stabilize it. Only to realize that it was to thick and interfered with the wheels. So a lot of cutting later it fitted. The final status picture will follow soon.

The Modell itself was then pimped up a little 40kish.

Backdoor made out of the chimera kit.
The 6. Panzerdivision Baran comdemns torture in any possible way.
The tamiya kit has a wonderfull driver section, and I decided to put a soldier on the seat, to drive that baby around. I used a sentinel pilot but he used quite to much room. So I cut out the controll section out of his legs. Then I used some wire, a left over of my ps3 cables-wire and a free pencil from a furniture shop to wrench his legs together. Actually I felt a little like a torturer from the tudor era.
Once wrenched enough I put some model glue between his legs and after it was dry his legs stayed that way. Hell the Imperium hadn't hero sized legs on their mind when they constructed the Baran Sdkfz 251/1.

A picture on his place at the controlls.

"What do you want!? I'm driving!"
As with most conversion in a modell you can't even the his arms which I have also "wrenched" a little, or his sentinel controll sticks which I had cut completely. Also how perfeclty his legs try to controll gas and break pedal. I need another picture. That white stuff is some putty I used on him, but can't really rasp of in the afterward. the modell can stille be opened at that point as I will paint the basic colours and interior, and then will glue on the inner part. Also you can see here the interior of the sdkfz. Lot of store room for imperial stuff. Currently there is also a crewmen ready to be seated there. Pics will follow.

Ok, the main part is now the manticore thing. I wanted to mount rockets on the outside of the halftrack. So I thought of 6 Hunter-killer missiles, or maybe the four original one of the recent manticore kit. All of them would have worked. The hunter killer missiles even could have been put in the original wooden boxes out of the tamiya kit. But as I cut the pilot out of the sentinel kit my eyes fell on the missile launcher. Usually they aren't the weapons of choice for the sentinel as multilasers and autocannons are much more fun these days. Anyway I had one sentinel kit and the missile launcher fitted nicely on the frame. So I bought three others from a guy from my local gaming league who had just bought another guys Blood Pakt army. A real nice one btw.

Anyway, I glued the first three on the original 28cm Rocket frames.

"Wooosh! Wooosh! Wooosh", The German Rockets.

I know that the most bottomed rockets will fly into the directly forward placed launcher, but hey, thats the transport mode. The threes on the left side will need of course the skulls to be reversed, as they will be glued on topside down. Well you will see when they are finished, I think I can build something out of the Imperial Guard skull insignia from the tank sprue.

Left side, two launchers missing.

So I'm still in search of sentinel missile launchers, If you have one or two please contact me.
The launcher frames aren't glued on yet, and I'm thinking of letting them stay free to put on. This would actually give me a free chimera If I don't need a manticore for that game.

Ok thats all for today. Next time we will see how I have completely miscalculated the height of the track section and the size of the wheels. Of course after I have bought 12 scout bike wheels from an american bits dealer.


Samstag, 12. Februar 2011

Basic Ideas on converting model kits into Imperial Guard stuff.

My basic idea was to build German Halftracks, the legendary sdkfz 251 as chimera tanks for my whole army. There are a lot of superb conversions around on the internet. A lot of them are just pure genius. See here, by 8rad on WIP , and here by Sgt. Wallace from Warseer  a Puma like Chimera.

Some are converted chimeras and some look like plastic kits from other firms but are instead complete plasticard constructions. All fantastic and all with some minor flaws, not in its design or how they were made but for me personally.
At first most of them are big, I mean really big. Nearly twice the size of the original chimera. Also most of them require really a lot of time to build them. Plasticard scratch build with chimera parts is just too much for me.  Especially when I think that I would need 5 to 7 of them just as chimeras. Not to mention manticors, basilisks, griffons and everything else which uses the chimera chassis.

So I made the decision to walk a path that I didn’t want to walk. Get a non GW Model kit and make it 40k-ish. So once you went there you will always have to talk with tournament organizers before the event and can say goodbye to GW-Tournaments altogether. Not that I go to GW Tournaments, but you have to think of your options. But I’m not sure if I still can beat that 75% rule. As I’m half in the conversion I still think I can reach that tally.

Ok, so lets get started. What I want to build is an Imperial Manticore Missile launcher Tank. WW2 Germany had two Halftracks who fulfilled that role. The “Panzerwerfer 42” which were 8 Tubes on the backside of a German Halftrack, an armored “Opel Maultier”. And the second one, six mounted Rocket throwers “Wurfrahmen 40” on the sides of a Sdkfz 251/1 Ausf.D.
Naturally as a Company of Heroes friend my choice was the later one. The Idea for the “Stuka zu Fuß” i.e.” Stuka on Foot” was in my head right at the beginning of the army project. Although it was a chimera as a mount at that time.
Anyway. I took one of the tamiya kits my older brother had for 8 years lying unbuild in his model storage. He was quite upset about it; actually he saw his kit when it was lying in my room. Yeah, like he would tomorrow begin to build it. Ok, I saw it and then bought one myself from my local toyshop. The old Tamiya 1:35 Sdkfz was designed in 1979 and haven’t changed since then.
I opened it and start to make notes on its size and realized that it was big enough, but actually too big. It is almost 5 centimeters longer than a GW unaltered Chimera. And that was actually the reason why I Didn’t t wants to convert a real chimera the first time. So I ventured forth the internet and found out that Tamiya in the recent years has improved its 1:48 line. A size usually reserved for aircraft models. So I bought the 1:48 Sdkfz for around 20€ and made a size compare. Its length is exactly like that of the GW chimera, but it is only half its wide. Which makes sense as the GW chimera is actually a driving rectangle. So far so good. So I began to compare the mini sizes.

GW uses 28mm Hero size if I’m correct. The 1:35 kits I used where actually too tall for my fellow guardsmen. As also the 1:35 men are two heads taller the IG ones. The 20mm Flak I liked to convert and the Pak 36 (which worked fine) are way too big for the imperial guardsmen. But the gear of the 1:35 tamiya men fits perfectly for their size. In comparison with 1:48 tamiya men the imperial guardsmen looks like übermuscled bodybuilders. But they are the same height. Also the tanks of that line should fit their size better.  So I went on with the 1:48 for the chimeras then. And instead of building a vanilla chimera out of an Sdkfz, I went straight into a Manticore count as. 

The “Marauder zu Fuß”

The “Marauder zu Fuß”

Donnerstag, 3. Februar 2011

Things to come

Achtung! No pics in these times as I’m currently without a proper internet connection. But I have progressed a little with my project and have done several things.

1st. I have used for the first time in my life a GW primer-spray. It worked out quite well, but still some parts of the minis didn’t caught any black paint. But the speed was just crazy compared to the tiring work of just priming the minis myself with a brush. Also the black spray-paint didn’t killed any details of my PAL 36 Lascannon. Great so far.

2nd. I have based and painted the bases of my second squad. Also I have tested a different technique to paint their uniforms. In my first pics of my first squad they had brighter grey uniforms. In the last version of the squad I changed the color to a darker grey with a wash of badab-black. And the looked too dark in the end.
So I have used some test-minis in which I have painted the uniform in a bright grey, astronomican grey I think. And then put two layers badab-black on it. Then one drybrush with the astronomican grey again and another layer of badab-black. And it looks quite good at the moment. This technique is from some guy I have found on the internet, but I have forgotten his name or side. So if he reads this, the idea is all yours. He painted his Deathkorps soldiers in one or two basic colors, a very bright ocher. And then he put 4 to 6 layers of a blue wash on the trousers, and the looked perfectly painted in blue. Then he put 4 to 6 layers of a brown GW wash on the jacket and it looked like a real leather jacket. The new GW washes just get better if you use them several times. Believe me and try the thraka green a second or third time on ork/goblin skin and it gets nicer every time. But remember that the basic color needs to be very bright or the mini will get too dark.

Ok, pictures of the test minis will follow.

3rd. Not yet painted the second squad or any command squad, but my first Rough Rider is almost build. When I was at my local Mini store Black Planett II in Wolfsburg (the link is for their main branch in Magdeburg) I found a box of a Space Marine Scout bike. So I thought to put some of them as rough riders in my Baran Army. Also I took the scout bike as it looks lighter than the space marine version. Two days after I have built my prototype I have found this on the internet:

It is from So it was my idea but someone else was faster. But I have build my own arms for the drivers and changed also some other details, but more of this when the pics are ready.

Also I thought of build real horse mounted rough riders, maybe I will do that in the future, as also this lonely rough rider will serve as a prototype and will stay alone until I have finished the basic parts of my army. So finishing the second squad, and then comes the two command squads, plus veterans, plus two chimeras and my first 500pts will be ready.