Monday, 29 August 2016

Review: Blood and Skulls Industry Ploughs

There's two ways to deal with an obstacle, go around it, or through it. Today we choose the latter, with the help of some menacing looking ploughs from Blood and Skulls industry.

I have two variants to go through with you all, the 'V' medium and straight medium, both retailing at about £6.80 at our current post-referendum exchange rates. Size-wise, they are best suited to 'medium' sized tanks like the Predator, Rhino, Chimera and Leman Russ kits. Since both cost the same amount, and have the same methods of mounting, it's down to personal preference.

The straight design is quite similar to those found on large excavators and has a very utilitarian feel, ideal for Space Marine and Imperial vehicles. The robust design is continued with how it has been cast. It is a very thick, sturdy piece that could probably withstand an actual tank shock move. With such a flat surface to work with, you have plenty of free space to work with, whether you want to freehand a mural or add some extra spikes, there's options aplenty.

The 'V' style is more along the lines of a 'traditional' snow-plough, and I think this would luck fantastic on something like my wheeled Taurox (above), as it has a very cool post-apocalypse feel suited to a big wheeled truck (perhaps I've been watching too much Mad Max: Fury Road).

The mounting points on the plough are single piece and very easy to put together. You also get some additional parts allowing you to mount the plough on 45 degree angled parts, as well as flat, vertical surfaces. Such a small thing makes attaching the ploughs so much easier.

If I did have any issue with the kits, it might be that the mounting pieces are a bit too long. It shouldn't be too hard to amend though, so it's a very minor thing for me.

All-in-all these are fun little additions which offer a more menacing and heavier alternative to the spike-like ploughs you get in many kits. From a cost perspective they are relatively affordable when compared to similar products, and it's nice to have a few options, and whilst there are only two choices, it's still a choice.


Sunday, 14 August 2016

Showcase: Chaos Dameons of Tzeentch and Forge World Terminator Lord

The Daemon allied force I've begun to use has proved very effective. The cheap, powerful units of Pink Horrors plugs a neat gap in my Thousand Sons force. This week, I have finished a unit of Pink Horrors and a new Herald, as well as my limited edition Terminator.

The Pink Horrors are the classic Diaz sculpts, my favourite released. Finding enough models was hard, but lately I've managed to find another ten for a bargain price, so they will be soon stripped down and painted in the new scheme. I went for a flesh-colour rather than the typical florescent pink, as I feel it gives off a much creepier vibe.

This unit also features a pair of even older models, to help fill out the unit size to its minimum.

Alongside the Horrors is their Herald, both to help improve nearby units with Divination rolls, as well as his exalted locus for a base strength ten attach with the unit (which has proved incredibly effective against units and even light vehicles).The model is one of the Pink Horrors from the Silver Tower boxed game. A joy of a model to paint, and even if it is a two-part mono-pose, the details are fantastic, and in the same scheme works really well. The 32mm base also helps identify him for wounds purposes.

Finally with have this big guy, the limited edition Terminator Praetor. Now a fully fledged Tzeentchian sorcerer, this model will form part of my Armies on Parade entry. Whilst not representing any character from the Ahriman series, I'll find a use: perhaps as part of a small Terminator unit.

Next on the list is so finish the centrepiece for my display. More on that soon....