Saturday, 25 March 2017

Review: Evil Craft Chaos Veterans

Evil Craft is a great choice for semi-true scale, highly detailed alternative models and parts for Chaos Space Marines. They may only make parts for the spike cousins of the Imperium, but they do it well. Today, I'm checking out their Veteran squads.

The parts from this area unit share a lot of design elements with existing basic sets, but are sharper and meaner than the originals. Extra spikes, horns and blades protrude from the armoured pieces, highlighting the model's favour with the chaos gods.

As per the usual with Evil Craft, the quality is top notch. Hardly a casting bubble or mould line in sight. When you buy from then, you certainly get the quality expected for the higher prices compared to other manufacturers.

They make for great additions to your units to represent unit champions, or could quite easily make full squads of Chaos Chosen. It'd be a pricey way to do it (on par with a 5-man Forge World unit) but all the parts tie together seamlessly, and with the large number of parts for each model, the customisation is near endless.

Whilst they are a tad bigger than any gw counterpart, they fit fairly well and suit the aesthetic. If combining I would recommend using either the newer plastic models (due to scale creep) or include terminator legs, to ensure the model looks balanced. The legs, backpacks and accessories will be fine on any sized gw model, it's mainly the torsos and heads which can look too large on older, smaller models.

For those who want to stand out on the tabletop and have the spare coin, the chosen range is certainly one to consider. Next time I'll be checking out a selection of alternate weapons and accessories for these guys.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WIP: Thousand Sons Fellblade 2.0 (Part One)

It had to happen again. But this time I'm doing it properly. The original Fellblade project was a ton of fun, but I sold the tank a while ago. The sons have been crying out for a big tank again, and with better resources (aka money) I thought I'd have another crack at it.

The build is a big one, and after a few night's work I've got most of the hull built. I want to take my time with it, and I plan to add extra detailing and 'hyper realistic' elements.

After unpacking i found all the pieces required, and in a fairly good condition. It's an interesting experience working on a big kit again.

So far the parts seem to fit together well. There is a big gap as seen above, but it is fixable and relatively minor. Mostly...

The main cannon has a fair sized mould line/cast slip, but not enough to make it unusable. It should be a fairly straightforward repair.

I've since raided the bits box too, to personalise the kit and make it a part of the Thousand Sons.

When it comes to painting it I have something extra special in mind. Expect a cross between my usual blue acheme, and the markings from the Horus Heresy era tanks in HH7: Inferno.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Review: Blood and Skulls Bison/Buffalo and Wildebeast Conversion Sets

As many people would argue, the pig-snouted Taurox looks much, much better with wheels instead of track units, and I agree. There as a number of sets rolling around, but a stand-out provider is Blood and Skulls industry.  Having tried out the original 6x6 set-up, I have since been sent two newer variants, the half-track bison/buffalo sets, and an 8x8 wheeled arrangement dubbed the wildebeast.

To start with, the half-track. This set gives you two large wheels for the front end, the rear gets a pair of exposed tracks. You get two options for the rollers, spoked or solid (bison or buffalo respectedly), offering two distinct looks. The spoked design does jar a bit with the style of the front wheels, but a good paint scheme will blend them in.

Scale shot with a 40k Rubric marine

The other kit, the wildebeast, is an 8x8, with four smaller wheels for the front, and 4 of the larger ones for the back. Ideal if you were thinking six wheels just isn't enough.

The wheels side-by-side with a Taurox, they will fit under the arches with some stick-out

Much like the original kit you get mounting plates to easily fit the wheels and tracks on the standard axles, making for a very easy conversion which greatly alters the profile of the transport. I would advise extending the fenders on the hull for a more integrated look

If you're after an easy way to convert the Taurox, you can't go wrong with either of these sets. Of the two I'd recommend the half-track. Not only is it a cool alternative to the Taurox track pods, the spare rollers can easily be used as artillery wheels.