Thursday, 30 July 2009

Thoughts on the latest guard releases

Well, I've picked up the latest WD and I've been looking through the articles and I must say, it's a cracking issue. The planetary empires articles are really good, I might have to pick it up.

Now, I think I've spotted the new storm troopers in one of the guard articles. I can't say for sure, I'm no expert but if they are the new ones, I really like the look of them. The tanks however have me concerned. In one of the design articles about the new tanks, they said that they've reduced the number of sprues whilst putting more on them. Thing is, I've noticed, there's no track guards, or any sign of the tank accessory sprue on the new releases.

Now, this might not seem a big thing, but it is for me. All my vehicles have identification panels on the front right hand track guard, all nine of them (Have a look here). Also, I pile my vehicles with kit and that's on the accessory sprue as well. I'm going to have to spent £8 extra per tank to keep my theme whether I buy the sprue or the bits from a bits store. I'm a bit gutted but overall, I am really pleased with all the recent guard releases, they've really improved the range and I'm loving playing the new codex.

On the hobby front, I've gone and put my foot right in it. I offered my little lads teacher my skills as a amateur model maker. We'd been chatting about a display they had for the Arctic which was pretty poor. So, she said, can you do towns and stuff? Sure I said and now I'm tasked to make three 4'x2' boards representing town, village and countryside. I'll post some pics as I get on, and trust me, before the school gets them, they're going to be used for a bloody tank battle. Coming from a small village, I can just picture an ork mob tearing up the street past the post office to storm the village hall - pmsl.

I have had a little time for painting and the hellhammer is almost finished, it's so close, it's driving me nuts. If I could just get an afternoon or an evening, I'd get it done. Hopefully, I'll be posting pics of it really soon. I'm also going to start to post more pics of the units I've done so far. I want to build up a set of links to my units Drax system in the right hand column.

Let me know what you think of the storm trooper pics, I'd love to know if they're the new ones.



Darkwing said...

If you mean the Stormtroopers on page 28, on the page that says "Airborne Assault", those look to me like the old (pre-Kasrkin) stormtroopers. It's entirely possible that they are modeling the new Stormtroopers off of the old ones, rather than the Kasrkin models.

Personally, I hope that they are more like the Kasrkin, as I prefer them to the older ones.

Admiral Drax said...

I'm inclined to agree with Darkwing - unless they're re-casts they look a lot like the old ones. I also like the Karskin, but I love the old beret models, so I've been having some painty-fun with those recently!

And I love the idea of orks running rampage through the village streets too!

- Drax.