Hooray! My GW Washes set came in, along with a few other bits and pieces:

I immediately set to work experimenting with the washes, and think I've settled on a color scheme. Basecoat of Mechrite Red, followed by a wash of Devlan Mud. Then a highlight of Blood Red to make it pop. Below is my test model after experimenting (with the uniform scheme, that is):

I also got a few more masks done - this leaves only three more to do in order for the first squad to be complete:

I'm still waiting on the WWII helmet heads, which I hope will arrive this week. However, I've got plenty more to keep me busy - both another Leman Russ and a Chimera to build, for one.

This army is going to be Mechanised, and so that means there will be six (yes, six) Chimeras. As a result, I don't want to just make them standard... I was thinking of making them STeG4s, but with a transport capacity. Since the STeG4 is wheeled, I looked for inspiration. I found it in this - Owen Rees' 374th Tahnelian Airborne.

Assuming I can figure out what the heck to make the wheels out of, I'll be doing something similar. If anyone has any ideas on where to get some affordable, appropriately-sized wheels, please let me know!


seemyinnergeek said...

I've recently read the Gaunts Ghosts novels so I can appreciate what you are doing here. The conversions so far look GREAT! I think I may have to add you to my blogroll so I can follow your progress...

RonSaikowski said...

I just found your site by way of the Adeptus Arizona board (I just joined).

Really nice blog here, I'm glad I stumbled across it. Keep up the good work, I'll be checking back to see how those Chimeras go.

jon23516 said...

Very, very nice. I hadn't seen Owen's wheeled transports. I've been dreaming of mechanized traitors too.

Thanks for more inspiration.


73rd said...

Hi Techpriest,

Those masks look great, what sorrt of appearance were you going for? I sense a sort of 'death-jester-esque' feel to them, but they look excellent on the models.


Techpriest said...

@73rd - that's exactly the sort of look I was going for. A lot of the fluff describes the grotesks as having hooked noses and exaggerated chins, a sort of carnival feel.

Thanks for the comments!

Anonymous said...

I would use Ork truck wheels

Rabidchild said...

I'm in the same boat myself. I might use a 1/48 scale Stryker kit if I can find one. (8 wheels for cheap, along with some other bits for the box!) There's a ton of 1/35 but I'm afraid the wheels would be too big.

I'm also thinking about just using a chinese WZ551 APC, since it fits Abnett's description of the vehicle, including the "broom handle turret". (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WZ551)