Friday, November 25, 2011

Jotunn Heavy Hailstorm Cannon

So here is a part listing for the Jotunn Heavy Hailstorm Cannon. Ill include the easier parts guide as well as a step by step seeing it is not included with the model (as mine came in plastic bags).

1.) Vehicle Chassis
2.) Tank Treads
3.) Pilot with Sidearm
4.) Shielding, Top
5.) Flak Cannon Parts
6.) Shielding, Lower
7.) Flak Cannon, Tip
8.) Ammo Feeds

My assembly schematic...too complex?

So above I added the overly complicated image I made initially followed by a somewhat step by step guide to assembling the vehicle. As my basecoat is still at a friends place I have not started on painting it yet. So bear with me.

Step One.

Step One: Attach the Tank Treads (2) to the Vehicle Chassis (1). Assemble the Flak Cannon (5) by glueing the two parts together. You will be left with the parts above.

Step Two.
Step Two: Attach the Lower Shielding (6) to the front of the Vehicle Chassis (1). Attach the Tip of the Flak Cannon (7) to the rest of the Flak Cannon (5) which you glued together in Step One. Finally attach the two Ammo Feeds (8); one to the rear of the Vehicle Chassis (1) and one to Flak Cannon (5). As depicted above. The Flak Cannon Ammo Feed might give you some issue but it is possible to attach it so it sits straight as opposed to slightly crooked as I've seen in most images.

Step Three.
Step Three: Start by attaching the Top Shielding (4) to the Flak Cannon (5), there is a special slot for the part to be glued into so it should fit without too much hassle. Assemble the Pilot (3) by adding the sidearm to the slot in his back then fit him onto the Vehicle Chassis (1). Finally add the Flak Cannon (5) to the Vehicle Chassis (1) as well. Make sure that the thing will fit and the Top Shielding should slide in just behind the Lower Shielding.

And there you go.

Size Comparison
I included a size comparison shot here in order to get a better idea of how big (or in this case small) the vehicle is when compared to other 40K vehicles. I wanted to use them as possible Hydra Flak Tanks. As you can see both the Rhino and the Chimera Chassis actually seem to fill out an entire basic Regiment Base for Warhammer Fantasy. So I figure in order to use this as a stand in model I need to place it on a base that is at least a similar size and measure everything from the base as opposed to from the model itself.

Hope this helps all of the people out there getting busy with Warpath or contemplating using the Forge Fathers for Squats (like I will be). 

See you all later.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Warpath Arrives

Well my order of Warpath came in today (in the last 30 minutes even).
So I am currently in the process of looking over the sprues and considering wether or not to start clipping things from said sprues. I so need to get in touch with a mate to see if I can get my glue and basecoat back now....

By Request in the comments :)

Well I'll give you a picture of all the sprues sitting on my coffee table, currently watching Jeff Dunham as I remove everything and sort all the little bits into plastic containers.

Front Right - Hero
Right - Steel Warriors
Left (in front off the glass) - Stormrage Veterans
Further Left and out of Frame - Jotunn Heavy Hailstorm Cannons

Lots of clipping to go as well as try to sort out how to use the models as guardsmen, and the hailstorm cannons will most likely become Hydra Flak Tanks, based so their size matches that of the official versions.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Back in Black....

Hello Everyone,

For those that still keep an eye on this space, yes it has been too long since I posted anything at all. I recently found a new job and have another week to go before I go back to working fulltime (thank god). So that will most likely lift me from my hobby slump that I have been in ever since my unemployment started.

I can honestly say there is more than plenty to do. I have the following projects in varying states of progress: A Nurgle Fleet for Battlefleet Gothic, my Emperor's Pride Chapter of Deathwing Terminators, my Squat army (of course) and both my Tyranid as well as my Death Guard need to be painted or re-painted.

My Dreadfleet is being painted up by a friend of mine in exchange for a set of counters, doors and board tiles from the new Space Hulk (of which I have two more sets as well as a complete game left). And of course as Warpath got released almost a week ago my order of that should come in soon as well.

Lots to do. I am hoping to get back into the swing of things....of course after being unemployed for a while I am indeed flat ass broke so if I run out of stuff I won't be able to replace them for a while.

Anyways, thanks all for sticking around.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Warhammer: Space Marine

So today saw the European release of Space Marine. Having pre-purchased this game months ago I actually awaited its release around midnight this morning. So when midnight rolled around I fired it up and ran around kicking the crap out of Orks and generally having a blast.

I played the Demo, of course, and after that I was not sure what to think of the game. Now having had some more hands-on time I can say that I am enjoying myself immensely. The only downside is that you are running around as a member of Games Workshop's default Marine Chapter the Ultramarines.

The fanboy in me is revelling in the fact that you are actually walking through a setting of which I have read so much over the years. Moreso than any other 40K game I find myself exploring any nook and cranny and taking notice of level design and architecture. So many places to look, so many ideas yet to be recreated as scenery.

If you are into 40K and the Imperium of Man, I can highly recommend this to everyone. If not to be inspired then just to breathe in the atmosphere.

All Hail the Emperor!

*And yes I am aware this isn't related to any of my armies or miniatures....but it is 40K so there.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Its a hog eat hog world - Warpath

As someone replied to my previous post:

"Sorry, this is off topic but I don't have another way of contacting you...

I'm sure you have already, but do check out the Warpath sci-fi models from Mantic Games. They got themselves squats, and they look pretty tasty thats for sure" 

- Oink
Well spoken Mr Oink.
Due to my overall lack of actual army related updates this serves as my post for the day (or week). Thanks go to Oink for prodding me to have a look-see. On one hand I cant wait for the Forge Father models to come out and on the other hand they make me wonder if I did all the converting and such for naught. Alas woe is me....and such.

I dropped the images of the Forge Fathers below in case you missed them.

Thanks to Beasts of War, and I do think they look awesome as hell. If the top model is a regular trooper then they are seriously armoured. Speaking of armoured almost done with my Leman Russ Executioners, magnets and all.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A letter to Avatars of War - Part II

So I actually did get a reply to my last e-mail. Even on the same day which was a shocker. The person who had been handling my order and such apparently was on holiday, it was mentioned that they left my order ready to ship and they would inquire about it.

Next thing I know I receive a tracking number in my inbox as the items have been shipped by UPS' 24h delivery service (August 17th) and it actually arrived on schedule the day after. So apparently all it took for my order to be actually shipped was that the person overseeing it went on holiday.

I am still not sure what to think of this all because it does mean they just did not send out my order for over a month and a half with numerous inquiries on my behalf and repeated assurances that it would be sent out.

But as SC John commented in the last post about this, they obviously were not expecting such a huge rush on the item, even so though it took us both a lot of work to actually get our stuff.
Something to consider if you are thinking about ordering from them.

At least they are here now so I can start getting them ready to serve as my Penal Legions.... Now all I need it a buttload of chainaxes.....

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A letter to Avatars of War

It has been too long. I have decided to share a tiny tidbit of frustration that keeps bugging me. Today I composed a letter to Avatars of War and sent it off. This is the 5th e-mail headed that way after the initial order confirmation and payment. To the e-mail on August 2nd there was no reply. I have copied the e-mail down below. Is there anyone out there who has run into issues whilst ordering from Avatars of War directly? Because the way this is going I will never ever do that again, instead I will rely on their resellers as the other models I got from AoW came from there and that all went off without a hitch.

Avatars of War*,
It has been another two weeks since my last e-mail, on August 2nd you asked me for my phone number which I provided you on the same day. So far no package from Avatars of War has arrived yet so I am still waiting on the two boxes of Dwarf Bezerkers. The order was places on June the 29th, this means that we are getting close to two months since I placed and paid for the order. In that time I have been reassured repeatedly that the item would be sent out, then there were mail and box issues and finally there was a mention of UPS which would get the package here in 48 hours, in that case they are 288 hours late (or 12 days).
On the site it was proudly proclaimed that all pre-order had been shipped on the 7th of July. Which obviously is not the case as my order predates that although I do admit it was placed after the comment that you started shipping out the models.
Anyways what is going on?
Because this is taking too long.
*Names changed of course.