Stark Crusaders: Land Raider

Rogue Trader Land Raider

I took a break from some of my other models to strip, fix up and re-paint my old Land Raider.

This is how it’s looked for the last 20-25 years.

Rogue Trader Land Raider

Rogue Trader Land Raider

Rogue Trader Land Raider

Then I stripped it.

Rogue Trader Land Raider

And repaired that smashed track. I want to be able to use it, so repaired the track, but left the other battle damage.

Rogue Trader Land Raider

Then finally, after all the prep work, got him painted as a Stark Crusader!

Rogue Trader Land Raider

Rogue Trader Land Raider

Rogue Trader Land Raider

Rogue Trader Land Raider

Commission: 3D Printed Custom Mini

Someone at work asked me paint up a mini they’ve had 3D printed of their other half – and with that I got my first commission!

I got a few photos so I could get the hair, clothes and cat painted right.

The mini is from Hero Forge and this is how it looked when it arrived.

Hero Forge 3D Printed Mini

Hero Forge 3D Printed Mini

It’s a custom design – the Hero Forge website allows you to customise the mini loads – and the end result is pretty good. I just needed to make sure the paint job is suitably customised too.

This is how it turned out –

Hero Forge 3D Printed Mini

Hero Forge 3D Printed Mini

Hero Forge 3D Printed Mini

Hero Forge 3D Printed Mini

Stark Crusaders: Tactical Squad

It’s been a while since my last post. I’m finding it harder and harder to have something ready every two weeks to post regularly, which is what I had been trying. So I’m going to do something different. I’m going to post here every time I have a new unit that I’ve completed, whenever that might be. I’ll use my DakkaDakka blog to post progress shots as I go.

I’m also going to start putting a gallery section together here and I’ll add anything new to it as I go.

So, my tactical squad is finally finished. It’s taken ages to paint ten men. Maybe I should have done them in two batches of 5 like I did with the assault squad, but whatever, they’re done and here they are!

Tactical Squad

Tactical Squad

Tactical Squad

These are my special weapons guys. The wrists of the gun hands are pinned so the weapons can be swapped. It also means one can be given a bolter if they’re running as a single 10-man squad.

This is serge. Both wrists are pinned, so he can have a bolter or a combi-weapon in one hand, and a close combat weapon in the other. The latter seems unlikely, so all I’ve painted up for now is a knife. The combi-weapon is also pinned, so can be swapped out.

Tactical Squad

Tactical Squad

Next up is the other serge if they’re split into 5-man squads. His head is magnetised so he can go helmetless if a serge, or with a helmet otherwise. His gun hand is pinned to allow him to have a bolter or combi-weapon as serge, or bolter or special weapon otherwise.

Tactical Squad

Tactical Squad

Some of the rest of the squad.

Tactical Squad

Tactical Squad

Tactical Squad

I tried to make the barrel of the meltagun look scorched. I think it turned out okay.

Tactical Squad

Stark Crusaders: Rhino with lights

It’s been a while since my last post – this Rhino took longer than I thought, and I’ve been painting up a 10 man Tactical squad (which maybe I should have done in 2 batches of 5, like my assault squad) and real life has been busy too.

Anyway, onto the Rhino. Here he is in all his lit glory:

Rogue Trader Rhino

Bit grainy because I can’t work the camera in the dark, but you get the idea!

Rogue Trader Rhino

Rogue Trader Rhino

It was pretty tricky getting all the LEDs and wiring installed. I started by creating the circuit on a breadboard to make sure it would all work okay. Then I had to disassemble the stripped rhino so I could wire it up, but had to undercoat whilst in bits before adding the LEDs. Once undercoated I carefully drilled out the holes in the lights and glued the LEDs in place (superglue appears to be fine for this, but be careful not to let it cloud the LED).

Rogue Trader Rhino Wiring

I then ran a wire from each of the LED positive terminals to one side of a tiny circuit board, and all the negatives to the other. This means the LEDs were in parallel rather than serial so the voltage drop wasn’t too high. I added a resistor, switch and battery clip to the circuit board and all is good! That makes it sound way easier than it was. It was a pain in the arse!

Rogue Trader Rhino Wiring

Rogue Trader Rhino Wiring

I made the circuit board small enough to fit on the hatch on the bottom of the Rhino, so everything is concealed. A couple of magnets on the hatch means it can easily be removed, with circuit board, to allow me to flick the switch or swap out the battery.

Not sure how long the battery will last with 8 LEDs on, but I’ve had it on for a couple of hours okay.

Oh, and one of the storm bolters is magnetised so can be removed if I don’t want to pay those extra 5pts for a second one. Which has the nice side-effect of it being able to swivel 360 degrees 🙂

Rogue Trader Rhino

Rogue Trader Rhino

Rogue Trader Rhino

If you remember my Hero Quest models I entered in a comp – they came joint 29th out of 48. I’ll take that!!

Next up, Tactical squad…

Stark Crusaders: Current Workbench

I’ve not completed anything in a while (except HeroQuest models – keep reading!), so I thought this week I’d give a little roundup of what’s going on on my workbench, and what I’m going to be working on in the next few weeks.

So first off, I got a supply drop of lovely LED components. 300 LEDs, 300 resistors, batteries, switches, prototype boards and a breadboard.

LED Components

And these are going to be used to illuminate various things, but starting with my rhino. Unfortunately, this means the rhino needed to be disassembled in order to run the wires, drill holes etc.

Rogue Trader Rhino

This will then need priming before adding the LEDs, so won’t be assembled until after priming. It’s getting ‘quad headlights’ (like some boy-racer!) and another 4 are going on the back. I’m going to magnetise the back door so I can open it up to flick the on switch and to change the battery. Hopefully this will get primed this weekend, depending on the weather. Then I can go about wiring him up and getting him re-assembled.

Next on the bench is my tactical squad. These are the new guys that I’ve had built for a while. They’re just getting base coats on at the moment. These are my main focus at the moment, but it takes me a surprisingly long time to paint 10 guys!

Tactical Squad

I’ve also got my classic Rogue Trader tac squad built and primed. These will have to sit on the back-burner a while though. I don’t want to end up with an army of tac squads and nothing else.

Rogue Trader Tactical Squad

So that means next in the list are my missile launcher toting devastator squad.

Devastator Squad

And to follow on from my last post, here are my finished HeroQuest characters. I’ve no plans on painting any more HeroQuest minis though. There are just too many, and I’ve got too many other things to do first!!

HeroQuest