Saturday, February 27, 2016

REVIEW: Anvil Industry - Missile Launcher (shoulder or vehicle mounted)

REVIEW: I have recently purchased a small number of Anvil Industry´s "Missile Launcher (shoulder or vehicle mounted)" to upgrade my Horus Heresy legions and wanted to provide a short review of my purchase for those interested. Nowadays, there are many companies out there who have specialised in various (upgrade) bits for hobby gaming and maybe this review helps you to make a good choice where to by your parts and what to expect from your purchase.

Service: First of all delivery and service was very quick, the shippment was received safely within 5 days within the EU as indicated on the website. Great!

Packaging: The pieces came in a solid cardboard box and were stored within a small plastic bag that was fastened to the box, so no flying parts in the box! Nice! No plastic blisters as I had expected for packaging, but this bag and cardboard box was more than enough to protect the parts during their journey. Great!

Bits: First impression, four lose parts, one part was still on the sprue. No damage at all to any of those lose parts though. The resin bits all feel really solid and sturdy, not fragile as some other resin products out there I have seen. In fact I would rate them to be nearly as sturdy as plastic bits. Great!


Design: I bought these missile launchers to convert a couple of my Terminator miniatures to carry missile launchers. I have provided some dry fit shots (not glued) to give you an indication of the scale and look of those pieces. One dry fit is with a Cataphractii Pattern Terminator, the later with a Tartaros Pattern Terminator. Looks great!

Conclusion: I think sizewise these parts fit very nicely with what I had in mind for my Terminators. Unlike many missile launchers from other bits manufacturers out there, these pieces are alot better fit in regard to their size and style then many others I have seen, which are typically way to big to look realistic. The Anvil Industry Missile launchers do a perfect job here with just the right size and look to them. 

So overall conclusion, would I order again and do I like the bits? 
Yes, definetely!

Cheers
invivos


Sunday, January 31, 2016

HORUS HERESY: Adeptus Mechanicus Castellax Battle automata maniple - more work in progress




HORUS HERESY: Today I am showing you my weekend´s work in progress on the Adeptus Mechanicus Castellax Battle automata maniple. 

Working on the maniple is really truely quite time consuming, as I need to salvage my bits boxes for multiples of the same part (3x, 6x, etc.) in order to build three identic Castellax robots at once.

In the meantime I have mounted each of the Castellax Battle automata on a scenic base, the multi-posable legs I built worked very well allowing for some dynamic poses, like the one Castellax stomping/pinning the Space Marine down with his foot.

On this weekend after lots of trial and error, I finally came up with a nice, sturdy solution for the arms and particularly the hands. Though they are not fully detailed yet and will get more rivets and armor plating, I quite like the brutal look of them and the pincers. The arms have underslung Bolters or Flamers, the later not shown here. The arms parts for the remaining Castellax are mostly built and now need to be glued together. The assembled Castellax is not glued yet, just stuck together.
 
The gun on the back is a Mauler pattern Heavy Bolter. It is removable and fully pivots in all directions. I will not glue those guns into place, which allows me then to swap them out for other heavy weapons as needed. At the moment my plan is to build at least one to two Darkfire Cannons and probably Multi Melters as well.
 
Next up is finalizing all the remaining arms and to add more details to the torsos. It still needs to bulked out with cables and various bits and needs rivets too.

Last picture is a scale shot of the Maniple, as you can see they have grown pretty big now and are distinctively different from a Space marine dreadnought in looks.

That´s all for today!

Cheers
invivos

Sunday, January 17, 2016

HORUS HERESY: Land Raider Achilles Alpha Pattern - Work in progress



HORUS HERESY: Today I am showing you some work in progress pictures of my newest project, a Land Raider Achilles - Alpha Pattern for my Imperial Fists Legion. 

I started this project just yesterday when I chose to recycle a leftover Land Raider kit. Some of the  parts of this particular kit were already used into the construction of the Spartan tank like the tracks, guns, etc. First I started with building the basic tank, than I scratchbuilt the forward track covers using leftover parts. After this I removed the entire orginal Land Raider top and replaced it with roof parts from a Space Marine Vindiactor tank. 

So far I am quite happy with the current built progress and the look of the tank, next up is to finish the tank´s front armor, after this I intend to scractchbuilt the sponsons. Stay tuned! :)

Cheers
invivos

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

HORUS HERESY: Imperial Fists Legion forces

HORUS HERESY: Well as I promised I am showing you some pictures of my recently built Imperial Fists Legion forces during the Siege of Terra, Horus Heresy.

Currently the Legion encompasses 5x plastic Cataphractii Terminators from the Betrayal at Calth box. The models are very nice, but full of tiny rivets everywhere which makes cleaning the models from mold lines and flash a little bit of a pain and tiresome... However assembled they look quite nice and knightly. I decided to follow the idea of the (Cataphractii) experimenting with prototype weaponry as described in the Horus Heresy fluff, hence I armed one of them with a custom Assault cannon. I also added a combat blade to each of the Combi-Bolters to make them look even more deadly in close combat. 

To accompany the Terminators I have also decided to build the Contemptor pattern dreadnought from the same box as an Imperial Fist one. Therefore I filed down the front and added an Imperial Fist symbol, changed the leg stance for a much more dramatic pose, exchanged the combi-bolter in the left arm for a heavy flamer plus tanks and finally made the Kheres assault cannon interchangeable. This gives me the option of arming the Contemptor differently without using any magnets. The torso can also pivot and be removed from the hip. All in all I really like this model a lot, it has a lot of charisma and the assault cannon fits to the theme of the Cataphractii Terminators.  If you look closely on the base there is a small shrine of skulls, probably built by some World Eaters legionary...

To have some basic Space Marine legion troops to accompany the Cataphractii and the Contemptor I "recycled" some really old Mk7 Space Marines from various kits, even some from 2nd edition Warhammer 40.000 :-) The new 32mm bases really make even the old models shine. Since I have rebased the lot from 20mm bases to this new base size I still need to add a bit of rubble to the bases. 

I am thinking of expanding this force to about 1000 points, a commander is in the works and I might use some vehicles from my existing range for the Imperial fists. Plans are also to have some breacher units in the legion, built from Mk4 armor. Below is a group shot of the Imperial Fists Legion so far.

Well that´s all for the moment! :-)

Cheers
invivos










Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Happy New Year 2016!

A Happy New Year 2016 to all of you out there!

In the meantime I have started to work on my 2nd Horus Heresy themed Legion, the Imperial Fists. So far I have assembled a 5x men Cataphractii Terminator squad and the Contemptor Dreadnought from the Betrayal at Calth box plus some older MK7 Space Marines, which I intend to use alongside the rest of the Imperial Fists Marines as they are depicting a force during the siege of Terra when the Mk7 was already in (limited) use.

I haven´t been able to take any pics of the Imperial Fists lot yet, but will do so hopefully on the weekend. There is a good chance that I´ll try to build a Rogal Dorn primarch too if I find a suitable base model... :)

So stay tuned!

Cheers
invivos

Friday, November 27, 2015

HORUS HERESY: Tartaros Pattern Terminator Squad

HORUS HERESY: Today I am showing you the Tartaros Pattern Terminator Squad for my World Eaters Legion:

During the time of the Horus Heresy several different designs of terminator armor were developed and in use by Space Marine, one of the more advanced versions of those armors is the Tartaros Pattern armor.

I really like how much this armor reminds me of the Mk4 Maximus Space Marine armor when you compare all the details like the head, legs, etc. The Tartaros armor has a very smooth and functional look to it and I really hope that this pattern sees a plastic release also some time in the future by GW...

The squad currently encompasses 5 terminators, for heavy weapons I added a scratchbuilt Plasma Blaster, which I think fits in great with the overall useage of Plasma weapons in the World Eaters legion, thinking of Angron, Kharn and the plastic Berserkers. And it is a usefull weapon to support when this squad charges as it is an assault weapon too. 

The rest of the squad is equiped with Chain Axes (count as power weapons) and Combi bolters, plus one trooper is armed with a Power fist and the Sergeant carries a Chain fist to be able to assault armored opponents and tanks. Here is a scale shot with the Primarch Angron also.

Hope you like them! Some more Terminators are also currently in the making i.e. the plastic Cataphractii pattern ones from the Betrayal of Calth box.

Happy thanksgiving!

invivos 


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

HORUS HERESY: Plastic Angron, Primarch of the World Eaters Legion!

HORUS HERESY: Well it is now time for the Lord of the World Eaters Legion to hit the scene: make room for Angron, the Red Angel, the dreaded Primarch of the World Eaters Legion


 
A while ago Forge World released a model for Angron made out of resin, however a few of the details of the built I did not favor too much, so I decided to built my own Angron Primarch from various plastic bits. When GW released the Sigmarite Liberators for Age of Sigmar, this was a perfect base for my conversion. The Liberator miniature stands over a head taller than a standard GW Space Marine, which is perfect size for any Primarch conversion. 

The Liberator was cut apart at various positions so that I could fully repose the legs and the arms. I wanted a simelar pose to the FW Angron miniature for my Angron so all bits were repositioned until I was happy. Lower arms and hands come old Chaos Space Marines, the chain axes are built from Ork Nob bits and Beserker chain axes, the cape is the banner from the Black Ork sprue. 

I also added a few things to the Primarch which are not featured on the FW model, but which I found necessary to add. First of all I added an old Chaos Space Marine backpack to Angron´s back, after all Angron is wearing power armor and not some old knights armor according to the fluff! And power armor needs a powered backpack to be powered. ;) Also this old backpack is alot bigger than the normal Space Marine backpacks which I think is fitting for a being of this size. The next addition was Angron´s Plasma pistol, Spite Furnace, which is a converted and lengthened Berserker plasma pistol. The final addition were some skulls to make him look more feral but also serves as reminder of his lost gladiator comrades. 

 The base was also scratchbuild from various pieces and was built to enhance the dramatic and dynamic pose of the mini. The level of the base is tilted and consists of a fallen building that has collapsed and buried some enemy Mk7 Space Marines below it. I am very happy how this build came out, it is very dynamic and aggressive looking. The pose is simelar to the original model so people should be able to identify this mini as Angron in a game pretty quickly. 

 More stuff to follow soon, Terminators are up next!

Cheers 
invivos