Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Resin Base Masters

I plan to resin cast bases for my Praetorians.  I am planning on making an earthworks/trench theme.  Have a look at the picture and tell me what you think.  I intend to add melee bags after they are cast.  That way there will be even more variety.

For those interested, the boards are made with cut up matchsticks.  It was a cheap way to put together several bases. 

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Very Happy Birthday

Well today was a very good birthday.  I got a new X-Box (I know I am behind the times).  Spent some good time with family.  Unfortunately I go back to work tomorrow.

In hobby news, I assembled a prototype lascannon.  It is pretty much Col. Gravis' design.  The only difference is the the front shield.  I used a heavy bolter shield, cut it in half, and put the left side on the right of the cannon and vice versa.  Here are some pictures.

I need something in the middle, directly beneath the lascannon.  Any suggestions?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ratling Sniper Color Scheme

OK, as I write this I realize that I don't have many followers.  I hope that as my army grows, so will my following.  Anyway, for those who are interested and willing, I am looking for an opinion on colors for my ratlings.  I am using the old metal ratlings who were wearing button up coats.  Here is a picture of them. (not mine)
Should I paint them red to match the normal infantry, or with dark green which was the historical color of the Rifle Regiments during the Anglo-Zulu Wars?

My thoughts right now are red just to limit my color palette.  I appreciate any input.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Galloper Guns Arrived

I just got in an order of some Dogs of War Galloper Guns.  I won two off of ebay.  I am slowly building all the parts for this army.  In case anyone doesn't follow Col. Gravis, The Galloper Guns will be used for Lascannon chassis.  They are currently sitting in a Simple Green bath for some paint stripping.  I will post pictures once they are cleaned and I have assembled a prototype Lascannon.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sentinels or no?

Just a quick question for anyone who sees this and would like to answer.  I plan on running an all footslogging army.  The metagame in my store is very mech.  I just want to throw everyone for a loop.  If you want to see a good example of an army like this being but to use check here-


My question is, do sentinels fit the "footslogger" theme.  Technically they have feet, but they also have armor.  I read a good tutorial on using Sentinels and if I find it, I will post it.  Anyway, just looking for feedback.  Let me know.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Whole Lot

Here is the total of my Praetorian Forces.

Original Box with most still in boxes/blisters.  The loose metal models came that way.  The painted models are from my first attempt at painting this army.  I am proud to say that it is an even larger collection than the esteemed Col. Gravis.  I only hope that I can produce a good looking an army as he has.  I am waiting for some galloper guns and artillery wheels so I can begin conversion work.

Next we have the Models that I have so far selected to be my main force.  It consists of 1 Company Command Squad, 2 Platoon Command Squads with 5 Squads each, and 6 Heavy Weapons Teams.  I utilized all my standing and squatting poses for the whole "first rank fire, second rank fire" feel.  I also use all of my bayonet yielding models.

Here is a shot of them.

 Here is a picture of the Firing line

There will be more to come in the near future.  I hope you all have enjoyed.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Test Model Painted

Here is my first model painted in the new color scheme. I am following Col. Gravis' Scheme for the most part. I am going for a traditional Zululand color scheme. My heavy weapons teams will be in all blue with red trim. Here is a side by side of this and my old army. I hope you agree it is much improved.

Humble Beginnings

Hello all. I am attempting to start a blog to motivate me to complete my Praetorian Guard Army. Having drooled over and been inspired by Colonel Gravis' Blog, I figured it was time to start mine.

I fell in love with the Praetorians from the time I read the Glazer's Creek BatRep in White Dwarf. I shortly thereafter bought 2 of the limited edition box sets. My obsession was only made worse when Games Workshop released this:

I promptly convinced my wife to let me purchase it because it was a good "investment". There it sat unopened until very recently.

In the mean time I used the limited edition box sets to paint up an army. My skill were weak but my passion was strong. Here is the result of that:
Looking at them now makes me want to hang my head in shame. Fortunately my painting skills have improved (at least I think they have).

Now to the present. I have finally decided to put this whole thing together. As it stands I have 529 infantry including heavy weapons and 15 Sentinels. I plan on playing a very infantry heavy army so I feel I have a good start.