Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Broken Forge

So recently I made some purchases for my Imperial Guard army at The Broken Forge. I had to get some more infantry, a Valkyrie, and a Leman Russ Demolisher. I have to say that this is probably the most pleased that I have been with any online store I have dealt with. First off The Broken Forge provides a 25% discount on all 40k purchases. That alone makes them a worthwhile place to purchase from.

What I was really impressed about was their customer service. There were some back order problems with my order, but The Broken Forge did an excellent job of keeping me informed and letting me know what was going on. It turned out that the supplier shipped the store a wrong item for my order. So to fix it Phillip at the Broken Forge made my order into two separate shipments so that I could get most of it on time. The other day when I got the second half of my order in, that the supplier had messed up I found a freebie. To make up for the delay Phillip had included one of the new Leman Russ Battle Tank models for free. All I can say is that if you need to buy anything 40k the Broken Forge is the way to go, best customer service I have ever experienced.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Magnetizing a Demolisher

So this last week I put together my Demolisher model that I recently purchased. For the first time I decided that I was going to magnetize my model, so that I could switch out the weapons as I pleased. I made sure to take pictures so that I could show you how I did it. All that I used were some Magcraft magnets that I purchased online and the Demolisher kit.

The first thing I did was put a magnet on the inside of the track housing. I placed it so that it is lined up with where the sponson will go.

The next step I took was magnetizing the sponsons. I glued a bit of sprue into the sponson and glued the magnet onto that. I made sure that the spure was placed so that the magnet would be flush with the sponson. Before you glue the magnet onto the sponson make sure that it will attract to the other magnet and not repel.

This is the Demolisher cannon itself, as you can see I put a smaller magnet inside of the cannon itself. This kit comes with three different cannons, the Demolisher, Executioner, or Punisher, and I wanted to be able to use them all.

I put a magnet on the other side here for the cannons. I had to cut the hole to get it in because I forgot to do it before I assembled the turret.

Here it is all finished. I didn't magnetize the weapons themselves, they fit in tight enough that I feel alright switching them in and out without magnets. I am sure that there are plenty of other ways this can be done, but I am pretty happy with my final product. I can now switch every single weapon on this tank, which is a great improvement over my Battle Tank. Now all I have to do is paint it.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New Leman Russ Demolisher

In an effort to add to and complete my Imperial Guard army I recently purchased a Leman Russ Demolisher and a Valkyrie. I already have a Battle Tank, so I decided that I wanted a Demolisher so that I my army will have an ordnance answer to terminator armor. Since it has been a while since I last purchased any Warhammer 40k models I was quite impressed by the new look of the boxes.

I decided that the first model to get put together would be the Demolisher. The first thing that I noticed when I opened the box was the instructions. In this new box the instructions are much easier to read and have a better layout than the old instructions. The pictures make much more sense and give you a better idea as to how things are supposed to go together.

The best thing about the new kit is that they have changed the way you put the tracks on the vehicle. The tracks now lock into place instead of you having to try and figure out where they need to go. I know that when I put my Battle Tank together I had quite the time trying to get the tracks to go on just right.

There is one gripe that I have with this kit, it doesn’t have the accessory sprue. I don’t see it as a huge problem though so I’m not too mad about it. The only things that I really liked off that sprue were the antenna and the track guards, but I am not going to pay extra for it.

I’m going to magnetize everything I can on this model so that I can mix and match weapons, something I didn’t do on my battle tank. I’m going to try and take pictures as I go along so that I can create a tutorial.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Inquisitorial Guard

After a couple of years away from Warhammer 40k I have got back into it, and this time I decided I would start a blog so that everyone could see what I am doing. The armies that I have are Daemonhunters, Black Templars, and Imperial Guard. The Imperial Guard is the army that I am currently working on.

After listening to the
Gamers Lounge podcast (great podcast), and hearing how Bill's army is themed and modeled like they are killing tau. I decided that I needed to do something interesting, theme wise, for my Imperial Guard, unlike my Daemonhunters which have no theme at all. I'm going to theme my army not so much for other people to see it, but mainly for myself so that I can get more enjoyment out of my army.

I wouldn't consider myself the most creative person in the world so coming up with a theme for my army that would really keep my interest was a pretty difficult task. I also needed a theme that I could actually accomplish with my level of painting and modeling skills. I got the idea for the theme of my army from my other army the Daemonhunters, and a great Black Library book I am reading called Eisenhorn. So my army is going to be the Inquisitorial Guard. I really find the whole fluff behind the Inquisition to be just plain awesome. The idea that one guy can decide that a planet is too corrupt to save and have that planet destroyed is pretty extreme. The idea behind the army is that this is an Imperial Guard regiment that is the personal army of an Inquisitor Lord. The regiment is made up of Cadians, who have been picked because they have already battled Chaos and are still alive.

The only problem with this army is the fact that the Daemonhunters are probably going to be getting a new codex sometime this year. While that is not a bad thing, I just hope that the ally rules are still in the new codex. My army theme would make a lot more sense if I was able to field an Inquisitor. I guess that I will just have to wait and see what the new codex brings as far as ally rules. I am still going to go ahead with the theme no matter what so I guess it doesn't really matter, besides my Grey Knights could really use a new codex, maybe they'll get some kind of transport this time.