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« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2017, 02:35:13 AM »

Good progress. Smiley

Shame about the Dreadnought though... Especially as that old AoBR model is the only way to get the plastic Multi Melta option which is the basic default weapon they come with in the army lists.  Confused

An alternative option could be to see if you can sand/file all the big areas smooth, and up-armour them to make an Ironclad Dreadnought conversion out of it?

I suppose that worst-case scenario you can chop it up to use as a mixture of basing features, objectives, and terrain?

Anyway, I had a look to see if I could find that blue-and-camo scheme that I mentioned earlier, but I couldn't find it. I have a feeling that I saw it about ten years ago in one of those Space Marine Collector guides that GW put out before they pretty much stopped publishing printed catalogues. I seem to remember seeing a Pre-Heresy Ultramarines army in there too, where every model was converted in some way. If I ever find it, I'll post it up for you!

Thanks, this project wouldn't even have started if it wasn't for you.

I've got another painted dreadnought that's going to be converted into a Ironclad. Ironically I didn't want to clean it right away since it was a bit damaged and the Ironclad wasn't a priority  Laugh But I think I saved this one, so I'll try and paint it.

I think I can get some old Collector Guides so I'll check them out!

Good progress.

You could go for the aged cast hull look. You might need to remove and replace the iconography and the "Best of Show" rosettes.

You might inspire me to finish mine off.

I'm going to try and do that to my other dread Wink I've read some articles about giving some "cast metal" texturing to vehicles and I'll try it for my Ironclad dread. This article is basically what I'll do: http://www.scalemodellingnow.com/tbmodelconstruction-addingcasttexturetoturrets

Then I hope to see your dread finished Wink

Nothing in half measure Predatorpt Cheesy !  You did go all in.  I have been having a wicked 40k modelling craving for a while now and some friends have been pressuring me ( ie twisting my rubber arms) to get to some Shadow Wars and maybe a modest army as well.  I'm up in the air but sorely tempted by the Nurgle models that have been poking around but seeing a big loyalist project doesn't help me commit to a plan.  Great start to an ambitious project but I don't understand why you tear down that "pro painted" dreadnought  Laugh .

You know, that Death Guard models they previewed are really nice, there's no harm in straying away from the light of the Golden Throne Wink "Pro-painted" armies like mine are easy to find on Ebay and are a great way to start (or in my case complement) a project.
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« Reply #31 on: April 02, 2017, 03:09:57 AM »

So, like I said in my previous post, I managed to salvage the dreadnought. The alcohol further removed the primer and then I sanded some of it...and I'm happy with the results. In the following photos, there seems to be some pitting in the plastic but it isn't as bad as it looks (I blame it on the macro function of the camera).




I also finished assembling my third and final tactical squad. 30 Space Marines in roughly 4 days of work, not bad! (at least for me, Laugh). This time I didn't take group pictures, just some highlights that I'm "proud" of.

I made a SM using a missile launcher while kneeling, using a set of legs from the old Command Squad sprue.

Of course that then I found out that there's a pair of legs just for that in the Heavy Weapons box...but I was pretty happy until then Tongue

I drilled all the weapons  Grin


It's a pain to do it, specially getting the hole of the barrel centered. Any tips on doing that? Drilling the lateral holes seem to help but even so...maybe making a pilot hole with a small drill and then the larger one?

The 10th and final member of my 3rd Tactical Squad was a salvaged SM.



There are some parts still in blue, but those are impossible to clean even with acetone since they are mixed with superglue. But since the main offenders will be covered by the shoulder pads and the head, I just need take care when paint the hand/bolter zone, checking if the blue doesn't show.

I'm going back to work on Monday so that will slow down my hobby time, but I'm hoping to assemble a drop-pod and start working on more figures (maybe the Assault Squad).
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« Reply #32 on: April 02, 2017, 09:13:43 AM »

Excellent.

At one point the command and heavy weapon sets used the same bodies sprue, which lacked the Womble head (even though the examples on the box included one).

You can use your remaining kneeling body with one of the missile launcher from a tactical set,or with some cable modifications as a lascannon sniper (I have an unfinished Alpha legion figure that needs the cables replacing - the supplied ones foul the knee)

I have finished one dread (http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/venerable-bede.html) but have at least three under construction (and a modified original) somewhere.

I am in awe of your 30 marines in four days, I have not finished this tray yet (http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/work-in-glacial-progress.html)

Keep up the inspiring work.
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« Reply #33 on: April 03, 2017, 05:10:00 PM »

When I go to drill out barrels of Bolters and Lasguns I poke a small hole in the end of the barrel with either my x-acto knife or a dress pin. The plastic is soft enough that the point goes in easy, and that tiny little pilot hole is usually enough to guild the pin vice so long as I'm careful.

The amount of work your doing on this whole project is impressive.
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« Reply #34 on: April 06, 2017, 01:22:07 AM »

Slow week for me, I'm waiting for some bits I won on Ebay, with enough parts to do all the weapons on a Dreadnaught. Meanwhile I'm only working on the old dreadnaught, doing some damage on it prior to painting.

Excellent.

At one point the command and heavy weapon sets used the same bodies sprue, which lacked the Womble head (even though the examples on the box included one).

You can use your remaining kneeling body with one of the missile launcher from a tactical set,or with some cable modifications as a lascannon sniper (I have an unfinished Alpha legion figure that needs the cables replacing - the supplied ones foul the knee)

I have finished one dread (http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/venerable-bede.html) but have at least three under construction (and a modified original) somewhere.

I am in awe of your 30 marines in four days, I have not finished this tray yet (http://ultravanillasmurf.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/work-in-glacial-progress.html)

Keep up the inspiring work.

Wow, you sold me the idea of the conversion with that mention of a lascannon sniper. I'll have to try that one for sure. I still haven't glued the arms for easing of painting but I can see why a bulkier weapon (or one with cables) will bash against the knee of the model :\ Get those dreads finished! The Black Templars one is already great Wink And remember that your marines are assembled and painted in some way. I only assembled 30 models, without heads or pauldrons attached so you are at least 2 steps ahead of me.

When I go to drill out barrels of Bolters and Lasguns I poke a small hole in the end of the barrel with either my x-acto knife or a dress pin. The plastic is soft enough that the point goes in easy, and that tiny little pilot hole is usually enough to guild the pin vice so long as I'm careful.

The amount of work your doing on this whole project is impressive.

I need to start doing that trick with the pin. Using a small drill for the pilot hole isn't very accurate. And I've also found out that the holes that I do seem to be very small if compared with the ones most people do. Guess bolt slugs are really big, Laugh.

And your output in terms of projects puts mine to shame but thanks for the compliment  Wink
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« Reply #35 on: April 19, 2017, 03:49:53 AM »

And I've been bitten by the Shadow War bug. After buying a Spanish version of the box, I ended up buying another one but this time in English! Now I have 2 gigantic boxes at home  Shocked



So now I'm working on all this great terrain



using magnets so I can swap the pieces around





and even stack them



In other news...while waiting for the SW boxes to arrive, I've assembled some terrain from the old Robogear boxes (Hexagon pieces only, at least for now):



Need to assemble Scouts and Orks and finish my Dreadnaughts - I now have 3 of them since I found another one in an old Robogear starter set (I was going to convert it with bits from their mechs and that's something that I need to do since its missing its feet). And I'm now the owner of a box full of Dark Templar bits and figures that I don't need o_O
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« Reply #36 on: April 19, 2017, 05:13:07 AM »

Nice work, I'm enjoying following this project.  One of the highlights of doing my rather large Eldar recovery project was the rescue aspect.  It's soooo much more fun to "save" a miniature than paint a new one (to me at least).  I, sadly, love the idea of saving a miniature and giving it another 10-15-20 years of tabletop service.
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« Reply #37 on: April 19, 2017, 05:20:12 AM »

Magnetizing the caps? That's crazy. In a good way!

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