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Imperial Air Cavalry

Postby Spack » Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:44 pm

I have finally restarted work on my Air Cavalry army. After a few years of neglect, 2 more aircraft have now been base coated in black/blue camo, and the Vulture has had it's weapons magnetised.

Vulture:
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This was bought already built and painted from eBay (the first photo is an old one, but is how it still looked this morning), but I was never happy with the paintwork on it and so have resprayed it in black/blue camo to fit with the other 3 aircraft I already have in this scheme. I prised off the lascannons and rocket pods, put together the punisher cannons I received a few weeks ago, and then drilled and magnetised all the weapons and the wings with 3mm x 1mm magnets. I'll be doing the same to all my aircraft - 2 of the Valkyries don't have weapons attached yet anyway, and the other has it's weapons removed already awaiting magnets.

The air force so far:

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In addition to these, I have another GW Valkyrie waiting to be built, a scratchbuilt Valkyrie awaiting detailing, and a Lightning Strike still new in the box. I also have a wide range of accessories awaiting magnets - rocket pods, missile launchers, hellstrike missiles, Vendetta lascannons, autocannons, and fuel tanks.

The infantry (will be a mix of veterans and stormtroopers) still need to be built - the veterans will be mainly female (using the Phoenix club figures I picked up over the past 2 years), the stormtroopers will use the Kasrkin figures (of which I have enough for 3 full squads with all weapon options), and the command units will be Cadians with FW respirator upgrades and Elysian weapons (these are mostly already built). I may also include an infantry platoon so I can field the heavy weapon teams I already have (autocannons and mortars) as well as snipers and special weapons, plus a variety of Sentinels (lascannons, autocannons, multilasers, and a FW drop sentinel with heavy bolter/multimelta).
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Postby mattjgilbert » Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:12 pm

Looking good and "yay magnets!". The stalks on a couple of the bases look pretty thin. Are you going to use the new GW stand for them all?
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Postby Spack » Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:18 pm

Those stalks are brush handles, they're surprisingly resilient. Ideally I'd like to get some more GW bases, but I'll have to figure out how best to attach them to the FW models as the undersides are not thick enough to drill out the cross cuts. I might have to look at pinning a thick piece of plasticard with the cross cut in, like the GW kit has.

But at £6 each they're a bit pricey - I'll need 5 for the Imperial flyers alone (6 if I decide to finish the scratchbuild Valk), plus 2 for the pair of Eldar Phoenix, and a few to hold the Vampire up (it's way too heavy for a single stand). I have some plastic champagne flutes that I might use inverted for the Eldar flyers though.
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Postby timewizard » Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:26 am

You could always cut a circle out of mdf, in the center add a thin dowel for an upright, and put a magnet each on the upright and the body or the model.
Then stands would be easy to put on and remove, the model would be able to be swiveled on the base, and is shoudlbe secure enough for game play.
Just a thought.
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Postby mortiferum » Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:25 am

Looking good and very impressive - I'm hoping to create a similar force for myself :D

With regrads to the black/ blue basecoat - how did you acheive that I'm assuming a blue spray can or airbrush? Would be intersted in the technique used, since I'm still contempting a paint scheme for my IG Tanks / Flyers.

With regards to the bases - agreed too expensive to purchase mutiple flying bases from GW (you could buy another Valkyrie for the cost of all the bases you would need!) - I'm looking at replicating the flying stand out of 1-2mm plasticard mounted on a CD - just an idea.
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Postby Spack » Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:42 am

mortiferum wrote:With regrads to the black/ blue basecoat - how did you acheive that I'm assuming a blue spray can or airbrush? Would be intersted in the technique used, since I'm still contempting a paint scheme for my IG Tanks / Flyers.


It's actually really simple. It's black spray undercoat, and then using a can of blue spray (this one is a Humbrol can from a local model shop, it's supposed to be for polycarb bodies on radio controlled cars so it has a satin finish, but as it'll be drybrushed over later to lighten it I don't mind the sheen). I do small sprays over it, move the can very quickly and keep it about 5-10cm away to keep the area covered narrow. It takes about 20 seconds to do the basic camo on a single model.

I do a similar thing with my IG tanks - undercoated with Halfords grey car body primer, then a few quick stripes added using a Tamiya dark grey (I think it's Luftwaffe Gray-Green). After that I then drybrush with Space Wolf grey, wash heavily with Badab Black, add watered down Chaos Black and Vermin Brown as oil and rust stains, and they're pretty much done. I don't really have the patience to paint properly, so I use shortcuts wherever I can.



The clear bases on my stands are CDs :) They're the ones that come in a spindle pack, normally on the top and bottom to protect the CD-Rs, they're the same polycarbonate but without the silver and ink layers included. To those I glue a GW skimmer flying base, with the centre drilled out. The brush end is then glued in, and GS added to secure the join and add some additional rigidity.

The champagne flutes are 2 piece - the stand part is ideal for using as a base itself with a rod fitted into the recess on top. The top part inverted makes for a very sturdy support. Both parts glued to a CD or similar base should have no trouble supporting the FW kits (which are quite heavy).

Pics of the plastic champagne flutes are here:

http://www.ageofstrife.com/gallery/Spack136

Unfortunately 2 have gone missing, so I only have 4 now. I'm interrogating my son to find out where he put the other 2 ...

Looking around I could order perspex rod online, or I can get 1m of 8mm aluminium rod from my local DIY store for just under £5 which would be plenty to do all my aircraft. I might pop there today and see if they do clear acrylic rods too.


TW, I've thought about magnetising to the bases, but I'm going with drilled holes (I've already drilled the IG aircraft for the brush handles). It's easier than using magnets, and pretty secure. I do use large (10mm x 3mm) magnets in the waist of my Warhound though so it's easier to store, so far they've worked very well and they're really secure. I might look at gluing a thin metal washer to the aircraft themselves, and have the magnets only on the top of the stand - this way I don't have to do drilling large holes in the undersides to recess magnets, and I only have to buy enough to put on the stands. I've got a couple of 10mm magnets in my bits box and a bag of steel washers so I'll look into the feasibility of this later.

I suppose I should get the other GW Valk built today, and magnetise the weapons on the Valks - I've got enough tiny magnets left to do 6 joints, and there are 3 per Valk (the lascannon/multilaser, and the 2 wing weapons) so that's 2 I can do today, I'll order some more magnets tomorrow as I've got plenty of uses for them (tank sponsons, tank turret weapons, aircraft weapons, dreadnought arms, I've even used some on SM bikes so I can swap my MotRW from landspeeder to a normal bike for the previous DA codex).
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Postby Spack » Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:31 pm

Quick update: the last Valkyrie is now built and undercoated black, and will be receiving magnets shortly. This one has the Vendetta nose sensors, and so will be the "command" Valkyrie when fielded as as the normal version. I'll post another pic of all the aircraft together later once the blue camo has been added.

UPDATE:

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The blue camo has been added. Plenty still to do though - weapons, canopies, crew, and heavy bolters all need attaching. I'm intending to have the heavy bolters rotate inside the compartment with the gunners attached, if I can figure out to make enough space to do so. That way with the doors open they can swing into place, and when closed are invisible, allowing the Valks to be fielded with or without the bolters with little adjustment. Of course then there's the painting to do ...
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Postby KInG » Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:30 pm

wow, that i a cool list Dan - 5 valks. that's 15 TL lassies, lololol, love it.

I wonder how many turns it takes to get a guaranteed Land Raider destroyed or explodes result using 5 like that? anyone good enough with maths to work that one out? ;)
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Postby mattjgilbert » Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:10 pm

That's a pretty impressive sight.
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Re: Imperial Air Cavalry

Postby Spack » Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:32 pm

The first of the female troopers have been put together as tests.

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Rather than go for a full bullpup conversion (which is awkward partly due to the breasts getting in the way where the power cell would sit in the crook of the arm), I've shortened the lasguns down to make a "carbine" version. As these will be veterans (my air cav is mostly vets for troops, and stormtroopers for some AP3 killy goodness, with everyone maxed on a special weapons) I'm happy to mix weapon types between squads.

These are from the first run of the female parts, the resin is very brittle and has a lot of flash and bubbles, which makes it ideal for my test runs - I'll save the casts Darksoul did in the redux set for the final few gals. On the left is one my existing Cadians with FW respirator head and Elysian bullpup lasgun.

Some of the females will be getting respirators too, especially the ones with missing chins ...
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Re: Imperial Air Cavalry

Postby conscriptboris » Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:50 pm

you could always buy the FW bases?

http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/acatalog/QU ... VY_45.html

scroll down a bit, they look good and sturdy!

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Re: Imperial Air Cavalry

Postby Spack » Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:07 pm

Those are the same as the GW bases - and they're still almost £6 each ;)

I bought a tube of 8mm diameter anodised aluminium from Wickes for £4, plenty enough to do all the aircraft. Much cheaper!
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Postby conscriptboris » Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:18 pm

ah fair enough, unfortuantely until i get back to the UK i cant hold of decent crafting stuff.......sucks.. :P

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Re: Imperial Air Cavalry

Postby Daz » Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:56 am

I use 10mm clear Acrylic rods for flying stands, mounted into wooden bases. I bought 3 meters worth off ebay!

Great stuff, I would like to do this myself eventually! 8)

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Re: Imperial Air Cavalry

Postby mattjgilbert » Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:50 am

Are any of these making their way to WHW for the meet-up?
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