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My Star Wars themed SM army, the 501st - update 25/02/09

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Postby chromedog » Sat Nov 15, 2008 1:30 am

@LMTRK: What? You mean they are planning on releasing one? You mean everyone will have one, not just those who can be bothered modding one?
Bummer!

I make my variant models because I like the challenge, and I want something slightly different to everyone else, and is distinctly mine.

I had two vyper models built (tandem jetbikes) made several months prior to the initial release of the plastic kit. I showed my prototype off to a guy in the local GW, and he was surprised at how close it was to the concept model (which I hadn't seen). Though there were rules for it in 2nd ed codex, it had no model for a while after. I still use them (90% size of the plastic kit, too).
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Postby LordMalekTheRedKnight » Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:31 am

chromedog wrote:@LMTRK: What? You mean they are planning on releasing one? You mean everyone will have one, not just those who can be bothered modding one?
Bummer!

im expecting one, so i hope so! :P
im sure i read somewhere that it is rumoured to be a planned future release. after seeing the way the Ork Battlewagon matched the artwork in the new Codex, im quite hopeful that they will produce a model matching the Storm in the new artwork. :)

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Postby chromedog » Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:44 am

OK, update time.

I'm about 3/4 through the sternguard squad (my ARC Troopers) - to this end, they ALL have the kama (anti-fragmentation 'skirt') and the dark red markings. Still have to finish tidying up and blacklining them. Yes, I know they don't have T-visors. For some strange reason, no CSM player wants to part with them (from the 'zerker boxes), and I had none, so I make do with just the markings (however, several of the Tactical vet sgts have them - sculpted up from GS.)
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This is 10 guys out of the 13 models available (3 combi-weapons - 2xplasma, 1xmelta; 5 bolters - including sgt with powerfist, a heavy bolter (minigun style), a couple of plasma gunners and a couple of flamers.

Oh, and here is one of their rides. The custom Rhino (with the addition of a dozer blade it will make an almost repressor).
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My Landspeeder storm is painted (need to finish the base, now). I've put in 5 seats and restraint bars like you'd find on amusement park rides.
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The bulky piece under the passenger compartment houses the retro-thrusters (jump jets off a Starship Troopers Marauder).
And we have main engines start, go for throttle-up.

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Now, all I've got to finish are the dozen or so Tactical marines (5 for one squad, the other 8 go to my devastator units to bring them up to 10 man.

My wife's foot is on the improve - she's driving short distances, and can walk for short periods, too (15 minutes, which at this point is about 600m). Given another month of physio, she'll be back to normal. As a result, I'll be more active in this diary/log, too.
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Postby estarriol » Wed Jan 07, 2009 10:47 am

Love the colour scheme and concept.
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Postby mattjgilbert » Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:41 pm

Oh very nice. When are we going to see a group shot?

Great news about your wife btw.
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Postby killmaimburn » Fri Jan 09, 2009 4:37 pm

Very tasty, I love the storm.
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Postby KInG » Fri Jan 09, 2009 6:21 pm

i have some valkyrie seats similar iirc, u have just inspired me :)

where are your seats from, or did i miss that bit ;)
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Postby chromedog » Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:41 pm

@King: The seats are scratched from plasticard.

One strip is the bench, two smaller ones provide bracing/support underneath (and provide stowage space). Seats are glued to this. Just 2 'cushions' and a headrest.

I'll take a few group shots and post them up.
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Postby killmaimburn » Sat Jan 10, 2009 11:03 am

chromedog wrote: Given another month of physio, she'll be back to normal.
I think I missed the middle of this..but I'm glad to hear stuff is getting better :D
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Postby chromedog » Sat Jan 10, 2009 10:21 pm

Quick recap of the wife situation (so pay attention, KMB)

Almost 2 years ago, she slipped on a mat at work, badly pronating (rotating. She landed on the inside of her ankle, as if it was the sole of her foot) her ankle (tearing 2-3 ligaments, however, it was only diagnosed as a 'sprain' at the time). Work copped to this, and paid for ongoing physio to get her back on her feet.
Ankle stabilised, but didn't actually improve, so a specialist was called in. He recommended surgery (for November 2007). When the employer heard the "s" word, they revoked their previous "full responsibility" claim, and cancelled the surgery booking.

She couldn't afford the surgery at the time, so went back to work (Employers' dr pronounced her 'fit to work' - the quack), and continued physio until August of last year (it was helping, just not as much as it should have), when she finally had surgery. Specialist found 2 torn/badly healed foot ligaments and the talofibular syndesmosis (connective tissue between long bones of the leg, near the ankle) also torn (3 ligaments make this up).

Talofibular ligaments are what hold your legbones together against the wedge of your ankle joint. If you damage it, the foot tends to push against it like a log splitter.)

Surgery fixed the issues, and she was pretty much housebound while in a cast (except for follow-up dr visits) until December (when physio resumed. Gait retraining and stretching exercises).

She sees the Dr again in a couple of weeks, and should be back at work shortly after. The injury claim is in the hands of her legal people (liability once accepted cannot be rescinded.) and they say it looks good.

I've been looking after her at home (not such a big stretch, I'm the house-hubby) since August 2008 and my gaming and modelling has suffered - but my first duty is to the mrs - the man-dollies can wait.

She's walking quite well, and can even stand on her tippy toes for short periods. Huge improvement over the course of a month.
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Postby mattjgilbert » Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:38 am

chromedog wrote:Ankle stabilised, but didn't actually improve, so a specialist was called in. He recommended surgery (for November 2007). When the employer heard the "s" word, they revoked their previous "full responsibility" claim, and cancelled the surgery booking.
b****rds
chromedog wrote:Employers' dr pronounced her 'fit to work' - the quack)
I suspect this kind of thing happens all too often.
chromedog wrote:Surgery fixed the issues
Thank god the delay didn't cause real additional damage.
chromedog wrote:She sees the Dr again in a couple of weeks, and should be back at work shortly after. The injury claim is in the hands of her legal people (liability once accepted cannot be rescinded.) and they say it looks good.
Good news, on both counts. Employers should learn to put staff welfare above saving a few notes.
chromedog wrote:I've been looking after her at home (not such a big stretch, I'm the house-hubby) since August 2008 and my gaming and modelling has suffered - but my first duty is to the mrs - the man-dollies can wait.
aye - family always comes first
chromedog wrote:She's walking quite well, and can even stand on her tippy toes for short periods. Huge improvement over the course of a month.
Hooray! I hope she continures to make good progress (and that you can slowly get back to gaming :D).
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Postby killmaimburn » Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:44 am

chromedog wrote:Quick recap of the wife situation (so pay attention, KMB)
(Employers' dr pronounced her 'fit to work' - the quack),.
You knows I'm nosey :oops: :D
Its a totally different situation with work based doctors pre employment :lol: I had to have a couple of consultants say I was fit to work to overrule the work place doctor who didn't want me on his patch. :roll:

TV doctors (who haven't done other stuff),Sports doctors-Work based doctors... then GPs-with no specialisiation then the rest with different cliques .. is pretty much the hierarchy of doctordom.
Is OZ like new zealand (no real free health service I believe?)A friend emigrated (loving the low taxes) then 2nd year fell out a tree and pretty much lost his house.
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Postby chromedog » Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:59 am

There is free healthcare. Medicare. You pay a levy based on your income to cover it. If you earn less than an amount (I think it's 35k p.a), or spend more on medical expenses yourself that year (3k ?), you don't have to pay it, so you do get 'free' treatment.

It covers general medical (to a GP) and most necessary surgeries - but those surgeries have up to a 5 year waiting list. Many GPs charge up front fees, but you can claim this back at the redemption offices under the system.

Medical insurance is an opt in (but they have higher charges if you opt in after the age of 30) system. She has full cover, and has paid for the surgery out of her own pocket (to jump the queue on the waiting list - very much a userpays system), but the counter claim from the solicitors should gain it all back (all out-of-pocket expenses, like parking fees/taxi fares to medical appointments/physio/etc).

Good thing we have equity in our house (we had almost paid off the house before we got married in 2006. We re-drew to pay for the wedding and honeymoon, and then to pay for house repairs. We've done it again to pay for this. If we fully owned the house, it would've meant a new loan at a higher rate of interest. As it was, we just reborrowed from the amount we were ahead.)
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Postby estarriol » Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:44 pm

Actually KMB Sports Docs are very good, its more that they have a narrow field of expertise, anything muscular or Orthopeadic they are great at, show them a rash and they are thrown.
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Postby killmaimburn » Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:02 pm

I'd prefer to see a proper orthopaedic fella (+ you have the fun of watching them get out all their latest power drills and stuff from B+Q.. Orthapeadics ..its like Tim Allen’s Tool time, with bow ties. Best chuckle and less brash than surgeons.
Although you do remind me of the old territory joke
Q)Whats another name for a double blind study?
A) Two Orphapods looking at an EKG.

(I thought sports doctors like psych etc got out of full training rather quick? its hardly facial reconstruction (basic medical+surgery+dental))

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