Thought it appropriate to end the hobby activities in 2013 with a post presenting the last of my two finished models-
In a somewhat desperate attempt to challenge the Helldrakes out there, I decided to give the Stormtalon Gunship a go. But there was one major problem. I did not like the GW model at al (we named it “the shrimp”)! During a gaming event at my flat back in April Linus and Jørn suggested that I looked at the Dark Angles Nephilim Jetfighter. Now that’s a fighter/gunship with clear design coherence with the Forge World "Imperial models" (my opinion anyway).
I of course had to ”convert” it a little. First I had to cut/sand away all the dark Angels markings. Then I decided to alter the antenna array a little, and to add, ”belly thrusts to the engines making them longer and more potent, but the biggest problem was the weapons. I did not want to end up with a ”shrimp” looking nose with wings, it was the slim lines I liked, so I had to compromise. Since the missile housing is an integrated part of the wings I decided to use them as either the Typhoon missile launcher or the Skyhammer missile launcher. So far so good. What about the nose and standard twin linked assault cannons? Well, the original model has various armaments in the nose, but I could not fit two Assault Cannons in it, so I decided to use a vent/fan from an old Vindicator set. I then mounted the Assault Cannons where the Heavy Bolters where mounted on the original models. To make them more flexible, I added two Lascannons under the wings. All guns are magnetized, so I can now field all current weapons configurations (when using the Lascannons I must tell my opponent to ignore the missiles).
Enough said, this is how the model turned out with all weapons mounted:
Both of them:
Gaming wise, as it turned out, they where both absolutely rubbish when facing several Helldrakes, but still cool models and effective against other targets (I think...)!
2013 is coming to an end! As I looked back at 2013 I am pretty satisfied with my hobby activities. First of all I have finished two gaming boards with new woods, a temple, new craters, tank traps, a bridge and a large building. Second I have finished a 3500p Warriors of Chaos Army. Thirdly I have given my Ultramarines a major Makeover and I have added three new units. I have also added three new units to my High Elves. When it comes to gaming I had a goal of playing a game every second week. I think I played approximately 25 games of 40K including a tournament (not counting several Fantasy battles), so that is ok. In the tournament I came 6, and I managed to win best painted army with my Dark Eldar:) I have also hosted a private gaming event and tried to be helpful toward fellow team members where I could contribute. My gaming results in 2013 are not as good as in 2011 ore 2012. I have way more losses and draws than before. But as I stated in my pledge for 2013, new gaming boards and hobby activities (Fantasy) would claim a lot of my resources, so I guess it was inevitable. With this in mind; Al in al I am happy with 2013 and look forward to more gaming and hobby activities in 2014!
Finally I would like to wish you all a happy new year!