First goal was getting all of my old (10 years +) Forgeworld Renegade torsos on bodies and armed. Lots of pinning. The sculpts are showing their age with modern plastics a bit more detailed. But They look pretty good painted up. Being one of those people that hates more than 2 models in the same pose, I'm trying to vary things up and also make them look like a rabble.
The long range plan is to be able to use these same models with 3 different army lists. The Renagade list from Forgeworld. The regular Astra Militarum (Valhallans) list and as cultists/brood brothers for a Genestealer Cult list. So, I spent some time studying those 3 lists and looking for overlaps as well as things specific to the list. The backbone troop units are almost the same, so that part is pretty easy, except for some variation in weaponry. For example, the Renegades and GSC have access to heavy stubbers and other kit, as well as more special weapons per unit, so I'm making quite a few guys with grenade launchers and such. Banners/sigils etc. also seem to be a thing that I can use at least 4 of, so I made some of those. Turns out Ungor arms with spears are perfect starting points. Since I've had a few flirtations with fantasy over the years (and I keep everything) I have some skaven and beastman stuff to pull from Here's a couple that are done, save some kit around the waist....
I've put a bunch of guys together. Pretty standard and boring, but I love the size difference between them and the Blightking guys. This guys is a commisar and it really gives that feel of former Space Marines/ Favored of Chaos in charge of more recent converts to me..
I also have this guy. For now, I'm calling him the Vulture. He'll be some sort of Psyker for the various armies. He'd been sitting on his paint handle waiting for a head and I found the perfect one in the evergrowing pile of bits pushed to the side on my work table. I plan to do some sculpting on his robes to mimic some feathers and ...eventually.... he'll get a vulture on his shoulder too.
In the middle of a model building session a day ago, I grabbed one of my old terminators and tried something. Soon the whole unit went into refit. Thus, the Khorne Dogs...er, uh Dogs of Khorne were given new life. Still need to be painted (as I decide on a new Khorne scheme for the "Wrath" portion of the army)... but here are some of the conversions, beyond the head swap the whole unit got. A couple still need a little greenstuff love....
I think the helmets will be bone colored, because I love the way the heads stand out. As for the rest, we'll see. I also decided the unit needed a cannon instead of the heavy flamer. Since the miniature didn't want to give up its arm nicely and I have new autocannons for the regulars, I started a conversion gun. Its not finished, but here it is so far. You get the idea.....
OH.... and did I mention, I love black construction paper?
I also bought more bitz from Anvil Industries. They make such great stuff. I have about 30-40 guardsmen in varied states that will be fighting for DOOooom. I was just going to go with the standard guard uniform and do a head swap. Problem is I ordered 10 torsos from Anvil and now I'm thinking of doing the whole lot. They are the "professional" soldiers, so the sergeants of the Renegade squads will have their look. I guess it means when I open my E-bay store (yes... its coming.) I'll have some bits to get rid of.
Also, speaking of down sizing. I WILL be selling my Raptor army. If anyone is in the US/Canada and is interested, drop me a line at jfshand68@gmail and we can discuss things. I'd rather give them a good home before they go to E-Bay. There will be some other stuff I eventually sell and I'll be letting my blog readers know first. We are definitely moving next year, so a bit of downsizing is in order. PLUS... I was told if I buy more models, I need to get rid of some of the ones I don't use. :) There also may be some Eldar (or Aeldari) for sale too, my wife has to decide on her army. Its mostly older metal models, with (I think) 30 Howling Banshees which she made me loathe when she used to play.
Back soon with more. Cheers Ya'll!