Review: Trumpeter 1:35 German 17cm Ammo (06609) – for 40k

The blister

The blister

I recently bought the Trumpeter 06609 kit, which is 1:35 scale German 17cm three-part ammo for the K Gr.37 field artillery. This was recommended by Marty_ on Warseer, and it looked good in his pics so I nabbed a pack off ebay to try.

Here’s a quick review:

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Deathwatch Updates

I’ve been updating some of my Deathwatch space marines so that they’re a bit more consistent – sternguard and veterans get nicer shoulder pads (the metal ones from Games Workshop), sternguard with their special issue ammo get the deathwatch boltguns with ammo selectors (also from that kit), normal marines get standard boltguns and plainer Inquisition shoulder pads, and veterans get forgeworld boltguns.

Thus, I’ve changed out Kantor’s bolter for a forgeworld one.

Dorn's Arrow goes pre-heresy

Dorn’s Arrow goes pre-heresy

Similarly, I’ve swapped out the Librarian’s bolt pistol for one from forgeworld as well.

Forgeworld Bolt Pistol

Forgeworld Bolt Pistol

Along with this, I’ve redone the apothecary I did ages ago for a Deathwatch RPG campaign, so that now his gun is magnetised and swappable for a bolt pistol (since apothecaries don’t get special ammo in 40k, if I ever actually use an apothecary in a command squad that is), and given him a nicer shoulder pad.

Shoulder Pad

Shoulder Pad (I went a bit overboard with the wash though…)

I also edge-highlighted his reductor arm in white, to make it pop a bit more (as it looked a bit too grey before).

Re-highlighted the reductor arm, to make it a bit more white

Re-highlighted the reductor arm, to make it a bit more white

Salamanders Movie Space Marines (and Vulkan)

Movie Space Marines advance!

Movie Space Marines advance!

As I promised last week, here are the painted photos of my Salamanders Movie Space Marines. I also did up a Vulkan conversion for them, although he’s a lot plainer and cleaner than the standard-sized Games Workshop model.

My view of the Salamanders chapter is that of pragmatic steadfastness, with individual members being largely self sufficient (hence being able to maintain their own wargear). They wouldn’t go over the top with extras – good-quality, working wargear would be the priority, with only a little ornamentation for more important members (or those with a bit more time on their hands).

I’ve always been a fan of clean-looking space marines too, rather than those with lots of “bling”, and I hadn’t painted much green (and still haven’t since then) so Salamanders were my choice of chapter.

More photos below (like last week, sorry for the smallish sizes – I should really do a re-shoot of these figures):

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Artscale Movie Space Marines

I did these ages ago, but I kept forgetting that I had pictures of them to post up. So, finally, here are my artscale Space Marines, which I modelled to use as Movie Space Marines (where one tactical squad in a rhino is 1500pts!).

Big Marines!

Big Marines!

Inspired by various other modellers, but most notably Lamenter and Apologist (with his Praetors of Calth, Imperial Fists, and Sons of Horus), I decided to give the Artscale/Truescale/Big Space Marine craze a go. These have long since been finished and painted as Salamanders, but here are the unpainted shots of my 10 “biggerised” space marines.

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More buildings!

So I recently got a package with a lot of packing polystyrene foam – about three times as much foam as actual product I bought – and, with it being in reasonably good condition and in intact sheets, I decided to slap together a few more buildings in the same style as my previous ones. They’re not finished yet – I still have to do all of the balsa wood detailing (supports, doors, windows, and the balcony railings on one). I did get a little more ambitious than last time though, with a few taller builings and some areas for models to actually stand on this time.

More little boxes

More little boxes

This time around, I’ve tried to be a bit better and take more photos as I went… it kinda worked, but I forgot to take photos as I was doing the tiled roof. Oops.

Anyway, some in-progress shots and comments in the small gallery below:

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Photos from ANUCON2013

Sammael the Grotslayer (previously known as Sammael, Master of the Ravenwing)

Sammael the Grotslayer (previously known as Sammael, Master of the Ravenwing)

Here are some photos from ANUCON2013 which was held last weekend! Sorry there aren’t as many compared to previous years – I forgot my proper camera on both days (silly me!) and had to make do with my phone’s camera, which was less than ideal.

I took about twice as many photos as there are in this gallery, but the others were all either horribly out of focus, horribly washed-out or under-exposed, making them practically useless. Apologies to anyone’s army who doesn’t appear here – I did take pictures of nearly everyone’s stuff but the quality of my photos left a lot to be desired.

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