|The NHL is on TV, so it's time for some hobbying!|
Continuing to rummage through the basement, I came across something last night that will make another quick project - a Warhammer 40k Space Marine Predator. I've been unpacking my Rogue Trader Guardsmen following the move, and I thought it's about time I added a tank to their forces to help them out. In fact, after a quick search of the blog, I think I said I would do that back in January of this year...oh well - it's still 2011!
|Ah, the Compendium - an awesome nostalgia read any day of the week!|
Back in the Rogue Trader era, vehicles such as the Rhino, the Predator, and even the iconic Land Raider, were generally available to all of the Imperial factions - not just restricted to Space Marines. It's fun to browse through the old Compendium and see all of the whacky and varied stuff available to the Imperial Guardsmen of that time.
The current versions of these classic models look great. The current Predator is one of my favourite GW vehicle models, in fact. I like the turret so much I use them for my Imperial Guard Chimeras. But I don't have a regular Space Marine army, so I've never painted up a Predator model. Since my Rogue Trader Guardsmen already have a Rhino from the current lineup, I'm sure a Predator from the current line will do nicely too. A great excuse to work on a model I've always wanted to take a crack at...
With the Jets on TV last night (my parents had the tickets) I grabbed the super glue and the hobby knife and got to work. Like the majority of the current GW model kits, this one is practically idiot-proof. I absolutely love that, because I'm not great at building models. Full credit to GW for imagining impatient nitwits like myself when determining how the kit should come together...
The original Predator was armed with an auto-cannon in the turret and las-cannon in a sponson on each side. There was also a bolter on the top hatch. Fortunately the current model has all of this easily covered - with the exception of the bolter - which is now represented by the option of a pintle-mounted storm bolter. Rather than fiddle with finding a way to mount a spare bolter, I just kept the storm-bolter on the pintle.
|The assembled "Army" Predator, before priming.|
|Another photo of the model before priming in the garage...|
|Close up of the turret - scratches are visible where useless skull icons were scraped away. The slender Old Crow tank commander is peering out at the unknown from his cupola|
I have an inkling that we may be playing Rogue Trader again soon, and the firepower of a Predator will really come in handy against Dallas' awesome "Red Star" Orks. I'll get this sucker painted up, and post some pics on the blog soon - hopefully that will provoke an outing from those dastardly Orks...