So by prior arrangement Karitas and Admiral Drax came over to give me a hand. The idea was "just" to line up my iggies. That is all. The gettin' em out and puttin' em away again took the best part of seven hours.
So these photos are just a tease. Karitas brought his camera and his photography is soooo much better than mine. But there are reasons for his super competence; I tried a 'fly by' with my DSLR, there's someone cutting their grass somewhere nearby and the background noise makes it seem like drone footage. However, watching it back, you can clearly discern my footfalls from side to side. So that's not being posted.
Whilst we were doing this, Admiral Drax was posting on a closed group on fb. Which was almost instantly getting comments. Mostly about my mental state, judging by his cackling. Like it says in the title - three of us working for between six and seven hours could be twenty one hours - I'd not manage such a task in a on my own (and quite frankly, it would sap one's mojo in the end).
So here's some 'high level' airplane and titan level views from the back of the parade. And the main purpose of this is of course to publicly thank Karitas and Admiral Drax for all their help; this would literally not have happened without them. And the chances are, if you're reading this, that your continued support of this blog is one of the things that keeps it chuggin' along. So thank you as well.
I hope this has wetted your appetite - more parade picts soon !
And defending the Brick of Scrutiny today are some of the Knights of houses allied to the Warp Runners. These models are the old Eisnekarn (Dream Forge) Resin ones from the years before the Dream Forge Kick Starter. Painted by the Pirate Viking.
Both with one Vuclan Mega Bolter and one Knight close combat weapon. You can see the Heavy Stubber peaking out there from out of the pultron.
These two are colloquially known as Chas and Dave.
These guys might look smaller but if they needed a base they'd be the same height as the next two Knights.
These guys are known as Killi and Filli. One might think of the heroes of legend who were amongst the foremost warriors of their tribe who were loyal and valiant etc. But they are actually named after hamsters.
The four of them together are intended to keep titan killing weapons from the titans of the Warp Runners.
So here they are:
Phyladi Alpha and Phyladi Beta. There were also built and painted by the Pirate Viking Fabrication Yards.
Gotta love a Scouting titan group. Gonna get a group photo with Siph's maniple at some point.
They have a fairly small carbon footprint. Although this is largely due to circumstances, rather than an increased level of environmental awareness.
Jeff also painted the inside of one of them.
And just in case you were wondering how they sized up against both the Storm Lord AT AT and the ol' Iron Chick toy...
Now as I write and publish this, Admiral Drax is getting some attention on fb so there's more excitement coming soon.
Now age comes to us all. Actually it might not, but hopefully it does. One by-product of this is that my own past is now 'history' as far as some are concerned. I have had conversations with people about what is best described as 'corporate memory', specifically in the Army as that was our common point of reference. The army I was in was intended to slow and then hold the USSR's 3rd shock army as it tried to roll across West Germany (the FDR, a separate sovereign state - who knew ?).
Our skills, drills, equipment and exercises were all designed to that end. Since I left the army UK plc has fought wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and changed all of those skills, drills, equipment and exercises to fight different types of wars. So there are now great efforts underway to find a new modus operandi which once again sees NATO providing mitigation from Russian military expeditionism. But this isn't a dive into modern politics, come with me back to the days of Chukka Khan, Max Headroom, the Poll Tax riots and Live Aid:
Montgomery's 21st Army Group changed title to the British Army On (the) Rhine (BAOR) before the end of the 1940s. Roughly 50,000 British soldiers lived and worked in West Germany until very recently. The draw down began soon after the reunification of the two Germanys and really only finished a few years ago. The place I was stationed is apparently now and Aldi.
Anyway, as relations improved, eventually some bright spark somewhere decided in the late 1950s that it would be a good idea if the Bundeswehr were allowed to station a reciprocal Panzer Ableitung in the UK somewhere. Possibly to create something of an 'air gap' between them and neighbouring British units, the tank ranges at Castlemartin in Pembrokeshire were chosen. For 35 years a Leopard Regiment was stationed in SW Wales in the same way as I and thousands like me were stationed in the FDR.
This is the T-65 Strike Fighter, as flown in number by the PDF. Their two single crewed airframes were the locally reproduced lightening, flown in the air defence (interceptor) role and the T-65 Strike Fighter flown in the 'strike' or ground attack role.
Certainly with an internal bay holding a pair of air to ground (hunter killer) Anti armour missiles and its quad las cannons, it was an unwelcome reminder to 72AG that the PDF was still operative during their advance across the prairies of central Benq.
However, the Imperial Navy did maintain air superiority and the individual raiders were invariably hunted down.
I keep hearing "Open wings to attack formation" in my head. Of course the Thunderbolts did not everything their own way; as they closed in on Xyphoinca, they sometimes found themselves the hunted.
A Xana II (sing it, everyone ! who doesn't like ELO ?) lineage HellBlade in Black Legion colours.
The HellBlade must be extremely confident to take on two Thunderbolts; like I noted in the previous post, if it gets in front of Thunderbolt, it's toast.
However, the appearance of the forces of chaos proper, emerging from the warp will invariably trigger a response from those watching from the webway:
Void Dragon's might technically be pirates, by they're still Eldar. If they've appeared above Devos IV, then it wouldn't be coincidence. Here configured for an air superiority role.
Hurrah ! (and thanks to Andy BG) I really must dig out the transfers for these.
The HellBlade (based to match the Brick of Scrutiny) attempts to peel away. Possibly for the best.
Just to credit the artists, Karitas put one of these together and the paint is by Jeff at PVP.
I had a little time to myself and thought I'd get some toys out and share the love: My Thunderbolts. These are big ol' things, for 40K model flyers. Compared with anything else I've seen Thunderbolts have heft and presence, even compared to bigger models.
A decent pict of #9. As anyone who has read Mr Abnett's Battle of Britain story will know, they use the quad autocannons dog fighting and the TL las cannons to strafe. The thunderbolt is a heavily armed and armoured airframe. You wouldn't want to get in front of one.
Then the pair. Of course they hunt in pairs. And not just with their integral weapons. They 'go equipped' as the local law enforcement authorities here would say.
And what more stylish manner could there be of putting eight hellfires on the table ? Hunting for tanks.
Zoom. Whoosh. Eeeeeeoooooooooooww. pew pewpew.
Would this ever be worth the points ? What ?!?! am I kidding ? Who cares ?
1000 kg on the centre line with two 750kg free fall bombs on the inboard pylons. This option really needs dive bombing rules (gotta sort an avenger/stuka at some point)
500kg on each pylon. Because bombs. For when I just want to daisy chain blast markers across the board. 'Cause it's cinematic. Presumably in eighth, this doesn't happen. They just land with a splat.
Hunting other things; 'cause CAP are not all about sitting in the cab rank, waiting for an FAC to call you onto a target. 4x 50kg unguided GA rockets and 4x much bigger and more expensive AAM. Because sometimes they might need to shoot something down...