Today's latest additions to the army: another tank! Being unable to face painting any more infantry for the moment, I decided to plump for a Chimera this morning, so I could mount my autocannon turret. After the protracted Battle of Oxford Street (in which I valiantly fended off all efforts by GW staff to laden me down with White Dwarf subscriptions, glue, paint, brushes, books and Finecast, all after a preliminary skirmish battling through hordes of numerically superior spotty teenagers), I managed to walk away with a Chimera, as well as some 60mm bases for heavy weapons teams. Will probably do a conversion step-by-step on the Palladian HW teams in the next few days.
My main effort this morning was to get the Chimera built. I wanted to stick pretty closely to the main features, with the only major conversion work required was to cover up the six holes at the back where the lasguns normally poke out of. Taking out my first GW tank in a very long time, I was pleasantly surprised at some of the features like the new-improved track assembly system (new to me ... it really has been years since I got a tank), as well as an easy-to-assemble turret with a few more options. However, gutted to find that the old tank accessories sprue (specifically the track guards) are no no longer included.
Other than that, I was very happy with my new toy and set about putting it together, with the aid of a steaming mug of coffee that was made a la Malcolm Tucker, i.e. 'so thick it's like drinking plimsols'. The tracks, traditionally the most complicated bits of a Guard tank, were together in minutes. Apart from that, there are a few very minor tweaks that make the model a lot easier to put together, including a new turret weapon mount, and new hinges on the rear door. Other bonuses included tougher parts; the thin fiddly things like hinges and handles easily came off without breaking. I don't know if GW use new plastic (the colour of new plastic parts is a much darker shade of grey than it was 5 years ago), but the quality did seem very high to be fair. The whole thing was together in about 20 mins: very pleased with the quality and ease of use, not so impressed with the lack of extras which now have to be bought separately.
|Self-Stirring Mug: 10pts. An officer with a|
Self-Stirring Mug has +1 Initiative. In addition,
he may still use a one-handed weapon at
the same time.
|Rear view, showing the roof rack.|
All in all, a successful day I think. A bit more painting for me now, with plans over the next few days for that promised step-by-step on heavy weapons emplacements, and also a wrecked Chimera ... stay tuned!