Monday, February 21, 2011

Genswick 5th Armored Regiment, 3rd Company


Alrighty then, while my painting output has slowed a bit thanks to a persistent cold and my wife's business trip to Florida, I figured I'd finally get around to starting a series of posts on my 33rd Genswick Rifles army that people seem to be quite fond of (well, I know I am). I started this army at the end of 2003, just as the new Bretonnian models started to arrive in the US. By adding Cadian lasgun arms to Bretonnian Men-at-Arms bodies it was actually pretty easy to create and army that had a distinctly WW1 feel and a strong 40K aesthetic.

On to the first installment of an ongoing feature.

Strangely enough, I didn't start the army out with any tanks (proper tanks that is). After playing a bunch of games with it, including the 2004 Baltimore GT, I felt that this was an army I could keep adding to over the years. In 2006 I started work on the armored company you see below.

First up we have the Company Command Tank, a short-barreled Vanquisher, #301 or The Forbes (named after a friend and colleague who passed away while I was working on this project). I had shortened the barrel so that it could be comfortably be used as a Leman Russ in tournaments, without too much hassle. Other features include an extended hull and trench rails, all hand cut from plasticard - a common feature of the tanks of 3rd Company. A street light from the CoD sprues serves as a loud speaker for blasting the Imperial Creed as the brave boys of Genswick advance. When the Apocalypse command frame was available, I added the Imperial eagle radar dish. You'll also notice a number of triangles painted on the front, right track guard. This is the number of enemy armored fighting vehicles (AFVs) that the tank has taken out in combat (well... actually... not really in my battles, but just in my background story). Finally, the heavy bolters in the sponsons are Ork Big Shootas from the metal Deff Dreads, the same parts that I used for my infantry HBs.





Next up we have 1st Squadron of 3rd Company, tanks #311, 312, and 313 (or Saviour of Aexe Cardinal, Golden, and something starting with a G and ending with an F - if only I could remember it...). These guys are sporting a fairly standard Leman Russ armament of battle cannons, hull-mounted lascannons, and sponson-mounted heavy bolters (made the same way as the command tank. As with the command tank, I added the tops of armored sentinels to the turrets to switch up the profile a little bit. For this squadron without track guards, kill markings are painted on the side of their turrets.



2nd Squadron of 3rd Company are another trio of Leman Russ Tanks. #321, 322, and 323 are known respectively as Kratzenberg's Hope, Iron Gate, and Thracian Arch. This squadron obviously does not have the heavy bolters and so takes on a more mobile role.



And 3rd Squadron of 3rd Company are a set of Leman Russ Demolishers. I've always loved the Demolisher cannon, and three Strength 10 AP2 ordnance templates dropping down on something is always very tasty! Throne of Khan (#331), The Arbutus (#332), and Xerxes' Hammer (#333) are always a firm favorite! To all three I've added some of the old, old Chimera armored plating from back in the day.



So there you have it, a look at the 3rd Company of the 5th Armored Regiment. I hope you enjoyed it. If you have any thoughts about what the name for #313 is, please leave it in a comment below.

Cheers
Dave

17 comments:

  1. Goof Off, Grean Leaf, Great Quaff, Grim Relief, and Gutter Staff

    For a few

    ColKG

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  2. Nice tanks! I am intimidated by painting tanks, but I'm working on it using some salvage tanks from trades with folks getting out of the guard.

    Did you hand paint the tank names, or use some sort of tiny stencil? They look good and I'll definitely be thinking on names for my tanks that are worthy of being painted on.

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  3. DT, Well done with the name of the command tank... Very cool.

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  4. Nice looking tanks. Always like to see lots of tanks!

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  5. Oh yes! I love those bretonnian guardsmen! They just work so well.

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  6. Such a clever idea with the Bretonnians. They look fantastic!

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  7. I'm stoked that you immortalized Sean. He was always a friendly face that made me comfortable when I worked for GW and he even tried multiple times to get me to come back after I left. I was thinking about him the other day when I flipped passed his pic in an old WD. Good dude.

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  8. Hi guys

    Thanks for the comments!

    @ColKillgore - at first I thought "What the hell is he smoking?" then I remembered I'd asked for suggestions ; )
    @TheInnerGeek - hand painted on fully in white first, then given the damaged stencil look by painting back in with the base color.
    @T-Mac - Cheers
    @Nick - Indeed

    Cheers
    Dave

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  9. When I saw the heavy weapons team in a White Dwarf years back armed with the killa kan big shoots for the heavy bolter it struck a chord with me... Since then I have been working on an army using the Brettonian Mean-At-Arms and peasant archers for the torsos with heads from WestWind Productions. Hopefully I can can get hold of a camera and start posting my work as well.

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  10. I, like many others, worked with Forbidius Maximus. It's good to see he's not forgotten.

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  11. Very fitting choice of armour there, goes very well with the theme on the infantry.

    I remember those plates, i think you could buy them from mail order for a while there...
    Soon as i got the money up to buy a few, and a few hundred of the old chaos raptor seargent head (bald, mask, perfect for bloodpact) they canceled selling all those parts...

    Fitting name for the command tank, very respectful.
    Though if it were named after me, id rather it have a 'long barrel' hehe :P

    Very clean conversions as always, great work mate

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  12. This IG is awesome!
    It looks very dark and gothik. The kind of soldiers trained for "dirty job" only!


    -morbäck- (Maxime)

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  13. The very sight of your 10 painted Leman Russes gives me the necessary goad to to tackle the 5 of mine, which are collecting dust for 3 years now...

    I'm really looking forward to seeing the next elements of your Armoured Regiment painted.

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  14. wow those tanks are awesome, I hate (yes such a harsh word) leman russ tanks but until today I guess it was because of the horrible paint jobs I've seen. I might actually get one for my (future) cadians. Very good job on the troops too, very cool.

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  15. I actually ended up doing almost exactly the same for my Aexe Cardinale infantry when I was starting to put them together back in 05 or 06. Sadly the project was a slow starter, as they worked out as damn expensive per model for a student budget, and I only started working when the new codex killed my enthusiasm for 40k entirely. These have been untouched for at least three years now. See the pic below:

    http://www.redbrick.dcu.ie/~tuelean/Gallery/Miniatures/WIP/FebOathFail.jpg

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  16. Hi guys

    Thanks for the comments!

    @Jason - get a camera man!
    @Morback - you'll get a bit more background on the army when I start posting some of my infantry ; )
    @Stempe - get painting! You need to finish those models off.
    @Arquinsiel - Fortunately I have both an IG and Bretonnian army too, so left over Cadian arms are aplenty, along with other Bret bitz and pieces. I love the teacup and saucer!

    Cheers
    Dave

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  17. Perfect. Immense army, well done.

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