Monday, February 28, 2011

Ramming it home


Just a quick one tonight. After painting some more of my Portuguese Çacadores (they paint up quick and I needed to keep my painting number in the right hand column high), I figured I'd spend a little time converting for a change. Having spent a lot of time in recent months painting modes reloading their muskets, I thought I'd try converting up a few Empire handgunners for my Nuln army that looked the same. It quickly struck me as to why GW never modeled any loading handgunners, despite the large number of historical enthusiasts who sculpt for them.

The handguns are HUGE!!!

It reminded me of a time when Tom Kirby pointed out why GW figures rarely have scabbards, well certainly the heroes at least. The swords are the miniature equivalent of five-seven feet long, many as tall or taller than the models wielding them. Same apparently goes for the handguns. it means that those guys holding them out like modern rifles are some of the strongest men the Empire could find.


Anyway, I pushed past this strangeness and now have two handgunners ramming home their powder and shot. I hope you like them.

Cheers
Dave

PS. I'll be back on Wednesday (March) 2nd for "Old Stuff Day". A day where bloggers around the globe will hopefully link back to some of the great "old stuff" on their blogs that hasn't been seen in a while.

11 comments:

  1. Even with the scale being weird these look awesome. Very cool.

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  2. There's a lot of character in that line. Well done.

    "Old Stuff Day"? Hmm....

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  3. What an great conversion idea. I like they way that line looks and agree with #2501 above that is adds a ton of character.

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  4. Umm, Dave, have you ever stopped to consider what would happen to the crew in the turret of a Leman Russ when the breach slams back due to recoil?

    Oh wait, never mind. With a barrel that big in diameter, in such a small turret, they'd never manage to get a shell into the breach to begin with.

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  5. where did you get the bases? I like the 4 wide

    Mike
    SCWH

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  6. Great looking conversions--they don't seem that hard, but they certainly add character to the unit.

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  7. It's nice to see your Empire stuff. I'd love to see more of your Napoleonics. You've inspired me to buy Laselle. Next is some Victrix or Perry French.

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  8. Hi guys, thanks for the comments.

    @Da Master Cheef - that must be the reason my battlecannons never kill anything, no shells actually being fired ; )
    @Mike - these are from Dragon Forge Design. Jeff has a variety of sizes in most (if not all) of his square base ranges.
    @Reynor - Good to hear. I have some Perry French coming for a conversion and painting article I'm going to do for WI

    Cheers
    Dave

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  9. Couldn't help but chuckle at the post title, nicely done!

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  10. Thanks BC, originally this line "ramming home their powder and shot." was going to include load, but I thought that was too much ; )

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  11. Lovely work, mate.

    Any chance of them squeezing out three aimed rounds per minute with those bad-boys?!

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