Tales from the Crypt

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I’ve been working on the Destroyers and finishing up the Destroyer Overlord over the last few days but yesterday thought I’d finally turn my attention to assembling all the million Praetorians I’ve got. They’re going to be a large part of the Armies on Parade force, adding a good weight of numbers and if the one I’ve painted up is anything to go by, will look suitably shiny and hopefully impressively intimidating. 

All Praetorian parts laid out ready to decide what to do

All Praetorian parts laid out ready to decide what to do

The wargear options for the Praetorians is a tough choice. Not really having played many games their options are very much a six of one, half a dozen of t’other as they could have S6 pistol with no AP that they can fire in combat too, and then a S5 -3 AP melee weapon. Or a S5 -3 AP gun and melee option. Ultimately, and this is a running trend with me, I liked the look of the Particle Blaster pistol being strapped to their wrists the most. So the choice was Particle Blaster and Void Blade. Which then gave another ‘meh’ moment; I don’t like the Void Blade model. 

From top to bottom, the Rod of the Covenant shaft, Void Blade, left arm, right arm, Hyperphase Sword and Particle Caster  

From top to bottom, the Rod of the Covenant shaft, Void Blade, left arm, right arm, Hyperphase Sword and Particle Caster  

In my head as long as the Praetorians were wielding the Particle Caster, any  Blade type weapon in their other hand would look like a Void Blade. My favourite from all the other weapons are the Hyperphase Swords. Easy! Have them wield those and the Particle Blaster. 

It would be easy, if the weapons weren’t both right handed. I never seem to end up taking the path of least resistance!

From top to bottom, right handed Particle Caster, left hand trimmed down from the Rod of the Covenant shaft, left hand, right hand, Hyperphase Sword 

From top to bottom, right handed Particle Caster, left hand trimmed down from the Rod of the Covenant shaft, left hand, right hand, Hyperphase Sword 

All the parts were mostly easy to trim down with a fresh Swan and Morton scalpel blade and a nail file and the right hand on the underside of the Particle Caster was just as easy to trim off with some side cutters. 

Easy to see the hand trimmed off with the left hand ready to go on

Easy to see the hand trimmed off with the left hand ready to go on

All the parts just needed patient and careful cutting down and sanding slowly. Unfortunately I took a little too much off one left hand but I hid that by tucking the arm up in the torso so the hand and joint to the Particle Caster was hidden a little. Rinse and repeat and about an hour later I had all the models done in different poses. 

Five left handed particle casters done in this pic, and the broken, damaged Necron Warrior I converted for Dave’s AoP board crawling in at the top

Five left handed particle casters done in this pic, and the broken, damaged Necron Warrior I converted for Dave’s AoP board crawling in at the top

One example of my Particle Caster and Voidblade setup

One example of my Particle Caster and Voidblade setup

Now, the last part of the build for me is to have the models mounted ‘flying’. They have the FLY keyword and they’re effectively jump pack troops so I think I’m going to mount them on a small wire from under one foot so they’re not just walking along their bases. 

Heres a few more images of the finished unit. I honestly cannot wait  to get these primered, chromed, shaded and stained up to match the rest of the force. These may end up being one of my favourite units in my army!

Classic pose! 

Classic pose! 

Just a Particle Caster on this one, just to change it up  

Just a Particle Caster on this one, just to change it up  

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And just to tease you... here’s the one finished model that the rest will be matching! Yes it’s a John Woo Double Wrist Mounted Pistol Wielding Undead Space Robot! Because!

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Until next time have a great weekend, everyone, find me on Twitter and let me know what you’re working on. Having been away from the hobby for so long I’m absolutely loving  seeing everyone’s work and projects! 

See you all anon!

Chris