Thursday 23 December 2021

Another Turnip28 Regiment: The 31st Pumpkin Fusiliers.

 Whilst I am still sorting through my Rogue Trader Traitor Legions, I have been distracted by a Turnip28 again. The end result of this distraction is that I tackled a kit bashing project I meant to do in time for Halloween.

Some time ago I noticed that a company called Anvil Industries produced a variety of different 28mm heads. Looking through them I noticed the Pumpkin Heads and thought that these would be great to use to convert up some miniatures for Turnip28. The link to the pumpkin heads can be found here:

The kit bashing was very simple. I used a mix of Perry Miniatures French Infantry 1812-1815 and Warlord Miniatures Napoleonic French Infantry bodies, and just head swapped the heads for the pumpkin ones. I added some grass tufts to the miniatures to look like roots and growths, and they were finished. They were fun, quick, and easy to make, and I really enjoying kit bashing again. It has given me a few ideas and wish to make a few more regiments in 2022 at some point.

Enjoy :)

The 31st Pumpkin Fusilier Regiment.
(I named them the 31st after the date of Halloween).
It consists of one Toff, two Toadies, three units of Fodder, and one unit of Chaff.
For those of you who have no idea about this, the core rules can be found here:
The three Snobs: the Toff in the centre, flanked by his two Toadies.
For these Snob miniatures, and the Chaff light infantry, I have added some other pumpkins Anvil Industries produce for basing, just to differentiate them from the mass of Fodder. 
The Toff.
I used the French Officer torso for this miniature as he is the regiments commander, and I used one of the pumpkin heads with a hat to give him a dandy look.
I  have used an old Citadel Skeleton arm with sword to give him that slightly different look, and a light infantryman's torso.
This Toadie has a couple of Victix British Officers arms to give him a sword, and given his leaning pose, I thought a reaching out arm made him look that little bit more creepy. I again used a Light Infantryman's torso.
These are a form of Light Infantry. I have used the light Infantry bodies, and a few of the scenic pumpkins for the bases.
The first unit of Fodder.
Unit Standard.
I have swapped the Imperial Eagle for a piece of brass wire with a large pumpkin head on top. The banner itself is just thin plasi-card. One of the pumpkin sets, the hollowed out set, came with a tiny little spoon, which I added to the banner top for fun.
A pair of random Pumpkin Fusiliers.
Another pair of Pumpkin Fusiliers.
A third pair of Pumpkin Fusiliers, this time in uniform jackets rather than greatcoats.
The second unit of Fodder.
In the Perry Miniatures box set there are three drums, but only one drummer model. I was keen to have a drummer in each of the units, and so I assembled the drums, and glued one of a random miniatures back in placed of the knapsack.
Another pair of random Pumpkin Fusiliers, this time in Shakos.
A cold and lost looking Pumpkin Fusilier.
The tired unit of Pumpkin Fusiliers.
A second drummer with stowed drum.
A few rear views of random Pumpkin Fusiliers.

No idea what my next blog update will be on, I didn't expect to do this update on this subject! I am currently painting a Maniple of Khornate Robots, but I do have a mind to paint the 31st Pumpkin Fusiliers.

Wednesday 1 December 2021

Rogue Trader robots

 As a quick aside, I have been basing lot of different things for my Rogue Trader era Traitor Legions and today I have been assembling and basing Robots. I had already based the Cataphract robots, but completed the others, and thought I would share. 

Enjoy :)

Rogue Trader Robot artwork.
The rules and artwork were first released in August 1988, and later re-printed in the Warhammer 40,000 Compendium.
In the rules, robots are organised into Maniples of four of the same type of  robot, plus a Techmarine for the whole Maniple.
Here, from front to rear, I have a Maniple each of Crusader, Cataphract, and Colossus robots.
They are all based on Citadel round 50mm bases. I think this gives the miniatures a little bit more room to look better. 
Crusader robots.
These are a close combat robots, armed with powers sword (located in the arms I assume, I never really knew), and normally a Las-Cannon on the back. However, mine have the Heavy Bolter option, which given their anti-personal role, I think suits them better.
I intent to paint them in the Crusader Khornate colour scheme of red and black in the artwork behind them.
The Cataphract is described as a general all-purpose battle robot, and the mix of weapons, bolter, flamer, and Las-cannon, suggests that.
I am unsure of their eventual colour scheme as there was no Traitor colour scheme for Traitor Legion Cataphracts. They may end up as part of the Sons of Horus and so may follow their armour colour, or I might use the generic black Traitor colour scheme in the artwork.
Front and back of the Cataphract.
Colossus class robots.
I have shown the front and rear views here.
These are described as siege robots, and the big siege hammer as the left arm helps reinforce that idea. They are also equipped with ta bolter on the right arm, and a rear mounted melt gun.
These will be painted in the Colossus Khornate colour scheme of red and black in the artwork behind them.
Now with the Colossus robots I only had three complete ones. The fourth was missing arms and a back unit which holds the Melta gun. I thought there might be something on e-bay, but to no avail. I did however have two spare robot arms without any weapons, and so I added an RTB01 bolter the the right arm, and scratch built a ball and chain for the left arm, reminiscent of the Samson class of Imperial Siege Dreadnought.
Rear view.
To replace the weapon mount I added a lance from the Rogue Trader era Juggernaut kit, with an idea to add banner to it later on. I didn't bother to try to add a Melta gun somewhere as I thought it would detract from the miniature, and as it's a conversion, people would be aware of that it should be equipped the same as the others in the Maniple.

Next update with be on the Rogue Trader era Night Lords, which I promised last time, but I still haven't painted the shoulder pads!