This past week I’ve been working on painting the weapon platforms that came with the various fortifications that I’ve purchased over the years. This includes the Quad-guns and Icarus Lascannons that came with my recently painted Aegis Defense Line and my Ultramarine Bastions (which are still a work in progress), and also includes a few classic Rapier Laser Destroyers that I’d picked up to use as “counts as” thunderfire cannons.
The guns feature that garish blue/yellow combination that is so prevalent throughout my entire army, and a healthy dab of red (which is the standard color that I’ve been painting their weaponry). Actually, the scheme for the weapons is almost exactly the same as those I did for my IG weapon platforms for the Ultramar Planetary Defense Force. I know this because I grabbed a spare lascannon & autocannon and used them for my templates for how to paint these guns.
Since they’re going to be used, for the most part, with the defense lines, I also wanted to integrate a little yellow into the models in order to make them tie in a bit better. This is really only true of the lascannons (note the yellow housing of the servo-skull on the back), because I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, and had already painted the red housing on the quad-guns. Now that it’s done, I think the yellow is “fair.” I’m not in love with it, but I don’t hate it either.
The lascannons are fully articulating, as I was able to glue them together without much difficulty. The autocannons, however, are fixed positions, because I had the darnedest time gluing them to the central pivot. It should be noted though, that none of them are glued to the bases. This is because I wasn’t sure which stands were supposed to go with which guns. Sure, there isn’t much of a difference between the two taller bases, but there’s also the flat, tri-pod style base, and there’s the “comms relay” as well (which I’ve still left to paint). I figured this would also give me a little flexibility if I wanted to use one of these guns on the back of a chimera as a ghetto-hydra for the Imperial Guard as well.
On the matter of the Rapier Laser Destroyers, I’ve had these kicking around for a few years. No, these aren’t the original ones I had from the days of 2nd edition, but when I found a guy on the Barter Bucket selling various bits and such, I had to pick these up. I didn’t have a use for them at the time, but they were old models that reminded me of the days when I’d first started playing 40k.
After I started playing with the 5th edition Space Marine codex, I toyed around a bit with Thunderfire cannons to great success (in fact, you can see these models back before they were painted in this batrep). So, with three of them, I decided these would make good stand-ins (because there wasn’t a chance that I was going to drop $60+ a piece for the official GW models). Besides, it gave my army a little more retro/throw-back vibe to go along with the classic paint scheme.
Then, at the end of 2011, Forgeworld released new versions of these guns. Naturally, they’re a little bit larger, and a little bit cooler looking. And since, there are now official rules again for the rapier, there is a chance that there might be a little confusion on the part of my opponents as to exactly what the model represents. I expect though that there won’t be any issues, as long as I’m clear up front with what’s going on.
By the way, if you have a thunderfire cannon kicking around, and you don’t want/need the techmarine that comes with it, I’d love to pick him up off you. I just like the way his harness looks, but I’m unlikely to ever purchase the actual model.
As always, thanks for dropping by…