Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dragged into Turbolasers Episode 38: I am Alpharius

I am Alpharius.

Most of the episode is spent discussing some of the newer Forge World Alpha Legion models, particularly their Primarch Alpharius and their new terminator models. We talk about how the Alpharius model falls short of the other Primarch models and what aspects set it apart from the others. We also touch on the Lernaean Terminators, and how they do nothing for the model range, only serving to emphasize how comical the terminator models look. We end the episode talking about Fantasy Flight Games’ Star Wars Legion, focusing on the quality of the models and how they chose PVC over GW’s prefered polystyrene.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Dragged into Turbolasers Episode 37: Games Workshop Adepticon announcements

Perfect blue.

We spend this episode discussing Games Workshop’s announcements from Adepticon 2018. First we talk about the new revealed Knight Titan and contrast it with the smaller Armiger Knight that was recently released. Afterwards we transition into talking about the newest Age of Sigmar army, the Idoneth Deepkin. We briefly discuss some of the new models and how they fit alongside the other armies.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thorn Moons Crusade: Making a mold for the Defenders of the 73rd Moon

It's understood, we'll do or die.

A few weeks ago, we showed our progress on our remnants of the Imperial Army defending the Thorn Moons. Since then, I have disassembled all of the models and built a few more weapons and sculpted some arms, preparing to create a silicone mold. I am pleased to say that I made the first mold for the guard, and it was quite successful! I wanted to show you a few pictures of the resulting mold and the resin casts it produces.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Dragged into Turbolasers Episode 36: The Daughters of Khaine and GW’s new effort to make female models


We talk about the newest Age of Sigmar army, the Daughters of Khaine with Aletheia, one of our good friends. We discuss how the new models fit alongside Games Workshop’s other female models and all of their models as a whole, speculating on what they are trying to convey with their design choices. We end the episode talking about the newly revealed plastic Van Saar Necromunda gang, and how pleasantly surprised we were to discover that it is mixed gendered.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Female Representation: Concerns with the Necromunda Escher models

The new Escher models largely maintain the classic look of the Escher gang from the original Necromunda: sports bras, spiked leggings, and crazy hair.

It is no secret that Games Workshop does not produce many female miniatures. Recently, that has started to change with the release of the Sisters of Silence and Inquisitor Greyfax. While the inclusion of female models is a good thing, virtually all of these female models ascribe to the same questionable imagery: lithe and voluptuous characters in form-fitting battle armor that always accentuates their breasts. This imagery does not send the message that women are welcome in the Warhammer community. The newest collection of female miniatures to be released by Games Workshop is the the Escher gang from the re-release of the fan-favorite game, Necromunda. I had high hopes for this release, and am disappointed to report that Games Workshop has not used the release as an opportunity to present women in a less objectifying light. Read onward if you want to hear more about my concerns about this release.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Thorn Moons Crusade: Defenders of the 73rd Moon


For a thousand years I spurned the flesh change
But I had lived as half a being
Until the celestial tides wrought our metagenesis.

Late last year, shortly after Iron Sleet announced their second Invitational, we began work on some Imperial Guard to defend the Thorn Moons, the remnants of the Imperial Army that originally explored the Crataegus Fragmentum during the Great Crusade. For the Guard, we wanted to create soldiers that were a little more grounded in reality than most of Games Workshop’s human warriors, eschewing bulky breastplates, rubberized mining suits, and heavily starched robes. To do this, I started to greatly modify Forge World Elysian Drop Troops. In the last few months, I have not had too much time to work on them, but am pleased to say I am now going to set my full attention on them again! I wanted to use this post to show my recent progress on them.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Unforgiven: True-scale Dark Angels

Thought begets Heresy. Heresy begets Retribution.

When 8th edition of Warhammer 40k was released last year, I purchased one of the starter sets, and experimented with turning the included Primaris Space Marines into True-scale Space Marines. I found that by simply replacing their powerpacks and bolters, they made pretty convincing normal Space Marines. Being a longstanding Dark Angels player, when the new Dark Angel codex was released last year, I thought it might be fun to try to convert some tactical marines in this way. The hope being that I could build a bunch of them quickly to use in games of basic 40k (I manage to play a game or two each year). With this in mind, I got a box of the Dark Angels-themed Intercessors and set to work.