I finally decided to take part in this years Armies on Parade.
It took a while for serveral reasons.
One was that I couldn't decide what to make. If you look for "Armies on Parade"-Boards there seem to be just to kinds
- Superimpressive like the ones from Mike Gupton
- Not so superimpressive like a flat 24"x 24" Board with some drybrushed paint and the Army standing on this board
Or my swarm because calling my hivefleet an army? I don't know.
First idea was to build a manufactorum. But I think this is the thing this year. Everybody seems to build a manufactorum this year. And it doesn't leave a lot of room for my swarm. And that's what I want to focus on: The swarm-thing.
Lot's of Tyranids attacking (okay, that shouldn't be to hard with 70 Gaunts...) one last desperate outpost.
But because it's no paradestyle I rejected the idea. Until yesterday when I had a little chat with my friend Dirk about my idea.
He finally convinced me to do this, because it's what Armies on Parade is all about.
Luckily I didn't had to shop much. I already bought a board, some foam, paint, buildings and so on.
So what's the plan?
I'll but the imperial Bastion (maybe with an additional bunker) and a Aegis Defence Line on a (foam-)hill. Some sandbags and razor wire (Homemade ;-) ).
The lower area will be filled with Tyranids, some craters and debris.
Currently I'm thinking about some "extras" which can be used as missionmarker later (also Dirk's idea)
- A Gaunt caught in razor wire
- A Gaunt crawling out of the earth at the backside of the Bastion (Hey, I've a Trygon Prime, why not deep striking?)
- Maybe a torn Space Marine because I've a Carnifex with a Blood Angel's helmet on his talon.
But first of all I've to make some testruns on smaller terrain-pieces. I've just seen how to use filler on a board to get some texture but never done it. Same with the paint. I'll not use expensive Citadel-Paint on this size. Instead I'm using some acrylic paint from the hardware store and crafts shop.
I hope it'll be fun. And finally look great.
Countdown is set.
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