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Astartes Consul Does 'Retrohammer'

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In a quest to get back into painting and improve my, shall we say, average skills, I recently salvaged a carry case full of old miniatures from the late 90s - early 2000s when I started collecting Warhammer. I'm not sure whether 3rd edition era truly counts as 'retrohammer', but there are some fairly old, terrifyingly heavy, white metal models as well as a couple of retro tanks and plastic kits that I'm going to strip down and work on.

 

Seeing as I have the attention span of a toddler, I thought I'd create a Project Log to help keep on track. 

 

Some of the miniatures I'm planning on working with include:

 

  • The old, 3rd edition era metal command squad. 
  • A selection of plastic and metal Terminators - WiP
  • The 'original' Captain Sicarius Games Day miniature - WiP
  • Original 2nd/3rd edition Rhino - Completed
  • Original 2nd/3rd edition Razorback - Completed 
  • Games Day mid-2000s Space Marine Sergeant with Power Fist.  -  Completed

 

Mostly I think they'll be redone to match the DIY chapter I'm working on. If I get time, the Wolves will be prepped for the new Codex. Sicarius will, of course, be an Ultramarine for old time's sake. 

 

To whet your appetite, and show you how average early teenage me was at painting, here are a few snaps taken on my phone while organising and preparing things for stripping...

 

Tactical Marine (1990s)
One of my first ever Tactical Marines. Before I realised you had to cut the bolter handles off...
 
OOP Metal Standard Bearer
Standard Bearer from the old Command Squad. Soon to be a resplendent Chapter Ancient. Maybe. 
 
Captain And Grey Slayer Pre Bath
Metal Captain and plastic Grey Slayer used as a test for stripping with methylated spirits. That Captain was once quite a well painted Ultramarine, before I decided I hated the model and hastily used him to see if I could paint halved schemes...
 
OOP Metal Captain - Stripped
The Captain after a five minute bath in meths and a scrub. Needs a clean up and a second quick wash and then he'll be good to go.

 

More updates...at some point. 


Edited by Astartes Consul, 23 July 2019 - 11:19 AM.

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Pretty sure I glued together a fair few marines before realising I had to cut off the bolter handles!


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Haha! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who didn’t realise you needed to cut the handles off! I remember back in the day rocking an entire deathworld vets army with the handles still on! :P
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Pretty sure I glued together a fair few marines before realising I had to cut off the bolter handles!

 

Haha! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who didn’t realise you needed to cut the handles off! I remember back in the day rocking an entire deathworld vets army with the handles still on! tongue.png

 

Looking back, it seems so obvious, but at the time I was just so keen to get paint on them. As you can tell by how thick it is...

 

 

 

 

 

Finished stripping and, weather permitting, will have primed and started on the Command Squad tonight.

 

Regarding stripping plastics, I trialed it on a Space Wolves and weirdly found that, unlike the metal miniatures, the Methylated Spirits only removed the top layer of paint and not the primer. Has anyone had any experience with this?



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 Quick update: here is the old plastic Rhino prior to cleaning and stripping. This was the first ever 40k kit I owned - prior to this I had played/collected Warhammer Fantasy - and although I can't remember exactly when I bought it, I know it wasn't too long before the Mars Pattern Rhino was released.

 

The plan is to remove all the tired looking / broken accessories and the bolter-less hatch and use one of the (now OOP) Forge World Legion Crew to spice it up.

 

Classic Rhino (2)
 
Classic Rhino (1)

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Will you upgrade its onboard weapons, i.e., replace the boltgun with a storm bolter, maybe add a hunter-killer missile?
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Will you upgrade its onboard weapons, i.e., replace the boltgun with a storm bolter, maybe add a hunter-killer missile?

 

Hunter-Killer, probably. As for the bolter, I'd like to keep it, adds to the retro charm IMO. Might use one of the crew figures that has a storm/combi-bolter though, so that if it is ever used for gaming purposes the right kind of weapon is represented. 



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Small update, as hobby stuff has taken the back seat recently. Stripped and based the Rhino and hoping to see it transformed into an Imperial Fists vehicle in the next couple of days. Also currently struggling to clean up my old metal and plastic Razorback, which I appear to have sprayed multiple times in the past. ,May need something stronger than methylated spirits to sort it...
 
Rhino Stripped
 
Rhino Based

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Finally got my camera situation sorted and had a free afternoon so did some work on repainting my old, mid-2000s Games Day special mini. 
 
I'd previously stripped and re-base coated it, pulling off the storm bolter arm in the process. I'm aiming for a dark Ultramarines colour scheme, a sort of semi-Blanchitsu style although I am nowhere near good enough a painter to pull it off as I'd like. Any tips greatly appreciated.
 
 
 
Games Day Vet
 
Games Day Vet 2

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And now with two arms!

 

Ultra Vet Sgt Arms
 
Ultramarine Vet Sgt Arms 2

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Next on the desk, some old plastic terminators that have seen better days... Think I first painted these in the early 2000s with help from my Dad. Saw a lot of tabletop use so happy to be working on them!
 
Retro Terminators Old Scheme
 
Also managed to neaten up an old dreadnought. Didn't bother stripping it but did darken the blue, touch up the metals and add washes and weathering. Have *just* noticed the blue overspill onto the exhaust at the back though... teehee.gif
 
Old Ultramarines Dreadnought - Complete (1/3)
 
All C&C welcome! 

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Continuing shocking burst of creativity going on...

 

Retro plastic terminators before:

 

Retro Terminators Old Scheme
 
And during:
 
Retro Terminators - WiP (1/3)
 
Retro Terminators - WiP (2/3)
 
Retro Terminators - WiP (3/3)
 
The front two have all the colours blocked in - bar the chest eagle and sword hilt - and some washes done. Back three obviously a few steps behind.

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Were the plastic terminators from Space Hulk?

 

I remember getting one free with WD, painted him up as a Space Wolf and still have him in my Wolf Guard.

 

The casting is noticeably worse than the metal equivalents from the time and he's in a weird leaning back sort of pose (like your front storm bolter guy seems to be).



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Were the plastic terminators from Space Hulk?

 

I remember getting one free with WD, painted him up as a Space Wolf and still have him in my Wolf Guard.

 

The casting is noticeably worse than the metal equivalents from the time and he's in a weird leaning back sort of pose (like your front storm bolter guy seems to be).

 

These ones were just from the normal Terminator Squad box set, but they may have been the same cast as the Space Hulk ones?



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Were the plastic terminators from Space Hulk?

 

I remember getting one free with WD, painted him up as a Space Wolf and still have him in my Wolf Guard.

 

The casting is noticeably worse than the metal equivalents from the time and he's in a weird leaning back sort of pose (like your front storm bolter guy seems to be).

 

These ones were just from the normal Terminator Squad box set, but they may have been the same cast as the Space Hulk ones?

 

I don't remember there being a normal Terminator plastic boxed set at the time; I thought they were all metal. 

I would have bought plastics to save money!

 

Also, I stopped with the hobby when 3e came out so maybe that's when they produced a plastic set?



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Yeah they had a plastic set thru 3e

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Yeah they had a plastic set thru 3e

There I go again, showing my age.


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Now working on...

 

Razorback Turret WiP 2
 
Rzorback Turret WiP 1


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What is that off of?

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What is that off of?


I think it's from the 1st or 2nd Edition Razorback, which had an open turret for its Space Marine gunner, instead of later Editions' remote control turret.
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What is that off of?


I think it's from the 1st or 2nd Edition Razorback, which had an open turret for its Space Marine gunner, instead of later Editions' remote control turret.

 

 

Correct!

 

Here is the rest of it, after a long bath in paint stripper. The gunner looks quite miffed that his turret is elsewhere...

 

Stripped Razorback 1
 
Stripped Razorback Gunner
 
Stripped Razorback


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Oh wow... Haven't seen that in a while. Didn't recognize it uninstalled.

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Oh wow... Haven't seen that in a while. Didn't recognize it uninstalled.

 

Tbh, until I opened up a box from storage about six months ago I had no idea I still had it! 

 

Would kill to get my hands on one of the old Predators or Whirlwinds. 



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Yeah. In a box here somewhere is a predator annihilator with the old rhino chassis. the turret and sponsons are metal.
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Yeah. In a box here somewhere is a predator annihilator with the old rhino chassis. the turret and sponsons are metal.

 They are monstrous lumps of metal, aren't they?

 

Some updated shots of the Razorback, both with and without turret. Going for the full red on the cupola.

 

Razorback Hull WiP
 
Razorback - WiP (1/2)
 
Razorback - WiP (2/2)
 
Also, a finished shot of the 2005 Games Day miniature I posted some WiP shots of back at the start of December. More photos on this thread here.
 
Games Day 2005 Vet  - Finished (1/2)

 


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