Still plugging along at the stormsurge, it's looking better (picts later). Might even finish it over the weekend.
I'm not happy with the fireblade, I really want something smaller, basically a fire warrior with a winged jetpack, just can't find the right parts for the jets.
I'm going to get working on the commander, going coldstar but replacing the HOBC with the relic plasma. I was thinking a of an enforcer or standard commander and replace a MP with a drone controller, but all the drones in the SCD are shield so the controller is useless. This will change the color scheme, going for something close to the YF-29 since it was massively maneuverable and it's main weapon packed a punch.
Will also get to work on the Riptide too. Turning the burst cannon into a rifle is going to be a challenge, but worth it if I get it right. I am wavering on if I should go Macross or Gundam for the scheme. If I see a gunpla that has the same-ish weapon systems as the riptide that I like the look of I'll go for it. Otherwise the default is doing the grey and red of the OWL armour.
To add to the list of projects for this army I was debating on doing five XV9s to have the full Delta squadron represented. I'm already planning to use the paint schemes for three of the members (Hayate in blue, Mirage in purple and Chuck in yellow) with the other two to follow if I go full in.
The models will be a mix of the commander and basic suit since I have a lot of coldstar chest pieces left over from the drone project. Plus the larger engine for the basic commander config.
On the gaming front I did get a game in with my 500pts Outrider. Was against freeboota orks. The game ended in a draw, was Annihilation from Open War. Wasn't doing too well on shooting and his mek with shokk gun one shoted my commander turn two, but managed to survive long enough to kill enough PL for the draw. Considering my suit squad was worth as much as his whole force it was a bit tricky. Especially since he managed to tag it with a buffed unit of 20 shoota boyz.