Tuesday, 23 December 2014

From DavidB - Cadian 7th Cavalry Red Platoon (195 Points)


Everybody has a wargaming albatross, or perhaps I'm alone in this regard, but with a lot of comments on lead/plastic mountains of neglect... I'm betting there are more than a few forces like my Cadian 7th Cav.

Above is how the vast majority of all the troops I have been buying, building, collecting, primering, and occassionally painting since 1987. The only troops ever completed were my ratling snipers and a unit of 5 roughriders. the rough riders are a bit worse for the wear and are awaiting repair and repaint. The ratlings have been dropped as they really just never did too well and the Cadian 7th is more about infantry and tanks.

They have a lot of tanks as nobody in the 7th walks.

They are my tin boy army and my regular opponent hates to see them after fighting my Crimson Fists, Eldar, or Dark Eldar forces which are mostly completed. for nearly 40 years these guys are still not painted!


Red platoon has a command squad with a native scout (Vet Sgt) and three squads of troops, the Rogue Trader first squad then two of the Cadian pewter squads (maybe lead?) The plastic bobble heads are on their third paint and have been changed up so often that I had to use some of the newer Cadian parts to complete broken ones. Some of them at one time had gray uniforms (ala Johnny Reb) and sported jump packs and dual laspistols!

They are now all decked out nicely and suitably organized. When traveling in Chimeras they only take special weapons as the heavy stuff is move or fire. My Chimeras are many and have all sorts of weapon systems that  make heavy weapon teams  redundant, unless they are advancing without them or holding a position. That is why two squads have extra troops so I can swap out the rocket launcher and heavy bolter.












These are the fellows that I painted all day on the first Sunday of the challenge. I got a touch OCD with them and before I knew it I was also painting up a squad from Blue Platoon and Blue Command squad, a squad from Black Platoon, a portion of a heavy weapon team, a veteran squad, and a host of necromundia figures that I'm using for scouts. I think I had over a hundred mins on my table and was getting lost as to who went where. I took a break painted the 15mm trucks and 'Bow'. I also began work on another mini as I decided that Red Platoon would go first. This also cleared my table so I can get back to the 15mm newbies that I really want to get cracking on!

Storm troopers, Vets, Tanks, two more LARGER platoons, and tanks, I did mention tanks, right?! All are still on my docket of to be finished this winter!


Here is a parting shot of the Cadian 7th Col. Stuart, a red platoon trooper and a Sgt from the Veteran squad.

Col Stuart was never finished and the Ratlings are the 80's version of my painting talent. 
(note to Curt the 10 man veteran squad were completed last year and only included to show my regular opponent that I do have more than 10 troops painted now!) 

From Curt:
A nice points bomb to be sure! I love seeing an army that has languished from the 80s get done during the Challenge - that's just awesome. Your blue and red uniform colours look great and reminds me of GregB's IG force (from last year's Challenge I believe). I know he'll appreciate your fine efforts here. It's also wonderful to see some of GW's old Rogue Trader models in this force.  The poses are sometimes a bit whacky but they have a charm all of their own. I look forward to seeing your Storm Troopers, vets and tanks in the coming months!
Great work David!


30 comments:

  1. Now that's old school! Great work on these! :)

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    1. Thank you! Many victorious battles and ignominious defeats with them!

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  2. Fine work! The classic metal guard sculpted by the Perry's are still some of the finest guard in the range. I have the Valhallans converted up for mine. The first plastics bring back memories...... I like the mix of unusual figures in command squads, etc.

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    1. Besides the new plastics, the Perry sculpts are my favorites! My most favored are the Rogue Trader sgt and orderly. My Cadians will have a nice ragtag look to them with the mix of generations!

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    1. They are cramped in a Sabol division bag...I may need another by time the challenge is over! These are only a third of what I was working on and about 16 hours of labor!

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  4. Great to see these guys finally getting some paint on them and a good job don as well

    Ian

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    1. Thank you, Ian! I've got a looong way to go yet! ;)

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  5. Excellent work to reduce the lead pile. There is so much you can do with Sci Fi figures and I like the flash of accent colours on the shoulders.

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    1. Thank you, Clint! I'm afraid I'm still in the foothills of the lead mountain though!

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  6. Ahhhh, 40K say what you will about GW, they did make some great figures and I still have fond memories of 40k with my son when he was a12-14 - 40K was our "gateway drug" to our little hobby.

    The painting is fantastic and I agree with Curt - it's always good to see figures released for the lead pile prison.

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    1. Thank you! They do have a lot of character and although its been a long time coming, the Imperial guard has always been my favorite!

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  7. Great to see some of these old figures getting some love. Very nice painting on all of them.

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    1. Thank you, Moiterei! It does feel good to get more of the lads "attired" properly!

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  8. Now that is impressive. Well done on getting this finished. My unfinished Orc & Goblin Army should be getting some love here soon. I started collecting around 1990.

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    1. Thank you, Sean! I knew I wasn't the only one with a tin boy army...er hoped I wasn't the only one rather!

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  9. They are fantastic figures, legend themselves, with a very nice painting work!

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    1. Thank you, Juan! I do have quite a few that could qualify as antiques!

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  10. Ahhhh! Serious old school Perry IG. What's not to like? I must admit the geek in me gave a little squeal of delight when he saw these. You've done a lovely job with them too, I very much like your choice of colours. I really must get back to mine soon now that you've tempted me...

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    1. Thank you, Michael! The Perry and RT are my favored ones! I miss the art and minis from the 80's. Shame GW forgot that time. Still, I have a lot of neglected fellows from then, and my goal is to finally get them done....then my wife says I can get more! ;)

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  11. Super cool! I love seeing the old Rogue Trader figures still in use, and I love the colours too. Very well done.

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  12. Thank you, Greg! Nice to have praise from another IG Commander! One las rifle won't hurt much, but thirty six will make them roll a lot of 'saves'! ;)

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  13. About time we had some 'proper' miniatures painted for this competition, as opposed to all this historical nonsense :-) Terrific stuff David. Blooming terrific.

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    1. Thank you! One of these days, I'm going to take the plunge and do some "Flats". I can't decide on Ancient Egypt or Nappies though! Yet the resurgance of the retro rocket SciFi has me tempted deeper in SciFi! The Valkyrie sculpts are pretty nice!

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  14. Blooming 'eck! There's some old school stuff on display in amongst the ranks there :)

    Top work!

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    1. Thank you! I am a true pack rat! Plus friends know I provide a good home to displaced miniatures!

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