Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Wizardry in Progress: Death Riders of the Steel Legion Conversion Project

Hey kids, it's been too long since I posted anything.

It's been strange times around here. Projects have slowly been getting worked on, but I've had no drive to write. I've felt like anything I had written wasn't well thought out and rushed, so why write if I'm not putting effort into it?

But that changes today.

I am going to change up things and focus on a single project in this post, one that I'm sure you've all seen around the inter-web-highway of social media and has proved to be a fan favorite lately.

The Death Riders of the Steel Legion.

This is a massively fun project that is quickly challenging my skills with green stuff and kitbashing. Let's take a look at it.

Back in February of this year I decided that I wanted to play Imperial Guard rather than continue on with Deathwatch marines or Adeptus Mechanicus, thanks to my Commissar Yarrick conversion.

I had a idea in mind to play mechanized infantry using a lot of transports and tanks.

Then the Genestealer Cults came out and with them, the Jackals and their motorcycles. I knew I needed to use them to make Rough Riders.

So before Adepticon rolled around I started building the first models of the army, a Steel Legion force using Death Korps of Krieg resin models in place of the old discontinued metal models. By the time I was ready to go to the convention, I had my first infantry squad, a chimera and female Yarrick all painted and ready for possible games.

But, on top of that I built a test miniature of the first Death Rider using a Genestealer Cults Jackal Alphus and a Death Korps of Krieg infantry model, some 1/16" brass rod and a spearhead from the Beasts of Chaos Ungors kit.

I was completely sold on it.

Some time after Adepticon, I got to work making the remaining models for the first set of bikers and their Commander. I had originally planned that the Alphus model would be the Commander, but thanks to my gaming group I was able to use the ATV from the Jackals kit for him.

In the months since, I've now built the ten remaining bikers and a Commissar, who is also on an ATV.

I still need to finish the remaining 5 bikers, which need their coats rebuilt with green stuff, their arms and spears built and then gap fill/resculpt work.

I'm hoping to get to that soon.

These dudes are going to look so cool on the table.

Until next time, you can catch me on Twitter and Instagram. Check out YouTube for the Let's Paint series and other videos.

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Thanks for reading!