Thursday, June 27, 2013

Armies On Parade Springfield VA

SITREP: Jet lagged but competing.

I've decided to enter the Armies on Parade competition on Saturday at the Springfield VA store. I had previously decided to bow out after a fire erased my company, and the disaster recovery work overcame every waking hour. On the other hand, I need an escape from fire related tasks.

My trip to nottingham last weekend sealed the deal. I really have to get this army out of the cabinet and into the light of day. It is not going to be my all biker army with Tallarn allies riding mumaks and horses, but I think it looks pretty good. It is kind of interesting seeing the different styles of painting in the force. Some of these models were painted more than two years ago. If you recall, GW changed its paint range immediately after I had painted the first units.

What you see here are all of the contender unites on the display board. I am still torn about the lack of tallarn. Should I find a way to fit in one squad of them with a couple heavy weapon support teams? I was counting on the yellows, greens, and pale blue whites to contrast with the vibrant blue. Alternately I could just go with the all blue force. If I do that I need to paint some more white checkers on my older units to tie them into the new aesthetic.

Regardless of the choice, on of my purposes of this board was to showcase some of the older models, so for ultras those would be two types of predators and the original rhino. The tallarn are all old!

What do you think? Do I stand a chance with this hybrid army, so of which was painted for show, and some that was just painted because it was within arms reach of me when I had blue in my air brush.


  1. It all looks great mate! Therapy for your fire disaster. Lovin' the old skool vibe with the Rhino's and Pred's, but a modern paint job.

  2. John, I wish you all the best for the event on Saturday, I'm glad you're competing this year, even though you've had a really shitty past couple of months. Sometimes it's the toy soldiers that keep us away from the edge ; )


    PS. My GW store will be closing in August. I'll have to find a new place for next year ; )

  3. It means a lot guys. Toy soldier therapy is definitely a thing.

  4. I really like you r army. It has a great feel to it. I think you should try to tie in the old element with the new paint wise. I know that it is not easy to go back and fiddle with your old minis but I think it would be for the best. The army as it is stands for its own and do not need the Talarans but it would be a nice addition to the over all feel of the army. Fluff wise the Marines are just chock troops and what ever they accomplish needs to be reinforced by imperial guards...

    I love your work, keep it up even though life sometimes has other ideas.

  5. Wow,that looks quality.Nice photograph as well with the down ward shot looking through the air cover.

  6. John great meeting you on sat. Hope your able to make that list soi can stay being as great as you.