Modelling Monday: Warhammer conversion – Boyz to Tankbustas!

Hello dear reader!

On Saturday, you’ll see that we uploaded a little sneak peek of a modelling project I’ve been working on. I get these into my head every now and again. I absolutely love warhammer and lately I’ve had a lot more time to be able to commit to the hobby; as such I’ve been opening my Bitz Box and upgrading my Orkz!

The idea for this build was to make myself some Oddboyz; the Ork specialists who fill in the gaps in your army and allow you some more tactical flexibility, which I love. I looked at my options and there was a massive hole in my anti-armour capabilities for my Orks, so I took a look at buying some Tankbustas, only for my wallet to run away screaming when it found out that they were 25 British Pounds for five…merely half the number I wanted.

So I scoured my horde of Boys, did some likely recruiting and decided to arm them with some Kustom Dakka. It must be said that I did have to strip the unit of 5 Flash Gitz that I have never fielded to the table, but those Freebootin’ Gitz aren’t my style anyway, oh and one of them is now my Warboss (You’ll have to wait and see for him!)

For this build I utilised the above, some cold-weld plastic glue, superglue for the resin bitz, a few WarmaHordes gribblies as counts-as squigs, my trusty pliers and my craft knife. Now I’ll show you the result and talk a little bit about ’em!

We’ll start with the Boss nob for the unit; he’s now looking stylish with a new Rokkit Launcha arm, old-style bosspole from a painboy past and a dangerous looking waspy rokkit to scrag ‘oomy tankz.

This brave Git is one of two I made, he’s armed with a Kustom Tankhammer I made from a heavy ThunderHammer. The Rokkit attached to the end is an upturned power-mace with a sprue tip – tasty!

Look at these cute and deadly little fungus-dogs. We’ve strapped some suitably dangerous-looking SquigBombs to their backs and trained them to run towards Tau Tanks. The Bomb Bitz are made from cut off SnazzGun bitz, a Tau Missile Pod and a Tanbusta Bomb. I’m proud of these little fellaz!

Who deasn’t love Rokkit Pistols?? I conveniently had two Boyz who had been converted previously with two Sluggas, so I didn’t have to do much to these guys to get them looking the part, the Rokkits are from the Flash Gits’ Snazzguns again, so much potential in that kit.

This Lad has a storied history, I originally got him with a Rokkit Launcha that I converted into a Big Shoota. Now he’s back where he wants to be with another inverted powermace Rokkit!

These are the rest of the Tankbustas, just armed with Rokkit Launchas converted straight from the stripped down SnazzGunz. Don’t tell the Freebootas that we Nicked their Gubbinz!

So there you have it, a unit of 10 Tankbustas, salvaged and cobbled together in true Ork Fashun from Bitz and Know-Wotz for less than the price of a second class stamp. I’ll be throwing them towards very large vehicles whenever I can. They can deal out a whopping 200+ wounds in two turns thanks to Ork Stratagems. I cannot wait to see the look on an intrepid Titan-commander’s face when my Gitz Skrag his Shiny!

I’ll be uploading another mini-project next week, so stay tuned!

P.S. As a disclaimer, I know my painting is bad, these were rushed to make them look atleast fieldable, I will eventually clean them up!

My First Cross Stitch – A Review

I have long been searching for a crafting hobby, a hobby that creates a result that appeals to both me and my family. I like to have a reason for spending time on things, which has limited me in the past (and still), so something that has a use is preferable to me. Last year I decided to get stuck in to knitting. I loved the idea of making jumpers and other items of clothing for both me and John as we as family. But it was not to be. After making a few things, including a blanket you will get to see in one of the following pictures, I noticed that my wrist hurt quite badly. So that put a stop to my knitting dreams.

Next I took a stab at needle felting, but the fibres get everywhere, I couldn’t quite get the hang of creating the result I wanted.

So nearing the end of the year I was feeling at a loss, I love to create things and give handmade gifts but I was just struggling to figure out what I wanted. Until, while watching a TV programme I saw something that tickled my fancy, cross stitch. It was on an episode of Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas, a contestant was making an advent calendar made of little hoops of cute cross stitch. And that was that, it triggered something and I knew that it was something that I could get my teeth into. But first I had to test whether my wrist was up to the task and that is where this kit comes in.

John, the wonderful husband that he is, took me to Hobbycraft and let me wobble back and forth for a long time between the many kits until I settled on this little Alpaca.

The kit plus an embroidery hoop

The kit comes with the threads (aka floss), a needle, the fabric flag and the wooden rod with which to hang the finished flag, as well as a little booklet containing the pattern and some instructions. Oh, and six little orange tassels to adorn the finished item.

The beginning of the project was a little difficult. Finding the middle proved to be tricky and the chart was a little unclear for me but once I was started it went well (though, I miss calculated the middle and had to shorten the legs!).

alpaca cross stitch in progress
Working on a cross stitch alpaca

Initially I used a hoop, but found it very annoying to use my needle inside such a small diameter and the design was a pain in the arse to get on. So after a little while I went freehand.

The finished Alpaca

It took me a few days to finish the kit, and it was fun. I got a bit excited an popped on the tassels before ironing it so I couldn’t get the ring out but, to be honest, I quite like the placement of it, I might add a ring of flowers along the line at some point.

And the best bit of all was I had no pain in my wrist! Which means that I can get into cross stitch fully! Although the product of cross stitch is decorative, I love the range which can be accomplished and I have ideas for my own patterns.

Now, to the kit as something that others may want to buy, I think that it is a cute design and the idea is great. However, the quality of the kit is a little lacking, well my particular kit. The flag was glued a little sloppily and fraying at points and there was a black mark I couldn’t get off. The outer packaging was also damaged, but that could be customers rather than the kits fault.

For a first kit, I think it would be good for someone who has watched videos on cross stitch and doesn’t mind fudging the design a little if they get it a little wrong. It’s good practise.

So that is my first cross stitch and my first review. I hope that it was somewhat informative and interesting to read. Let me know if there is anything that you would like to see, or format changes etc.

Coming up in 2020 are more reviews, short stories and my adventures into bullet journaling. I’ll see you soon!