Friday, 23 May 2008

Colonel Ackland (Part 1)

Back when I first delved into converting (on the second incarnation of my Praetorian Guard), I created a character called Major Ackland to lead the troops. An Heroic Senior Officer, he was part of a combat HQ (cant remember the last time I put one of those to field!) he was the most substancial conversion I'd done at that time, a now old Commissar with Powerfist & Sword, powerfist removed, carapace armour added from a space marine torso and all mounted on a horse.

I'd always thought about revisiting him, and with the coming Macharian Crusade Campaign Pack from the guys at The Bell of Lost Souls I was given my reason - you'll see why in the future.

As I kinda alluded too in my previous post I've picked the Commissar Gaunt model as a base this time, his equipment is changing somewhat from the old version as he joins the Praetorian Lancers. At the moment I've got some very early work done but he's coming together very quickly now with the body mounted, pith helmet added, the base of the legs ready to be sculpted onto and an armature for the arms.


Ian said...

That's looking good. What horse is it?

Phill MADCT said...

Wow, that is a fantastic helmet. When you said you were using the gaunt figure I couldn't figure out how you could make it look decent. it has a very ungraceful pose but it looks great on a horse.

fyi the tallarn rough riders are back on the webstore.

RonSaikowski said...

Looking good, I was curious to see what would happen to the model initially, looks like you've really made something of this guy.

Make sure to post more WIP pics, there's alot of nice conversion work there, especially with mounting him on horseback.

Col.Gravis said...

Thanks guys :)

The horse is one from the WFB Empire Pistolers/Outriders, IMHO the best 'normal' plastic horses GW currently produce.

Wonder if the Attilians are back on there as well, just outa curiousity! Must have a look, I'm somewhat disappointed that Praetorians really done seem to be gone for good from mail order now.

More pics of this guy to follow as I get on with it, just putting the finishing touches to the legs at the moment.