Patriarch

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So my Ambot is ready, although he isnt an Ambot anymore, he is my Patriarch!!

He is ready to lead my Rogue Machine Cult as the computer virus that broke him and infected the rest of the army makes him very angry….

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Or is it something more than a virus…..something more chaotic..

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Acoyltes

So this is the first batch of my GSC alternative models.

With the idea being its a rogue machine cult which relies heavily on the munda range. So these goliaths are pitfighters that have additional arm for well fighting.

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Ambot Review

Got my hands on the Ambots box this week, as always thanks to our friends at Triple Helix..

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The plan is to use one as my Patriarch for the GSC Chaos Machine Cult. Which means I need to find a project for the second.

Anyway onto the review, the box is as per all other GW kits, so nice art splashed with pretty pictures of the models.20190415_192732847232477913376829.jpgNow the back is a little sparse, I expect this is the nature of the kit and how the options are more limited.20190415_1927421278990881194561929.jpgWhat is perhaps most surprising thing about this kit is that, although the 2 models look different. It is actually the same kit, with additional legs and head being the only differences.This does mean the kit is almost a snap-fit kit but more advanced, any conversion work you wish to do is going to need some heavy chopping and changing on the part of the modeler.

20190415_192956(0)1959630930747173139.jpgThe instructions are great as always (but like other non-core kits only in black and white).

20190415_1928544477196161858844295.jpgAs you can see (well you would have if I had remembered to put the kits in the same orientation….) that the box gives you 2 identical spures.

20190415_1929046716936877132384804.jpgThe details are very nice and the kit goes together very very quickly.

20190415_1928598573461814048139570.jpgThere some nice little details for the kit like the cogs on the back section, which in typical GW fashion you wont see much of once built, if you use the shoulder guard-shield thingy.

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So the build was easy enough, the kit doesn’t require much thinking about as there is not much to the options. This on top of square pegs on connections means he builds quickly which is great if you want are wanting the standard poses. I did try and mix things a little by having the legs of bot A and the arms from bot B.

Which does add a little more to the options but not you much. As mentioned if you are wanting something more dynamic or very different will need plenty of work.

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So he is a bulky model that fills the 40mm base really well. I will say this again the munda bases are soooo sexy I wish I could use them everywhere..

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Always need a backside shot as well, showing off some of the little details. It really shows the tech level GW are working at as the hand/arm section is almost one piece but they still manage to give us some nice tubing details.

Finally a scale shot of the bot with a little Ghoul and one of my converted Acolytes from the Goliath kit.

I think he is going to work nicely as Patriarch model once he is painted up.

All hail the Emperor of the Machine

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Overall,

So as a kit the price point of £18.75 (from our friends at THG) is really good. Although they are Munda models, I think they have the potential to be really popular with a lot of modelers. Yes I am being a tad lazy and not doing much to make it into Patriarch, but Ork players are going to love it. I almost think they have the potential to fit into some marine forces or ad mech ones.

Beyond that its a fun little kit regardless.

#WIPWednesday Goliath Truck

So those keeping up I have been flirting with GSC. In the sense I am building towards a chaos/machine cult with a heavy mad max theme.

As I wanted a mounted force I need trucks and well cults generally have to make do and mend/steal.

So I went with that and used some old leman russ chassis I had from my fallen knights I wasnt using.

But I needed open top and space for transport, so start the a-team music and off we go.

Admittedly it’s far from done as need weapons and some more support struts on the side and well bit more mad max.

But as a start I am liking it so far.

Bloodthirster Review

When you absolutely have to have something crushed into the ground with no messing, there is only one model you really need to consider! Its time for a look at the Bloodthirster!

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Big old box time and scary looking monster!

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Looks like the kit gives you plenty of options, with perhaps a chance to do some magnetizing for weapon options and we all love magnets.

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When even the box tab is angry!

So we get 2 spures in the box, crammed full with parts. The first thing that draws the eye is the wings; They are beastly, I mean that is a lot of plastic in those. But more worryingly is the small contact points, I like to mag things like wings but I think this may end up like Morty and need to be glued in place which is a shame.

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The quality is as you would expect with GW, and perhaps I may get fed up with saying that 😀 but its true, there are lots of amazing models out there in the hobby but as long as the feel of a model is up your street you are not going to get a better shiny than a GW one.

Now time for some filthy close up shots of the sprue. The detail is always amazing, just look at how veiny he is they are everywhere..

While the weapons on this kit are frankly bonkers, the size of them is just………words fail me.

You can imagine anyone getting hit by one of these is going to be mist.

That is what a BT should be the most primal hitting machine in the universe. With only Heroes being very heroy being able to even handle them. To the extent I look forward to the time when we dont need the flying angry dog of Khorne and we just have massive axes zooming round the board making mist.

Looked at the 2-handed axe its taller than the model itself, and the axe is larger than most models.

The building was pretty straight forward and he balances really well despite only having 1 contact point to the base. Admittedly I went for foot down rather than the leaping skull base thingy mainly as if he was on that he wouldn’t fit on my shelves..

I was disappointed the wings did prove to be too tricky to mag up, mainly because it would have needed significant work within the model itself to make it happen.

Also the different weapon options could have been magnetised, well the other 2 seperate hand weapon builds anyway. The angles needed for the 2-handed axe with the different arms would have been great ‘fun’ to make work.

So I did chicken out and just stuck him together but I have plans for all those delicious spares 😀

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Like the Wrathmongers before the chain section is actually pretty robust for a loose section. But I will ensure its stuck down once painting is complete for my sanity (more than likely onto the wing itself).

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Overall

A stunning model that is going to make an amazing centre piece to an army and lets face it, thats as it should be for a Greater Daemon!

One additional thing that really surprised me is his size! After dealing with the bulk of a GUO last year. Having such a small big model caught me by surprised. His bulk is mainly from his wings and weapons. The actual body is pretty slim, as you can she compared to a Riptide.

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So for the price of £52.50 from our friends over at Triple Helix Wargames, you are getting a very sexy model that is going to be great fun to paint. But perhaps he is showing he is angry because he is the smallest Greater Daemon 😉