Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Predatory State of Mind

Greetings once again! I continued work on a couple of Crusade-era Blood Angel vehicles both of which happen to be Predators. I was given an original Baal Predator by a good friend of mine and while it was slightly damaged and missing some parts I managed to revive it! Here she is ready to roll once again:

Here are a couple of views from the side:

I really enjoy the original models, seeing them brings me back to the days when I first started playing 40k. To continue the Predatory State of Mind theme I finished up the Predator AAV which was used extensively during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy.

The Predator Armoured Assault Vehicle was a natural pairing for the Astartes Legions as their crusaded to conquer the stars. In the golden age of the Imperium it became a common sight alongside the ranks of the Imperial Army and the garrison forces who remained behind on compliant worlds. Over the centuries as the crusade was engulfed in heresy and the heresy gave way to the Scouring and renewal that followed, the Predator evolved into a more varied and heavier beast and the AAV (or Mark I as it would later be designated) found itself superseded and relegated to private armies and surplus depots. But in the 31

The Predator AAV is used in the Tempus Fugitives Age of the Emperor expansion. The build of the Predator AAV can be found here. I would like to say thanks to Blood and Skulls for an awesome kit that was a pleasure to work with! Enough about the AAV here are some pictures in its transportation configuration:


As a option, the Predator AAV can give up its transport capacity and mount side sponsons (similar to the modern Predators). Here is a view of the AAV with its weapons (which are magnetized) deployed:

Here is a close up view of the side sponsons:

While I was waiting for various things to dry on the workbench I managed to knock out 3 objective markers. Since I will be traveling with these to England I wanted to have a little fun with them. If you look closely the bunker entrance has 'WMD' posting on it and the fuel depot has a barrel of oil and lots of gas. I had to poke a little fun at our country and its tendencies.

That is all for now. There will be a Sanguinius WIP update later in the week! Just waiting for a break in the weather that will allow him to get primered and a bunch of stuff to get their second sealant coat. Take care and thanks for looking! Comments always welcome!
st Millennium on the battlefields of a thousand worlds, the Predator AAV was an unrivalled combination of armour, firepower and speed.

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