A Miniature Odyssey

Miniature Gaming Reviews, Tutorials & Musings

Product Review: Sarissa Precision Chateau — November 5, 2017

Product Review: Sarissa Precision Chateau

I apologise for not posting far more often. In spite of the silence, my free time in the late hours of the night has still been hard at work. Stay tuned for another Chaos Renegades/Warp Cult update.

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In order to prevent myself from burning out on painting a massive army, that in spite of being customized, uses a limited palette of colour, I have begun dividing my time between the models and the continuation of a massive terrain table.

That has brought me to today’s review of the Sarissa Precision Chateau and Fountain. This has been my first acquisition of laser-cut scenery. My opinion of the concept of laser-cut scenery has historically been very low. Compared to the alternatives offered by GW, FW Realm of Battle tiles and (especially) the out-of-print FW terrain, laser-cut scenery always seemed to lack dimension.

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With that said, while scouring the internet for scenery ideas for the Big Project, I came across the Sarissa Chateau. It occurred to me that in spite of that low opinion, I had never actually even tested laser-cut scenery.  I discovered the Chateau and liked it’s somewhat gothic look. Being similar enough to GW, yet unique enough to stand out, I decided to order it along with a Fountain.

What I found surprised me. It looked good. It was reasonably priced. Most importantly… it was incredibly easy to build!

I type easy to build with two caveats; the stairs, and the addition of floors. First, the stairs were the only construction challenge. They were simply a pain. My solution ended up being tweezers and patience. This was probably the longest part of the overall assembly.

My other concern was that this is not modular to the point of adding more floors. More floors can be added, but require additional cutting. Having seen the final product I have decided to build another to add a floor to the building. Four floors is better then three. However, this will require modification for fit.

The end result, and first attempt at laser-cut added up to perhaps two hours worth of assembly. I imagine that that time could be drastically reduced once beyond the first-timer uncertainty.

At this point, the idea occurred to me which was seconded by my three-year old son, that this would become the capital estate in the Big Project. Alas, we have Kalidor Manor!

While I cannot speak for all laser-cut scenery, I am happy with the model produced by Sarissa Precision and recommend them as a supplement to the GW scenery purists.

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More to come on the Big Project.

As always, feedback is always welcome.

Regards,

Mr. Kalidor

 

 

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Organized Chaos: Chaos Infantry Preview — May 2, 2017

Organized Chaos: Chaos Infantry Preview

As aforementioned in the last post, Basilisk Artillery Tanks and Armoured Sentinels need to be complimented with the appropriate levels of Infantry support.

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As such, a puzzle of kit-bashes has been in the works. The 110 models you see before you represents a combination of the following:

  • Vraksian Renegades
  • Cadian Shock Troops
  • Cadian Command Squads
  • Catachan Jungle Fighters
  • Catachan Command Squads
  • Imperial Guard Tank Crew Components
  • AoS Chaos Marauders
  • AoS Arch Flagellants
  • Dark Vengeance Cultists
  • Genestealer Cult Conversion Kits
  • A literal crap-ton of miscellaneous ‘bitz’

They have all been thrown together to represent a cohesive yet visually divisive force of that will represent to Troop base of either an Imperial Armour Renegades & Heretics list or a 30K Warp Cult.

Each infantry squad will eventually contain twelve models which means that most of the pictures squads have yet to see their respective Champions and Icon/Standard Bearers.

Also yet to be constructed or converted are a variety of HQ and support units including:

  • Command Squad(s)
  • Enforcers
  • Apostate Preachers
  • Tempestus Scions to be converted to Chaos Grenadiers
  • Heavy Weapons Squads
  • Orgryn Berzerker Squad with Chaos Hounds
  • Greater Brass Scorpion
  • Rogue Psykers
  • Chaos Leman Russ Battle Tanks and Variants
  • Chaos Baneblade Super Heavy Tank

This represents my most ambitious project too date, and as can be seen, just the basic infantry will take a long while to complete. They will follow the same colour scheme as tested on the Basilisks and Sentinels.

As for painting, the first batch will be the Dark Vengeance Cultists. They are the least modified models pictured (really the only modification to them are the addition of Catachan Vox Casters).

Stay tuned for updates

 

Organized Chaos: Chaos Sentinels WIP — January 9, 2017

Organized Chaos: Chaos Sentinels WIP

Supporting the Chaos Basilisk troop we have their Forward Observer team; three armoured sentinels.

The paint scheme follows the same process used for the Basilisk troop albeit on a smaller scale.

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Again these have been collecting dust since the first iteration of Apocalypse. I like the models but simply never got around to them. Ah, the old days where even plastic kits came with metal components; in this case the front ‘headlight’ assembly. Having wished they were initially the armoured variety, metal mesh normally used in sculpture was added to create the ‘safety cage’.

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Textured diamond pattern styrene was cut from sheets to add the ‘roof’.

Always thinking the weapons were far to small for the gun-heavy 40K universe, I replaced them with the Autocannons that come with the Astra Militarum Heavy Weapons Squad.

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The lead vehicle has the Chaos component of the Command Sprue attached to the roof while the remaining vehicles have shields attached to their roofs care of the Age of Sigmar Chaos Marauders set.

Finally some hooks and spikes were added from the Chaos Rhino sprue.

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Next up they, along with the Basilisk troop will be mightily weathered befitting the used and abused yet functional nature of this particular Renegade Cohort.