Saturday, 21 February 2015

Iron Hands: Stalker anti-air tank

My Iron Hands army has to be one of the longest-gestating model projects I've done in recent years... The infantry have sat on my painting desk, accusing me of inaction with their red, unfeeling eyes: imploring me to finish some damned armour so that I can get on with the rest of the army...!

So, I painted up a "new" Stalker anti-air gun. 

Based around the Rhino chassis (when GW upgrades that sprue, most of the Marine tanks will be done for!), this is a nice model. It's another dual: allowing you to build either the Stalker or Hunter. I was actually going to magnetise the parts, to allow me to swap out the actual battlefield role, but realised midway through that I had glued on the top guns!

The major disadvantage of this kit is the cost. The price tag, in my view, clearly illustrates that this is the only ground-based anti-air option available in the Space Marine codex (discounting fortifications and allies). It's insanely expensive: I only wanted one in my army, but even so it's far too highly priced.

As an aside, it is strange how some GW kits seem to have this price premium: another example is the Centurion set, which again appears to be out synch with comparably-sized kits.

The guns are weathered with MIG powders, and the tank itself has loads of weathering. The extreme edge highlighting isn't realistic, and some might say that it doesn't sit well with the more visceral  weathering techniques. I just think that it looks cool!

The reinforced side armour plates are nice, a lot like the Vindicators extra armour panelling.

The accusing-infantry are now happily deployed around a tank...