The Stouthearted Praetorian Guard Part 16 – A big post… A Garrison and Zulu One.

G’day gang,

This is a big post (lots of words and pictures) so grab a glass of port, a cigar and someone to massage your head and shoulders and enjoy.

Firstly a covid-19 update.

My family and I are all good. The girls are all keeping themselves busy with hobbies and games etc. If they start getting annoyed with each other they just go off and do their own thing for a bit.

It’s work as usual for me, so far at least. Customers, if I see them, keep their distance. My wife may have to live at the ambulance call centre because her job is absolutely vital and, believe it or not, there’s only about 200 staff members (back of house) for the ambulance services here in Victoria Australia. Ie. Call takers, dispatchers and managers etc. So far she is coming home after each shift though.

The country is in stage 3, which means we can only be outside for exercise (once a day), to go to the shops, work or if you need to provide care for someone.

I’m not worried about getting the virus but I have become a zombie…

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Haha, actually I was just a makeup model for my eldest daughter who was practicing for her drama course. I suggested the blood and actually used Blood for the blood god paint from games Workshop hahaha. Worked a treat.

Onto Hobby stuff!

Behind the scenes of my Gigantic Rorke’s Drift project I’ve been chipping away at more gear for my, forever expanding, 31st Stouthearted Praetorian army.

I don’t know what you guys do but before I start painting I get myself a strong coffee, tea or beer, put on music (either my “warhammer playlist” which consists of over 500 songs of movie themes, game themes, dark electronica, metal, Viking  music, Gregorian chants etc OR old time rock n roll from Buddy Holly to the Kinks). This gets me kind of pumped and right in the mood to paint. What’s your ritual?

I’m a MASSIVE fan of the movie (The John Wayne one) The Alamo and, as you know, Last Stand type battles.

Not only is The Alamo movie based on true events during the Texas Revolution (1835-1836) but it’s also a story about showing courage in the face of insurmountable odds. Much like Rorke’s Drift and the battle of Camarón.

Against the odds/David and Goliath type stories really intrigue and appeal to me. I think courage is an inherent thing. Either you have it or you don’t and I wouldn’t blame anyone for not having it in the face of certain doom. However, to be able to dig deep in times of despair is something I find quite awesome.

Of course courage can be shown in many, different ways and not just in the extremes of battle. Take for instance the fires that ravaged my country at the beginning of the year. I constantly heard stories of people helping wildlife and firefighters fighting to save homes while their own homes burned to the ground. Incredible.

The most courageous people I’ve ever met, who I am lucky enough to call my close friends, are a salt of the earth couple who’ve had far too much shit thrown their way. However they keep on keeping on.

The Alamo was a Spanish Mission/Compound which still stands today and is now a museum. Famously, Ozzie Osbourne was busted pissing on it (horribly disrespectful) and was arrested. When he got out of jail he went back and pissed on it again. (Mildly amusing).

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The movie, the building and, of course, the story was the main inspiration behind me wanting a fort or Garrison for my Praetorian Guard Army. After all every man needs a castle.

The Garrison for The 31st Stouthearted Praetorian Guard is called…

FORT HARLECH (named after Harlech Castle in Wales). The Song, “Men Of Harlech” was sung by the welsh in the movie Zulu. I’m still not 100% if there was much singing going on at the real Rorke’s Drift though.

I decided that the entire layout of this fort/garrison project would be quite big and, therefore, had to be modular ie able to separate for storage reasons. Even the tiles aren’t necessary but sort of helped with the initial plan.

Here is the, very rough (I’m no draftsman), sketched plan.

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I spread the whole project over four 300×300 (mm) cork tiles.

Tile one would hold the Keep/Bastion with outer sandbagged barricades.

Tile two would have an old and ruined section that has been barricaded and fortified. This area would also act as a landing zone for a Valkyrie. (Aircraft).

Tile three and four would be a heavy defence line.

I also wanted to include a gate that was movable. I went with a similar approach that the Mad Max two (The Road Warrior) movie went with. Instead of a bus though, I used a shipping container on rails that is able to be hauled backwards and forwards to allow entry and exit for troops, supplies and tanks.

I wanted canon positions too.

The sketch doesn’t show this as it was a bit of an afterthought but I also wanted a redoubt.

Lastly I wanted an area for Bromheads tank to park (tile 3).

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So here’s the aerial shot to compare to the sketch.

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Let’s get into the breakdown.

The “Bastion” from game’s workshop is an old and simple kit but a nice one so I decided this would be the central building to the garrison. The “keep” if you will.

Here’s what the original looks like.

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For mine I went with a drab white with some battle damage including a large chunk missing from the parapet.

I also gave the keep a rear door.

The front door gained a more interesting entry with the addition of small walls on either side and an lamp overhead.

The ruined section, on tile 2, was just slung together but was fun to build and paint. Obviously a bit of a weak spot for the whole Garrison too as it’s defences aren’t exactly solid. I figure enough guardsmen lined up will act well as a human shield though *insert evil laugh* Fresh Meat To The Grinder!!!! I also used some of the ruined walls for another, smaller section on tile four. (Bottom left in the aerial pic).

The Wall Of Martyrs from GW would act as a good solid defence line for the south end of the compound and also for the redoubt. They were fairly quick and fun to paint. I added some light spatters of blood to give the idea that guardsmen have been severely wounded or have lost their lives recently while manning  the defences.

The canons dotted around are from Victoria Miniatures and were easy to assemble and paint.

The sandbag barricades are from Baueda miniatures and are really nicely detailed resin pieces. I have a box load but only needed a few pieces for some of the defence lines.

The Container/Gate thing is from GW and I used sprues for the rails and yes it actually does slide back and forth hehe.

As mentioned, it’s all modular (nothing stuck to the tiles) so I can use all the bits and pieces for whatever I want and how I want. I just felt, for the project, it would make sense to approach it like it was just one big garrison.

Alright you’ve been patient hehe now here are the photos.

Veteran Praetorian Guardsmen manning the parapet of the Keep with Colonel Holton watching the goings on.

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Lord Mayall and his Co-Pilot preparing to board a Valkyrie.
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Praetorian Line Infantry watching the horizon on the south wall.

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Bromhead and his tank preparing to leave Fort Harlech via the container-gate.

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A Praetorian sniper takes aim from his position in some ruins.

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Captain Caine mans the Redoubt with a select few Praetorian Guardsmen.

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Veterans man the north wall and some canon positions. 

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Ox guards the front the door to the keep.
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Militia rush to the East wall to help Priest Silus

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Zulu One

Back when I painted Lord Mayall

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I knew I needed a plane. Otherwise a pilot  without a plane is just a man or woman haha.

I was going to go with something a little more classic like a Bi-Plane but I’ve painted a couple of those over the years so I wanted something more impressive and solid. A tank for the sky! Then it hit me, not literally, A Valkyrie from Games Workshop. Perfect and pretty obvious too as it’s a flyer, specifically, for the imperial guard. Haha.

As you’ll see I went with an open hull so you can see the pith helmeted gunners. I painted the inside of the hull, or is it called the fuselage, first because, obviously, once it was put in place I’d have a lot of trouble getting my brushes in there. Due to this I took some shots before putting it all together so you could see some of the details inside. Usually I don’t think ahead like that so bravo ME haha.

As Lord Mayall flies the damn thing I decided to glue shut the canopy to the cockpit and paint the glass like it was tinted. Otherwise you’d A: see it was empty or B: see some other goon in there and I can’t actually squeeze the metal Lord Mayall into the cockpit… sheesh.

I’m  particularly happy with the “nose art”. Not hand painted but hand picked haha. I was quite chuffed with myself when I thought of having the old school nose art and I think it gives the aircraft a lot more character. I’m also pleased with the red and blue as it matches the tank and ties in with the overall colour scheme of the whole army.

Another thing I’m happy with is the name, Zulu One. It’s a mix of two of my favourite movies, Zulu and Rogue One. Plus, of course, it ties in with the theme of the army as well. PLUS it’s just a cool name for a plane.

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So there you have it. Quite a big post with a lot to get through but I hope you enjoyed it. I tried to make it snappy and fun to read.

Needless to say I had an absolute ball planning, building and painting all this. It was good to finish off the veterans too. I’m really pleased with the Bastion and the defences but I think my favourite piece is Zulu One. So chuffed with that lovely flyer.

Just for fun here are even more pix haha.

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Cheers

IRO

 

 

 

46 thoughts on “The Stouthearted Praetorian Guard Part 16 – A big post… A Garrison and Zulu One.”

  1. Oh it’s zombie make-up, I did think you were looking more handsome than usual. That’s an incredible bit of work you’ve produced there, that Valkyrie looks great, the nose art is a great touch. Love the fort as well, that’s a massive project in and of itself. One of the first big projects I ever did as a hobbyist was a fort (made it out of old yogurt pots and cardboard) and I can tell you now it was extremely shit. I was supremely proud of it at the time though. Needless to say yours is much better. Glad you’re keeping ahead of the Covid and well done to your wife, that’s got to be tough but it’s really important work she’s doing so hats off to her.

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    1. Haha thanks mate. I’m thinking of wearing the makeup to work from now on. Nothing wrong with scratchbuilt forts from what you have laying around. It can be a lot of fun. Do you have a picture of it? Yeah the wife said she will do what she has to do, she’s pretty tough.

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      1. Ah you should, there’s a postman somewhere been doing his rounds dressed as Little Bo Peep to cheer people up, he’s become quite famous for it. You could be the zombie gardener!
        I think I might have some pictures of the fort on a harddrive somewhere, dunno exactly where though. Not sure if I should dig out or leave it to the imagination though!

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  2. Glad you and yours are all doing well. Hope it doesn’t get to tough on your good lady as things roll on. It might be the quality of the images on my tablet but the zombie make up looks very subtle and it’s hard to see much difference! 😉

    Have had a splendid time going through all the images on this post. Well done on so much detail and interest which you have squeezed into just about every part of this model. Of course I love Lord Flash but all the figures look excellent and as for that plane, excellent. Looks like you pulled of your base design perfectly as well. Bravo IRO truly fabulous! 🤗👏👏

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    1. Aww thanks man. I really poured a lot into this. Time, effort and creativity so I’m really pleased you like it. The makeup was definitely and improvement and enjoyed scaring the shit out of the family. My wife is a tough cookie, she has to be to do the job but more importantly put up with my craziness hehe

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  3. Really impressive stuff and really nice that everyone of the figures is a character in his own right.

    Oh one thing, you said at the start that you were posting pictures of yourself as a zombie? But silly you posted ones of you before the make up went on! Please put this right 😉

    Cheers Roger.

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  4. That is amazing- a superb base. You could game all month on a set up like that. Love the little details like the container on rails.

    The zombie make up is cool. We played a giant zombie game wher one of the gms kept popping off to the toilet to apply make up very subtly turning himself into a zombie… took people quite a while to twig. Most people thought he had flu.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  5. Can always count on you to bring the crazy and some mini madness! Great amount of work there IRO, holy crap!

    My fave is that Zulu One jet, which I’m pretty sure you stole from TIM. But hey, he’s old and probably don’t remember at this point, so who cares!

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  6. We’ll finally finished ! The boys have said it all mate , an amazing amount of work !😳it’s taken me my lunch time and more but was highly entertaining . The one big plus for your wife is the lack of traffic on the roads , maybe less accidents ? I’m In Wantirna and work in Bayswater north and what normally takes me 20 minutes is back to the 10 it took me 9 years ago when I started this job ! Keep the family fit and entertained, cheers Pat

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    1. She actually said it has been a lot quieter at work, mostly due to no drunken parties fights and drug overdoses etc. The roads are eerily quiet. I’m in Ferntree Gully and did a two jobs in Wantirna today haha. Small world

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      1. Sorry mate ! I got distracted and failed to reply , old age and strange times ! Wantirna you said ! That’s us the suburb of old folk ! We do need your kind of help over here , all though I live next to the old folks home in Kidderminster I’m not in there yet ! I’m over the road half way up the hill on the right in the place my daughter says is down right overgrown and scary , so if you are passing and you look up the drive and see an old codger working on a diorama in his garage feel free to pop in , mate !

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  7. Loved the tour around the fort with its range of characters and armaments and I might take another real soon. I also like the grime on the jet, I sense it gets a lot of use and not much by way of a wash.

    Hopefully it’s just the makeup but you make a great undead person!

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  8. I knew it, I knew it! The Government are trying to pretend that it is Covid-19, but here is proof that it is really a Zombie Apocalypse! This is so going viral!!! 🙂

    Regards, Chris

    Is 10 a.m. too early to be halfway down my first bottle of Port for the day?

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  9. Where to begin? I’m so impressed with all of this that I’m afraid that I would slight any aspect of this by failing to say how cool it all is. My faves? The Valkyrie, especially the nose art. The fort itself and the modular design. The photography – just excellent.

    Stay safe. As I write this I just finished hearing your interview with your beloved on the podcast – amazing.

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      1. Oh yeah. I’m 15 minutes into 52 (and congrats on the 1 year anniversary). I’ve been listening on the treadmill as we’re locked down, but at nearly a couple of hours each those podcasts take a while to listen to! Still, I do, because you make me smile. Will be sending you a feedback email, but your wife sounds lovely and a perfect ying to your yang.

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      2. You amuse me! I still try to keep up. Helps me to focus on something other than the current horror. And wtf, you guys are friends (or mates as you would say). So at an average of 90-120 minutes each (not counting longer episodes, relistens, and your shorter stories, I’ve spent between 3 and 4 24 hour days with you guys. Adjusting for sleep, that’s like a work week + with you and Big Waz. Like a fungus, you grow on me 🤪

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  10. Wow, this entire post is filled to the brim with awesomeness! 😀 Loved all the pictures, and it was especially cool seeing your rough sketched out plans compared to how it all came out. Very cool!
    Love, love, LOVE the pinup girl painted on the Zulu One! ❤ It really does add a lot of character and is a nice historic callback.
    I'm glad things are going well for you and your family even with all the craziness going on in the world. 🙂 It sounds like you guys are keeping things fun. I hope your wife gets to keep coming home at the end of her shifts instead of having to live at her place of work. I can't even imagine. A few of the group homes linked to my work have had to go into full lock-down mode, including the employees not being able to go home. That has to be rough. 😦
    My state had to extend their Stay at Home order through the end of this month and a lot of people are being complete morons and (insert a few other choice words here) about it because they feel that "their rights are being taken away" from them.
    It's beyond frustrating seeing so many people who don't even care about keeping people safe and not overwhelming our hospitals despite the fact that our state has the third highest confirmed cases in our country. I really feel for our governor. She flat out had to say during yesterday's press conference that people can continue to be mad at her and express their anger toward her, and that she'll always respect and protect their right to freedom of speech, but that she's still going to do whatever it takes to keep them safe and not overwhelm our healthcare workers. Our idiot president has even singled her out as "that woman from Michigan" and has made juvenile jabs at her over Twitter multiple times. Anyway, sorry for the rant there, haha, it's just frustrating how selfish and careless so many people are being during this pandemic. Otherwise than that, we've been holding up well here in our home. 🙂 Lots of writing, reading, playing games, watching movies, etc. We did some yard work, but Michigan's weather has been crazy. The other day it was sunny, then snowing, raining, hailed 4 times, and that was all just on one day. 😛
    Take care and continue having fun and keeping safe!

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    1. Thanks for the comments. I had a lot of fun with this one. The nose art on Zulu one is actually a decal but I wish I could paint that good haha. On our podcast we have a bloke from Jersey who sends us weekly recorded updates on the covid-19 situation for his area. He’s a nurse and has said the same thing as you. Lots of idiots out there doing the wrong thing. He also said because of budget restrictions they’ve been forced to re-use protective equipment like masks etc. That kind of defeats the purpose. He’s also not a fan of Trump. I feel so lucky that I’m still able to work. My kids start their online schooling today and we are making that exciting and fun for them. I’m still seeing idiots around congregating in groups. My job is just me and if I do see a client they’re usually behind the door and keeping their distance. Take care

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      1. Oof. I feel for your friend in Jersey who is a nurse. It’s horrible that they’ve been having to reuse PPE. You’re right, definitely defeats the purpose. Kudos to him for busting his ass under these conditions to help people. That’s part of the reason I get so angry with people who aren’t taking this mess seriously. It’s like on one hand, they say “thank you” to all the healthcare workers for doing what they’re doing, but then they turn right around and risk exposing themselves and others and risk making things harder for healthcare workers by overwhelming the system. I’m glad things are still going well for you at work. My state is slowly starting to open back up the economy but it’s going in phases, so Mr. Moth goes back tomorrow, but my line of work may not even open up til some point in July at the soonest from the sound of it. I’m thankful that our governor is taking things seriously and going slowly to reopen the state. I just feel for her that she is getting all kinds of crazy death threats over it. This whole thing has really put a spotlight on how much idiocy is out there.

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      2. The virus is one thing but it’s the people that are the problem. Here in Australia the rules are relaxing a little bit that’s just encouraged everyone to jump back in the deep end. I, personally, think it’s better to take it all easy. Slowly go back to normality is a better approach

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  11. Epic post, mate – there’s a literally amazing amouint of work that you’ve put into all aspects of that setup, seriously impressive!
    Love the Valkyrie and the nose art, love Lord Flash, and all the little details across the entire piece and the troopers throughout – the shipping container/gate is such a trope of games and different types of text and it’s pretty sweet to see it built on a tabletop – and even moreso as a functional one!
    If you don’t mind a little suggeston though… there was one thing that stood out to me to makeit even better and more authentic feeling – lighting! Some poles with batteries of lights and perhaps even a watch tower or two with spotlights

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