The Reaper Miniatures Great Worm is a modern miniatures classic that I’ve seen pop up in many people’s collections. For a long time I’ve been taken it off the rack in a local games store and putting it back, so as not to add to my painting queue. Last time a gamer friend of mine came to visit, I got caught up in his shopping spree however and finally bought my own version – on the condition I’d paint it up quickly.
There is no particular army, game or even genre I am associating the giant worm with, so it is intended more as a piece of (dangerous) terrain. Rather than painting it purple though, which is the most commonly used colour, I felt more inspired to turn it into a sand worm.
Praetorian guardsmen find that the desert is alive
A desert death world would be a very suitable setting to use the sand worm in. I have a bunch of Rogue Trader era creatures and monsters to work on, which this fits nicely into.
The Tomb Princes of Khemri summon a great sand worm
As a creature of the desert, the giant worm would make an interesting feature in a Khemrian landscape, or for a dungeon adventure in the Lands of the Dead.
Space Wolves encounter the Shaihuludata gigantica
Even for smaller scales the figure is very well suited, as it has no features that suggest its real size – perfect for a Dune/Epic 40k crossover.
My Praetorian Imperial Guard forces for Warhammer 40k received a boost recently when I received two new squads with command and heavy weapons from an old friend.
That means I can now field an under-strength Company of six infantry squads, organised into two platoons, several heavy weapon squads, and a Command HQ.
The banner of Praetoria is carried into battle
With the increase in troop strength came the necessity for improved mobility and communications capability for the Captain and his staff.
So the Techpriests got to work and dusted off the squad’s somewhat neglected Chimera. Several days of drilling, welding and much liturgical chanting later, a state-of-the-art suborbital transmitter array was fitted, which thanks to the Chimera’s STC compliant configuration slots neatly into one of the lasgun ports.
Chimera Command tank with long-range antenna
In order to allow the relaying of orders outside the tank, a comms panel was fitted to either side of the hull.
Finally, as part of the reconsecration ceremony into the Emperor’s service, the proud Praetorian colours were painted onto the tank’s sides and new campaign markings added on the turret.
The comms panel can be linked directly into the radio transmitter
My Praetorian Imperial Guard platoon has been issued with mechanised reconnaissance capability in the shape of a Scout Sentinel. This comes as a great relief to the soldiers who until now had to conduct extended patrols on foot.
Praetorian Scout Sentinel setting off on patrol
Armed with a standard issue multilaser, it can engage light targets if hostile contact is made.
Praetorian Scout Sentinel with multilaser
The pilot is heading towards unconfirmed enemy sightings to assess the threat level to this section of the front line.
Praetorian Scout Sentinel pilot
It might not be the mightiest war machine in the galaxy, but as a regular footslogger you’d still want to get out of a Sentinel’s way.
Praetorian Scout Sentinel advancing