|Punisher cannon turret, with two Space Marines to give an idea of size|
Here is my submission for the "Defensive Terrain" Theme Round - a whacko gothic space turret from Games Workshop. This is part of a rather extensive set of mutli-part plastic defensive terrain GW released a few years ago - the suitably melodramatic "Wall of Martyrs". This is part of a "Vengeance Weapons Battery" - I think it is actually called a "Punisher Cannon". This turret will defend all sorts of things in dystopian Imperium, from critical military locations to day cares!
I really, really dislike all the skullz GW designers throw on their models and figures these days, but I did like these turrets, even with the whacky skulls in the sides. I was able to leave quite a few of the skullz off (thankfully, they were separate) and the propsects for this thing to play a part in all sorts of 30k and 40k games are good. Even the overly dramatic pseudo baroque look just...works for me.
In particular, I like scenarios where you are not too sure who is controlling the turret from turn to turn...the rogue turret - always fun! Maybe more fun if you are running the scenario than playing...but still...
I do hate painting terrain - it represents time I could have put towards painting the figures! But, as Curt had said in another context, "this is a painting challenge, after all" I just sucked it up and got it painted, and it didn't take too much time. Some basic colours, some small weathering and lense effects and it's good to go! Phew! Glad to have this done, and I look forward to getting this out on the table.