Thursday 29 April 2021

2nd Edition Army Challenge: Dark Angels Predator Annihilator TO-DONE!!!


Hi folks,

April has been a particularly hectic month, in which I have been navigating a whole bunch of family and work commitments. Don't get me wrong, most of it has been great, but it has pinched most of my hobby time. I spent two weeks on holidays at the beach, a couple of days in the mountains running a school camp and a week with my wonderful sister just catching up. Somewhere, in the midst of all that, I managed to finish this Predator off for the challenge. 

This model was lying in way too many parts in my bitz box, after a moving house catastrophe about 10 years ago. To see it all (well... mostly) restored makes me very happy. It was originally a gift from my sister, back when I was 14 years old, and it was a regular feature in my armies for a long time. There are a few things I still need to touch up, but for the sake of meeting the deadline, I'm calling it done.

I have posted some photos of it in the 2nd Edition Facebook group, and people seem to really like the positioning of the hunter-killer missile. I remember when I went to do the conversion, my main motivation was to stop it from drawing too much attention! By mounting it on the hull it helps to preserve the classic silhouette of the Predator. The only thing it is missing is the classic stormbolter mount on the hatch. Amazingly, Jon from the 2nd Ed. Challenge has offered to send me one; I think we have set a record for the lightest trans-pacific bitz postage! Once I receive it I will be replacing the hatch, hopefully in time for the reveal at the end of the challenge.

Here are some final shots:

And here is a photo of the tank squadron I have built up so far. I would love to have an old Whirlwind one day, but that will have to wait for a special occasion. I am eBay cold turkey for the foreseeable future!

See you across the table,



  1. Replies
    1. Cheers mate :-) I just need to find a Whirlwind... and convince wifey to buy it for me!

  2. I just love seeing these classic models treated with such respect. Great work!

    1. Cheers, it was a labour of love, this one.

  3. Really a beautiful engine! Love the picture of the car park, they look great together.

    1. Thanks! It is nice to be working on them in such a short period of time; so much easier to keep the colours consistent.