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Started the armoring and scrapification of the first tank…
Yes, a bit sloppy, but that’s what I’m going for. No one will mistake this for any other kind of unit on the table. Depending on schedule I’m hoping to be painting these things by next weekend. We’ll see.
Finished the skullhammas sponsons tonight. I still have the rivets to do but I’ll do them all at the end. Here ya go!
Next are the kannons.
Started the work on the pair of Skullhammas tonight. Figured I’d get the armaments done first, then I can just slap plates and rivets and call it good. I spent about 20 minutes sifting through 4 big buckets of parts and came across these parts.
I just new I’d have a use for these some day.The square bits are the packs some brands of disposable contact lenses come in – yes I kept a lot of the foil seals from them too. They will make great realistic metal plates and thin bent metals! The caps are from the automated shower cleaner bottles. Yep, I scavenged those too. It’s easy to collect these kinds of things and just throw them into a box and leave’em til ya need’em. The repetition in these kinds of things is what lends an air or function to using them in scratchbuild/kitbashes. Industrial Light and Magic uses the same techniques when making thier models for movies.
I decided to knock out the twin linked big shootas on sponsons as they contain the most fiddly bits.
Last picture shows the half finished sponsons poster tacked to the tanks. All I need to do to finish them up is some plates ib the back and side and some angle iron over the edges with rivets and I’ll call-em done. Oh yeah, a little hatch for the top of each! The little well where the contact rested make perfect hatch circles – neat!
btw – don’t expect these to be super detailed like the other work I produce, I’m purposely moving fast on these as I won’t have time otherwise to finish all of the models I need to by the beginning of October and I’ll probably only use them once or twice a year.
I’m back from vacation and work has slowly restarted on Red Jack’s Battlewagon. As I wrote in my blog yesterday, the battlewagon’s in it’s awkward stage where it’s paint job looks too clean and parts are unpainted and it may be tough to envision what the end product will look like. That’s alright, I know it’s gonna rock when it’s done.
I’ve finally started on the details – checks and glyphs. There are some areas that are not started yet – the boarding plank, the rear deck and exhaust areas. This is because I’m unsure what I want there yet. I’m in the middle of over-analyzing how I’m going to do he rust effect and how to paint the engine housing. I still need to paint the edges of the glyphs and do some research into what I want to put on the big open areas – I eft them open on purpose so I could scrawl graffiti on it, not sure what I want it to say yet. “Die ‘Umie Scun” and “Da Big Waaagh!” are some of the ideas floating around in my head right now.
I know it’s lookin’ all pretty and fresh looking but that’ll change once everything has had a once over, then the dirt/grease/paint/blood will fly!
Well, 5 months, 114 uploaded photos, at least three pots each of Scab Red, Red Gore, Blood Red, Boltgun Metal and 5 pots of Chaos Black later, I’m calling it finished.
After looking at the boyz last joyride I noticed the hydraulic arms on the roller looked a little weedy so I wrapped them in rusty barbed wire and now they look a little more menacing. I finished the “monacle” (hehe) and glued down the grot rigger salvaged from my ex-Looted Russ.
Although I’ve called it finished for now (I have a tournament in two weeks and it fits my loadout now) I do have plans for a few more add-ons such as a reinforced ram that looks like two giant Squiggoth tusks protruding out of either side where the roller attaches. I might actually make the ‘ard case someday and I will make bolt on rokkits as well. Gotta love the magnets!
Looking around at comparable sized models I’m almost thinking this thing could be the size of a Baneblade. I\’m still waiting to see one in person to make a comparison. If it is, I’ll make this a Skullhamma variant and start work on the other tank models I picked up earlier this year to make more wagons/battlewagons until the official kit comes out next year.
And now, the quick and dirty finishing shots.
Deff rolla rocks. I’ve actually taken photos during each step of the finishing of the roller. The plates started off with with a primer black base.
For the first two layers I used a wet version of dry brushing. The brush was wet and paint had been thinned down as normal, only I brushed the colors over tops of everything in very broad and almost all encompassing strokes.
IN ORDER: Tin Bits, Straight Boltgun Metal, hightlights with Chainmail.
IN ORDER: Mithril on highest highest parts and outlined edges and edges of spikes to give depth/dimension, first “magic wash” with black, second “magic wash” with Chestnut Ink.
The Mithril might seem, at first glance, to be a bit bright for an orky vehicle but my experience with washing and sealing with a matte spray (Testors Dullcote) one needs to bring your highlights up at least on or two levels higher than you think since the spray will knock back high spots considerably.
Here it is with the roller in place, I’ve already painted to the arms to match.
The rusted chain is your standard hobby jewelry chain primed black, wet brushed with Dark Flesh, Vermin Brown and then sparsely washed with Fiery Orange.
After test fitting the chain (meaning “wrapping it around ten different times”) I found where I wanted it to start and end. I prepped the start/end points by scraping away a small spot down to the bare plastic so the glue holds well. I glued one end in place, wrapped the chain and glued the other end. The chain is spot glued down in a few areas to keep the chain from slipping too much and coming loose or slipping over the spikes and comming loose.
I then used a short piece of tubing cut vertically to create two end covers to protect the bolts that adhere the chain. At least thats by excuse – in reality it just covers the ugly glue down.
Here’s the wrapped and painted roller.
The boyz got so excited at this point they just had to take the thing out for a ride. Mighty purdy dey iz! And yes, as per the 2nd Edition rules, it will hold 20 boyz.
I’ve got a few things to finish off before calling it complete – paint the spotlight “eye”, paint the lighting bolts on the roller arms and finish painting the bolt-on big shootas. All in all, I should be finished with it this week.
Ok, remember that deff rolla that went south on me a couple months back? Well, I finally forced myself to fix it. I had to as it’s nearly the only thing left to finish!
As you can see above, on top of supergluing the plates in place, I’ve screwed them down as well. Inelegant as that may seem, it’s the orky thing to do (I’m also all out of miniature duct tape). These plates will not be falling off any time soon.
After some primer and some base painting red, here’s a scale comparison shot next to the boyz trukk. Nice!
My favorite shot of the day is this one – reward for tackling the rolla.
Here’s where it stands. I’m out for a week, see ya then.
Spent some quality time with the wagon tonight and finally got some dirt on it. I finished up some of the smaller details and little things I’ve been agonizing over (hate it when I do that – they’re jut little things…).
I made up a pot of magic wash with black and did an entire base wash and got it nice and dirty. I’ll do another brown dirty wash to add some color to the grime before moving on to the rusty spots. This is gonna be fun! I will be out all next week with the missus on vacation so work will be put on hold till next weekend.
Later every one and enjoy!
Made some progress this weekend on Red Jack’s sweet new ride. Did some detail painting, adding some graffiti stuff and started painting the Kill Kannon. I’m at an impasse though. I don’t know what I should paint the main barrel. Black? Red? Steel? The reason I’m waffling is I will be writing something along the barrel (something appropriately orky, like “BOOM!” or something) and putting text over metallics will make it to hard to decerne – I learned that on my looted Russ.
Sooo – I’m taking suggestions, I’m leaning towards red but open to ideas.
Here’s how it looks right now…