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OK, did some research and found a gun that gives me the look I want in the nose.
It’s a short barreled, drum fed M2 .50 machine gun. I did some sketching to see how it would fit within the space of the nose and decided against the drum feed and go with a belt feed that goes into the center space between the guns. I can include a couple of hatches down the nose for access to the ammo hoppers.
The barrels won’t be as long as what’s in the sketch or as short in the photograph, it’s just enough to give me the right idea. I’ll add a couple of big shoota/dakka gun type weapons on either side to fill out the space with more dacha.
Whew! Now I can’t wait to get home tonight and start cutting’
Cockpit is done for now.
I almost put this aside earlier this week as I ran out of steam. Painting the cockpit made me want to do more painting and not more building. Thankfully for all of you ( 😉 ) I pushed through and started dabbling with the Deff Arsenal. I wasn’t too enthused about this as I had no real idea as to how I was going to get everything to fit, at least everything I had pulled out of my bitz that I thought should have gone into it.
I was glueing the weapons together and randomly placing guns and rockets, trying to get a feel for what should go where and what it should look liek in general when I placed the battlewagon upgrade kill kannon on the the upper nose. It really gave the feel of an eye so I played around with various tubes and realised the kannons looked too big (gasp?!) and somewhat out of place. They were really big but tended to look like two big kannons instead many barrels of smaller calibre guns slapped together. Then it struck me…
“Scratch build yourself some silly, mulit-barreled, water cooled looking machine guns with various ginourmous barrel diameters? While you’re at it, do two – one for either side! Yeah!”
So I’ve decided to scratchbuild a set of guns that look like oversized big shootas with cylinder ammo feeds with smaller, similar big shootas attached to the sides. I think this will give the deff arsenal a better “more dakka” look rather than the “more blasta” look the kill kannons would have given it. This also frees the kannons to be used on something else – something ground based. This doesn’t mean it’ll be the only gun, I’ll still be loading more weapons around the missile bays as well.
So now I’m off to the research phase on what this should look like. I’ll try to draw up some plans before going straight to the knife and p’card.
Spent some time slapping paint inside the cockpit of the blasta bommer last night. Figure I’m about half finished. I’m not going to rush things and want to make sure I spent enough time to make each part of this thing right.
The pilot and comm-grot is nearly finished and some of the reds have been blocked out and the metal decking the once over.
Some people had questions about some of the details – or lack thereof. I won’t be making a separate bombadier – he’d be stuck in the belly of the beast. The cockpit canopy will be open so you can see inside, most likely slid back or something. I just want to be careful that it doesn’t obscure too much of the interior details toward the back that I’m taking the time to make and paint.
In other news: Some of you know Big Shoota.com as a an out of date place for my ork pics and such. Well, it’s been updated recently and is continuing to be updated with new material. It was also originally intended to be a site that would grow into a resource on building and painting miniature models. BigShoota is almost 7 years old now and I’m finally getting around to adding this new section to the web.
The Big Mek Manual is a collection of things I’ve learned about modeling and miniatures over the last 30+ years. It’s going to be the site I wished I could have found in one place when I started really “painting miniatures” way back when. Basically a book about miniature modeling painting for the beginner who can use it to learn the basics and advanced techniques all in one place. It’s going to be as comprehensive as I can make it and easy to find the things you want to know – whether you’ve just picked up your first box of plastics or been painting metal models since there was lead in them.
I know, big ideas, big talk. I’ve got tons of stuff already written and it’s mostly now about getting things organized and formatted for the web (it was originally going to be a PDF book). I’ve started the process already and welcome you to take a spin around and let me know what you think. I’m going to start with only the basics, and once the basics are finished, I’ll add the intermediate techniques. When that’s done I’ll do advanced stuff and continue to update and add as time goes on.
This has been a pet project of mine for about five years now as a way to give back to everyone who has given me the inspiration to dive into this hobby and give to those who were once in my shoes the guidance they may be looking for.
Back in 2002 I was a http://www.strolf.com/ to all this Warhammer 40k hobby stuff. Oh, I played the occasional game since 1996 and had some of the models but lacked experience at the totality. I decided to learn more and hit the internet. My eyes were opened and I learned so much in those first couple of years I decided I was going to write a gigantic book/website of sorts. It was going to be the book/resource I wished I had when I started really getting into it. This, of course, was during the Wild West days the internet when the world of miniature painting was pretty small in this brave new world.
Fast forward to present day. The internet has become a vast resource for almost anything you would want to learn about 40K and modeling. It’s astounding the dearth on knowledge now out there compared to back then. I really wasn’t kidding either about writing a book… I’ve got a ton of material I’ve written over the years – but never published it. I’ve been posting progress of my work on a lot of major forums but there wasn’t anything that comprised a consolidated resource for all of that knowledge I’ve acquired since then. That’s going to change now.
The Big Mek Manual is going to be my collection of knowledge I’ve gained over the years. I want this to be a resource for both newbie gamer/modelers and for seasoned vets alike (although I don’t propose to teach too many old dogs new tricks). I’ll be starting this out with an introduction I wrote many years ago about how and why I decided to take up this particular mantle. It’s basically a three page rant about why I think I might be particularly suited to this hobby and present myself as a semi-authority on the subjects I’ll be presenting. The meat for all the new people will start with the absolute basics – really simple stuff. Tools, working environment, places to seek inspiration (other than here 🙂 ). I’ll then move on to things like working with metals versus plastics, different paint types and primers, glues and adhesives and more.
Once I have all the articles for the basic hobby knowledge I’ll branch out into things that need those foundations like blending, scratchbuilding/kitbashing (otherwise known as Looting), airbrushing and more. I’ll also be dropping tips and tricks through out the articles as there are always little things even the most experienced modeler may pick up (even like me).
What I won’t be showing is how to win a Golden Demon or sculpt with greenstuff/putty. There’s a lot I can show you but these are two areas I don’t have experience in (yet).
If you’re still here and figure you might take a further look, the menu at right will show you what’s available as I get the articles online. I’ll also try to post in my blogs when I add a new section or article. In time, I hope this becomes a valued resource for new and old modelers of all stripes.
If you have any feedback, questions, or suggestions for future topics, please email me.
I’m back from vacation and started it off right by whipping those parts grots inta shape!
Started work on the cockpit today. Put some gubbins in the back, a pilot, a control yoke and a commo-grot. Various plates, planks and rivets round out the detail.
Here’s the parts pulled out so I can prime and paint.
The big radio gubbin’ thing is a part from an old space ship model I’ve had lying around for about 25 years.The pilot, of course, is from the trukk kit and the grot’s from the stompa kit.
Here’s the detail of the interior plating…
The black marked areas are where the other cockpit parts are going to sit. I marked them out so I didn’t rivet any areas I didn’t have to.
I’m out of primer so there’ll be a little bit of running to do today before I can move on.
Tiny update tonight. Model-wise I did the bridge of the nose and glued it to the rest of the fuselage. Dat’s about it. I spent the rest of the time cleaning up my work area and sorting through bits for details for the wings, cockpit and engines. That means the main body and shape is finished, now the detailing starts. The cockpit will be first, then I’ll move to the engines and wings. Just because I’m like that though I have to post some pics.
Beauty shots! Here’s two of the plane assembled. One on it’s wheels and one in flight on the tripod. There’s a Barry-wagon in there for scale 🙂 I’m surprised this thing balances out as well as it is. I was really worried I was going to have spend some considerable time balancing this thing back and forth to get it to sit right. (thank Gork – or Mork – I don’t have too!)
I might get a change to start on filling out the cockpit tomorrow night, who knows. I’m leaving Friday for an 8 day anniversary vacation with the missus to Duluth, we love it up there. Lots of used bookstores, plenty of great food and lots of places to drink really, really good beer.
I guess the grots were let loose tonight so we got a bunch of little stuff done tonight!
I fumbled around in my head all day during work, trying to figure out how I was going to do the rokkets in the nose. I wanted them to kinda stair step, creating an angle that matched the vertical vanes to compliment the different angles going on in the shape of the nose. It all came down to biting the bullets and making “stairs” upon which the ends of the rokket tubes will project out of.
The outward ends of the tubes were to be the same length for consistency (?) so that meant the supports behind the tube mounts were going to have to change. This first pick shows how I achieved that.
Yes, tonight was about cutting lots and lots of tubing with tons of clean up. My grots fingers will be sore for a day or two after this… (and these aren’t the half of it!)
and all of the stair step platforms in place.
Then cutting more tubing to make the rokket tubes and mounting rings…
…and viola! The rokket tubes in the nose are done.
There were a bunch of different things going on in my head while trying to figure out what I wanted it to look like, and of course, this was the most time consuming and fiddly one. Now that it’s done I’m glad I went this route. It adds a lot of depth to this part of the model, and besides, it was a lot easier doing the rokkets while the front plate wasn’t mounted to the rest of the fuselage.
I still need to put some rokkets in a majority of the tubes and I might finish off the top center rib over the nose (it’ll split up the deff arsenal weapons) before gluing the whole shebang to the fuselage.
Whew! Long night of work and off to bed.
Putzin’ around with a few small things over the last few days. Built the front nose intake. The top/bottom plate and vertical posts/vanes are glued together but poster tacked into place to hold them until the glue dries. I did this so I can remove it from the main nose plate and have access to put in all the little rokkit inside, then I’ll glue it down.
I also figured out how the wheels were going to go. They seem to be balanced enough to stay level and I’m hoping they’ll support he final weight, although I’ll rarely ever use it without the tripod. I also puttied the front plate onto the fuselage – this is what the front nose plate will be glued to.
I’m working my tail off here!
I’ve now paneled up the entire tail wings. I created smaller plates using the original struts and wing panels as templates. Then I trimmed them a bit smaller and cut them into interesting shapes, sanded them a little and glued them in place. Here’s a support and the upper wings underside panels.
The finished upper tail section…
And the upper tail piece glued to the engine supports.
I’m finished with the tail for the moment, I probably won’t come back to it until I’m ready to incorporate it into the fuselage.
Up next – tires, then the nose!