Heavy Support

Painting and Deff Rolla Fix

by on June, 16, 2008 in Heavy Support, Scratchbuilt Battlewagon - Comments Off on Painting and Deff Rolla Fix

I know this isn’t what you guys would want to see in an update but it’s where I’m at. Things are slow going since it’s summer (finally) here in the northern US, although I did get a chance to sit down and start slapping some more paint down.

I’ve gotten a majority of the red areas blocked out and done. Blocked in white where I’ll be doing checkers with a micropen. Started base painting the metallic areas with black/bolt gun mix going up through bolt gun. The reds are the standard GW progression, the scab red applied with a brush (over the Mecharite Foundation) and put the rest on with a sponge technique as to enhance dirty/worn out effect, but I didn’t go all the way through the blood red as I’ll save that for the highlighting after weathering.

This is my thought process for painting this beast. I’ll paint it in somewhat “new” condition and not worry so much about painting in all the dirty and grime early. The paint job will be “fresh” and then I’ll grease/grime/rust it up so all the underlying paint is actually under the crud. When that’s all said and done I’ll go back and do any highlighting and bringing the colors up to where I need them before sealing it.

The deff roller is in sad shape as you can see below. The glue I used didn’t quite take enough so the plates are falling off. I’ll most likely remove them all, scratch the pvc pipe up real good, maybe even drill small holes for the epoxy (which is what I’ll use next time to hold onto. Lessen learned. Regular model glue doesn’t hold to pvc.

Begin the Bedazzler!

by on May, 12, 2008 in Heavy Support, Scratchbuilt Battlewagon - Comments Off on Begin the Bedazzler!

How’s this for motivation? My wife walks into the office, I’m hunched over the workbench sanding some spikey bits. She takes a look at the deff roller and remarks..

“Oh look, honey. You’ve Bedazzled your Ork thingy!”

Ok, that’s is, there will be primer on this thing before the day is out. In a hurry, I finished the arms for the roller and all the myriad bits I’m gonna put on it. Here’s a group shot before primering…

I finished off the other details areas that need to be done before painting. there’s a bunch of other little things like barbed wire, grots and bits I can put on later. I don’t mind scraping a little paint for gluing. On to painting!

After primering up what I thought was enough chain, I looked at the pics and figured I could use a lot more chain on that roller. Here I’ve started blocking sections out with Mechrite Red.

Shiney New Deff Rolla

by on May, 08, 2008 in Heavy Support, Scratchbuilt Battlewagon - Comments Off on Shiney New Deff Rolla

OK, let’s get this out of your system right away. Pretty eh? Nice shiny Eldar like jewels encrusting that new Deff Rolla? Hahahaha lol lol lol You’ll be laughing when dem gems are crushing all yourz skulls inta bloody pulps!!! Mash. mash, MASH!

I myself will have a hard time taking this thing with any seriousness until I primer it.

Now let me explain… I’ve been wrestling with how to pull off the shallower, pyramid like spikes on the deff roller. (I started to assemble some bikes while I was hatching my ideas) I don’t have the materials/skills right now to mold my own, although I might look into adding that ability in the future. I though a lot about MonkFish’s suggestion about the studded belt pyramids and after looking at them, I couldn’t find ones small enough. I spent lunch yesterday at the local mega-craft store and the closest I found were these.

Pretty, I know, and they don\’t actually come to a complete point, but I think the smallest ones will do. I can always knick up the edges to make them look like they were spiky but have been worn down after a multitude of victims. I’ll have to primer this soon…lol

I-beam mincers to chew things up more. I’ll be adding some chain wrapped around the roller as well – I think that’ll be enough detail to keep da enemy mesmorized enough while I crush’em good.

With the roller work almomst done, I moved on to fixing the end arms/attachment points. I moved the magnets to the sides of the struts and started building boxes aside the drivers compartment to meet them. I’ll built new housings around the green parts too as they just aren’t quite what I envisioned, not junky looking enough!

Aaaand here’s how it sits now with the roller attached. I need to finish off the attachment points for both contact points, cap the ends of the roller axles, battle damage the roller surface and add some spiky/knifey bits to the ends of the roller. THEN I can force myself to finish the drivers compartment. Whew!

Did I mention I started those bikes?

Spikey Deff Rolla!

by on May, 02, 2008 in Heavy Support, Scratchbuilt Battlewagon - Comments Off on Spikey Deff Rolla!

Quick post. I put in an hour last night. One hour. An entire hour. And produced this.

I’m trying to figure out the easiest way to make the wider, flatter pyramid spikes that should adorn the roller plates.

Thanks for all the ideas and suggestions! I wish there was a grot manufacturer in the area. I’ve got a ton of grots but not the really dynamic ones (flattened, crawling, etc.) and I don’t have the funds to ebay willy nilly at the moment so I’ll keep these in mind and try to get a hold of them in the future to add to the character if this beast.

Hiding Magnets

by on April, 28, 2008 in Heavy Support, Scratchbuilt Battlewagon - Comments Off on Hiding Magnets

I got a few responses about how/where I hid the magnets for the Kill Kannon.

Here’s were the mags are hidden…

One of the parts containing the magnets is glued to the deck with a very (paper) thin sheet of styrene glued over it so the force isn’t weakened so much and it paints over easy. The other part is glue into the frame for the big gun mount. The third part of the photo shows an in progress shot of the whole thing working together.

I don’t want anything to look obviously like it’s magnetized to hiding them is important to me – so it looks like magic! I can actually hold the entire model by the gun mount and it hold securely. As to where I got the magnets – different places really. I got a large lot off ebay, very small ones that I used for the big shoota mounts – I traded half for some larger ones my buddy got off ebay as well. Sooo. I guess ebay is a good place to look, search for neodyne magnets.

Magnetizing Kill Kannon Platform

by on April, 28, 2008 in Heavy Support, Scratchbuilt Battlewagon - Comments Off on Magnetizing Kill Kannon Platform

Winter’s not done with us yet up here in Minnesota so everything I had planned outside got cancelled, which means more time for the Wagon! My wife had her own projects she wanted to finish up that didn’t include me so I had a lot of time to work on the battlewagon this weekend. It may not look like a lot got done but it’s all small work, as you’ll see in the pics today.

I finished the platform for the Kill Kannon (yeah) and decorated the gun up. I want to do something to the barrel too (orkify) but no sure what to do yet. Barbed wire might be part of it. I thought of hanging a sign, but that would get in the way of anything standing under it on the deck. maybe some kind of “armor plating” that wraps around the gun tube in a few places. I’m just not sure. While I think about that I started work on the engine area.

Gotta have somewhere for the grot riggers to hang out right? MIght as well put’em where they’ll do the most good. Angle iron, the drop plate from the front of the Land Raider, some bits from the bikes shoota housings, sprue and some scrap plasticard rounds out the grot riggers platform and makes the engine look a little more orky and less Imperial. I also put on some mudflaps, they might not stay, I’m undecided. What do you folks think?

I also fiished up the big shoota guns as you can see in the bottom image.

Ahhhh. The deff roller is the hardest part of this whole vehicle – well, not the hardest art, but the most labor intense. I suppose any type of circle or curved surface is tricky since most of the plastic we use is flat panels, and that usually works well for orks. The deff roller is more sophisticated as it’s made up of many, curves panels and care needs to be taken so it looks “right”. What ever that is…

Almost all of Sunday was used to design/assemble the roller up to this point. Did I mention that I have a tendency to agonize over nearly every decision and cut I do? This makes anything I do take three times longer. I also spent an hour punching out literally hundreds of rivets. Yeah – my hands are tired. Rivets are the surest sign of dedication to an ork modeler.

Earlier in the roller process – for scale.

How it sits now.

I took way more photos of the process over the weekend and I’ll eventually to a start-to-finish on my website when this is all said and done.

Kill Kannon Work

by on April, 24, 2008 in Heavy Support, Scratchbuilt Battlewagon - Comments Off on Kill Kannon Work

Started work on the Kill Kannon platform last night. I’m looking for sturdy but transparent so you can see the plating and girding needed to stabilize a gun of this size. The idea is ramshackle beefy.

I’m realizing lately that I’m not finishing one area before moving on to another – the deff rolla is incomplete, the big shootas need to be finished off, the drivers compartment is still unfinished and I’m starting on the big gun….. Oh well, I’ll have to get back to them before I can start painting anyway.


New Deff Rolla Design!

by on April, 21, 2008 in Heavy Support, Scratchbuilt Battlewagon - Comments Off on New Deff Rolla Design!

I frustrate myself sometimes… Cleaned out the garage in preparation for summer and found some old PVC pipe bits I’d been saving for “someday/something” and I think I found what that is, although it’ll make more work for me.

Part of me never really liked the diameter of the deff rolla I’ve been working on, too weedy. This will be the base for my new roller. Of course, in great ork mek fashion, I’ll find a use (already have an idea for the front of a Rhino/trukk) for the parts. Bothers me though that I’ll be starting over on that part but I feel better knowing it’ll look better too.

PVC Chunk

In Comparison

Temporary placement… Yeah, this looks better, scale wise.

I did have some progress though with the big shootas. Found parts to use as mounts and magnetized them. I wish you could still take the twin linked big shootas as they looked much cooler.

I love tiny magnets! I’ve got ideas already for the rokkit mounts too.

How it sits now, with boyz for scale. Looking much more battlewagon-y.

Armor Plates and Drivers Compartment

by on April, 18, 2008 in Heavy Support, Scratchbuilt Battlewagon - Comments Off on Armor Plates and Drivers Compartment

Finished off the other side armor and redid the “face”. Much happier with where it\’s at now. Very Gork-y. I’ll be painting the lens of the searchlight a fractured green or blue. Not sure yet.

Digging through the bits boxes and came across this.

That’s right, I’m on the lookout for the Goff Rockers now…. Hehehe.


by on April, 17, 2008 in Heavy Support, Scratchbuilt Battlewagon - Comments Off on Rivets!!!


Ok, I put down some rivets, big and small. I’m liking the way it “fills out” the character here. I started working on the other side armor, creating a pretty looking ork glyph for the front plate (IMO). Now I’m jonesin’ to pick up a paint brush but all in due time, I guess.

I’m starting to rethink the front window/drivers compartment plate. I don’t think it’s imposing enough and I really want to work in the eyes/grimacing look to match the great big teef in the front. I’ll most likely chop that off this weekend and build something new for it. Mud Duck mentioned the searchlights on either side earlier – I think I’ll go with one search light on the right (while looking at it) and a view slit on the left, like in the bottom photo.

I’m also second guessing the scale/style of the armor plates in front of the bolt on big shootas positions around the top deck. I’ve finally got some ideas as to how I’m going to do them, just need to pick up/create some parts.

Here\’s the link to my new tutorial so it’s easy to find.

Tutorial can be found here.