Scratchbuilt Battlewagon


Red Paint and Checks

by on August, 22, 2008 in Heavy Support, Scratchbuilt Battlewagon - Comments Off on Red Paint and Checks

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!



Ork Battlewagon Complete

by on August, 12, 2008 in Heavy Support, Scratchbuilt Battlewagon - Comments Off on Ork Battlewagon Complete

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!

by on August, 10, 2008 in Heavy Support, Scratchbuilt Battlewagon - Comments Off on Deff Rolla Rocks!

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.

Deff Rolla Fix and a Reward

by on August, 03, 2008 in Heavy Support, Scratchbuilt Battlewagon - Comments Off on Deff Rolla Fix and a Reward

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.

Weathering the Battlewagon

by on August, 02, 2008 in Heavy Support, Scratchbuilt Battlewagon - Comments Off on Weathering the Battlewagon

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!





Painting Progress on Battlewagon

by on July, 28, 2008 in Heavy Support, Scratchbuilt Battlewagon - Comments Off on Painting Progress on Battlewagon

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…





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.