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So I’m back in the saddle for a time, we’ll see how long it goes 😉
I’ve actually been working on and off on this monster for about three weeks and the only thing I’ve accomplished has been the metallic weathering. I know, not much to weathering, right? Egggad, I wish. For anyone who saw the tutorial a few years ago about my weathering using the Skullhamma’s, you’ll know it’s a long and tedious process. Sponged base/primer layer, then all hand done (with various size brushes) metals so they all stay nicely within (or trying to) the boundaries of the worn primer.
I’m done with the weathered metallics and done the brassy pieces and the main guns in the Deff Arsenal. I put it together for show since I haven’t seen it in one piece in about a year. It is coming together now and I can finally see some sort of light at the end of the tunnel. Lots of smaller details like the exhausts, canopy, rear engine nacelles (black/white checks), bombs, and the Deff Arsenal. Then it’s back to washes for grime, an airbrush for smoke/exhaust smoke stains – a brief touch up on details to bring them back out from washing – then sealing. I’m really hoping to have this giant wrapped up by Halloween. We’ll see how that goes 😉
ps. I know there’s some shots without the main Deff Arsenal kannons – they were in the process of being painted when I took these. That also accounts for some barrel droop in some photos as well, they’re only blue-tac’d on at the moment.
And a couple of Barry shots – one shown against a dakka jet…..
And a different kinda Barry shot 😉
Just proving I’m not sittin’ on my haunches this break…
Blocking out the metals by going over them with Badab black first – always base your metals with black, there’s a very good and scientific/optical reason why they look better that way. If you’re curious, let me know and I’ll do a tutorial! 😉
This takes a long time to block everything out so be patient. I’m hoping to be doing stenciling and checks by weeks end.
Wrapped up the pilots for each of my three dakkajets last night, presented here 🙂
And he doesn’t look too bad nestled in the cockpit. Just need to finish the widscreen and base it.
In other news, the blasta bomma, “Moar Dakka!!!” is no longer black and appropriately fasta!
And a “Barry” shot for scale, it’s s little wider than two dakkajets:)
Not sure how quick this will proceed but I know the next step is blocking out all the black/metallics as I didn’t do a perfect masking job and there’s lots of smaller details taht need to be picked out.
Paint. Paint. Paint!
Sadly, only enough for the little grotty gunners 🙂
Finished up the grot big shoota gunner turrets and realized I’ve run out of Evil Sunz Red so the main painting of the bomma will have to wait until I have a chance to get to the hobby shop (hopefully tomorrow).
Not that I don’t have other things I can paint – wait, I do! Three dakkajets I started ages ago are sitting there waiting to be finished. I’ve reached a point where I’m individually detail painting each jet to make them unique. There are two rites of passage for any ork player worth his/her salt when it comes to modeling and painting. Rivets and checks. I started the checks a while back but finished cleaning them up and did the base weathering tonight.
Cleaned up and ready for weathering.
Black sponged wear areas…
Metallics picked out out on wear edges…
An application of watered down Gryphone Sepia over the checks – the brownish wash looks better over the white than the black og Nuln Oil, which was washed over the rest of the plane.
While waiting for the washes to dry, I started the pilots for each plane – easier since they’ll be painted primarily the same. Pics to come when I’ve got more than three coats of green on them 😉
Put some time in on the bommer this week. Spent three hours doing rivets on the tail before doing the final attachment. With this in place, it’s time to finish the tail section, blend in the tail wing and start finishing off the detailing. This marks the finish of the base shaping. I’ll need to finish paneling sometime. Here’s where it sits now…
Here’s the assortment of bombs I’ve chosen for under the wings…
I’ve decided to do three sections of 6 bombs on three pylons for each wing. This will total 36 bombs. I’m going to magnetize them so I can just remove one bunch for each of the six sets of bombs I can drop per the stat sheet.
And a final “Barry”, or “Randy” shot. This is similar to pox’s original cale shot he did with his friend holding it. This shows how large this ended up being. (and yes, that’s me).
I’m really shooting for having the build finished by the 1st of the year so I can prime it and use it in our local gamestore Apoc match on the 5th. Should be close.
Small spurts of progress, doesn’t look like much but wrapping plastic around a fuselage with compound curves is tough!
I’ve got more of the transition between body and tail. It needs multiple layers of pcard to get it where I need it so I can put a proppa plating on it for skinning. It’s still a bit rough at this stage.
I finished up the grot gunner turrets on top.
Then I did the wheel guards.
Pretty soon I’ll be permanently attaching the tail as I need to plate over the seam, this will make painting a bit tricky (PiTA really). Sure, Icould have thought of many different ways to have attached the tail but I didn’t think far enough in advance. Thankfully this is a once in a looong while type of project!
Sheeze, three days back on the bench and it shows me what for… Did something today I haven’t done in nearly 20 years – drove an exacto deep into my finger. One of those stupid things where two seconds before it happens you’re thinking… “YA know, if that slips it’s gonna go deep and hurt a lot…” SLIP! And in the 1/10th of a second it takes to go in and come back out, you’re already thinking, “Yep, that’s gonna bleed like a sonofabitch. Probably hurt too.” Well, it did both. Pre-drilling pilot holes in gun barrels with the exacto to make sure it’s nice and centered. The hole was a little off so I tried to push the blade to the side to correct and WHOOP… off the precariously balanced barrel tip and deep into my finger.
Welcome back to the bench! 🙂
Oh well, direct pressure and three band-aides later I’m ok. Typing is a little awkward but I’ll handle. So if I’m making a post like this that means there’s updates and pics. I’ve got both for ya all. It’s amazing how much you can fit on a workbench when there isn’t a Thunderhawk on it! There are four main projects I’m working on, all of them are green of a sort but not all are orks. First up is a kit my wife wanted me to make and paint for her. From Moebius it’s the Bride of Frankenstein 1/8 scale model kit. This is a great model, well done. Also my first large format model with human(oid) figures. I’ve assembled, cleaned, puttied, sanded and primed the sub assemblies. Here’s where it’s at with all the parts in place. It’s about 10″ across and 9″ high.
He’s green, right? Yeah, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. I’ve brought the blasta bommer back out and staged it so I can think about things while I’m working on other things. Working on my new dakka jet (below) I came up with some solutions that will allow me to move forward with this beasty. I’m starting to feel excited by this project again instead of the creative block I’ve had for some time.
This will segue nicely into the next portion of the new Red Jack Air Farce. I needed to create two rokkit paks for my new stormboyz mob as I sacrificed a number of important parts bashing my Wazzdakka model last year against Uberdark. Here’s the new packs made from the bitz box scraps and some styrene tubing and channel.
This leads to the expansion of the original new-model stormboyz squad I started about a year and a half ago. I’ve added 10 more to the squadron and assembled a dakkajet today to go with’em.
So, this should give me (when completed) and aerial force of 1 blasta bomma, 1 dakkajet, 2 fighta bommas and two 20 strong stormboyz squad, 1 lead by a PK nob and the other by Zagstruk. There are four toy plane fighter bommas and some grot egg-plane fightas in the long range plans but nothing to show yet…
And for my last bit of green project…. (I’m bracing for screams of “traitor!….”)
Yes, they will be green. I’ll be starting small alliance force if ‘umie. I’ve already got a skyshield landing pad and a bastion. I’ll be adding just the standerd HQ Command Squad and two regular troop slots to start. Yes, I plan to add more, probably in the 7-9K points range when I’m all done so I can add super heavy tanks and the like. Expect lots of tanks 🙂
OK, as with every Thanksgiving weekend, I took a full army shot as well as assessed my army in total, painted and unpainted. Here’s the entire painted portion of my army…
This is roughly 6,800 points – without pushing wargear and of course not including possible formations.
Here’s everything I have that’s assembled/field-able (meaning not in pieces or unfinished assembling)
This is a total of 10,190 points. I was kinda surprised to see I had broken the 10K mark this year but as seeing there’s 4 new Apocalypse units and and addition of two more Killa Kan mobs I suppose it shouldn’t have.
Here’s a close up shot.
If anyone wants to see any closeups, I did take a bunch of shots and can post more if you all want. Just let me know.
So at Thanksgiving end of 2010, here’s the stats for Red Jack’s Waaagh!
Painted: 6797 points
Unpainted: 3393 points
Total Army Points: 10,190
Not too shabby. I’m hoping to keep the amount of unpainted work at 1/3rd or less of my total army, I guess that means more painting now and less building 😉
All right, got some work done last night. No, I didn’t do any work, I got some done last night…
I’ve been threatening to get this done for about two years and finally pulled the trigger. Turned out better than I could have hoped for. Here’s a scale pick so you know where it went. It’s lower half of my left upper arm.
Took about 2 hours and didn’t hurt anymore than any of the others and of course, I’ll do more tattoos but no more 40K related ones in the idea cue.
Quick shot of the 5K I’m bringing to the Apoc battle this weekend.
Astute orks might notice two skullhammers when my recent list only calls for one. I couldn’t help posting this with both since they were both painted. So technically, this would be 5.4K not 5K even. I’ll only be using one this weekend.