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A little bit finished tonight. If I keep this up It might be done by 2013!
Worked on the side gun hatches last night and tonight. Not much but something. 🙂
So I sliced my finger good (or bad, depending on how you look at it) the other day. It’s still thumping sore but works gotta go on, right? Here’s the cut…
Doesn’t look like much in the photo at left, a small cut. What you can’t see very well in the photo is the deep slice and blood bruising in the perfect shape of a #11 Exacto blade, outlined in light blue. Going to be interesting to see how long this takes to come all the way to the surface.
In other news, I purchased a new tool. A 1 ton aircraft steel punch! I got this for making rivets since my old punch all of a sudden went bendy-wendy on me, not sure why/how. This has various plug/punch dies that fit into it so I can make a few different sizes I’ll be using this soon on the bomma and I’ll let you know how it works.
On the modeling front I did get some of that worked on today. First up, my test scheme for the new ‘umie force I’m starting as an alliance. I like how he turned out except the green uniform is a little light in my opinion, I want something a little more towards an olive drab green. I know how to fix that, just didn’t go back to change this whole thing. I also tried the decals from the box and was sorely disappointed. I think I’ll just go with some freehand of some sort. I might also play with the gun color, changing it to black as I think there might be a bit too much green going on and a little more black should balance that out.
I also dragged the blasta bomma out of mothballs finally and started work on that. After putting the dakkajet together I figured out how I was going to do the turret gunners on top – grot gunners from the burna bomma parts! I just need another dakkajet and I’m good to go there. I started by wrapping up the detailing on the nose/deff arsenal section. Added the banding to “strengthen” the look and bolts/rivets to the bridge of the nose and new banding.
Felt good to start cutting and gluing again. I’m hoping to keep working at a steady pace and completing this by the end of next summer. We’ll see!
On another note: work on the bommer will be temporarily halted.
Now that you’re all done shouting… An exceptional opportunity for the missus and I to buy a different house has come up and things need to move quickly so the hobby room is getting packed up so the house shows better, which usually equates to a quicker sell. We’ve done this before so it’s nothing new for us, just a lot of work in a short time. Getting into the new house should be a relatively short process too. We’re figuring somewhere between Halloween and Thanksgiving we should be in the new house. Christmas at the latest but we hope not ’cause I HATE moving in the winter in Minnesota.
The paint hutch will still be in the house so I’ll be painting on occasion but don’t expect much in the way of updates for a while.
OK, I did it, I added more guns. Wasn’t sure how I was going to finish off the chin so I decided to add more dakka! Too much? Naw…
And Thanks to Harkon Greywolf for his patented lascannon barrel conversion – looted with pride!
So now I get to finish off the plating on the nose and move on to the big shootas down the flanks. Moar dakka!
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.
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.