Thursday, April 28, 2016

BREAKING: MRM Gideon MBT Spotted in the Wild!

This is the newest cast to come out of Mad Robot Miniatures, the Gideon Main Battle Tank. It's been gorgeous in every preview that Mad Robot Steve has shared so far, and the first hull from the master moulds is just as gorgeous!

I want at least a squadron of them.

Cheers,

CJ

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Talk War Gaming Blog Network

I decided to join up and add their feed to my sidebar here. I'm terrible at any sort of social networking. Hell, I'm even terrible at getting blog posts up regularly. I figure more traffic from this network will might help keep me on task.

We'll see how it actually plays out.

Cheers,

CJ

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Terraforming Necromunda 006: The Drawbridge

I've been working on the bridge and platform this past week, and made quite a bit of progress.

I'm using the robot kit I got from Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago to make the frame for the bridge and platform. The deck of the bridge and the catwalk over the platform are black plastic canvas (granny grate) with thin card overlays. I traced out the design with a ruler and protractor and then used a stencil knife to cut it all out.

The biggest challenge of this piece is that I wanted the bridge platform to 'float' over the ruined building. The idea being that where ever this happens to be in the underhive, a rotted out section of makeshift gantries crossing a anchient administratum ruin wasn't going to cut it anymore. The powers that be had the ruin 'leveled' and then the platform and bridge installed. If you build it, charge the underhivers to use it!

In the underhive the powers that be are of course the gang that controls that section of the sump... so I wanted the construction to resemble that. The platform and rigging is solid and suitably industrial, but the keepers hut is ramshackle. The bridge stolen from somewhere else and incorporated into the structure.

But none of that explains the 'float' part.

Well, how do you keep your new toll road mostly level? Build it on stilts, of course.

And by the gods of the warp, it worked. AND even before I glued the stilts in place it was mostly holding itself up.
You can see here the entire superstructure has a decided lean to the right. I glued the stilts to the base of the platform and pinned them with floral wire, which took care of the stability issue.

The bridge keeper's hut is made of foamcore clad in thin card, and fronted by a cut down Necromunda bulkhead. The deck of the platform is more thin card, this time with the plastic canvas on top.

...aaand it's big. I mean, it got away from me from the go, with the footprint being larger overall than I envisioned. It's also more squat than I wanted, but at the same time it ended up being taller in the super structure. It had to be to 'work' properly. I set the drawbridge and the industrial ruin from a few posts back on the floor and took a picture to really get a sense of what I've got.

So there it is. The industrial ruin is going on a 24"x24" base, so I built the drawbridge long enough to reach. That spot on the deck of the industrial piece is a Skitarii. There is an Inquisimunda henchman on the deck for the drawbridge. Oh and my cat. Cat for scale.

Eventually I'll get more work done on the industrial ruin, too.

Cheers,

CJ

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Anticipation


So... when exactly does the weekend of the 16th - 17th start?

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The FLGS only got five in, they presold out before I even had a chance.

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I call another FLGS and ask if they even got any of the model, nope.

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So eventually this page 404'd and you had to go click through the site again to grab the mini. It went on sale at 1100 locally, and was sold out by 1600. I was there in time to get one of these added to my cart... and that's when a curious thing happened. I clicked on ship to store to see what if any options there were for me, and to my surprise I find there is a Warhammer store here in Utah now. Ship to store? ...call store?

So I did, and the fine shop keeper assured me that he hadn't sold out. I had him set one aside for me and flew off to grab it.

I even remembered to get some pictures of my pilgrimage.

There are two tables and the demo area. Lots of product, selection of Black Library novels, no Forge World and according to the shop keep no ship to store for FW orders either. Today they were running a create and paint your own new chapter event. BYO paints and GW provided the marines.

Participation got you a print and a button. I didn't see the buttons but the prints were the above and a great Nurgle cult marine one. I asked for a take away marine to paint at home and a print, and got each. The marine I'll paint up in the colours I used on my original Space Marine army.

And finally, I got what I set out for in the first place.

And I was able to confirm a that a bit of the Rogue Trader era lore made the cut for Index Astartes: Apocrypha...
The game we play now is a hell of a far cry from where it started.

181½ pts? What the actual fuck.

Until next time.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Terraforming Necromunda 005: The Drawbridge

Between work and life I'm not finding as much time as I'd like to get my hobby fix. On the upside I have plenty of time to read during my commute every day (I've taken to playing The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth on the ride some days XD).

I've gotten the shacks at the base of the drawbridge all...er...dressed? I'm not sure that's the word I'm looking for but nonetheless... Clad, that's the word.





I was also able to get the floor of the ruined building laid down around the shacks and walls, I used thin card for all of the flooring, and most of the shacks' walls. The corrugated card is from the inside of coffee cup insulators. For the grating on the floor I used black plastic canvas.

With the base of the drawbridge mostly finished, it's now time to move on to the drawbridge platform and the bridge itself.

Cheers,

CJ

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Saturday Workbench Update

I've been working on my drawbridge piece this week. Today I hit Hobby Lobby for a hobby haul! I'll cannibalize the robot kit for its gears... and everything really.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Terraforming Necromunda 004: The Drawbridge

While working on the sump station project I had an idea for controlling access to the place with a drawbridge. At first I was eager to incorporate it into the sump station, then decided it was better served as its own piece. I got out my notebook and sketched out a few things.

This is the first design I cracked out. You can see the suggestion of the Necromunda bulkheads in the column that supports the bridge. No sooner had I finished this quick scribble than I had the idea to incorporate a few shanties to the base, and an array of spikes and other physical obstacles blocking access to the bridge platform from below. If the Scavvies  could just scramble up then they may wrest control of this vital underhive crossing!

So with that in mind I revised my art, and set to work. I envisioned thicker walls, a near completely ruined structure that has been co-opted into use as a base for this ramshackle bridge above, as well as a group of shanties in the shadow of the bridge.

Now at work we had recently tidied up a bit. One of the things that I saved from the bin was a one by eight sheet of 1/2" thick foamcore, clad with plastic instead of card. I set about cutting it into two foot lengths and brought it home where it wait for a use. Turns out its perfect for this project. I set to work cutting the shapes I would need and then peeling the cladding.

Here is the basic structure of the ruin, held together by cocktail sticks. Nothing is glued at this stage, waiting for the base, a piece of MDF. I drilled holes through the base and secured the foamcore structure with more cocktail sticks and wood glue.

A little further along. It was late while I was getting the base prepped and I decided to carve in a Genestealer cult sigil and a paranoid slogan. The former will be completely covered by a shanty, while part of the latter will remain visible. I'm interested to see how visible the letters will remain after a coat of spackle.

The shanties basic shape are accounted for by blocks of blue insulation foam. Into each I cut a rude doorway and gave each a door frame made of stir sticks cut to size. They are secured to the base and ruins with more wood glue and cocktail sticks.

So next up is the coating of spackle and then detailing the shanties. After that, sand and debris and the base of the drawbridge will be done. I've yet to start on the platform and bridge, aside from the above sketch.

Finally, I'd like to give a nod to The Terrain Tutor, Mel, and his excellent YouTube channel. If you haven't heard of it or given it a look yet, go to it. He used to run a blog called Corbania Prime, and his Imperial Guard stuff is just excellent (fair warning, its been some time since the last update there). Anyway, watching his videos has been inspiring. The board he's been working on most recently for Bolt Action is just beautiful.

Until next time!
Cheers,

CJ