Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Truescale Chainsword

For the 100th episode of Man at Arms the guys at Baltimore Knife & Sword Co. built a fully functional chainsword.

...I really want to slap the welder who keeps calling it a chainsaw sword.

Coming soon: Dreadtober progress update!



Friday, October 7, 2016

DREADTOBER 002: Building?

So I'm calling it now, this Castellax is a recast. The multicolour resin is the giveaway. I got it in trade, and some other models. I have no regrets. I'm not actively buying recasts or advocating it. But from eBay or the internet, well, you get what you get.

This model is in rough shape, so I've set about to remedy that. I did a little deconstruction work.

I'll do some filing, trimming, and greenstuff work to this model before I pin it back together and get it based.

Speaking of, I decided on a basic layout for the ZM board and the Mechanicum teams bases. I'll use thin card over plastic canvas, and use dressmakers pins for rivets.

I'm going to get Humpty Dumpty put back together.



Sunday, October 2, 2016

DREADTOBER 001: Planning Phase

I'm excited to take part in Dreadtober 2016!

I'm wrapping I've wrapped up my Deathwatch Contemptor for the September challenge. Now is the ideal time to begin planning my DREADTOBER entry.

I got a Castellax and some Thallax models on a trade last summer. They need a little love, but that's okay. In fact it makes that Castellax a perfect project for DREADTOBER. I know I want to build up a small Mechanicum force for Zone Mortalis, so finishing this model will give me some more motivation to get the rest of them done sooner rather than later. And the pile of grey shame shrinks a little.

Since this model is already assembled I need to clean it up a bit, and more importantly I want to base it for a ZM board. So I need suggestions for cool ZM style industrial floors that I can simply reproduce not only on these models but on four square feet of board.

That's my plan. If anyone has any suggestions for floors and basing please let me know with a comment.



Saturday, October 1, 2016

Deathwatch 008: Contemptor Ucuetis Complete

My Deathwatch Contemptor for the September Hobby Challenge is complete!

I decided to name the Iron Hands veteran interred within this weapon of the Emperor's fury Ucuetis. I googled forge god names and decided I liked this one.

Sculpting the arm was challenging, I've said before. Taking it on was what this month was all about, and I'm happy to have been up to it.

Here are all my completed Deathwatch minis so far. Once I get Kill Team Cassius painted, I'll start in on the minis from Death Masque.

Next up for me though is DREADTOBER!



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Deathwatch 007: Contemptor Update

Just a quick midweek update here. I've been trying to paint a little every night this week. I've got all the silver metallic laid in so far. Tonight I plan to tackle the gold metallics. Once they're done it'll be all about the details and finishing up.

And coming right on the heels of this project is DREADTOBER! It's good to have a community that pushes one another to excell.



Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday Workbench Update

It's been a good week this week. I got the base paint on the Deathwatch Conteptor and tackled the build for my Salamander Scout Vehicle.

I've got one week left to finish the paint job of the Contemptor to finish up the Four Dads September Hobby Challenge. I feel good about being able to get it knocked out in a timely manner.

This week also will see the preliminaries for Dread-tober get underway. Joe B over at brokenpaintbrush.com is organizing this year. Get on over there and sign up!

In other news fall arrived in Utah with a TORNADO! I still can't believe it...



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Imperial Armour: Chimera Project v2 001

A couple months ago I posted about using one Chimera hull for many different vehicles. Courtney Hollyoake, who runs the Cadian127th blog, asked me about it and I decided to repeat the conversion and document it.

I started by assembling the main hull of the Chimera. Using a chisel blade, I scraped off the guide lines and drive hub that are exposed.

Next I got all the bits for the crew compartment ready. The compartment hull is made from .030 sheet styrene. The deck plate is a piece of double diamond plate sheet styrene from I don't remember what company. I know I got it on clearance at Hobby Lobby about 4 years back...

The deck is 50mm x 56mm, the diamond plate 48mm x 55mm. The sides are each 28mm x 55mm, and the front of the compartment is 14mm x 50mm. The slot for the Autocannon was cut before the compartment was assembled.

Detailing the compartment I used bits from the Razorback and Rhino kits, as well as from the Imperial vehicle accessory sprue. Floral wire bent to shape provided power lines and grab handles. The comm pack is from Mad Robot Miniatures. A lasccarbine hangs next to left of the Autocannon gunner, Each crewman has a couple frag grenades as well. In the dead space under the Autocannon I placed a toolbox. On top is a copy of the Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer and another lascarbine. The Autocannon mount is 1/8" styrene rod.

Even with a few vehicle accessory sprues I didn't have a turret ring. I used an extra Rhino hatch and modified it so the Heavy Stubber fit.

Here's the finished scout tank. The crew and Autocannon are all loose to facilitate painting the model easier.

Mr. Hollyoake also informed me that FW no longer produces the Salamander, so I hope this helps anyone who wants this tank in their army.



UPDATE: I forgot to include where I got the idea for this build: Black Gobbo. Remember that?