Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday Workbench Update

This past week I wrapped up paint on the Inquisitorial Kill Team for the /r/Warhammer40k Summer Challenge. Above are the bases I whipped up before paint. This coming week (and the weeks ahead) will see the construction of a new Salamander Scout using my 'Chimera Project' protocol, the completion of the Gideon MBT and Vanquisher tank, and the refurbishment of these two Leman Russ from the wilds of eBay.

Finally, speaking of eBay... I got a hold of the Knight Scion at a very low price from an overseas auction. He's gonna get painted sooner or later, too.



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Unrelated: My Hero Elon Musk

I'm a huge Elon Musk fan. That guy is 'wicked smaht' as it might be said by the guys back home. Anyway, ten years back I remember reading the Secret Tesla Motors Master Plan blog entry... it blew my mind a little bit. When he made his electric car patents open source, it blew my mind a lot.

This morning I woke up and checked the internet and lo, part two of Musk's master plan is revealed.

Maybe I'm a romantic and a futurist and a whole bunch of other adjectives that fit.


Self driving cars, okay. Self driving shared fleet?! Sign me up. I've wanted a Tesla Motors vehicle since the announcement. This bit of information is now a sweetener (as if I needed another). On top of that the different models being developed to fill the current market niches for both civil and commercial transportation? Brilliant. The work being done on self driving vehicles by Tesla and Google is something I find amazing. In my lifetime a self driving car has gone from an experimental HUMVEE literally crammed with gear to a sedan that seats four comfortably.

Solar is come into its own with the recent advances in photovoltaic efficiency. I know it's been around for a while but now we're to the point where having solar as your only power source (or as part of a sustainable system) and not being stuck on Electric Conglomerate's tit anymore....

Go read Musk's post. I'm just gushing this morning. I'm going to get some coffee and get moving.



Saturday, July 16, 2016

Saturday Workbench Update

Nothing much happening besides these Inquisitorial Henchmen on my workbench today. I did try to get a hold of the Armoured Containers kit from my FLGS but they didn't have any come in. I guess it is a popular kit since it's temporarily out of stock on the GW site as well.

In other news I've been playing more board games lately. and most recently it's been Zombies!!! with my lady friend.

This is an excellent game. There are myriad expansions for it, although I've only ever played the first couple. I highly recommend adding this game to your collection.

Now I'm off to enjoy the nice weather.



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Inq28: Mystery Character Retinue 003

It's been a pretty relaxed first half of the month here and as a result I've gotten more hobby time than I was otherwise expecting. I'm using most of it to get these Inquisitorial Henchmen painted up.

These henchmen will be sporting black fatigues and red armour. For the fatigues I used Codex and Fortress Grey drybrush layers over Chaos Black, and then washed the areas with Drakenhof Nightshade and Nuln Oil. I added the blue wash to the mix since these gents are pulled from the ranks of the Imperial Navy's armsmen. In that line I was considering dark blue or white berets. The red armour is the same recipe I've used previously on Inquisitorial Henchmen. Lastly I've gone in and based all the webbing, leather, and areas that will be gold with Scorched Brown.

I should have these guys done in the next couple days.

I am also working on the mystery characters. More information on them will be forthcoming as soon as they're ready for the /r/Warhammer40k Summer Hobby Challenge.

In other news I'm beginning work on a Salamander Scout for my forces.



Monday, July 11, 2016

Inq28: Mystery Character Retinue 002

The character I'm building the retinue for arrived from the wilds of eBay. In the same delivery was yet another character who will be included in the unit. I'm putting this unit together for the /r/Warhammer40k Summer Hobby Challenge, the theme of which is Kill Teams.

Since the Space Marine Scout arms are too wide for the Imperial Guard torsos, I had to fill the small gap with green stuff. It was a quick job take care of, and with it finished these guys are ready for paint, along with the other two figures.

While I'm getting these guys painted up I'll be getting their bases ready. I'll prepare posts on both.



Sunday, July 10, 2016

Saturday Workbench Update (Sunday Edition)

Everything got migrated off my work table and onto my desk yesterday so we could get the main room cleaned up for Rockband last night.

Today I'm back to work. Up next on deck is the Mystery Character's retinue.

It's nice to have a nice clear area to make a fresh mess in sometimes.



Thursday, July 7, 2016

Throwback Thursday: The Chimera Project

Once upon a time I had a couple of Basilisks come to me and their Earthshakers stripped for terrain purposes. They were both in a state of disrepair and I sought to use the empty hulls as a basis for a modular Chimera. So I cleaned the hulls up and set to work.

Please forgive me the image quality, these are nine years old.

Firstly I build up a standard transport variant. It turned out alright, especially seen next to the standard kit.

Just the module that fit the hull.

Next I built up a Salamander Scout variant. Every one of those deck details is a bit of screen cut up and individually placed. The crew was pinned into place after being painted.

The modified hulls. I ended up making a Trojan variant as well, but will leave that for another post.

I've been going through my photobucket and I have a few things that will make for good throwback articles. Sucks though its mostly models I lost in the churn. C'est la vie, eh?