Friday, 5 January 2018

Risen from the grave!

Sorry for the lack of posts, but my head exploded. Don't worry though, I'm all better now. Let's get on with the show shall we.

This post is all about the spaceship that I began building early last year. I lost interest when I got to the landing gear as it looked like it was going to be too fiddly and tedious to complete. So there it sat, in it's half finished state, till now.

Decided to pulled my finger out about a month ago and finally got it done. Here tis:

Landing gear bay doors done.

Windscreen made from cardboard and old sprue.

The Balustraded section on the top was made from old sprue, a hatch from a Rhino kit and plastic grating for the walkway.

Lower windows were made from plastic card and the window frame from wire.

Quite tricky to make the front of the ship conform to the original contour, but I got there in the end. 

Nothing much has changed from this angle.

The entrance door was pretty fun to figure out. I don't play with magnets that much, but sometimes they are indispensable.

Still got a little more detailing work to do inside the entrance area.

The dreaded landing gear. The hydraulic cylinders were made from sprue and copper wire.

Chin gun made from an old PS2 laser and two Zoid guns.

All put together, with a magnet on top. 

Titchy little magnet installed underneath.

Voila!

Top gun made from a few more Zoid guns and a piece of wood from a toy kit. This is removable as well.


The most difficult part of this build, as I already mentioned, was the landing legs. How to fit functional landing gear into the small opening, yet make them look substantial enough so as to appear believable. I'm still not totally convinced that I've managed to pull it off, but I suppose I'll find out when I paint it. It's now primed it and next comes the colouring in part.

Till next time :)


Friday, 27 October 2017

Hacking the head off me Nob for Orktober!

Been a while since my last blog post hasn't it fellas! I've got a good excuse though, after severely  injuring myself during a masturbatory incident I was left unable to hobby for a few months. A word of warning to all you kiddies out there, slow and steady wins the race. Anyway, minis......

Over the past couple of years I've been able to track down all of the old RT Ork Nobz, for use in running The Wolf Time campaign. The scenario requires ten, plus a character model, so eleven in all. The only problem is is that I'm pretty sure that GW only ever produced eight variations of the PA Orks. I managed to purchase all of them, but to fill in the missing three that I needed I decided to use one of the other Ork bosses with chunky armour, standing on a SM helmet, as a PA Nob. Another mini I got hold of to proxy as a Nob was this guy from Knightmare Games. That left me one short. Luckily for me, one of the auctions I won on Ebay had an Ork Nob double. So I decided to convert him......I don't like doubles :(

So that's the subject of today's post. Below is the double, which just happens to be my least favourite out of the range IMO. I had a butchered Hhruk mini in my bits box, so I decided to use him for the conversion.


The one I'm going to keep as is.
The one I attacked with my saw.
The donor head from Hhruk, and some of
the shoulder from the Nob.
I changed the leg position and fixed up the damage I caused with GS.
I grabbed an old Space Crusade placky mini and removed his shoulder.
I originally wanted to equip him with a chunky weapon, so I combined
a SM Scout HB with a modern Ork bolt pistol arm.
After I added a few bits & bobs to it I then put the mini together.
I was happy with the shoulder and overall pose of the conversion.
But the gun was just way too big in comparison to the other Nobz weapons.
So I just went with a simple Chainsword swap instead.


Here he is all converted up, standing beside his counterpart.








And here's the ugly bastard all painted up:









So, that's my entry for Orktober 2017 out of the way. I'll get cracking on with the other Nobz soon. Hopefully I'll have them done by the end of the year.

Before I sign off I'd like to bring your attention to an awesome Kickstarter that's running atm. It's called Mini Gangs, created by Curtis fell (a friend of mine), who runs Ramshackle Games. It was fully funded in under a week, but now it's only got a few days to go before the KS ends. So, if your looking for a complete miniature game, catering for easy entry level play all the way through to in-depth adult level complexity, then have a look at the KS before it ends. It's an ace game!


Ok, that's it from me. See you in the soup :)





Monday, 28 August 2017

All sorts of shit at BOYL.

This will be my last post about BOYL. A mishmash of all the other cool stuff that happened over the weekend that only comprised of a few photo's here and there. Basically, the stuff that I didn't have enough photo's of to do a full post on. Also, my brain is having trouble differentiating what happened on which of the two days, so this is also a convenient way of not hurting my head trying to remember when it happened. Win, win!


First up was Kev Adams, who I had a nice, but brief, chat with. We talked about how he became the goto guy at GW for doing all thing Goblin & Orc/Ork related. He explained to me that it was due to all of the other genres, bar dwarves and greenskins, had already been claimed by other sculptors. Given the choice between the two he chose the latter, because he loves the them :)

I asked him for a few little tips on GS'ing too, coz I'm a massive noob with the stuff. Watching him work was really impressive as well, he made it look so easy. Makes sense considering how long he's been at it for, but it was the first time I'd ever seen a professional sculptor at work before, so I was mightily impressed. I think he finished up making the head on my mini in about 20 mins.



This SM was one of the many and varied mini's on the Helsreach table. I'd forgotten to include him in my last post, but he looks too damn good to leave him out. I'm not sure if Curtis or Aidan painted him up, but either way, he rocks!



This little tentacled dude was scratch built, completely out of GS! I have no idea of the guys name who made him as I only chatted with him briefly, and my memory is like a sieve when it comes to names. He had a box full of really well painted mini's as well, quite a few of his own creation! If you know who made this guy just let me know in the comments and I'll definitely credit his work.



Then it was the Helsreach Jetbike race. What a crazy, fun game to be able to take part in. The rules were simple enough to understand quickly, but had just enough complexity to make the game "make sense" thematically.








Chris won the game with maths and his charming demeanour. H also won this titchy small resin trophy too :)



Here's the Mayor of Helsreach in his normal garb:



And here he is after his disguise had been removed....by gunshot.



A game I saw over the course of the weekend. I think it involved rival chaos warbands trying to summit the pyramid to release a daemon? I have no idea really, but that's what I kinda think it was all about :)



The Giant slaying game, run by Colin, was an awesome game. It was a little brief for the participants, due to the high death rate of the Dwarves :) But it didn't really matter though, coz you could just wait a few minutes till the next slaughter fight took place. Seeing the grin widening on Colin's face every time a dwarf breathed his last kinda makes me think he created this game as a way of torturing the poor little bastards :D




Curtis made a dwarven protester mini for the game too. He carried a flag, proclaiming his allegiance to DETOG. Translated it reads: Dwarves for the Ethical Treatment of Giants.



The painting competition had some really amazing entrants. Aidans' Harlequins were bloody incredible, so I took a few pics. He won two prizes I think?







This was a mini that I came across on the Chaos pyramid table. It had been converted from a Marauder Minotaur with the axe wielding arm being replaced with a Citadel scorpion pincer. The head was a press molded copy of a Pink Horror. Tasty :)



This was a Chaos Goblin owned by the same guy of the mini pictured above.



Then came the all in game that Colin & I had loosely planned a few months earlier to the BOYL. It organically turned into a "run what you got" battle over the course of about 15 minutes. None of us had made an army list or priced anything prior to playing. We just laid down the mini's that we wanted, eyeballed the opposing force composition and let rip, it was a blast! This game worked so well because we all had the same mindset i.e. The rules were a guide, not something we chained ourselves too. We adlibbed the game as needed, and because of this, we finished a ten player (Aidan not in the group photo) battle in under 2 hours! Kick arse!














I sat and spoke with Tony Ackland for about half an hour. And after a month has passed, I can't remember a bloody word of what we discussed.. He was a friendly guy though.....trust me. He allowed me to take a few photos of his artwork too, so here, have a look.






And lastly, I managed to get my photo taken with Rick Priestley. Nothing that comes after this will ever come close to bettering this moment......except maybe group sex? But meeting Rick in person is definitely up there on my list of "bloody amazing experiences" anyway :)



Ok, so that's a wrap. No more BOYL posts from here on in, I've run out of photos and words.

I had a blast the whole time I was over in the UK. Everyone made me feel really welcome and were really fun to be around. When the time came for me to say goodbye I left with a heavy heart, knowing that I won't be seeing my friends again for at least a couple more years.

Cheers :)