Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pursuit Car: She-Wolf

She Wolf is inspired by Razor Cola and one of the claw trucks from Fury Road. She's not large enough to have a harpoon gun, so instead she's got a large crossbow for spearing crew members, drivers and popping wheels. 

The lancer on top is magnetized for game play. In that way he's a removable turret. I kinda like her better without him. 

I worked hard to give this model a detailed interior with a driver, additional weapons, cargo and other details. In the end, the driver was kinda weak, but at least he's there. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

She-Wolf gets some paint

It's so much fun doing these cars. It's expensive sourcing all the bits, but getting them together, painting them and looking at them is just pure joy.

For some reason I really don't mind doing tabletop quality painting on these. I'm definitely moving fast on them as I paint, I think in part because I am just too excited to get them done and on the board.

I've settled on this color pallet for now. Moving forward, I'm going to limit myself and that will make things a lot easier and faster. And it'll keep this motley crew of cars looking like a unified force.

All that is missing on She-Wolf is her rooftop lancer and he's already on his way. Below you can see how I do the thundersticks. Plastic rod and and plastic tube on the top. Space Marine purity seals and then thread, glued in place and then spun around the sticks. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

An Off-Road Monster

Here's just a quick WIP of my next conversion. This one's called Ratboy. He's an off-road death machine. Sort of. No mounted weapons to speak of, so needs a lancer to do any damage. Soon getting an assortment of thundersticks...

Monday, September 21, 2015

Immortan Joe's Muster

So its no secret that I am building a 40k army based off of the Citadel's forces in Mad max: Fury Road. I'm sure I'm not the only one. My army is slowly becoming more a replica army than I originally wanted. Replicas are fun but even the slightest flaw is crushingly noticeable, especially for a movie as popular as Fury Road. 

So far I have a list that I am working toward, but I am open to other ideas. Here's the thing, I am not much of a gamer or list builder. This means I am pretty bad at coming up with my own lists. I don't frown on net-listing either. Basically I want an army that works, but I can't be bothered to make a list of my own. Instead, I'd rather focus on the modeling and painting, then throw some dice on the battlefield. 

If you'd like to help me, I'd love to hear how you would write an army list for Immortan Joe's Armada. 

Post your Fury Roadarmy list  in the comments and it may just end up being the list I use.

To get your juices flowing, here some pics of the work I've done so far. 

Scrappy, the super-charged off-road tractor from hell. 


At dawn, we ride!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Product Review: Games Workshop's Sydonian Dragoon/ Ironstrider Ballistarius Kit

A heraldic flag from Paulson Games helps mark the leaders and looks really cool!
The Adeptus Mechanicus Sydonion Dragoon/Ironstrider Ballistarius kit is a John Blanche painting in 3D. Its creepy and lithe, yet reminiscent of some sort of early 1800s cavalry like the Polish winged lancers. Its profile has these trailing wires and cables that give it the right amount of suggested speed and movement. There's also a little servitor built-in to the mount, and hooked up to it such that as he moves his legs, the machine legs follow. Striding atop the mount, sits a knight (in the case of Dragoons) with the upright posture of nobility. All of these design elements make the model very evocative and interesting; however, the same things that make the model look cool, make it an extremely fragile model thats tough to assemble.
Look at all those really thin plastic thingies everywhere!

You have to be very careful when handling these figures while painting. The antennae on the back of the mount are extremely thin and can easily be broken off accidentally. The Ballistarius has these thin spines that stick out from the sides of its knees. These thin plastic parts break without much effort and there are some weak points exactly where your hand naturally grabs while picking them up. You have to train yourself not to grab them from the hips, but pick the model up from the base at all times.

Furthermore, the design makes assembly rather involved. I'd place these models in the difficult-to-assemble category. There are numerous small pieces that must be attached from awkward angles. etc). There are three cables that attach the servitor's legs to each of the machines legs and on the forward leg, the middle cable needs to attached on its own. Its a small piece and its very awkward to attach correctly. Likewise, there are cogs that need to be attached onto the sides of the machine-leg's joints (knees) and these pieces are very difficult to get right, even though they have a tab that should guide them into the right position.

Besides fiddly parts, the model is composed of a huge number of parts. Assemble involves probably 50 or more separate pieces.

On to painting, also very involved. The model is incredibly detailed so you need to plan your painting out. I normally start with big areas and go towards the details. There's not a lot of opportunity for airbrush work either, because there just aren't that many big areas. I painted these in sub assemblies like so:
1) Rider
2) Mount
3) Armor Plates
4) Guns (if Ballistarius)
Sub-assemblies help make the model easier to paint. 
If you assemble the riders separately, then make sure you dry fit to the mount first. 
I enjoyed painting them and I found that they took GW shades (nuln oil, agrax earthshade) very well. I used an airbrush to lay down some base colors and do some rudimentary shading. Then I did some sponge-dabbing to get some texture. Painting the servitor is tough, but not as bad as painting sone Infinity stuff.

I also found that attached them to the base was necessary before painting, so I would have something to hold (see above about fragility).

For transport, I'd suggest getting some very soft egg-shell foam and laying them down on their sides, but that's only possible for the Dragoon version. The Ballistarius should probably not be placed on its side with those spines sticking out.

1) Be careful how you handle these models. Pick them up from the base.

2) Do not attach the side-knee spines as per the Ballistarius instructions. Instead, go with the Dragoon version (circular caps). This will allow you to lie the Ballitstarius on its side for transport, if needed.

3) There's a flaw in the design of the riders. If you plan on assembling and painting the rider separately, then make sure the rider's legs fit in the saddle properly before the glue dries. Otherwise, the legs will be positioned too narrowly to properly fit into the saddle. Double check this.

Overall, a great kit for an advanced modeler, but I'd imagine it would be tough for beginners to get this thing assembled and painted without pieces breaking.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sydonian Dragoons nearly complete, Riders to go!

I finished the mounts last night, sans transfers which will come when the riders are added. I'm having a lot of fun with this project so far, but its good to be meeting mile markers at the right times. I have three nights to finish the riders and I think that is plenty of time. 

I've been thinking of doing a product review of these guys. I've got a lot to say about them both good and bad. I figure after doing 15 of them, I'd have more experience to go off than the usual "reviews" you see on the blogosphere. (which usually come down to someone opening the box and rambling about the kit without even assembling a single one.)