Sunday, October 23, 2016

I could be working on models, but....

The latest last minute project for the wife's kindergarten class in progress.  Nothing quite like getting a "Hey can you do..." in the late afternoon the day before you need it.

Also tearing apart/reorganizing the art/hobby room. Its 1am right now and still have a way to go on the dragon, but the Ork pilot parts ARE on my desk. Depending on how long it takes me to ransack the hobby room and catch a nap or two I should have at least the first cockpit pretty well built by Wednesday, so keep an eye open for that update. Until then.... I have to get back to work. Thank got for Pandora on my laptop.

Cheers Ya'll!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Out with the old kit, in with the new.

We survived the Hurricane with a little screen damage on the back deck, otherwise those of us inland were very,very lucky.

Now that that's all over its back to sneaking in some hobby time.  I spent a few hours on the hellcat. When I was done, I gauged the frustration and lack of progress against the time I spent and decided that old model was just too damned brittle to keep fooling with. But, while that particular model kit didn't cooperate much due to advanced age, I have a few more that the Orks will be happy to loot and fly!

 Greggles will be pleased to see the one in the lower right corner. And there is also this monster, which I'm sure I can make some sort of Mek plane out of.

Thank God I didn't get to go to the local IPMS show this last month or I'd probably have half a dozen more and an angry wife.  I DO have two dakka jet kits on top of this mess.  So, the end result will be a bit of an air armada.

I also picked up Killteam, the Genestealer Cult codex (which I absolutely love) and a Goliath truck.

On top of all this fun, I have had the chance to work on some artwork and will hopefully have a 40k comic up within the week.  First modelling priority will be Ork pilots and cockpits. The scale challenge (which I figured out by shattering that old Hellcat kit) is how the cockpit will work. SO, I've decided to build the basic cockpit "tub" and pilots first. While the Me110 will be a special one. I'll do the 3 single seaters first, so that will be the next post. A bit of scratch building 101 and making a standing ork sit.

Cheers Ya'll!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Major Nelson is in danger!

I'm 60 or so miles in land, but Matthew is on his way to visit Cocoa Beach.  That little crappy house that Major Nelson has in trouble. Luckily, he has a genie.....

Catch ya on the other side ya'll!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A pause... for craziness.

Sorry gang,my hobby time has been minimal. I've got a new job and now we are preparing for the arrival of a Hurricane tomorrow.  I'll get back to hobby stuff after the storm.... or maybe during it if I don't lose power.

OH!  Aaaaaaand I bought the Kill Team box.   Expect some kill teams in the future, after I get teh orky air force started.

Cheers Ya'll!

Friday, September 23, 2016

A quick bit of Cursing.

Dammit,dammit DAAAAMNITT!!  I try to stop buying miniatures or starting a new army and GW goes and does THIS!

Really, I've waited 25+ years for this.  I'm all over it like a pig on a corn cob.

As for the rest, I started a new job with the City and its been a bit of a challenge getting used to my new schedule, plus training etc. But things are setting into a normal pattern and I have started to work on Ork pilots. Yes, plural.   I'll drop a cockpit(s) construction update Sunday or Monday.  The boyz have found a few junkers laying around. Greggles will be especially pleased with one of them. question. Has anyone got the killteam box?  I'm wondering what the killteam army guidelines are. You  know. 1 HQ, 1 troop, etc. If you wan to share the info. I'm thinking it'd be something to do to Complete some of the small projects I've started, like the Apostles of Quetza.

That's it for now, thanks for your patience while I get settled into this new gig.  Regular updates from now on.

Cheers Yall!

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Saga of the Orkkatt: A quickie.

Still struggling with the brittle plastic a bit, but I got some planning done.  Going to start the cockpit tub and pilot tonight and tomorrow, so a "proppa" post inbound Wednesday.  In the meantime, I have a patient.....

My 65lb couch potato has managed to get a bladder infection, so we've been spending a lot of time together. The docs got her on the meds and no stones, so its time to mend.  But, like the recent acquisition of a new job and the latest version of "Master of Orion"(I'm a strategic game addict.... I have a problem), its dug into the hobby time a bit.

As for the Orkkatt, the lads are working out the piddly details. As much as I'd like to do those inset wheels, that may change.  Unlike the Raptor Marines Storm Budgie , with Ork aircraft there can always be plans made on the fly and last minute changes. The Hellcat has a lower wing plane than its predecessor and was a rugged, dependable gun platform. The numbers of which made up for some of its performance shortcomings.  They were credited with 5,223 enemy aircraft, more than any other naval aircraft. Here's a neat pic of a wartime F6F with more than a little battle damage. Talk about a rugged aircraft....

That's it for tonight. Going to get a good night's sleep and hopefully spend a good part of tomorrow in the hobby room.   If you haven't caught it (or clicked on my link at the side), you should check out Greggles Orky Conversions while you are waiting for me to get our pilot together. As always, quality orkiness that would make any Warboss proud! Problem is, Ol' Genrul Rustbutt saw those converted Knights and is now obsessed with getting one.

Cheers Ya'll!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Work in Progress: The Orkkatt!

After a crazy month off from hobby time, sometimes you have to restart with a fresh project. And a clean (ish) desk....

Suddenly, a wild, ancient Hellcat appears....

Seriously, this thing is ancient. The molds are from 1966 (that's older than me) and I'm betting the kit itself is not much younger. Modeled in dark blue plastic, which may or may not have been brittle originally, but sure is now.  The pilot is a bit more than weedy. Boss Lugnutz had to sit him down and tell him a story on the virtues of always wearing your helmet and, if possible, bolting it to ones head..... just to make sure.

Here's a rough size comparison of the fuselage. The BIG difference will be the width. I will definitely have to widen the aircraft to accommodate an ork pilot and cockpit. That job would be tricksy enough with a modern plastic kit. With this brittle old thing it will test my Orky engineering to the limit. Luckily, if it looks slapped together that just makes it more Orky.

To start this adventure I chopped off the tail and thinned it out to make room for the jet engine. You can see the ragged edges and a couple of the cracks I had to re-glue. It looks like the model will become basically a skeleton to hang styrene and/or greenstuff on.

This part will be most of the work. Some of it will have to be cut out to make room for the scratch built cockpit. I'm thinking it will have to be widened by at least a quarter of an inch. One part of the challenge will be keeping everything level so the wings look right when they go in. The other will be to keep the front end from shattering when I cut out the areas for the wheel wells

What I want to do is make wheel wells like the old F3fs or F4fs had, just in front of the wing...

And someday, I'd love to make an Orky biplane, but it won't be this one. Just imagine that with a jet engine!  I confess I did get an F3f kit a while back, but its so tiny at 1/48 scale that it wouldn't work for a 40k Ork jet.  I'm still going to build the kit though.

That's it for now. More plastic card mayhem ahead this coming week. Keep a weather eye open.

Cheers Ya'll!