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!

Monday, August 22, 2016

EeeeYup! I'm BAAaaaack!!

August has officially entered the hall of "hell months" here at Casa D' Rednekk.  Between the new school year and all the little jobs that come with it and an addition of a new job to my own (and the hoops that need to be jumped through for that)..... its been FRIKKIN BUSY!  The next time I even think of doing a painting challenge that involves December or August I have to remember Ronnie's old motto "Just Say NO"

As for the Apostles of Quetza, I have had ZERO hobby time until ....well, basically tonight.  They stand where we last left them. I'll be picking away at painting those chaps as we move into the Fall.  In the meantime, I have acquired a couple 1/48 scale World War Two era fighter plane models from an old chum that found them in a dusty closet.  Not all of them are the best of kits, a couple are darned near as old as me... or at least their molds are.  But...... I have a gang of Ork Meks on hand that are FAR from picky. Hehehehehehehe.....

 I just LOVE World War 2 airplanes. I used to do the regional airshows as a young man and wasted many a roll of film (yeah.... it was that long ago) on pictures of wheel wells, wear patterns on the hand hold and any other model building geek things you could think of.  One of my favorites (and I have many) was always the rugged F6F Hellcat.  Well, I have an old Fujimi kit of said warbird that is going to get its Orky on!   And here's a sketch I threw together tonight with a mind to how I might convert her.

From this......


To THIS....

There will be all sorts of fit issues and I know I'll have to widen the fuselage to accomidate a 40k Ork pilot and Orkify the plane as a whole. It should be a real adventure..... and I invite you to join me for it.  

"W-hat's first. 'Boss?!"  you ask?  Getting this goofy, gun-happy bastard....

... and his cockpit built and figurin' how we're gonna fit it all together. That's what! That's for next time. Glad to be back!!!


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Two Rabbits and the ETL V

Due to circumstances mostly beyond my control there is just no way I'll finish my ETL V vow. So, I decided to add some detail to the Apostles armor to put some more Meso in their American.  Meet Sergeant Two Rabbits. 

Rabbits were considered to be signs of everything from drunkeness to wild behavior. Much frowned upon, though delicious.  Sergeant Two Rabbits is a bit of an unpredictable character. He's known to be brash and act without thinking.  He also likes his drink. Usually he gets a good buzz going in the Razorback on his way to a fight. Since it has served him well so far, he feels that the great Quetza (the God Emperor) has smiled upon this practice... which is why he had been named for the rabbit in the first place.  Although, the real reason was that his father was outside awaiting the arrival of his son near dusk and when the midwife brought him out to ask what the child's name would be, his father who had been hitting the sauce a bit himself, pointed at two rabbits, doing what friendly rabbits do and said "Look two rabbits" and the baby giggled... or burped or coughed.... but it was a sign

The whole gang is gong to get some detailing, then I plan on taking a break from infantry and building the Razorback.  Also the DOOooomBull is underway.  More on that next time.

Cheers Ya'll

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Checking in at 80,000 views.

Hey gang, I know you come here for modelling goodness and I apologize for the lack there of. I'm hoping to get some hobby time in the next couple days (my "weekend" starts today) So pictures soon.  I have figured that finishing my ETL V vow is impossible between work related stuff and some personal stuff I'm about to vomit on the page... so you have been forewarned.

On a personal note (and I normally try not to bore ya'll with this stuff) its been a rough week or so here at Casa d'Rednekk. One of the things that really sucks about getting older is doctors and their meddling.  I'd just as soon go see Ol'Doc Wingnutz, but with him you go in for a headache and come out with mechanical, I stick to the human ones. I like to say its not the age so much as the mileage and that has proven itself of late. I had a pretty fun, yet rough and tumble youth. I have a half dozen concussions to my credit ( but no broken bones)  Well, a couple of those concussions involved hits around my right eye orbit and apparently they left a mark.  I just found out I have nerve damage and possibly cataract in that eye. The downside (aside from eyedrops that feel like acid) is that its not going to get better, they might be able to slow it down.  The upside is... in lew of a bionic eye, I might finally get an eye patch some day.  If it happens a few more years down the road, I have already warned the Mrs. that I WILL be growing mutton chops.

SO, what does this mean for the hobby. Well... so much for the aforementioned "Kunnin' Plan".  I have previously laid out a list of all the cool things I want to do.  That list is being hacked.  It also means that as I clean, remodel and reorganize my art room (another reason I haven't got much done model wise- part of the summertime honey-do list) I will be parting with some of my models.  And my plan, before E-bay or other venues is to offer them up to you all for being my faithful visitors.  I'm absolutely going to keep plodding along, but I'll be keeping my Chaos and Ork armies, everything else will go.

What does that mean for the Apostles of Quetza? I'm going to finish painting the force. Add a Razorback, Drop pod and possibly a scout/speeder team.  The Raptors and Apostles will then be up for sale/adoption. I have a bunch of other kits and minis as well. Space Wolf infantry and the like.  So if you are in the market for such things keep an eye open.

In the meantime... I'm off to geek out over "Star Trek:Beyond" this morning.

That's all for now gang.  And I'd like to thank all of you for helping my humble, irregular hobby blog breach the 80,000 view mark. You ROCK!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

ETL V: The Razorback Team.

The Razorback team is DONE!


Sarge and Meltaman. All the facepainted guys. And a sort of all-around of the rest with extra Plasmaguy.

Now, only 23 more to go before August 15. I'm a few days behind where I wanted to be at this point, but I think I might get some extra hobby time in in the next couple weeks.  I remembered why I didn't finish last year, the dreaded Honey-do list. It gets bigger during the summer when your wife is a teacher.  Lots of projects to do, one of which should be cleaning,straightening and figuring out what exactly is in the hobby room. That's all for now...

Cheers ya'll!