Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Raptors: 3rd Squad

With an impending 500 point Combat patrol league coming up at my local game store, its time to finish up the Razor squads.  So tonight's labor has gotten the 3rd squad finished (except basing, which I'll do in the morning).. I'm pretty pleased with them, though I need to figure out a more efficient process.
Tomorrow, its finish up the bases...then on to squad#2 OR..... begin building my scout team.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Venerators of Osiron

I've been out of action for the better part of a week thanks to a mix of wonky blood chemistry/ blood pressure, but what little hobby related stuff I have done has been aimed in two directions.
1: A possible modern version of the Venerable FOAD squad. I've settled on a sternguard squad as their possible update.
2: Background and Egyptian like themes for the Venerators of Osiron.  I plan on posting more of my thoughts on this in better detail (i.e. once I can cohesively put them together), but there is a story in Egyptian mythology about a lion god/goddess being used as the instrument of Ra's wrath upon humanity. So I'm working on a similar background based around the emperor,sanguinius and this brotherhood of warriors being their wrath incarnate.  So the lion as a symbol of divine vengence, plus work in some egyptian/ancient near eastern imagery,heiroglyphics,etc.  I took the big leap and ordered this little wonder from the UK to get things started.
I'm hoping to make wednesdays my "hobby day" or at least "hobby night" so with any luck I should have, at least , weekly updates.  I'll likely post some more pics later tonight....in the wee hours of the morning.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

FOAD: A BLAST from my past.

BELOW is the very first space marine squad I painted for a friend in 1992.  These guys came primarily from the original plastic 20 'beakie' marine kit.  Originally, there was a banner to go with their "martian desert camoflage" and it said "F*** Off And Die!"....thereafter known as the FOAD squad. Each guy has a nickname on the right shoulderplate, like "Rover" the plasma gunner, "Elvis", "Ren", "Stimpy"....you get the idea.   I painted these guys with acrylic craft paints from the pharmacy/craft/general store in our small college town.  Small brushes, toothpicks and Testors Model glue. It started a hobby for me that has lasted 20 years and has no signs of stopping anytime soon.  I'll always blame my buddy/roomate Matt for getting me hooked on Warhammer 40000 and costing my probably more than a few grand, I'm sure.

I present the ORIGINAL FOAD squad.....
This has inspired me (since I don't have enough things going) to do a modern update of these guys....so keep an eye out.  But ..... I have Raptors to finish....and Orks... and Sisters of Battle.... and Chaos Marines.... and renegade Imperial Guard.....and an Inquisition Force...... and Space Wolves....and....

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Zagstruk and a Razor

The fruits of tonight's labor.  I did some sculpting on Zags.  I thought his shoulder looked a little weedy so I bulked it up and added a nice scar. Also filled in the collar around his neck that had been dremelled away.
AND.... I think the Razorback for 3rd squad is done.  At least it is for a while. 
That's all for now. Cheers, y'all!

Finecast Zagstruk Part 2:Insomnia Edition

CAUTION: Insomnia can lead to model building. Since laying in bed awake was getting boring, I decided to jump on the finecast kit and begin clean up and assembly.

Finecast is fine so far. Clean up was really no more than a metal mini. I'm betting some of the clean up issues some people are bitching about is clipping it off the frames or from that.  The resin/plastic cuts beautifully with a sharp exacto, which made trimming and cleaning up mold lines infinitely easier than it can be with metal.  Files or sandpaper boards work good on the material and I even ground out a bit to fit a different head with my dremel on low speed. I'd definitely recommend eye protection ... and a mask if you plan on doing any real powertool work.  The big thing with this stuff is work slow, think ahead and be careful...otherwise its super easy to work with.

They say you don't need to pin things because of the weight. I'm one of those, "when in doubt, pin it" types of modellers. I pin plastic to plastic often enough, just to reinforce things. Pinning is easy if you want to do it, the material handles a drill easily.  I did glue the model directly to the base and attached the leg/body without pins with the use of Loctite gel superglue (a personal favorite)  Hold it in place for a minute and it delivers a very nice bond.  The model does NOT want to come apart.   Which means, dry fit EVERYTHING before you glue it (which you should do anyways....but for this, with superglue, double your efforts to do so)  I also decided on a different set of arms, which are plastic from the Nobz box.  Same thing applies, pinning isn't necessary, unless you are altering the arm by sculpting or such.  The bond with superglue is a good one.

Here's what I've got so far......
The head is a Maxmini Pirate Ork with a headscarf and eyepatch.  I only found one small airbubble/miscast on the whole model (on his butt) that needs filling. There were mold lines and the normal amount of clean up a metal model would have had.  I have another arm for him, but have to finalize my decision on a weapon.   It will be up over his head and the crazy Ork jetpack will be on his back.  I'd love to get my hands on a couple of those pieces if I ever did an ork fighterplane....they look like cruise missiles.  I'm leaning towards a cruel looking hammer, though some sort of hammer/pick combo is kind of attractive too....and there's always the standard cultass type sword.   I think I'll sleep on it (because I haven't yet)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Wotz dis Finecast stuff?!? Zagstruk Part 1.

Because the interwebs cry out for yet another review if Citadel Finecast, I am here! With an Ork.  And an ugly one too! (are there any other kind?) I went to my local gaming establishment tonight and purchased a finecast model and some more stormboyz, since "Youz can nevva 'ave e'nuff boyz!"

SO, here we have Zagstruk. While across the interwebs there have been cries of price gouging, I can see why they charge what they do. Packaging. Alot of expensive packaging.  Whatever Games Workshop saved switching to this resin material for casting, they have undoubtedly spent in packaging. But.... you need it to protect the resin. I've heard alot of griping about air bubbles and the like.  Though I have yet to do clean up and go over my guy with a magnifying glass, I've got to say the mold quality is superb.
Packaging is spiffy, but has to be eating into any savings they thought they might get switching materials
The actual bitz.  Upon initial inspection, I'm quite pleased.  Of course, this will be MY version of Zagstruk, so I have to decide to go with a more redneck look or a freebooter look.  I'm not 100% sure that I'm going to use the head that comes with the kit, though its pretty cool.
Detail is outstanding (though the picture leaves a bit to be desired)  I have yet to find any pinholes/airholes or other miscastings.  I still plan on giving the sprues a quick bath in some soapy water and then airdry before I start construction.   More to come....

Cheers, y'all!