Monday, July 24, 2017

Rambling along..

 This weekend  I got a lot of work done on the Rhino plus my friend Scott came over and worked on the wiring for the two landing platforms. I should have some pics and maybe videos this week sometime. But ... the Rhino is getting pretty close to done...  I only have a few more layers of grime to apply and the final streaking. Lights and lens also need to be done but that really only takes a few minutes to crank out.
 I'm pretty happy with how the spare tread strap came out.I'm going to done the rust done some but otherwise looking pretty solid. I wasn't expecting it to come along so quickly but that's a big help as I need to dive deep into the display board.
I think the chain also came out looking pretty good.

On another note the Chessex RG dice I ordered came in and they look awesome! This morning I was in a rush and meant to take a picture but forgot.. the pictures above were quick snaps on my phone.

I picked up the wood for the base of the display board so hopefully I can get it cut and start to mount the foam on it so I can give a complete picture of it.. the bones of it are there but I have a bunch of building, painting, plastering and wiring to do. I knew it was going to be big but when I laid everything out on it I was completely surprised with how big it really was .. haha... The Fellblade will be driving out of the main doors and they actually make the tank look small. I think it will look cool though 8)..

Friday, July 21, 2017

Front Line Assembly

 Well.. I'm down to the final model I "have" to get done for Nova. And since it's the last one I wanted to put a little extra love into it and little did I know that yes this one would require it. The resin was crazy warped and even heat treating it didn't help as much as I would like. So I had to hit up some of the areas with putty. I thought I was on the last coat but looking at it now I'm going to need one more to be completely smooth.
 I played around with it on a Death Company Rhino and I liked the look so I added some chain to the cow catcher 8). I wanted this Rhino to look like a work horse and adding some chain in made sense. Sadly the back of a Rhino isn't the best to add hooks so they might go on the front. I just don't want to add too much and junk it up.
 I also wanted to add some xtra track sections. Most WWII tanks would carry spares for repair so I figured that would still be a good idea in the future. I got some spare track bits off a buddy and started to build a strapping setup. Last night during the Hobby Hangout I showed it to John for his opinion and he recommended adding some more to it... sadly ... **Side note >>> He also called me out for the OSL on the inside of the Drop Pod which I knew was mediocre but I have time constraints. So now I'm thinking about going back into the guts of the Drop Pod some .. grumble.<<<  Anyway... I also used some tank bits to add as restraints and ends of flamer cables as pin caps... took awhile but I think it looks decent....Thanks John ... sort of...... 8P
Right now it's just held on by Blu Tac, I'll have to paint some of the bone sections and will glue it on once I have that section painted.

Progress seems to be on track and I'm pretty optimistic about my time frame. Scott is heading over tomorrow to help with wiring (SO MANY Wires) for the Display Board so hopefully that goes well. The Display Board buildings are almost all cut and correct. I need to get a piece of particle board as a base then I'll start to get the foam and pieces in place plus the wire trenches cut out. Tonight I just need to get the second landing pad based out like the other in case we make a lot of progress with the wiring tomorrow. 8) .. I can always hope haha

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Triple Play

 I wrapped up the three pieces I've been working on lately.. Which is nice as I really only have 1 Rhino and the display board. So I feel like my progress is on track which is nice haha.. As long as the display board goes well I'll get it all done 8)
 I mucked up the top mech area by the turbine and took the purple OSL back a slight bit. I built it separately so wasn't exactly sure how far to do out. Was a little too far out so cleaned it up a bit. I also added a few scratches to the platforms.
 On the outside I added a good but of soot streaking .. with it ripping through the atmo I figure it would have a solid amount on it ..

 I cleaned up some of the small areas on Corax..  Honestly he needs more work to be high level but as I have other bits to get done so I have to call it and say good enough.
 The missile platform is also done, I have one more and a Sat Comm to get done as well. I broke one out to see how I wanted to paint them. They aren't for the army itself but for the display board..  I also ordered a pipe which should be in next week.
Getting closer to being done.

Monday, July 17, 2017

On Display

 This weekend I got some solid work on the Raven Guard Display Board done. I needed to get this mocked up so I whew how high to make another section of the display. It's still far from done but it's built and mostly figured out. I'll have two of these on the display, one for each flyer. Yes... this display board will be big .. maybe too big haha
 This section of the display board is a landing platform with a hanger style door. If all goes well I'll be lighting up all of the white chevrons on the landing pad. There will also be some lights on the wall section. I think this display board will have about 100 LEDs if I can get it finished.
 One of the secret weapon generators sits on the base..  I'm thinking about getting some of the GW pipelines to add on.. I think it might be a cool addition.
 There's a section under the door that will be added to hold the circuit board that will connect the wires. And sadly it will be a lot of wires. A lot.
 Right now it's just the base colors colors on the platform, it will get a bit more details and a lot more grime.
 I'm pretty happy with it so far..  this week I'm going to cut the other landing pad and get it started.

 The platform has guards for the side but sadly last night I wasn't feeling so good and was rushing to get them built only to realize this morning that I glued the wrong vertical supports on the wrong pieces haha..   When it's time to go to bed ..  just go to bed 8)
 Did the chipping and grime (hard to see in the picture) on the first missile platform. Just needs the gems and missile tips painted. Not too much.
I also added the RG symbols to the pod and added two more layers of grime. I'll be adding some soot streaks to the bottom of the pod and a little more grime to the turbine then calling it done.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Quick Drop

 Yesterday I got a lot of work done on the drop pod which is nice .. Still not a favorite of mine.. Well it's an awesome looking model when done and as per a conversation last night on the Hobby Hangout it is a staple of the Marines.. Some of the enamels are still drying from last night but I still have a way to go.
 I need to add some more grim and muck to the landing platforms and I'm going to tone down the glow on the outer section of the harnesses. One of the pains of painting it all in pieces is I wasn't sure how far to go haha. I'll bring them back down a bit and it should be fine.
 On the outsides I started the streaking and chipping. I wanted it to be heavily weathered.. even more then the others as these things come rocketing down from the atmo and slam into the ground. Once the first layer of enamels are dry I'll go back and add a few more plus I need to add the white streaking.
 I'm going to cut a few Raven Guard icons to go on the sides and I'll either cut a XIX symbol or paint it on. The bottom is also going to get some black scorch marks on the bottom of the pod.
As I was working on the pod I also had some extra purple so started on the generators for the display board. Not a lot done on it but something. Hopefully this weekend I can have the pod close to finished up.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

To the skies!

 A bit more done on Corax.. He's almost 100%.. I just have a few more details and he'll be all done up. I could go farther but I don't have that time .. if I was going for the pure painting comp I'd be spending a ton more time on him but I think he looks solid.
 I'm pretty happy with how his face came out. I'm debating on adding some very dark brown to his hair to break it up some. Right now I feel like it's a bit to black even adding the purple and white in.
 I think the base also came out looking solid. I added some more rust, grime and a light verdigris on the back.
 Since I'm close to being done I glued on the wings .. I wanted to make sure shadows were all looking right with the wings on and there are a few touch up areas.

 The model really is nice looking..
 While waiting for Corax to dry at times I started working on the Drop Pod and a Missile Platform. I'll be clearing a lot of the parts and then going for some chipping..
 I did put some time in the center console which is almost done.
Now that I have the base done I'll have to start messing around with the hazard stripes...  yeh .. fun .. 8)

Monday, July 10, 2017

Master of Ravens

 I got some work done on Corax this weekend... a little less progress then I'd like but some pretty solid work done. He's getting close to being done. I'm on to the final details now and working my way through areas touching them up.
 The metal areas are getting a little extra pop .. the matte varnish brings the metals down more then I want so I'm going back and hitting the highlights.
 The claws need more love and I'll be smoothing out the blends a bit more. They look ok but aren't as clean as I'd like. The base is coming along pretty nicely so far .. I'm going to add some verdigris to the imperial symbol and a little more dirt but it's mainly done.
 I'm in debate on whether to add his whip to his belt. I really don't like the way it looks and right now I'm leaning more to not using it. It just sits so weirdly on the back of his belt..  it seems like an after thought to me.. like they added it on after the sculpt was done.
 I need to finish up the gem on his shoulder and knee... right now they are just a base color. I added a little purple coloring to his hair and start to define the streaking a little more. I wanted to tone it down from just pure white streaks.
 The wings are also almost done, it's mainly just cleaning up some edges and the white lines. I think the wings really came out looking good.
 They won't get attached till the end and man is the connection point small. I'm a bit worried about transporting him around as I can see his wings getting destroyed. Sadly the area is way too small for magnets so that's not an option. I'm just going to have to be SUPER careful moving his ass around haha.
I did also start the build process on the Drop Pod. And yup..  they still suck as much as I remember. I'm going to paint up most of the pieces separate and then assemble so I can get some more details in there. I really only have a few models to knock out thankfully but then it will be full time on the display board. This weekend past my friend Scott and I were messing around with the Arduino controller I bought to run lights on the board. Thankfully he's good with programming (cuz I'm not!) and we knocked out the commands pretty quick. But now I'm realizing that if I go through with my plans I'll have close to 100 LEDs running on the damn thing haha..  That's a lot of wiring and soldering ..  a lot. The display board is becoming more of a thing then I thought it was going to be haha..

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


 I've been hitting the table here and there where I could and I think I have the Fellblade pretty much done. I keep going back and forth and whether I should add a dark filter to bring down some of the streaking. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I feel it might be a bit too much and should filter it down. haha.. I'm going to leave it for awhile and then come back for fresh look later. I did start to work on Corax in some detail getting some face and metal work done.
 I added some flair to the guns but when I tried to leave them brighter it just looked off so I tone them down close to the the rest of the tank.
 I think the lens came out looking good.. I added a little targeting cross hair to the lens on the turrets right side.
 I felt the tracks and sides needed a little dust so I added some.. not going too heavy but just a bit to break it up. Weathering is all about layers.. the more colors and materials adds a lot of detail.
 The tanks got a lot of much and soot to bring them down in vibrancy to match the rest of the tank.
 Overall I think it came out looking solid, Sadly the pictures are really making the streaking stand out at certain angles.. I really wouldn't mind to work on it more for a month honestly haha.. but I need to get on to the next bit to keep on schedule. Even though I will come back and add the filter if I think I need it.
 I got some work done on Corax trying to get his face close to being done. Corax is naturally very pale so I tried to keep him tan free.
 I also worked on some of the bone areas to get them looking solid.

As well as the beginning of the metals.. I'll be using an oil wash to get some good black lining but he's moving in the right direction.