Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Nova Final Countdown ... 1 week to go.

 It's the final week till Nova 2017 and I have everything mostly done. There are a few bits on the display board I need to weather or touch up but I'll be working on that this weekend to finish everything up.
 I wanted to get a full army shot and also wanted to start working on how everything is going to sit on it. I have most of it figured out but there will be some final details.
 I'm really happy with it and I think it came out pretty solid.

 I'm working on some of the models that need touch ups or just things I want to add. On the Land Raider I added some more streaking to make it blend in with the rest of my army. I also adding the 19th on each side of the front.

 I also added the vehicle number 33.. on the back of the stacks.

I'm still playing around with the lights. I added some Tamiya Clear yellow to it and I'll be adding some white to the lens.

There are still a few models I'm going to touch up.. the Drop Pod.. some of the characters and I might try to finish out a Land Raider Proteus.. haha.. maybe. If I do start playing around with it .. it will only be a whatever. If it gets done cool... if not it ain't no thing.

Added two more pics.. almost forgot to add Corax to his own party! 8)

Monday, August 21, 2017


 The displayboard is nearing completion thankfully! I'll be so happy when it's 100% done haha.. I added in the Fellblade and Mor Deythan for scale as it's kind of hard to tell when it's just out in space.
 The board is big... probably a bit too big honestly but if I went smaller it wouldn't have looked right to me.. still feels cramped a bit but I couldn't make it any bigger then it already is haha..
 I added the side cladding to the walls and the Missile Launcher Bays which are finished but sadly I ran out of Aluminum paint .. I couldn't get anymore as I'll describe later 8) ..
 I also added the border plates to clean up the edges but I'm not 100% on whether I like the gold pieces I put on there. I might just paint them over with black when I paint the top edges I trimmed. I still need to trim the back wall once the cladding is glued on.
 I can't glue on the side battlements until the back wall cladding is done and attached.

 I also made these banners that will hang on the back wall. I was originally going to paint them on canvas but there is no way I'm going to have the time for all that so I just made one up in photoshop.. ordered some parchment paper and printed them.
 I also finished up the other missile launcher and the Comm Sat.
 The platform isn't glued together or finished being painted..
  A MD standing on one of the gantries..
A close up of the banner...
And here is why I couldn't get more paint .. sadly last week I somehow sprained my ankle. Only thing I can think of is I was moving servers around at work and must have tweaked it. So I've been non mobile for almost a week. It's thankfully started to get better thanks to this ankle ice thing a ma jig. It really works! The swelling has dropped down so hoping I'll be fully mobile for Nova... I swear...

I'm close to done so should be all good as long as I don't jack myself up anymore .. 8/ .. but with me you never know! haha..

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Heavy Boots of Lead...

 The big guy is almost complete.. I was hoping to have him completely done but the slow dry of oils didn't let me finish him up. No biggy I didn't want to rush him. I'm really loving this guy, I usually don't say that much but I'm really happy with him.
 He's still a little shiny as I haven't cleared him yet.. oils  8) ..  but once I clear him I'll be adding a little powder to the base and his feet and legs. It will be light as he's on metal but there would still be some dust blowing around.
 I think the free script came out looking pretty good.. "Persistance" I figured that would be a good term for the Raven Guard after nearly getting wiped out. I need to do the script work on the chainsword and I think I'm going with Corvia ..
 After I clear it and do another once over to make sure there isn't any other spots I missed or need some more grime. I don't want it to be as heavy as the other RG vehicles as I figured the normal humans would still keep their gear in good working order.
 I'll be adding a bit more leaking from the fallen Contemptor ..

So like I said.. I'm really happy with it! And it's only about two weeks of work so that's a pretty good turn around and now I have two weeks left till Nova and that will be mostly Display work. Argh! haha

Monday, August 14, 2017

I heat up, I can't cool down...

 The Knight is taking shape... I didn't get him done like I had hoped this weekend but I did get a lot done. I got the Contemptor glued down along with the legs of the Knight. It was some work to get it lined up right but I got it to look pretty good.
 I started to work on the details like the eyes and hoses. Went with heat fatigue on the hose to add some color and pop. I still have some highlights to do on the brass then I have to start with the weathering and the tarnishing of the brass. I started to test the tarnish on the legs guard brass bits. I'm pretty happy with the look. Now I need to do it for the rest.. a lot of brass haha..
 The Torso isn't attached to the legs yet.. I'll wait till I have the weathering done.
 I think he's looking pretty cool.. I'm going to add some leaking fluid from the Contemptor as well ..
 I also need to powder it up....  mainly it will be soot and some light dirt to the feet and legs.
I'm hoping to have him done by Tuesday night... I want to have the final two weeks to work on the displayboard .. I'm going to need it! But the tarnishing takes awhile ..  I like the way he's looking now so I'm going to go a little lighter on the grime then I did on the Legion vehicles. I figured the standard humans would still clean their vehicle every now and then. 8)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Talk to the union rep...

 Over the past week I've gotten more of the Displayboard aka my trial o torture finished up. The lights are now completely run and wired and all I need to do is get the final programming done. Thankfully Scott is working on that 8) .. for one that's not my bag and two I still have a ton to get painted and done. The landing pad is still cycling but the door lights and runners need to be finished up.

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 The Gantry and tie in piece is almost completely finished up but now I'm in a bit of a conundrum. I was going to go with a rock look on the back and side walls but with everything in place the working area is tight and would be insane to work on .. I started cutting and measuring some rock molds I made and I wasn't feeling good about it. Last night I put some deep thought into it and I have a new plan but it's going to require some reworking. Or at least more designing.. I've still got some time so I think I should be solid, this weekend it will be a trip to the Art Store for some of the stuff I think I'm going to need.
 I had the main top deck figured out but with the changes it may have to change.
Sadly I mis cut the battlement section so I have to recut it so I can attach the top cover around the rim.
I also got most of the brass one the Knight.. I'm going to work on his arm and chain sword. I want to get all the blended areas done so I can start to put him together and start the weathering. I'd rather have him together for that part so I know where the grime is going to build up more. A little less then three weeks to go now. Hopefully I can have the Knight done by this weekend or early next week so I can than put a ton of effort into wrapping up the display.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Down to the Details..

 Last night I got some solid work done on the Knight. I played around with some designs and settled on these. Kiavahr is a Forgeworld of sorts and is so tightly bound to the Raven Guard that they even keep certain designs from Mars. I figured they'd rock the RG sysmbol to represent.
 Since I was going with the RG symbol and that was going to be paint I decided to go all paint. I figured it would have a better look with it anyway. I slapped on a quick later of brass on to the edges to get a complete look. Needs another layer and then I'll blend out to a highlight of gold.
 I went with a Mechanicum design on the leg guards.
 Most of the designs are done on the main plates.. now I just need to finish up the details and start to add the weathering grime.
 I also freehanded the SoH eye on his gorget .. I think it came out pretty decent ..
 I need to finish cleaning up the scrolling and he's done.
I probably shouldn't have taken the picture on the foam ... it through the colors all off haha ...  oh well. The Knight is progressing along!