Wednesday, August 26, 2009

More orky work

Well, it's been a while but I've finally got a chance to work on the looted wagon/trukk some more tonight so the next thing is to update the ol' blog with some new info. Firstly, I found a set of wheels that I really liked and thought fit the theme of the orks, and, well, they were shiny, can't go wrong. Thanks to a hotwheels monster making the crucial sacrifice, I was able to fit this baby out with the latest in chrome wheels and high tech rubber.
The next part I wanted to get at least started was the re-inforced ram, which is an essential on trukks since it adds +2 to the front armor during a ram, which I do every once in a while just to keep the tau players a little skitish around and empty trukk. It's not as bulky as I would like it so I'll be adding some additional reinforcement and maybe some spikes across the top and sides to make it more menacing.
Since any ork worth his salt these days is a deff skull, I thought I would put the appropriate glyph on the front of the cab so that there isn't any confusion as to which clan would actually loot a vehicle. But why go small when you could actually have an ork looking out the eye of the skull while barrelling across the battle field to deliver his payload of boyz and pain? Thus a giant skull is required to show all dem otha boyz whoz da ardest and da killiest.
So here is what I've go the vehicle looking like so far, I've got a ton of rivets to add, some smaller armor plates, along with fenders, doors, guns, glyphs, and gubbins. I count myself as being around half way done, and it's shaping up nicely which puts a smile on the face of every nob in the mob.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wartrukk part deux...

So, the last you saw of this project it was stalled out while I waited for the engine to arrive from ebay. I built the roll cage during that time, but really didn't feel it was worthy of it's own blog, so I'll just mention that yes, it's new. I decided to go with the ork trukk engine because I like the look of it and it will help bring the model into tournament legal, or at least that's my hope.
Note the custom exhaust built in. I really like the look of dual exhaust pipes and think that GW missed the mark by doing the exhaust the way they did. Then again, as a mechanic and high performance engine enthusiast, my criticism of GW's engines could go on much further, but would probably bore you. Suffice to say, I'm glad that GW is sticking with making models, not cars.

I started work on the cab of my vehicle. I was advised by a friend to make something that would look more like a cab-over trukk, something you my see on a cargo trukk or delievery van around town. Not being opposed to the idea I decided to try it out. I think it has potential, but it's hard to tell until I can add some rivets and bits to make it look a little more like a cab and less like a box. Thoughts and suggestions welcome.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Attack of the Moors!

I've been working on my IG army lately since I'm still waiting on some bits I ordered for the ork trukk that I've been scratch building. My goal was to create a system that would be quick to paint a large number of models and still have them look nice in the end. I've never used the "dip" method, so I figured I would try that. I also have a limited amount of time to paint so I wanted a paintjob that could be done without too many colors or complicated processes such as blending, subtle highlights, or lining.
The army I'm painting is similiar to Tallarn's only based off the Moor's of North Africa, hence the dark skin. So I wanted a paint scheme that would look at home in the desert and ruins of desert style dwellings.
So, starting with the primed model I'll take you through the process.
Above: I used a Krylon brown primer to prime and basecoat my models.
This is immediately after the dip. I used a combination of black ink, a GW wash, and water.

This is what the model looked like after the dip had a chance to dry, which took a few hours, but I waited about a day before I was able to paint anyway.

The dip brings out some nice detail even on this simple 2-peice guardsman model.

Here is the first dry-brush on the cloth areas, I used Vermin Brown.

Here is the next drybrush using Snakebite Leather.

The hands and face were painted with Scorched Brown, the imperial insignia is painted with Chainmail, and the lasgun parts were painted with Chaos Black.

A quick black ink on the insignia parts, some flesh wash on the skin areas, and a little Bleached Bone on the teeth and the model is essentially finished. Easy as that.

To embarass myself I decided to show off my freehand work on the shoulder squad designation.
And once the base is finished this soldier is ready to join his squad, after a quick spray of Testor's Dullcoat.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Custom Wartrukk

This is the new ork wartrukk that I've been working on the last week or so. Inspiration hit me when a package I had sent from a friend arrived through the mail arrived very smashed, and so seeing the wreckage so to speak, I also saw some opportunity. Though, so far all I've used is a few tank tread parts. I'm hoping to incorporate a few chimera parts, but honestly think I may just do more with plasticard.

Above is the main deck and treads

The fenders for the tread. Lots of rivets.

The rear half assembled.

Here's what I've come up with for the front, not sure I'm happy with it yet.

Total progress so far.

I'm open to any suggestions as to what to do for the front for a driver and gunner. I've been thinking about using some of the chimera parts but it seems to be a bit overdone in my opinion. And I'm not wanting to use trukk or battle wagon parts but may do that later if it looks better than what ever I can come up with.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Starting a business

I've been making some resin bases for Warhammer 40K lately and have decided to try and sell them. I haven't had much luck on ebay, but think I may try and just set up a website instead, Longbeard Bases. I'll be posting the link on here later, once the website is set up. Until then, here are some pictures of my logo, and the bases I've made.