Friday, February 26, 2010

The beginning of the Horde.

Hello,

So I am going to try to complete a Night Goblin army. I have not finalized a first list yet, but since its Night Gobbos there will be alot of em.

I did do some assembly work this week and this is where I stand as of right now.
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Not bad, the bonus is it is getting quicker to get them cleaned up. Either that or the crazies is setting in...

Anyways I did do a couple of test schemes,

First is a blue robed night gobbo

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It turned out pretty good, but it blended with my planned bases to much.

The second scheme and the one I am using is a red night gobbo.

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I did go back and add a few final highlights after this was taken, which I think make look a lot better. I will get shots of those when I get the camera back out.

The bases are going to look like this
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This was inspired by this post I saw on DakkaDakka
The post is this one GuynamedFleck's simple 'lost city' basing style.
All I did was use a bit smaller scale tiled plasticard and change to color scheme.

Well that is beginning of my horde
Later

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

ogre's Guide to Biggie Sized Dreadnoughts

Hello,

While putting my Deathwing together I began to put together my Dreads. While I was doing this I decided I wanted my Dreads to stand out a little more from the plastic terminators. So this is what I came up with.

Supplies:
1 Plastic Dreadnought (kinda a given since we are building a Dread)
greenstuff (possibly skipable, but I don't know how well it will hold up without)
and a selection on washers and brass fittings
1/2 inch split cable tubing (This I found at Radio Shack, but I am sure a decent hardware store should have it also)

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These are the washers and Fittings I used, they came from Home Depot so you should be able to match the numbers and get the same ones.

So after searching far and wide and gather your supplies, we come to the assembly. This is more of a kitbash than a hard-core conversion. So follow the instructions with these following exceptions.

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Take a #8 washer and glue into the center of the foot, this was a bit easier on the Ironclad feet due to the way to detail is set up, it almost centers itself. Note I said almost, make sure this is a centered as possible.

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I do this for all the washers, flip them over and fill them up with greenstuff. This serves two purposes. First is to give a bit more integrity to the fitting. Second is to actually give you something to glue.
This is a #6 for the ankles.

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So glue the brass onto the washers in the feet. Then glue the legs on top of that. I normally put a bit of greenstuff and superglue to make the join a bit more solid.

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Take the assembled sarcophagus and flip it over. Glue a 5/16" washer centered around the central pivot. It will overhang slightly in the back, I was not worried about this.

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Take a greenstuff filled #12 and glue to the washer you glued down in the previous step.

You should have something similar to this at this point
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Now sit this aside and let it dry completely, you would hate to ruin your hard work at this point.

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While your main body is setting up, you can assemble the arms and added a greenstuff filled #10 to the arm centered around the hole for the peg.

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When you are ready to continue, you need to shave down the arm peg to allow the fitting of another #8 washer.

If you would like to add the tubing to the arms you need the following steps

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Carefully cut two full ridges off the split tubing. you need to cut where the knife shows in the image.

you should end up with something like this.
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Now glue it to the arm, starting with the sarcophagus. Place the thin edge towards the sarcophagus and the outer large ridge will connect directly with the arm. Making sure the split in the cable faces directly down. I used greenstuff and superglue to connect the arm to the washer on the peg. This holds very well, if you let it sit up properly.
like this
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Now the only problem with this is that the tubing does not quite fit. It does leave a gap underneath the arm. I did not have a problem with this so I used what I had on hand. You could try to find a better fitting tubing, or fill it with some greenstuff, its up to you.

I also take a spare marine banner and place it between the lower edge of the sarcophagus and the waist washer, if you lined it up right it should slip right in.
This is what you should end up with

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Now for a few comparison shots.

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Normal Dread and terminator

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Biggie Dread and terminator

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Normal Dread and Biggie Dread

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All three together

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Two Biggie dreads with Dark Angles Iconography and A Deathwing terminator.
(This was taken before I figured the tubing out, so if you chose not to use those steps this is what it would look like)

Well that was a long one, once you do one and get the hang of it, it goes much faster on any subsequent ones. Hope you found this a helpful. If you do any send me some pics, I would love to see what everyone else comes up with.

later ogre

Priming sticks and Holder

Hello,

I finally got to try out my new gadget. This past Christmas I decided to try my hand at making some priming sticks, and a holder for them to go into. Between me and my brother, we knocked this out in about a hour and a half.

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This is a pic of the stick it self. Just some scrap wood from my paint shelf I built, with a handle made from one of those cheap sponge brushes you can find at your local mega-mart. Just pull off the foam saw the top flat and attach with a screw to the board.

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This is a pic of the holder, I call it a priming box, but its not quite a box.

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Box and stick together

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This is all of it together, I made three of them, mainly because that was all the scrap wood I had.

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A in use shot, with my deathwing being primed. I used bluetack to keep the models in place. I should have tried this sooner, works very well. Not nearly as much primer on my hands as I used to get, just a light dusting, instead of white and black fingers.
No more plain 'ol boxes for me.

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Even fits Dreads.

later ogre