Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Warhound Wreck: Reboot

Image Grabbed from the interwebs
I didn't report back after the terrain contest. I lost. Oh well. Kind of disappointing - it was my two pieces and someone's airport looking piece built for Epic scale. It won. So life goes on.

I'm going to start on the wrecked titan this week. This was going to be my entry into the terrain contest  until I found out the contest had a "communications" theme. All I have of the template is a printout. If I can find it online again, I'll include the link in one of my posts. If anyone else knows where it can be found, please drop the address in the comments.

I've already decided on my next project after the titan. I really enjoyed doing the ork tower and the comms tower/short bastion. I want to continue with the ork theme and create an ork looted bastion. I'll start with the same bastion template I've used and almost complete the building. I want to leave at least one corner and most of its adjacent sides off - as if they have been blown off. Then build those sections up with orky construction. The finishing touch will be to paint the intact part of the bastion like an Imperial building and then come back and give it an ork make-over (some graffiti and other stuff). The ork constructed parts will be painted up similarly to my tower.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Imperial Comms Outpost: Complete

I ended up not adding the aquilla. Not enough time to do a good job of it. I added distressed lettering to the front and the roof of the building. I am very pleased with the result. I am about to run it up to the store for the contest. Pics below.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Goal Almost Reached

Despite my daughter's basketball game and helping my youngest son build his ridiculously detailed Lego Megatron (a one and a half hour project in itself), I was able to finish most of what I wanted to get done on the project tonight. I wasn't able to paint the aquilla or the comms lettering. I wil leave the aquilla as the very last thing I do just in case I don't have time to get it done. So tomorrow night will be getting the details on the control panel done, the comms lettering and the base.

The photos turned out really crappy. Before I start my next project, I'll do some reading on setting up for good picture-taking. The "concrete" areas on the top of the building look very washed out in the photos. Hopefully I can get some good pictures before I turn it over to the store for the contest.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Today's Color is Green

Actually, last night's color was green. I started getting some paint on the comms outpost. In between coats, I worked on my orks (nothing says green like orks). I added some battle damage to the building before the coat of black. Tonight my plan is to paint the black parts of the building to look like concrete. I'd also like to get the highlighting/shading done, along with the aquilla and lettering on the building. Friday night will hopefully be when I can finish up with details on the control panel and the door. The very last thing is painting on the battle damage and adding to a base.

This thing is due for the contest at noon on Saturday. Between this and the Ork Alert Tower, maybe I have a chance to win. I still have no idea what the prize is. A few more WIP picts below.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Filling in the Cracks

 Finished putting together all the panels for the building. The template is great, but my cutting wasn't the best on this time through. I had a few more gaps than I did when I built the full bastion. Once all the glue dried, I needed to go back and fill in the gaps. I used something I have used quite often when building terrain - spackling. I prefer the stuff that comes in a tube and is pink. Using the tube helps direct where I'm putting the spackling. Plus, the pink will turn white once the spackling is dry. The manufacturer's site is here:

I had my son go through our bits box and pick out everything that could be used for a comms outpost. My original intention was to build a tall tower of some kind. He found a lot of great pieces, but none that really said "tower." I liked the idea of using the Rhino internal door section as a control panel, so I built a small external building for the roof with a small tower and dish on top.

Next steps: Sand down the spackling, add the door and start painting.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

More on the Comms Building

Just a quick update with a couple of wip pictures. I have to let the glue dry on the sections I put on tonight before I can put the final panels on. I should have the building finished tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be able to get the comms tower done as well. That way I can spend the rest of the week painting.

Not sure why, but photos came out rather fuzzy.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Imperial Comms Outpost

Started on the building last night and spent a couple of hours on it tonight. As I said in an earlier post, I'm using a template I've used before, but changing it to create a different building. The template is for a bastion. It's the same bastion I have in my blog header image. The template is from "bugbait" and can be found here: .

I've shortened the height and flattened one of the sides. The doorway will be on the flattened side. There will be a flat platform over the entrance. On the roof facing the flat side, I'm placing a comms tower of some kind (since the theme of the contest is communication).

I'm going to use a similar paint theme as I have with the bastion. I think on this one if I have time, I'm going to paint an aquilla across one side of the building along with "COMMS 04" on another side. Battle damage and chipping/distressed paint as well.

WIP photos below as well as another shot of the bastion for size comparison.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Workin' wit da orkz

This is my first post from my new Galaxy Tab tablet. Usually use my laptop, but thought i'd try something different.

I haven't posted since the tourney last weekend. I had fun but didn't do too well with my Grey Knights. The terrain contest wasn't that day like I thought. It's not due until the 17th of Nov! I still had plenty of time to work on it. Since I have at least another week, I'm going to try and do another item for the contest. Tomorrow night I'm going to start on a Imperial Guard outpost. I'm going to use the bastion template I have as a base for the building.

I wanted to paint tonight, so I'm tossing a couple of pics of one of my koptas. Not quite done - really just wanted to try out the camera on the tablet.