I put the finishing touches on the walker last night. It was quite a lot harder to know when I should call this build "done". But I'm mostly happy with the outcome.
Here be pic's;
|Proudly standing beside his captured walker.|
|I think I painted that sign about five different colours before I finally settled on black.|
|I did the rust & oil stains with pigments, oil paint & acrylics.|
|The dreaded headlights, I think they turned out ok.|
|Good old Mutie, plying his honest trade on the outskirts of Helsreach.|
|I made the gun detachable, as I knew it would be the first|
thing to get broken off otherwise.
|This was the first time I tried using oil paints, I'm now a convert, they were |
relatively easy to use and I think the effect looks pretty convincing.
|Must be quite terrifying for the slaves looking up at that from ground level.|
|The slave that tried to get away.|
|The ladder was originally going to be hydraulically operated, but I thought that|
was a little too "high tech", so I made up a simple chain operated thingy instead.
|It was a little difficult to know where the rust & oil stains should meet, but I|
thought that there should be some rust running off of the platform
onto its legs.
|The chipped paint ended up looking quite alright after some extensive |
weathering was applied to it.
|I made the ladder from bits of sprue, plastic spoons, necklace & a model kit.|
|Seats five to six scum bags (28mm minis) in relative comfort.|
|Rust prevention system (oil leaks), desert style.|
|Coolant leaks & a space marine head on a spike.|
A few things worth mentioning about the build;
This was a pure fluke, the day before I finished it I was at the supermarket and came across these "feet stickers"....the kind you stick on the feet of chairs & speaker's to stop them scratching the floor. They were clear and the right size, but when I stuck them on they looked a little strange. I painted a couple of thin stripes on the front of them to replicate a headlight. I think they look ok.
I wanted to write the same wording that was in the illustration, but no matter how hard I looked, I couldn't make out the middle word. I thought it must be "the", but it didn't look like it!
I decided I'd try the direct approach. I had a look on the net and found that Carl Critchlow (the illustrator of Helsreach in Rogue Trader) had his own website. I emailed him my strange question & he was kind enough to tell me what the word was..... thanks a bunch Carl :)
The chipped/flaking paint?
This was another first fit me. I'd never tried painting this much worn out paint before, but I did have a couple of saved images of other people's work that looked the goods. My first attempt turned out looking like fluffy green clouds. After getting some constructive criticism from my pal, I went back to the drawing board. After I had gone back over the entire howdah and sharpened up all the edges it looked a whole lot better.
So, all in all it's been quite a cool little project. It's the biggest & most complex build I've ever attempted so far. It required a lot more planning than painting a single mini that's for sure!
I learnt a fair bit and I'm pretty happy with the final result.