Thursday 26 November 2015

Siege Dreadnought MK.VI......ready to rock!

First up is a photo dump, then after that will flow some verbal diarrhoea from the creator.

And begin;

It's punchy punchy time!

Bit of a blurry side shot, incompetent cameraman!

Decided to add some glowing effect, simulating engine activity of some kind...maybe kerosene powered?

"Number five is alive"...oh what a terrible movie :P

I applied dry pigment to the hammerfist, representing concrete dust. 

For the "built up grime" look on the shafts that the Las-cannons are mounted too I applied several
coats of oil paints, then Tamiya gloss black & Tamiya smoke, and finally some clear gloss.

I didn't do anything fancy with the Las-cannons themselves, just rusted them up a bit.

Here you can see some oil leaks from the hydraulic hoses.

Another view of the grime, nasty looking stuff isn't it?

Here's little old Billy, holding onto yet another joystick....this time
between his legs :)

And to make the beast move forwards, what better way than to have
an accelerator pedal? Vrooom vroom!!!

It's a bit hard to see from any single angle, but I wrote "smash" on
Billys' left leg....coz that's sort of what he likes to do all day. 

The nine kills he's notched up could be for anything really. Demolished
buildings? Enemy combatants stood on? Amount of times he's
fallen over?...who knows?

The weathering process disguised the Ultramarine insignia a little
too much for my liking, but I was worried that I might make it worse
trying to fix it, so I just left it as it was.

Bullet holes & oil stains. It's pretty hard to keep these things in a
"new" state of repair on the battlefield.

Why is there so much rubbish on the ground in the far off future?
 Environmental vandals, the whole lot of' them I tell you!

Billy shares his opinion about of the previous owners capabilities.

Tamiya black & smoke make a great recipe for oils stains.

More fisting action :0

I think those concrete adversaries comply with the request every time.

Another blurry shot, sorry :(

What's that I can see affixed to the underside of it's chin? Is that a name plate? 

Why yes it is! It's the MK VI Hammeroid! Ready to be a pain in the arse to all those who oppose him :) 

Ok, so it's done. Another kitbashed Rogue Trader beast for the display cabinet. I'm kinda happy with the weathering...went a bit overboard I think. I used this weathering exercise as a practice run for my Hovertank. So I can get back into the swing of things before I tackle the big jalopy.

Why a name plate? Well, widening the body made this area quite bland, it was just a blank space. I thought about putting some spotlights there, but they wouldn't last too long in that location if concrete was raining down onto them now would they? So I decided upon a good old fashioned name plate, the ones they used to put on old boilers and cranes.

The name was the easy part, twas a challenge put forward (mostly in jest) to me by my Blogging buddy  Asslessman. You can read the challenge if you want to in the comments section of the blog post  here. I just couldn't think of a better name for a robot that has a big lumpy fist used for smashing concrete fortifications in with. So thanks for the idea JB :)

Gaming wise, I don't have any siege games lined up atm, but I may think of something to use him in soon?

I've got some scatter terrain & wooded areas that I've been working on while building this guy up, so expect to see them in the coming months.


Friday 20 November 2015

Siege Dreadnought MK.VI.....colouring it in.

Ok, almost finished with this project. Just a lick of paint & some weathering and it's done.

I wanted to paint it up in a colour that was different to my Walker, so white & green was out. Also I was thinking that this might be an Ultramarine Siege Dreadnought, so blue seemed like a good option. I just used some cheap auto body acrylic spray paint for the base coat. I didn't see the point in using good quality miniature paint if I was intending to weather it in the end.

Let's begin the exploitation shall we;


Yeah, I reckon you can call it properly base coated.

The next step was to add some sort of shading to it. I was going to use my miniature paint ink wash, but again, I didn't want to waste the "good stuff" on him. So, I found some wood stain tint that I had kicking around and went to town on it. It's really quite strong (it's a tint after all!) so I didn't need to use much. The benefit of using this product was that it dried really under a minute. Also it "bit" into the paint so I didn't have to worry about this coat getting smudged off in later stages, like washes can sometimes do, when they can reactivate the paint layer your trying to wash over.

The process of applying it was to brush it on with a thick brush and then wipe it off pretty quickly with some tissue paper. It had the consistency of water so it ran into the crevices really well, while also adding some shading after the excess was wiped off.

After that I drybrushed it with some light blue miniature paint (can't remember which colour, but it was an old GW one) and left it to dry completely over night.

Here, have a gander;

Here you can see the top section after the wood tint application process. Quite dark isn't it?

You can see how much it really stained the base coat too can't you.

I was pretty happy with how it came out after I drybrushed it.

Sexy legs on parade :)

The next stage was the "real" paint stage. Adding all the details, paint chips, obligatory slogans, decals, basing material etcetera.

I deliberately left the "rotation shafts" for the Las-cannon mounts in bare metal. As they would be getting some special treatment later on. The mashing fist and the armaments then got some metallic drybrushing treatment. Billy got painted in a reddish maroon colour & I gave him a dragon headed shoulder marking from an old GW decal set. I used my normal basing recipe i.e. two grades of concreters sand & some broken plastic bits to represent battlefield detritus.

Here it is;
There's a polite request for their enemies to remain stationary written
 on the inside of the hammerfist forearm :)
Here you can see an Ultramarine symbol on his hip that has been
scratched off by the new owners.
Snake cabling always looks better than single coloured cable on a
significant length IMO
The shark teeth decal was taken from my "other" Siege Dreadnought
project decal sheet.

I was fairly happy with what he looked like at this point, I even seriously considered calling it "done" (after you've seen it weathered you may think that I should have left well alone too!), but I was just dying to give the old oil paints a bash again. So, with that persistent urge I decided to hit the MOFO with a coat of clear gloss and began weathering it in earnest.

But that is a story for another post dear follower's. Until next time.....stay nice & fluffy :)


Wednesday 18 November 2015

Siege Dreadnought Mk.VI.....more kitbashing.

Welcome to fantasy island.

At the end of my last post I'd finished assembling the model, but hadn't glued it in its final pose. The Las-cannon's had been mounted though and little Billy was well pleased with the progress to date.

This post will cover the fixing of the model in it's final position, mounting it to one of my "custom" bases, constructing the cockpit, making a smashy fist thingy and finally adding all the other little bell's & whistles to it. So let's begin;

Glued all the joint's together in a (hopefully) aggressive stance, like he's gunna punch something.

You can see that the top of the back needs some "filling in" with details too.

Ready for some punchy punchy time :)

Cockpit made from thick cardboard. It looks rough (and it is), but it will be smoothed out.

The only logical reason to have you can steal their toys mmmwwwahahaha!

The "hammerfist" made from a shower bracket thing and sprue off cuts. Looks crap I know.

Test fitting the fist where I thought it would look like he's readying himself for a punch.
Here you can see the green toy part I used to connect its fist to its forearm with.

The position was ok, but the sprue bits were too "crisp" for my liking. Didn't look like it'd
been hammering on fortifications all of its life...which was the look I was aiming for.

So, I broke out the cigarette lighter and melted some plastic...oh what fun I had :)

Here you can see the hydraulic ram & hose work used to operate the fist. It's all in my
 imagination you understand....none of this actually works ok. It's just a toy!
Oh, and I'd covered/detailed the back area too.
If you look closely you can see the black things on top of & underneath of the "elbow". It's
 supposed to represent the pivot shaft.

Poised to give someone a huge reconstruction bill.

Billy, sitting in his new home. All smoothed out, filled in and sexed up, holding a gear lever.
I forgot to take photo's of a few little extras I later added to the cockpit, but you'll see them
in the next post. I added some "smoke stacks" too, stolen from our Xmas tree lights :)

So, this is the build part done. Next you'll see the colours start to go on and I'll describe the method (if you can call it that) of how I went about painting it up.

Oh, and a special shout out to any Canadian followers I may have out there....Until next time, keep your dick in the vice. What a lovely turn of phrase it is too :D