Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Laser Cut Zone Mortalis Tile, Part 2

The first coat of primer is down on the Zone Mortalis tile.  So far so good.  This time around I used Rust-Oleum "sealing" primer which should go a long way to filling in the small pores in the wood tile and leave me with a surface that's a bit better to paint and won't look like wood.

The plan is to paint the tile the grey color you see in the picture above, then drybrush a coat of white all over the tile. This will give the tile the look of concrete.  I will also be adding small patches of corrosion, probably in the form of moisture stains.

More to come,

Monday, May 25, 2015

Laser Cut Gorgon, Part 4

Finally, more progress on the Gorgon!

Now that the construction on the main body is done, I've primed the model with Rust-Oleum "sealing" primer. Given that the Gorgon is a wood product, I think this will give me a better finish than my regular Krylon gray primer, as all the little pores in the chipboard will be filled.

As mentioned in a previous Gorgon post, I'll be painting it a pretty generic grey, and the primer color is a big step in that direction.  I'll be using many of the same techniques I used on the Valkyrie from my old Death Korps Engineer army.  I'll probably also be adding more wear and tear to the vehicle than I would otherwise. The techniques featured in this Games Workshop "How To Paint" video seem like they could work really well.

More to come,

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Laser Cut Zone Mortalis Tile, Part 1

I've been captivated by the Zone Mortalis ruleset available from Forge World, but rather than paying $41 at the current GBP to USD exchange rate, I decided to make my own.

This is just a WIP shot.  Next comes mounting the four sections, each 6" square, onto a 1' by 1' by 1/4" sheet of MDF to form the tile. Then comes painting.

More to come,

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

6" Quick Measure Template

After finishing up some commission work for a client, I decided to cut myself a 6" coherency template. Unfortunately, it's difficult to get a good picture because it's transparent. This is the best I could do.

More to come, stay tuned,

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Laser Cut Gorgon, Part 3

Almost there. Almost there.  This time around, I've managed to complete the front plow.

While less straightforward than some of the other pieces, the gaps between where some of the pieces meet was large enough that I could slide pieces that were giving me trouble under other parts.

For a while I was racking my brain trying to figure out how to make the front assault ramp articulate before giving up and gluing it in place.I had originally thought about using magnets before realizing it wouldn't be worth the hassle and that I glue all of my hatches shut on my other vehicles anyway.

Rather than building up a bunch of layers of chipboard for the plow support, I made up a design in eMachineShop and cut it out of MDF.  It holds up very well, but I'll have to support it from the bottom. I plan to add components that make it look like a pneumatic or hydraulic system on the bottom of the tank.

Stay tuned for more,

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Haters Gonna Hate

There was a great image on 4chan earlier today showing someone's completed work. One of his Bood Angels had a rather familiar pose.

I don't know if you'll ever stumble upon this post, but keep up the good work, Anon.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Laser Cut Gorgon, Part 2

Sadly, I'm without the energy or time to do anything other than post a series of pictures featuring my progress on this project.  I hope to get more done during the week.

Track section base.

More details added. It kinda looks like something now!

Track links. Each one had to be made individually.
As you can imagine, this took forever.

Tracks being added tot he track block.

More work on the right track section as the left
track block is built.

Both track blocks have their tracks glued on.
The track sections are done!

A detail shot of the armor plating on the side
of the tracks.

Where the project stands so far.

More to come!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Laser Cut Gorgon, Part 1

There's a fancy new Formation for the Death Korps of Krieg in the new Imperial Armour Siege of Vraks book, so I decided to work on a Gorgon.  But rather than spending money on a gigantic chunk of resin, I went to Blicks to pick up some 1/16" chipboard and make my own with my laser cutter.

Posted here is my progress thus far.

This image features my initial test build next to the floor plate of the "real" Gorgon.  For the design, I'm pushing a papercraft model of the Gorgon through CorelDRAW then using a macro in that program to port it over to the control program for my laser cutter.  It's been a learning experience, and for about a quarter of the components, I've had to print out the paper template, take measurements with a set of verniers, and recreate the part in an engineering blueprint program.

Two support blocks hold up the crew surface.  For those of you who are curious, the thing on top of my cable modem is a copy of C.S. Lewis's THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS.  It's a fantastic book and I highly recommend you read it.

The driver's compartment takes shape.  On the flat piece of chipboard, I've got a collection of bits that will form the shield walls for the gunners.  I'm not sure why Forge World likes putting heavy stubbers on things, but that's what those checkerboard portions are for.

Speaking of the shield walls...

And again from the back. You can see the open spot on the left side of the vehicle.  This allows crew access.  I'm not sure yet whether or not I'll be adding a ladder to the finished product.

And here the craft is starting to look recognizably like a Gorgon.  Typically, that front sloped plate features an Imperial Aquila.  I'll be leaving that out on mine.  I intend to paint the model a light primer grey.  They're kind of difficult to miss in battle, so I can't imagine they'd bother with desert camouflage for the war machine.  Also, if the fluff in IA:Vraks is anything to go by, Gorgons get destroyed an awful lot, so adding any more than rust-preventing primer seems like a waste of resources.

It's always interesting to justify and find good, fluffy reasons for why your army is the way it is, isn't it?

Finally, the sloped plates that cover the tracks (or as they're named in my laser cutting folder "track hoods") are attached.  Hopefully, I'll be able to finish up this model tomorrow.  So far, this was about four hours worth of work, and most of that wasn't really at a hurried pace.  

I took it really easy trying to figure out how everything has to fit together.  The original papercraft model is obviously intended to be made out of paper, which has a negligible thickness for these kinds of projects.  Chipboard, by contrast, has a definite thickness that can and will throw an entire project off if you're not careful with respect to how the parts join to each other. That's why I threw out my test build.  So I ended up having to make certain adjustments and occasionally trimming parts down with a clipper.  So far, so good.

More to come now that I have a phone with a camera that actually works.

All the best,

Saturday, March 28, 2015

GW Brush Stand Concept

This is a concept build for a GW brush stand.

More to come.