Saturday, November 27, 2010

Auction for SSV Normandy SR1 Model

My good friends are currently running through a Mass Effect Marathon to raise money for Childs Play Charity. Help them break their goal of $10k!
They're doing various donation challenges and raffling off prizes. One of two auctions is my secret project for the last two months.

I have made a model of the ME1 ship, the SSV Normandy SR1. Picture here is the first casts in plaster. Original pieces were from plasticard, balsa wood, and sculpting resin. I rushed to get it assembled to show on the marathon, however this will not be the one being shipped. I have casting plastic coming in the mail for the official model. This will make a much more durable model, which was my main concern with the plaster version.

I will post progress as I finish it, showing assembly and painting steps. Because I will be taking a bit more time to complete it, this will probably take 2-3 weeks to finish, so it might not arrive to the winner until January. I'd rather take my time and be happy with the finished project than rush it out at this point. Hopefully it will look like this:

It will be auctioned off tonight at 8pm EST, you must be in chat to participate. I should be on as well to answer any questions, and will then be showing up tomorrow on the show (after a 10 hour trip).. Where Liv will be dying her hair pink in honor of the Sunday Auction: Blasto!

Tune in and support it if you can, every little bit counts.

Friday, September 17, 2010

They Came From... Behind!

A quick little bit of terrain thanks to playdoh and plaster. It took about 2 hours to mold, dry, and base, and then another 2 for painting. I'll be making one for each vehicle in the cadre. They make good large area objectives too!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September's Random Creations

Rather than continue my monthly challenges, I've taken a break for September to get a few pieces done that have been sitting around. Though some are part of an army or warband, there's no real pressing need to get them done.

To start we have two Mordheim bosses: one Skaven and one Orc. While I would love to get the newer Sniktt model, this older one is still pretty good. I was going for a moonlight look, though he could still use a few more layers to bring out a bit more color. I may add detail to the cloak with a Skaven symbol as well.

The Orc was a test of building metal tones out of greys, and it is ok, though I need to work out a bit more rust and possibly use a weathering technique to make chipped black laquer for the armor.


This demon is a friend's piece that he left about a year ago, hoping I would get to it at some point. I finally did, and I'm glad the inspiration took. The burnt fabric came out better than I expected, but I used an undiluted ink to get the heavier stippled scorches. This has left it a bit too glossy, so I will have to airbrush it with some matte varnish.


This is a color test for my upcoming RG army. I will most likely go for a darker grey, and may rethink the red secondary color. Maybe a dark blue?


Some time ago, Joe from Crimson Sundown and I came up with an idea to use smoke to mask a flight stand. I finally got around to giving it a try. I also managed to test out hairspray weathering, though my undercoat was a bit too busy, and I removed too much of the black overcoat. In the end some washes helped to dull the busy piece, but I will try a different approach on the next of the squadron.


My current project is a ten strong squad of winged Kroot countas Vespid. I never really liked the Vespid model, and it is a bit expensive. So when Gargoyle wings came around, I jumped on the idea of a newly evolved Kroot kindred! I'm going to finish these three up, and then probably paint them before moving on to making the rest.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

ATT Contest Entry

Here are the only two models completed in August. It took a whole lot of time, but I'm happy how they turned out.

The pilot consists of firewarrior, Glade Guard, and dark eldar bits.
Most of the choices came from what I had on hand.
The suit is mostly Rymyr and xv8 bits, with a few extras. The fins came from my xv9 shoulder pads that I cut off for Farsight. The hands are also xv-9, modified with plasticard. The extra gun lenses are taken from Devilfish antenna.


The other half of the contest was a short story:

Shas’Vre Kor’Sua’Ka - “Stormstrike”

Dawn was just breaking over the skyline of the capital city of the arid planet Persentia. From atop the roof of an abandoned apartment building pathfinder Shas’Ui’ Lem’Rotaa could see well out across the city. However the streets were winding and still dark, making it difficult to discern much activity below. Beside him was a Shas’Vre who many years ago he had called his pupil, before she earned the name of Kor’Sua’Ka. She looked lost in mental preparation. Ui’Lem did not need to guess as to what she had planned. The pathfinder training ingrained in her always led to an surprise Mont’ka that befitted this hive of buildings and alleys.

The gue’la had originally welcomed the 7th Vior’la Response Cadre when it had air dropped in to turn back an Ork Waagh. After the Orks had been defeated, the Ethereals were careful to ensure that the gue’la culture was largely kept intact. This peace lasted for over 3 years.

Rebellion spread like wildfire seemingly overnight. City fighting became a common occurrence, with the Tau finding it difficult to bring their heavier vehicles to bear in the cramped streets. Conversely, the human armor thrived in this situation. They were easily concealed and able to sweep streets with minimal support. It fell to the crisis suits to meet the threat.

She had always been unconventional as a young ‘la, but her elevation to Crisis pilot only served to highlight her temperament. Originally assigned to a Crisis team, Kor’Sua’Ka was known to break off and pursue her own objectives more often than not. It had been on one of these pursuits that ended with the wreckage of 6 tanks and one tattered crisis suit. A week later she appeared back at a Tau outpost half dead. When she returned from medical leave, she found herself promoted and gifted the title of Stormstrike.

Gunfire quickly brought Lem out of his reminiscence. Down below, the street still untouched by dawn lit up with muzzle flashes as the kroot burst from shops and alleys, putting up a fighting withdrawal from the gue’la still out of Lem’s view.

“Prepare your squad, Shas’Ui. We will be upon them in but a moment.”

Kor’Sua’Ka was halfway into her XV-8, the camouflage netting discarded onto the ground. Lem nodded affirmative and radioed to his pathfinders scattered in the surrounding buildings. Clicks acknowledging the orders came in quick succession. He steadied his carbine on the roof ledge, zeroing his markerlight sight onto the open street below. Rumbling treads filled the air and Lem patiently waited for his target to come into view. He felt the rush of air pressure as Kor’Sua’Ka effortlessly boosted her Crisis Suit beside him, perching on the ledge like a giant bird of prey. In the precise moment that the armored behemoth rolled into view all of Lem’s senses dulled for a silent, almost serene point in time.

“The calm before the storm” he whispered to himself, and pulled the trigger.


Overall I did OK in the competition. I Placed 3rd in modeling, shared 2nd in story, and somewhere 4th or 5th in the combination poll. Regardless of ranking, it was a lot of fun to work on this piece, and I will definitely be entering other competitions as they arise!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Farsight Mark II

I have finally gotten around to working on this project. I've put it off the entire year, mostly due to a lack of confidence that I'll actually get the results I want. Well with a few weeks before GD, I'm ready to give it the old college-last-minute-try!

WIP shots, just about ready to paint. The greenstuff isnt as bad as it looks, the glossy Slikk doesnt show up well in pictures. Thanks to Liv's color shapers and Slikk, this is probably some of my better sculpting. Its since been shaved down a bit and I am in the process of completing the Farsight insignias.

Here's hoping I don't mess up the paint job!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Keeping the ball rolling..

Please excuse the long post, it has been awhile so I have quite a few projects to show progress on. I have not yet completed my terrain goal, but I'm slowly getting there. I've been concentrating on my Tau lately, and I'm finally putting some time into my Farsight piece which will hopefully be my first Golden Demon entry.


The river tiles were a nice learning experience with clear resin. I managed to mess up the edges by not really blocking them up properly during the resin setting. I've gotten a bit better about it in the second half (though still not perfect), and after some touchups the first batch are looking ok.

Objectives The objectives came out as well as I expected. They were a quick project for something that I had been dragging my feet on making.

My buildings have both seen some progress, though I'm nowhere near completion. I need a lot more casting to complete the bastion, and some detail work and sanding on the compound before the painting phase.

The Ethereal statue came out ok, and can be placed by itself, on top of the bastion, or on the Space Marine column. The rubble scene was formed from miscast and junk plaster. The guardsman scene was not planned, I just kinda shot from the hip.


I finished my last 6 Firewarriors, and then went back and added some squad markings to the others. I can now break them down into 6 man teams, or combine two groups for 12 man teams. I also put some more detail into squad leader markings, so they're a bit more obvious. After the firewarriors, I made a decision to change my brown earth color up to a tau ochre to match my board a bit better. It took the rest of the afternoon and a handfull of Xfiles episodes, but I powered through all my other Tau models to unify the army bases. I will take pictures of these all when I have the chance, as some of my earlier pictures are poor in quality.

As I began to work on my last devilfish, I came to the conclusion that I had to put some time into the others to make them a bit more coherent. In the end I airbrushed my original hammerhead into a gradient pattern and darker red, while trying to bring my pimped out hammerhead a bit more vibrant. I practiced using masking to spray on white panels, which was infinitely better than handpainting large areas of white (even despite a few errors in masking which left white overspray in a few places).


-Veteran Hammerhead-

-LED Hammerhead/Devilfish-

With these pieces finished, my assembled pieces in my Tau army are complete. Granted, I have about the same amount of tau figures given to me which are sitting half assembled in a box. I haven't quite decided what to do with them yet, but maybe the Cadre will grow again in a few months..

My Farsight model will likely consume most of my hobby time for August. After that I have a rising queue of new projects to work on. Top of the list is my Raven Guard in the works for the PBL escalation league. After that, I may be painting Joe's orks for fun! Lastly I'm really looking forward to the Warhammer Fantasy box set, so I will have Skaven and High Elves to paint (as well as maybe a Fantasy themed table?)