Saturday, January 30, 2010

Long Awaited

Not sure if i can call it long awaited but alas here it is, a new post. Sorry, I haven't kept my word again. Damn, I'm not very good at this whole keeping up with things thing. At least I have been working on models.

Apparently, as those who know me already know, I am slightly off my rocker though. Although I started work on this project last week, I have only completed construction on one drop pod, a full 10 man tactical squad and have begun construction on an assault squad. This would have been quicker if I hadn't decided that the entire army should be true scale. If you don't know what i am talking about, i wouldn't be surprised. This is where the insanity begins.

When Games Workshop started producing models, they were made at 28mm scale. Meaning that from the ground to eye level is roughly 28mm. As the years pass, the models got larger and larger, meaning that Games Workshop models were 'Hero' Scale, i.e Larger than Life. The 28mm is meant for an average person, roughly 6ft. Space Marines, as per their fluff, are roughly 8 - 10ft tall. So the models for marines should be larger than 28mm. I have taken to converting each and every model to about 33mm. This was achieved using plasticard to lengthen the legs and the torso. The head and shoulders are roughly the right size already, So the torso was expanded using a disc, to lengthen to torso, and the legs were segmented and two 2mm discs were put in the legs.

This model is the Sgt. for the Tactical Squad. It is definitely a kit bash. The pistol hand is from the chaos space marines box, the sword arm and legs are from the assault squad box, the back pack is from 2nd edition marine models, the helmet is a third party modeler named maxmini and the shoulder pads are games workshop.

this is part of the tactical squad and includes one of my favorite models so far. the legs are from the free terminator in a white dwarf.

he is carrying the 2nd edition bolter with a new scope. i love the way he is about to post the grenade.

And here is my favorite so far. The assault squad Sgt.

hope you enjoy this post. and I'll post as soon as i can.


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Flames of War

So a Buddy of mine just posted the photos of a Flames of War table we made over the christmas holiday. We wanted to make a Normandy table, not a specific beach, but a beach with a small town, a cliff face and some bocage. Here is the beginning of the project. you can see my feet in the photo. the table is 3 planels deep, wach one in 4 ft wide and 2 ft deep. The table starts at a low level and works up into a substantial hill on the back right hand corner.

The Cliff face was made using insulation foam, the edge was cut using a sharp exacto knife, and then a steel brush was used to scrape down the sides. the roads were made using weather stripping foam, and plaster to give the raised edge of the road ways.

The greenery started out as vinyl railroad grass, or varying colours. then different types of flock was applied. It is truely amazing the stuff you can pick up from your local model train shop.

I love this table. although it is a pretty symple design, it was constructed to force a mobile game. Can you say beach assault? Hope you enjoy.


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Another Year and Another Post

So i haven't posted as much or as regularly as i would have liked. Guess my New Years resolution is gone again. So Sue me. New resolve to post every two days. lets see if i can keep it up.

Anyways, work has been busy, although i haven't been doing anything. its funny, either there isn't anything to do, or i get put on a job which gets cancelled before i can begin, or i am over qualified so i don't get to work because it will be demeaning to someone of my position. Really i'd just like to be doing something.

so i'm resolved to work on models. I can't promise photos every time, but i hope to give input on a regular basis.

i am starting work on a heresy era Ultramarine army. I know, I know, everyone hates the smurfs. but hear me out. The first 40k codex i ever bought was the Ultramarines codex for 2nd edition.

I loved this book to pieces, literally, it has fallen apart. So i am planning on building this army using parts i still have from 2nd edition, some parts i've bought from other companies, including Maxmini.

I remember this photo from the codex, and it is the kind of feeling that i want for this army. I've also recently watched HBO's Rome seasons one and two, and want my army to follow in the same vein, no so clean, but still beautiful.

The army is also going to be a Drop Pod army, ready to wage war from the skies. i'll post the list as soon as i have figured it all out.