Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Hulk as a Lone Wolf, pt2

I got a little more done on this guy. BTW, sculpting is hard. :-P Doing smaller pieces is not quite enough practice for doing larger pieces and complete sculpts, but I gotta start somewhere! I'm learning some lessons on what techniques and materials to use in different locations.

Lesson 1: Use the right tools for the right job. 

Its easier to trim cured green stuff into sharp angles with a file and a knife than it is to sculpt it into that shape. The armor segments on the upper leg are ready to be trimmed and sanded, giving them sharp lines and edges. Its easier to get nice results if you use the right tools.

Lesson 2: Think of your working angle before you start sculpting.  

The back vents are gonna be totally redone. I thought I could lay out some green stuff and get some sharp vent lines. That is not easy, since I did not have the right type of tool do so (an angled flat surface would be nice). End result? Awkwardly worked greenstuff that looks like shit. I now have to cut that crap out and replace it. This time, I'm gonna try using some thin styrene sheet to get perfect flat planes.

Lesson 3: Don't start on something that you don't have time to finish.

The banding on the legs is a good example of this. I had some greenstuff mixed, and a few minutes. Hey, lets try to get an even line of green stuff in three separate pieces all smoothed out in ten minutes before I leave! Probably should have left that until later. Sanding and a knife will help fix that.

What comes next?

 I'm going to be adding some armored shoulder pads to this guy, and a bunch of microbead rivets in key places. I really liked how those turned out on Ragnar, and I think they would complement the style of armor I've been sculpting on here pretty well.

I also have to fix that back vent, and finish up the detail on top of the shoulders. Trim and sand various pieces to get nice edges, etc.

Thanks for reading,

Friday, April 20, 2012

Armorcast Warhound, part 3

While the rest of the Warhound is sitting in Super Clean for another day, I bounced between working on the Hulk and my scroll work on the Warhound's leg. This leg will not be dipped, and will get its primer coat right over the paint. Perhaps not the smartest path, but what are you gonna do?

I liked the Forgeworld Warhound's intricate scrollwork and aquila, but since my skills are rudimentary and the Armorcast Warhound is much more simple creature, I went with a more basic form. Its not as perfectly smooth as I'd hoped, but the shape is good. 

The scroll is where I'm going to paint in the titan's name in the bastardized Latin/Gothic of the 40k universe. I'm thinking either "Agrippa Secundus", after the Roman general and friend of Octavian, or the perhaps overdone "Canus Dirae" or Dire Wolf.

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The Hulk as a Lone Wolf, pt 1

A friend of mine (the Mighty Achilles) is working on an Avengers-themed Marine army, with figs for Captain America, Iron Man, etc etc. To do this, he is utilizing the Space Wolves codex. When he decided to do the Hulk as a TDA-clad iron juggernaut, I was pretty happy about the decision. I volunteered to hack apart a World War Hulk heroclix fig and render it into some vaguely 40k appropriate form.

My initial plan is to turn the hulk figs legs into terminator armor, and similarly transform his upper body into the standard terminator chest piece (albeit larger than normal). He will keep his arms as is, with new shoulderpads added on. His head will fit into the chest piece like a normal terminator's head would. 

The pieces! Standard TDA legs for scale.

I started with a saw. I cut away the top half of the hulk's body, and then switched to a hobby knife to trim down the pieces that I want to use as my armature. After completing that, I started building up the leg armor. I got both thigh portions covered, and both of the basic foot forms shaped. The accordion-style piece at the back of the knees are in place now. With those pieces cured, I can move on to building up the lower leg armor to its final size, and the tubing detail on the upper leg and the banding on the feet. Those should be my next steps.

The torso got a large piece of green stuff to shape the basic form of the TDA, but it isn't visible in this photo. The next step will be building on that foundation further.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Armorcast Warhound, Part 2

Get rid of that paint! Into the dip with you!

This warhound was covered in a smooth coat of what I think was an enamel paint, complete with awesome fingerprints! Simple Green didn't even make a dent, but Super Clean is rocking that paint right off. I'm using a pressure paint pot as my stripping bucket. I felt like a goon dumping nearly the whole $10 bottle of Super Clean in, but its a huge model.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Armorcast Warhound, Part 1

I picked up an Armorcast Wolfhound titan from a friend (thanks Aaron!), and I've decided to do some restoration and improvements before I paint it up. Its got so many large smooth surfaces that I thought it would give me some good excuses to practice making green stuff insignia's and details.

Note the non-standard armament. Those are both Apocalypse Missile Launchers, more commonly found mounted on the carapace of a Reaver titan. In game, each of those weapons is spitting out a Strength 7, AP3 Apocalypse Barrage(5). They are held on by bolts from the interior of the carapace. Until I can scratch-build some extra weapons for this bad boy, it'll be rocking that armament and making mobs of orks cry.

This guy may not be as big as a Forgeworld warhound titan, but he is still big! Look at that little wolf guard down by his toes. I'm attempting to strip the paint from him, but only a few of the pieces fit into my Strip-o-bucket at a time.

As a test of my technique, I threw some green stuff onto his left shin:

It came out pretty well, by my standards. Yes, I know that I have to peel that SOB off when I strip the paint on that leg. Yes, I know that I should have waited. Inspiration comes when it wills. :-P

Thanks for reading,

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ready for a Tournament!

I've got a tournament this Saturday. 2k, three rounds with some sort of painting score (I'm fuzzy on the details). Since I've just barely finished getting my army fully painted and WYSIWYG, I'm quite excited to remember how to play them halfway through game 3 of the tournament. :-P

Sorry for the fuzzy picture, I will take a few more early next week to showcase the stuff I've finished up.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Filling in the gaps

After three years of breaking arms off and repainting shoulderpads, it was time to bite the bullet and paint up a few more extra figs with weapon options.

With all the list fiddling and points finagling, I ended up needing a random assortment of new weapons and upgrades in my squads.  Now each 10-man Grey Hunter pack numbers somewhere around 13 to 15 with all the extra weapon and equipment options I've painted up. The hidden cost of WYSIWG! :-P

Direwolves Pack: new meltagun, power weapon and BP/CCW models. (using old metal SW figs, and an old Rogue trader beakie with a new forgeworld melta to fit in the with the others in my oldies squad)

Claws Pack: new meltagun and power weapon models

Bloodclaws Pack: a repainted meltagun model and a new power weapon model

Fangs Pack: a new power weapon model

After I finish these up, I will only have a Rhino and a Vindicator left to paint in order to be fully painted this weekend. That shouldn't be too much, right?

Thanks for reading,

Ragnar Blackmane conversion completed (?)

I finally painted up the converted Ragnar Blackmane fig! When I first started painting my Space Wolves in early 2009, it was after reading the sometimes great/sometimes awful Ragnar Blackmane series of novels.

 I wanted them to be Ragnar's company, but really didn't like the Ragnar fig. Well, three years later, I've got one I'm happy with. :-)

Its hard to tell from this angle, but the frost blade Frostfang is just about double the length of a normal chainsword. I am planning on painting some designs onto Ragnar's knee pads, but I haven't decided exactly what. On the one hand, I was to put some marks of Ragnar's history as a Bloodclaw onto the figure, while on the other, most of my HQ figs have runic designs painted on the knee pad.

He was previously mounted on a temporary base with a piece of cork up one foot. I figured he needed a better base, so I grabbed an ork nob head and did some greenstuff work. I added the stump of a neck, complete with gribbly bits like fleshy tubes and vertebrae. The blood is a mix of black ink, Tamiya transparent red, and a dab or two of Skorne Red.

The edges of the neck are nicked and torn, like the head had been sheared off by a crazed space-viking werewolf with a chainsaw sword. I haven't decided if I want to add any gore to the blade itself. I'm leaning towards no.

Now that I look at the fig from this angle, I can see I never finished the backpack, and the left side of the cloak never fot their final highlighting! Shame on me.

The 2k list I'm running him in this weekend is a testrun for my OFCC list. We'll see if its got the tools to take on a posse of Tricities folk in epic battle!