Monday, December 6, 2010
I just got back from the "Wine Country" of Missouri on a little break with the Mrs. I had a great time and am back, rested and rejuvenated with some new models and projects that I am working on.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
As I am sure you all have gone through if you pour yourself into a project too much its way too easy to get burnt out on something. Even if its something you enjoy doing. I had to take some time off last week otherwise I wouldn't have the stomach to touch this stuff. Fortunately for me I play with an awesome group of friends who make it easy to get back in the swing of things. Enough jibber jabber, I got stuff to show you...
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
I am going to put my hobby on hiatus for a bit. The two day painting challenge, while rewarding, is taking its toll. I am getting burned out on something that I love and I cant let that happen. I will post something this weekend.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I'm afraid that I wont have an update today. The wife was home from work this morning so I wasn't able to get to my painting project until way late. I will try to get an update tomorrow morning as well as set the next task for the big weekend project. Thank you for your patience
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Anyway, I have some new pictures to show you of what should have been my Thursday painting challenge post (sorry about that) and the completion of my corpse cart! WHOO HOO!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Well, it didn't quite work out as well as I had planned. I got some time to work on the corpse cart but with a very soggy trip to the family on the 4th it somewhat put my schedule on its ear. However, I was able to make some very good progress this weekend and everything is shaping up very nicely.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
You are a d6: How can I put this nicely? If you were a flavor, you'd be vanilla. If you were a color you'd be white. If you were a blanket, you'd be wet. I'm sure you're a nice person, but excitement doesn't run down your alley, does it? If it ever did, you'd stop it, and politely ask it to walk. Honestly, you have no right being on any sort of adventure. You're much better suited hanging around at home and telling visitors that the princess is in another castle.
HA! This is hilarious... and probably more accurate than I would like to admit
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Not much to post as the way of progress. This weekend marks the 2nd anniversary to my beautiful wife Lindsey. However, I was able to get some game time in on Friday. It was as pretty low attendance so Necron Darrell, Chaos Tad and I decided to run the 3 player mission in the back of the big rule book. We called it the Chaos Company Picnic, enjoy:
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Not really much to write today, just creating a post to mark the completion of a milestone and to give thanks to the blogs/people that helped me out through this project.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Just about ready to pass out for the day so I thought I would show you the latest on my possessed Rhino. Today I took the weathering up another notch and added mud, dust and pollen. Hepa filters be damned! GLORY TO NURGLE!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Just taking a break from lawn work to post some pics of that possessed Rhino I have been working on
This is the old photo, I took some time to make it look like its been around a bit longer
Monday, May 3, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Just wanted to get an update on the blog to keep myself going. My schedule has changed and free time is a very valuable commodity right now. Which would probably explain why I am doing WarMachine instead of my usual 40K fare. I figure I can get a battle box knocked out pretty quickly and taking 5 models to the game store for a Mangled Metal duel instead of 30+ for a 1500 pt game is looking really appealing right now. Anyhoo...
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Afraid that I don't have anything in the way of 40K this week. I have just started school for web/program development. Its pretty demanding as far as time is concerned leaving me to look wistfully on my minis in passing.
HOWEVER! I can still contribute to the FTW blogging community by sharing what I learn in class with you.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Two days to go! Man am I excited. I went to the LGS to pick up some paint and I think I saw one of the competing armies. It was a splendidly painted Tallarn IG force. I hope I get to talk to him this weekend to tell him how great his army looked.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
What with the tournament and all coming up I have been feeling a very Iggy vibe as of late. So much so its caused me to table my orks and paint completely irrelevant things. How fun is that?!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Ninety-nine ministers meet
To worry, worry, super scurry
Call out the troops now in a hurry
This is what we've waited for
This is it, boys, this is war
The President is on the line
As ninety-nine red balloons go by.."
Goldfinger - 99 Red Balloons
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Found a new blog out there that I am really excited about: Kitbashed 40K by Alan. I am a big fan of putting stuff together out of bits and bobs you find about your house and what you have on your work table. ALSO they have a link http://www.collecting-citadel-miniatures.com/wiki/index.php/Imperium_-_Limited_Release that brought to my attention that the 4 grenade gals that I got with my first ever IG lot were collectors items! DOUBLE WORD SCORE!
Sunday, January 3, 2010
What size magnet do you suggest I use for the sponsons and turret options on a demolisher? I don't want to buy something too big where I cant use them.
While Lantz is the magnet king around our gaming group he doesn't have all that much experience with IG stuff so he turned it over to me. I have recently knocked together the new IG "Heavy Russ" with the Punisher, Demolisher and Exterminator cannons and have come up with something I like to call Project "Thunder-horse"
Here she is now:
While still a work in progress all of the magnetizing has been completed. I can add/remove sponsons at will, change out each gun in each slot, change out the main gun and add/remove the track guards
What you will need:
3/16" x 1/32" thick cylinder rare earth magnets
1/16" x 1/32" thick cylinder rare earth magnets
A flat bladed file
A 1/16" drill bit
A Dremmel and/or drill
The sprue for the tank and a blade/knife/Dremmel attachment to cut it with
A sharpie or magic marker
All of the steps that I will show you were done during the construction of the tank. While the examples are of the finished project I did not have a camera at the time to record my steps.
I cut a small section of sprue and glued a 3/16" x 1/32" thick cylinder rare earth magnet to the flat edge, I then stood the cut sprue inside the sponson and glued like so:
Let me save you some heartache and show you the trick to it now. Take the flat bladed file and use that to hold the magnet in place. This is a two fold step as it will make sure that your magnet/sprue combo wont move while the glue dries AND it will ensure that your magnet is flush with the side of the tank (see below)
*PLEASE NOTE* If I had this to do all over again I would have used a much shorter bit of sprue. While the longer sprue does center the magnet more in the middle of the tank there is no real advantage. I suggest making a cut that just barely extends beyond your magnet for added stability.
After the glue dries simply take the outer wall of your track housing ( see figure 1 of your manual) and fit the sponson on the raised grooves. Once in position take the magnet that will be this sponson's mate and place it on the inside of the outer wall of the tank. The magnets will attract and will tell you where you need to put the glue. Simply apply the glue to the general area and repeat this step. Now you have a magnet on the inside of the tank and the one glued into the sponson itself. Repeat for the other sponson and you are now ready to assemble the track housing.
After you built the track housing but before you add the actual tank treads you can set up your track guards. For the top guard simply count the treads out to find the center and place your 3/16" x 1/32" magnet on the inside of the track like so:
Then take your track guard and glue it in the middle on the underside (please excuse the primer):
The front and back track guards are a little more tricky as you will not want the interior magnet to be in the exact middle of the tread. I suggest gluing your magnet to the tread guard first then using that to get the exact position of the magnet that you will use on the inside. When complete you will have something akin to this:
*PLEASE NOTE* The next two steps I would almost consider optional. After you prime and then paint the guns that fit in the optional slots you may have enough friction there to hold the guns in place without magnets. However, if you are an OCD nut such as myself, read on. Also, this is where things start to get a little tricky/dangerous as they involve power tools. If I have any young readers viewing this please make sure that you have adult supervision and take the necessary safety precautions.
First take your drill/Dremmel and attach your 1/16" drill bit. Bore out a small hole in the indention of your barrel hinge ( Fig. 12 in the instruction manual ) like so:
You can then glue the much smaller 1/16" x 1/32" magnet into place.
Next we will want to attach the magnet to the individual gun barrels. Each barrel has a different mold cast to it but the basic premise is the same :
As you can see the Punisher cannon (1) already has an indention large enough to place the 3/16" x 1/32" magnet with room to spare while the Executioner (2) and Demolisher (3) will require you to drill small holes as shown. Simply glue the magnets in place and allow to dry.
*PLEASE NOTE* While the instructions state that you shouldn't glue the barrel hinge to the turret to allow you to aim I did glue mine in place. I have never needed to move my gun barrel up or down to make sure I could hit something. I also find that gluing your barrel hinge in a middle "neutral" position will add stability to the cannon that you have inserted (and thus making the magnetizing of the turret optional )
Now, if you are feeling exceptionally crafty, you can magnetize the ammo hopper/plasma vent on the back of your turret. If you flip over the upper half of your turret ( see figure 13 of your "closed hatch assembly" of your instruction manual) you will have just enough room for two 3/16" x 1/32" magnets to fit inside. You can then glue magnets on the underside of the hopper/plasma vent like so:
--The Sponson gun slot/hull mount--
Ok, we are almost done. This was the most difficult part of the build for me but I have a trick that should save you some of the heartache that I experienced.
Going back to our example on the sponson you will notice that there is a 1/16" x 1/32" magnet in the gun housing :
You will want to take your drill/Dremmel and drill all the way through the barrel that your gun slots into trying to keep as close to the center as possible. Then glue your 1/16" x 1/32" magnet into the hole you have just created, you should find that it is a perfect fit.
Now drill a small hole in the "tab" that slots into the barrel of your sponson/hull mount like so:
BE VERY CAREFUL ON THIS STEP as you could possibly damage the tab that slots into the barrel.
Simply glue your 1/16" x 1/32" magnet in place and allow to dry
-- The tiny magnet sponson trick --
While this will probably come off to you as a no-brainer but it was something that I found myself doing because I was too "in the zone" to realize that I was doing it:
DO NOT TEST THE POLARITY OF YOUR MAGNETS IN THE DEEP SIDE OF THE SPONSON
All you have to do is:
1)Flip your sponson over
2)Place your magnet on the "shallow" side of the sponson
3)Mark the exposed side of your magnet with your sharpie/magic marker
4)Glue your magnet into the gun tab so that the sharpie is the side that is going to go into the sponson
I was dropping my tiny magnets into the barrel of the sponson, using a slightly larger magnet to fish out the magnet I had just thrown in there and then marking what side needed to be facing out. It was a totally bone head move on my part and I was really lucky that I didn't get my polarity reversed.
BEWARE THE POLARITY - please make sure that your magnets are facing the right direction before you glue them in place. Take it from me that digging magnets out of your toy soldiers is a pain in the rump.
BEWARE THE POWER TOOLS - just do it, don't ask questions on this one.
TAKE YOUR TIME - a lot of this is pretty delicate work but if I can do it so can you. Just take your time and make sure that you measure twice and cut once.
There you have it. My complete guide to magnetizing your "Heavy Russ". Its a really fun project and gives you quite the sense of accomplishment after its done. On top of that you have a tank that you can custom build for any situation. Please let me know what you think and if I can improve this tutorial in any way. Questions and comments are always appreciated.
The new carrying case:
The new army:
Tom the Psyker:
Tim the Almost Sanctioned Psyker:
Next I want to show you some of the highlights of what I have been working on:
These two are models in the force shown above that I thought really turned out well.
The one on the left is part of my "assault" squad and is carrying a combat shotgun and a demo pack. The guy on the right .... wasn't really supposed to come out so "Gomer Pyleish" but has become one of my most favorite models. There is a great picture of a Catachan soldier in the IG codex that is holding a grenade launcher in one hand that I just had to try. However, when I did it, he was either shooting you in the foot or in the face. I figured the face was the more effective of the two poses and then I modeled him telling you about it.
Here is another shot of the assault vet with a better angle on the demo pack and shotgun.
Finally, I want to show you a few of the models that I have finished but haven't made it into the army yet.
My grizzled commander w/power sword and sniper Dave
I was really pleased with how well these two came out as far as detail is concerned. Not sure how often they will see the battlefield considering that A) I want to be a mobile force and B) a power weapon on an Iggy is as useful as a screen-door on a submarine
My Astropath and Master of Ordinance
These two are my favorite GW sculpts to date. The Astropath is such a simple model but has some great opportunities for fabric detail and the Master has so many bits and buttons to him you cant help but want to go through and pick them out.
Well there you have it. I plan to be a lot more detailed in my posting from here on out. Let me know what you think. Comments and criticisms are always welcome.