tisdag 27 september 2016

Fallen Imperial War Dancer; CCW Knight

After the last blog post I got inspired and decided to finish of the CCW knight, aka War Dancer, with the missile launcher on the back, the melta guns and off course, the pilot. i think it turned out ok. It is not the best conversion work as I might have rushed it a bit to get to painting (or I am no better). This also goes for part of the paint work. From a distance it looks great, and also under natural light, but when photographed at close up one can see that it is not as neat as it might have been. This might have to do with me finding it harder to focus my eyes when painting and I thing the lighting in the hobby room needs some attention, or it is just me getting old and sloppy.

Well that is what it is. It will be better next time.

When it comes to the over all pose I am happy with the leg conversion. Just turning the joints at the hips upside down worked well. There where some issues with the pistons and cables, and there was absolutely no room for the banner but it gives the knight a different look, taking it away from the standard model. I think it looks more like the FW knights as the gate is more natural and it also give the knight a more menacing look.The addition of chains to the underside of the shoulder guard also worked out fine. I am however not to sold on the arcs with the spikes. I thin k the work on the shoulders and legs but the set on the hips really interferes with the torso. In a way that is good as it prevents the top form falling of due the imbalance caused by the shield. Which by the way is magnetized as I did not know if it would look to much out of place. The tentacles hanging from the back are also a bit out of place, and attaching them to the exhaust stacks were not such a good idea as it made the it hard to get them into the right place which in turn makes it hard to mount and remove the back carapace. The halberd sword turned out great and I think it was a good idea not to have two of them as I initially planed. Once again it could have been made neater, and I might have to remount the back balance as it is a bit squired.

With some hind sight I might have done somethings differently but over all I think it will make a worth addition to the Northern Ghosts, or the Legio Umbra Borealis.

söndag 25 september 2016

CCW knight, almost there

Almost there, there is not much left now on this close combat knight. All in all I am happy with the result. The shield is not as good as it could have been, but with paint is it looking better. I am tempted to switch to 3D printing instead of building stuff my self, as it will look more symmetric and generally more professional, It will however remove the hands on creative process in building stuff, and if I don´t practice I will not get better. And in the end I am just doing this for my self so the process of building and painting and in the end knowing that I did it all my self, is the real treat. And if someone else get inspired or enjoy the things I do, so much the better.

I will be back with pictures of the finished model shortly.

söndag 4 september 2016

CCW knight armor plates

I have not had to much time work on the Varangian these last weeks so this will just be an update on the CCW knight. What I have done is mostly to paint the armor plating for the body and legs. They are not large pieces but they take time as there are a lot of filed that require many layers of paint. I am sticking to the green layout with blue and white striped field, were the blue/withes are flaking of, leaving the green beneath to show. I have also tried to work in the maniple/legion insignia on the carapace and shoulders. All in all it is starting to look nice, not the best paint job I have done, but under the circumstances I am happy. Next up will be the weapons.

söndag 21 augusti 2016

WIP, CCW and Varangian

Not much to say really. I am working with the assembly of the Varangian torso at the same time that I am painting on the CCW knight. Painting is more or less my standard recipe now, so it is just going through the motion.

On the Varanginan I have to think a bit more. I have now assembled the rest of the side walls on the torso and pinned them with paperclips. Once the walls were tone I stated on the roof. Since it will be removable I decided to do it as one piece, with the lid and the intakes, ridges and exhausts. Here it is important to make sure the ridges are not to wide (I actually had to warm them and press them together somewhat), as they do not have much space to attach to on the side of the lid (there are very shallow groves that they need to fit into). Hopefully I will be able to fit this onto the rest without ending up in some catch 22 scenario of one piece needing to be there before the rest etc... Once I see that this works I need to remove the ridges on the underside of the roof, to make space for the interior. I wanted to wait with this until the ridges were in place so that I do not deform the roof plate.

torsdag 18 augusti 2016

Update CCW and Varangian

Things are moving, both on the Varangian as well as on the CCW knight. As I did not come up with any thing that needed fixing at the bottom of the Warlord torso I decided to go ahead and start gluing. With the amount of dry-fitting I have done I thought that I knew how to assemble it. So I decided to start with the back wall and get everything centered. Bad Idea. once it is there you cant mount the sides, luckily I noticed this before leaving everything to dry. So I went a head and glued in the side pieces also, and to get the right spacing I also put in the front piece, and then suddenly I had the whole bottom part of the torso glued. I tried to use clamps to hold everything together but in the end I ended up wrapping it with rubber bands. Now I will glue the back piece in and the side walls. Then I can finish the inside build and start with detailing, both on the inside and outside.

When I am not working on the warlord I am painting on the CCW knight. I have now finished most of the insides, cockpit and engine compartment with turbines. The outside is also done and I have moved on to the legs which are now base painted green and are awaiting shipping, grease and rust.

And sometimes I do not know why I paint some of the things I do, I mean the whole inside of the knight will not be seen unless I take it a part (but that was also part of the modeling experience). So all the hazard stripes etc is a bit over kill, but I can still justify it a bit as the top carapace can be removed also for exhibition purposes. But then we have things like the numbers on the sides of the turbines, they will never be seen again once these go into the knight, so why paint them?

söndag 14 augusti 2016

Varangian WIP

Slowly but steadily the insides of the Varangian are taking shape. I have added some more detail to the bottom parts, including the doors that I had to custom make. I also worked on the upper side panels, adding the niches for the weapon servitors. I think I have now come as far as I can without gluing the torso together, but I will let it rest a day or two until I do that so that I am sure I do not need to make any measurements or so at the bottom. Once the torso is glued together I can start to make the final adjustments to the panels, making cut outs etc to fit more snugly. Once that is done I will make the reactors, which is just in mock up in the pictures at the moment. Then I think I will be done with the major build for the inside and I can start with detailing, which hopefully will not be to much since I used as much of the terrain kit as possible. I am very happy with the progress and even if it is not exactly as I had planed it I think it is shaping up nicely.

måndag 8 augusti 2016

Varangian WIP

Finally, I have started to work on the Varangian, warlord of the Nothern Ghosts. As I am building an interior for my warlord I started out with the torso pieces. First of was some drilling and magnetizing for the waist and the head. Used a 10 mm/0.8 kg magnet for the head and a 20 mm/10 kg magnet for the waist. Then it was on to the torso assembly. After several dry fittings I realized that things were not as straight as they appeared to out came the hair dryer. After some individual tweaking I dry fitted the whole torso and wrapped it in masking tejp. Then I put the hair dryer to one of the rear vents and filled it up with hot air, Then I gently squeezed the whole assembly so that any gaps closed. This was then fine tuned after taking it apart and gently warming one part and pressing it against it cool mate. This worked out fine and the fit between the parts is now so god that the glue I will use to assemble it might actually fill them so I do not need to green stuff it.
Once I was satisfied that the parts were coming together in the right way I started to work on the interior. I had some ideas of what it might look like but once I started with the manufactorium parts I sort of just went with it and used as much of those parts as I could, even for things I initially thought I would use plasticard for. All in all I think it is coming together nicely, and once I have lower internal parts done I will assemble the bottom and start moving upwards. All the internal panels will be painted separately but I need to make sure they can be moved in and out. I will have to build some custom stuff but I thought I would try to use as much molded plastic as I can and hope that there is some margin in what weight the legs can take.