Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
First up is the 1/20 Maschinen Krieger Krupp Kröte:
Although the Kröte itself is finished, I still have to get around to completing the base and a figure to go with it.
Next off the conveyor belt was the 1/35 Dinomania Group Build entry, Dinodistopia:
Finally, I finished the 1/20 Maschinen Krieger Luna Pawn modification, the Meteor:
More photos can be found on Flickr.
Monday, August 25, 2008
The idea, devised by Homo Ferratus, had only three rules:
- You must use 1 Ping Pong ball!
- You must build it within 1 hour!
- Don't cheat, watch the time! ;)
After a manic 45 minutes cutting holes and randomly gluing on parts, then shooting some white primer on, I had this:
The final 15 minutes were spent waiting for the primer to dry and quickly brushing on a Games Workshop wash (Gryphonne Sepia). Once my time was up, this is what I had:
Not too bad for an hour I thought!
Later on, I went back and adding some more decals and ID stripes and here is the final thing:
I also came up with some background for it:
Wächter Orbital Surveillance DroneMore images can be found on Flickr. Forum threads discussing this build can be found at SFM:uk and the Maschinen Krueger forums.
Deployed in NEO and Lunar orbit, the Wächter is an AI surveillance drone utlised by the SDR to watch for Mercenary troops and vessels. The Mercs spent a lot of time hunting these drones down, first in modified AFS patrols and later with Fireball and Fireball SG hunting teams.
The Merc success rate in disabling the Wächters was very high, and the assembly and deployment of replacement drones was too much of a drain on SDR resources to enable them to be replaced quickly enough to be an effective deterrant to Merc plans on the Moon and surrounding space.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
As you can see, there has been quite some progress over the last two weeks. To summarise:
- Triceratops is done
- Panzerhoudah (for want of a better word) is in progress, with a new floor and sculpted padding. Need to add seats, boxes and cargo.
- Panzerhoudah driver and riders built (using a kit from Miniart), need to clean up and then paint.
- Two of the machine gun walking figures are built, I have started painting one, but not too happy with how the face is looking (I HATE painting faces, just can't get it right!).
- The diorama base is nearly done. I have sculpted additional cobblestones and need to lightly sand and add some of the details before painting.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Not the song by B. Bumble and the Stingers mind you, but an AI hovertank employed by the SDR to hunt and destroy Mercenary SAFS troops.
This is a 1/76-scale kit (the only official Ma.K kit at that scale sadly - there are some garage kits but they are very hard to get hold of) which consists of the Nutrocker itself (with photoetch wide-band antenna) and an in-scale SAFS (teeny tiny!).
I managed to pick this one up for a fiver on eBay and figured, as I was getting peed off with lots of sanding and filling, I would quickly knock it together to get me out of the modelling blues.
The paint scheme is simple. I first assembled everything (using stretched sprue for the thin antenna) although didn't glue the turret to the main body. Everything else is out of the box.
I then primed using Halford's Matt Black (it's all I had to hand at the time) and then did a light base coat using Vallejo Light Blue Grey. I then masked out the camo pattern using Winsor & Newton Artist's Latex Masking Fluid and applied the mid colour, GW's Codex Grey. Once that was dry, I masked off some more patterns with the latex and applied the dark colour, one of GW's foundation paints (the name escapes me at the moment, I think it's "something" Granite).
I then peeled off all the latex (which was very therapeutic) and rubbed any flaking edges with a cut-down old toothbrush.
Gloss coated with GW 'Ardcoat and applied decals. The numbers and elephant are from a 1/35 Tiger kit and the SDR Sun Wheel is a homebrew decal using Roggenwolf's insignia design (I want to tie all my SDR stuff together and this is a good thing to use - thanks to Roggenwolf for letting me use it).
Once the decals were dry, I put some satin gloss on (GW again) and then used the Promodeller dark wash on it. Worked like a dream, as long as you follow the instructions on their web site. Once this was rubbed in and off, I put on some of their dark mud round the bottom.
I then gave it a flat coat (Dullcote) and used a Tamiya weathering stick and some MIG pigments to simulate the dust and dirt that gets thrown up around the skirt as it hovers.
This will eventually be part of a large diorama, but I haven't thought that far ahead yet - I just wanted to finish something!
More pics on Flickr
Sunday, June 29, 2008
However, we were all excited to be told that at 1pm today there would be a special trailer for the series finale - so I expect that there were a lot of fans like me waiting patiently for the end of the Politics Show to get a glimpse of what is coming.
Nothing. Not even a faint sound of drums. Nada.
Seems like the folks at the Beeb had a little senior moment and the trailer never aired.
Clever marketing tool to boost viewing figures for Sunday afternoons or just a bit of a cock-up? You decide.
Created quite a few unhappy fans I would guess ...
*UPDATE* Looks like the BBC are revisionist, as they've taken down the apology for not showing the trailer and just say "if you missed it"! Anyway, the trailer is now online, enjoy.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
This is a prototype of the AFS used by the Mercenary Forces in the Maschinen Kreiger universe, it existed only as a sketch in one of the books until Jason Eaton created the kit master for the IHYC and sold a limited number during the Japanese Wonderfestival earlier this year.
Anyway, I choose to finish it off in the civilian colours, as it reminded me of the powerloader from Aliens, so I used a mix of yellow and ochre acrylics for the base colour and simply weathered and washed it.
Need to do more work on my face painting, but I reckon it's done ... for now ...
It's not up to Jason's standards, but here's my HUWS:
More pics can be found here: http://flickr.com/photos/26399668@N03/2613726207/in/photostream/
Need more practice on my face painting methinks ...
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
A very nice effect that I think I'll use again on some of my other model photos when they're done.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
So I trundle up to the meager men's toiletries section (not even a full aisle) and all they have are body sprays.
That's it. Two brands at the most, but all body sprays.
So I enquire as to the whereabouts of the roll-ons (my preferred method of deodorising) only to receive the response "I guess they've taken them off the shelves because it's summer".
Hmm ... for my money I would trust a roll-on in the heat. So I wander up to the women's section and strangely all they have on offer are roll-ons! There are a few small sprays, but not deodorants.
So, as I meander around the other aisles looking for the kid's favourite cereal (nowhere to be seen) I notice that the aisles, although well stocked, actually offer very little choice in the way of brands. Usually the own brands and the higher priced main named brands.
I wonder if this is deliberate marketing on the part of the supermarket (well, dur!) and whether this is the case across the country?
So, to my work colleagues and friends, I apologise for being a bit smelly at the moment ... I'm purely a victim of circumstance.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The results table can be found here, but to summarise, the diorama received 24.67 points overall with the following comments:
"I love the display base on this one, it's got a satisfying level of grime to it, looks worked-in but not excessively cluttered.
The maintenance guy looks maybe a little bit too clean and/or flat in terms of color variation - but otherwise the model and display look great, the modifications are well done, etc."
"The only complaint I can offer is the pics are too small to see detail really well."
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Now I just need to assemble three more ...
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Although it could be considered dated now, I feel it is still relevant and worth a look at:
The pilot's head is a resin one and the canopy is from a Hughes helicopter. The last picture shows the start of the engine block, taken from a 1/35 Flakpanzer kit.
Monday, June 02, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
You'll notice a different diorama base, a better one from Miniart. Think I need to get hold of a square wooden base to put it on or something.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Mangamax shares his feelings about the start of the iconic British comic 2000AD. I for one agree with him that it was the start of something wonderful, not only in the storytelling, but with the fantastic artwork that the comic promoted week after week.
Truly a legend that is still going strong!
Monday, May 26, 2008
I agree that the voting system has to be reviewed as even I was able to predict where the scoring was going and I know nothing about geography! Are we even certain that these countries actually hold a public vote?
What a farce.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
The Triceratops went together very quickly, but it is not the best fitting kit in the world and will need a lot of clean up. But I wanted to get an idea of how it would look with the other stuff, so I put together a 1/35 German Infantry figure and the house corner (a very disappointing kit, but salvageable). And this is what it looks like. It's a start.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Lots of seams to fill and the pose to finalise before I start painting!
Friday, May 23, 2008
The secret identity of Battlestar Galactica's final Cylon is one of sci-fi's biggest mysteries, fueling endless debates and theories on blogs and web forums. Now a gambling website is letting BSG fans place bets on which character will be revealed as the last skinjob.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Essentially several of us are taking a 1/35 Tamiya Triceratops (or two) and doing anything we like with it. Currently there are four participants, but there may be some more in the future.
My plan is to somehow turn mine into an alternate universe Dino Flakpanzer (anyone with a better name, let me know). I have some spare 1/35 WWII figures and accessories in the bits box, so will try and do something with them.
It's a pick-up build, so quite a long deadline (near the end of the year) so don't expect too many updates, it's something that will be worked on in parallel with the other planned builds this year.
Just for interest (and so you can see how I'm doing), here is my self-imposed build list for 2008:
- MaK Fireball SG and AFSSA E3C/E3CM Meteor asteroid diorama
- MaK Forum Group Build: Feuerspritze
- SFM:uk 2008 Competition Build (secret!)
- MaK Krote diorama
- SFM:uk Dinomania Group Build
- Anything else that tickles my fancy!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The hotel was elegant (although the room was a tad pokey compared to the others I've stayed in over the past few days) and the deep pan pizza I had at Gino's was fantastic (although I couldn't eat a whole medium one - I only managed two slices!), just watch out for the buffalo wings - they are hot!
I have also discovered that business travel can be good for you! In the weeks preceding this long batch of travel and meetings I was suffering from high blood pressure (I even had spots before my eyes - not a good sign). Now, with the exception of being extremely tired and looking forward to the long flight home, my blood pressure s done and my vision clear. I suppose focusing on one thing at a time is a factor, but I'm not a doctor ...
Anyway, really looking forward to actually getting home. Just one more day now - hooray!
Sunday, May 11, 2008
However, this seems to come with a price.
You can't seem to walk 100 metres without being approached by a homeless person wanting money. The problem is worse at night. On the steps of the hotel I'm staying in, not more than five minutes ago there was a drunk homeless person just outside the doors hassling the other people and I was approached by another wanting money.
I have no idea what the city's policies are to tackle this problem, but I have a fleeing that whatever plans they have in place, it doesn't look like it's enough.
Anyway, on to the next city ... how I love business travel ...
Friday, May 09, 2008
The main problem with business travel is not the meetings and the endless taxi rides to and from airports and hotels. For me, it's the bits in between. The hours that seem to stretch on and on when you've done all your prep work for the next day and the post-meeting notes and all you have to look forward to is the mind-numbing banality of the hotel television channels and the overwhelming feeling of loneliness.
So, munching on the free turn-down service chocolates and the coffee from the in-room machine, I sit here effectively talking to myself in an attempt to keep sane until the next fleeting human contact.
Anyone know any good restaurants?
Thursday, May 08, 2008
My impression of Quebec is that it is deeply proud of its history and heritage (2008 is the city's 400th anniversary) and much of the architecture reflects this. However, because it is such a clean city (in the old area at least, which is the area I'm concentrating on) it looks to be a strange mix of the true old and new old.
I don't know if this is the norm with hotels in Canada (I've only stayed in a few), but it is a real selling point for me, especially if I'm looking for a hotel to stage a business event in. It makes such a difference if there are no access rates (which seem to be standard in the UK and in Europe as far as I can tell).
Perhaps if more hotels stopped seeing WiFi or even normal wired Net connection as a source of income and simply an essential customer service (imagine if hotels were to charge you for putting the lights on or having a shower!), I think they would encourage more business.
Just my two pence ...
Essentially a stock build, with modifications to the left hand (to make it grip) and a new right hand (built from another left hand). The rocket carrying tubes are scratchbuilt from the filters from a 1/35 Tiger tank kit, with styrene tubes and channel.
The snow is a product from Games Workshop, which worked quite well. I brushed some Future on the suit to make the snow stick to parts of it. I also attempted a winter whitewash, although I'm not convinced it worked too well.
Still, you live and learn!
There were three of us that all got 4 points, so the admin's vote was given to CFX for his creativity. All the entries can be found here.
Anyway, here's some pictures of my finished diorama, "Bay 37".
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Removed all the cabling, as I plan to replace these with some better ones I recently picked up and given everything a gloss coat ready for decals.
No pics yet, it looks really weird with the gloss coat, so I'll wait until I dullcote it.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
Several of us are using the WAVE 1/20 kit of the AFS-CD Type Polar Bear from the Ma.K. universe as the base of the build.
The rules are simple: do anything you like with the kit!
I chose to create a "split suit" - basically modifying the kit to represent a suit in maintenance mode, opened up to show the inner workings and pilot. This will eventually be shown in a diorama of a maintenance bay of some kind.
Anyway, enough of the talk, this is where I am currently up to with the split suit:
Still lots to do and not much time left to do it in! Wish me luck!
More information and a build diary for this can be found over at SFM:uk.