Monday, September 19, 2016

Legion Basilisk/Medusa

It's finally done. The last major bit I had to build were the exhausts. I gave up on trying to make them identical to the ones on the Forgeworld model. The curves and bent tubes were just not going to happen, but I think what I built is a reasonable substitute.

I added a little ammo rack in the back.

The command console was made with a push mold and green stuff.

 I made the barrel expandible so that it can be played as either a basilisk or medusa.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Terrain - Imperial Fountain

A while back I picked up an old Emperor's Champion at our local Gamer's Garage Sale. He came in a grab bag of bits for $2 and I knew almost immediately that I wanted to use him as a statue. I thought the statue would be best highlighted if it adorned a fountain. Furthermore I decided that the fountain ought to serve as a defendable piece of terrain for my gaming table.

The fountain is constructed from sheet styrene, pvc, and a 12 gauge shotgun shell.

PVC foam board lends itself well to scribing. I used it around the edges to make bricks. I did this by scribing horizontal and vertical grooves into the PVC foam board. I followed that up with some scratches and pitting for texture. I finished it by spreading joint compound into the grooves for mortar.

The floor of the fountain is wide enough to allow a 25-30mm base fit comfortably. The detail is a tile texture sheet styrene. I added a drain using some textured styrene.

I have already painted the Emperor's Champion in bronze and aged it using various patina washes. I also added some bird droppings using dabs of off white and yellow paints.

After it was built I placed it on a piece of chipboard, cut out a blast hole in one side and littered the edges with sand, gravel, and bricks.

A coat of grey primer starts to bring it all together.

It's all about the details. The nest is made of static grass and the egg is apoxie sculpt.

The height of the walls lends to some great cover.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

WIP - Legion Basilisk/Medusa #3

Summer vacation is over and my hobby bench has been very lonely. I haven't made any progress in the last couple of months but I'm getting back to work. My first priority, finishing Joe's Legion Medusa. I got a lot more work done and now only the most difficult details remain. Below is the progress I've made since my last update:

a whole lot of rivets since my last update...

Some storage for ammunition...

a console for delivering the payload down range...

a shortened barrel to more closely resemble the Medusa siege cannon. I'll be making an extension for it so it can be fielded as a basilisk too...

the exhausts are proving a pain in the ass but are coming along.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Value Gear Details

Value Gear is a manufacturer of quality resin storage bits for scale modelers. Value Gear's mission statement is: give model builders (me included) a more useful spares box! Creating and casting sets of Generic/Universal stowage. No helmets no weapons and nothing to keep you from using it in a wooden cart, a chariot, a truck, or a panther tank. "Any Army Any Era!" is my motto. They won't work on everything but so far I have seen people use them on so many different trucks and tanks and even some War Hammer tanks and dioramas. Stowage are accents to help give your model some story or a lived in realistic look. Armies live under canvas...

With a wide selection of scales and storage options, Value Gear makes good on their mission. Because crate and canvas scale is all a matter of perspective any of their products apply well to Warhammer 40K or other tabletop wargames.

So far my favorite set has been the 'Tents & Tarps' set is full of wonderfully detailed bits.

Andy's Hobby Headquarters has a great tutorial video on creating tarps and bags with Steve of Value Gear Details:

Below are my results from following the above tutorial. I do think I need a bit more practice on my tarps, Steve is a pro at this.

The finished painted product including a great deal of Value Gear Details can be seen above and below.
A few Value Gear Details crates can be seen on the gun deck. The open one was carved out using a hobby knife and the cut of lid was painted and set in place.

Here's a great tutorial on painting weathered wood using one of Value Gear's crates:

Below are my results from following the tutorial with similar paints I have on hand.

Monday, May 23, 2016

WIP - Legion Basilisk/Medusa #2

I got a bit more work done on this over the weekend but I think this thing is going to kill me. Sooo much work. I still have a lot of rivets to place, the exhausts to build, and some interior detailing but the end is in sight.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


I picked up the Baneblade kit late last year at the Modelzona competition in Mesa, AZ. I knew I wanted a lot of firepower so I opted for the Stormlord build and ordered a second pair of sponsons from Games Workshop. I built this as an addition to my Pardus 8th Armored regiment. 

I based out the model in the same Tamiya acrylics I've been using on all my Pardus armor. All the metallics were primed in black and brushed with graphite as outlined in this tutorial.

I wanted to make use of the rear deck. I stuffed five guardsmen in the back in various firing positions.

I wanted a couple of guys stepping up or taking a knee. To do this I cut one leg off a standing pair of legs and cut one off a kneeling pair and then swapped them. I cleaned up the edges with liquid greenstuff. It came out great!

I wanted the tank to have a real lived in feeling. To accomplish this I applied a bunch of bits to the model including a great deal of storage from Value Gear Details.

I also added a bunch of sandbags around the rear deck and top hatch. Laying down a layer of plastic wrap first allows you to work greenstuff into position but still remove it after it sets for painting.

Once all initial details were painted I applied a layer of shipping using the sponge technique, then applied a gloss layer before laying down decals.

After some oil washes a layer of dullcote was applied. That was followed up by additional weathering. The tracks were painted with GW Typhus Corrosion followed by another pass of graphite and a layer of Secret Weapon Miniature powders.

I sculpted the power cells directly into a Value Gear Details crate and made the spent power cells out of styrene.

The spent shell casings are piles of styrene rod cut to size.

I airbrushed some soot around each vent using a light coat of flat black.

Razor wire and rope helped to tie together the storage.

I added jewelry chain to the front and back tow hooks.

All weapons and sponsons, including the main vulcan cannon are removable for game play.

I pleased to say that the Stormlord took 1st in the Science Fiction Fantasy & Space, Fantasy All Scales and Types category. Considering it was painted with Tamiya paints it's fitting that this award was sponsored by Tamiya.