Monday, February 20, 2017

Vallejo Paint Stands


I recently picked up three laser cut paint stands from Vallejo. Two of the corner, and one of the front modules will set you back about $60 from Amazon.com. I didn't quite realize how large the racks would be until I had them assembled and on my desk. Each of the racks connects to the other. Mounting 'hardware' is included.

I was a little disappointing that the larger diameter holes along the top edge are too small to accommodate my large Tamiya bottles. They are the perfect size for P3, Mig, GW, and small Tamiya bottles.

This represents less than half of my Vallejo paints so I plan on purchasing three more of the front module paint stands which I plan on placing under and forward of these. It will require me to build a custom stand but I think once it is all done it will work quite well. I have also decided to change the mounts of my overhead lamps to the sides of my desk so that I can slide the paint stands back flush to the wall.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Valley Con 2017 Contest Categories

The contest categories and theme are out for this year's Valley Con hosted by the Petersen Automotive Museum.


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

WIP - Ork Looted Tank 2



A lot of work has been completed since my last posting. Many rivets and lots of plasticard later and it is nearly ready for paint.

 

I added additional styrene to the surfaces using multiple textures including chipped edges, plasma cut, diamond plate, and some dremel work to rough it up in places.

The exhausts were made using styrene tubes. I used a lighter to bend the tubing. The technique makes for some pretty rough bends but that works well for orky things.



I wanted the driver to have a an awesome view port so I cut a Tamiya 1/35th scale oil drum at an angle and put it into place with some green stuff welds.



I made the top hatch from a recovered rhino hatch and some styrene. I outfitted the rear of the hatch with some orky storage including two spare drum magazines for the big shoota, a choppa, and a helmet made from some ork bits and a 1/35th scale German WWII helmet.

The pintle mounted big shoota was made from scrap styrene.



A adorned the top of the tank with an orky antenna and a styrene flag. The flag was made wavy using a lighter to gently heat the plastic until it would take a bend.

The deff rolla was made by gluing rectangles of styrene around a section of the plastic tube my green stuff came in. Those sections were then highlighted with various rivets and topped off with sections of GW tank traps I cut up. Each piece was glued in place and detailed with a green stuff weld. The whole thing was then roughed up with a dremel.



My next step is to create a tank commander for this bad boy. It will be heavily customised. I may even sculpt my own arms for this one.

Monday, November 28, 2016

WIP - Ork Looted Tank

At this year's ModelZona I picked up the blow pictured kit for $10. I thought the aesthetic on the box screamed ORK! So I thought I'd use it to make a looted tank.


After assembling the kit I started to see a bit of where I was going to go with it. I want to replace the top hatch with a larger one. I envision a large ork with a WWII style helmet and goggles. I also want to build in a view port for the driver on the front of the tank's hull.


The treads needed a lot of looting. I used styrene scrap along with pointed hex nuts from MENG.


There's still a lot more work to be done but I'm feeling good about it so far. I think it needs a good wacky antenna, some beefy exhausts, and a nice large dozer blade.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Unboxing - The Walking Dead: All Out War

After spending many months in a state of perpetual anticipation wave one my 'Something to Fear' Kickstarter pledge finally arrived. The Walking Dead: All Out War is a table top war game from Mantic Games for 1 or more players. It can be played solo, cooperatively or versus. I'm quite excited about playing this game; a quick review of the rules 

The box arrived in overall descent shape. Two corners were a little banged up but nothing compared to some stories I had heard from other backers.

 So many minis! The first tray contains 38 miniatures and a Kickstarter exclusive badge and bag o' guns.

 The second tray contains the gaming cards and a bunch of Kickstarter goodies such as...

 This dice bag...

 The second tray neatly stores some scatter terrain, dice, and game cards.

The vehicles are hollow plastic. I'm looking forward to painting these up and weathering the crap out of them.

 There are various barricades included.

 There are also many different supply catches.


Each character has a card for game play which includes: Point Cost, Name, Faction, Nerve Level, Health, Special Rules and Abilities, Melee, Shoot, Defense, and room around the edges for various equipment to be attached. Characters can be outfitted with items, armor and keep additional equipment in their pack.


Under the character cards are 8 more walkers! 

 Event cards


 Supplies and equipment cards.

 A dice bag with lots of unique dice for game play.

The core rules set, a quick start rules book, and the Day's Gone Bye expansion. 

Cardboard punch out terrain and markers. These are more of the standard to be expected in the retail version. The Kickstarter version included models of many of these pieces.



Overall I'm quite happy with what I've received so far. Wave 2 will include the Green Family Farm expansion with at least another 16 miniatures, a rules/scenario expansion, and more character/equipment cards.

Monday, November 14, 2016

ScorpFestIV



If you happen to be in or around the Tucson area this January why not come out to ScorpFestIV? Enter some models, check out a tutorial or two, and a spend a few bucks in the swap meet.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Modelzona 2016

Modelzona 2016 is a wrap. Over 500 models were entered with huge showing in both the armor and automotive categories. The show was packed with attendees and vendors, and what a great location. The show takes place in a hanger at the Commemorative Air Force Airbase/Museum in Mesa Arizona. In between checking out the models on display and shopping at the vendors, visitors can take in the museum and walk the tarmac getting up close and personal with several beautifully restored historic planes.



















ARMOR


There was so much armor, it wrapped around the table at the end!













AUTO

There were tones of autos too, these are some of my favorites.







 




Winner - Best Auto

AIRCRAFT

A big turnout for Aircraft too.














SHIPS


Winner - Best Ship






DIORAMA








Winner - Best Diorama


This forced perspective was really cool!

FIGURES







  











Winner - Best of Figures

SCI-FI


















Winner - Best Sci-Fi


Of the six models I brought for competition all six placed in their categories. First Place Sci-Fi and Best of Sci-Fi for my Stormlord, First place Sci-Fi Figure All Scales for my Ork Hunter, Second Place Sci-Fi for my Dune Crawler, Third Place Gundam/Mecha for my Scratch built Deff Dread, Third Place Busts for my Ork Pilot, and Third Place Miscellaneous for my Egg Plane Dakka Jet. I'd say it was a successful day!

I am looking forward to branching out a  bit more from my comfort zone. So far the Kromlech bust was about the largest deviation I've made from the norm. I'm working on an R2-D2 right now which is a bit more of a stretch and in the future I'm considering doing a WWII Sherman. Specifically a recreation of Fury.