Monday 4 March 2019

What's in the box III - Return of the Boxinator...

Welcome to another edition of 'What's in the box'?!

'What dwelleth in thy carry case this time?' I hear you ask... The Court of the Fisher King of course! :)
I required a form of transportation for The Fisher King and his Knights - although I have not fully completed the force (see below), I wanted to get their transport ready so that I can use them for the first time!
The intention was to build them into a viable 2000 point force for games of Warhammer 40,000 - this didn't prove too difficult as they're not the cheapest units to field!  I chose the House Krast affiliation as that fitted the intended play style of the force.
As it now stands, the final line up for the banner and its support staff is as follows:

Imperial Knight Super Heavy Detachment (House Krast affiliation)

The Fisher King (Cerastus Knight Lancer) - Character, The Headsman's Mark (Heirloom), First Knight (Warlord Trait)
Piloted by Count Octillus Hiralden
The Old Baron (Questoris Knight Mageara) - Hekaton Siege Claw, Plasma Fusil
Piloted by 'Mad' Baron Pellinore
Shellback (Armiger Warglaive) - Meltagun
Piloted by Patrcocles Hiralden
Tidebreaker (Armiger Warglaive) - Meltagun
Piloted by Ivraine Hiralden

Barracuda Squall (Dominus Knight Valiant) - 1 Siegebreaker Cannon, 2 Siegebreaker Missile Racks
Piloted by Sir Ahabius Parcival

Supporting Patrol Detachment

Sacristan Nautolex (Techpriest Engineseer)
The Pike (Sydonian Dragoon)
Skitarii Aquis (6 Skitarii Rangers) - Alpha with Arc Maul & Arc Pistol, 1 Arc Rifle

Made to look like a heavily weathered equipment crate in the Fisher King's colours, I'm pleased with how it ended up!
You can see the decoration and carry chain from the top...
The chain is steel so is pretty darn heavy!
It's basically a decorated plastic storage box - here you can see the chain removed and locking clips opened...
...allowing the lid to be removed, revealing the first layer in the box
With the gaming accessories removed, you can see the heavily weathered wooden 'lid' I made from salvaged planks.  The handles were black iron bought from a hardware store.
Once removed with the handles, the wooden lid can be flipped to reveal hooks and banding which can carry other accessories.
Here are the main accessories; a decorated notebook for jotting down my many future victories (*or multitudinous defeats), a stripped down and repainted Stanley tape measure, a plastic token box and a wooden box.  All are decorated with the symbols and colours of The Fisher King.
Inside, you can see the 'grubby' dice etc. which I weathered with my secret mucky paint mix :)
And at the bottom of the box are the Knights and Support Staff.  I made a specially cut layer of thick EVA foam which secures all of the models inside the case.  Although the final models are assembled and primed, you'll have to wait for a future post to see them completed!

 War on a weeny scale!

 I have now completed my first Adeptus Titanicus scale miniature and am very proud of the final result.  I basically miniaturised every element of Ferrum Dominus (my 28mm scale Reaver Titan).  It took quite a while, especially the base which I had to build from scratch!

Behold Ferrum Dominus.  A long way away...
I even replicated the tiny toolbox behind the defence line.  It's possible I have started showing signs of madness...
I mimicked the 40k pose as closely as possible - it's testament to the plastic kit that this was even possible!
As well as the shells and detritus on the base, I made the arm banners which were a key part of the look of his larger incarnation!
Mother and baby parking available!
Getting the chevrons to match was also a bit of a pain!
Side by side, you can see how well they match up.  Note that I also cut and fitted tiny transparent green eye lenses to match.  This was a right ball ache but worth it!
It was important to me that the colour scheme and decals matched perfectly...
...including the black and white cog around the carapace weapon mount.  Getting the rust pattern to match actually worked out a little easier than I expected!

And in other news...

I completed my build of Drycha Hamadreth - I made a couple of minor changes.  Although Sylvaneth don't generally wear armour, I really wanted her features to be hidden behind a carved mask.  In addition, I felt the need to cover her tree boobies as it seemed a little silly to leave her 'real' body vulnerable within her tree construct if I'd given her a helm!  I sculpted a wooden Basque over her chest, and added a couple of additional branches on her back as she had a little less bulk with the loss of her original vine-hair.

I like the unpredictable, unknowable qualities which the helm grants Drycha
Can't wait to get her painted...