Friday, 5 April 2019

The Road To Golden Demon, Warhound Progress & Making A Princeps

It's been a while since I've posted as I've been keeping some of my projects under wraps.  The majority of these have been in preparation for either events or the big one itself... Golden Demon!

The road is long...

I've asked several this year whether I've ever won a Golden Demon - the simple answer to this question is no!  I don't generally attend events these days - juggling a young family with work commitments hasn't left me with much spare time in my calendar!  But I decided that this year would be different...

I have booked a ticket to Warhammer-fest in May and have decided on the 6 categories I'll be entering.  To be honest, if I take home a bronze award, I'll be over the moon!  Anyway, here are the ones I'm entering:

1). 40k vehicle - Touching up the Fisher King as he's a firm favourite!
2). AoS Large model - Again, I'm looking to touch up the Frost Giant (and am hand-carving plinths for all of my entries!)
3). Duel - I'm afraid this one is a secret for now!
4). Small scale miniature - Again, this one's a secret, but I will say that it's an Adeptus Titanicus focussed piece...
5).  Lord of The Rings Miniature - I'm working on Sauron the Necromancer at the moment.  In terms of the miniature, he's built straight from the box.  His display base is considerably more involved though!  So far, I have very quickly put together a rough idea of what it will look like.  Essentially, it will be Sauron moving through a fiery arch in Dol Guldur...

Very much a work in progress, but you get the idea I'm sure!

6). Finally, I will be entering Mollog's Mob into the AoS Warband category.  I love these miniatures so much; ever since I saw them previewed, I have wanted to paint them and create a freestanding display depicting them emerging from a cave.

Although I still need to finish Mollog himself, the whole piece is almost complete!


It's been a while since I posted about my Warhound, so I thought I'd give a quick update.  I've almost completed the internal details.  Once these are done, I can finally assemble the torso and work on the outer sections.  With only the engine room and a Moderati left to paint, this should move along quickly now!  To be honest, I need to make significant progress on this once alongside my Golden Demon entries as the Titan Owner's Club Walk is only a month behind Warhammer Fest and I'll need both Warhounds for that!

Although complex, once the Warhound internals are complete, they are beautiful!
After building the Reaver Titan with its internal Tech-Priest, this Warhound felt a bit empty, so I added a Servitor!
This Servitor guards the bridge, maintains vital systems and probably loads the dishwasher as required.
The Servitor was pinned to the crew lift and had to be carefully inserted into the Warhound's torso
This is the engine-room door which will be glued in place in due course
Flip side of the engine-room door.  I was pleased with the rust and scratches on the door from years of use and abuse!
I finally got round to sticking in the Warhound's 'eye' viewing ports.  I use a flexible, clear, solvent free glue to glue these in place.  Any excess is carefully trimmed after drying.

The base construction and texturing is now complete
The hound is supported entirely by the right-hand leg which is now pinned so thoroughly with aluminium rod that only a targeted nuclear strike will remove it...
The destroyed Knight on the base is made entirely from spare parts.  'No actual kits were harmed in the making of this base!'
The whole of the base and legs have been given a mucky wash and are ready for proper painting!  Eventually, I think the Knight will be in the colours of the hated House Malinax!

And Finally...

As I'm sure any regular reader of my blog will know, I do frequently throw myself bodily down the rabbit hole and create some crazy hobby-related artefacts.  Well, my Titan obsession has lead to another new side-project!

I decided whilst creating a Roman Gladiator outfit for my son to wear to school that (in a fit of fevered madness), I could also make a Titan Princeps cuirass relatively easily.  I mean, how hard could it be?!

The answer?  About this hard... :)

I used a Sharpie to sketch out a (very) rough design on some EVA foam matting (I use red as it's easier to see pen marks on)
I cut out the components...
...and test fit them with some of the bits I'd be using on the finished piece
This is my jig for shaping foam.  Yes, it's effectively a ballcock on a stick!
After gluing the cog in place and carving out all of the detail with a rotary tool, I used a heat gun and the jig to shape and seal the foam.
I then bolted on some foam shoulder guards made from knee-pads and added other components for detailing.
This is how it looks prior to painting.
As I'm sure you can see, I felt the need to build lights into it as well! :)
A shot of the rear - the tougher black foam joining plate can be unscrewed should someone with a 'fat head' need to put the cuirass on!
And here is after a through surface prime and painting!
Heavy weathering and a little extra detailing really brings the whole thing to life
Not content with just having part a costume, I decided to also make myself a Titan themed prop in the form of a 41st millennium engineering and maintenance tome!  I purchased an old book from a charity shop and created some stencils using masking tape before painting on the symbols and giving the page edges some nice golden edging.
I chose this book as its contents seemed rather fitting!
I carefully cut the stencil from layers of masking tape (which was stuck to baking parchment for easy release after cutting!)
As you can see, I used a sponge and brush.  Really hi-tech.
The Opus Titanicus on the from was made with two stencils as they would be different colours
There was a little bleed on the stencils, but I tidied this up using a knife and fine brush
The finished cover.  I used some tape to deliberately remove small patches of the embossed pattern before varnishing

Gold edging on the pages really gives it a lavish 'Mechanicus' look

That's all from me for now, but as always, I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments section below!

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...