Monday, 15 January 2018

Multi-purpose flying skiffs

I got this kit from MadMechaGuy long time ago, but I had never got to the assembling phase (which generally is step 1 of all this!). Well, about time! It's a flying skiff that immediately remembered me those from Jabba in the Return of the Jedi movie. I loved it that much that I even got two of them! Well, let's see what am I talking about...

Not seeing it? Don't worry, tends to happen
When you turn it upside down it looks better
Weeeeell, this is the rough main shape. Job done
It's really intuitive to assembly (I didn't have any instructions, but the final pics from the web were enough) and the basic design is cool, but oh, you can certainly expect this is not the lousy end of this post. As I got two of them, I pretended to do two totally different skiffs.

The first one would be a recreation barge, more in the Jabba style, but WH40K oriented. So it would need some extra work to set an awning and stuff:

Now we're getting closer
The finished product would look like this:

Red flying luxury barge
The awning itself is but a piece of cloth, the rest are some random 40K bits or so. Some close-ups:

Ahhh, the grandeur
I should add armchairs there, or a table with a bottle of wine
Comfy for your wild parties off town
But I said I got two... I took a totally opposite approach for the other one. It's an industrial cargo barge:

The simplest configuration possible
Fodinae Corporatio or 'Mining Guild' in proper WH40K Gothic
It certainly covers all your needings. Buy one now!
The kit is pretty simple to assemble and, though the basic shape may look kind of raw in the beginning, it's full of possibilities. Had I devoted some more time to them, I could have added more details, but I'm happy with the results as this is just the work of this weekend, so the efficiency rate is fine for my standards :)

Already working on more stuff... ;)

22 comments:

  1. Those both came out pretty damn good. Need to make one of those into a traveling food skiff like off of fifth element.

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    1. Thanks! I think TT Combat make just a flying chinese food van. Hmmm, I should check...

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    2. My mistake! It's from Knights of Dice!
      http://knightsofdice.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=105_106&products_id=518

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  2. Blimey they turned out really well!

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    1. Thanks! They are reasonably priced and allow you a lot of margin for customization :)

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    1. Thank you! Easy & quick, hehe :D

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  4. The fact that you did them in two different styles is really cool. Both look exactly designed for their function.

    I can think of another... ;)

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    1. Haha, I don't think I'm buying a third one, but I'm totally open to new ideas, specially coming from a master of vehicle building like you!

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  5. Precioso!
    Ha quedado tremendo, con un pintado muy cuidado! :)

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    1. ¡Gracias! El truco está en hacerlos muy diferentes poner detalles aquí y allá :)

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  6. I definitely prefer the weathered, industrial-looking version. ^_^

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    1. I think I do too! It is fun, as I originally thought more about the other one. But the cargo skiff is quite appealing in its simple conception :)

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  7. These are really cool! Nice work on them both love the Freighter type one most of all. Statuesque miniatures crewmen would look great with these.

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    1. Thank you! Oh, I totally know the minis you are talking about. I do love them!

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  8. These look amazing.
    Love the industrial one mate!!

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    1. Thank you! In the end I'm also more fond of the industrial cargo one, I think the design is more suitable for that purpose, the model is more 'readable' in that context. I have some plans for both of them...

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  9. Those look fantastic, Suber -- well done. Those mdf kits really fill in a gap in the hobby. Now I just wish someone would create a big version of Jabba's barge.

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    1. Thanks! There are some really nice findings in the mdf market; some of them are quite basic, but some others are surprisingly intricated. I think it's a matter of time that we see some Jabba's barge indeed :D

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  10. Very characterful vehicles, I like what you've done with them.

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    1. Thank you! It was kind of a challenge to decide what exactly to do with them. To my utter shame, I still haven't used them on any game :(

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