Sunday, 8 September 2019

Brother Shark (Doo-doo, doo-doo-doo)

Today I'm back to the realscale Carcharodons project. I really wanted to finish the Veteran squad, so I've been relentlessly working on that. I still had Space Hulk termies left, so let's see what I've been up to recently.

Firstly, this over the top guy
The pose had something that really unsettled me. I mean, the legs work, the torso works... but what's up with his arms? I mean, he looks like he's stumbling and falling down. I kept as much as I could from the original, but tried something slightly different:

Same mini, I promise
I still think there's something about the pose, butI hope it works better now. After some paint was spilled on him...

...he looked even angrier
Let's go for another Space Shark fella:

Nope. That heavy flamer is totally out of place in this squad. Space Sharks. Pokey pokey stuff, man
Well, that's quite a different thing. OK, you may proceed
This has been one of the most extensive conversions I've done for the project. The sword is from the Grey Knights box, and I really had to make some work to make the arms fit the position. I made some additional work and had to redo some parts after that pic. In the end he's like this:

No, that on the helmet is not a moustache
You can read Mate on the glaive, which is Maori for Death. You know, I cannot resist this kind of details.

But at this point I was missing an important part; every squad needs a Sergeant. So I used the last mini left for that:

Originally a Sarge in fact
Of course that hammer had to go, I insist on the blade theme. Well you can see I even didn't put the shield of the original mini for the pic. The thing with Carcharodons is that they are on the aggressive side, so I wanted to reflect that in the fact of bearing only short ranged firearms and spiky close combat weapons. They come quickly, they strike to tear the enemy apart and take care of little thing else. I think it worked more or less for all the previous minis.
But this time I had this bit I wanted to use so badly. The right arm, coming from my old Raptors army, holding a crested helmet. It may make him look more relaxed and less frenzied, but I couldn't resist to use it.

Still a Sarge!
It may transmit less strenght in the composition, but I'm happy with the result whatsoever.

Face tatoo again!
The breasplate says Nguha, which means War. I'm that original, yup. The Maori fern on the belt, the koru, is a symbol of rebirth and new life; there is a moana on the glaive, a sea symbol.

Little else can be added. I have used all the Terminators from the Space Hulk box, so I have the Captain (this wasn't from the box, but you know), the Librarian, Apothecary and Chaplain, as well as a nine men squad of Veter... wait, what? Nine men?
Nope. 2nd Edition Codex clearly states that any respectable Space Marines unit needs ten men. Hmmm... What can be done...? Oh, of course.


I had this Terminator from my Ultramarines army. I had already made some conversion work back in the day...

There's a head missing, yes. But focus
It was just what I was looking for. Ahem, to be perfectly honest with you, I had spotted the mini for this project ages ago. This mini was going to be part of this squad as soon as I realized I had only nine guys, quite at the beginning of the whole thing.

Conversion work is minimum
Now he looks like one of the guys

Ahhh, much better now :)

So I finally have a Veterans Squad!! Weeeee!!

I really need to create a backdrop for this
Wow. A full manned realscale Space Marines squad. This means something to me, I've been attempting to do this for years. Many years. I am really happy.

What now? I have some Primaris I will use to create tactical squads or whatever. But I also have like tons of bits for realscaling regular marines I've been amassing through the years. I have to think what can I do with them. But that's a problem for the future me. Today I'm calling this a victory and feasting on this sense of closure. Not sure if closure is the word, as this only marks the start of a full army, but you know what I mean... :)

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Those aren't giants, but windmills

Back again! It's been a while, but I've not been idle. For some time I have been wanting to build this specific piece of scenery, but didn't find the proper way. Finally, with the correct raw materials and the aid from the Muse of Rubbish Scratchbuilding, I've come to this. Let me tell you.

These are the source materials. A promotional freebie whisk from a cocoa powder brand and a couple of... airscrews? coming from Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs:

The CD will be the base for all this
 Just for an explanation, I've found an online pic of what was the original purpose of this thing:

You can bet the final result you'll see here has nothing to do with this

OK, let's go. What can I do with all this? Well, you may remember my Moisture Vaporator or the Takeaway Building. So you know the kind of stuff you can expect. My idea this time is to build some kind of windmill or wind turbine:

Something like this

Or probably like this, I have to use all the bits!
There's little mystery in here. The whisk included these gears, so I did have to use them!

This is what enables the upper windmill to turn acording to the air currents
I used a few mdf and card bits. You may spot a junction box, it's one of the bits I'm producing for my ongoing minig village board. But essentially, all you see here is scratch.

An old syringe cut in three

The central one is not a gear axis, but the access to the upper plant
The only GW bit is that hatch on the roof
So let's go on the windmill itself. I used a toothpick and greenstuff...

I built a structure to set the two turbines/fans/whatever
I had to produce a copy of the yellow piece to place the fans
I've run out of black priming, so I used whatever I had at hand
General idea more or less
Then I started the fun with greenstuff cables

The final stages involved painting and weathering, until I got this:

A windmill! Sort of..

A few close-ups:

- Now look, your worship -said Sancho Panzer- , for that is not an Eldar Knight, but a common windmill, the kind that provides electricity with its turbines to villages and airships.
-It is easy to see -replied Don Quirixote- that thou art not used to this business of adventures, for that truly is a foul xeno device and an alien intelligence drives it towards our doom. And if thou art afraid, away with thee out of this and betake thyself to prayer while I engage them in fierce and unequal combat.
So saying, he gave the spur to his steed Ro-102 and charged towards the windmill...

Fly not, cowards and vile beings, for a single knight attacks you!

Let me end with a pic of my themed scratchbuilt stuff.

I'm making a board step by step...
This could have not been easier to do, as you can see, so I declare myself happy with the result. The idea of a windmill was in my mind since I made Don Quirixote of Manchae Prime and Sancho Panzer. I may have to see how I can combine this style of buildings (dirt white, chunky sci-fi looking) with my vertical board, the mining town. It might be fun if I make some experiments.

I'm working on a few projects at the same time (besides boring real life issues, you know), I hope I can bring more stuff soon!

Tuesday, 23 July 2019


You may think I have abandoned my Genestealer Cult project (and I could not blame you!) but it's not the case at all! I have been working on today's minis for some time, but only now I've been able to finish them.

Loong time ago a friend of mine gave me three WHFB Ogres. He had tried to make WH40K Ogryns, but had never gone beyond kitbashing and priming them. My original idea was making some bulky Ork Nobz out of them, but I never really committed to the project. Then, a few weeks ago, I suddenly envisioned what I could really do with such minis. Hybrid Ogryn Genestealers (or is it Ogryn Hybrid Genestealers? Genestealer Hybrid Ogryns? Hmmm...)

The base was there, I only had to give shape to what I really wanted to show. They should be part of the mining guys I already have, so some boring gear was in order. These guys should be tasked with heavy, simple duties, so they shouldn't look very hi-tech at all. Drillers, rock-cutting saws, stuff like that. With that in mind I got these:

Some kind of pneumatic driller. Or something
Rock pincers. Probably
That's quite a saw!
 This was also my chance to bring a fourth guy for the crew, a fantasy football big tough ogre by Hungry Troll I got as a deal some time ago:

That's a saw from a Sentinel walker :D
No news colour-wise speaking, just the same scheme I had used for my previous Genestealer Cult minis:

Regular skin with different shades of purple

I tried to achieve more different skin tones, but failed
However, I hope they work as they are
Looks different from the others, but still in place. Let's say it's a 4th generation Hybrid
All of them!
Less impressive, but the enemies are not supposed to see thir rears
Here you can see them alongside an Aberrant (I guess I should use their rules?).

Man, these guys are big

Down in the catacombs...

I hope those scaffoldings resist!

BONUS! If these are arguably the biggest minis in thisGenestealer Cult project, I'm also bringing the smallest ones! I thought it would be fun for the Magus to have servo-skulls. Servo-skulls are quite an iconic element in WH40K since the beginning, and anyone slightly relevant in the Imperium has one. So if the Cult is somehow mimicking the Imperial structures, I thought it would be logical that the leaders wanted to have their own sign of position.
So I took a couple of servo-skulls and toyed with Gaunt skulls and greenstuff...

There's a pin inside the cables

So they can stand this way
Awww, aren't they cute?
Aye, pal, these give us... distinction

This is it for the moment. I don't really know what will be next, but I'll try to make sure it's also fun! :D