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(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/03/14 16:05:42


Post by: Zogg


So much win. I especially like the Ork bailing out of the tower.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/03/24 11:04:02


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hi all,

Sorry for the lack of posts.
Unfortunately work keeps me very busy, and despite the weather being exceptionally good for March here in Germany I had no chance of priming the Pollux and Castor diorama - lack of daylight.
But I didn't want to idle and lose my hobby drive and while lurking on the various forums I decided to participate in the SMA Spring Contest ( http://www.scalemodeladdict.com/SMF/index.php/topic,10830.0.html ).
It is a "fight for honor" contest (so no prices) and the topic is "Prototypes". One can participate in various categories and the competition is very challenging.
My idea is to create a scene with a very distinct Third Reich/Iron Sky flair and a sprinkle of WH40K. I envision an underground research facility, looking a bit like an old U-Boot bunker, a "prototype" in the center, with soldiers and researchers around it, while a group of officers take the "dog-and-pony-show"

In this early sketch you can see that I intended to use a bare-skeleton Pollux walker (without the weapons and armor) with an open cockpit, so one can see the "wired-in" pilot, and a whole bunch of people around it.


In addition to my usual WH40K soldiers I decided to use some 1:48 Tamiya WWII German soldiers for this scene. They are a mis-purchase, as they usually don't fit the WH40K figures.
But for this I can mix the two, as the prototype is either built on a special planet, where the inhabitants are slimmer, or if on Dencara, these guys are from a different race with a different build, while the "real soldiers" are of the sturdy, bulky type.
Fluff for the win



But the more I thought about it the less I liked the idea to use another Pollux-pattern walker. And looking through my closet (I'm a real "messy" when it comes to hobby parts) I came across these Sherman and Lee boxes I purchased on e-Bay - solely for the purpose of salvaging the road wheels.


So why not build a prototype based on a Sherman?
This way I have the option to enter in the armor, Sci-fy, and diorama categories (if I can afford it that is).


Decision made, I opted for this Sherman hull.


I quickly shaved off the deck, to make room for some modifications.


Since the prototype will be mostly without hatches (open) I also added some side walls to the lower hull.


Then I cut out the new openings for the turret and the crew hatches.
The rear central hatch is for the commander, left for the loader, right for the gunner.


Then I worked on the gun.
Since it's still a prototype, most of the armor and covers are missing and many pieces be visible.


So I added a movable breech - the breech opens downwards, so there will be a auto loader from inside the vehicle.



This is how the gun looks in comparison to the hull.


Next I worked on the actual gun mount


and it's position on the vehicle.


To compensate for the recoil I added a set of rails on which the gun mount can move - I'm not sure if I'll add visible dampeners....


I'm still undecided if I mount the rails forward like this


or rather rearwards (gun mount aligns with the front of the turret base, or the rails align with the rear)


The whole gun mount on the vehicle.
As you can see I aim for a low silhouette and great depression (so the gun can fire from the backside of a hill).


I also added some modifications to the rear - with a section of the engine being visible.


Most likely I will also keep the actual engine deck open, so a section of the engine may be visible.
But I'll decide on this later, so no details added yet.


Finally I added most of the running gear last night.
This will be pretty much out of the box.


I also added a WH40K Imperial Guard driver (sans the head so far).


And this is how the vehicle looks so far.


What do you think?
I have no name for this baby yet, but I think I will break with the Greek Deity tradition and use a more mundane naming approach.
Any suggestions?
I hope you like today's update and I look forward to your comments and feedback.
Cheers

Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/03/24 12:47:36


Post by: MagosBiff90


Great work as always mate!! Really cool!

And certainly a good way to brighten up a Monday at work.... all iwant to do it build when is ee any of your posts!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/03/24 12:51:51


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


 MagosBiff90 wrote:
Great work as always mate!! Really cool!

And certainly a good way to brighten up a Monday at work.... all iwant to do it build when is ee any of your posts!

Thanks Mate!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/03/24 21:26:11


Post by: inmygravenimage


I am staggered by the breech. That's extraordinary. You're truly epic.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/03/24 22:32:46


Post by: Camkierhi


Amazing as always, You knock out detailed work so quickly, great stuff. Are the hulls 1:48?

Looks a bit like a sniper tank, so maybe mess around with that for a name. That long gun, screams tank killer.

Great work and looks like it should.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/03/25 10:24:29


Post by: dsteingass


It's a joy peering into your mind when you work Klaus!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/03/28 11:18:09


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you guys!


very little progress as time is still fleeting, but an update nevertheless.
I added some recoil dampeners and a breech mechanism to the gun.


And I built a "sight" for the gunner. Since it is a prototype still in research and testing, the sight box is open, as a technician can access it.


Next I looked into a more independent sight for the commander, using the design I used on the POLEMOS Urban Attack Vehicle.



Here you can see the mounted gunner sight.



But what about the commander sight?


Is that looking OK? Or should I find a better position?

Any ideas?

Since I want to add an auto-loader mechanism that may be visible I created some ammunition.


For this I put a section of plastic card rod into my drill


And then run it first across a rasp


and then over some sandpaper.


And with a little practice I get these nice shells


With the idea to cast some more....




After the first test cast for the ammo was successful I added some "Dencara-style" lights to the former Sherman,


added some details to the engine and added first rivets.


And this is how the little low profile tank hunter looks as of today.


So what do you think, anything major still missing?
What about the commander sight?
I look forward to your C&C.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/03/28 11:32:41


Post by: mullet_steve


love it so far man. does anyone else sell shells like those because you could sell them if not.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/03/28 11:57:53


Post by: dantay_xv


Wow, I love how you mae those shells.... for one horrifying moment I thought you were going to put that rod into a pencil sharpener and then use the drill as a primitive lathe.... glad to see you went for the more sane option.... I really like your WIP's and showing how you put these moels together, the thought process' etc.
Stering work!!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/03/28 14:37:54


Post by: Ovion


Fantastic work (that makes me feel bad about my own) as always.

And loving those shells, will have to remember that.

As for the commanders sight - it doesn't want to be on top.
It looks out of place and makes the profile too tall.

I would say place it either on the disc to the left of the cannons barrel, or create a recess in the sloped armour at the front of the vehicle for it.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/03/28 15:19:38


Post by: Warboss_Waaazag


This is really cool!


Automatically Appended Next Post:
What did you use for molding material and casting resin?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/03/30 23:07:37


Post by: RandyMcStab


Amazing attention to detail and realism as usual, I don't like the commander sight up there either IMHO. Maybe over the opposite hole from where the driver is, unless that would get in the way of the barrel's traverse..


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/03/31 10:35:17


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hi all,
thanks for your feedback. Seems my little trick for the shells is considered valuable
@ Atreides127 - it's a 1/35 Sherman (Tamiya 35190 M4 Sherman 1 : 35), they are a tad too big for standard WH40K, but the 1:48 kits are definitely too small.

@Warboss_Waaazag - it's pretty cool stuff, actually no-name, I order here in Germany at Rai-Ro. Here's a link on my blog:
http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/p/simple-molding.html

Since the last update I worked on the auto-loading mechanism. It makes no sense to have such a low profile gun arrangement, if you can't get any shells in, right?
So here is the lifting mechanism, that will push the shell up into the breech.


With a shell in the lower position,


and a bit up - since it's not glued in position it kept sliding down while shooting the photo


Since I don't want a loader to slam a round into the lift as each round is fired (which would also require the turret to come back to the 12 o'clock position for each reload) I designed a small 4-shot magazine.


There should be two magazines - one on each side - to allow for two standard ammunition's.



And here you can see the "Kampfmittelanlage SKORPION"


Or rather the "Versuchswaffenträger XI mit Kampfmittelanlage SKORPION und Kampfraumverbesserung ODIN"


Sounds "official" enough, doesn't it?


Next I assembled all the little tools and gadgets that were included in the Tamiya "WWII German Tank Crew Field Maintenance Set" 1:48.
Lots of ammo crates, a table, a ladder, some tool boxes, and some tools.


And then I started to assemble them into the scene.


Remember, that I'm trying to get a " Third Reich/Iron Sky flair and a sprinkle of WH40K. I envision an underground research facility, looking a bit like an old U-Boot bunker, a "prototype" in the center, with soldiers and researchers around it, while a group of officers take the "dog-and-pony-show". "

The tank will be on an elevated part of the facility - most likely with some tracks running on the ground and lots of concrete.


The right end of the scene will be closed by a huge blast door, sealing the facility from the environment (but a little man-door on the side).


And to give it some feeling of thickness I added some support beams.


Maybe I'll add a running crane to these support beams.


Since the Styrofoam doesn't really represent concrete any good, I casted some plates to simulate pre-casted concrete sections.


I like the concrete effect.


So, this is as far as I got.


What do you think?
I look forward to your C&C.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/03/31 11:00:20


Post by: Camkierhi


As always looks amazing.

I am not sure I should dare to make suggestions since you are one of the Jedi Council, but....

I would stick the whole tank on a rail carriage running on the tracks. Gives that production line feel. Just a simple set of wheels and a flat bed top. Just a thought.

Brilliant work though, and nice scene, perfect for what you are trying to go for I think.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/01 00:09:06


Post by: hk1x1


It all looks good so far, and I love the work you've done on that gun,
the fact that you can see the mechanics behind how it works really adds to the realism .


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/01 02:31:21


Post by: dsteingass


Oooh this is some amazing stuff Klaus! I know I always say that..but it's always true!

The pre-cast concrete plates are brilliant! I've often pondered how to get that "poured in sections- and therefore weathered different" look. My spidey senses tell me you're going to achieve that look here!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/06 20:02:12


Post by: MagosBiff90


Quality Klaus..... real Quility!! and the details on that gun assembly is sweet! As always...... really love your work!!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/10 09:34:34


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you guys!
You help me a lot.

Sorry for the longer silence, but the last two weeks were rather eventful.
I have some problems sleeping, actually haven't slept without pills for weeks, and the pills make me very drowsy. Plus lots of migraine - and the pills give me pimples
So I've been to MRT, but everything OK there, so it is "only" psycho-somatic...or as the doc said "on the fast lane to burnout"
So he considered me unfit for work, and I'm on medical leave for at least two weeks.

I can already feel some improvement, and yesterday was my 49th (!!! I'm OLD) birthday. I celebrated with my wife and I was able to enjoy the food and drink
Since I will also have a two week vacation lined up directly after Eastern, I will be off work for 4 weeks total. Right now it feels like this will do the trick and get me back into working order

Well, with that much time on my hands I DID get some stuff done. Not as much as I would normally have, but I'm quite pleased.

I wasn't quite satisfied with the concrete I created, so I created a new set of concrete.


The structure is a lot better, and also the "boarded" style looks more realistic.


So I created new molds and poured new sets of concrete sections.


Looks better I think


I also built a rolling door for the wall in the rear.


Plus a running crane.


Then I built the large blast door for the right wall.


The scene is slowly coming together.


The running gear for the crane



Then I added signal lights for the blast door,


and side door,


as well as a fluorescent light for one of the work areas.


Then I built several detail items like this large console.


All the little gadgets in position


One final item I wanted to add were lights


So I created rear wall mountings, using the corners of old sprues.


and simple plastic card lamps


I think it fits the atmosphere...


Then I added the turret to the crane



And the final scene


I'm very pleased with it.
The scene looks pretty much how I wanted it.
Now the actual figures need some attention, lots of mold line cleaning, some sculpting and details.
So, what do you think?
I look forward to your C&C.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/10 10:08:58


Post by: Denua


All I can say is you sir make me sick that's a lot of detail there. The only thing I can see you doing to make it even better (and I'm sure you could but it would be a pain) is to make the lights operational.

Aside from that it looks great. Keep it up.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/10 10:39:36


Post by: inmygravenimage


Magnificent work as always. Colour Me military green with envy! Sorry to hear you've been unwell, hopefully time off will help mend. A daft question: is this supposed to be an imperial installation? If so, a big ad mech cog needed!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/10 11:40:52


Post by: MagosBiff90


Phenomenal work as always Klaus!! And what a return........ the details as always are amazing.....


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/10 12:23:45


Post by: Theophony


Great work as always , needs more orks attacking it though. I really love the winch at the top and all the details you built into the rails it rides in.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/10 12:28:24


Post by: dsteingass


Wow! Klaus! This has to be your best yet! The rolling door, the crane, the lights, all details that really keep the viewer amazed and interested in looking!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/10 12:46:06


Post by: mars2024


Amazing!

What do you do with all of these? Are they just boxed up in your basement (I'm imagining the end of the first Indiana Jones movie) or have you taken over your FLGS? They're really astounding and should be displayed with pride!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/10 14:44:15


Post by: Briancj


Now I see why you need a vacation. "Oh, I'll just make a fully-detailed tank factory in a couple of days..."

Great work as always, Klaus. Be sure and fully enjoy that month off. Don't work, don't do modelling stuff. Get outside, do stuff with friends and family.

We'll be here when you get back.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/10 17:55:12


Post by: Commander Cain


There isn't a button on my keyboard to type the extreme rage I am feeling at how easy you make this look! Two much awesome in one update I think, my updates tend to be "painted a marine's helmet today" and yours are "scratch-built a tank factory complete with tank, crew and details today". Its just too much!

Awesome work though mate, very excited to see what paint turns this diorama into.

Also, happy belated birthday!



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/10 17:58:18


Post by: xXWeaponPrimeXx


Your work never ceases to amaze me.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/10 21:01:21


Post by: Camkierhi


Astonishing, you still raise the bar further each time. Amazing details and looks perfect. will look amazing with paint.

Get well soon, and a belated Happy Birthday.

You are "why" I am doing what I am doing! Thank you.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/11 11:09:34


Post by: MagosBiff90


 Camkierhi wrote:
You are "why" I am doing what I am doing! Thank you.


Second to that! a LOT of inspirtion to do this comes from these pages here......


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/11 11:22:27


Post by: shasolenzabi


Looking Brilliant as ever Klaus!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/11 11:53:35


Post by: RandyMcStab


Pretty staggering basically, loved the concrete casting, seriously get some rest! Hope you feel better soon.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/12 07:53:28


Post by: hk1x1


A stunning piece of work, I love every detail.
You can instantly see from just looking at the scene that this isn't just a standard tank assembly line,
but construction of a new prototype, very well done .


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/15 13:42:08


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


mars2024 wrote:Amazing!

What do you do with all of these? Are they just boxed up in your basement (I'm imagining the end of the first Indiana Jones movie) or have you taken over your FLGS? They're really astounding and should be displayed with pride!


Well, just for my own pleasure. I have no FLGS other than two GW shops, and they don't want my stuff, as it isn't pure enough
They sit here in my den, in the display cabinets, and most of the time I don't even look at them....
But there are times, when I sit here, look across my desk into the cabinet and start grinning

inmygravenimage wrote:Magnificent work as always. Colour Me military green with envy! Sorry to hear you've been unwell, hopefully time off will help mend. A daft question: is this supposed to be an imperial installation? If so, a big ad mech cog needed!


Actually it's neither nor. Not really WH40K. I'm building this for the SMA Spring Contest and wanted to try some of the WWII stuff I had around. It's a hotch-potch, Misch-Masch of everything. Artistic freedom so to speak

hk1x1 wrote:A stunning piece of work, I love every detail.
You can instantly see from just looking at the scene that this isn't just a standard tank assembly line,
but construction of a new prototype, very well done .

Thanks Just what I had intended

Again, thank you for your kind words and support.
I feel like I'm making some progress, but experienced some set-backs too.
Last week a good and dear friend, Christian Koppmeyer, died at 52 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/advancedsquadleader/10153999329070029/?notif_t=like) .
So quite some up and down.


But I started painting the diorama.
First evening the concrete received a blue-grey base color.


And I added some yellow warning lines.


The next evening I was able to add details to the warning lights and the small num-pad on the side of the man-door.


In my vision of this scene I always envisioned a large Imperial logo on the wall.
So I started to paint this on the rear wall.


And the name of the facility.


But together with the sliding door....

not so good :(

So the next evening I gave it another try and ended up with this.

I like this much better.
So I added another warning slogan (Caution. Gate opens and closes automatically) to the front wall.


Another evenings work was the painting of the sliding door.
Weathered and with some German labeling. (The pencil lines are no longer visible )

It reads:
"Versuchsanlage Rheingold" -Test facility Rhinegold
and
"Sonder-Forschungsabteilung von Sonnenberg" - Special research facility "von Sonnenberg"


Next was the gate.
Again weathered and with labels.


And mounted into the diorama.


The running track and the power cable for the crane got its base color.



And finally I started to paint the first items.


Well, this is as far as I got.
I hope you like it.
I look forward to your C&C.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/16 04:19:09


Post by: deadmeat85


God that is a sweet looking start.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/16 06:03:48


Post by: weetyskemian44


I love your factory, I think it will be my favourite of your dioramas. I hope you feel better soon!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/16 06:43:31


Post by: Red Harvest


Sehr gut gemacht! That's about all the German I know. Any chance of you telling us the dimensions of the structure?

Have you thought about wiring up those light fixtures with LEDs?



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/16 06:56:36


Post by: Camkierhi


Looking excellent.
Walls look fantastic, the work on the doors is brilliant. At the moment the Crane and frame are stealing the show, just brilliant.



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/16 12:51:21


Post by: MagosBiff90


Knockout Klaus... absolute Knockout!
Really getting a 3rd Reich feel from this........ In a good way!!

Whats the plans for the Tank / Gun itself....... just to throw my pennie's worth into the ring...... (sorry if someone has mentioned this before) ........ I think if it is the gun that is the prototyp system.... then it would be a fairly ordinary "off the shelf" tank hull it would be attached to.... so maybe a plain ordinary paint scheme for the hull and then a freshly painted look for the new gun system itself..... Maybe something to think about...... IMHO would give a nice contrast and then really make the new turret stand out!

Something like this... ps.... i got this from Armorama.com...... so all dues to the painter!! IMHO its pretty cool!


But anyway.... as always i am sure what you have planned will knock our socks off.....

[Thumb - Prototype A.jpg]


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/16 22:34:12


Post by: Warboss_Waaazag


Wow. I surfed backwards through the posts I hadn't seen and saw the construction coming along beautifully. Now more recently your painting looks amazing! This is really coming along! I'm transfixed. Looks great!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/25 01:00:25


Post by: Wehrkind


Loving the step by step with colors etc! Thanks for that!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/29 20:22:56


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hi all,
updates are a bit slow, as there's a lot of small details to paint. So forgive me the posting frequency.

Since the last update I painted the welding equipment with the gas bottles and a small tool table.


Then a kind of gun shield with a toolbox in front.
This will also be the main paint scheme for the prototype. (MagosBiff09 - great minds think alike )


And then I did the blueprint on the construction desk
I admit I'm proud of it.


Looks pretty cool in the scene.


Next was the main console - in a wooden finish.


And the second console in the upper left corner.


And then it was the first piece of the tank.
The turret attached to the running crane.


Here you can see the turret itself is already a bit beaten up and scratched, but the gun tube seems to be a new one. No scratches.
It is labeled "Nr. 5 long" and "120mm StuK 55 l/5"


The chassis got the base coat in the rust protection paint.


Engine and interior got their paint too.


And the sign that identifies the project:
"Versuchswaffenträger XII mit Kampfmittelanlage "Skorpion" & Kampfraumverbesserung "Odin".
And the vehicle's nickname "Siglinde".


Scratches and a bit of wear.




And incorporated into the scene.


The driver is observing closely as the turret is matched to the "Siglinde" vehicle


Next are the troopers and then some pigments.
After that the real fun starts, when I add the washes and then start painting the highlights and light effects.
I hope you like today's update.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/29 21:00:27


Post by: inmygravenimage


There is so much beautiful work here I suffer from paralysis of choice! But I have to mention the AMAZING shadows - it's the icing on an already very tasty cake! Sehr gud!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/29 21:33:55


Post by: Dr H


Amazing Klaus. Love the blueprint and all the tiny, beautiful writing.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/29 21:42:07


Post by: monkeytroll


Klaus, Klaus, Klaus.....you have to stop doing this. I ran out of words to express my delight with your work so long ago........

Blueprint, toolbox and table are my favourite touches so far.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/29 23:01:25


Post by: Camkierhi


You show us again just what it takes to be a master. amazing.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/30 09:01:28


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


 Camkierhi wrote:
You show us again just what it takes to be a master. amazing.


Too much time you mean?


Thanks Mates!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/30 16:13:09


Post by: MagosBiff90


Love it Klaus... simply love it!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/04/30 16:37:42


Post by: dsteingass


Beautiful Klaus! Especially the blueprint...but shouldn't there be a guy standing on the hull guiding it in with his hands?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/01 03:44:05


Post by: Rogue Wolves


I have always loved your dioramas as they are some of the craziest conversions I know of. And after a long absence when a friend showed me "this cool conversion" that I instantly recognized as yours, I had to come back. I'm not disapointed. this new one is fantastic! The detail is impeccable!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/01 06:15:23


Post by: Red Harvest


The concrete on the walls is really convincing in those photos. And that is a massive drafting table.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/02 14:34:50


Post by: hk1x1


This is really coming together now you've got it painted.
And your right, you should be proud of that blueprint table, it looks fantastic .


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/04 07:17:59


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hi guys,
today I have a short product review for you.

I participated in Mad Robot's "Roll Call" for the Danamian Jungle Fighters in March. This was like a Kickstarter for the creation of a new bits set - well actually a whole squad with several options for heads, torsos, backpacks, weapons etc.

The Danamians are based on
Lt. Walke's Vietnam style WH40K Imperial Guard - the Da'Namians.
http://z11.invisionfree.com/Work_In_Progress/index.php?showtopic=623&hl=

As part of the Roll Call I was one of the early recipient's
And yesterday my package arrived.
Upon unwrapping the first surprise!
The come in a nice sturdy box (like the old VHS video cassette cases)


A squad consists of 10ea:
- heads
- torsos
- sets of arms
- sets of legs
- rifles
- backpacks
Plus 1 set of officer arms (one with a knife/machete and one with a Las-Pistol)
In addition I got the extra unlocked items from the Roll Call:
A special weapons set (M60 machine gun style) and a Grenade launcher


I opted for "Flak Vest" torsos. 3 are closed and 2 are open.


For the heads I opted for the Veterans heads - as usually excellently sculpted and very characterful


For the arms I had the choice of bare arms or rolled sleeve.
I went for the rolled sleeve style.



The Rifles I selected are the MR-16 rifles
I the background you can see the Grenade launcher and some of the accessories.


Backpacks were available in 2 or 3 different sizes and I opted for the medium backpacks.


These are the officer arms.


The legs - option "fatigue-style" - offer 5 nice poses.


And last not least, the unlocked MR-60 set


Sooooo nice!
Here you can see some additional photos at "Work in Progress":
http://z11.invisionfree.com/Work_In_Progress/index.php?showtopic=18288&st=175

I am VERY pleased with this new squad and all the options it allows me for my future builds.
Check it out and take a look at the "Custom Squad Builder" that allows you to combine all the available options into your very personal squad:
http://madrobotminiatures.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9_19&products_id=47

Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/04 07:50:29


Post by: inmygravenimage


Very cool, and much better proportions than Catachans. How much did they set you back?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/05 12:23:20


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hi guys,

I started painting the soldiers in their base colors.


I'm trying to emphasize the different races (40K vs WWII Germans) by giving the "soldiers" a darker skin color while the "researchers and mechanics" get a very pale skin tone.



Then the "Siglinde" got another weathering treatment and some pigments.


and the hangar received the first washes.



The individuals also received first shadows and highlights



And the Admiral and entourage before OSL effects.


The next steps are to complete the washes for all items and then start the OSL effects from all the lights.

I hope you like today's update and look forward to your C&C.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/05 12:39:58


Post by: MagosBiff90


Hey mate!

Let ms be the first to say.... WWWWOOOOWWWW!!!!

really great stuff mate! Really captured a lot of movement and hustle and bustle in your dio's.... love it as always!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/05 19:07:45


Post by: Camkierhi


Truly awesome as always, love the officers, very nice work.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/06 14:05:50


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Uff! Done
It was a bit of a marathon last night, but I was able to complete "The Prototype".

Here you can see where I started yesterday evening.


I then added more grime and more shadows.


After the shadows I began painting and spraying the light effects.
First only on the walls


Then also on the Siglinde and the other pieces.


After the white lights I added yellow to warmen the light and to simulate the light bulb effect.


The little neon light in the back and on the desk remain white


And the welders got a blue-ish light.


Done!


In the light box.


And the final images.











I hope you like it
It's been fun - quite a different thing than my usual settings.
I look forward to your C&C.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/06 17:38:16


Post by: Dr H


Awesome Klaus.
So pretty.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/06 18:06:25


Post by: monkeytroll


Stunning work as usual Klaus

As for C&C...

Comments: Wow!

Criticisms: Let me get back to you once I've been over the images for a few hours to see if I can come up with anything

Someday I will find my way to your North Pole base and torture your secrets out of those elves........


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/08 11:15:30


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


As usual there is a little stroy to the diorama:

Dencaran Fleet Admiral Koppmeyer and Marshal Grossholderman of the Dencaran MCMXIX Atmospheric Strike Fleet visit the “Rheingold” research facility on Tedescium (Dencara 3). Here they inspect the Special Research Department “von Sonnenberg” where they are introduced to one of the latest armor projects for the Naval Landing Forces. They are accompanied by the Admiral’s personal pilot Wing Commander Koch.
The project on display is the research weapons carrier XII with the new weapon plant “Scorpion” and the crew compartment improvement “Odin” (Versuchswaffenträger XII mit Kampfmittelanlage “Skorpion” & Kampfraumverbesserung “Odin”).
At this moment the weapon plant is re-mounted to the vehicle after it has been equipped with the new 120mm StuK 55L/5 Smoothbore gun and readied for trials.




(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/08 20:16:50


Post by: Yggdrasil


Truly stunning, Klaus...

If you (really) want some criticism, then the only think I can see it that the writings would have looked better if it had been "stencilled"... But that's a minor thing, you are far, far better than me on that point !


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/14 11:39:37


Post by: hk1x1


Your work never disappoints, amazing as always .


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/14 12:32:32


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you all!
@Yggdrasil - yes I initially planned to use stenciled writing, but when looking at some original images, I realized that many tanks in the factories had handwritings on them. I even downloaded the so-called "Sütterlin" font, which is the typical German handwriting of the 1930's - 40's.

Well, now that "The Prototype" is completed - http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/p/the-prototype.html
- and being voted on at CMoN - http://www.coolminiornot.com/357425 - I was looking for the next project.
I should continue with POLLUX and CASTOR - http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/2014/03/pollux-and-castor-9.html - as this was the last project before "The Prototype", but sparked by a comment from Colonel Jacka

Mind you Klaus has done some beauties I particularly liked the Patrol Boat diorama.


my interest in the Raid on Port Corinth diorama - http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/2013/05/raid-on-port-corinth-4.html - was rekindled.

Upon looking at what I have so far, I realized that the diorama has not the best of all compositions. The THALASSA patrol boat is actually blocking most of the action happening on land.


So I decided to separate the two.
Make a diorama with just the THALASSA - in action, on a lava lake, and maybe firing off a torpedo (or surface skimming missile), with the crew doing some action on deck.


Looking at the harbor scene I was thinking about adding a surfaced submarine, from which the troopers landed and conducted their raid.
The submarine would be low enough not to block the actual action.


But a submarine couldn't realistically come that close while under water (well, under lava). So I browsed through my idea backlog and ran into some sketches and images of an amphibious landing.
Wow!
Why not add a Amtrac/AAV-7 style vehicle, from which the trooper landed?
Cool idea

And as I started to design such an Amphibious Attack Vehicle I looked at the PONOS - http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/2012/09/orkalypse-now-hq-images.html -
And a big fat grin spread on my face
How about a PONOS that delivers the troopers?

Well, not like this, but half submerged?


With this I pulled my old notes, sketches and plans and found a set of plans for a slightly smaller PONOS version.
With this plan I could even fit two submerged PONOS' on the scene - one an Engineer Support Vehicle maybe?


With the plans I was able to quickly cut the basic pieces and put them together.


I even got the basic roof with hatches done


And here is a scale shot in comparison to the original PONOS - about 5cm shorter and 2-3 cm narrower.


So, what do you think?
I look forward to your suggestions and comments.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/14 12:52:19


Post by: MagosBiff90


Klaus... your ingeniousness knows no bounds! That is a great idea! I remember looking back through your blog a while back and seeing this patrol boat.... VERY cool in its own right... but yeh i think there is certainly scope for a more dynamic scene using the harbour section.....

As always i look on with anticipation!!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/14 13:24:36


Post by: Dr H


Klaus, how about having the boats bow-first to the harbour? Then they won't block as much of the harbour from view and don't have to look like they are sinking.

I'm sure you'll make it look great whatever you do, but just a thought.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/14 21:26:14


Post by: xXWeaponPrimeXx


Must watch... must learn... must....scrap build....


I have a question though. Did you finish the Castor and Pollux one?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/15 10:10:06


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Dr H wrote:Klaus, how about having the boats bow-first to the harbour? Then they won't block as much of the harbour from view and don't have to look like they are sinking.

I'm sure you'll make it look great whatever you do, but just a thought.

Thanks Dr. H
These won't be boats, but amphibious tanks. One will be right at the steps, and maybe there will be even one trooper jumping from the vehicle to the harbour steps - I'll have to see what I can come up with
The other will be a bit turned away, (having already unloaded the troopers) and provide covering fire.

xXWeaponPrimeXx wrote:Must watch... must learn... must....scrap build....


I have a question though. Did you finish the Castor and Pollux one?

Hehe
From a pure build persepective POLLUX and CASTOR are completed, I "just" have to prime and paint them


Thanks guys!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/16 16:08:49


Post by: Yggdrasil


Ok, got it for the handwriting ! It was only a minor comment though, so no big deal

One of the thing, I think, that allows you to be so succesful in modelling is that you aren't afraid of scrapping your work to start anew. I bet most of us, when confronted with your problem of overwhelming lava boat, would've just called it a day, and finished it like it was.

But having the courage to blow it off and build other things is remarkable !


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/19 11:47:30


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hi all,
so my first task was to find the proper position and "stance" of the amphibious vehicles.
The first PONOS is to be close to the steps and maybe even a bit of "bobbing on the waves".


With the sides properly built up to simulate the bobbing, I had to apply some putty (not the last time you'll read this today) to cover some of my errors.


But after sanding the hull looks rather nice.


In addition I added some structure to the lava around the two PONOS'


For the second PONOS I decided to create a "support version" with a obstacle breaching gun - or or short, stubby howitzer. For this I covered a part of the passenger hatches to provide a base for the turret.


The first PONOS received an open weapons station, with a twin Bolter, some armor and a mounted rocket launcher.

The launcher is in a stand-by position that hopefully makes sense.....

For the howitzer turret I started with the turret base and a smaller roof shape.


To build the turret up I glued some 1cm high spacers onto the base,


and then mounted the roof.


With the roof in position I could then add the sides.


Needs putty though


But I think it is a nice shape, isn' it?


On the PONOS


The first raw gun...


and the final, more detailed gun.


Including some more turret details such as sights and sensors.


Both PONOS' on the base.


To bring some more action to the scene I decided to add a Medic that is jumping from the left PONOS to the steps, to attend the wounded trooper I already have.
For this I used the new Mad Robot flak vest torso and fatigue legs, plus standard IG arms.

He will carry a medic bag, and maybe some more accessories.

Finally I added some storage containers to the vehicles.


Now I will have to add a lot of details, like view-ports, hatches, lights, sensors, and RIVETS!
I hope you like today's update and look forward to your feedback.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/19 18:43:03


Post by: Camkierhi


Awesome as usual.

Obviously, you are going to add loads of detail. May I suggest a slightly special spot light on one of the vehicles, pointing at the shore for the medic.

Oh and exhausts! I know you did not forget, sorry.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/19 19:35:15


Post by: Red Harvest


Remarkable stuff, and an improvement on the diorama's composition too. Just a question though, why make the turret so narrow? It's a bit Leman Russ-esque for a transport. IMHO, of course.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/21 11:46:38


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hi all,
thank you for the feedback and recommendations.
@Red Harvest - thank you To be honest I'm not really sure why. It just felt better to have such a small turret on an amphibious vehicle. Just intuition I guess....

First I added the exhausts.
I kept them relatively simple, as I have to adjust the lava around it too. But at least I gave them some flaps to keep water (and lava) out.


Next part of detailing were the large hatches on the side.


Mounted they look pretty neat.


The hatches for the crew compartment and lids for the storage containers were next.


I also had the idea of a soldier standing in one of the hatches and providing fire support.
For this I used the Mad Robot Flak Vest Torso, M60 gunner arms, a set of fatigue legs, and a CDF head.


For the proper leg position I had to do some cutting


And after some greenstuffing and detailing with accessories the guy looks really good.


I'm quite pleased.


That's it for today
I hope you like today's update.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/21 12:36:44


Post by: MagosBiff90


Looking awesome Klaus! Its the characterisation that really impresses most of all about these pieces!

Nice Little detail on the exhaust heads too.......

Will there be a little draw bridge to allow the troopers on to the port across the lava?!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/21 16:30:35


Post by: tyrannosaurus


Started looking at your last post and ended up reading the whole 10 [filtered] pages. Went through the loss of your cat, a car crash, infected hand, whew! Absolutely superb stuff, as someone posted, you are the god of plasticard. Is the Atena finally finished?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/21 19:04:32


Post by: Yggdrasil


Nice addition with the supporting dude


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/27 19:32:40


Post by: xXWeaponPrimeXx




Humbly requesting this exact picture again when its painted! That is an epic scene.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/05/27 20:13:37


Post by: Camkierhi


EPIC!!

Yet again, you up the bar for us poor mortals.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/06/02 12:29:51


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


 xXWeaponPrimeXx wrote:


Humbly requesting this exact picture again when its painted! That is an epic scene.

Thank you!
Yes, I will post the appropriate image once I've painted it

Malevengion wrote:

Looks good so far! It seems to me that the men would get cooked and/ or asphyxiated in the environment. I'm not sure what would be needed though. Maybe masks for the soldiers or some sort of refrigerant blaster to make the assault survivable?


You're right about the heat and air in this lava scenario. You may recall from the original build, that all the troopers have respirators (though they don't wear them, but they have them on their shoulder). In addition I'm adding some emitters for a force field that will protect the vehicle, as well as some extra exhausts for the additional ventilation and "air conditioning".
I'm pretty sure in the 40th century there will be some technology to cover that

Well, first I want to show you the contents of a care packet I received last week from Tim aka Eyescream.
A very generous gift with lots of brand new goodies!


One of the highlights is this little toilet bowl

From what Eyescream remembered, he got on a Bit Con, but it is available via Black Cat Bases http://blackcatbases.com/index.php?main_pa...=toilet&x=0&y=0


Since the last update I added the vision ports for the sides of the passenger compartment


as well as the vision ports for the crew - what used to be the windshield on the standard PONOS.


Next were the lights for the front


and rear


Giving it the typical PONOS look


Then some more details like the smoke dischargers


and the searchlights.


Finally I added some indicators/emitters for the force field -needed to get everyone safely through the lava

Not sure if I'll add an effect here or how I will show that theses are the Force Field emitters....

Then I created some ventilation outlets for the rear of the passenger compartment.



I think they look OK on the vehicles


And finally I applied all the rivets on the first PONOS - Eyescream pattern


So what do you think of today's update?
I look forward to your C&C and suggestions.
Cheers
klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/06/02 12:49:52


Post by: MagosBiff90


Really cool update as always Klaus!!

Love the amount of detail on those craft.... and as always.... the quality of the work is top notch!

Love those little lava bubbles too by the way!! Lovely little details!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/06/02 13:22:04


Post by: Camkierhi


Fantastic as always.

Great detailing, like the vents, lights all looking good.

As to the force field, there was a guy a while ago who had eldar thingy, it had a forcefield around it, looked amazing.

Personally I would maybe get one of those desserts from the shop, they come in a round bowl. Clear plastic, you get to eat the dessert and then you could maybe have pieces of the bowl suspended out from the generators, make it look like they are taking fire. Just a small piece of the whole, looking like a forcefield under fire. Maybe the support could look like a spark?!

I want to try this one day myself, though I am nowhere near as good as you or the other guy who did it.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/06/04 13:54:14


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hi all,
since the last update I had to complete the rivets of the 2nd PONOS.
Which in return completed the actual building phase of the diorama.


But what I definitely wanted to add was a firing effect for the PONOS' howitzer.
So I started with the base from plastic card and rod...


and then started to add Pro Create.


While this first batch of PC cured I sculpted the muzzle flash for the gunner - lets call him Rambo, shall we?


Additionally I decided to give the Medic a new head - one of the new heads thanks to Tim.


After the first batch of PC was cured I added more around the "fire ring"


as the effect I'm using as a pattern is kind of like this:


On the model it already starts to look good.


Rambo with his muzzle flash


Here you can see the underside of the fire ring for the howitzer effect.



And after another round of curing I finalized the fire effect.


I think this will look pretty cool in the scene.


And since today is all about effects, I also looked into the Force Field I want to represent.
So I looked at the stash of clear plastic material I have available...


And this is a first test.


I'm aiming at a hexagonal layout with the hex grid being clearly visible, and the "inside" of each hex being sprayed with an airbrush.
Satisfied with the initial layout I created the first force field and painted the hex-grid onto it (using Ice Blue and a second thinner line of a 50:50 mix white and Ice Blue)


And this is how it will be positioned around the PONOS.


Now imagine all the other stuff painted and the inside of the hexes "glowing" in a light blue....


I hope this will look as good as I am imagining it right now.
What do you think?
Will this work?
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/06/04 19:21:24


Post by: Red Harvest


It's impossible to go wrong with hexes. But will that paint adhere properly to that plastic? I've never managed to make it stay on over any length of time.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/06/09 17:08:15


Post by: xXWeaponPrimeXx


Everything is coming together so nicely here. It truly is amazing to watch you go from concept to completion.



What is that head?




(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/06/18 12:20:19


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


 xXWeaponPrimeXx wrote:
Everything is coming together so nicely here. It truly is amazing to watch you go from concept to completion.



What is that head?



Its from the new GW Scion sprue.

Hey guys,

Sorry for the delay in updates, but my shoulder is acting up again ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impingement_syndrome ) and an operation seems to become more and more probable.

Nevertheless, I have a nice update for you.
As you may recall I was last working on creating a force field effect. Using clear plastic card and a hex pattern I came up with this:



Even though it's not sooooo bad looking I have to admit it's not what I envisioned.


So I decided to go without the effect - I reworked the structure of the "lava" and prepared everything for priming.


The desk reading for painting


I started with the port area, painting the stones, pipes and containers and boxes.


Without the force field I would have a lot of discussions about the vehicles swimming through lava.
So I decided to try something new.
Lets go for some green liquid - almost like chemical waste.


After the base color I added lighter shades of green


Looks like a rather "pleasant" swimming pool, doesn't it?


Satisfied with the water and the base colors for the harbour, I started to highlight the areas that will be affected by OSL - just a simple light white drybrush.


And then I started with the vehicles, using the standard Dencara Tiger Flash pattern ( http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/p/dencara-paint-schemes.html )


To harmonize the vehicles with the water, I added some "scorch marks" to the paint job.


And since the liquid may be corrosive, I added some blank metal.


Finally I added first details to the vehicles.


Still a rather long way to go.
I hope you like today's update.
Cheers
klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/06/18 13:12:40


Post by: Viktor von Domm


Hey Klaus, you're certainly a guy that takes us all out for a roller coaster ride...

The prototype dio has mostly slipped my attention... my own fault...but I like the theme a lot. Just the different scales in bodies slightly affects my OCD...
But now that landing scene is a very brave idea...I am actually liking the green "water" way better...as I think while lava is as ballsy as it gets the green water is way more convincing... But this theme change also raises a scheme question...why now the standard dencara pattern? Wouldnt your lil fellas repaint their tanks accordingly to the surrounding scene? Currently they are very spotty in a look who's there kind of way...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/06/18 14:02:55


Post by: MagosBiff90


Once again..... really "pushing the boat out" with this one! Sorry.... terrible pun...

In all seriousness... i think the green chem waste's works really well.... and the blank metal / acid burn is cool! Got to admit i agree with VIK..... the paint scheme stands out as a little odd for me..... but then its not entirely out of the question for the brigade to have been rushed to the planet from another warzone and find themselves in an unfamiliar environment without time to repaint and re assess their camo schemes for the vehicles......... just a thought....

As always though.. really impressive work mate! Really gives me a lift to see your updates!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/06/18 14:23:58


Post by: hk1x1


I love the complete transformation this has undergone, and i'm liking the direction your heading with this now
Cant wait to see more .


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/06/18 16:37:05


Post by: xXWeaponPrimeXx


That's looking great!

As a suggestion about force fields in the future, maybe just imply its existence. Ya know?

Sculpt the lava/sludge/whatever curving up around some unseen barrier.

I imagine if its done right it would look like some sort of invisible bubble.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/06/19 21:08:27


Post by: Red Harvest


Sorry to hear about your shoulder. I sadly know all about shoulder problems. The only advice I have is do not ignore the doctor's orders.

The diorama looks very nice indeed. For the force field, did you consider using acetate? You can get it and actually print on it with an inkjet printer. I think it is also called transparency film. Mentioned in case you haven't heard of it.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/06/20 08:15:35


Post by: dantay_xv


If the force field is invisible maybe a greenish blue glow along the edge of the sludge to show where the 2 are in contact almost like an electrical charge.

Either that or I would have glued the hexes directly to the hull like a field modification and done some glowy effect to show they were activated

I miss the lava, I though it looked amazing, but I like the toxic river too.

Sorry about the shoulder, hope it gets better.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/06/20 10:03:15


Post by: GamesEtc


Loving your attention to detail....definitely subbed.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/07/02 20:46:39


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hi all,
Thank you for your comments and feedback - especially on the force field. Yeah, if I would've planned it earlier I probaly could've managed something spectacular, but it was a rather on-the-fly creation based on some of the early feedback, with regards to lava, heat, asphyxation etc
But I also hear that the chemical waste idea is rather "approved"
Thanks Mates!

Well, the shoulder is keeping me rather busy with doctors visits, physio-therapy twice a week, and the pain gifts me with sleepless nights to boot.
So my updates are considerably slower than my usual pace.

Well, as chrisb pointed out, I had the corrosion line on the listing vehicle wrong, as it needs to be aligned to the hull line, not the waterline - thanks for pointing it out, I completely missed it


Once this was fixed I gave the vehicles their names
Tito and Tarantula


I also added some unit and vehicle markings.


And then started weathering.


Part is brush painted, part is sponge-applied.



Ready for pigments


Here are the pigments applied and the spirit still wet.


Pigments in the dried state.


And with a coat of matte varnish.


Next I prepared for the illumination effects, by applying a first light white dry-brush.


And then the first colored light with the airbrush.


The howitzers muzzle flash together with the illumination effect


Not quite there yet.


Sorry for the blurry image.


Some of the light effects closer up.


And the final effect for the howitzer

Me likes

And last-not-least the Rambo in the rear hatch got his illumination effect.


This pretty much concluded the painting stage for the vehicles and the terrain. Next is the Infantry.
As I was prepping the troopers I realized the Gunner lost his head...quite literally


Digging through my heads box, I selected another Mad Robots head


And finally I applied a first coat of Terracotta base color.


Well, this is as far as I got over the last 2 weeks.
I hope the update was worth the wait
I look forward to your C&C.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/07/02 22:02:56


Post by: Red Harvest


...Sleepless nights and the need to sleep, or try too, in very odd positions. I had to learn to sleep sitting up while I was recuperating :(

The green of the chemical waste looks better against the colors of the vehicles than the lava colors did. So, an improvement

Are you going to add another layer of highlighting to the OSL for the howitzer?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/07/02 22:55:27


Post by: Camkierhi


Spectacular work. The way you do lighting is brilliant.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/07/03 22:05:41


Post by: MagosBiff90


Amazing work Klaus!! Not that anyone would expect anythin less!

I hope the sholder is coming along and stops giving you so much hassle!

All the ebst.. and keep up the amazing work!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/07/04 06:17:37


Post by: Camkierhi


Sorry to drop this here, but.....

Do you remember me talking about a forcefield effect, only showing where it is hit by enemy fire type of thing...well I found the pic I was talking about.

Spoiler:


I know, I know, but I am sure you can replicate this even at this stage, or keep it for future use.

I actually really love the way yours is looking right now, the vehicles look like they are totally "there" in that situation.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/07/14 03:11:46


Post by: Rogue Wolves


Wow Klaus this one is crazy awesome! And I must ask is there any inspiration from "Apocalypse Now" because it really reminds me boating to Kurtz' temple base.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/07/18 18:53:08


Post by: xXWeaponPrimeXx


Amazing Klaus, I can't wait to see it all finished up.

Cam, that looks like some partially melted plastic, doesn't it? like... a Christmas bulb broken up and the ends melted soft.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/10/27 11:25:09


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hey guys!
just a short update.
I'm still alive.
I had my shoulder operation and am recovering rather well.
I even started on a piece for a Halloween contest, but my shoulder isn't well enough for real painting.

So instead I did some clay sculpting :lol:
Maybe you want to look at it :

http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/2014/10/finally.html
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/10/27 12:06:41


Post by: Theophony


Glad your back on the mend.

Really creative Halloween creations. That hag face reminds me of at least one of my relatives . Slug hunter looks cool as well.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/10/27 14:34:52


Post by: monkeytroll


Glad to hear all went well and you're on the road to recovery.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/10/27 16:58:25


Post by: hk1x1


Great to hear your recovering from your op, and nice work with the sculpts


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/10/27 19:08:53


Post by: Camkierhi


Wonderful to hear you are doing Ok.

The sculpting is brilliant. Love it, and probably good for you, in a physiotheropy way.

Miss you around here dude.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/10/27 21:54:40


Post by: xXWeaponPrimeXx


HE LIVES!!!

I figured you were having surgery when you hadn't popped on here in a while.

Keep healing and don't overdo it!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/10/27 23:55:20


Post by: Boba Fett


Nice to hear you are feeling better.
The sculpting looks really great, keep up the good work
and a fast recovery


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/10/31 09:23:21


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you guys!
Thank you for the good wishes and warm welcome (back)

Well, my shoulder is improving, though I'm still not able to do any long sessions with the paitn brush.
But I did get some stuff done.

This spider is sculpted by me


Well, and painted too


Looks cool, doesn't it?


With these few images I wish you a Happy Halloween!
Cheers
klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/10/31 09:52:39


Post by: hk1x1


That looks great, I know a few people who would freak out if they saw it .


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/10/31 14:48:21


Post by: monkeytroll


And I'm one of them....and yes, that was unsettling seeing that pop up.

Which I guess means you did a good job with it



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/10/31 14:56:11


Post by: Dr H


Good sculpting, Klaus.

Good to hear the shoulder is healing well.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/11/01 03:25:50


Post by: Red Harvest


Great Spider sculpt. Have you seen the newest photos of the goliath birdeater spider? Shudder.

Good to hear your on the mend.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/11/01 04:08:44


Post by: Stormwall


You know, I'm kinda mad no one pointed me to this blog beforehand.

Still, subbed. You had me at this...

Spoiler:


Now if you will excuse me, I have 50+ pages to delve through...

Edit: Having read a lot of this, I am glad your shoulder is healing. I had a surgery not too long ago, so I know that sometimes healing can be a struggle (I hope it isn't in your case,) and I wish you luck and a speedy recovery. Also I love the ship diorama.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/11/25 16:07:29


Post by: MagosBiff90


I know the last post was a few weeks ago... but ..... AHOY KLAUS!! Welcome back ..... So.... a bionic shoulder eh..... to give you an even more awesome standard of work ability!!

Glad to hear it is all on the mend!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/12/10 11:06:22


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hey guys,
just letting you know I'm still alive
Unfortunately I'm not doing any WH40K stuff right now. I'm still on the clay sculpting trip and am in the middle of dragon sculpt:
http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/2014/12/dragon-rider-1.html


I hope after the Christmas break I will find my way back to WH40K.
@MagosBiff90 - thanks Mate! Yeah, I just need to get the bionic shoulder to adjust to the smaller scale of 40K rather than the size of the clay sculpts.

@Stormwall - Glad you like the "Flying Brick"
I hope to have some 40K stuff to post sooner than later.

Until then you can find me in my blog

Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/12/11 08:27:11


Post by: hk1x1


Very nice work on the dragon, that's coming along nicely,
Makes me want to get back to large scale sculpting .

Out of interest what type of clay are you using for the dragon?



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/12/12 11:57:30


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks

hk1x1 - it's a relatively smooth brown/black clay:


Pretty fine chamotte of 0-0.5mm, approx. 25%

I hope this helps.
Cheers
klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/12/13 11:04:57


Post by: Camkierhi


Excellent sculpting. Great to see you around. Glad to see you are recovering. I must get myself over to your blog more often.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/12/14 14:33:43


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you Mate!

Here's a 40K scale shot


So rahter large, huh?
Cheers
klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/12/14 14:55:39


Post by: fullmetaljacket


holy hell, i bow in recognition to your excellence... this is great stuff!!!!
Keep it up!
i love the ghillie suit!
FMJ


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/12/18 12:45:46


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hey thank you guys!
Just wnated to let you know, I completed the Dragon Rider:


and while this cures and waits to get burned, I started on another piece.

For the sake of this forum I call it "Ork Titan" aka "Beppo the Slug Hunter"


So, Merry Christmas, peaceful holidays, and a Happy New Year to all of you
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/12/18 13:50:29


Post by: Ruglud


Nicely done Klaus and way to return with a bang


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/12/18 13:51:44


Post by: MagosBiff90


Great sculpting skills Klaus! A joy to see your work as always!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/12/18 19:45:19


Post by: Hruotland


I very much like how you did an explorer, no warrior dude/duderina with the dragon! We grim-derp GW-Fags tend to forget there is more to Fantasy and SF than killing and dying in grizzly ways. Nice to be remembered of this, now! After all it's the holiday of love we are about to celebrate...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/12/18 20:54:45


Post by: Camkierhi


Riders is brilliant.

Beppo looks fab, properly determind stance.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2014/12/19 10:08:01


Post by: hk1x1


You've done a really nice job on that dragon rider, I love all the little details, they tell a story just by looking at them .


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/01/06 11:36:50


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you guys!

Just a short update.
Since I'm currently not working on any WH40K stuff, but still want to share with you, just an external link:
http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/2015/01/the-princess-1.html

Sorry, I hope you don't consider it SPAM.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/01/06 23:49:47


Post by: Camkierhi


Stunning work. Looking very promising.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/01/07 00:11:26


Post by: Dr H


She's looking very nice Klaus. Nice sculpting work.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/01/13 12:37:23


Post by: hk1x1


This is definitely not spam , its excellent work.
You seem to have the human form element worked out nicely, I always struggle a bit, especially with the face.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/01/13 22:50:02


Post by: Dr H


It's her jewellery that really impresses me. Great detail work, Klaus.

But, yeah, damn faces are hard to sculpt.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/02/11 12:55:47


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hey guys!

Sorry for the lack of updates, but I'm still not 40K'ing.

However, I'm still sculpting and painting
Here's the progress on the Princess as of last night

The Golden Throne


and the seated Princess on the throne


you can see more in my blog:
http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/

Cheers
klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/02/11 13:26:39


Post by: MagosBiff90


Ahoy Klaus! Great to see you back! even though its not your awesome 40k work.....

That is an outstanding paintjob on the throne..... really pristine and valuable looking. The effect on those blue feathers is something lovely to look at!

Hope all is well with you!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/02/11 13:45:01


Post by: Anvildude


Hrm. I feel as though her head might be a little large. Or were you deliberately going for a different scale? Though it might just be the perspective and the fact that she's seated that's messing with me.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/02/13 17:56:39


Post by: hk1x1


Looking good, love the paint work on those feathers, they really stand out


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/02/17 12:09:20


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hi all,
thank you for your feedback.
@Anvildude - urgh! Hopefully not!
I've been measuring and checking constantly, but I know I'm not perfect, so I really HOPE she's all well proportioned - cross your fingers mate!

Well, current progress is rather slow.
But I managed to work on the carpets. I have the base colors and patterns down.


Even without light and shadows I think they already look great in the scene.


I also started to add patterns to the sheets on the ground.


This pattern was really hard-core (I'd never do it again) and I still have some clean up to do.


But in the scene the result looks worth the effort.


Now I have to decide if and what kind of patterns I will add to the other sheets.
Looking at this image, you see there are still two furs, a small shield, and the sheets draped around the throne.


What do you think?
I look forward to your comments and feedback. Suggestions welcome
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/02/17 14:32:49


Post by: Hruotland


Go all the way, Klaus! The effect of the patterned sheets is so fantastic, it is worth every effort. Plus there is a profane reason, the patterns help distract from the fact that those sheets are not fabric. Otherwise you would need texture, or in case of silk etc you would have to work the material way too thin.
Milady seems to be a bit messy, or did she fit a temper tandrum & throw around her sheets? But it's nice to see she cultivates Calvatia Gigantea in her throne room for a living.

- btw Head and body proportions look perfectly fitting to me.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/02/19 00:44:54


Post by: Anvildude


Yeah, in the other shot they look fine. I think it was just a perspective thing that was messing with me.

And you don't need to have fancy patterns on everything. I think maybe just doing a cross-hatched drybrush in a slightly different color on one or two of them (for solid-colored fabric) could work to give a little 'texture' without going whole hog. Maybe even doing drybrushed highlights in such a way that the 'fuzz' you get at the edges of a drybrush stroke follow the grain of the cloth would work, without painting the entire cloth.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/02/19 12:38:37


Post by: Ruglud


Seriously mind blowing - I have no pearls of wisdom to add other than this is amazing


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/02/19 15:18:17


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you guys!

Well, actually, I did work structures into the rugs and some of the drapes:


I gues they will be better visible with the first wash


While I do like the look, I think it looks a bit too "wild" - or as Hruotland says she apparently threw a Temper Tandrum

(naw, it's the little dragon playing around )

So I repainted most of the drapes in red


and added the first patterns


I'm not sure if I'll do the pattern also on the other pieces...
any thoughts?


I think it looks a lot better now.




So what do you think?
Better with mostly red? Shall I add more patterns to these red pieces or leave them uni-colored?
Thanks for your comments and feedback.
Cheers
Klaus



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/02/19 19:28:40


Post by: weetyskemian44


I'm speachless, but I can still type so thats ok. Are all the little balls pearls and gemstones?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/02/19 22:06:06


Post by: Anvildude


Hrm. You don't have anything to really tie the throne to the base. Maybe some of a similar blue to the feathers you did up top? A red and blue pattern would look pretty flash.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/02/20 09:11:43


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Anvildude wrote:
Hrm. You don't have anything to really tie the throne to the base. Maybe some of a similar blue to the feathers you did up top? A red and blue pattern would look pretty flash.

Hi Anvildude,
thanks for the feedback.
I'm not sure I quite understand
Sounds interesting, but I can't wrap my head around it - can you elaborate a bit?
Thaaaaaanks
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/02/20 14:31:06


Post by: MagosBiff90


I think perhaps he means to have some blue / gold elements on the ground to bring the colours together to make it read better together. Great sculpt though Klaus! Top notch.... I have actually been going back through your thread again.... I think after I finish my Macharius I am going to build a "Klaus Inspired" superheavy tank!!

Good to see you back and around by the way!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/02/20 16:22:49


Post by: Anvildude


Yeah, that. As it is, the model has a sort of 'Farbverlauf' going on, where es ist Rot ünter und Blaue über. Haben sie ein bischen Blaue am Boden, also alle zusammengebracht.

If that makes any sense.

Or, in other words, right now the model is more blue on top, and more red on the bottom. Putting some blue on the bottom will bring things together to make a more cohesive whole.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/02/24 13:05:33


Post by: Klaus, not Santa



Thank you guys!

@Anvildude - OK, now I got it
Well, I hope my decision will please you

@weetyskemian44 - sorry I forgot to reply earlier... :(
Yes, the white balls are to be little lights - or glow spheres - I just hope they will work out as intended

Since the last update I added one more set of patterns to the rear drapes.
Simple stylized dragons. Once the two Watch-Wher's sit in front the drapes will be hardly visible.


Speaking of the two Wher's.
My plan was to make them "bronze" colored. After three coats I had a halfway decent base color, together with the blue eyes.


Getting the first shadows on was also relatively easy. But somehow I couldn't get a decent and even color coat - it always looked dirty or smeared. So I decided to remove the paint completely!
It was quite a mess, I can assure you.


But then I finally got them completely color free.


And gave them a new matte black base coat. And changed the color setting completely.
Now they are blue. Shades worked out better this time.



And with the little Fire-Lizards - but they will hopefully be bronze colored!
Cross your fingers for me.
I'm quite pleased with the blue skin and they work with the other colors.





So what do you think?
I look forward to your comments and feedback.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/02/24 20:34:39


Post by: Camkierhi


The blue/grey colour is really nice actually. As a whole this is stunning my friend.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/03 15:21:50


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hey guys,
since thast update I painted the little Fire-Lizards.
The golden one:


the bronze:


the green:


and the red:


All assembled:


Then I started painting the Princess.
She will have black hair:


After that I started to paint all the clothes and gold stuff (only the base colors so far)


Next she got some make-up (still looks rather harsh, as the face itself has now shadows and highlights yet)


Actually I'm pretty pleased


So, what do you think?
I look forward to your feedback and suggestions.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/03 22:12:46


Post by: Anvildude


I'm not sure you should actually put in paint shadows and highlights. Those are usually used to add texture and volume to something without that texture or volume, and this model is intricate enough (and realistic enough) that I think you should rather paint it in a 'realistic' way- maybe try using washes or clear coats to get more depth and scattering in the skins, and shine on the metals- then just let the lighting of the environment do the shadows and highlights for you.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/06 03:46:09


Post by: carlos13th


Just came across this thread and if the last few pages are anything to go by I'm gonna have tabout 50 pages of reading to do.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/06 09:25:33


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks carlos13th!
I hope the other pages didn't disappoint you


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/06 09:37:55


Post by: MagosBiff90


Stunning... just stunning..... Paint skills in abundance!

Great to see your work as always!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/06 23:05:59


Post by: Red Harvest


Outstanding work. Amazing work.

Good to see that you're recovering from the shoulder problems.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/07 10:22:41


Post by: RandyMcStab


The paint job on the face is excellent, not only well executed but you can get a sense of hauteur and character coming through. Expression is very hard to capture but it come across so well here. 3 thumbs up.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/12 13:04:55


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hi guys,

thanks for the positive feedback!

Well, I still have a little touching-up and cleaning-up to do, but other than that, I call her complete


*littlehappydance*


And a final comparison without paint


and the finished model


So what do you think?
Here's how it all started:
http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/2015/01/the-princess-1.html


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/12 13:48:30


Post by: Nevelon


Mind blowing. Amazing work you’ve got there.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/12 14:03:54


Post by: mars2024


Really great! Good choices for pose, composition, and color all around. Something to be really proud of.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/13 08:32:40


Post by: hk1x1


Looks brilliant , very well done.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/16 13:42:50


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you guys!

BTW, I'm giving some of my unfished projects away for free
Check it out:
http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/640187.page


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/16 23:39:05


Post by: Dr H


Good job on the dragon lady. Looks excellent.

You are going to do something with the little glowing ball things and not just leave them white?

Good luck finding homes for all that stuff. Very generous being free.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/25 07:45:02


Post by: weetyskemian44


Excellent! Massive modelling Kudos. She approaches perfection.

I love the carpets and fabrics most of all.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/26 03:18:50


Post by: Stormwall


Jeez Klaus, you outdid yourself with her.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/26 08:39:00


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you!
She even made it to the CMoN homepage
http://www.coolminiornot.com/376007

Cheers
Klaus
P.S.: Started a new project already




(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/26 16:13:01


Post by: Anvildude


Is this going to be Slaaneshi, or just a chick on a velociraptor?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/26 17:23:17


Post by: whalemusic360


Are you enjoying the larger scale of the current and latest project more, or just looking to change it up?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/03/27 08:52:07


Post by: Klaus, not Santa



"Just a chick on a Raptor"


@whalemusic - yes right now I enjoy the larger scale and complete thematic freedom.
No need for grim dark or any lore/fluff to adhere to. Just what I like and with the bigger scale I can do a lot more details
We'll see how long this will last


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/05/08 13:28:31


Post by: MagosBiff90


Hey Klaus,

I hope all is well with you!

Just spent my lunch hour reading through your pages here ...... again.... and thought I would message to see fi there were any new projects or developments going on! Grim Dark preferably..... but the chick on the raptor was a really interesting piece also!

Looking forward to your enxt update!

take it easy!

cheers,


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/05/08 21:01:11


Post by: hk1x1


The riders looking great, shes got very nice shape and muscle definition already .
You seem to have a knack for sculpting the human form, I've always found it easier working on creatures, aliens etc,
as there's a lot fewer rules you have to follow in order to make it look right.

Looking forward to seeing more of this as it progresses .



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/05/12 11:30:36


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hey guys!
Sorry for the lack of updates.
But since my latest projects aren't Warhammer related I didn't want to post them here and risk the closing of the post.
But hey, lets see what happens


Actually this project was so much fun it went quicker than I expected.
I finished painting the raptor


I decided to give her red leather


and this is how it looked with just the base color applied


The red leather finished


Facial details


and done!


Here are some proper images, with good lights and background (please let me know which one you like best, so I can use it for the contest):
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And I also kitbashed/Scratchbuilt a watercraft out of a 1:24 Bentley 4,5 Liter Blower and a 1:48 BF110.
I was able to also finish the paintjob on the "Swamp Thing" (my wife was on a business trip for a week )

I have no paint-in-process images here (but can deliver if requested).
I'm quite happy with the result, the only annoying thing is that I didn't think when I appied the varnish at the end, and now the lights and the windshield are opaque :(











I hope you like it.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/05/12 12:12:12


Post by: ChaoticMind


Love them both! You could try brush-on gloss coate to fix the fogging.

As to off topicness The Mods seem pretty cool round here. If you don't do any lewd sculpts I doubt they'll shut you down. And if they do decide you're getting to far from minis they'll probably give you a warning first.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/05/12 12:28:31


Post by: SJM


Ahh, love that flying car thing, fantastic stuff!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/05/12 12:50:57


Post by: Dr H


Great work, Klaus.

I think, even though it's not miniature wargaming figures, this kind of work is modelling related. The skills and techniques used for this is very relevant to "normal" warhammer (other games are available) models, and by extension is relevant to miniature wargaming.

and personally, I've had no issues with the sculptures and earrings I've shown off in my blogs, and those are less "relevant" than what you are doing here.

As for the photos; no one picture shows everything on the model in one go, so a selection of angles would be best. But, if I had to just choose one picture, I'd say #13. You can see both faces and the angle gives the sense of motion that you have in the model.

And the car/plane thing is an ingenious build. Very nice.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/05/12 13:06:22


Post by: hk1x1


Fantastic .

I like how the rider and raptor complement each other,
you really get the feeling their moving as one .


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/05/12 13:07:40


Post by: Camkierhi


Love it all, great work as always.

Your work no matter what the subject is relevant and inspirational to us all. So you should definitely keep posting your progress here.

Besides we miss you.



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/05/12 18:47:51


Post by: Anvildude


Hrm. There's something about the rider's face that seems separated from the rest of the model. I think it feels maybe a little too angular or stylized compared to the smother and more realistic curves on the rest of it.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/05/13 09:17:12


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you guys!
Here's one more:


Cheers
klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/05/13 09:37:33


Post by: MagosBiff90


YYAAYY!!!!!

Good to see you Klaus!

As always impressive work! That Rider sculpt is awesome! The scales on the raptor are very nicely done!

But my fav is the watercar! That really looks cool! The open cockpit is a cool idea! I think I may have to attempt something like this in the future!





(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/16 13:08:44


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hey guys,
still checking in, eh?
Glad you're still interested

With the rider scene complete I have already started a new project

This time it is a sculpt for a dragon-girl hybrid. So half-and-half.
The basic idea was easy, a girl with wings, some dragon skin, and maybe a special head.

The scale was also smaller this time - she's "only" 16cm fully standing


But just a standing dragon-girl would be rather boring.
So I thought a bit more about the scene.
Thinking of Smaug, it was clear she needs a lair with lots of gold...

...and while browsing in the library of the University of Google I ran across an image of Joan d'Arc by Boris - kneeling, like praying with a sword.
Yes, this is the pose I wanted.


Then I built out the base with lots of gold coins (oh would I have known what I know now, I would've thought of something different - I SWEAR!)


For the skin of the wings I rolled out some ProCreate very thinly and then pressed it onto a sheet of crumpled aluminium foil


Once these were cured I cut them to shape and glued them to the wing skeleton - then used liquid GreenStuff to work the seams.
This is how she looked before priming


To prepare for painting I took a series of light reference photos

This way I know where to position shadows, where light effects ect.

And then I started painting the base - as a contrast to the warm fire light and gold I chose a rather cold grey for the stones


and then I painted the gold base color...


Just this bit of gold took me a total of 6 hours :(

So now I hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew
Cheers
Klaus



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/16 15:07:04


Post by: MagosBiff90


Hey Klaus! Good to see you back with an update! I hope all is well,

Lovely start... I like the pose and the position of the wings.....

Cant wait to see more!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/16 15:14:18


Post by: Anvildude


Le sigh. Nobody ever does dragon wings right. Yours are better than most, but the place where they connect to the back, the membrane is way too thin (un-wide? I mean the area, not the thickness), making them look like cartoon wings- the membrane should probably stretch down at least to the hips.

At least you didn't make the extra fingers protrude from the shoulder, like I've seen some people do, or come straight off the bones. I don't see any joints, though, which gives the wings a very Pterosaur look.

Also, if you do put on a thumb, be sure that it points towards the tip of the wing, instead of inwards. Wings are just big hands, remember.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/17 02:53:40


Post by: Warboss_Waaazag


I think your diorama and miniature are coming along swimmingly.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/18 07:41:15


Post by: hk1x1


Another beautiful sculpt, plus i love all the detail on the base .


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/18 10:39:39


Post by: Sneshy


Amazing work! can't wait to see more!!!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/23 13:15:26


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you guys!

@Anvildude - yeah, reality arguments...
While I can agree on the wing size for the actual wings nad "thumb direction" I kind of followed the classic fantasy masters like Boris
http://img.phombo.com/img1/photocombo/39940/Fantasy_Art_by_Boris_Vallejo_-THRG-_Mascot-287.jpg_151.jpg
http://defwalls.com/wallpapers-n/women-artwork-Boris-Vallejo-_11529-60.jpg
http://www.middian.net/Galerie3/Boris%20Vallejo%20-%20Wings%20of%20the%20Night.jpg
or Chis Achilleos
http://gistlabs.net/Dragon_Forest/pictures/Chris_ACHILLEOS/AchilleosDragonspell.jpg
http://www.drachenserver.de/wordpress/wp-content/gallery/chris-achilleos/chris_achilleos_elric.jpg


Well, since the last update I pretty much completed the background and added the OSL effects


with that done I started to paint "Bian the Red"


and this is as far as I got


Still a lot to paint and do, but I'm quite please with the result so far.
what do you think?
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/23 13:44:37


Post by: Anvildude


You know, on a second look, I think what's bothering me most about the wings is that they're projecting straight up from the shoulders, as opposed to being mounted more on the back, then having a joint letting the wing bend up behind. As it is, the wing's kinda columnar, with drapery hanging off it.



And just to make sure I'm not rustling too many jimmies, I think the sculpt, overall, is magnificent. Just trying to point out what my own artistic sensibilities notice.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/23 17:58:08


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Anvildude wrote:
....

And just to make sure I'm not rustling too many jimmies, I think the sculpt, overall, is magnificent. Just trying to point out what my own artistic sensibilities notice.


Not at all!
I'm asking for feedback, and your's is always constructive


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/23 18:54:47


Post by: Viktor von Domm


well... the wing issue refers to lifeforms that is as unrealistic as can be... dragons or dragon kin are purely factious, thus the depiction is only limited to the vision of the respective artist...never was the term "your mileage may vary" been more appropriate...

also... i just realized how long it has been since i last have been here... man have i missed out on so much...

your last pieces are truly unique...Cleopatra is an awesome model, making an homage is always something that shows respect and the ability to add a new twist to an existing theme...
with cleopatra you did that for sure...

the hunt is also a remarkable model, it is clearly to be seen for us that your recent studies in sculpting not only inspired you but showed you a new world to express yourself!

if i may add only one minor criticism...i think both cleopatra and the huntress show a face that makes them both almost as twins... i think you could have added some more distinctive facial expressions...
(tho...don´t ask me on how to do that... chucking out ideas and criticism is easier that having actually helpful hints to solve these issues...)

also... good deal we already made you a riveteer... making all these gold coins ... did you sculpt them or did you make them via holepunch?
the base is quasi the pinnacle of details...can´t imagine how exhausted you had to be after all that...

well... looking forward to more

cheers, vik


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/24 05:26:58


Post by: Anvildude


I think as far as faces go, it might be a good idea to do a bunch of 'practice busts' of different cartoonishly exaggerated expressions. One howling in rage, one sobbing their eyes out, beaming with pride, etc. etc.


On the subject of Dragons and their wings, I've always found it amusing that creatures which are supposedly reptilian have mammal wings. I mean, I know it's because they were originally depictions of 'the Devil' and bats were evil birds and all that hoo-haw, but I find it interesting that nobody ever seems to give them pterosaur-style wings, with the single membrane span over a single fingerbone- and proper Dinosaur wings are incredibly rare as well.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/24 12:54:06


Post by: MagosBiff90


Hey Klaus!

I hope all is well!

Slightly off subject... but I was wondering what happened to the "Scarabeus" model that you put a link to in Vik's Leviathan thread....

Just wondered as I had never seen it before and it looks like it would have been a really cool model!

The new sculpt is looking awesome.... the base is really well detailed and the spilled gold goins and gems adds a really nice feel to it!

Cheers,


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/24 15:26:39


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


 MagosBiff90 wrote:
Hey Klaus!

I hope all is well!

Slightly off subject... but I was wondering what happened to the "Scarabeus" model that you put a link to in Vik's Leviathan thread....

Just wondered as I had never seen it before and it looks like it would have been a really cool model!

The new sculpt is looking awesome.... the base is really well detailed and the spilled gold goins and gems adds a really nice feel to it!

Cheers,


ha! The Scarabeus
THat was actually the first major project of mine and was never completed - it is now resting on one of my cabinets


While it already had some cool features, like the retractable rocket launcher



the sides that can be opened,



or the very cool Emergency Room

that can be extended out




and a rather detailed "bridge"


But in the end it was too clumps and crude

and it had some severe design flaws
Some of the floor alignements, ladders, doord ect. would be hell to operate, and tremendous safety hazards (in real live)

I learned soooooo much during the build and I strated to build finer and smaller, that I abandoned it. I kept it as an option to maybe revamp it for Ork use
But actually never got around to it *blush*

Thanks for asking


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/24 16:32:38


Post by: Anvildude


Here's a vote for Orkifying it! Convert the emergency room into a Mad Doc's shop, filling the bridge with grots being bossed around by a Big Mek, a Boss and some Meganobs hanging out ready to deploy, maybe drinking Squig Beer and laughing at someone pinned under a fallen beam.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/24 20:27:05


Post by: Viktor von Domm


gotta ask... are these repeating details folding wallmounted chairs???... what a cool idea... and i love the ER...i think i have to nick here and there from that cornucopia of ideas... the bridge is very cool...
the ideas i have for my leviathan start to mix with your work in a kind of melange of homage and industrial espionage...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/24 21:49:41


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Yes, they were (very simple) folding seats
Glad you like the idea


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/24 22:16:34


Post by: Viktor von Domm


that idea is very inventive and cool... and will find it´s way into my build for sure!



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/25 08:53:04


Post by: MagosBiff90


I love the weapon system that s sitting on top of the bridge, Looks really cool!!

DEFINETLY want to try something like that in the future... I remember the really cool gun units that sat on the "Athena" also...

AAAHHH darn it I am sitting at work now with thoughts of modelling and building...



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/25 09:15:10


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


 MagosBiff90 wrote:
...

AAAHHH darn it I am sitting at work now with thoughts of modelling and building...



And NEVER enough time!
Tell me


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/06/25 13:21:42


Post by: Zogg


That thing is absolutely begging to be Orkified.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/07/08 09:22:30


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you guys!

Well, let's see if I get my 40K vibe back and then Orkifying the Scarabeus will definately be a project to persue...

For the time being I'm desperately trying to complete the dragon-girl "Bian the Red" by July 10th - despite temperatures of 30°-40°C / 86° - 104°F here in Germany.
Sometimes I have the feeling the paint dries before it reaches the mini

Nevertheless I was able to paint most of the gold, gems, and scales.






But now I will have to re-paint all of the skin and work up the shadows and highlights.


I hope you like this rather short update.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/07/08 14:26:08


Post by: Anvildude


Her face is looking distinctly Chinese to me. I think it's the roundness, with lack of protrusion in the face. Are you going to follow that with the skin tone?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/07/09 07:58:30


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Anvildude wrote:
Her face is looking distinctly Chinese to me.

Absolutely. That was the intention
Her name "Bian" is based on a novel by Mark Henwick - even though the Bian in the book is an Asian Vampire...

Anvildude wrote:
I think it's the roundness, with lack of protrusion in the face. Are you going to follow that with the skin tone?

Well, I have several Sasian friends and colleagues and to be honest the skin color of most doesn't differ that much from a standard tan European
But yes, I address this, togehter with the warm light tones from the flames and gold around, it will be a rather warm, golden skin tone.
Thanks Mate


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/07/10 09:58:18


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Done!
I managed to complete her in time.
I'm not quite satisfied with the flames in the braziers - they're not bright enough - but other than that I'm happy with her.
So here is Bian the Red, daughter of Hydana the dragon and the mortal Lucianus of Camore.
She is seen in her lair, between her precious gold, pearls and gems - a treasure worthy of any real dragon - in a prayer to the God of Fire.









I hope you like the result

Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/07/10 10:29:58


Post by: MagosBiff90


Pretty blooming awesome work Klaus! The face is really ... strange...(in a good way)... you can really tell she is a hybrid between mortal and dragon... its quite eerie...

Really like the darker paintjob.... makes it quite menacing too!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/10/09 12:08:13


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Wow!
Long time no update, huh?

Well, summer was pretty lazy for me and I hardly did anything.
But towards the end of summer I decided to pick things back up.

First project was this Kyudó Archer - a traditional Japanese archer.

It was a commision for a cousins husband, who's a Kyudo archer and has the libra as his zodica sign. So the archer is standing on a scale, with the libra in it.
It was sculpted with SuperSculpey (50:50 mix of firm and standard), then sanded and polished, and finally sealed with clear laquer.

The second project was a pencil cup for my little nephew who had his first school day 3 weeks ago, and with school he got his first desk.
So I sculpted this little dragon pencil holder for him


Well, and with thse two completed, I started my first real project.
It's called " Ilse Sturmfeder, the (chrome) assassin"
As usual I started with a wire armature - made from a metal cloth hanger, the ones you get from the dry cleaners


Then I added mass, using SuperSculpey - the new medium mix

as you can see, I plan a rather dynamic pose for her.

After the general proportions I did "robotize" her. The idea for Ilse was inspired by the old "Sexy Robots" by Hajime Sorayama.


Mostly complete, now with face shield


and then I created her blades using standard 1.5mm plastic card


Once pleased with everything I primed her.


After the primer she got the very light blue base color


and I added the first horizon lines - indicating where the refelctions will be.


Still very crude and a very long way to go
I hope you like todays update and I look forward to your comments and feedback.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/10/09 12:21:32


Post by: Viktor von Domm


one feels ashamed to still wish you would go back to the lands of 28mm heroic miniatures...seeing these delicate sculpts...
the archer looks very nice, the simplistic touch is probably even a hint of a pure mind, concentration etc...a very interesting model! i have seen similar sculpts/carvings from wood...a very stunning work!

the pencil holder is hilarious and good looking...since your cousin
is starting school, this piece reminds me of "drache kokusnuss" a series of kids books...one especially made for school starters...

the Sorayama hommage assassin looks also very good... tho...forgive me my heretic mind, the boob department looks a tad "stuck" on...well after all she is a robot...but these could have had a slight lower er...(lack of words here^^) position...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/10/09 15:23:29


Post by: mars2024


Stop it Klaus! You're inspiring me to return to my plans for Eldar mythological figure sculptures for terrain. My list is already too long!


Seriously, fantastic work! Really great seeing where you've taken your skills. Keep building, sculpting, creating. Keep inspiring.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/16 12:56:00


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hey guys!
Still here? Still reading along?

Wow, you guys have a lot more stamina and endurance than I have

Well, since the last update I did continue with Ilse and added some color.


However, on October 30th we had to put our 17 1/2 year old cat Lilly to sleep


As you guys can imagine we're both heartbroken and very sad.
So we kinda fled the empty aparment and went on a 2 week vacation to Cuba.
That was nice and distracting and recuperating.

But when coming back, everytime I looked at Ilse, I saw Lilly there, lying on my desk....


I just can't worj on her right now.
So she's now in the cabinet...

But I still have an urge to "hobby up something"...
I have an idea - based on "Stemming the Green Tide". Not an exact remake, but maybe a mix with the "Tomb Raider" dio....?
I did some scetches, looked up images on the internet, and last night I raided the bits box...


So lets see what the next few days bring
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/16 13:02:00


Post by: Stormwall


Oh man.

I'm sorry you had to go through that.

I can't wait to see what you come up with but, take things easy.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/16 13:02:21


Post by: Januine


still here and omg that cannot be a fig!!!! amazing paintjob, its.......wtf!!!!! stunning stunning stuff!!!

I'm so sorry to hear about your cat. I've had pets pass on too and they're missed so vey much. As much a member of the family as any can be.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/16 13:29:36


Post by: whalemusic360


I'm pretty excited to see a 40k diorama come around again.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/16 14:27:10


Post by: evildrcheese


Nice update on the projects. You've got buckets of talent.

Sorry to hear about your cat, it's always a shame when a small hairy member of the family passes away.

EDC


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/16 19:53:06


Post by: Camkierhi


Good to see you sir.

Sorry to hear the news, always hard. RIP Lilly.

Look forward to some more inspirational work.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/16 20:29:23


Post by: Viktor von Domm


its exactly why we don´t have any pets...just for that reason...i still remember passed away dogs and cats and even a small rabbit...i don´t want to feel that kind of hurt if avoidable...


feeling a slight pang of guilt for still not having worked on the tomb raider dio...



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/16 22:08:46


Post by: Anvildude


See, that's why you get tortoises. They outlive you. And your children. And possibly their children as well.

It's always tough saying goodbye to a pet. Condolences.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/18 10:20:57


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys!
I'm really glad to see so many of you still around
Thank you all for the condolences.
Here's a little photoshop I did of our cats.

They are remembered well, and we both think back of all the good times we had with them. We're still giving us a bit more time, but we're absolutely sure, that we will soon (probably mid next year) have cats again
No tortoise, no cat-less household - to my wife and me they just give too much back.

Well, as mentioned, the hobby itch seems to be back
The idea bouncing in my head is based on "Stemming the Green Tide" mixed with the "Tomb Raider" fluff section.
An expedition of the Crimson Guards sent to recover a valuable artifact. Not sure if it will be on Dencara or on another planet...
Just as they have finally discovered the sacred item and are about to recover it, they are attacked by Orks.
So it will be a "last stand" type of battle in a temple(?) ruin with the Crimson Guards against Orks.
From a composition point of view there will be a throne like feature at the top end of a long (stair) rise lit by blue-ish moonlight (a beam coming through a crack in the roof?), while the actual fighting, lit by the gun flashes will happen on the stairs below, with most of the Orks attacking out of the dark.
...
hopefully
...


So, with this bouncing around my brain cage, I raided my Space Marine bits box.


Unfortunately I'm no longer in the possession of the Space Hulk throne piece with the dead Marine, but hey..."Selbst ist der Mann"

(no pressure on you Vik )

Still plenty of cleanup and GreenStuff necessary.


Some of the basic fighting poses - though I think I will not do the Flamer, the cinematic effect would draw too much attention.


These two in hand-to-hand combat - not sure if it will be a fist fight, or if the Marine will have a sword....


A fallen Marine in his last defense...


This will also be more of a hand-to-hand, close-in pose - maybe an Ork striking down with a big axe.


And (if I can make it look convincing) a downed Marine with an Ork on his back, trying to suffocate or choke him.


Well, this is as far as I got.
I think I will start building up the stairs next, so I can work on finalizing the poses.


What do you think?
Ideas, suggestions?
I look forward to your feedback.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/18 19:59:52


Post by: Camkierhi


Beautiful cats. Bitter sweet memories. We have had cats the whole 25 years of marriage. Don't think I will ever not have them.

Now the scrap!

Geezer on throne looks awesome, but I dare you to do a ork skull on it like some form of desecration.

Love the other guys, but instead of swords what about stools or pews, kind of parody of a bar fight, but in a chapel!

I did an ork a while ago, a warboss with a marine being crushed, but the marine had his sword up to the hilt in the belly of the ork while he was at it, it was for the Face to Face competition, would love to see your take on that.

And I have had an idea for a while of a marine or IG stood with a torch in the corner of a room, coming through the doorway, but what he does not see is behind the door an ork huge and brooding about to clobber him. The ork would be all in black apart from the highlights from the torch, fantastic opportunity for OSL. You could do it so much better than me. That stuck away in the corner somewhere of the dio would be great.

In the end everything you do is inspirational and fabulous so looking forward to this.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/19 21:38:33


Post by: hk1x1


Excellent sculpting work , especially that archer piece. I love how you've successfully blended Kyudo with the Zodiac, it's a clever piece of design.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/19 22:14:36


Post by: MagosBiff90


Klaus hath returned!

Firstly, I want to send my condolences! I have 3 dogs and canf imagine going through that!

Second..... great to see you back in the groove so to speak! I believe it is well documented how much I enjoy & respect your work and I cannot wait to see where this is headed!

Im getting no time myself at all at the hobby but very much look forward to seeing the progress here!

Cheers, MB


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/22 10:30:58


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you guys!
I hope your festivity preparations are well underway and you're not too stressed out to enjoy some hobby time

@MagosBiff - Let's see how long I can keep up the energy
But right now it looks good.

@hk1x1 - thanks Mate

@Camkierhi - Thanks!
Nice idea (the bar stool), but I'm not sure if I can really pull it off. For now he's holding a sword. But let's see how it all progresses.

Again: THANKS GUYS!

With the basic Marine actors assembled I started to build up the environment.
First was the throne and its platform.


The brick-factory working at full capacity


Slowly building up the base - with some Styrofoam as support. Two columns at the lower end to give the scene a frame.
While the PVA takes some time to cure, I use a ruler and some weight (a bunch of SuperSculpey packs) to keep the bricks in position and leveled.



Most of the brickwork completed.


The throne as center piece in the back. A first position test with the Marines.


Not 100% sure, but I think this will be balanced enough, with the top 3 Marines providing light with their muzzle flashes, while the lower areas will be darker - maybe some light effects form the energy blades?


Then I created some skeletons from the original struggle, hundreds of years ago...


Only a dead Ork is a good Ork?



Plus the two dead throne-guards


Still needs a lot of cleanup, detailing, and of course the attacking Orks.
But I hope it already gives a good impression of how it will look in the end.
I look forward to your feedback and suggestions.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/22 12:29:23


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


 LeCacty wrote:
Holy hell...

Thanks

BTW, I think I'd like to add an Indiana-Jones-Style character to the scene - near the throne, just about to pick up the sacred item (open to suggestions too).
Any ideas, samples (of models built)?
Thanks
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/22 12:30:12


Post by: Januine


Sweet feth that is gonna be champion!! Great great work


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Post by: xXWeaponPrimeXx


That looks amazing! I can't wait to see more!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/22 20:19:25


Post by: Anvildude


With the Ork skeletons- I'd suggest carving at the legs to make it look more like the cloth of the pants is draped over bone, rather than flesh- they're too well filled out right now. The torso can be explained away as it being armoured and thus self-supporting, but the pants can't be explained away that way.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/22 20:31:03


Post by: xXWeaponPrimeXx


Anvildude wrote:
With the Ork skeletons- I'd suggest carving at the legs to make it look more like the cloth of the pants is draped over bone, rather than flesh- they're too well filled out right now. The torso can be explained away as it being armoured and thus self-supporting, but the pants can't be explained away that way.


True. Though that'll be a lot of sculpting/dremeling on the legs. Might be easier to plasticard up some armor plates for them?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/22 20:33:23


Post by: Theophony


Sorry for your loss Sir, never fun to do, my brothers cat is at that point as well, but she is over 20 years old and still fussing.

Great start to the project. Popping corn right now to enjoy this thread


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/23 10:05:30


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys,

@Theophony - thanks Mate!

@Whalemusic - yeah that would be great, let's see...

@Januine - Thanks Mate!

@Anvildude and xXWeaponPrimeXx - never good enough, eh?

Just kidding.
I took your comments to heart and tried it last night. Please judge for yourself

As mentioned yesterday I had the sudden urge to add an Indiana-Jones-Style character.
The initial idea was to add a human, based on IG parts. But that wouldn't really make sense with my Crimson Guardians Space Marines - they wouldn't be accompanied, or even bossed around by a mere human.
So I decided to use a Marine with a Apothecary weapon and a head with a hat - it's one of the excellent Mad Robot Miniatures Boonie Hats.


And with a bit of GreenStuff to give it a "neck" the head fits really nicely.


If I recall correctly Dr. Jones is always carrying a satchel-bag, isn't he?

Well, he'll definitely will get a whip.

Anvildude suggested that the Ork skeletons pants should be more carved out, as they are too well filled out.
Weeeell...
I gave it a try...


But I have to say for my taste it is too much work for too little effect. What do you say?


That's as far as I got last night.
But here is another positioning shot.
The (currently still Blood Angels) Termie is the central piece and will be the focal point and also the source of most of the light (hopefully).


As you can see by the small rod, his fire will be aimed at the (not yet existing) Ork strangling the Marine on the floor.


I have to add an Ork directly in front of the guy with the hammer, one to the kneeling guy on the left, and the one "Strangler".
Green indicates the Orks, yellow the muzzle flashes, and blue the power blades.

Too busy?

Whaddaya think?

Cheers

Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/23 10:19:16


Post by: Januine


War is busy!!!!! That plan looks excellent. You planning on really playing up the OSL from the weapon discharges as the main light source? It'll be a serious endeavor but will look out of this segmatum in the end


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/30 06:40:56


Post by: Anvildude


On the orky skeletons- man, that does look tons better. What I was thinking, though, was leaving the pants on- just carving away so that it looks like the fabric is draped over bone instead of flesh-

sort of a 'p' cross section instead of an 'o' cross section, if you catch my meaning? I should make up a diagram or quick render for what I mean...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2015/12/30 11:43:42


Post by: Camkierhi


Got a nice balance to it, I think. Maybe more orks!

Indy marine looks good.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/04 09:46:50


Post by: Klaus, not Santa



Happy New Year!
I hope you had a great time with family and friends and a time well spent away from work, school and all those other routine chores.
My wife and I were in Belgium for a view days and celebrated New Years in Brussels (guarded by soldiers). We visited Bruges, Ghent and Brussels - wonderful cities

Thank you all - I hope you all had a great start into the new year.
@Camkierhi - I totally agree
@Januine - yes hopefully it will work woth the OSL
@Anvildude - thanks. Yes it makes complete sense - Thanks Mate!

Well, before we left for Belgium I worked on the diorama and planned to complete it.
Most of the Marines got their opponents.
And I worked on the slayer.


I added some debris and the individuals received details (like purity seals, pouches etc.)
Then I sculpted some muzzle flashes using ProCreate.


With the remaining PC I sculpted some ripped and torn tapestry.


At this point I was pleased and considered the diorama built phase completed.
Hmm, maybe some spider webs?
So I created some tiny plastic strands using a candle.


And then I glued some in position to simulated spider webs....


Not so sure if it really works. I will probably have to try something else.

But at this state I left for Belgium.
Coming back, I decided I need some more Orks at the lower end - to show the brunt of the attack just arriving.


And I decided that I want a counter figure to the central Terminator.
How about an Ork Banner Bearer?


This could be fun!

So I sculpted a flag from ProCreate. And this is how it all looks now.





I think this will work.
What do you think?
I look forward to your comments and suggestions!
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/04 11:22:41


Post by: Camkierhi


 Klaus, not Santa wrote:

Happy New Year!
I hope you had a great time with family and friends and a time well spent away from work, school and all those other routine chores.
My wife and I were in Belgium for a view days and celebrated New Years in Brussels (guarded by soldiers). We visited Bruges, Ghent and Brussels - wonderful cities

Thank you all - I hope you all had a great start into the new year.
@Camkierhi - I totally agree
@Januine - yes hopefully it will work woth the OSL
@Anvildude - thanks. Yes it makes complete sense - Thanks Mate!

Well, before we left for Belgium I worked on the diorama and planned to complete it.
Most of the Marines got their opponents.
And I worked on the slayer.


I added some debris and the individuals received details (like purity seals, pouches etc.)
Then I sculpted some muzzle flashes using ProCreate.


With the remaining PC I sculpted some ripped and torn tapestry.


At this point I was pleased and considered the diorama built phase completed.
Hmm, maybe some spider webs?
So I created some tiny plastic strands using a candle.


And then I glued some in position to simulated spider webs....


Not so sure if it really works. I will probably have to try something else.

But at this state I left for Belgium.
Coming back, I decided I need some more Orks at the lower end - to show the brunt of the attack just arriving.


And I decided that I want a counter figure to the central Terminator.
How about an Ork Banner Bearer?


This could be fun!

So I sculpted a flag from ProCreate. And this is how it all looks now.





I think this will work.
What do you think?
I look forward to your comments and suggestions!
Cheers
Klaus




Looks amazing, you have definitely not lost any of your amazingness.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/04 12:42:19


Post by: hk1x1


I always love watching your dioramas come to life, and this ones no exception, fantastic work so far.

As for the spider webs, I've seen them made before using the ends from cotton buds. They carfully pull them apart, then I think they add watered down PVA glue to the cotton,
which when dry should look something like this: https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/419186677791030134/

I've never tried it myself, so you'd probably have to experiment to get that effect.



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/04 13:03:39


Post by: whalemusic360


It looks very chaotic right now, which makes sense since it is all one color. I think once you get some paint in there it will still look chaotic, but in the good way of it being an Ork charge.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/04 14:39:22


Post by: Cleatus


Wow, that is an awesome diorama. Can't wait to see it finished!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/05 05:55:49


Post by: mxwllmdr


Wonderful Klaus, as par usual....


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/05 11:25:34


Post by: Ruglud


Amazing work and great to see your progress.

Here's another spider web technique you could try...




(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/05 11:34:04


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


 Ruglud wrote:
Amazing work and great to see your progress.

Here's another spider web technique you could try...




Wow, that's a cool method!
Thanks for posting Ruglud


Automatically Appended Next Post:
Hey guys,
I thought I create a "little" video of the diorama:



and the "fluff" to it:

The Carp'A San - Raiders of the Lost Light
Raiders of the Lost Light is a diorama depicting the dramatic moments of the recovery of the Sacred Light of Jerusalem.
The Sacred Light of Jerusalem is one of the 13 sacred items of the Ka'An, which can be used in a complex rite to resurrect and revive the Emperors body, freeing him from the Golden Throne.
The Sacred Light of Jerusalem was forgotten many centuries ago and lost in time. It is believed that it was last held in a sanctuary on Persifas 3 in the Palagam system.
Here it was guarded by the **CENSORED** Chapter of the Space Marines. During the great Waaagh of Ork Boss Cham Bamm-Bumm the entire planet was ransacked and devastated. The Marines fought a valiant battle, but in the end the planet was lost.
A small contingent of the **CENSORED** was able to defend the Sacred Light of Jerusalem, but the survivors were too weak to leave the remains of the sanctuary and so the Carp'a-San, as it was also called, vanished in the maelstrom of time.
According to the legend of Ka'An, he who can gather the 13 sacred items and combines them in a complicated rite of utter complexity will gain the power to heal and revive any corpus, be it merely human or even divine, and bring it eternal youth and vitality. So Chief Librarian Zastavus and the Supreme Grand Master of the **CENSORED** (OX) send their companies on the hunt for these items time and again.
Recent events and encounters seem to indicate that other races are also aware of the legend of Ka’An and seek to rein its power. So the treasure hunt of the Officium **CENSORED** has now become a race and Chief Librarian Zastavus has called his forces to Operation “Ultima Preces” in which they are to find the remaining artifacts at even greater speed.
Latest reports indicate that a large contingent of Crimson Guardians under Captain Senoj has landed on Persifas 3. Maybe here the Crimson Guardians can find the Carp'A San, the Sacred Light of Jerusalem, one of the few remaining items of the legend of Ka’An.
Unknown to Senoj and the Marines a large group of Orks landed on the other side of Persifas 3 and is also on the hunt for the Carp'A San, or the 'Elluffazapp as the Orks call it.
The diorama captures the moment Senoj discovers the Sacred Light - just as the Orks storm the sanctuary...
Vicious hand-to-hand fighting and murderous Bolter fire erupts.
Unpainted the scene looks chaotic and crowded. But battle is chaos.
Captain Senoj reaches for the Carp'a San.
Brother von Ritter stands his ground against the merciless Orks.
Can the Marines stem the Green Tide or will the Orks be victorious?


So, what do you think?
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/05 20:20:52


Post by: Wehrkind


Fantastic diorama! Great to see it all coming together, though the painting aspect is so audacious it makes me cringe a little thinking of doing it myself


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/06 12:56:56


Post by: mxwllmdr


Absolutely love the fluff and video. Well done, Klaus....


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/06 13:53:13


Post by: MagosBiff90


Now this is a lovely belated Xmas present.... Log onto DAKKA for the first time in a couple of weeks and low and behold there is another impressive start to a diorama from Klaus!!

certainly looks like a good start.... need to go back and read the fluff but cant wait to see more!

Happy New Year by the was Klaus! Hope you had a good one!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/06 14:18:18


Post by: Elblondino


That is some very awesome work. Inspired scratchbuilding. Keep it up :-)


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/07 09:29:17


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


 Wehrkind wrote:
Fantastic diorama! Great to see it all coming together, though the painting aspect is so audacious it makes me cringe a little thinking of doing it myself


Hehe - Tell me!
I have to say I'm quite scared messing it up

But with the fluff written up and the stage set, I prepared for painting.

First I removed the actors and pinned them onto the cork.


And while the primed models dried I installed my new light.
This is currently only the test version, using more tape than screws

So far it seems to work properly, so I will mount it permanently soon.

After all the models were primed I re-mounted them and affixed them with some rubber glue (Fixogum)


And then I started to work with the airbrush.


This is NOT the actual paint job - this is only my light reference and I will repaint everything.


But it gives me a very good idea of how the scene will look.


And if I need additional light sources or where to emphasize to structure the scene better.


But I think this will work out as intended - don't you think?


With the light setting in mind, I repainted the skeleton guards first.
As you can see I use very desaturated colors - this will also help to emphasize some of the light effects later.


Once the two guards have their base colors all done, I will give them an inking with black, and maybe an additional blue layer. After that I will add the shadows and highlights - using the previous images as reference.
I hope you like today's update and I look forward to your feedback and suggestions.
Cheers
klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/07 15:38:08


Post by: hk1x1


Even with just the basic lighting in place, it looks amazing .


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/08 10:13:49


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks

I got some inquiries about the light - so I may as well reply here.

It is my new LED light for the desk.
I stole the idea from a guy on facebook - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.965342993505018.1073741855.874417285930923&type=3
It's actually just a LED-Strip mounted to a piece of aluminium (my test version is rather flimsy plastic, but it works too).
I'm pretty pleased with the light it spends, so I will now build the final version, using a sturdier base, but probably plastic again - or aluminium, if I find a good, long enough strip.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/08 10:22:51


Post by: Januine


Crikey Klaus - this is warming up to be a piece of seriously epic proportions!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/09 20:22:06


Post by: Illumini


Wow, another work of art coming to life!



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/11 12:56:39


Post by: MagosBiff90


Very evocative and atmospheric already Klaus! And the new light unit is awesome! I may well have to swipe that idea also to improve my own lighting situation.

thanks for the tips!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/12 12:39:32


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you all!

despite a lot of work on the job I was able to continue with the "Raiders of the Lost Light".
Steady progress

First I finished up the guards, added some more details and weathering. And then they received several washes - a pure black wash, then a mix of glue and light grey, and finally a sepia wash for the gold sections.
But the main focus was to keep the coloring desaturated and rather cold/blue-ish.


While the washes for the guards dried, I painted the base. Working on the banners consumed quite some time - but I think it was worth it.
Painting complete, but before the washes.


And with the washes applied


The throne section.


With that part pretty much done, I started with Captain Senoj.


Brother Lillianus got a two version paint-job. Not sure if it is really visible, but the area facing the muzzle flash is painted in standard "bright" colors, while the other areas are painted in the desaturated colors.


Same for Brother Moffat - bright colors facing the muzzle flash, while the other areas are desaturated.


That desaturated painting is actually relatively easy, but it is essential to have these colors in a wet-palette, as none of those colors come out of the bottle.


So this is where the scene is now.


I hope I can really pull this off and get the light effects the way I want it - convincing


So what do you think?
I look forward to your suggestions and feedback.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/12 19:03:54


Post by: Anvildude


I'm missing the darker scene. I wonder if you should do some heavy shadowing- maybe imagine a door casting light from the 4th wall, and do shadows from the pillars and characters from those? Because it now looks like it's lit by a floodlight, and I'm wondering if that'll reduce the effect of 'tomb' and muzzle flash.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/15 10:18:40


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Anvildude wrote:
I'm missing the darker scene. I wonder if you should do some heavy shadowing- maybe imagine a door casting light from the 4th wall, and do shadows from the pillars and characters from those? Because it now looks like it's lit by a floodlight, and I'm wondering if that'll reduce the effect of 'tomb' and muzzle flash.

Hi Anvildude,
yes, currently the dark area isn't very prominent as "dark" and also no shadows towards the main scene.
But I hope I can recitfy this once the character painting is done.
Then I will start adding shadows and lots of "dark" (also to make the light areas easier) and then start with the light effects. And these won't work without enough darkness


Well, not much of an update, because painting is slow, but I wanted to send a sign of progress before the weekend

First off, I did convert my LED into a sturdier, permanent version.
I used wooden skirting board(?) as base and mounted it with screws to the desk.



In addition I doubled the lights, by adding a second LED strip.


I'm quite pleased with the light effect.


The next Marine to paint was the hammer wielding Brother Tennant.


A bit hard to see, as the camera is working with longer exposure times when I use the LED lamp.


And then I did the two brawlers.


Also hard to see that the Ork is wearing a "Flecktarn" pattern uniform.


It's the standard Ork uniform pattern I use for most of my dios (here the Orks from the Dr. Nork diorama)


I hope you like today's update and I look forward to your comments, suggestions and feedback.
Cheers
klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/17 15:09:53


Post by: ishkatar


Great lamp idea. I've been thinking about making something similar for quite some time...
Yet Isn't the light of the LEDs is a bit cold?

Anyway, great crafts out here. Every update in this topic is a pleasure to see


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/19 03:46:28


Post by: mxwllmdr


Yeah, gonna haft get some LED strip now. Thanks, Klaus.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/21 09:49:47


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys!
I hope with todays post I can recapture the attention from the lamp back to the dio

@ishkatar - the light is actually very white, but not cold. It's the Automatic White Balance of the camera turning it blue.

At the Dei Greci you can see the update with 40+ images, but here is the digest version

First I finished the remainign Marines and Orks - like the chain wielder and Brother Tennant.


Then it was time for the banner bearer!
Inspired by Soviet propaganda images I painted this banner with a golden star, super-imposed with the porcupine icon of the "Porkupinz" (and spelled Porkupinz in Cyrillic letters)


The other side of the banner got an Ork head over a golden star


But this also showed me that there was some room to be filled - the Orks needed some reinforcements.
So I built this runner


and another Ork entering at the rear


But at the side was still some room, so I added this guy climbing up from the side


This left Brother von Ritter to be painted


And now its all done!
Sans OSL


And a final light test image


I have to admit I'm very anxious about the next steps. It's either make it or break it.
If I don't return for the next few days I most likely screwed it up and jumped out of the window
Well, keep your fingers crossed for me.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/21 10:19:26


Post by: Stormwall


Brillant idea with the light strip.

Love the Marine with the storm bolter.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/21 19:58:40


Post by: Camkierhi


That's a much better balance with the extra orks. Banner is awesome, really crisp freehand work.

Good luck with the OSL


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/22 04:33:32


Post by: mxwllmdr


Sure you'll do fine, Klaus. Stay away from the window.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/22 11:19:35


Post by: Klaus, not Santa



Thanks guys

I'm still here, no jump, no broken bones.



wanna see?



Well,


I started off, adding lots of shadows to the dark areas, using deluted black.
Then I added light (very deluted white, with a tint of blue), making sure to lighten, but not flashing out the colors.
Starting on the throne

then the first bolters


All the bolters done


Once I was pleased with the "light" I started to add color - again, making sure not to cover any more details and "just" applying color.


With the yellow added, I also gave the Orks some drama.
By adding dark red light from the back, I hope to indicate fire and havoc from the Ork area


Turning the additional lights off, it becomes visible


Looking down from the throne area


I realized the running Ork wasn't prominent enough.
So I repaired his captured power sword and it got a glow


So, this is it


And that's where I left it.
Now I will leave it in the closet for the weekend - out of sight - and on Monday I will look at it again. I know there are some details to wrap up and some clean up.
But I'm very pleased with this scene.
So I gave my trusted steed a good and thorough cleaning, patting it affectionately - this baby didn't let me down once


The best airbrush I ever had - and I had a few, starting with a DeVilbiss 30 years ago, and Iwata HP-B, and many in between.

Well, let me know what you think of this diorama
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/22 13:02:05


Post by: hk1x1


Very nice work , It looks so atmospheric.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/23 09:30:44


Post by: Camkierhi


Stunning work. A perfect example of light and dark, atmospheric lighting, dynamic posing. It is a beauty sir.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/26 14:26:48


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hi all,

as mentioned in the previous post I have to gain a bit of distance from the "Raiders of the Lost Light" diorama, to be able to judge it more objectively and see what still needs to be done.
But being idle is dangerous to me.
So I had to fill the void - immediately!

My wife was on a trip over the weekend, so I had plenty of time.
I knew I wanted to do another vehicle - most likely based on the POLEMOS ("Ghosts in the Rubble") - and I have an scenic idea in the back of my head... but it isn't clear enough to phrase it out.

I know some of you will hate me for the aparent speed with which I did this - but keep in mind, my wife was gone, so I had a lot of time, and it is based on an existing vehicle

While thinking of the project, I remembered this base I created a few years ago for an Inquisitor scene that never made it.
Hmm, rather small.
But the POLEMOS isn't very big either.


So I decided to give it a try. As said, the POLEMOS will be the base. So I dug out the old plans and measurements and started drawing and cutting.
And here is the base hull


One thing I decided early was that I didn't want to delve into casting again.
Luckily a follower of my blog (who wants to remain anonymous) did send me a few things, including an old Trumpeter T-55 kit.
I always loved the T-55, it's such an iconic tank and a real warhorse.
So, instead of re-casting the POLEMOS wheels and tracks, I decided to use the T-55 wheels and tracks.
The hull was originally designed for 4 (larger) POLEMOS wheels, but has just enough room for the 5 T-55 wheels.


I think they are a great match


With that decided; I finished up the body work.
But I still wasn't 100% sure what kind of vehicle it would be. After some brainstorming with my scene idea, I fancied a "Combat Engineer Vehicle".
So definitely a tank sized turret.
Did I mention I hate turrets?
I mean I really love them, but designing them myself is a bummer. Especially since I tend to make them way too complicated...
But, without hesitation I started to build the turret base. Mounted a demolition-capable main gun, and was strongly disappointed...
It looks like a KV-2 turret.


Not really what I wanted.
So I started anew. The base is pretty much the same - a bit wider maybe. The gun got a bit longer and the turret lower.
Even though it now has a touch of Sherman to it,

I think it will work.

And the vehicle on the base looks pretty neat too. Next was the rear section, with the exit ramp.

Then it was the first fiddly part - building the vision ports. Really, really tiny pieces.


But they are totally worth the effort - I think.
Another mini piece were the hinges.
For this I cut a corner out of the 1.5mm thick disks,

and mounted them to the ends of the rods, then another small disk to close it up.
Again, I think totally worth it


Time for a group shot.

He looks good between his brothers.
On the left the POLEMOS and on the right the PONOS.

Now that he's part of the family, he needs a name.
Staying with the Greek mythology, I decided to name him EPIALES - the spirit of nightmares

Even though I strayed from the Combat Engineer Vehicle I still need a dozer blade for the scene.
So I cut and merged two WH40K dozer blades, and together with the tracks, this looks rather nice, doesn't it?
So, this is as far as I got in 4 days (working almost full time).


Still needs rivets, but I'm not sure if I want to add track skirts.
They look great on the POLEMOS
But I simply LOVE the T-55 wheels and tracks.
So, what do you think?
Does the vehicle look OK?
Track skirts?
Anything I missed?

Oh, yeah, as usual my Guards will battle it out with Orks...more or less the same battle as "Ghosts in the Rubble".
Please let me know what you think.
I look forward to hear from you.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/26 14:31:32


Post by: whalemusic360


I really like the idea of having multiple dioramas using similar equipment with the same forces fighting. Having a snapshot of a battle is one thing, but having more then one from elsewhere in the battle is really cool!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/26 14:50:22


Post by: IGtR=


This is great, and it's nice to see another vehicle appear from you so quickly and in a completely unexpected post!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/26 23:33:24


Post by: Camkierhi


Nearly as quick as me, except yours is a proper professional job. Looks good, those wheels do look the business on that, just the right scale.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/27 04:39:09


Post by: ChaoticMind


For the skirts maybe a compromise? Either front only or some sections removed / damaged beyond much worth to show the wheels but follow the design of its older brothers.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/27 07:00:21


Post by: evildrcheese


I'm always impressed by scratch builds, especially when they're of such high quality.

EDC


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/29 09:54:15


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you guys!

Collecting your feedback and that from the other forums I think Track Skirts would be nice, but shouldn't be the standard - cover-all - type. Looking at some of the tanks in Syria and the urban fighting there, there are plenty of track skirts, but mostly all damaged and badly torn.
Right now I'm kind torn too
Between the cover the top type (red) or the bed spring type (white).


I'll give it a few days to think about it - and maybe get some additional feedback.

As you've probably noticed the thread is no longer called "EPIALES", but rather "Rumble in the Rubble".
The reason is that's it's not only about the EPIALES, but a combat scene. And as mentioned again in an urban setting - accompanying the "Ghosts in the Rubble" scene.
"This diorama is depicting an Imperial Guard attack in the rubble strewn streets of an Ork captured city."
While I try not to give too many spoilers on the final scene, I can reveal what the opponent for the EPIALES will be.
An ORK walker - Mega Dread style.
I don't have a name for him yet, but I'm sure you'll have some good ideas

So I'll start off with the pilot.
I still had this cool guy from my failed attempt at the DIRTMUNCHA (earth-)Submarine, but I re-arranged his posture a bit.


Then I started to build a cockpit around him. So now it looks as if he's kind of glancing around.


The cockpit is positioned within a head-style housing.


Then I started to create a body for it. Rather simple Ork style.


But I think it looks sufficiently menacing.


With the basic body done, I went to work on the legs.
Here you can already get a glimpse of the pose I'm aiming at.


Plenty of pistons and hydraulics to make it steady.


Then I positioned the other leg.


And started the first foot.
But I realized it makes no sense to start with the foot, if I don't know how thick the leg will be with all the armor, pipes and other stuff on it.
So now I'm starting to add armor...

It hurts a bit to cover up all these nice pieces and hydraulics.

So, what do you think?
Ideas, feedback, name for the dread?
I look forward to hear from you.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/31 00:14:54


Post by: Dr H


Nice work, Klaus.

As for track skirts; Is the "mesh" version that stuff for catching rpgs? The holes in your picture are a bit big to offer any protection (I know you have done it quickly for a representation, just checking if I'm following what you mean for it). That might be cool to have.

However, I would probably go with the solid skirt at half height. It looks more "solid" for a tank, and means you don't need to model the suspension.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/01/31 09:15:43


Post by: hk1x1


That Ork mech looks fantastic, I really must get round to building something Orky.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/02/01 10:17:49


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys!

Hi all,

I hope you had a great weekend, with some quality family time and hopefully some hobby time too.

@Dr H - you're right and I will most likely go with the full metal, half cover version.

@hk1x1 - thanks Mate - looking at your Mechanicus Knight, this means alot


Well, I reworked the feet - actually the whole leg - orienting a lot closer to the original Forgeworld version.


I think it looks strong enough to support the machine.


I also added some stuff to the head.
Doors to cover up the sides, teeth, plenty of teeth.


And a periscope (when needed).


Then I started to add the shoulders. Strong and wide enough to house the arm mounts.
Of course such a mighty machine needs Powa, right!
So not a V8, but a W9 it is!



Together with some exhausts it looks propa.


On Sunday I was a bit lazy and decided to work on some ammo for the guns.
For this I used a piece of sprue, cut off about 1.5 cm, inserted it into the drill, and started to shave it into shape. First on a rasp, then 240 sandpaper, and finally 400 sandpaper. Within a few minutes I had some nice slugs
(You can read the tutorial here: http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/p/creating-ammo.html )
This also works with larger caliber.


With the ammunition created, I needed a gun for it.
In good Big Mek tradition I started to stitch something together


And with an ammo-feeder, this will dish out some Dakka, will it not?


Oh, and my desk really looks like a mess!


Working on Ork stuff always has this "impact" on my desk.
I hope you like today's update and I look forward to your feedback.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/02/02 20:07:36


Post by: Camkierhi


Tuesday Night and NO comments, what is the world coming too?

That desk looks a lot like mine most of the time.

The weapon and ammo look outstanding. I have used that method before, works excellently.

But that engine is a masterpiece bud, awesome work.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/02/03 12:00:40


Post by: hk1x1


Wow this is really coming together now, and I love the engine and ammo feed detail.

And as for the messy desk, I always look at it as a sign of creativity .


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/02/06 21:57:20


Post by: Camkierhi


So you left it out for the spiders to web up for you for a week or so!


Looks amazing, and the lighting in that picture is awesome, great piece.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/02/07 10:12:05


Post by: evildrcheese


Diorama looks great and the Ork Walker is a thing of beauty. Dat engine!

EDC


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/02/09 10:21:01


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you guys!
I hope I can show some more high-res images later today.

In the meantime I did work some more on the "Rumble in the Rubble" dio - BTW, what do you think of the name? Is it OK?

Last week I worked a lot on the "Crumpa" and first was it's Powa Claw.
For the "fingers" I used 3mm plastic card (which I had to cut with a saw rather than a knife)
With pistons and stuff it looks menacing enough, doesn't it?


**I tried to save images - so you can find all the details and images in my blog at: http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/2016/02/rumble-in-rubble-3.html **
Then I decided I needed a gunner with a machine gun - at least to make use of the smaller ammo I created
So I used a Gretchin (the one the usually holds a pistol) and gave him some big, fast dakka and a belt of ammo
Which looks cool on the roof of the CRUMPA.

Then I completed the Claw arm and added rivets in all sizes. And a staging test on the base together with the EPIALES. At this point of time I decided on a more "surprised" stance of the CRUMPA and set him more off balance. Pleased with this arrangement I started to build up the barricade.
And orkified it
The EPIALES still had some pieces to be worked on. First the rivets, then the track skirts - I decided to go with half-size, full metal skirts.
And some damage after urban use.


Did I tell you yet I hate rubber tracks?
I really do - and these old ones seem to repel any glue - regardless if PVA, Super Glue, Plastic glue or anything else.
After hours of trying and experimenting it was finally UHU Flinke Flasche that did the trick.
So, with the tracks mounted the scene looked like this.
The tanks needs a crew.
A cool crew


And the scene needs some more combatants - a half-squad of Combat Engineers maybe?
Including a baffled Sergeant


And some Orks on the other side.


And this completed the scene...


but I decided to go back to a less surprised stance for the CRUMPA and I re-positioned him a bit.


Time to paint!
I started with the base, lots of tone-in-tone work, lots of greys.


Then I started to paint the cockpit.


and applied a base color to the CRUMPA. Then I added some colored panels, and finally added metal to the pistons and springs.


That's as far as I got.
What do you think?
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/02/09 11:11:56


Post by: Ruglud


You must be some sort of time traveller right Klaus? I mean, how you can you create so much awesome in so little time?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/02/15 09:32:22


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hi all,

thank you for your comments and feedback
@Ruglud - no, unfortunately I have no TARDIS available, but I really wish I had

Since last time I completed the paint job for DA CRUMPAH and added some little details
Be Strong little Dorian! #dstrong


Then it was time to add the washes.


And while they dried I started the EPIALES. Like with the POLEMOS I did an urban version of the DENCARA tiger flash pattern, starting with a white background stripe.
Then the dark blue-grey internal stripe.


Looks good together with DA CRUMPAH



Next were the little disruptive dots.


Just little dots, but I really feel they do the job.


With the basic pattern applied I started with the details, such as the vision blocks and lenses.
And the crew.


All the basic details painted.


Dirt time - aka washes


And this is as far as I got.
Next will be the actual weathering - scratches and paint chips, stains from oil and grease...all the fun stuff.
I hope you like today's update.
Cheers
klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/02/15 09:49:22


Post by: Camkierhi


Looks brilliant bud, amazing how the little details pull it out.

In the last shot, if I go to the gallery and zoom in you have a rainbow painted on the front end? I assume it is the lighting, or can we expect "Peace and Love!" put across there?

Forming together to be another truly epic Klaus piece.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/02/15 17:25:09


Post by: Anvildude


You're still not quite comfortable with Orky-style painting, I think- it's too similar over the whole thing- you should make different bits of it have different color schemes, some be more or less weathered than others, maybe a dab of brighter blue or yellow or red here and there- just all different shades, you know?

Looks great so far, though. I really like how you manipulate the edges of the plastic for that rough-cut metal look.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/02/27 10:55:36


Post by: SirRamirez


Hi Klaus, really great work. This is very inspiring and is motivating me to go back to my Stormlord project I have on my desk for a long long time. Time to get it finished :-)


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/02/27 16:54:17


Post by: Oguhmek


Fantastic stuff in this thread. Klaus, your Mek skills are mad!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/02/27 17:08:59


Post by: Warboss_Waaazag


Equal praise for both the Crumpa and the tank. I agree that the tiny dots somehow add a lot to the camouflage pattern, oddly. I think it's because they occupy otherwise empty space. As with every model, washes turn good paint jobs into brilliant ones. Looking forward to seeing this piece completed.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/02/27 18:32:46


Post by: hk1x1


Wow, you've made a lot of progress on this, and it looks amazing . I love how the Crumpa has turned out, excellent work as always.

I read what you posted about cutting the 3mm plasticard, and thought you might be interested in these:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tube-Pipe-Plastic-Trim-Cutter-Shear-Multi-Angle-Anvil-Window-Gasket-Conduit-/281946171280?hash=item41a54d2790:g:EpQAAOSwAL9UeU6Y

I just got some myself, and they work really well on plasticard. Plus the guide lets you cut perfect angles, from 45 to 120 degrees.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/02/29 09:50:45


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you guys!

@Camkierhi - no, that's just a trick of the light
Definately no peace wagon here

@hk1x1 - cool! Now I gotta find this tool in germany - found 1 on amazon, but for 40.- € - maybe I should look for the german name first.

Well, since the last update I weathered the EPIALES - using the sponge technique


Details on the rear ramp


Drivers hatch


and track skirts


Smile


Fits into the scene


So it was time for some serious dusting - aka pigment time


and the finished EPIALES


So now I'm working on the Orks


and the Imperial Combat Engineers


I hope you like today's update.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/03/08 10:04:59


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hi all,
well, another project finished
2 completed projects in a quarter - that's a new record for me :-P
Caution! LOTS OF IMAGES!

Since the last update I finished the Ork warriors.






And positioned them back on the base.

At this point I started to grow disappointed. Too cluttered, hard to focus.
I lost a bit of momentum and had to force myself to finish it.

So I worked on the Combat Engineers


Which look pretty OK in the end.


And this completed the scene.



Well, lets see if the images in the light box improve the overall appearance of the scene.






The individual parts are good, but the entire scene isn't. It's too cluttered too hard to focus.
:(

So here are some extra shots of "DA CRUMPAH"







and the W9 engine

W9 Powa!


Plus some nice shots of the EPIALES.















As mentioned, I lost momentum at the end, and I'm not very satisfied with the scene.
Maybe I started this one too close to the "Raiders of the Lost Light" scene.
So I think I will take a short break - maybe some painting, maybe some computer games, who knows.
But the Scale Model Addict forum will have another "Big Spring Contest" starting in April, so that's when I'll be back at the latest

Hasta la vista baby!
I'll be back
Cheers

Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/04/05 11:03:46


Post by: Klaus, not Santa



Hi all,
as mentioned in my last post, I was planning to participate in the "Big Spring Contest" over at Scale Model Addict (SMA).

The contest started on April 1st and the overall theme is "Restored and Repaired".
So for this I plan to do a diorama with two scout vehicles meeting (maybe at a cross-roads) and one has to undergo repairs.
That's the basic idea.

I've been playing around with this idea for a while and remembered this WWII image of a Panzer IV with a thrown track.


Like with the EPIALES I will use the suspension, road wheels and tracks of a T-54 (thanks to "baynerd" for donating the kit).


Pretty much the only pieces I will use from the kit.


I have always fancied the French AMX-13. Such a cool vehicle - kinda cute
So I based my plans loosely on it, but adjusted it to my PONOS/EPIALES family.


It is lower and shorter than its sibling.


The hull itself has pretty much the same width - and needed just as much Putty as the EPIALES


Here I already drilled the holes for the suspension and the mount for the drive wheel.


Lots of sanding later.


The suspension mounted.


And the wheels dry fitted.


Family snapshot!


The name of the vehicle will be PHRIKE, which is the ancient Greek Spirit of Horror and Trembling Fear.
Other than the PONOS, POLEMOS and EPIALES the PHRIKE has no troop compartment and the engine is front mounted. So the hull layout is rather different, but I tried to reuse many design elements like the stubby nose, drivers position, the "fenders" and the shape of the rear.


One problem with the front mounted engine is the access hatches and the cross-bar the the vehicle family has.


I tried to picture it open, during the scene, but didn't really fancy it.


I will model it closed.
But first it was putty time again.


After another sanding session I built a exhaust grill at the rear - yes, engine in front, but for better signature suppression all exhausts are routed (and maybe cooled) to the rear for one central exhaust...


And with the wheels mounted, the hull is basically done (sans all the details and rivets - lol)


Next I started the turret - which will be AMX-13 inspired (hopefully).
Lots of round stuff - not the easiest to scratch build.


After the round base I mounted the straight sides.


Then the angled front plate.


And finally the round front armor.


Even with all the putty it looks nice.


While the putty cured I built the auto-cannon.


And mounted it in the turret.
As you can see I will also use the hatches of the T-54 (like I did with the EPIALES).


Another nice piece is the searchlight - mounted


And finally I started to mount some sights - and on the rear left corner of the turret a sights mount that can by hydraulically raised (i.e. above a cover).


That's as far as I got.
I think I'm pretty good in plan and the PHRIKE is progressing nicely.
BTW, the other vehicle will be based on the British FOX Armoured Car.

So, what do you think?
Do you like today's update?
I look forward to your comments, suggestions and feedback.
Cheers
klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/04/05 11:45:28


Post by: IGtR=


Always a pleasure to watch you do your magic!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2016/04/05 20:34:52


Post by: Oguhmek


That's a great step by step, thanks a lot for sharing it. I think I've picked up quite a few tricks that I'm going to try next time I build something.