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(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/20 10:21:50


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys.

Well, I worked some more on the HERCULES, and started to build the diorama base


The bridge is a nice narrow fit


After that I started to build the two "Super-Vanquishers" - after all, Size Does Matter


I'm quite please with the look on the tank



and last night I finally worked on the other end of the bridge and the connecting road


I hope you like it.
As usual a lot more images and details can be found in my blog.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/20 10:47:06


Post by: Viktor von Domm


cool update, look at the size of those guns^^

didn´t think you made the detail on those barrels with thin strips of plasticcard...but how did you do the muzzles of the guns?

also i really like on your blog the wip pics of the knaits...specially the leg wip...really helpful!

what kind of plaster did you use for the bridge and for that matter on the whole base?

really cool work and so much deatil on the road!!!

cheers, vik


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/20 10:53:47


Post by: SilverMK2


Looking extremely epic.

I will have to check your blog when I get home from work to find out all your secrets


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/20 11:25:21


Post by: Gitsplitta


Great stuff Klaus. That display base is a good fit for that monster of a tank!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/20 22:29:47


Post by: monkeytroll


Beautiful build as always Klaus.

And is that the Hercules complete now, or is there another layer of insane detail yet to be added?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/22 10:07:07


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys

Well, since several guys asked about it, I'm preparing a little tutorial on the plaster and cobblestone stuff. But the plaster still needs to cure.
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Then, upon feedback from one of the other forums, I decided to re-position the turret. It's now more centered on the hull



Next I created a statue for the bridge


And now the diorama is pretty much complete. The HERCULES itself still needs about 30 tracks, but other than that I think I'm done



Anything still missing or needed?
Please let me know.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/22 10:17:09


Post by: Viktor von Domm


i think i´ve seen this plaster in a DIY shop once...seeing how usefull and resourceful this is it might be a good investion...by the way is the diorama, the hill and bridge all plaster or is there another material for general substructere underneath it all...needless to say i am stunned by your work...bet your mind is again bubbling with new ideas^^


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/22 13:46:10


Post by: Gitsplitta


Really looking good Klaus. Nothing jumps out at me as being missing but sometimes you can't see dead spots until the paint & terrain effects go on.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/22 14:24:46


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


So guys,
what would you suggest for the HERCULES paint?
Something epic like the ZEUS

or a camo pattern?
Any suggestions?
Cheers
klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/22 14:37:39


Post by: Gitsplitta


Always opt for epic... This is 40k... check your sense of reality at the door.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/22 14:50:05


Post by: mekbadzappa


This stuff is amazing, cant wait to get more into customization and making my own vehicles at some point.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/22 14:54:24


Post by: Dakka_Dok


The 'oben' on the cannon made me giggle a bit. Anyways, amazing work of art!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/22 15:08:07


Post by: Santobell


This thread really is like a gift that keeps on giving, awesome detail even on the statue.

Zeus sound very imposing or even the Odin battle tank.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/22 15:55:26


Post by: Rogue Wolves


honesty i think you'd be good with a good gritty look some dark greens and browns would look good on this tank


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/22 22:11:06


Post by: FantasyBob


Don't forget this: Hercules is the son of Zeus, so.....

anyway, i prefer the old turret position. how adding some radio cable!?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/22 23:04:19


Post by: Ssgt Carl


Gitsplitta wrote:Always opt for epic... This is 40k... check your sense of reality at the door.


There is much truth in this statement. Coming from playing historicals it took me a bit to warm up to 40k but after I realized this I enjoyed it a lot more. Epic look ftw!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/22 23:07:13


Post by: Gitsplitta


I started in historicals too. I love a well painted, realistic figure or force... but it's that over-the-top quality that makes 40k what it is.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/23 08:36:46


Post by: Viktor von Domm


herc definatly should take after it´s father...epic paintjob...you know you want to do it...also i remember how you did all those skulls on the hull...this will be the zen work of painting then^^ ----ooooommmmmm----


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/24 10:24:52


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Here's the promised scribing tutorial:



Let me know if it's helpful - promote if you like
Cheers
klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/24 10:38:35


Post by: Gitsplitta


Nice tutorial Klaus. (and cool to hear your voice)


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/24 12:13:57


Post by: Chibi Bodge-Battle


Thanks Klaus

That looks like an easy way to do some architectural models. eg Historical/Fantasy stone buildings would be cool to do based on the technique.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/24 20:27:07


Post by: Viktor von Domm


thanks for the tut vid, very useful...also gave insights...so your left handed... go figure your genious had to be a left handed one^^


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/27 12:07:22


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys,

@Vik - well genius or insanity, it all depends who you ask

Well, I pretty much completed the build, adding antennae, damage, and some road signs

(If you look very close, you may be able to see the 3 bugs under the bridge)

Then I primed everything


and started to paint the landscape - according to the fluff for the Dencara system, the landscape is pretty Marsian.

You can also see, that I left the area under the brdige considerably darker.

Then I painted the lava and added a bit of OSL shine


Then the bridge and road received its paint


and finally I started the bugs

As you can see, I'm aiming for a wasp-like paint scheme.
I hope you like it. As usual you can find a lot more images (36) and details in my blog.
C&C welcome and appreciated.
Cheers
klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/27 12:29:10


Post by: Rawson


So did you deceide on a paint scheme for the Herc? I'm on the edge of my seat here

Always a pleasure to catch up on this thread!

Keep it up!

Cheers,
Rawson


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/27 12:42:49


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hey Rawson,
sorry, I forgot to mention
I *think* I've decided on a paint scheme, but am not 100% sure yet....
That's why I started with the terrain first, so I can adjust the HERC's paint accordingly.
But most likely I will go with a yellowish German WWII-3-color-Ambush scheme...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/27 13:15:19


Post by: Gitsplitta


Looks really good Klaus. From just looking at your build I had no idea what to expect in the scene as far as painting went... but I really love the way it's looking. The tile on the roadway, the lava... it all comes together just beautifully.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/27 18:56:53


Post by: Viktor von Domm


your nids look seriously scary! and the terrain was amazing when unpainted... sadly i have to say it looks now different...as in totally amazing^^ lava stream with osl is top notch... one day...(might be longer than i want to...) i plan to make a lava board for gaming purposes...then i will have to recheck your step by step...

i hope you are getting good work done on the herc... you certainly have wet my appetite for some new painted super heavy tank^^

cheers, vik


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/27 19:44:30


Post by: bigfish


Those nids are looking seriously cool so far


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/27 19:55:58


Post by: medabee


Bumble bee nids, i like the idea.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/27 20:33:22


Post by: monkeytroll


Lovely.

Finished build is excellent, terrain looks fantastic, and yellow/black 'nids are a winner


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/29 12:18:41


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank you guys,
your commetns and feedback is really appreciated.

Well, some of you guys raised concerns about the aerial recognition flag and if it would really work.
So I gave it a try:


A very stylized Imperial Eagle in an admittedly 3rd Reich pattern, but I think it looks good on the tank

the PVA-soaked tissue handles the paint very good so far, eventhough it seems to soak up the paint more than plasticard, but OK

Speaking of the tank, as mentioned, I plan on doing a WWII German 3-color Ambush pattern, and so I started yesterday with the dark yellow and mahagoni

I quite like the look so far



However, when placing it on the actual diorama, on the bridge, it looks very yellow

So now I have to decide if I change the whole color scheme to a more red-ish base color, or if I keep it as it is, apply the 3rd color (a lighter brown, as a green wouldn't make sense on Dencara, would it?), and then see if the application of red dust and pigments, as well as some dirt will help to harmonize the colors better.
What do you guys think?
Continue and hope for red dust and dirt, or try something more red, like this here:


Please let me know what you think.
Thanks
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/29 12:30:57


Post by: Viktor von Domm


oh...tough choice...i think it is way too yellow, but the red is not my style so i am a bit biased...well...this is still pre weathering and before wash... i think i opt for hope of red dust and all...and yep the airrecognition flag looks a bit 3r reich, but some styles never go out of style even though it was a dark time... the stlye was beyond men... to bad they ruined it with this behaviorism...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/29 13:18:59


Post by: Gitsplitta


I guess I'm in the same boat Klaus... hard to make a decision with just the base coat to look at as further steps would undoubtedly make significant changes in appearance.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/30 12:06:28


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys,

so last night I tried to continue with the yellow pattern and added the 3rd color...

Horrible!
Absolutely not what I wanted :(

I was very disappointed and after a lot of pondering I decided to try the standard Dencara disruptive pattern.
So I applied a new base color


and then tested the other colors with it


So this is as far as I got last night:




I think this is a lot better than the yellow pattern, and I quite like it.
What do you guys think?
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/30 12:14:26


Post by: Viktor von Domm


just had to check my last comment to see what my first opinion was...i think i am getting old^^

the new scheme looks more promising...in the end this will prove to be the right decision...you did all that with airbrush again? with a normal brush i can´t believe to be that steady and thin for painting so big surfaces...did the change of paintscheme mean that there is the danger of loss of details? i hope not...

cheers and i like your narrative for showing your progress... with the first picture you had me pretty startled... i thought ...urghh... thats not looking good, and that is choosing my words wisely and friendly here^^... but then you said it yourself too and so i could unclench my theeth^^


cheers again, vik


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/30 13:02:21


Post by: Gitsplitta


Much better Klaus.... really works with the terrain too.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/06/30 15:45:44


Post by: bigfish


Much better then the last scheme


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/01 09:43:57


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys,
with the *mostly* positive feedback I continued with the Dencara pattern and sprayed the turret and the gun


The red flag isn't as prominent anymore, but still looking good I think



Say CHEESE!


On the bridge



So now all the detials (tools, lights, guns, sights etc.) and then the weathering and damaging can start.
I hope you like it
Cheers
Klaus



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/01 10:40:57


Post by: Viktor von Domm


will you add the black stripes that are on your custommmade valk you showed earlier too? i think then it would be fully justified to make the cloth of the flag in black and thus making it again as prominent as you before wished it to be...as of now i think there is a dissonance in the colors you used...am i making myself understandable here?
the turret and body of thre tank look very good now and i think you decided right to change...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/04 09:59:34


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


In one of the other forums I was asked for a scale shot with a Baneblade.
But since I don't posess a Baneblade, the ZEUS and a Chimera must do



Despite being dwarfed by the ZEUS, the HERUCLES still dwarfes the Chimera



Then I started to paint the slogans for the HERCULES - I used red banners as they are decently visible, without really destroying the camouflage pattern.
For the front I used "Post Me, Nihil Est!" - After (beyond) me, there's nothing!" A nice slogan if you're about to be run over, isn't it?


The turret recieved "Emperatorus Vincit Omnia" - "The Emperor always wins!"


and for the other side "Terror Belli, Decus Pacis" - Terror in War, Adornement in Piece"


And finally the name scroll for the tank


It's a tip of the hat to Michael Moorcock's Elrice Melniboné one incarnation of the Eternal Champion. A tragic hero - almost a anti-hero - but one of my favourite reads in my youth.
Maybe I can find a good spot for a hero image on the HERC...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/04 10:23:57


Post by: dantay_xv


Well you could always put it on the flag on the rear of the turret..... or put a pennant on a comms aerial maybe!!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/04 12:47:14


Post by: Gitsplitta


Perhaps "mournblade" would have been more apt?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/04 12:50:25


Post by: FantasyBob


Really good!

Klaus, not Santa wrote:Thanks guys,

On the bridge



mmmh, maybe it's the photo, but look likes the gun is pointing a little down


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/05 18:39:49


Post by: DamienOfTheWRAAAGH


FantasyBob wrote:Really good!
mmmh, maybe it's the photo, but look likes the gun is pointing a little down


no it lookis like it has 2 bushy antennas


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/05 21:48:41


Post by: MeatShield


It is really fantastic to get to see this piece finished. Thanks for sharing this with dakkadakka.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/06 09:53:25


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thank guys

Thanks to Vintersorg at WIP (who helped me out on the ZEUS before) I corrected the slogan on one turret side:


Then I painted the Elric mural on the side of the hull


admittedly it's not a very prominent position


In this image you can also see the vehicle markings I added. It identifies the vehicle as Alpha Company vehicle 66 (usually the company commander), 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, XIX Dencara Guards Division.


And then I had a lot of fun with the sponge


Since the HERCULES is a real workhorse on Dencara, and the XIX Guards are in constant battle against the Orks (and now also Nids), it's been a while since the "Elric" has seen a good service workshop, or even a paint bucket.

(BTW, I finally glued the guns in position, so they shouldn't be drooping anymore)


So, what do you think? Anything missing before I apply dust and dried mud?
Cheers
Klaus



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/06 10:09:55


Post by: FantasyBob


One world: AMAZING!

now man, a quest: are you planning some news for the Athena!? i'd like to see it finished soon!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/06 11:00:10


Post by: dantay_xv


Are you going to put anything on the opposite side of the tank to Elric?


Automatically Appended Next Post:
Otherwise all I can say is Bllody brilliant!!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/06 12:11:13


Post by: whalemusic360


Maybe some muzzle flash marks on the ends of the barrel? Otherwise looks like something that I wouldn't have been able to do in years of work.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/06 13:19:28


Post by: Gitsplitta


Beautiful work Klaus. Really astonishing. The flamers on the side of the hull look a little incongruous though... they're metallic, but no detail or wear... it just looks odd in the greater context of this incredible, battle-worn machine. I assume this will get addressed when the weathering powders go on?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/06 13:56:55


Post by: Anvildude


And maybe some skorch marks or soot in front of the flamers.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/06 14:08:32


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Ah!
Yes, thanks...I have to admit I kind of forgot about them.
I'm getting old


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/06 18:23:49


Post by: Gitsplitta


Dakka Rule #214: "Zoom" is NOT your friend.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/07 00:50:05


Post by: Perkustin


The only problem i have is with the back of the track unit. The steep ascent/angle means not only would the treads wear out quicker the engine would be wasting alot of power. I think also the tank would also be incredibly prone to getting stuck in mud.

Too late now and the tank looks Ace so take from it what you will. You are also not the only awesome tank scratchbuilder to make this mistake.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/07 21:22:26


Post by: Rogue Wolves


Man i wish you where Santa... maybie then i could see some of these masterpeices under my tree...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/07 22:05:12


Post by: whalemusic360


Saw your herc on gws facebook, grats!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/11 12:09:59


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks for your feedback.
@dantay_xv - well, I'm pretty lazy with the "dark side" of the diorama, so all I did there was a adding a (cheap) repair patch with some Purity Seals)
@Perkustin - yes that's true, it happened when I changed the track and torsion layout, but when I realized it, it was way too late....
I added some soot from the flamethrower to the sides (thanks Gitsplitta and Anvildude) as well as some "travel dust"


Then I added the pigments on the hull and turret for the environmental dust (as well as positioning the little extra like bags, cans, ammo boxes etc.)


Here you can see that the dust also covers a lot of the Elric mural


and the remaining sides:


Here you can also see the scorch marks to the muzzles (thanks whalemusic360)


Now I need to start on the crew and their hatches. They (including the Ground Guide) will wear the navy blue uniforms with silver ornaments, while the "surveyor" and officer at the side of the bridge will receive the Dencara disruptive pattern uniform.

Thanks for your time and I hope you liked todays update
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/11 14:57:39


Post by: Gitsplitta


Much better! (and very impressive) Looking forward to the contrast between the blue uniforms and the orange of the tank. Should pop nicely.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/07/16 15:34:33


Post by: Viktor von Domm


well this teaches us why i should have better learned me some good latin when i was young....

very good looking scrolls and just overall exellent painting on the herc....how long till you work on the crew members?

cheers, vik


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/09/17 19:14:40


Post by: shrike


All I will say is- wow.
Just... wow.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/09/17 19:22:02


Post by: inmygravenimage


Yowch - incredible work, makes me want to go back to scratchbuilding tanks. Phenomenal.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2011/09/17 21:21:58


Post by: Rawson


Any updates coming down the pipe, Klaus? I, for one, always love seeing what you're working on...

Cheers,
Rawson


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/03 08:44:18


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


OMG still alive! :vryhppy:

After 7 months I'm back - or at least I'm trying hard.

As you can see here, the ATHENA is still not finished


The Hercules still requires some finishing activities


But at least the ZEUS is still king of his shelf


So, to get back into the hobby, I decided to re-start my activities with a re-design of this little scene

It will now be a stand-alone piece with the working title "Rear Guard"


So first I chopped up some sisters parts


Then got me a new Brother


I used the molds from HirstArts I purchased last year for the Tar'Akoona diorama and poured a lot of bricks


out of these I built the base for Rear Guard

So you can see the topic is that Sister Emilia and Brother Berthane are the last defenders of the door to the launch pad, enabling their companions to make the escape...

Once the base was finished I created a muzzle flash for Emilias bolter


and then primed everthing


Then I applied all the base colors to Brother Berthane


and after a lot of shading and highlighting he looks like this


In comparison to the original


this morning I was about to start with Sister Emilia when I realized with shock that I mounted a wrong hand!!!!

OMG
So I quickly tore her apart again


But since I don't have any fitting sister pieces anymore, I had to sculpt a new arm for her


I think it OK and will work out.
Well, that's as far as I got, so now I wait that the ProCreate cures.
I hope you like this new activity.
As usual C&C is very welcome, and you can see all the details at the Dei Greci blog
http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/03 08:51:26


Post by: Viktor von Domm


man...that was a long absence of yours!

thank the lords you are back in full swing!

everytime i see those hrst arts molds my mouth waters^^

and that hand error truly made me laugh... shows that the god klaus is just a mere mortal after all^^ quite reassuring^^

cheers, and welcome back!


vik


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/03 11:17:45


Post by: whalemusic360


Sometimes when I see an old blog with new posts, i cringe to click on it in fear of necro. Glad I was surprised to see more craziness coming from Klaus's hands.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/03 17:11:16


Post by: Moltar


Glad to see you back, Klaus! The new mini diorama looks sweet! I remember when you did the first take on the termi and SoB.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/03 20:00:43


Post by: inmygravenimage


Hurrah! It is truly is Xmas cone early with your return! Looking forward to seeing how the rest of the diorama shapes up.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/03 20:15:51


Post by: shrike


Nice work, man, welcome back!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/03 20:41:42


Post by: RSJake


Awesome! Glad to see you back at it! Do you think there will be any work to the ATHENA any time soon?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/03 20:51:35


Post by: Rawson


whalemusic360 wrote:Sometimes when I see an old blog with new posts, i cringe to click on it in fear of necro. Glad I was surprised to see more craziness coming from Klaus's hands.

I am so with you! Quite a refreshing surprise to see what you're working on now, Klaus! Will you be adding an enemy force in this diorama?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/03 20:59:25


Post by: dsteingass


I am just relieved to know that you are in fact human after all! I'm glad that even you are capable of abandoning projects for long periods of time with the rest of us WB!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/03 23:16:52


Post by: Rogue Wolves


I hope you know that i crapped my pants when i saw you updated.. as far back as i can remeber i've been looking at you as the scratchbuild/IG GOD and now i am excited to see you are back!... Plus the fact that I am building an Emperor Titan, I plan on going through your blog for the 20th time..


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/04 10:19:51


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks for the warm welcome (back) - it really feels like coming home

I know, fluff wise this is a very unusual setting and not everyone will like it.
In the end the Spacies from the "Crimson Guardians" chapter are guarding a sacred world, while the Sisters from the "Order of the Golden Bolter" are arriving on this world to investigate on rumors of heresy, just as "an attack" is happening and the Correlis Base is overrun.
Sister Emilia and Brother Berthane have volunteered to buy the others time to escape and rescue the sacred relics...
I will not add any enemies to the diorama, so it will be to the observers fantasy to make up the rest of the story

Well, it took quite a while for the PC to cure

So I was only able to prime it black

and apply the base colors

At this stage the model looks really, really crappy.
But I have to remember that Brother Berthan wasn't looking any better at this stage and hopefully I can get a good paintjob done here too.

I will try some lightning effects from the muzzle flash and a little glow from the blue power cords. The yellow part will all be NM-Gold, plus lots of shade...hopefully
Well fingers crossed
Thanks for your time - C&C welcome and appreciated.
Cheers


Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/04 11:34:27


Post by: storag


Oh my, oh my, oh my!!! Don't know how could i've missed THIS..


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/04 17:45:40


Post by: Rogue Wolves


^than you havent LIVED sir

I definatly like the idea of no enemies on this diarama, especialy the fact that you have those (nicely made) shots coming from their weapons to prove that they are in fact in battle


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/04 17:56:57


Post by: Rogue Wolves


i wish you where santa, so that i could as for all these awsome things!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/07 09:56:28


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Wow, this one was really hard!
More than just once I was tempted to throw the model off my desk. For some reason the model simply didn't accept the colors well...hmm, sounds strange...regardless of what I painted, somehow it never looked good.
2 times I was ready to throw her into a "Simple Green" bath to strip the paint.
Well I fought the urge and "bit my way through".

Here you can see my "cheat" photos. I took them right after the build with a little flashlight simulating the neon light, to give me a good impression of the lights and shadows.



And here is the final Sister Emila.
I'm so f***ing glad I'm through



I took no step-by-step photos, as I never knew if what I've just done would work out. But here we are now.



After I was done (and I literally mean DONE) with the sister, I started with the base.



Not all colors are applied yet.
I still have to do the little control panel, the lettering on the door (Lauch Pad 5), the neon light itself, and, and, and



Everything will be toned down by several washes of Badab Black and Grisiphone Sepia.



And after that will be the actual shading and working out the light areas from the neon light...
hopefully
I hope you like this little update.
C&C welcome and appreciated.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/07 10:03:21


Post by: Viktor von Domm


the blast effect looks very good on the sis... tho a daylight pic would bring forth the true amount of work you did even better i think...

the dio already looks very good after these basecoats...those tiles are just fanatstic!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/07 13:02:21


Post by: Rogue Wolves


^^ that blast effect is really nice!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/07 14:12:02


Post by: FantasyBob


Wellcome back, Klaus!

We miss your ork!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/07 16:00:35


Post by: SagesStone


I'm surprised I've seemed to have missed this thread until now. Amazing work everywhere.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 01:55:34


Post by: mxwllmdr


Very impressive, Klaus. May take a few days to get through it all but the first three pages have me hooked.....


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 13:29:44


Post by: inmygravenimage


The sob is great, but I'm really digging the freehand on the floor. I am in awe of folks who can draw/paint like that!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 14:31:30


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys

Well, not sure, but is it done?
Let me know what you think...






C&C Welcome!
Thanks
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 14:40:36


Post by: prime12357


I really like it, but for two small suggestions. I think it'd be a little more dramatic if the rest of the chamber was more in shadow, so that the illumination of the boltgun flash would be a little starker. The other thing is that the osl on the walls doesn't let enough of the original wall color through, so that it looks less like a flash now and more like paint. Of course, it really is a fantastic scene


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 16:36:19


Post by: dsteingass


How about some closer shots?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 17:07:31


Post by: storag


Usally I'm not fond of OSL but this daylight lamp looks great!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 17:29:17


Post by: tipios


That looks fantastic, the lamp OSL abover the door is amazing, the gun flash not so good, but I think it might be the photo that is doing that. It really is a very nice diorama. Nice job!!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 18:13:03


Post by: Mastiff


It's looking great so far!

If I could make one suggestion to increase the dramatic impact of the piece, I'd suggest revisiting your lighting effect on the wall. Right now, the flash is throwing colour on the wall (it's yellow) but not any light (it's the same darkness). There's a way to see the difference by cheating.

Take your photo, and desaturate it, so it's just shades of grey. You end up with the following:

Oirginal:


Desaturated:


See how the flash disappears? That's what I mean by throwing colour on the wall, but not light. The stone is reflecting the same amount of light whether it's in the flash radius or not, while it should be brighter. Use some white to highlight the bricks, and/or add more dark washes to the walls and floor outside the flash radius. You're aiming for something like this:



The darker washes will also help focus attention on the two characters, who can get a bit lost in such a large canvas despite the central positioning.

I highly recommend viewing images in greyscale, rather than colour, when you're testing the effectiveness of OSL. Before Photoshop I would sketch things out with pencil, but technology is faster and easier. Remember, if you ain't cheatin' you ain't really tryin'.

Hope this helps. Cheers!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 18:16:55


Post by: tipios


@Mastiff - wow, that is a very useful hint for everyone trying OSL, Nice one


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 19:35:44


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Wow Mastiff!
Thanks for the trick!
I had my scetches and everything, but I didn't think about the desat photo - great tipp!
I'll try to re-work the wall and some of the floor
THANKS!
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 20:03:03


Post by: mxwllmdr


I guess I am gonna have to break down and buy some Hirst Arts Molds. That is fantastic, Not Santa.....


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 21:07:44


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Again: THANKS

Whaddayathink? Is this better?


C&C Welcome
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 21:09:58


Post by: dsteingass


Oh Wow! YES MUCH!
..But you should still zoom in, it's just too big from way back here


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 21:16:00


Post by: mxwllmdr


I agree, give us a shot up close.....


That muzzle flash is wicked but the flourescent is just amazing........


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 21:38:27


Post by: Viktor von Domm


hey kids... tha man provided rather big pics here... go into the gallery and zoom at your hearts desire... with these pics you can get so close as to be utterly iundescent with a SoB

and the second series looks better now... the first series surprised me for the brightness of them... very unlike you klaus^^ but i guess it was to show some daylinght pics i asked for^^

the light above the door is a nice twist! gives the whole dio a lived and used feel... something we don´t see so often with all those ruined stuff for the grim dark scenes...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 21:49:42


Post by: bigfish


looking really good now, very cool trick as well


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/08 23:15:25


Post by: Rogue Wolves


man that looks great klaus the OSL is ace


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/09 01:07:12


Post by: mxwllmdr


Oh sure, Vik....



Stick up for the fellow German.....


I see how it is.....

Still fantastic, Klaus.....


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/09 04:55:04


Post by: Rawson


tipios wrote:@Mastiff - wow, that is a very useful hint for everyone trying OSL, Nice one

Second that! Great tip!

Klaus, fantastic work as always! My favorite parts: the tile floor and the recommisioning the spacehulk termie (looks very natural!)

My only CC: I'd like to see a bit of shadow at the top of the launch door. Since it's recessed in there, wouldn't the flourescent light only reach the bottom half?

Keep up the great work!
Rawson


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/09 05:49:37


Post by: weetyskemian44


Oooo I'm looking forward to seeing what they are last standing against. Love your work klaus.

Mastiff your osl tip is useful - I will remember that


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/09 06:04:54


Post by: Bongo_clive





This thread is quite spectacular. Good work


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/09 09:49:44


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Again, thank you all
I really hope you enjoy your read and you can discover the one or the other helpfull or inspiring thing in here.
14 pages is a lot to digest

Again thanks to Mastiff for his neat trick. I posted it also in my blog, so others can benefit from it too:
http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/

For now I call the "Rear Guard" finished and I will put it aside. I'll try to get better images over the weekend.
AND
I will try to gather my courage and get the one and only project you're all hoping for back onto my desk.
Eventhough the release of Diablo 3 could interfere here


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/09 11:29:45


Post by: mxwllmdr


If anything could make me spend $500.00 on a new computer Diablo 3 would.......


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/09 13:46:59


Post by: SagesStone


Think that means people like it.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/09 17:29:16


Post by: Mastiff


Glad I could help. The final result looks fantastic. I'll keep my eyes open for your next project!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/09 19:08:05


Post by: monkeytroll


Fantastic work as always Klaus

Great posing, just as it was the first time round, and the base is awesome. The flourescent lamp is bloody brilliant


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/09 20:36:20


Post by: dsteingass


...What I meant by closer pics was more in the framing of the shot I think...I'm not sure exactly how to explain what I mean unfortunately.

Have you ever looked at gardening/landscaping DIY books? In the theory sections, they always refer to "creating interest" in the back yard by planting things and placing objects so that paths curve around and dissapear around corners or bushes so that you naturally want to walk that way and see what is around the corner. It creates a "mystery" that you naturally want to discover. In your pics, we can see the entire diorama, so we already know the odd shape of the base...However if you add a little mystery, by leaving the viewer to speculate what is beyond the frame of the shot, just hinting or teasing about the rest, it is actually more excitign than seeing the whole thing.

Not unlike the way scantily clad females can be more exciting to look at than completely naked females because it gives the imagination more to do...I hope that makes sense.


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I hope you don't mind, but I zoomed and hacked up your pic here to maybe illustrate better.

See how this adds more visual interest? You KNOW there is more to the right and the left of the shot, but you can't see it so it's more imaginitive. This is such an amazing diorama, with so much amazing action captured with your excellent OSL work, this is the type of shot they would publish in WD for the Golden Demon awards mathinks!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/09 21:44:35


Post by: Viktor von Domm


ok...dave now with that explaination i see your point...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/09 23:17:21


Post by: Rogue Wolves


^ to be honest dave, i could see most of klaus models in the GD.. is it because im biased for IG and think all of his stuff is created by gods? ... probibly


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/17 07:02:20


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hey guys, surprise!

yesterday I took the opportunity to take a status video of the ATHENA:



http://youtu.be/9Er0gxpB7ms

It's about 10 minutes and I talk a bit about the history of this model and my plans going forward.
I hope you like it
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/17 11:54:25


Post by: Vitruvian XVII


Awesome that video was inspiring.

Cheers for the opportunity to see how you go about everything. And the full 360 of the athena was a beautiful sight.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/17 15:30:26


Post by: mxwllmdr


That thing is uber wicked, Klaus....


I am in absolute awe of the guns and detail....


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/17 18:50:29


Post by: RSJake


Awesome Video Klaus! I am SO excited to see you looking at it again!

I can't wait to see what you do with it!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/17 23:09:17


Post by: Rogue Wolves


^^ cant agree more, i love this thing. its so detailed and amazing, any 40k player would dream about having such a thing flying around in their rooms!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/18 08:03:29


Post by: FantasyBob


Klaus, i think the Athena is your massive and interessing project! all your work are wonderful, but at least, i really reaaaally like to see that ship completed!

and wonderful video, pal!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/18 09:15:07


Post by: inmygravenimage


It's like sky shield, but grimdark! I love it!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/18 21:52:36


Post by: Viktor von Domm


hey klaus... that vid is in my opinion the only true way to really portray your athena in a way that is giving her the credit she needs... really wasome looking... by the way... that flight stand... as the anthena is one hell of a big lady... what did you use to secore this on your table? i bet whislt turning her for the view you were a bit edgy...

may i make a suggestion? do a vid for your herc and zeus too... that would be great...!!!

by the way... why the hell can´t i see the boreas walker vid in germany??? totaly crazy...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/18 22:59:00


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hey Vik,
thanks for pointing it out!
Apparently the music in the background is too prominent:

BOREAS



Dein Video enthält möglicherweise folgende urheberrechtlich geschützte Inhalte:

"Iron Maiden-The Longest Day", tonaufnahme Verwaltet von:
EMI


So I have to give it some other music, or rather remove the music completely


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/18 23:03:05


Post by: Viktor von Domm


well i know of the boreas of old...but seeing it in a vid would be great!...

i think they recently got really dumb on all that youtube...stuff... rights and all...


either way... with or without... more vids of your great stuff would be nice...


by the way... the "new" anthena look... what will you do with the "old" tower? so much hard work gone to waste? can´t believe that... but that upcoming interrior to the conferrence room... that makes me very intrigued to say the least^^


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/19 16:42:13


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys!

@Vik - yes the old Island is in the cabinet...who knows what will happen to it (and the 3 painters).

:vryhppy:
Well, the time has come!
Started in May 2009 the ATHENA now continues

As promised in my video I want to complete the undercarriage first.
For this I built two small AA-turrets - similar to the ones used on the ZEUS


Pretty out of exercise I had to sand a lot :tongue:


The pieces for the small las-guns


and the assembled barrels


And these are the finished turrets, with rivets and sights


This is the plotting table for the observation deck


And everything in place




Next will be to paint the observers, I can potentially close the undercarriage off.
I hope you like this little update.
C&C welcome
Cheers
klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/19 19:43:21


Post by: Viktor von Domm


hell yes...we like!^^

i have to ask... what is that new plastic material you use for the lasguns of the turrets? looks grey to me??

and yes ! *punches the air* the plotting table! i knew one day i had to knick the odd number of your work...this will surley be adapted to my own needs...! i am soon heading to your blog to see if you have an inside pic of that room from above...^^


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that was the one i was looking for




needs to be shown here too^^


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/19 20:57:37


Post by: inmygravenimage


I heart that table. I do expect clockwork game-of-thrones-style buildings to appear, however


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/20 18:45:07


Post by: Rogue Wolves


i think im going to cry... this looks awsome!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/22 14:45:49


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys
@Vik - no these are tubes that I got from Rai-Ro. They are a bit cheaper than the white ones out of the US, and just as good.
Well, after the last update I changed my desk configuration to "painting mode" (and before you ask: no, I have no clue how many colors I have, but you're welcome to count


And here is the completed plotting table


In position


and with the 3 observers




of course everything is hardly visible with the ATHENA hull on top


but it was worth the fun
So now on we go with the bridge and the command conference room
I hope you liked todays update.
C&C welcome
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/22 15:00:12


Post by: Briancj


I still think this is the most epic build on the site.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/22 15:03:29


Post by: RSJake


I agree with Brian. And it may not be easily visible with the Hull on, but it's one of those details that when someone is looking it over, and they stumble upon it, they shout, "Holy Cow! That is awesome!"

I really like the "targeting" reticles you painted on the plotting table!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/22 18:46:08


Post by: mxwllmdr


Briancj wrote:I still think this is the most epic build on the site.



True Dat, Double true.....


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/22 19:23:01


Post by: Viktor von Domm


well regardless if everyone can see it or not... this is first of all your build and you do it for you... so making a next to never to be seen deatil is in my book always viable because you have a mental image of the done work in your head... so for really completing a project everything in this jigsaw of a puzzle has to be set inplace...or painted and build to the level you see fit...

and boy is that a fit room^^ and no mistake^^ the details and the lil green HUD lines and so on are just as i have imagined them^^... the one on the table tho looks like he is pointing to something and none of the others is interrested in his discoveries..."that´s just John Die...he always is pointing out rubbish...better don´t take any notice of him..."


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/22 20:05:49


Post by: RSJake


Ha ha! Vik you made me LOL about John Die! So, I made captions for the observation crew!

[Thumb - John Die.jpg]


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/22 20:26:41


Post by: Viktor von Domm


LOL....yes... that is so cool...hopefully klaus can take that ridculing his art^^

actually in my lil dialogue i had exactly that idea at first...was too shy to type it^^


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/22 21:15:50


Post by: RSJake


Well, it wasn't made with a ridculing intent, just as humor. I didn't even think it was bad humor until you said that Vik....Thanks.

I'm sure Klaus will take in the fun, light hearted maner it was intended in....right?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/22 21:32:44


Post by: evildrcheese


I love this thread so much.

That is all

D



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/22 21:34:48


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


lol

...but Sir...
*chuckle*
Thanks guys


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/22 23:09:10


Post by: Rogue Wolves


lol jake thats funny! i really like the diorama style of this command center, and the map area is really nice!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/23 13:38:41


Post by: ishkatar


How could I miss this!? That's amazing. The whole thread. I bow before your skill, creativity and dedication.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/23 15:34:04


Post by: SagesStone


Holographic projection of the bombing results?

I like it, even if it's hard to see when the top is on the point is someone will still see it and it definitely beats just painting the windows. It's that sort of extra detail that breathes life into projects like this.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/23 18:29:40


Post by: mxwllmdr


I would like to know the painting technique to get that green holo-glow effect.......


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/23 19:26:17


Post by: Mastiff


Hey, that's brilliant! Love the spotters and map, it adds so much personality. I really hope they don't get hidden too much.


And, just because it's timely...



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/23 22:42:01


Post by: inmygravenimage


This is glorious. Loving the uniform colours, particularly like it on the helmets.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/25 14:54:31


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys
I'm glad you all like it.

@mxwllmdr - the glowing effect on the border of the table (where the hologram starts) or of the grid and indicators?

Well, as promised, I continued to build out the interior of the command section.
Initially it looked like this


Then I built up the walls, added ornaments and the "holographic projector"


Instruments for the other wall


and with the command crew in place


From the outside


Next was the "bridge"


operated by levitating Servitors


Not quite the Enterprise, but i like it



So what do you think?


C&C welcome.
More details (41 images) at my blog:
http://fischers-design-shop.blogspot.de/2012/05/athena-steampunk-airship-77.html
Cheers
klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/25 15:01:15


Post by: Briancj


Beautiful as always. Such an epic build. I keep using that word.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/25 15:26:08


Post by: dsteingass


The control panels are just absolutely the best stuff I have ever seen man!!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/25 17:09:55


Post by: Vitruvian XVII


Jesus, amazing!!! That bridge is SO cool, im blown away by the level of detail and dedication you put into this.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/25 18:37:35


Post by: RSJake



Freaking Awesome!

I can't wait to see what you do with that Holographic Projector!

At first I was concerned by the overly large buttons on the control panels, but I've never tried to press a button with a servo-claw, I suppose it would be quite difficult.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/25 21:47:13


Post by: Viktor von Domm


i marvel where you draw all your ideas from... where did you get all that inspiration... levitating servitors...OMG...and this will be the vehicle with the biggest crew ever to be seen...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/25 23:07:20


Post by: Rogue Wolves


wow that is amazing, i love the story put here, those humans with looking at the (awsomely built) hologram, and the freaking cool servitors in the amazing control room!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/26 06:43:04


Post by: inmygravenimage


I tend to think of servitors as being hard wired into sonething like this, as in a Titan; speaking of which would you have the equivalent of a Princeps on the bridge (pesky servitors, always flying the ship to the drive-in to watch cartoons). Niggling though, a great job and love that chimera wheel as base for the projector especially!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/26 07:01:22


Post by: 02Laney


Amazing - the scale, imagination and quality of this whole blog is amazing!

So, many cool ideas.

Laney


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/26 08:11:18


Post by: mxwllmdr


Klaus, I think I was really talking about both. The glow of that color must have been dificult to achieve.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/29 21:00:01


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


@inmygravenimage - you're right thanks!
I immediately began building a Tech Priest - he'll overwatch the Servitors.
Thanks

@mxwllmdr - well for the grid, the glow effect is rather easy. I strated with very deluted Snot Green and a realtively wide line, then a finer line with less deluted Goblin Green, and finally a very fine line with non-deluted Scorpion Green. For the glow around the map, I used Bronzed Flesh for the first ~5mm, then drybrushed the whole map area with Terracotta - this way the interior was drybrushed on black, but the outer area on the yellowish Blesh. After that I use the same procedure as with the grid, starting with the deluted Snot Green.
I hope this makes sens to you

Over the last view days I began to paint the interior of the bridge and the conference room.
Here I applied the first base colors. As you can see I try to use the standard greenish grey used in most military interiors. The rear wall of the conference room is Scab Red and the griffin is golden, while the ornaments are all kind of brazzen.


Here I applied the Dwarf Bronze around most instruments, hopefully giving everything the proposed steampunky look and added details to the instruments and screens.


Once I was satisfied with the looks, I added the wear and tear.
The ATHENA is just coming towards the end of a long and tyring campaign against the Orks. She's not spitshiny


But the conference room looks a bit better, less worn


And then I strated to work on the holographic projector


Which in the end looks like this


With the briefing crew


and the complete bridge with the central console


This is now pretty much it.
Next will be to paint the actual Servitors and the (newly built. not photographed) Tech Priest to complete this section, so I can go on the new adventures on the outside of the ATHENA
I hope you enjoyed this little update.
C&C welcome.
Cheers
Klaus


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Post by: Viktor von Domm


sure enjoyed that! all that nice dials and levers! very good looking...

tho you really did your best on the weathing the whole stuff... that looks so top notch mister!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/29 21:18:59


Post by: Vitruvian XVII


Amazing, the screen is such a great idea.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/29 21:32:44


Post by: tipios


Holographic projector is very nice. Well every thing is very nice, but the holographic projector is such a cool idea!!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/29 23:20:15


Post by: Rogue Wolves


amazing again, that projector looks great!


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Post by: mxwllmdr


Fantastic work, Klaus.....




Why is this guy not flying a -=]_,=- Banner?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/30 22:07:05


Post by: Viktor von Domm


i ...er...well...er... er... is is too seldom on to really ask him in earnest...well that WAS my excuse for now^^

no really klaus... we would be honored to call you among us as a fellow riveteer...after all you have aplied so many of these already^^


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/31 21:51:57


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


WOW!
I'd be honored to be member of the League and would proudly fly the banner.
What do I have to do?
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/05/31 22:09:13


Post by: Viktor von Domm


just click on our banners...then you will be lead to the dark chambers known around these lands as the "gallery"... simply use the link for the forums and add it to your sig... done^^


welcome to the fold... too bad we only recruit loonies^^


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/01 01:08:09


Post by: Rogue Wolves


Viktor von Domm wrote:welcome to the fold... too bad we only recruit loonies^^

what are you tryin to say ere boy?
welcome klaus, a long awaited entry to the =][_,=


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/01 07:38:51


Post by: Viktor von Domm


ah... the banner is fling...bold and proud!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/01 14:24:16


Post by: RSJake


This calls for a celebration! Welcome to the League!!!!!



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/01 15:12:12


Post by: mxwllmdr


WELCOME, KLAUS.....

The insane asylum we call the =]_,= wasn't complete til you got here.....


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/01 21:38:44


Post by: Viktor von Domm


´t isstill mising some spoons...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/03 09:27:37


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys ^^

Glad I can fly the banner and be a member of such an exclusive community
And I'm especially proud to be comnsidered a real looney

Well, I continued with painting the Servitors and the Tech Priest (here at an early stage)


Then there were several washes and highlights, but since they are all in a closed room, relatively dark, there are no strong or bright highlights


But with everyone in place, I think it works quite well together

doesn't it?

What do you think?

Peeping through the window

I will not glue everything in place yet, as I'm still tinkering with the idea of installing LED lights.
But next image will be with everything in place and then I will finish up the superstructure (the rear is still completely open) and apply lots of rivets and ornaments.
Then it will be most likely the completion of the main turret with the tripple Earthshakers (final position and ornaments), and then....
...who knows
I hope you liked this little update.
Thank you for your time.
C&C welcome.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/03 10:36:24


Post by: inmygravenimage


Not sure you're allowed on a command deck with an
Unsheathed power weapon, it's a health hazard looks superb mate, amazing job.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/03 11:10:50


Post by: Viktor von Domm


the tech priest is an interesting mix of bitz and scratchbuilds here...

is his tech arm really made from straws? hmmm... i searched your blog but didn´t foundadditional pics lest en nature pcs of him... a WIP of him would be nice...


and with that group of servitors you certainly aimed for odd and hit a bullseye^^... the schemes of these i really like! eben tho there are no tow alike they certainly are all tied together with the scheme you´ve used!

and yep... you wouldn´t call a man capable of doing things you do sane, now would you ?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/03 12:57:35


Post by: dsteingass


Welcome to the =-]_=- Klaus!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/03 12:58:19


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Haha
So true.
Sanity is overrated anyway >


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/03 21:29:19


Post by: Viktor von Domm


lol...trying to regain a bit of the sanity with comments like this?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/04 14:36:40


Post by: mxwllmdr


Klaus, do you use anything like a Die cutter for any of your ornamentation? I assume you use a hobby knife but My wife (Whom loves steampunk and your airship) wanted me to ask.....


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/04 14:55:27


Post by: RSJake


Awesome job Klaus! Love it!

Where are you thinking of adding the LED's?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/04 15:10:22


Post by: Veteran Sergeant


inmygravenimage wrote:Not sure you're allowed on a command deck with an
Unsheathed power weapon, it's a health hazard looks superb mate, amazing job.
Haha. My same thought. Definitely a safety violation to have an unsheathed and activated power weapon during a meeting.

This model is phenomenal though. Really captures the 40K universe vibe of extremely high tech versus low tech. A lot of character to these dioramas. Can't wait to see more.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/08 09:47:15


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys, now that we have sanity out of the way, we can continue, shall we?

Well, as promised, here's a shot with the command deck in place


The conference room through the roof window


and the Hydras in position


Looking at this last image I realized that the two Hydras are blocking the side windows, and make them rather obsolete


However I'm not sure where else to put them...in the rear, they simply don't look good, and take away too much of the landing platform


BTW, here's a rare shot of the interior of the ATHENA

as you can see, I have lots of space to accomondate LED cabling and power source ect.

While thinking about the deck layout and the Hydras I built the rear wall for the superstructure


and, since this is a large, flat, plain area - which I can't keep that way, I decided to add a new mural

ATHENA herself, overlooking the landing deck.

BTW, this drawing is based on this wonderful 3D rendering of a Draenai by Denisa Mrackova.


I hope you like todays update.
C&C welcome
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/08 09:51:43


Post by: Viktor von Domm


a very good choice to let athena star herslef on that big wall!

and well you are right that the hydras would take up too much room on the landing deck... i would keep them as inteded and well so what... some windows got blocked... not that big a problem in my book...

the inner structure... i know perception might be decieving... as it looks rather frail to me... which i bet wouldn´t be the case... am i right?^^

cheers, vik


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Post by: Rawson


Great work (as always ), Klaus!

Klaus, not Santa wrote:Looking at this last image I realized that the two Hydras are blocking the side windows, and make them rather obsolete

Perhaps they aren't windows for looking at the surroundings of the Athena, but for checking up on the Hydra crews? I wouldn't put that past the Imperium (One can explain anything with a little creative fluff )


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/08 11:51:34


Post by: mxwllmdr


I was wondering if there are any inprogress sgots of the building of the main hull so that I could peruse and perhaps steal a little if that technique....


Really makes me want to do a large vessel. Thinking Iperial dropship....


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/08 11:58:48


Post by: Briancj


Frankly, I don't think the side windows are blocked by the Hydras, per-se. I might, however, consider modifying the rear-most side window on each side into a doorway/hatchway.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/08 12:45:39


Post by: Briancj


You know, with all the Flyers coming out this year, the Athena (and her siblings) *NEED* to the the centrepiece of a MASSIVE air war.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/08 14:15:07


Post by: RSJake


Briancj wrote:You know, with all the Flyers coming out this year, the Athena (and her siblings) *NEED* to the the centrepiece of a MASSIVE air war.

QFT!

Even the small advances on the Athena are fun to see!

And the hydra vs. window issue. I don't see a problem. The windows are there for visually inspecting the exterior of the Hydras during air battles. The crew may be expendable, but do you really want to waste a life just to inspect the hydra when someone standing at the window can inspect for dammge just by having the hyrda turn 360 degrees for a quick look?

That's how I would use them anyway.

You've added so much detail to this work that I see something new everytime I look!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/08 15:38:41


Post by: dsteingass


EPIC Klaus...EPIC!


Automatically Appended Next Post:
I think I want to steal the plasticard ribbing and riveted plates idea!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/08 15:50:43


Post by: cormadepanda


THIS IS.....AMAZING nice plasti work


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/08 16:48:27


Post by: mxwllmdr


dsteingass wrote:EPIC Klaus...EPIC!


Automatically Appended Next Post:
I think I want to steal the plasticard ribbing and riveted plates idea!



Really? That's all you want to steal? Seriously? I am stealing a whole bunch of gak off this......


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/08 17:32:13


Post by: Anvildude


When doing the mural, I'd suggest not going directly off the pose. It's too unbalanced as-is. Spread the left (her right) leg a little more, so it's more of an 'at ease' position.

Or base it off one of the old Athena statues from ancient Greece- perhaps the Parthenos?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/08 17:37:11


Post by: mxwllmdr


Thanks for the gallery link, Klaus. I am gonna refer to a lot of that for technique...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/08 23:13:28


Post by: Rogue Wolves


wow klaus its coming along nicely, and very nice Athena, i cant waite to see her all painted up.. oh and i dont think i mentioned just how much i love all the mythological names in your guardsmen


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/11 09:38:04


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hello guys,

thanks for the feedback.
Well I experimented a bit the various suggestions (from here and my blog).
So first I tried the sideways mounting

It actually looks good, but the stubby wings are in the way, and they will also hold the engines later, so that won't work...

Then I tried directly behind the current position

Way too limited and not enough room to properly rotate the turret...

Mounting the Hydras behind the superstructure would work

but since I have already planned to position the Nemesis CIWS here, this won't work either. And mounting the Hydras below the current deck line, on new "islands" would be another major overhaul. However, by now (after 2 years) the plasitcard is too brittle to sustain another one of these operations, and I'm afraid it would really mess up the current outline and silouhette of the ATHENA.
Sorry
So (for the time being) I will keep the Hydras where they are.

But in the meantime I completed the ATHENA mural.
I started off with spraypainting the background


Then I applied the base colors


and finally worked out all the details


And this is how she looks mounted in place



What do you think?
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/11 12:02:42


Post by: Viktor von Domm


naughty comes to mind^^ i RRRRRRREEEAAAALLLYY like her


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/11 13:58:21


Post by: DijnsK


holy crap i just plowed through all 17 pages of goodness and my eyes exploded and my brain melted just looking and processing all this awesome scratchbuilding and amazing airbrush and freehand work!!!

truely masterpieces!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/11 19:04:14


Post by: inmygravenimage


She's beautiful man, I'm totally in awe of anyone who can freehand but yours is staggering.


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Post by: Rawson


Klaus, not Santa wrote:

What do you think?


The only thing better would be an old school figurehead like the galleons of old. Still time to do that too, you know


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/11 22:30:15


Post by: MeatShield


You are a god of plasticard!


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Post by: tipios


Outstanding!!!!

Your gona need a bigger boat....I mean, room!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/12 03:06:57


Post by: prototype_X


I second the notion of a fuigurhead that ideas too awsome to pass up


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/12 10:51:42


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks
Here's a zoomable version for you


@mxwllmdr - just realized I didn't answer you yet...
No, I use no die cutter, just a simple hobby knife with break-off blades

@RS Jake - well, I plan to add LED's to the Observation and Jump Deck at the bottom, the bridge and conference room, as well as behind the mural at the very rear of the ship:


@Rawson - well, the figurehead is a tempting idea, but bear in mind that I already have this huge Imperial Eagle there



Now that the mural is completed and in position I built two autocannons for it, starting of with some rods and pipes
@Vik - here you can also see the plasticard tubes I use


and ending with a proper AC´that even fits the IG tripod


I will position them on the upper rear of the superstructure, for which I built some railings



In addititon I added some access hatches


And here you can also see the Nemesis CIWS in position

and the current shape of the ATHENA


I hope you like todays update
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/12 11:26:20


Post by: Viktor von Domm


thanks for the helping hand with the rai- ro products... seems this could be a new means for me to really get my hands into the scratchbuilding again... i just checked their shop... i have yet to fully look through all their ranges... super tip mate!!!

and seeing athena zoomable... you did a wonderful job on her eyes!!!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/12 15:09:40


Post by: RSJake


Wow. Just wow. Really, anything I say will just fall short of what I mean.....speachless.

OK, now I won't be able to do this for a couple of years at the earliest, but I HAVE to get over to Germany and see this work of art in person! And have some beer, and see Vik, but mostly see this in person! (Sorry Vik)

Wow.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/12 16:26:41


Post by: Wehrkind


Good lord man, why don't you do this for a living?

Miscarriage of cosmic justice right there.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/13 12:15:37


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hey Jake, let me know when you land
But honestly, if you're in the country, let me know - even though Berlin (Vik) and Karlsruhe are about 680 km (6.5 hrs driving) apart.

Well, since it's been asked several times, I thought I make it known officially

Currently the ATHENA is almost 1 meter long (98 cm) and the hull alone weights 1,25 kg (2.5 pounds),


While the ATHENA with all turrets, weapons, deck, and accessories weights 2,05kg (4 pounds).


This is a lot lighter than most of you thought, isn't it?
And as you can see with all the stuff carelessly dumped onto her, she is very sturdy and can handle moving around
Cheers
Klaus




(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/13 12:20:13


Post by: Viktor von Domm


well thanks klaus for the insights in the measurements to the athena! and indeed... i wouldn´t have thought her too be such a lightweight...and yet so sturdy!...well with my not even remotly finished airship you could very well do pressups^^


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/13 12:54:00


Post by: mxwllmdr


That is one hell of an impressive 2kilo lump of talent you got there, Klaus......


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/13 14:59:02


Post by: RSJake


Yep, I didn't think she would be that light. Especially with all the accessories on her!

As for travel, we are still debating on what kind of itinerary we want, but I am thinking a lot of driving or train travel to tour Europe, so that's not so bad.

This is of course if I get my top pick for our travel plans. The wife wants to do a Caribean Cruise....we're still in debate about it.

And like I said, 2014 at the earilest. So don't start getting ready yet!

And if I don't get my way, I'll send pictures from the Caribean!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/13 21:46:20


Post by: Viktor von Domm


wel in 2014 at least your kids will be on safe ground... with babies i woldn´t advice someone to travel there... climate shouldn´t be too sunny and hot for such small kids...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/14 11:22:26


Post by: Klaus, not Santa



All I need to do now is add a bag of Helium in the body, a remote control....
NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!!


Yesterday I recieved my LED "Starter Kit" from TSDS TSDS on Facebook - http://www.tsdsinc.com/
This LED Lighting Stips Complete Basic Kit consists of a 9v battery connector, two solder-less connectors and two 6" strips of LED lights for 10.99$

Instructions are really simple.
You can cut these stips into smaller sections of 4 LED and either use the solder-less connectors or solder the connections yourself.

So I decided to do a first test with two small sections of 4 LED each.

The first section is to light the Mural of the rear hangar. For this I cut a stip open into the rear wall and mounted the LED section.


And connected with the battery, it looks like this


I mounted the other section of 4 LED in the roof of the rear Jump Deck.



Really not bad.
I think this can work, but I will need to change some things:
- Light the rear hangar mural across its entire length
- Add a second light strip at the bottom of the mural, so lighting is more evenly
- For the 2 Jump Decks I will continue with 4 LED sections
- For the Observation Deck I will most likely 2 sections - 1 at each end.
- Make a seperate light circuit for the Command Deck (one long strip for the bridge" and 2 small strips for the conference room

For this I odered some more parts.
So this was a first test, successfull in my opinion, and until all other parts are here, I will continue with the actual build of the ATHENA.

Not sure what will be next though. Either finishing up the Earthshaker turret, or re-visiting the NEMESIS CIWS, or some railing, or, or, or...
Thank you for your time and I hope you liked todays update.
C&C welcome
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/14 11:56:43


Post by: tarar2d2


This looks absolutely amazing, however i think that you should keep the mural LED like it is. it adds a bit of atmosphere.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/14 18:05:26


Post by: Anvildude


Are you sure you don't want to make it actually fly?

You could probably reinforce the engine mounts and put an actual model helicopter engine in the body, with drive shafts going out to rotor cowlings on each of the mini-wings. Further lighten the body by putting a couple of Helium or Hydrogen bladders in the nose and tail, and I'd bet you could get that thing to fly.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/14 18:33:12


Post by: mxwllmdr


Remote control at that. It's ok, Klaus, if you don't think you can do it, though....



Not like we have any reason to expect big things from you or anything....



LOL


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/14 21:36:40


Post by: Viktor von Domm


i can see that these LED will be a cool toy to play with...what kind of batteries power this then?

and tho i see tarar2d2 point here i would light it fully...as otherwise you would loos so much hard work due to bad lighting... peeps need to see every detail^^


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/14 22:04:13


Post by: Rogue Wolves


beyond cool klaus, the LEDs look great behind the window!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/14 22:06:55


Post by: MajorTom11


You are a consistent inspiration sir... great work as always!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/15 06:56:57


Post by: dantay_xv


My suggestion would be to put 2 more LED's on the ceiling near the circular stain glass windows, to give it more illumination.

Or on the exterior near the windows...... like ship running lights?

Mind totally blown with this...... like a bolter round to the brainpan, but in a good way :?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/16 19:36:35


Post by: dsteingass


tarar2d2 wrote:This looks absolutely amazing, however i think that you should keep the mural LED like it is. it adds a bit of atmosphere.


I agree...This is just fantastic, really astonishing Klaus!!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/18 09:57:09


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


THANKS guys!

as mentioned before I want to add a "drone" scene to the rear landing deck, with an observation drone and an attack drone. One lifting off, one being readied.

Thinking about the various design patterns and steampunk, I decided to try a Dragonfly design.
For this I cut the wings


And added clear plastic


To save space I wanted the wings to be foldable


The final assembled dragonfly

It looks OK, but not what I had in mind, really.

So back to the drawing board :(
After a lot of thinking I remembered some of the crazy German late war designs. Like some of the one-man rockets or suicide jet planes they designed as "Wunderwaffen".
Well, not really steampunk, but crazy enough for me
Some of the designs like the Me-329, Me-163, Ho-229, or even the Ju-322 kind of struck me, and I tried a new "Nurflügel-design" - something in the lines of a (sting-)ray.
For this I cut several sheets of plasticard (2 pieces 1mm thick and 4 pieces 1.5mm thick).


After lots of sanding I added the second engine


and now it looks like this


I think it really looks like a drone, and it takes a lot less space than the dragonfly design.
So what do you think?
Thanks for your time, and I hope you enjoyed todays update.
C&C welcome
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/18 10:31:18


Post by: dsteingass


That is just awesome Klaus! I love the rotating searchlight/gun pods. And I hope you don't mind me stealing that landing gear idea! That is Exactly what I needed!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/18 15:12:52


Post by: RSJake


I liked the dragonfly drone, but LOVE the second one!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/18 15:55:44


Post by: mxwllmdr


Yes, Klause, What Dsteigass said. The landing gear is the perfect design. I think adatable to just about any size or modifications for all terrain. Very much like the whole thing but the front engine intake is wicked....


What will you use the dragonfly for? I assume you will use it for something......


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/18 16:44:47


Post by: dsteingass


Yeah..how did you do the intake fan?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/18 17:08:56


Post by: mxwllmdr


That was done in the same method I use. very effective but ya gotta be careful with the fan blades or the pop off....


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/18 18:55:41


Post by: Mastiff


I think the new drone design is a better fit for the Imperium; I loved the dragonfly design, but it seemed a bit too graceful and elegant for a people that seem to prefer brute force solutions (" Whaddaya mean it's not aerodynamic enough to fly? No problem, slap another anti-grav unit on it!"

Damn, there's so much fun stuff on that ship!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/18 19:04:17


Post by: Rogue Wolves


wow that dragonfly looks so cool! nice design and great execution!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/18 20:08:18


Post by: evildrcheese


Utterly stunning every additional pages brings more tears of joy.

D


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/19 00:35:10


Post by: AnUnearthlyChilde


well that was 19 pages of drool-gasm... well worth it!!!

Amazing work Klaus, keep it up, I'll be watching your every inch



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/20 10:31:02


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys
Well I'm sure I will sooner or later find a use for the dragonfly drone, but currently it doesn't really fit the ATHENA.

Well, I added some details and applied the final rivets. This photo also shows the central engine (providing the lift) to its advantage


and from below you can see the main exhaust as well as the forward engine


Another close-up of the front

and forward side


Now that the observation drone is complete I'm thinking about the second attack drone. Since it will have some kind of armament, I will most certainly have to alter the design - at least a bit.
While doing this I have finally the chance to work on the characters for the scene. Especially the long promised liaison officer from the Dragoon Guards.
So I gathered some existing characters that were already build for the ATHENA deck, as well as a bunch of bits to build the new liaison officer.

May I introduce you to Sir Horace Remington
First basic sculpt


the body


and the final head, ready to mount


Thank you all for your time and I hope you enjoyed this little update.
C&C welcome.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/20 10:35:29


Post by: dsteingass


The drone is amazing Klaus! Can't wait to see the shooty version! You are channeling the true spirit of the -=]_,=- here!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/20 19:21:24


Post by: Rogue Wolves


that drone is awsome, all the dodads in the front look great, and the exhaust is awsome!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/20 19:28:56


Post by: stonned_astartes


thats intense man! anticipation is building. like were you put the turrets in the end


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/20 19:29:29


Post by: AnUnearthlyChilde


By jingo, that gentleman's moustachioed face reminds me muchly of my late Grandfather!!! excellent work!!!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/20 20:48:42


Post by: Rogue Wolves


^lol i guess thats a win for everyone!


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Post by: evildrcheese


Klaus, not Santa wrote:


^ Love this. Well it's all amazing, but this with that beardy face is just going to be awesome.

The detail in the engine is amazing also.

Bravo sir, just bravo.

D


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/21 08:30:16


Post by: Klaus, not Santa



Thanks guys.

Well, here is Sir Horace (still minor cleanup to do)
Major General Sir Horace Remington of the Dragoon Guards as liaison officer to the Dencarian forces aboard the ATHENA airship.


Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/21 13:36:56


Post by: Vitruvian XVII


Thats ridiculously awesome Klaus! Brilliant sculpting work.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/21 13:54:28


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Yeah, but I just realized, the hand on his back is the wrong way around!
O_o
Gotta fix it tonight!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/21 14:05:33


Post by: AnUnearthlyChilde


Before you fix it Klaus, may I make a suggestion to do with his hand?

have you considered using a hand that was flat against his back, with its palm outwards? as the "english gentleman" look is what you seem to be going for, and personally I think the flat hand is a more gentlemanly approach.



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/21 14:31:35


Post by: mxwllmdr


What is that wonderful grey putty you are using?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/21 14:33:03


Post by: Vitruvian XVII


Procreate perhaps? Or maybe sculpey.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/21 14:36:16


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Yep, ProCreate from Kraftmark it is:
http://www.kraftmark.biz/kraft.procreate.html
I pefer it to regular GS, as it is less sticky and easier to mix - but that's just my very personal taste


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/21 20:08:03


Post by: Rogue Wolves


This guy looks great Klaus, and i especialy like the little detail of the Respirator, being that he is on an airship and im sure he'll have to use it a couple times


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/22 12:23:11


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks to Daemon-Forge at Ammobunker (who was the first to spot it), and all the others that spotted the error with the wrong hand

After that shocking discovery I went through my "Arms" bitbox


But unfortunately I couldn't find a proper hand (usually found on the Tank Commander sprue)!
So I conducted a quick amputation (I save you from the gruesome images ) and now, here he is!


Major General Sir Horace, former member of the Dragoon Guards Black Watch, now liaison officer aboard the ATHENA. Sir Horace is bearer of the Praetorian Order of Merit, the Commander of Praetorian Empire, and the very rare Dencarian Air Cross....and bearer of a right hand :tongue:


In addition there will be a kind of retinue around him, as well as crew readying the drone.
This is one of the officers built for the former ATHENA island


The drone operator (I will probably have to build a connector cable to his glasses, won't I?)


Another officer observing the launch operations.


And a guard


From the old build I still have this Tech Priest.

But I'm not so sure if he'll fit the scena, as he has his pistol and sword drawn.
What do you think?
As mentioned before, I'm still working on a dog for Sir Horace, plus one or two surprises. I will also build some NCOs and sailors that are readying the drones (like the second drone being pushed onto the deck), but here I'm awaiting some bits first.
I hope you liked todays update.
Thanks for your time and feedback.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/22 14:24:32


Post by: AnUnearthlyChilde


I be honoured Klaus, Horace looks amazing, as do the rest of them keep up the awesome work!!!



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/22 19:35:04


Post by: Rogue Wolves


Horace is looking amazing, as are the rest of the guys you made, although i agree in the fact that i dont think that tecpriest belongs with the rest of them, i think it would be better if you started from scratch on him and made him more of an "airman techpriest" whatever that looks like


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/22 20:33:10


Post by: Viktor von Domm


oh my... now klaus has gone praetorian too^^

and boy is this draginfly looking cool!!!!! oh darn... i have run out of exclamation marks........................... again...


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/22 21:56:38


Post by: Rogue Wolves


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

^ 'ere you are vik


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/22 21:58:20


Post by: Viktor von Domm


ah.... they will come in handy^^ thanks mate!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/22 21:59:43


Post by: Rogue Wolves


take it as a welcome back present


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/25 13:37:35


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hehe
I tried to spend some "!"'s in Vik's blog, but he's lacking the updates :(
I wasted some in RSJakes blog, but I think I'll try to dump the rest in Rouge Wolves blog :-P

BTW, I'm working on a female officer for the deck scene - inspired by RSJake:

She's still pretty rough, but I think I'm on the right track now.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/25 20:39:21


Post by: Rogue Wolves


lol take all the "!"'s you need Klaus you earned them! adn im glad you got inspired by RSJake to sculpt a female officer, I cant recall if I ever saw one either here or on you blog


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/25 21:18:31


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hehe
Well I have a female pilot - Emilia Erhardt

for the Nighthawk project


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/25 21:19:25


Post by: Rogue Wolves


Oh yea I remember her! Ahh my memory fails me again


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/25 21:32:02


Post by: Rawson


Rogue Wolves wrote:Oh yea I remember her! Ahh my memory fails me again

Yeah, that happens when you get old


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/25 21:37:35


Post by: AnUnearthlyChilde


Amy Johnson would be a better choice, she's from my home town



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/26 16:44:01


Post by: SilverHayabusa


Okay so just finished this gold mine of idea's and I have to say Mr. Klaus it is looking amazing. I love the Nighthawk and the dragonfly along with sir horace.

Bloody Briliant!
Cheers,
~Silver


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/26 20:29:57


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Thanks guys.
I hope I have some updates tomorrow - sculpting is slowly picking up speed ... or at least I'm not re-doing so much, but rather add

Anyway, does one of you have the measurements (cm or mm please) of a Manticore missile?
I want to add some forward Manti-launchers to the ATHENA, so I'd like to have the missile size.
THANKS!
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/26 20:35:46


Post by: Rogue Wolves


oo Manti-launchers would look awsome on the ATHENA! unfortinatly I havent bought that kit yet so I dont know the sizes


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/26 21:29:36


Post by: Viktor von Domm


well if i said i will be following the new damsels build closley...it would be obvious...cause i follow your steps here as closley as possible already ... and by the way... if you feeling up to it...updates ahead^^ so fire your exclamationmarks at your own will^^


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/27 09:50:03


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Hey guys,

over the last days (well actually 1 1/2 weeks) I've been working on some female characters for the landing deck scene.
The idea had been lingering in the rear of my head for a while, but lastly I got inspired by RSJake: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/394917.page
He's sculpting some nice female characters and has some wicked ideas
These are now the first WIP shots worth posting, I can't recall how often I have redone pieces on those two figures.
But now I'm at a stage that I'm satisfied with. In the background you can see the second figure as well as some InstantMold - by now I try to mold any piece I'm happy with - especially the basic face and boots. They were HELL!

So here you can see "Else", with a long skirt and medium-hight boots


Here I added the first sleeve and part of the jacket front to Else



This is the head I plan to use for Else.

You see it's kind of Kommisar style, with a nice (hair) bun


And this will be the head for "Emma", the other character

She's getting a bit more steampunked, with the goggles and the load of hair.

There are still some lines I need to try to smoothen out, but I tell you, a real FACE in this scale is hell :-P


Last night my order for the new sculpting and painting aramtures from Stephan Rath (http://www.rathcore.de/), aka derwish, arrived.

These are really nice!
Check them out at:
http://www.das-bemalforum.de/showthread.php?t=10701
They come in 2 sizes (30mm und 54mm) at 12.-€ each, or if you take 3 (like me) for 32.-€ plus S&H 4€ (Germany) 6€ (Europe) 8€ (rest).
DeVincis also made a nice review for them:
http://dievincis.blogspot.de/2012/06/hobbyproducts-tested-bemal.html

I tried them out yesterday, and so far I really like them!


Last night Else received her other sleeve and the second half of the jacket front. In her left hand she'll hold something like a riding crop or whip :-)

Unfortunately the rear of the jacket will cover most of her beautifull rear :(


Emma received her "riding pants" yesterday - I want them to resemble those WWII german officer trousers - together with the higher boots, this should look spiffy


She will wear a wide blouse (offering a good look at the cleavage) and a corset.
Well, that's it for today. Thank you for your time.
I hope you enjoyed todays 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! @ 2012/06/27 09:57:41


Post by: shasolenzabi


Awesome flying machine there Klaus! Oh I can see me and Dave's Bommas making the approach now, weaving about while rokkits and flak trade space in the sky!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/27 20:16:49


Post by: Rogue Wolves


the ladys are looking good so far klaus!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/27 21:23:33


Post by: RSJake


Awesome looking female heads! Yes, they are a beast to sculpt! Thanks for the plug!

It is too bad that jacket will cover up that nice rear.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/27 21:28:18


Post by: dsteingass


Ohh Dood! I think Chicks in those riding pants are HAWT! -Very Awesome Job Klaus!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/27 21:40:47


Post by: Viktor von Domm


i like them both klaus... but where i am atm not too sure about are those rather too high heels for my liking...otherwise i have to say... the amount of detail you already put in these ladies...really eyecatcher galore...


those armatures look very intersting... if you can i would love to see a "working" pic of these... how the hand rest on those "railings" would be most interesting indeed!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/27 21:49:56


Post by: cormadepanda


hmm... nice crafting goin on in here..consider it lurked.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/27 22:11:52


Post by: cjharrisman


I have been looking through your blog on here and on Blogger, and your work is amazing, i do some syrene work as im a model maker but yours is beyond compare, the scope of your work is amazing. You have a fan here and im going to follow your work with much enthusiasm.

Well done


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/28 07:44:52


Post by: FantasyBob


scratch build, sculpt......Klaus, there is something you are not able to do!?

anyway, great job, man!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/28 10:16:13


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Gee guys! You make me blush!!

Thanks
@Vik - so you don't like the high heels at all, or are they just "unfit" for officers on a airship?
Oh, if you look at the video by DieVinicis you can see the armature in action:
http://dievincis.blogspot.de/2012/06/hobbyproducts-tested-bemal.html
I really like them

Well, Else received the rest of her jacket last night - I think I managed to keep her rear visible enough


And Emma recived the top part of her blouse as well as the front section of her corset


As mentioned before, I plan on adding some Manticore Missiles. But I don't want to add any turrets or the like.
I rather want to have plain and simple, soviet style, launcher missile tubes. They will be located in the forward area, left and right of the Earthshaker turret:


So I cut some tubes, which I will mount in 2 sets of 3 (most likely on each side 2 will be closed and 1ea will be open, with the warhead visible.

I'm just not sure if I'll have them point straight forward, of at an slight angle to the side.
What do you think?

OH, speaking of the warhead:
Since I couldn't find anything convinving, I sculpted one...

I used a battery as base, since the diameter would fit nicely into the tube, but in the end I will only use the sculpted tip, cut it in the right angle and mount it in the tube. Once it is cured, I will mount it on an electric drill and sand it down, smoothen it, and maybe add some details.

Since I had some PC left, I sculpted another warhead...
...nothing specific in mind yet, but I'm sure some of you will have a brilliant idea on how to use that one, right?

I will create a mold for both and then simply make another of each to fit the launchers.

Well, I hope you liked todays update.
Thanks for your time and feedback.
Cheers
Klaus


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/28 10:25:43


Post by: dsteingass


.>Don't listen to Vik...every man loves the "two babies playing in a blanket" look that heels produce when walked in!

I think they are simply Amazing Klaus! If you would have those two casted, I would love to have those ladies! The dress-skirt uniform is amazing looking, and the riding pants especially!


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/28 11:33:34


Post by: Viktor von Domm


well i beg to differ... my wife is already 1.86 walking beauty... she doesn´t want them (i wouldn´t object tho if she did )

else looks atm quite good with the high heels...tho i am still not fond for emma... the horerider pants and then the heels... i think it is a bit too much of a good thing...

warhead looks nice... and do i see a good dog or a bad dog sitting in the background?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/28 12:22:42


Post by: Klaus, not Santa


Yep, there's still a dog to be done - it will be companion to Sir Horace (hopefully).

BTW, I just looked through the ATHENA's armament list...

ALALA Siege Canon (Stormsword weapon) (1ea)
DEIMOS Mk XV Imperial Torpedo Launcher (2ea) Mk VIII Draconis Melta Torpedo
PHRIKE Quad Lasgun (2ea)
KERES Forward Rocket Launcher System  Exorcist rules
000 Twin Synch AA-Autocanon (4ea)
THRASOS Mk XVI Hydra weapon system (2ea)
000 Twin Stubber
NEMESIS Mk MCMLXIX CWIS Trieste Pattern
POLEMOS Mk XV Fuzz Pattern AA-System (6 Missiles, 3 Punisher)
MOROS Mk I Triple Earthshaker Turret System
000 Twin Snych AA Lascanon (side turret) (2ea)
000 Mk Xi AA-Autocanon Webb Pattern (2ea)
TALOS Mk II Fixed Manticore Launcher (6ea)
000 500lbs bombs with multi-purpose warhead (2ea bomb bay with xxx bombs)

STRYX Multi-purpose Aircraft
ARGUS observation drone
PALLAS attack drone



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/28 12:57:03


Post by: SilverHayabusa


Gak!...

That is a might load you have there Klaus.
I would not want to be anywhere near when that goes off!

Kudos! It's amazing.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/28 13:17:40


Post by: Rawson


Klaus, not Santa wrote:
BTW, I just looked through the ATHENA's armament list...

ALALA Siege Canon (Stormsword weapon) (1ea)
DEIMOS Mk XV Imperial Torpedo Launcher (2ea) Mk VIII Draconis Melta Torpedo
PHRIKE Quad Lasgun (2ea)
KERES Forward Rocket Launcher System  Exorcist rules
000 Twin Synch AA-Autocanon (4ea)
THRASOS Mk XVI Hydra weapon system (2ea)
000 Twin Stubber
NEMESIS Mk MCMLXIX CWIS Trieste Pattern
POLEMOS Mk XV Fuzz Pattern AA-System (6 Missiles, 3 Punisher)
MOROS Mk I Triple Earthshaker Turret System
000 Twin Snych AA Lascanon (side turret) (2ea)
000 Mk Xi AA-Autocanon Webb Pattern (2ea)
TALOS Mk II Fixed Manticore Launcher (6ea)
000 500lbs bombs with multi-purpose warhead (2ea bomb bay with xxx bombs)

STRYX Multi-purpose Aircraft
ARGUS observation drone
PALLAS attack drone

So what does that put the ATHENA at points wise? 300 or so?


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/28 13:50:32


Post by: SilverHayabusa


Rawson wrote:
Klaus, not Santa wrote:
BTW, I just looked through the ATHENA's armament list...

ALALA Siege Canon (Stormsword weapon) (1ea)
DEIMOS Mk XV Imperial Torpedo Launcher (2ea) Mk VIII Draconis Melta Torpedo
PHRIKE Quad Lasgun (2ea)
KERES Forward Rocket Launcher System  Exorcist rules
000 Twin Synch AA-Autocanon (4ea)
THRASOS Mk XVI Hydra weapon system (2ea)
000 Twin Stubber
NEMESIS Mk MCMLXIX CWIS Trieste Pattern
POLEMOS Mk XV Fuzz Pattern AA-System (6 Missiles, 3 Punisher)
MOROS Mk I Triple Earthshaker Turret System
000 Twin Snych AA Lascanon (side turret) (2ea)
000 Mk Xi AA-Autocanon Webb Pattern (2ea)
TALOS Mk II Fixed Manticore Launcher (6ea)
000 500lbs bombs with multi-purpose warhead (2ea bomb bay with xxx bombs)

STRYX Multi-purpose Aircraft
ARGUS observation drone
PALLAS attack drone

So what does that put the ATHENA at points wise? 300 or so?


Yea.. Maybe add a couple 00's to that.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/28 15:56:38


Post by: mxwllmdr


No, I'd let you field it for a grand.











If I wasn't playing......


LOL


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/28 16:29:05


Post by: SilverHayabusa


Or call it captured terain and use it for free!

Since I don't have an army....


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/28 17:17:18


Post by: alabamaheretic


like every one else i am amazed at your work. every nice complement that reiterated.
thats lotta dakka on the athena would not want to get into a fire fight with it. i think it would cost as much as an impearator titan.


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/28 18:49:51


Post by: Rawson


mxwllmdr wrote:No, I'd let you field it for a grand.
If I wasn't playing......
LOL



(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/28 23:44:05


Post by: Rogue Wolves


^ , I'd like to see you take that, and some various imperial flyers against an ork player who did the same.. and im thinking 5k on each side! that would be a game of games, the orks jump on deck, and just "push" one of your guardsmen off the ship! ha


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/29 02:46:58


Post by: mxwllmdr


Wow, Klaus, I love the idea for the missiles. Have to think about that method......


(Not) Santas Workshop of the Strange, Wierd, and Wonderful - 7 Jan - Princess remake - pg 78! @ 2012/06/29 04:15:49


Post by: shasolenzabi


Point forwards and slight angle them outwards to clear the Athena better/