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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2013/10/31 06:29:20


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Hello.

I am starting this blog to post up some of my work and to get feedback on it, so please validate me! I am usually reluctant to post images, but Dakka has been kind to me when I have slipped up and posted my work, so I'm taking a chance.

Now, I do assemble a lot of models correctly, but those aren't interesting. In this blog, I'm just going to be posting conversions. (And only ones I've taken pictures of. But you knew that.) So, without further senseless ramblings...


This is my love letter to Rob Liefeld:



Ever misaligment of parts or messy cut is actually a painstakingly accurate portrayal of Rob's artistic style. It was all done on purpose. I swear.



Now that I have a bunch of DFG accessory kits, I can finally dig Sergeant Liefeld out of storage and give him all the pockets he deserves.



This guy here is my converted chaplain.



Here is a spaceship I made out of DFG bits. The hull is a resin sword from a 15mm crusader. Unfortunately, most of the pieces have fallen off due to superglue failure, which quite disheartened me, but I plan to make more ships for my Eisenkern storm troopers out of the plastic swords I have. You know, some day.

All the parts are from the accessory kit. One day, I want to make an entire BFG fleet out of just the DFG accessory kit (or two of them) just for the challenge.









One of these usual suspects hijacked a truck full of gun parts out of Queens.


Bam!

(Can I re-use my joke that he looks like Magneto at Renn Faire?)


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2013/10/31 06:49:18


Post by: Theophony


LOL RobLiefeld LOL

that brings back memories of the fall of comic books.

biceps aren't big enough.

Plus you need to have an awesome name for the hero like "Twine" since "Cord" and "Cable" are already taken.

Great work, Thanks for that trip back memory lane


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2013/10/31 15:56:47


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Thanks!

I've always wanted to name a hero Spatula. Maybe that's him.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2013/11/19 00:48:42


Post by: JoshInJapan


Sgt. Liefeld is, indeed, a sweet conversion. I have only one small quibble: we can see his feet.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2013/11/19 02:18:38


Post by: plastictrees


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
Hello.

I am starting this blog to post up some of my work and to get feedback on it, so please validate me! I am usually reluctant to post images, but Dakka has been kind to me when I have slipped up and posted my work, so I'm taking a chance.

Now, I do assemble a lot of models correctly, but those aren't interesting. In this blog, I'm just going to be posting conversions. (And only ones I've taken pictures of. But you knew that.) So, without further senseless ramblings...


This is my love letter to Rob Liefeld:



Ever misaligment of parts or messy cut is actually a painstakingly accurate portrayal of Rob's artistic style. It was all done on purpose. I swear.




That's pretty much perfect.
The feet could be a bit smaller and pointier, and the gun is a little too coherent, but that first shot is right on the money. The huge pile of money that Rob has made while being terrible.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/01/09 09:53:17


Post by: Azazelx


The face and head on that model are also perfect for Liefield. as well as the small, misshapen, pigeon-toed feet. Now you need to put some debris in front of the right foot, so that it can't be seen...


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/05/05 07:33:18


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


So, thanks to the efforts of Mathieu Raymond and one poster whose name I will not share out of fear that he might carry out his threats against innocent Mantic Men at Arms (or Men at Aaaaaaaaarms, amiritelol?), I have decided to update this blog a bit. Please let me know what you think.

Note: Updates will be sporadic as most of my models have been boxed up and walled off far out of range of my son's tiny little hands of destruction. For the love of God, Montresor!

First, let's look at some spaceships. I love spaceships. They are what got me into the hobby. Unfortunately, most of my favorite ship conversions were destroyed in the Great Textbook Disaster of '06. I have been very, very slow to move on.

This little guy is made from lego and little green army men parts and a few other things. Not my best work, but definitely a survivor.



Some BFG escorts. I have a lot more stashed around somewhere. I even kitbashed a Tyranid cruiser from the exact same Warrior-sprue parts that the original model was kitbashed from. But I can't find it, so here are three less interesting ships.


My Ultramarines transport made from leftover Ultramarines bits and sprue.



Fairly simple conversions for my High Eldar fleet.


Some of my Star Trek models. Most of them are not in a state that I feel comfortable in sharing. Also, most of them will never be 'finished'.







Some random BFG conversions from my earliest days of kitbashing.




One of the few ships I actually completed for my chapter, the Knights Melechim (Formerly Sword Angels).







Finally, my plastic Empire Gegenkonig, Karlik Franzeleh. I completed him shortly before the actual plastic Karl Franz hit the shelves. Oh well.
Looking at the pictures, I just realized the ear pieces I painstakingly glued to ShpilkisClaw's armored head have fallen off...














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Here some the rest of the minis I managed to claw out of the crawl space.


Every chapter needs a few ridiculous, permanently unfinished jetbikes.




Here are my converted Genestealer Patriarch, Bloodletter champion and Slann. Not pictured: my terrible inability to focus the camera on the minis.



Here is my vampire hunter, Shimon Belmondt, and an armored vampire. Check out that hair.



My terminator librarian, terminator supervisor and terminator chaplain. The librarian is unfinished. He needs some studded leather flaps hanging over his shoulders and some serious work on his shaft.




I'm including my AOBR warboss just to show that I did indeed spend hours shaving plastic and melting into his neck hole to adjust his pose rather than just using green stuff. I'm a hard plastic hardliner.


Some more quick butchery. I gave these Mantic dwarf Ironwatch dudes some energy weapon conversions, which are unfortunately out of focus. Then I blinged up a Shock Trooper.



I think I have more pictures that I've shared in other threads and forgotten to include here. So, sometime soon I will have to go through my photobucket and see what else I have to share.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/05/05 13:48:52


Post by: Mathieu Raymond


Love it, mate. You need to work on this full time.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/05/05 15:06:52


Post by: Gallahad


Great work! I love the armored vampire and the Karl Franz conversion in particular.

It is fun to see all of those familiar bits being turned into spaceships. Gives you a whole new perspective on them.

Way to keep the plastic faith with your Warboss's neck.

I think your next challenge should be making conversions using exclusively Restic that are not "Mold Line Man" or "Spaghetti sword man." You could consider it an act of charity by giving hope to the legions of gamers with a box full of regret and warped mold line spawn of satan sitting in their closet.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/05/05 15:25:19


Post by: Jehan-reznor


Great kitbashes i may steal some ideas for um scientific purposes


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/05/05 21:45:29


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 Gallahad wrote:
Great work! I love the armored vampire and the Karl Franz conversion in particular.

It is fun to see all of those familiar bits being turned into spaceships. Gives you a whole new perspective on them.

Way to keep the plastic faith with your Warboss's neck.


Thank you.

If it weren't for the solvent fumes, I'd never use green stuff. Well, maybe. I don't know--can't think straight some times. Does anyone hear a ringing smell?


As for the spaceship bits, it's kind of like Tetris Vision. Now, anything I look at becomes fodder for some spaceship kitbash in my imagination.

I think your next challenge should be making conversions using exclusively Restic that are not "Mold Line Man" or "Spaghetti sword man." You could consider it an act of charity by giving hope to the legions of gamers with a box full of regret and warped mold line spawn of satan sitting in their closet.


That sounds like a Sisyphusean ordeal. I briefly tried some conversions with my Sedition Wars minis. Briefly. Now, I only want to work with HIPS and maybe Bones plastic.


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 Jehan-reznor wrote:
Great kitbashes i may steal some ideas for um scientific purposes


Yay!

Please share pics.


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 Mathieu Raymond wrote:
Love it, mate. You need to work on this full time.


Well, I have the two year old. But since I had about an hour of hobby time every week, we (meaning my wife) decided to adopt an 8 week old rescue dog. Hobby time is now something that happens to other people.

(I get to use the computer when the child is napping. But getting out tools and glue is guaranteed to cause him to wake up instantly refreshed and needy.)


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/05/05 23:28:51


Post by: Corporal_Chaos


Creative and awesome. Now create some rules for them and kick booty!


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/05/06 01:05:14


Post by: Brother SRM


If Sgt. Liefeld doesn't have a cloud of smoke and rubble obscuring his feet when you finish him, I'll be sorely disappointed.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/05/12 05:17:18


Post by: Azazelx


Damn, there's some pretty sweet stuff you've pulled out of the crawlspace! Now if only there were a way to get you painting....


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/05/13 20:59:44


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Painting?


Painting?



What language is that?


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/05/22 06:21:22


Post by: BobtheInquisitor



Here is something I made from dollar store swans and cake toppers. I think they'd work for Drakon Riders.



I don't remember if I posted these guys in this thread yet, but here you go:


Kara needed a helmet. Who knew she was into fascist chic?




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 Azazelx wrote:
Damn, there's some pretty sweet stuff you've pulled out of the crawlspace! Now if only there were a way to get you painting....


I will post some of my painting pictures.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/05/23 21:03:40


Post by: BobtheInquisitor







Alright, I have finally caved in to popular pressure and photographed my painted minis. (The ones I could find and make presentable, anyway.) Also, I've added some more conversions and kitbashes. Hope you like them.

Here is my not-Tyrion elf. I painted him after I supposedly spent years improving my skills. I guess I still don't know what people mean by "thin down your paints" or "blend". His cape decided it didn't want to be a part of him any more.



I was digging out some LOTR minis for someone and found a bunch of conversions I had made. Mostly, I just repositioned weapons on these guys, but I had plans. Big plans. Oh, the plans I had! Then GW made the LOTR punitively expensive.


These guys I spent a little more time on. I was reading The Desert Spear at the time, so I was a little more motivated. The second from the left is supposed to be on a flying carpet, but I never got around to finding a flying base.



For some reason, I thought the elves should all be wizards or epic heroes. The right hands on the bowmen had a cool 'mystical gesture' look that somehow morphed into 'holding an amulet'. If I'd bought another box, I assume the gesture would have finally ended up here:




Here are some of my painted spaceships. Most of them were painted before I'd ever heard of drybrushing or washing.







Here is the very first model that I painted that I actually really cared about. Also, the last time I ever used enamels or Testor's brand paints.


Did someone say, "More kitbashes?"





I just wanted to show how much work I put into those ships' badonkadonks. We're talking Kingdom Death levels of posterior love.


My brother and I loved to make cheesy ships out of those large G.I. Joe guns.



Micro Machines!





More painted minis



My wife painted the werewolf. Please note that none of these are really finished (except maybe the Bones minis), simply abandoned when I was bored and ready to move onto fresher victims.

My wife painted these dragons, but the one on the left is less than half-finished. She only completed the wings and spines. The body will end up similarly fabulous if the muse ever strikes again.


These are my Knights of Cydonia-inspired conversions. No one's going to take them alive; the time has come to make things right...


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/05/23 22:39:23


Post by: Azazelx


Tyrion's looking good. His armour has a kind of "beaten copper" look to it, and the colour scheme is similar to what I'm doing with my own High Elves (going for a WoW Blood Elf-inspired scheme). LotR conversions looking good. Where did you get that plastic mounted ringwraith?

All that Spaceship/BFG stuff looks like it wouldn't take much to get back up to gaming. A bit of a cleanup with a brush and running water, a wash and drybrush(!) on some of them, flying bases, and some sort of friendly ruleset for spaceship battles and you'll be golden. The kitbashes and conversions you've done look good already, but a quick bit of paint and they'll really start to pop.

Of the 28mm types, I especially like the demon/gargoyle, the dark elf-looking guy (close up?) and the werewolf. The Sedition Wars guys came up well also, which has just reminded me I need to send you some base money again. gak! The dragons also look good, even as WIP. Your wife has really done a great job blending the wings of those dragons - so honestly, I think you need to get on her case about finishing them. Hopefully it'll get you painting your own stuff as well.

And you can listen to your Muse while you're both painting. Don't waste your time, or time will waste you...


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/05/25 07:23:46


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 Azazelx wrote:
Tyrion's looking good. His armour has a kind of "beaten copper" look to it, and the colour scheme is similar to what I'm doing with my own High Elves (going for a WoW Blood Elf-inspired scheme). LotR conversions looking good. Where did you get that plastic mounted ringwraith?

All that Spaceship/BFG stuff looks like it wouldn't take much to get back up to gaming. A bit of a cleanup with a brush and running water, a wash and drybrush(!) on some of them, flying bases, and some sort of friendly ruleset for spaceship battles and you'll be golden. The kitbashes and conversions you've done look good already, but a quick bit of paint and they'll really start to pop.

Of the 28mm types, I especially like the demon/gargoyle, the dark elf-looking guy (close up?) and the werewolf. The Sedition Wars guys came up well also, which has just reminded me I need to send you some base money again. gak! The dragons also look good, even as WIP. Your wife has really done a great job blending the wings of those dragons - so honestly, I think you need to get on her case about finishing them. Hopefully it'll get you painting your own stuff as well.

And you can listen to your Muse while you're both painting. Don't waste your time, or time will waste you...


For Tyrion, I was trying to achieve that warm gold that Adrian Smith is always painting. Oops.
And I'm probably going to paint the rest of my elves white, blue and lavender if I can ever get the mixes just right. My Phoenix Gurad will probably end up in his color scheme, though. It should be noted that I am extremely indecisive when it comes to certain armies' color schemes.

The mounted ringwraith is from the fell beast kit. I used the witch king on the beast and had a spare wraith, so why not?

I'll try some of those techniques on my spaceships. Thanks! However, I hate flying bases and tend to keep them off of my spaceships unless/until I use them in a game. They annoy me almost as much as toy airplanes that have their landing gear permanently deployed. Gah! What the hell is supposed to be the fun of playing with a jet fighter that only ever taxis back and forth from the hanger? Who keeps thinking that's a good idea?

But I'll try spraying some of the models I feel are actually complete and then I'll drybrush them and add some details and see what happens. As for the Star Trek models, I have had ambitions for them that will require a lot of planning, set-up and execution time ever since I read about how the original was painted. A crazy man can dream...

So far, Battlefleet Gothic is my favorite rule set bar none. Unfortunately, I don't get to play it any more, but I hope that will change in the next ten years or so. I don't really model for the games, though.

I will try to get some closer pictures of those models. I think Bones may be the best thing that ever happened to my paint set--I finally use it more than once a year! We're also getting into the painting time of year; summer is when my nephew visits and we usually paint with him.

Great song. Speaking of great songs to paint by, for my Empire forces painting will be easy since their colors are like my dream: red, gold and green. Red, gold and gree-een.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/06/03 07:58:38


Post by: Azazelx


Oh, that post has a total lack of Culture. As for Tyrion, he's certainly warm, but he;'s gone over to brass. What gives it a beaten look is the texture of the paint, which probably shows up much more in the photos - particularly on the neck barding and the lance-tip - and probably enhanced by the wash. Don't get me wrong though - I think he looks great, and he fits the aesthetic of my own High Elves wonderfully! And it'd be great to see some Phoenix Guard rocking the golden look.

Where did the horse on the Nazgul come from? Morgul Knights? It's certainly an effective combo. And a good one you to paint in a day. (once you finish some spehss ships). What were your big LotR plans, by the way?

Flying bases are great for purpose. Gaming and display as well. Just don't glue them down and you can still swoosh them around! Looking at the Star Trek link you sent me just reminded me of the first time I saw 40k being played at a games con in '89. A big table (6x4? Maybe?) with a huge crashed space ship on it. Like 4 feet long and 2 feet high. Orks and Marines and Imperial Army fighting over it. Now that I have the war room, I'd love to make something even half that cool, since I might actually be able to store it (sorta), but I just don't have the skill to build something like that.

As for painting, (and other things) Wer wartet mit Besonnenheit der wird belohnt zur rechten Zeit, which is also working for my paint themes. It's also about as nice/positive as those particular lyrics get...



Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/06/04 06:48:19


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Yeah, the horse came from the Morghul Knights. I'll probably paint him dark blue (Necron Abyss?) since I prefer not to use pure black these days, then wash him black. His horse will be brown/blue with cold grey highlights and a thick black wash, and his armor will be metal with a thick black wash. Lots of black. He's got a thing for Tim Burton, maybe? Then his sword will be silver with green ink mixed in or a green wash...or something. I think I'm going to use a lot less layering, blending or in-lining and a lot more "color+wash+(maybe)drybrush" techniques.

I was planning to make a lot of armies for a more advanced fantasy setting from the LOTR ranges, and use a lot of historical minis to flesh them out. I had a lot of fluff and visual ideas planned out, but the minis made it all too expensive. Now so many more companies are releasing plastic minis that I don't feel any need to stick to the LOTR kits. Long story short, I converted a lot of my minis into wizards.

Yeah, I'll probably want to buy some flying bases some day to replace my losses.

It seems like you could make a huge ship from Deadzone scenery and hardware supplies. Put lots of piping and electrical boxes or computer keys or whatever together on one end. DZ ruins for the crew compartment. You could make some cool guns from boba straws, cheap pen tubes or plastic toilet paper roll holders glued to tupperware or plastic plant pots. If I had the space, time and money, I'd love to try something like that, maybe as more of a landing craft than a crashed ship, though. Enough rivets and drybrushing can make anything work, right?

Sorry, I don't speak German. Don't need to, either, since we're all living in America. America is wunderbar.

It's a good thing I never finished (and can't find) my Lady Gaga-themed Dark Eldar...


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/06/05 07:40:14


Post by: Azazelx


The horse had me puzzled for a few days until I figured it out. One of my favourite paints for painting black from the last couple of years is Vallejo Model Colour Black Grey, and it's close cousins - VMC Dark Grey and Basalt Grey. I use one or the others for exactly that kind of thing.

I'm sure with the right moustachioed (Empire?) head, you could do a wonderful Freddie Mercury performing Radio Gaga. He could then lead one of your fantasy forces. Maybe I should look into that myself. There's a specific head I'm thinking of but I'm not sure where it came/comes from...

The Deadzone scenery could probably do it, for the crashed ship, but it's kind of like... I have a certain image in my head, and I don't know that the DZ stuff would be right. And would probably also cost about $500. I'm going to use a ton of DZ and MA stuff for my industrial ruins/tank factory. I just wish I had it all in hand. Might be a summer project over Christmas at this rate.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/06/13 06:30:35


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Hello everyone! I have a few questions I want to run by you and get some advice. Any suggestions are appreciated.


First of all, what color scheme should I use for my fantasy not-China army? I am aiming for a sort of "fat fantasy" blending of a lot of Asian nations and periods, like you see in all those totally-not-medieval-Europe fantasies. I want to have a Yuan Dynasty feel, with lots of cavalry, expansionism, and soldiers from provinces thousands of miles apart fighting side by side. My minis are so far based on modified WGF Samurai and some Alkemy and Malifaux figures. I plan to add a lot of Fireforge Mongols when they become available to me.
Anyway, I keep vacillating between red-and-yellow and some sort of greenish theme, but I know very little about Chinese military history and even less about the colors they used in the military. Lil' help?

Second, for my Eisenkern, I plan to treat them exactly as they look like they should be: a melding of Star Wars and Warhammer 40,000. In that vein, I am using the Dungeon Crawler Beggar as the Emperor when my rewards arrive.


Should I try to greenstuff an unconvincing hood, or should I just give him black hair? I will be going for a Palpatine look overall for him. Also, is there a good scenic base that look like the stairs leading up to a throne or dais? He's rather short, for a storm trooper.

For the stormtroopers themselves, I want a dark blue and shiny look, but I'm extremely lazy. Would a spray-on primer with touch-ups and black wash be enough, or should I highlight? What highlights regal blue/shadow grey (haven't decided yet) better, grey ( spacewolf grey?) or ice blue? Red eyes or yellow?

Is there a quick, convincing way to do lots of camouflage?




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The horse had me puzzled for a few days until I figured it out. One of my favourite paints for painting black from the last couple of years is Vallejo Model Colour Black Grey, and it's close cousins - VMC Dark Grey and Basalt Grey. I use one or the others for exactly that kind of thing.

I'm sure with the right moustachioed (Empire?) head, you could do a wonderful Freddie Mercury performing Radio Gaga. He could then lead one of your fantasy forces. Maybe I should look into that myself. There's a specific head I'm thinking of but I'm not sure where it came/comes from...

The Deadzone scenery could probably do it, for the crashed ship, but it's kind of like... I have a certain image in my head, and I don't know that the DZ stuff would be right. And would probably also cost about $500. I'm going to use a ton of DZ and MA stuff for my industrial ruins/tank factory. I just wish I had it all in hand. Might be a summer project over Christmas at this rate.


I'll check those out, but my art education was very strict against using pure black or grey. I was always using oil pastels for my big projects so pure black is just not comfortable, yet. I'll have to try out those colors on my WGF Shocktroopers, the guinea pigs of my styrene collection.

Sadly, I am much, much more familiar with Lady Gaga than Radio Gaga. And I can't even tell you how long I've been looking for the right set of treads to bring to life my Johnny 5 homage just so I have an excuse to sing my favorite Bonnie Tyler song. But I'm the kind of guy who sings Piano Man at Karaoke bars, so... yeah.

For a cheap ship hull, how about one or more of those sorting boxes or stacking storage shelves for the main shell? You could fill the shelves in as needed or just paint them as hangars. They are super cheap at Walmart, and fairly sturdy.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/06/13 20:40:41


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Oh and can anyone recommend a method for source lighting that doesn't involve an airbrush, please?


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/06/14 23:28:22


Post by: Azazelx


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
Hello everyone! I have a few questions I want to run by you and get some advice. Any suggestions are appreciated.

First of all, what color scheme should I use for my fantasy not-China army? I am aiming for a sort of "fat fantasy" blending of a lot of Asian nations and periods, like you see in all those totally-not-medieval-Europe fantasies. I want to have a Yuan Dynasty feel, with lots of cavalry, expansionism, and soldiers from provinces thousands of miles apart fighting side by side. My minis are so far based on modified WGF Samurai and some Alkemy and Malifaux figures. I plan to add a lot of Fireforge Mongols when they become available to me.
Anyway, I keep vacillating between red-and-yellow and some sort of greenish theme, but I know very little about Chinese military history and even less about the colors they used in the military. Lil' help?


I know bugger-all about this topic, but googling "ancient chinese military" seems to offer all of the colours.


For the stormtroopers themselves, I want a dark blue and shiny look, but I'm extremely lazy. Would a spray-on primer with touch-ups and black wash be enough, or should I highlight? What highlights regal blue/shadow grey (haven't decided yet) better, grey ( spacewolf grey?) or ice blue? Red eyes or yellow?


Test model time. Pick 4 variants you like the most and try 'em out.


Is there a quick, convincing way to do lots of camouflage?


I'd say a spray can in an Olive Drab. Something like this, though you can go lighter or darker depending on preference and availability of spray paint.
Spoiler:


Then toothbrush-flick some sand-yellow/black-green and red-brown (individually, not mixed) and you'll have a workable pea-dot-inspired camo scheme. Also especially appropriate for Germans.

You can add some more shades of dots (or not) to taste.




I'll check those out, but my art education was very strict against using pure black or grey. I was always using oil pastels for my big projects so pure black is just not comfortable, yet. I'll have to try out those colors on my WGF Shocktroopers, the guinea pigs of my styrene collection.


(Read in a Cartman voice).Your art education was wrong. WRONG.
Everything has a use.


Sadly, I am much, much more familiar with Lady Gaga than Radio Gaga. And I can't even tell you how long I've been looking for the right set of treads to bring to life my Johnny 5 homage just so I have an excuse to sing my favorite Bonnie Tyler song. But I'm the kind of guy who sings Piano Man at Karaoke bars, so... yeah.
For a cheap ship hull, how about one or more of those sorting boxes or stacking storage shelves for the main shell? You could fill the shelves in as needed or just paint them as hangars. They are super cheap at Walmart, and fairly sturdy.


Johnny 5, eh? Have you seen these?
http://www.anvilindustry.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&path=114&product_id=313

Crashed spaceship is remaining a pipe dream for the foreseeable future. The near future is Zavod 311!


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/06/15 06:11:21


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 Azazelx wrote:
 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
Hello everyone! I have a few questions I want to run by you and get some advice. Any suggestions are appreciated.

First of all, what color scheme should I use for my fantasy not-China army? I am aiming for a sort of "fat fantasy" blending of a lot of Asian nations and periods, like you see in all those totally-not-medieval-Europe fantasies. I want to have a Yuan Dynasty feel, with lots of cavalry, expansionism, and soldiers from provinces thousands of miles apart fighting side by side. My minis are so far based on modified WGF Samurai and some Alkemy and Malifaux figures. I plan to add a lot of Fireforge Mongols when they become available to me.
Anyway, I keep vacillating between red-and-yellow and some sort of greenish theme, but I know very little about Chinese military history and even less about the colors they used in the military. Lil' help?


I know bugger-all about this topic, but googling "ancient chinese military" seems to offer all of the colours.


Every time I google "Chinese military history" or something similar, I somehow lose several hours to some message board discussing all the reasons why the Han dynasty could kick the Roman Empire's ass, and if Western historians were not colonialist oppressors, they'd agree. It's hypnotic.

But I'll google harder. Or just bug someone o a dedicated history forum.




For the stormtroopers themselves, I want a dark blue and shiny look, but I'm extremely lazy. Would a spray-on primer with touch-ups and black wash be enough, or should I highlight? What highlights regal blue/shadow grey (haven't decided yet) better, grey ( spacewolf grey?) or ice blue? Red eyes or yellow?


Test model time. Pick 4 variants you like the most and try 'em out.


It took me almost a year to complete 4 Eisenkern. I'm up to ten now. I guess I can save 40% to save the rest.



Is there a quick, convincing way to do lots of camouflage?


I'd say a spray can in an Olive Drab. Something like this, though you can go lighter or darker depending on preference and availability of spray paint.
Spoiler:


Then toothbrush-flick some sand-yellow/black-green and red-brown (individually, not mixed) and you'll have a workable pea-dot-inspired camo scheme. Also especially appropriate for Germans.

You can add some more shades of dots (or not) to taste.


Thank you. Idea stolen. Toothbrush appropriated.





I'll check those out, but my art education was very strict against using pure black or grey. I was always using oil pastels for my big projects so pure black is just not comfortable, yet. I'll have to try out those colors on my WGF Shocktroopers, the guinea pigs of my styrene collection.


(Read in a Cartman voice).Your art education was wrong. WRONG.
Everything has a use.


Just like in a buffalo?



Sadly, I am much, much more familiar with Lady Gaga than Radio Gaga. And I can't even tell you how long I've been looking for the right set of treads to bring to life my Johnny 5 homage just so I have an excuse to sing my favorite Bonnie Tyler song. But I'm the kind of guy who sings Piano Man at Karaoke bars, so... yeah.
For a cheap ship hull, how about one or more of those sorting boxes or stacking storage shelves for the main shell? You could fill the shelves in as needed or just paint them as hangars. They are super cheap at Walmart, and fairly sturdy.


Johnny 5, eh? Have you seen these?
http://www.anvilindustry.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&path=114&product_id=313


Those are what I've been searching for for years. They're perfect.

But not as Johnny 5. Well, maybe with some cutting.

I may not need to buy those MERCS drones now.


Crashed spaceship is remaining a pipe dream for the foreseeable future. The near future is Zavod 311!


Yeah, tanks are cool. I don't see why you couldn't have both--a crashed spaceship with a cargo hold full of tanks!

Okay. I'll let it go.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/20 08:47:56


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Thank you, Malika. That's a great thread with many wonderful ideas to steal, er, borrow.

Anyway, I've finally got something new to show! It's been a while, but now I'm finally getting to work on minis again.

These minis are for a sort of project I am working on. Years ago, I bought many boxes of Robogear vehicles on clearance, and several pounds of Imex terrain from Judgedoug (I think), in the hopes of someday kitbashing the hell out of it to make cheapo vehicles for my cheapo WGF Shock Troopers. Yes, that is how long ago I started this project: way back when WGF Shock Troopers were the sexy-cheap new minis on the market.

However, Robogear aircraft and tanks look absolutely dorky. You know that scene in Police Academy, where the captain's head ge's stuck in a horse's ass? Well, Robogear vehicles look kind of like that, but more potato-shaped. So, I decided to make them into drones so I could remove the cockpit/horse sections and maybe work a little mini miracle.

Well, somehow this turned into an entire drone army project, so expect to see a lot more deadly war robots. I'm going for a Skynet-meets-MorningLightMountain* type of force: lots of 80's laser-shooting robo-action. Please give me feedback and suggestions!



This here is a loitering attack drone. The design of the wings and engines did not scream "fast" or "fighter" to me, so I decided to A-10 this bad boy up with a big gun. Unfortunately, I now think the gun is too big. But at least it's a moving part, right?


The drone had an odd shape, so I decided to give it lots of sensors in the hope that it would be visually distracting give it a purpose. I added a few cameras and optical-looking bits, then went hog wild.


I made the mistake of showing these designs to my Dad, who was an aerospace engineer. He explained in detail the many, many ways that these aircraft are just terribly designed.





This is the fighter drone. I say this because it has more control surfaces for maneuverability, which is the main advantage it has over fleshbag-piloted planes. I assume the big engines give it speed or spice up its love life.


I originally had just the electric eye on the nose, but it looked too pinheaded, so I added the binocular-vision sensors. I also wanted the guns to look like they could swivel since dammit, every cybernetic Hunter Killer needs a plasma turret underneath the nose. That's just how it's done.


"Vyyeeeeeerrrrooooo. Pew-pew pew-pew pew-pew-pew-pew--bfwooozhh!" The model is a success.


My MALP. My wife thinks it looks more like the claw robots from Red Dwarf.



Here are my Battlefleet Mantic ships kitbashed from the Deadzone Accessory Sprue and the Deadzone Never Enough Clips. I want to finish them soon, but as the raging heroes say, "Not today."




*MorningLightMountain, from the book Pandora's Star, is my favorite "evil computer" villain despite the fact he is not a computer.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/21 08:32:12


Post by: BobtheInquisitor



Here are some more.

This one is my baby. I wanted to give my SkyNetMountain (I need a better name) a nice ED-209-looking mofo to let everyone know gak just got serious. He still needs some tewaks and some gaps hidden, but he's 95% there. What do you think?





This next one is a scout walker for my Shock Troops. For the first Robogear walker I converted, I swapped out the whole upper body and arms, along with the head. Too much work! From now on, they just get head swaps.



First, my lazy Commisar conversion--a Dreamforge head on a Bones body. Then I modified some WGF ladies because who really needs three of the same pose per box. Yes the little girl has a scouter and a blaster, the older lady has a ray-gun, and the cowgirl has claws, bub.








They look good, but I like the Gun Tractors a whole lot more. I want the Gun Tractors just as they are. If I do end up doing a Johnny 5, I'll probably end up using a spare one of those, a spare PDC track (are they still around?) or a tiny little tank chassis.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/21 12:25:31


Post by: GrimDork


Cool little ships. I've already said how much I like the deadzone stuff but the ships for your drone army are pretty neat too.

I like the MALP, he's got an extra big claw but I think it's a close enough representation that I would have guessed that was his purpose if you hadn't said what it was.

The gun on the first dude does look pretty big for a swivel, but his missiles look pretty big too so maybe they're just over-gunning them.

Neat blog.


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Oh even more too!

The first walker is pretty awesome, it looks a bit awkward but in a lean deadly way, kind of like ED209 did (though that was probably just bad CGI at the time).

The second one doesn't look as cool as the first but how could it right? Still looks a lot more reasonable than sending dudes rolling around on giant armored bikes, and pretty cool besides.

Heh, clawgirl is pretty amusing for some reason, the rest make more sense honestly but she's so out there it works



Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/21 12:50:00


Post by: Alpharius


I love that heavily armed flying attack drone - sweet!


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/21 13:53:32


Post by: Mathieu Raymond


Your mind is a beautiful thing. You seem to be able to go in 20 different directions at the same time and still stay sane. I envy you.

Now how's about you throw a coat of paint on those? I'd like to see what the girls look like painted.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/21 13:56:07


Post by: judgedoug


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
and several pounds of Imex terrain from Judgedoug (I think)

Yup! You got it all!


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/21 19:24:03


Post by: Gallahad


Very cool Bob! I love drones and have a bunch of Tau drones sitting around to make a giant drone army out of. I think drones will play an increasingly important role in future battlefields, and I love the visual of seeing some enormous swarm of drones lift up over the horizon. I think I saw an anime once with some big drone swarm. The matrix also has a cool one.

You made that robogear stuff look good, but my favorite is by far the ships from the Deadzone "Not Enough Clips" set.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/22 07:50:50


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 GrimDork wrote:
Cool little ships. I've already said how much I like the deadzone stuff but the ships for your drone army are pretty neat too.
I like the MALP, he's got an extra big claw but I think it's a close enough representation that I would have guessed that was his purpose if you hadn't said what it was.
The gun on the first dude does look pretty big for a swivel, but his missiles look pretty big too so maybe they're just over-gunning them.

Neat blog.
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Oh even more too!
The first walker is pretty awesome, it looks a bit awkward but in a lean deadly way, kind of like ED209 did (though that was probably just bad CGI at the time).

The second one doesn't look as cool as the first but how could it right? Still looks a lot more reasonable than sending dudes rolling around on giant armored bikes, and pretty cool besides.

Heh, clawgirl is pretty amusing for some reason, the rest make more sense honestly but she's so out there it works



Thanks! It sounds like I should try harder to finish my Mantic fleet. Then on to Battlefleet Imex.

The swivel gun is much bigger than I thought it would be when I started on it. That's one reason I added more length to the drone's front. But, sure, with all the weight saved on life support and cockpit space, bigger guns make sense.
The robot walker was very much intended to look like ED 209, which is why I didn't add sensors or cameras to his face. I think he ended up looking a bit like a Zentraedi command walker, too. I'm not sure the cage on his face works, but I imagine it's a frame for armored transparisteel or something. Or force fields. Gotta love force fields.

The second one is not modified too much. I have a more heavily-modified one that I've been tinkering with for years now, but I'm not happy with it. As for clawgirl, I wanted to make some super-heroines with my spares. The other woman is supposed to be rogue in a classic Marvel "I'mma punch you" pose. She has to wear gloves because her touch is deadly, but she has to wear a strapless top and miniskirt because she's a comic book character. I had a couple of Wonder Women minis, but I can't seem to find them.



 Alpharius wrote:
I love that heavily armed flying attack drone - sweet!


Thanks! The one with the big gun under the nose? Or the one with the frickin' HUGE gun?



 Mathieu Raymond wrote:
Your mind is a beautiful thing. You seem to be able to go in 20 different directions at the same time and still stay sane. I envy you.

Now how's about you throw a coat of paint on those? I'd like to see what the girls look like painted.


I don't know... I have mini ADD, where I never quite finish a project before moving on. I have to work while I'm inspired.

I'm much more of a modeller than a painter. I used to paint while my wife and nephew were painting, but she doesn't have time any more and he went away to college. And if I do paint some minis, I'll probably start with the space ships and drones. They don't require me to blend skin tones.

On the other hand, "It puts the primer on its skin or else it gets the hose again," certainly has a nice ring to it.



 judgedoug wrote:
 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
and several pounds of Imex terrain from Judgedoug (I think)

Yup! You got it all!


Stay tuned and you'll get to see a lot of it in my future kitbashes,




 Gallahad wrote:
Very cool Bob! I love drones and have a bunch of Tau drones sitting around to make a giant drone army out of. I think drones will play an increasingly important role in future battlefields, and I love the visual of seeing some enormous swarm of drones lift up over the horizon. I think I saw an anime once with some big drone swarm. The matrix also has a cool one.

You made that robogear stuff look good, but my favorite is by far the ships from the Deadzone "Not Enough Clips" set.


I plan to make a lot of smaller drones, too. I might go for more of a ducted-fan look for them rather than the Tau anti-gravity look. Also, replicators spider-bots. The trick is making them look small enough to work as troops. The Matrix was a big inspiration for my "face full of lenses" approach for the flying drones.

And, yeah, I'll get to work on the Mantic ships. I just need to figure out how to finish the nacelles.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/23 08:06:21


Post by: Azazelx


Stuff looks good - are the drones to be used in 28mm scale? The mech I assume is, though you could also use either of them in 15mm etc or smaller (as bigger mechs and drones). I don't know what a MALP is (googled it - ah, some kind of Stargate thingy) I prefer the scutters.
I kinda like the body shape of the first walker but prefer the weapon mounts of the second. Maybe we need more angles?

I know it's not so much your thing and that time and setup are difficult for you atm, but paint, man, paint.

Even figuring out a colour scheme and using a spray can + washes will get them 80% done, and as we know, once something is 80% done you can take as long as you like for that last, magical 20%.



Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/24 06:45:50


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Planning my next conversions...









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The dog's nose is covering the "9,000" that's under Primarch Vegetangron there.


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 Azazelx wrote:
Stuff looks good - are the drones to be used in 28mm scale? The mech I assume is, though you could also use either of them in 15mm etc or smaller (as bigger mechs and drones). I don't know what a MALP is (googled it - ah, some kind of Stargate thingy) I prefer the scutters.
I kinda like the body shape of the first walker but prefer the weapon mounts of the second. Maybe we need more angles?

I know it's not so much your thing and that time and setup are difficult for you atm, but paint, man, paint.

Even figuring out a colour scheme and using a spray can + washes will get them 80% done, and as we know, once something is 80% done you can take as long as you like for that last, magical 20%.



Yeah, they are 'scaled' for '28mm'. Honestly, once I get them near some Mecha Front or CAV, scale will go out the window, as well as rules or anything other than making stompy robo-noises and explosions. I can get pictures from more angles. It looks like you also wanted to see closer pictures of some of the painted minis, so I'll try to get those up as well.

Painting? Noooo! Although I might take your 80% approach to heart. Spray can and washes? That is soooo my style.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/24 08:01:35


Post by: Vain


Ok, gotta give you props man, when I saw the pics of the Blanche-trooper in the other thread it was the best thing I saw all day.

Now seeing Vegeta and Batman, well it made my week!


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/24 09:06:21


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Thanks! I really appreciate the kind words.

I'll probably give Vegetangron another try some day. It was almost time to go when I drew him, and it shows.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/24 21:56:32


Post by: GrimDork


Hah those are ... unique? Kind of awesome.

Does the one have a decapitated and shrunken homer/simpsons-style head? lolz.

Seems you fancy topknots?


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/25 03:53:28


Post by: Azazelx


Those sketches are awesome. You should do more of those. Then r̶e̶l̶e̶a̶s̶e̶ kickstart a digital art book.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/25 14:40:50


Post by: GrimDork


Definitely kickstart it, and make sure you have delays. Gotta ensure your fulfillment date crosses Chinese new year for sure. You should also change the materials without letting us know, maybe switch to numbered jpegs instead of a PDF


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/26 01:31:41


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 GrimDork wrote:
Hah those are ... unique? Kind of awesome.

Does the one have a decapitated and shrunken homer/simpsons-style head? lolz.

Seems you fancy topknots?



Thanks!
Yes, that is a Homer Simpson head. D'oh!

And I don't personally like topknots, but I was trying to capture the flavor of grimdark, which tastes like scribbles and topknots.


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 Azazelx wrote:
Those sketches are awesome. You should do more of those. Then r̶e̶l̶e̶a̶s̶e̶ kickstart a digital art book.


Thanks. But I'm not sure if you're just fething with me. Kickstarter is a serious endeavor, requiring the utmost integrity and commitment. But, if you think people would pay for a pdf, and even more for a printed book plus very reasonable shipping...


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 GrimDork wrote:
Definitely kickstart it, and make sure you have delays. Gotta ensure your fulfillment date crosses Chinese new year for sure. You should also change the materials without letting us know, maybe switch to numbered jpegs instead of a PDF


You think I could get Flying Assault Butt money? Because I could really use that money.


But seriously, would anyone actually pledge for a bunch of my sketches, drawings and, stretch goals permitting, paintings?


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I don't want to give too much away for free now, but let me just say I've got some work pending on some gramdark Ice Age mammals, which I will finish just as soon as I'm happy with my Roughest Girls in the Galaxy sketches.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/26 01:52:08


Post by: Azazelx


I think people actually would. Just make sure your sense of humour is at the forefront.

KS's new policy appears to be "feth it - you're on your own!" and they no longer appear to have any kind of vetting or approval of projects at all.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/973736766/the-cybermatrix-100-tu01
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1430411066/50-shades-of-vorpal
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/324283889/potato-salad
https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/potato-salad-by-the-numbers


Please send me 5% of the takings, since I came up with the idea.






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Also, I see that Flying Assault Butts has now become a typical Kickstarter with no updates since April 2014 and people still waiting on theirs 13 months on.

If you start to take money for reals for this, make sure that you mention upfront that your project will likely be delayed by months, and Chinese New Year will probably have an impact, along with Christmas, New Years, Eid, Hannukah, and any other public holiday anywhere in the world.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/26 01:59:44


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 Azazelx wrote:
I think people actually would. Just make sure your sense of humour is at the forefront.

KS's new policy appears to be "feth it - you're on your own!" and they no longer appear to have any kind of vetting or approval of projects at all.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/973736766/the-cybermatrix-100-tu01
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1430411066/50-shades-of-vorpal
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/324283889/potato-salad
https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/potato-salad-by-the-numbers


Huh. Well, then, I'll just need to start looking into how much adobe charges for the software that makes pdf artbooks, and find a printer that's a bit cheaper than shutterfly. Also, need to start drawing. I don't think people will pledge so much based on concept art alone anymore.



Please send me 5% of the takings, since I came up with the idea.





Do you accept payment in unused bits?


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/26 02:38:06


Post by: GrimDork


Lol Cybermatrix, I only got about 10 words into the video before I had to quit...

50 shades of Vorpal though...

I could see backing you for the PDF if prices were reasonably reasonable, the lol factor is relatively high with your work which is nice


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/26 03:56:24


Post by: GrimDork


^I have no idea. I'm a cheapskate and don't like paying for things so other people would be much better at helping you set your prices I tend to have a blind spot for kickstarters but I'm too much of a stingy shopper to be of much help!

I will say that it seems like having a lower buy-in seems to help with the random passersby jumping onto a project, even if it's not the whole shebang, sometimes people just wanna contribute to the laugh and maybe get something out of it. Look at that potato salad thing, for instance.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/26 04:00:38


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Yeah, I definitely want to have tiers. $10 for the base pdf, maybe, with the sweet spot being $20? I had better look into the costs first.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/26 13:41:27


Post by: GrimDork


Yeah for reals.

Kind of depends on what you'd want out of it too. Kickstarter usually isn't run to make you oodles of cash but to establish the mechanism to do so. At least for minis... I'm not as sure how it works for making print runs of stuff.

Those prices seem affordable enough if the interest is there.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/27 09:01:11


Post by: Azazelx


If it's a digital PDF, I'd be thinking $10-15, with higher levels being "request your own design" and "become a character" type silliness.

I know in MS Word you can simply "save as PDF", so you might want to look into that as well before paying Adobe the big bucks.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/10/30 18:53:42


Post by: The Dwarf Wolf


Great stuff coming... o.O

I liked it.

One observation about the "mantic fleet" big ship: add something to the "disc" in the from of it... Right now it looks to bland, anything to add texture there will work wonders...


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/11/09 07:55:45


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Hello, everyone. Haven't been doing much modelling recently due to a death in the family. I'm still pretty psyched about doing a kickstarter, but I haven't had time to do any of the research yet. I did end up doing a few more drawings while suffering from insomnia or doing laundry. But first--

 The Dwarf Wolf wrote:
Great stuff coming... o.O

I liked it.

One observation about the "mantic fleet" big ship: add something to the "disc" in the from of it... Right now it looks to bland, anything to add texture there will work wonders...


Pretty much everyone says this. I agree. The ships in my photos were not complete. I have used and will continue to use a mix of Imex and WGF bits to add finer detail to the command saucer, nacelles and other parts until the ships are done abandoned. I just haven't had a chance to work on them much because the Mantic ships live at my parents' house right now and I've been a bit preoccupied elsewhere.

Glad you liked it, though!

Now, for the other pictures. Keep in mind that these are meant to be ideas for conversions based on cheap toys my son probably won't realize are missing.



And here is a sneak peak at some early designs for KS stretch goals. I'm saving the annotations until the project goes live.



I want to put together a bunch of my monster doodles as a stretch goal or add-on. What do you think?




This one was a request from my wife. I felt kind of uncomfortable drawing it at a playground, so it is a little rushed. However, if there's one thing I've learned from Kingdom Death, it's that Kickstarter and breasts go together like... well, anything and breasts, really. NSFW!
Spoiler:


This one will never be finished now that someone asked my why the dragon is pooping.




And I can work in color, for those big, fake stretch goals that really get your attention.



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 Azazelx wrote:
If it's a digital PDF, I'd be thinking $10-15, with higher levels being "request your own design" and "become a character" type silliness.

I know in MS Word you can simply "save as PDF", so you might want to look into that as well before paying Adobe the big bucks.


Are you willing to pay an additional $20 for overseas, uh, reasons?


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/11/09 14:05:37


Post by: GrimDork


Neat stuff, the monsters are pretty cool


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/11/16 06:23:55


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


New sketches! I am still working on the Kickstarter, but I'll post a few things to keep the interest going.





Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/11/16 14:27:35


Post by: GrimDork


Heh awesome. I like the shadow/vorlon, queue nostalgia and amusement at the same time.

Imitation cell shading... lolol.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/11/16 14:30:56


Post by: Theophony


Shadowkosh ambassador needs a pimp cane and optional feather to replace antennae


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/11/16 15:08:54


Post by: GrimDork


Oh yeah I as gonna say... wut no topknots? That must be the *super* evil faction


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/11/18 07:14:26


Post by: BobtheInquisitor







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 GrimDork wrote:
Heh awesome. I like the shadow/vorlon, queue nostalgia and amusement at the same time.

Imitation cell shading... lolol.


Thanks! Nostalgia is behind half of the in-jokes I put in these sketches.

 GrimDork wrote:
Oh yeah I as gonna say... wut no topknots? That must be the *super* evil faction


Yeah, the topknots, shoulder pads and augmetic eyes are pretty much reserved for standard grimdark humans. I'll probably mix it up a bit with some horns or mohawks at some point, but it was a nice running gag. I didn't think it would work with the Shadowkosh, but then, maybe I just missed a great opportunity.

 Theophony wrote:
Shadowkosh ambassador needs a pimp cane and optional feather to replace antennae


Wish I had thought of those. I'll have to save them for a later sketch...


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/11/18 20:40:13


Post by: Theophony


Don't forget the shadowkosh inquisitor (jack the ripper), he's probably a better fit for the pimp cane

Don't forget to have allied forces for the shadowkosh, maybe a dynamic duo hanging out with them on an intergalactic road trip.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/11/18 20:42:25


Post by: GrimDork


That photo is hilarious and awesome for some reason.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/11/18 22:20:17


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


The best part is the car phone. Remember car phones?


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Oh, and there will be allies, but not those two.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/11/18 23:22:06


Post by: GrimDork


That *is* a car phone! Nice catch, I didn't see the cord. I kind of remember them, I think exactly one person I knew growing up had one.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/12/03 09:39:54


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I've started a holiday project thread for all of us over here. Join me, won't you?

Also, some new stuff.



50 quatloos to the first person who 'gets' this next one.


More parodies are coming up, but for now there's this guy.


These were going to be decals or laser etched designs. Yes, that's the Emperor.





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Some of those pictures are almost twice as large as the actual physical drawings. Pretend they don't look so shaky and messy.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/12/12 09:10:36


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


OK, this update will have minis in it.






A work in progress. Whenever I am drawing at the playground or the mall (stupid lines), I tend to pencil with ink. Probably should stop.


5 million Deutschmarks for the armor and no face protection? Nein!


Stupid Mantic with their stupid hipster concept design posers.




Guess who.




There's always the guy with the swords...




Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/12/12 16:08:53


Post by: GrimDork


Heh, nice stuff. I especially like Admiral zoidbar. Or Ackberg, either way, amusing as usual.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2014/12/13 06:17:03


Post by: Gallahad


Great stuff Bob! I am inspired.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/01/09 05:59:35


Post by: JoshInJapan


Those are troopers from Proxie Models, right? How do you like them?


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/02/26 21:53:58


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


Never thought to try butchering some men at arms to stick with the proxie pieces.

Could be interesting, using a bit proxie, some dreamforge, some mantic, a few skulls for the skull god... make yourself a nice goulash army.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/03/09 22:04:09


Post by: Tyr13


Since no one has collected those 50 quatloos yet: Biological AT-AT. Ill take a cheque.


(seriously though, nice stuff! )


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/04/08 06:23:13


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 JoshInJapan wrote:
Those are troopers from Proxie Models, right? How do you like them?


I enjoyed assembling them. They are great for faceless grunts. I'll probably get more for generic sci fi bad dudes if/when I ever get the boy into gaming.


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 Tyr13 wrote:
Since no one has collected those 50 quatloos yet: Biological AT-AT. Ill take a cheque.


(seriously though, nice stuff! )


Yay! I'm sending them via courier. They'll leave the dollar sign-coated package outside your front door while you're on vacation.

And thanks!


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 highlord tamburlaine wrote:
Never thought to try butchering some men at arms to stick with the proxie pieces.

Could be interesting, using a bit proxie, some dreamforge, some mantic, a few skulls for the skull god... make yourself a nice goulash army.


Proxie minis are great for that. Mantic and Dreamforge give you tons of spare arms and weapons. Proxie provides cheap torsos.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/04/17 19:41:39


Post by: Matthew


I just saw those pictures. What.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/03 00:53:08


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Well, it's been a while. I'm going to post more of my works in progress since I never seem to finish anything. I tend to have brief, intense periods of inspiration that last for a few days to maybe a couple weeks, and then I have to move on to a new project or else I end up just staring at unfinished models and resenting them. Sadly, I've only had an hour or so a week to work on minis lately, although I hope that changes over the holidays.


Anyway, my latest on again off again project is kit bashing vehicles in DZC scale, or close to it at 1/144 or even 1/100 for monster tanks.

On the left is a drone fighter, the kind Skynet would use for air superiority. It is essentially a pilotless, modified F-15 with some MiG parts, a 1/35(?) missile cone that Catharsix gave me, and a 1/700 rowboat to make it look different while maintaining its Alex Holker-friendly appearance of aerodynamics. I still need to add weapons, although I've already added the hole for the integrated plasma cannon under the nose.

On the right is a cheap plane that I covered in gunpla parts for that mechanime look that seduced me into the Robotech Tactics Kickstarter.


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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/03 00:56:47


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Since I am using my iPad, I can only add one photo per post.

Here you can see the side views. The drone fighter is mostly done except for weapons, but the falsitech Fauxkyrie needs a lot more work, including some panels to bridge the forward wing engines, the fuselage, and the rear missile racks, and eliminate the wasp-waisted look.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/03 00:58:07


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Here is a rear view. The anime space jet has lots of thrust behind it.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/03 01:04:30


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Did I mention that the space jet has variable wing geometry? You bet it does.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/03 01:14:00


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I've also been kit bashing a lot of spaceships, mostly out of Battleship Yamato or Star Trek kits, but most of them just aren't polished enough for me to share them. This one's the best so far, and still only half-done and a bit sloppy.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/03 01:15:25


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


The big turrets swivel. The little turrets should swivel, too, which is why I haven't installed them yet.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/03 01:16:55


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


There is still a lot of work to do to turn this battleship into a campy space battleship, but at least the back fully developed. I spent a lot of time on the rear.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/03 02:20:09


Post by: GrimDork


I demand veritechs in their ridiculous guardian mode!

Neat ships either way.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/03 02:23:57


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 GrimDork wrote:
I demand veritechs in their ridiculous guardian mode!

Neat ships either way.


I have at least one Scarecrow and one Hunter from MEdge earmarked for guardian modes.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/08 20:18:30


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Here is a fighter in DZC scale for my Eisenkern. I had guns added on the TIE wings, but they weren't heroic enough. Looking for replacements.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/08 20:22:01


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Vermonter requested some pics of my glorlons, so here they are. I got a squad of five and a leader, apparently the sweet spot pledge for that kickstarter. One of my glorlons is missing, ironically because I probably put him in a shoe box of minis to photograph. The leader is near the middle.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/08 20:23:37


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


And here is a scale shot with a space marine, some Mantic enforcers, a Sedition Wars Samaritan, and a Reaper Bones Bathalian Exarch.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/09 02:01:00


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


Wow, an honest to goodness Glorlon in the wild.

You must be like one of four people in the civilized world to actually have some.

For some reason I thought they would have been bigger. Not sure why.

By all means keep posting pictures one at a time, because if other people are posting that means my own posting will intensify, and I'll go get more done.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/09 07:53:40


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
The big turrets swivel. The little turrets should swivel, too, which is why I haven't installed them yet.


Nice, I like the inverted hull.

What ship was it orginally?


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/09 11:55:07


Post by: evildrcheese


Cool plog. Some really interesting models and conversions going on in here, which is always nice to see.

Looking forward to seeing more.

EDC


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/09 16:50:32


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 highlord tamburlaine wrote:
Wow, an honest to goodness Glorlon in the wild.

You must be like one of four people in the civilized world to actually have some.

For some reason I thought they would have been bigger. Not sure why.

By all means keep posting pictures one at a time, because if other people are posting that means my own posting will intensify, and I'll go get more done.


I've found a combination of small pledges and tenacity really helps the project creators pull through for me. Do you remember the 6mm Armies campaign? Everyone laughed at me for requesting a smaller, sampler sized pledge so that I could pledge a safer amount in the project--well, who's laughing now? Besides their manufacturer, I mean.

As for their size, they fill out the same size base as the terminator-sized Peacekeepers, so they dwarf true scale humans, but they have a lot of negative space.

And I have to post one picture at a time if I post from my iPad. Dakka can't attach more than one picture from an iPad to a post due to Apple. I can try using photobucket again since I also prefer that format, but the last time I used that service it was buggy as hell and took wayyyyy too long.


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 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
The big turrets swivel. The little turrets should swivel, too, which is why I haven't installed them yet.


Nice, I like the inverted hull.

What ship was it orginally?


Thanks! There's more work to do to finish it, so I'll try to post updates.

It was a 1/1200 Missouri. My FLGS had a lot of stuff on clearance, so I picked up a couple of those and a Yamato. I'm not sure how I'll tackle Yamato yet; I don't want it to suffer comparisons with the anime space battleship, even though that was my inspiration.


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 evildrcheese wrote:
Cool plog. Some really interesting models and conversions going on in here, which is always nice to see.

Looking forward to seeing more.

EDC


Thanks! Feedback means a lot to me.

Which types of conversions would you like to see? What do you feel is my most promising avenue of kit Bashing?


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/09 17:35:00


Post by: Barzam


Bob, I am extremely jealous that you actually have your stuff from Total Extinction. I still have nothing and haven't heard a thing out of them since their last update. did they send a Shipping notice or anything with it?


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/09 18:02:12


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 Barzam wrote:
Bob, I am extremely jealous that you actually have your stuff from Total Extinction. I still have nothing and haven't heard a thing out of them since their last update. did they send a Shipping notice or anything with it?


He sent an update a while ago saying they were waiting only on the rules and certain minis (not glorlons?), and he would send out orders to anyone with all completed minis who contacted him saying they wanted their stuff without the rules. So I did.

Yes, there was a shipping notice with a package number, but I think I got the package before it was 'active'.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/09 19:47:33


Post by: Vermonter


Hey Bob,

I'll have to figure out a way to subscribe to this. You make sci-fi referential humor look easy and effortless. And you post cool figures, too, of course.

I appreciate the Glorlon posts and hope they'll hit retail some time so I can nab some.

As for your other recent postings: I'm quite fond of "Ennervate, ennervate" and "Nein!" And what you did with an otherwise pretty useless couple of Mantic elf figures was brilliant. What line does the trooper with double Mantic men-at-arms swords come from? Nice conversion there. I always thought those swords would go well with sci-fi models - particularly the "closed hilt" ones - given their style. It's why I still have my Christmas box Men-at-arms sprues somewhere.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2015/11/09 19:54:51


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 Vermonter wrote:
Hey Bob,

I'll have to figure out a way to subscribe to this. You make sci-fi referential humor look easy and effortless. And you post cool figures, too, of course.

I appreciate the Glorlon posts and hope they'll hit retail some time so I can nab some.

As for your other recent postings: I'm quite fond of "Ennervate, ennervate" and "Nein!" And what you did with an otherwise pretty useless couple of Mantic elf figures was brilliant. What line does the trooper with double Mantic men-at-arms swords come from? Nice conversion there. I always thought those swords would go well with sci-fi models - particularly the "closed hilt" ones - given their style. It's why I still have my Christmas box Men-at-arms sprues somewhere.


Thanks, Vermonter!

The double-swordsman is a Proxie Models mini. They make some great Mooks, henchmen, or nameless security guards. The swords were absolutely the best part of the Men at Arms sprues.

And I hope the Glorlons come out soon, too. They look alien without looking like a direct lift from some movie or tv show.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/05/20 19:21:03


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Adding a scale photo her by request.


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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/05/20 20:01:58


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


Something... looks... oddly... familiar there.

Must be the bases! I recognize a Darklands base anywhere I see one!


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/05/26 21:46:11


Post by: RiTides


Whoa! What is that model on the left?


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/05/26 22:30:50


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


That would be mine, now Bob's, Xenoshyft Orca model that was from the original Xenoshyft campaign.

It was an add on. I don't even know how many others were out there in the wild.

There was also an Ajax battle suit that served as a first player marker. I should still have that one, but the Orca was cooler.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/05/27 00:13:28


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 highlord tamburlaine wrote:
Something... looks... oddly... familiar there.

Must be the bases! I recognize a Darklands base anywhere I see one!


I thought it was from Proxie Models. How did I end up with a Darklands base when I hadn't even heard of Darklands until you mentioned it?

Anyway, thanks for the Orca! It's pretty cool, alright.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/06/15 17:30:32


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I haven't posted pictures of my fantasy Yuan army project yet because they never really felt finished to me. This project began years ago, when WGF released plastic Samurai. I decided to try to Sinicize them to represent an army from a nation that had conquered Japan and brought it into the greater empire. Also, because there were no alternative minis.

Anyway, I would like to know what you all think, and especially any suggestions for how to improve the minis.

Also, now that Warlord has the samurai kits, they are no longer as accessible or affordable, which makes me reluctant to 'waste' minis by kitbashing willy-nilly to see what works. Most of the parts I planned to use in any numbers for my army are now discontinued or intercepted by Warlords. I'm thinking of switching over to using the FF Mongols for the main part of my army, although they are not much cheaper, and the kits are ...ugh. The scale is heroic, except for the swords. The options are minimal. The faces are goofy. The poses less inspiring.

Still, I'm going to try using GB Heavy Arab Cavalry torsos to make armored troops out of the Mongol kit, but I welcome any advice or suggestions that might make such an endeavor more successful.

Anyway, here is the first mini, made almost entirely from bits in the Samurai box. This would be the rank and file soldier. The blade is from the tanto. The plume is from the WGF Roman kit, now discontinued.


This guy represents an elite unit, or possibly an officer. I don't really have a plan other than seeing what sticks. His glaive is cut from a dark elf spear...now discontinued. The shoulder guards are halves of the WGF Zulu British pith helmets...also discontinued. The plume is from some GW chaos dude.


This is supposed to be an officer or noble. I am trying to give each character or officer a unique halberd, inspired by the crazy variety of pole arms used by the characters from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. I would definitely try a different approach for the helmet next time. Shoulder guards are from the Mantic elf sprue. Which do you prefer in style?


Here you can see them all together. I haven't added side arms to them yet because I was trying to find weapons that looked more like daos or jians, but may settle for katanas on the rank and file and 'close enough' sheathed swords from the arab cavalry or from GW minis.


You can see the shoulder guards better here, I think.


I have a few other conversions in progress, but these were the ones that I found most represented what I was going for, as well as being the most completed. Now that Warlord has the samurai, I am left wondering if I should continue making more of these guys at all or if I should just move on and abandon the project.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/06/15 22:11:09


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


Quite an interesting take there!

I love when you post your conversions, because they're so often made from so many different things- I never would have thought of cutting up helmets as shoulder pads!

Also just an FYI- Pegasus hobbies down in Montclair had a few of the WGF samurai kits at their original prices.

Of course that was probably close to 2 months ago I saw them there, but it's not like anyone besides myself seems very interested in picking up those older random kits.

Pretty sure they had the plastic survivor kits there too. Don't quote me on that one though, I know the samurai were there for a fact...


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/06/16 01:13:59


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Thanks for the kind words, and thanks for the tip! I really need to make time to visit Pegasus Hobbies. Sadly, I spent my hobby budget for the next couple months at the Brookhurst Hobbies bring n' buy.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/07/02 05:55:37


Post by: JohnHwangDD


It is wierd, but I never subscribed this blog. Oops.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/09/29 20:55:23


Post by: Wehrkind


I really like those samurai conversions! Nice use of bits for making alternate pole arms, they really do grab some of the variety in early era Chinese weaponry. I really need to grab a box of the samurai next time I get the chance... I have neglected to do so for a long time, and now have to pay the price increase :(


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/06 22:05:12


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Thank you, JohnHwangDD and Wehrkind. Unfortunately for my Fantasy Yuan army, my Gaming ADD knows no

I have Space Marines!


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The double blow of Genestealer cults and Custodes in plastic has forced me to dig out some of my projects and finish them. Also, I bought new ones. Probably shouldn't have, but there they are.

My chapter were the Sword Angels until I realized that name was already taken. Now they are the Knights Malachim (which lets me use the names from my old Angry, Angry Space Hebrews chapter), although deep in their hearts they will always be Sword Angels. My chapter is based on a shrineworld where the Emperor shed a single tear so I can use Blood Angel bits, and they are close with the Inquisition so I can use all the other bits worth using.

Anyway, this is the kind of thing I would do in the dark ages before we were blessed with the DA veteran and Ravenwing sprues.


And this guys was an early attempt at a Custode based on the 3rd edition artwork by Blanche.





And here you see my compulsion to put helmets on those space marines who have no helmets. I'll make an exception for Dark Angels in hoods because we all know hoods have forcefields in them.







This guy also needed a helmet. Yes, he was a $25 single mini...but he came with a free Deathwatch sprue! ...that I didn't use...yet!
What do you think of his back wings? I'm undecided whether to give him another pair of wings or a burning chalice.



This is my "Good Abaddon". I want to give him a name that suggests he was feared and hated while not actually accomplishing anything. Maybe Bar Kokhba or Trotsky.















Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/06 22:32:03


Post by: JohnHwangDD


Ha! I love the Epic Marine on his backpack!


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/06 22:58:29


Post by: JoshInJapan


That's a great way to clear some space in your bitz box. I'm wait to see them all painted up!


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/06 23:07:29


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 JoshInJapan wrote:
That's a great way to clear some space in your bitz box. I'm wait to see them all painted up!


I'll post some of my later, bitsier minis soon. Some of them took parts from half a dozen kits. The hardest part is putting down the glue and walking away.

Also, I hope you have a good book series, because that is going to be a long wait.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/06 23:11:44


Post by: JoshInJapan


Isn't that why the gods gave us Quickshade?


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/06 23:46:43


Post by: JohnHwangDD


I suspect Bob's built, but unpainted backlog rivals my own! Don't hold your breath. Army Painter & Quickshade, or not!


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/07 01:33:32


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


I love trying to figure out what bits you used on everything Bob. Great conversions all around!

That Sigmarine head works really well on the Deathwatch guy. Makes me want to get one, but that would break my no SPACE MARINES! rule.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/07 09:15:21


Post by: evildrcheese


Awesome conversions, really digging the 'good' Abaddon , really nifty conversion.

EDC


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/08 01:06:16


Post by: Heretic Tom


Great minis, excellent Trotsky joke

A+


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/08 05:57:46


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 JohnHwangDD wrote:
Ha! I love the Epic Marine on his backpack!


I got them for BFG conversions, but ended up using some as icons for my early conversions. I wish I'd bought more of the old epic plastics back in the day.


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 highlord tamburlaine wrote:
I love trying to figure out what bits you used on everything Bob. Great conversions all around!

That Sigmarine head works really well on the Deathwatch guy. Makes me want to get one, but that would break my no SPACE MARINES! rule.


Ah, but is he a space marine? I consider mine to be an Inquisitor in power armor... Okay, a Space Marine Inquisitor.

While I have used some very obscure bits, most of these conversions use DA upgrade/ravenwing bits and bits snipped off of DV minis.


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 Heretic Tom wrote:
Great minis, excellent Trotsky joke

A+


Thanks!


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This guy is pretty much finished, although I can't help feeling he could fit some more bling somewhere.





Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/09 23:57:53


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Thanks, although I must admit I just used a spare DV captain's head. The Terminator Captain's helmet I had to convert from Ravenwing bits and a grey knight helm. Terminator helmets are cool and all, but I hate using them. Putting a plain vanilla helmet on an elite veteran feels like dating a cowgirl and insisting on missionary: an unforgivable waste of opportunity.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/10 03:00:38


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


Hey Bob- if you're in need of Battle for Vedros boxes to chop up and convert, The Realm in Brea (off of Imperial Highway) had a few marines, orks, and paint sets. They said they're not sure when they'll get more starters in.

It just felt weird finding them in Southern California in an actual store. Even though they're a game store, which kinda defeated GW's purpose, but nevertheless...

Didn't you mention you've got some pieces painted by the missus? You need to show off the goods!



Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/10 05:58:53


Post by: evildrcheese


Awesome conversion, the humble DV sgt never looked so good.

EDC


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/10 06:40:53


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 highlord tamburlaine wrote:
Hey Bob- if you're in need of Battle for Vedros boxes to chop up and convert, The Realm in Brea (off of Imperial Highway) had a few marines, orks, and paint sets. They said they're not sure when they'll get more starters in.

It just felt weird finding them in Southern California in an actual store. Even though they're a game store, which kinda defeated GW's purpose, but nevertheless...

Didn't you mention you've got some pieces painted by the missus? You need to show off the goods!




Wow, thanks for the heads up! I definitely want a starter and at least one of the second wave releases with the termies, but could sure take a look around and see what else inspires me. I'll have to alert that News and Rumors thread now, too.

I'll try to dig out some of the stuff she painted that hasn't been posted earlier. They're mostly Tyranids and unfinished dragons. Mostly. We also painted a lot of BFG ships and Babylon 5 ships, but unfortunately a lot of them succumbed to the great Textbook Box Dropping incident two moves ago.


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Awesome conversion, the humble DV sgt never looked so good.

EDC


Thank you!


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/11 17:08:29


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


So, I had an old AOBR captain sitting around all bare-headed in my bits box for most of a decade it seems, when I finally found inspiration: the DA upgrade sprue. A sprue so nice, I'll buy it twice...eventually. Anyway, I also gave him a lot of DA bling from the Ravenwing and Veteran sprues, as well as two pairs of majestic wings from the DV set. I'm not sure if he's blinged enough. Any suggestions?

He'll be my chapter master until I finally get around to converting that Terminator Librarian-Chaplain with jetpack and dual Guardian Spears.










Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/18 02:31:20


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Just need a place to upload this photo.


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And it's upside down. Apple!



Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/18 02:42:37


Post by: JohnHwangDD


Do you have the 2E arms for them?


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/18 05:02:36


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 JohnHwangDD wrote:
Do you have the 2E arms for them?


I'm selling them. Are the 2E arms the ones in the little sprues with the bolters? I have those arms and a tiny sprue of backpacks that came with them. Are they special? They look like modern Space Marine arms to me.

Now that there are plastic kits for Mk3 and 4, I'll be able to use those when I buy the resin version of the kit.




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I love that backpack!


Thanks! I wasn't sure if it was too over the top...


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/18 05:47:28


Post by: evildrcheese


That DA Chapter Master looks awesome, such great use of the Black Reach Captain.

EDC


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/18 05:53:32


Post by: JohnHwangDD


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
 JohnHwangDD wrote:
Do you have the 2E arms for them?


I'm selling them. Are the 2E arms the ones in the little sprues with the bolters? I have those arms and a tiny sprue of backpacks that came with them. Are they special? They look like modern Space Marine arms to me.


Oh, OK. They go together. The 2E arms and pads are very slightly smaller than current SM arms.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2016/10/18 06:00:13


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


 JohnHwangDD wrote:
 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
 JohnHwangDD wrote:
Do you have the 2E arms for them?


I'm selling them. Are the 2E arms the ones in the little sprues with the bolters? I have those arms and a tiny sprue of backpacks that came with them. Are they special? They look like modern Space Marine arms to me.


Oh, OK. They go together. The 2E arms and pads are very slightly smaller than current SM arms.


Also plainer with different poses. 2nd edition arms had no vents on the sides and an open palm, 3rd edition had the cupped palm. The guns are also different.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/05/11 05:41:48


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I've had these photos on the iPad for a while now and finallly decided to upload them. (Photobucket is largely to blame in that it sucks. Please be and angel and recommend a free image hosting site that won"t kill my enthusiasm.)

This update is all about the spaceships.

Added a laser designator and cowling for a plasma cannon to my Skynettish fighter drone.


Strain ships. Simple yet effective.


Some Robotech-inspired space/jet fighters.



The Space Battleship Yamato ship in original form and a far superior form.



My heavily converted Dropfleet Commander UCM battleship was a labor of love. Love and caffeine.




Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/05/11 15:19:56


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


I'm assuming that Dropship ship is plastic right? The coloring makes me think resin. I see a mess of guns and and long jutting out parts and I'm trying to figure out how it all works.

How big is it? Looks neat. If they're plastic I may have to eventually look into getting some just for the heck of it.

What'd you make those Strain ships out of? Reminds me of Tyranid ships. I'm guessing they're leftover bits of something, but what?

Always fun seeing whatever concoctions you've come up with.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/05/11 15:51:43


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 highlord tamburlaine wrote:
I'm assuming that Dropship ship is plastic right? The coloring makes me think resin. I see a mess of guns and and long jutting out parts and I'm trying to figure out how it all works.

How big is it? Looks neat. If they're plastic I may have to eventually look into getting some just for the heck of it.

What'd you make those Strain ships out of? Reminds me of Tyranid ships. I'm guessing they're leftover bits of something, but what?

Always fun seeing whatever concoctions you've come up with.


The DF ship is indeed plastic. DFC has plastic cruisers and escorts for four factions, as well as a plastic space station set, and they are the best plastic space ship sets on the market in my opinion. I plan to buy more next time I go through a spaceship phase.

The battleship I made is twice as wide as a cruiser through the main hull, much longer, and very massive. It's roughly the volume of a BFg battle barge, maybe a smidge more since it isn't flat and hollow on the underside. I'll have to put a photo up of it next to the cruiser as it is meant to be built. I started a similar project with my Shaltari sprues and Scourge, but gaming ADD struck before I got very far with those.

The Strain ships are made from the Sedition Wars terrain. Each SW terrain box comes with two of each Strain Zerg building thingies, and three of them are bilaterally symmetrical , so I just glued those together, bottom to bottom.

Thanks!

I just finished making a Frostbrave wizard and apprentice using only parts from the Shieldmaidens sprues. When I get home I'll post a pic. I guess I'm into wizards now.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/05/11 18:13:09


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


Curious to see your new wizard.

Will she be an Australian one as well, or will she be American side up?


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/05/12 02:16:49


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Posted a pic in the Shieldwolf thread.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/05/12 16:24:46


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I forgot to post pictures of this little guy. He's made from a few gunpla parts, another simple yet effective mini in my esteem. I was trying to make not-Invid in tiny little RRT scale to fight my RDF and Zentraedi, usually using Zaku heads and shoulder pads with blades and wings to get a crabby look, but this is the one I felt most satisfied with. It's like Flight of the Navigator meets Starfox.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/05/12 16:25:32


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


He is tiny.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/08/15 04:04:24


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Shame about the older images, I like the fighter.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/08/16 03:01:15


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Thanks, guys. I'm not sure how that image survived.

Some day, I'll move everything to a new host site and think really hard about updating the links. Really, really hard, so hard I just give up.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/08/16 05:58:29


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


I've said it before, and I'll say it again, host 'em on Dakka!

It's not like the process is all that different.

We need your crazy conversion heavy stuff posted again so we can pilfer all you neat ideas!


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/08/16 16:02:32


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 highlord tamburlaine wrote:
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, host 'em on Dakka!

It's not like the process is all that different.

We need your crazy conversion heavy stuff posted again so we can pilfer all you neat ideas!


But they'll all end up 'Australian' due to my upload ignorance...

I'll see what I can do. I have been toying with the idea of posting my Helmet Parade Spectacularrr, that is all the minis whose bare heads have been snipped and replaced with sensible head gear. Not terribly exciting or creative conversions but deeply satisfying.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/08/16 17:05:44


Post by: JohnHwangDD


 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
But they'll all end up 'Australian' due to my upload ignorance...


You don't have a basic image program that can rotate and crop pictures?

BTW, Dakka has auto-adjust, so you wouldn't need that.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/08/16 18:03:12


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 JohnHwangDD wrote:
 BobtheInquisitor wrote:
But they'll all end up 'Australian' due to my upload ignorance...


You don't have a basic image program that can rotate and crop pictures?

BTW, Dakka has auto-adjust, so you wouldn't need that.


I'm posting from an iPad. For some reason, the images will only show up properly oriented if I had the iPad in a specific orientation when I took the pictures. I've tried to figure out how to fix the issue, but I'm not really an Apple person and fairly lazy.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/08/22 07:27:34


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I'm working on my High Eldar now, and I wanted to post a picture for two reasons:

1. To see if it comes out right side up.

2. Because I'm about to add an Eldar beard of the patriarchy to this guy and there's a very high chance of ruining that beautiful face of his.


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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/08/22 08:48:10


Post by: evildrcheese


Well it is sideways! Damn Elves and their tricks.

Good luck with the beard sculpt

EDC



Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/08/22 15:42:43


Post by: JohnHwangDD


You posted that sideways on purpose!


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/08/24 08:27:49


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Here they are. My liquid green stuff is all dried out, so their eyeholes still have eyes and their melted faces aren't as smooth as I would like.


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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/08/24 13:23:00


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


Did they originally have those face masks, or is that your doing? Because they look so much better with them. Remind me of Russian infantry.

Also good to see you back from Australia!


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/08/24 14:07:15


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 highlord tamburlaine wrote:
Did they originally have those face masks, or is that your doing? Because they look so much better with them. Remind me of Russian infantry.

Also good to see you back from Australia!


It's great to be back, mate.


Only one of them got a face mask, a harlequin mask. Guy on the left got some DElf crossbow flanges as a sort of Khaineish headdress, and two other guys' faces were cut down and melted, with one getting an Eldar beard from the crossbow stock. One guy just got some bling and a beard made from an Ellyrian's bow. They all got some kind of backpacks and some grenades or other techno greebly.

After replacing the one face, and after unsuccessfully attempting a full head swap, I decided that less was more.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2017/08/24 14:35:46


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


At the Bring'n'Buy, someone gave me a good deal on Eldar bits, so I can finally finish some of my fleet. Unfortunately, I won't get to put this together for a while due to family drama.


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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/05/08 21:25:02


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Today I'm posting some of the more recent Star Trek conversions I've made. I was motivated by Ex Astris Scientia, and their project to identify all the blink-and-you'll-miss-them background ships from the Battle of Wolf 359, the Qualor II Depot, and the Void. That's why I call this project The Battle of the Qualor Void.

They are all based on either the Wizkids Attack Wing minis or the Ascendancy board game markers. Hopefully I can dig out and finish some of the more involved kitbashes built from scale model kits. If I can keep motivated, I even plan to paint these minis--I bought Gundam markers for all the panel lining I'll have to do. Any recommendation for paints or paint schemes to use? (I'll test them out on a redshirt Miranda class.)

First, here you can see the wreckage of Admiral Tolstoy Kyushu Melbourne's grand fleet.

If it loads, the second picture should be the one I call Curry Queen, based on two of the infamous DS9 kitbashed "Frankenships".

Third is a pair of post-Dominion War explorers and a Romulan logistics/support ship.



Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/05/09 01:36:02


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Lovely! great name for the Admiral too.

And I do love the shout out to Ex Astras, whenever I start to think I put too much time into various hobbies and fandoms I head over there and feel much better about myself.



for color schemes, that's hard, vary too far from the TV schemes and it just doesn't look right...


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/05/09 02:13:03


Post by: ingtaer


Nice, look forward to seeing how you progress! On the painting side have a look on youtube (search for attack wing painting) and there are some great tutorials posted.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/05/09 03:39:30


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


OMBob You are going to PAINT those ships?



I'll do my best to keep you motivated and nag you incessantly.

Was the Curry Queen an actual ship name? Because it's awesome. I'd totally eat at a restaurant called the Curry Queen. Maybe it would be a curry house version of Hooters or the Titled Kilt.

Except in Space.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/05/09 05:02:25


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


You can keep me motivated by means other than nagging.

It's a play on the names of two similar ships that fans often confused for each other, the Curry and the Raging Queen (a.k.a. the Racing Queen). My kitbash is not identical to either, but inspired by both. I essentially tore the Excelsior's head off its neck and attacked it to its rump, then glued some out of scale Constitution nacelles in its armpits...just as Roddenberry intended.


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Nice, look forward to seeing how you progress! On the painting side have a look on youtube (search for attack wing painting) and there are some great tutorials posted.


Thanks! That really helps! I spent so much time reading about the involved, pearlescent paint job of the studio model that I had no idea where to start.


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Lovely! great name for the Admiral too.

And I do love the shout out to Ex Astras, whenever I start to think I put too much time into various hobbies and fandoms I head over there and feel much better about myself.



for color schemes, that's hard, vary too far from the TV schemes and it just doesn't look right...


It drives me nuts that the colors the ship models were painted and the colors they appear after studio lighting and processing are so very different. Do I dare to imitate colors that are the result of layers of deception?

As for Ex Astris, I'm glad someone (else) did all the hard work counting windows and pixels.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/05/14 02:26:16


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


This one has been a long, long time in the planning and only finished this last weekend.

Yes, it is a Baio class variant, the Zap'ped. It was built at McQuarrie Shipyards, off the Planet of Titans. Admiral Bandai has demanded the construction of additional vessel types.


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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/05/14 02:27:30


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Additional photos required.


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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/05/14 02:28:48


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Her sister ship was lost with all hands to the teeth of an enormous space carnivore.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/05/14 02:29:39


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


You can see that it is bristling with sensor barrels.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/05/14 02:31:31


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


No doubt in the expanded literature this vessel would be piloted by the rogue bounty hunter Kit Bash.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/05/14 02:33:54


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


It'll make .5 past Warp 9. She's fast enough for you, Admiral.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/05/14 03:17:39


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Heaven help me I got that reference.

Wonder if Zapped is on Netflix. Probably not since it was made before 2010, the year movies were invented.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/05/14 13:47:03


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


Is it sad of me that I still remember this scene from that stupid movie? It irritated me so much seeing what they did to that ship model.

All that's missing is a Charles in Charge or Bob Loblaw reference while you're at it.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/05/15 03:44:05


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 Kid_Kyoto wrote:
Heaven help me I got that reference.

Wonder if Zapped is on Netflix. Probably not since it was made before 2010, the year movies were invented.


The most important part is on YouTube.. This was one of the few 80's R-rated comedies where I skipped past the nudity.

(Although the first time I saw Evil Tunes I was really hoping for a scene of Dick Miller and David Carradine fighting cartoon monsters. Sadly, that movie didn't deliver.)


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/06/09 04:51:35


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I finally got some of my minis painted. Which of these four test subjects do you think looks more authentic for Star Trek?


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The brown line on the "excelsior" is supposed to be a phaser strip. My wife thought red and "charged" was a better look, so I used that on the intrepid and nebula. Do you think they are too bright? Is the brown too indistinguishable from the shading?

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/06/09 04:54:24


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OH, and for Highlord's sake, here are some 28mm minis I am actually painting.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/06/09 05:36:18


Post by: ingtaer


Nice ships Bob, my preference is for the Nebula as the Intrepid looks a bit too grimy and the Excelsior not blue enough across the hull. They all look good though. On the phaser array I prefer the red but think it is a little much on the Nebula but looks perfect on the Intrepid.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/06/09 05:51:23


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


Consider me duly impressed sir. Your ships came out quite nice.

I'm leaning towards the red for the phasers as well.

There is something quite rewarding seeing a figure from random parts all the way through to a finished paint job.

Hopefully once we're home we can get a chance to take your painted Brimstonians for a spin.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/10/04 04:21:36


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


I’m back to working on spaceships! (I do have some space marines, but keep putting them away instead of photographing them.)

These are for Dropfleet Commander. I was building a ragtag fleet of defense ships converted from orbitals or build using repurposed space station module factories. Then TTCombat released the official Resistance fleet, some of the best damn spaceship minis on this or any other market. So, I’ll call these early UCM or lost colonies ships. Oh, and I built a battleship.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/10/04 04:25:37


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


And some more.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/10/04 14:38:09


Post by: Theophony


Excellent work Bob, I like the mashed up look of the fleet, gives a real feel for a haphazard grouping.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/10/04 16:23:51


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


How much of those are stock resistance ships?

I know they were designed to be quite ramshackle and cobbled together. They look quite nice.

I guess I gotta start working on some ships soon too, don't I?


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/10/04 16:34:42


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


None of them. I have some stock Resistance ships I can take pictures of if you want to see them.

These were mostly made from the Space Station sprue with a fe bits of bases, pegs, sprue and a couple Resistance bits (which allowed me to cut some pretty big corners for the battleship).


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/10/08 20:31:05


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


So, I had some more UCM bits left over from the KS, so I built a battlecruiser. It turned out even bigger than I had intended. I was thinking of extending the hull backwards like I did with the battleship, but it’s already big enough maybe.

I call it the Camelot class (similar to the Avalon/Perth). Every UCM fleet needs its super laser battlecruiser. My head canon is that the UCM has spread out their starship construction yards to several colonies and manufacturers away from Niccolum, allowing for variants like mine. I do not like the long double-flanged hull look of the official minis, so I did something different. If I ever get another UCM starter, I have ideas for a dreadnought that doesn’t have the fugly hull gap.

I also wanted to make it look like the laser was a separate component that could be swapped out for quicker maintenance or even replaced with standard mass driver cannon. The two enormous side cannon were supposed to take the place of the Avalon’s double-side-turrets, but I felt they did not look traversable enough and added a few more turrets just in case.

What do you guys think?

Also, do you drill out the little UCM thrusters?

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/10/08 20:41:58


Post by: Kid_Kyoto


Love the DFC stuff!

I'll have my Resistance posted soon.

Definitely going to need a second box.

After a dozen other projects...


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/10/08 20:46:12


Post by: Sageheart


Love the work here. Will keep tabs.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/10/09 02:22:12


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Thanks, guys! Kyoto, I look forward to seeing your Resistance but even more to seeing what you make with all the spare Resistance bits and all those Star Wars models.

I’m not sure what to work on next: more Resistance ships or some Scourge battlecruisers?


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/10/11 09:10:01


Post by: Malika2


Very interesting models there!


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/10/11 16:29:21


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


Do the Scourge. I'm curious what can be done with the bits.

I'm seriously digging those ships. Just finished the first Culture book and reading about those ships is getting me more and more interested in the space stuff- that rarely happens with me!

Keep it up!


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/10/11 19:52:46


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


 highlord tamburlaine wrote:
Do the Scourge. I'm curious what can be done with the bits.

I'm seriously digging those ships. Just finished the first Culture book and reading about those ships is getting me more and more interested in the space stuff- that rarely happens with me!

Keep it up!


Alright. I’ve got two Scourge ships in the preliminary stages of conversion, with most of the planning done but subject to adjustment depending on how things actually fit together. I also have another space station cruiser mostly done for my Lost Colony of Cobalt (that’s what I’m thinking of calling that faction).

The Culture series is great. I’m glad you’re finding a love of spaceships. Join us.

Have you read the Hyperion Cantos? The DFC space station kit seems perfect for building that series’ nomadic fleet of torch ships.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/10/11 21:24:09


Post by: highlord tamburlaine


I've got Hyperion sitting on my shelf. Trying to finish up Condor Heroes and then that's next on my list, along with those samurai yokai hunter books you let me borrow.

If I can pull myself away from my Kingdom Death stuff I may crack open those Shaltari kits I've got.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/10/11 22:55:38


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


The Shaltari ships are really cool. They have such a great high-tech vibe while also looking like something out of Babylon 5.

Has there been a lot of new Kingdom Death stuff? I thought it would be years before we got wave 3.


Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/10/17 00:56:59


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Work on the Scourge ships is coming along slowly. We’ve been sick, and my son has been home for school for four or five days already. Anyway, these are a couple of my Lost Colony ships, a cruiser and a monitor. At first I had some wingtip assemblies on the cruiser to bulk it out more, but I didn’t like how it made the ship look like a clunky K’Tinga, and there were too many guns. So, I tore them off, but included them in a few pictures to get the idea across. They’ll show up on something else.

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Bob's conversions (10/8/19 Dropfleet kitbashes, battlecruiser and battleship conversions, page 6) @ 2019/10/17 00:58:25


Post by: BobtheInquisitor


Oh, here is the monitor.

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