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Druid Warder





Good old intrigue!

And a failed print salvage.

Painting progress tracker:
2017: 50 of 50 planned; 2018: 80 of 60 planned; 2019: 75 of 75 planned

Pledge 2020:
6 to sculpt, 75 to paint (2/57 done) 
   
Made in us
Pyromaniac Hellhound Pilot






Thanks very much for looking in Camkieri and Wirecat- it is much appreciated.

I regret that I don't have any progress to show tonight- I didn't get any work done after coming home Sunday night from the farm. I arrived to find that the kitchen sink in the apartment had backed up again flooding the kitchen with effluent and leaving dirty standing water in the dishwasher (shares the same drain as the sink) and the sink itself. The property management company responded very quickly in getting a plumber out to survey yesterday (Monday) to survey and make an assessment for repairs but nothing has got done as of 1600 today. Water continues to backflow periodically and the water trapped in the dishwasher has been standing since at least Sunday and is getting pretty ripe. This makes five times in eight years in this place that backflow or leaks have resulted in enough damage that just snaking out the lines wasn't enough to put things right- two times required major demolition and repair. Plus other major breakages of systems and other repairs.

So far none of my personal property has been damaged. There is a 2'x2' section of carpet where the kitchenette meets the living area that has been soaked pretty much constantly since Sunday that may need replacing, though. I'm fixin' to bust somebody upside the head with a ball bat if they come in to 'mitigate' water damage and touch one thing of mine.

I truly think I'm going to have to move out, which is a hard thing to contemplate given the horrendous economy and very high cost of everything at the moment. Not to mention the reason I picked this dump in the first place- its excellent location to be easy driving to everywhere I need to be. In an area where 45-75 minute commutes one-way is common, mine are generally 15 minutes.

Sorry to bend all y'alls ears like this, but I needed to vent to somebody, so I can continue to be polite to the property management people and the plumber guys, who in their own ways are just doing their jobs.

Thanks for the forum to bleed off some internal pressure. I'm airing the joint out now and if I can get the smell under control will try to sit myself down and get some work done. The base for the T-rex walker is built up very nicely and is nearly ready for primer and some paint. Ditto the walker itself- the magnets are installed (and they work with the washers I glued down to the base!) and it too is ready for a 'lick of paint' as Cam often says.

More follows soonest.


"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
Made in jp
Fixture of Dakka





Japan

Some nice miniatures, i have never seen before.
What are those female riders miniatures and that T-rex model? Keep on trucking! Or modeling

Squidbot;
"That sound? That's the sound of me drinking all my paint and stabbing myself in the eyes with my brushes. "
My Doombringer Space Marine Army
Hello Kitty Space Marines project
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Imageshack deleted all my Images Thank you! 
   
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Pyromaniac Hellhound Pilot






Hi Jehan-reznor, and thanks for looking in- glad I've got some things here you find interesting.

The T-rex walker is from a miniatures wargame from Russia called Robogear- the kits can be found individually and in sets on eBay and other sites- they still tend to run around US$10 each. They have good detail, are made of a fairly hard engineering plastic and take paint well. They are scaled for a 40mm figure game though- but I've seen lots of conversions based on Robogear here on Dakkadakka and some folks have done amazing things with them.

The female motorcycle riders are from PatrickMiniatures on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/listing/1149696716/heavy-guns-motorbike-raider-girl?click_key=5c0fe3a0263c17bbd84103d5f5196ef3acaa1c06%3A1149696716&click_sum=c20f3227&ref=shop_home_active_62). I believe he is based in Germany and he does a lot of great resin print miniatures- I've ordered from him three times and will be picking more. His are 28mm true scale, so they look small if mixed in with heroic scale figures like Games Workshop or Wargames Foundry. They look good as a homogenous unit even on a table top with heroic scale minis, though, in my opinion.

Hope to see you back!

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
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Pyromaniac Hellhound Pilot






I think it must be one of our Scottish poets that wrote "the best laid plans of mice and men are oft gang (gone) awry".

Had the dual whammies of new flooding in the apartment and the start of teaching again for the program I support. The teaching includes both platform (classroom) instruction and field and 'on the streets' practica. The property manager for the unit I rent says they can't do anything beyond snake the lines unique to the unit; the condo association says that they can only snake the common lines until they run into the city sewage lines and after that it's on the city. I've already heard ominous gurglings from the kitchen sink (Cthulu, is that you?) and soap suds from somebody's dishwasher have filled the basin twice, so I reckon it's only a matter of time before it all happens again. I'm fixin' to challenge the lease directly; if successful I'm moving. A pity really, the place is very nice otherwise and very well located.

But I was able to flog myself to sit down and actually get some painting done tonight. One obstacle to overcome, as Bugs Bunny is wont to say, is that I am a little 'Fat-ee-guu-ed' and I have to overcome my desire to just veg out once I'm back to the apartment. The other is that I prefer to show pictures of finished product before posting anything. The problem there is that I tend to work so slow that I don't get to post much, which means I don't get the boost from all y'alls comments and motivational support. I don't want to overdo things the other way and post such small incremental changes that everyone stops looking in because it's boring.

So here's a couple of WIP shots of what should have been the June 'elevation' project and now is just one more half-finished piece hopefully awaiting completion. It's the Robogear T-Rex walker with some heavy modification and its custom base. The base has steel washers and the walker has magnets set into the feet so that the walker can be played separately in a better scale footprint or mounted on its base for display. The base can be played separately as 'moderately difficult' terrain for infantry and act as a vehicle and line of sight block.





I'm very pleased with how the street bricks are turning out- they are just flat pavement base coat and one somewhat heavy drybrush of flamenco red. I think they need another, lighter shade of red drybrushed lightly and then some black wash, maybe brown. The sand you see is me adding some texture to the other half- I'll brush away the loose grains you see and then start dripping wash into them and then drybrush a highlight color on.

The walker is actually nearly complete, just need to pick out the last of the power cables and then attach the fighting hand and the chain gun and some other doo-dads. I like how I've kept the colors fairly simple for the overall machine so far, but I feel that the carapace of the fighting compartment hull needs something to make it pop. In reality, any military vehicle is as nondescript and bland as possible, to _avoid_ drawing attention. Naturally, that's not how we hobbyists look at the equation, so the thought remains 'what can I do to add a bit of a splash to the cockpit?'.

To end with a John Wayne quote "the good Lord willin' and the river don't rise" I'll get some more done tonight and keep going tomorrow.

More follows soonest.

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
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Dipping With Wood Stain





Colorado, USA

Sorry to hear about the flooding. It's bad enough to go through that, without your complex going back and forth over who's fault it is.

Hobby progress looks good. Timely is not always an accomplishable goal. I've still got my project from "Crossings", "Biomes", and "Elevation" unfinished. Any time I can work a little bit on something is time well spent.

Good luck teaching, and hopefully the creek don't rise too far.

   
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Pyromaniac Hellhound Pilot






I appreciate the commiseration D3J! It takes a bit of wind out of my sails to mop every night to try to control the flooding, clean every day and try to rescue what's been damaged whilst the Powers that Be sort things out. At the end of the day there are many who have things much harder than me, and it's good for me to remember that.

As you say, any time at all that can be spent on the hobby is well spent. Hopefully I can get the momentum back I had in early June!

Very much appreciate your looking in and the kind words.

More follows soonest.

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
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Regular Dakkanaut






If the comments boost your motivation for the hobby please post the progress. Many of us love commenting on w.i.p. let alone leaned on them to learn from this web site.
   
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Pyromaniac Hellhound Pilot






Thanks very much, MeatShield. I do want to have enough progress to post, though, and not bore people. Most of my long and undistinguished painting career I haven't had anyone to show my work off to, so having the review it gets here on Dakka is a treat.

Just like letters (ya gotta write 'em to get 'em) to get critiques of work you have to work. Having the apartment mostly back to rights and getting into the swing of being back on the platform instructing, I need to buckle back down and crank some things out.

It never fails- no matter how dogged out I am at the end of the work day, if I can just get myself to sit in the chair and pick up a brush it never fails but I am energized to paint or model or sculpt or whatever. It's getting to the chair some days that's tough!

More follows soonest.

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
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Krazed Killa Kan





USA

That really sucks that your apartment is flooding again, I was hoping that was behind you. I hope you are able to make that move if they won't do anything to get stuff working for you.

   
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Gargantuan Great Squiggoth





Not where I should be

Know the feeling, sometimes we go through phases of just not getting it done. But we always come back. It's the nature of the hobby.




 
   
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Pyromaniac Hellhound Pilot






Thanks Syro, Cam! The worst of it is, based on what they say the pipes look like, they believe there is nothing more they can do- anything next is on the city and they ain't digging up the mains over one affected unit!

Fighting a bit of summer cold or allergy yesterday and today (NOT Covid- I got tested- if the test is accurate) but already feeling better this evening. Tomorrow- painting, unless I'm immobile!

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
Made in us
Krazed Killa Kan





USA

That's a shame, because yeah the city won't do anything. I hope you feel better.

   
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Pyromaniac Hellhound Pilot






Thanks very much for your kind thoughts, Syro! All I can do is keep the kitchen area rigged for the next event and deal with it when it happens. The search for a new (affordable) place is tough at the moment: the housing/rental boom is slowing/declining, but prices/rents haven't filtered down to the market level just yet- at least not in my area. Que sera, sera.

Here's the first of what I hope will be two posts tonight: I saw these nail varnish holders on-line and thought they might be the trick towards getting my paints in some sort of order. I've seen several genius solutions implemented by Dakkanauts here ranging from PVC pipe of the right diameter cut to length and glued together in bundles, to drawer organizers to store them upside down. My requirements were that whatever it was had to be out in the open (I need to see them all to pick the right one) and preferably something that wouldn't let them tip over if I got klutzy handed.

Up to now I've done fairly well with a challenge coin holder and an extra 'step' by putting a piece of pink foam insulation under that. I've used stepped kitchen shelving for both paints and figures before and have some here, but the steps are measured for spice jars which doesn't make them the best size for paints. The only drawback to the coin holder is that it wasn't big enough. Here's the 'before':



The nail varnish holders came flat packed and included the end pieces, six acrylic lucite trays, machine screws and nuts and a little screwdriver. They assembled easily- about ten minutes and are surprisingly sturdy. They came with three extra pairs of machine screws and nuts each. These have to rest on something- there is no provision to hang them directly from the wall (something I am hesitant to do in a rented apartment anyway).



And here they are loaded up. They managed everything from the three levels of shelving in the first picture with the exception of half a dozen 'chalk' flat color paints, but all the rest of the two ounce craft paint bottles fit: regular colors, color shifts, metallics, neons, all of 'em (including the extra space in front of the racks, like with the former coin holder). If the shelf top was even slightly wider, I could raise a rear rack on something and have 12 steps worth of paints. I could always cut a board and lay on top of the shelves to accommodate the width I need and use a box or something to raise the back rack.



What there wasn't room for were the odds and sods of other paints (old Citadel, etc) nor any of my 'dropper bottle' paints, mostly Model Color. I'm debating getting another of these racks and moving most of the finished models onto lower shelves or starting selling them to make room, we'll see.

I hope more follows soonest tonight, this time some painting.

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
Made in us
Krazed Killa Kan





USA

That's looking good Meer, I'm happy with my acrylic nail polish/paint holder too. I hope yours works very nicely for you.

   
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Pyromaniac Hellhound Pilot






Got a really good painting session in tonight- been awhile and a welcome change. If I can get some good time in the rest of this week, even an evening or two, I think this project will be finished.

A WIP shot each of the terrain/base and the T-rex walker. The base is drying from a second solution of ballast fixing agent (thinned white glue) and I've started adding some earth wash, because I'm impatient. Some more wash tomorrow, a lot of black wash on all the metal bits, some doodads glued on and the base is nearly complete. The walker has some of its electrical cabling harness picked out in blue to complement the red wiring and has three weapons systems plus its muzzle flash special effect to be added.





(Fingers crossed) More follows soonest.




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Syro: I thought I remembered you mentioning using a rack like this. The problem is that as fast as I put paints in order on the racks, more materialize from some unknown dimension! And out fo 50 some paints stashed, so far I've only found six 'back up' spare bottles of the same hue. Go figure!

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"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
Made in us
Krazed Killa Kan





USA

 Meer_Cat wrote:

Syro: I thought I remembered you mentioning using a rack like this. The problem is that as fast as I put paints in order on the racks, more materialize from some unknown dimension! And out fo 50 some paints stashed, so far I've only found six 'back up' spare bottles of the same hue. Go figure!

I know the feeling, I bought two racks because I have a lot, but figured I would have space to spare. My paints are standing in a zig-zag because they are so crowded, and this is after all my craft paints were kicked out and now live in two boxes and a crowd on the floor

That terrain base is looking really nice

   
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Pyromaniac Hellhound Pilot






The T-rex walker is finished- unless I go back and try to do plasma glow better on the lascannon. For tonight, just these couple of pictures to show the overall finished look; I've put a fair amount of effort into this project and will take the time to dig out the folding light box tomorrow and try to photo properly.

I picked up an inexpensive cake server turntable for use with the airbrush, but it should be good for camera work too.

The walker is essentially a Robogear T-Rex kit with some extra pieces from a couple of BronoCorps tank kits.

The walker itself is magnetized (feet) so that it can be played separately from the display terrain base to meet rules requirements. The base itself can be played as 'difficult terrain'.

The fighting hand is magnetized so that it can be adjusted between being in the display terrain base or used independently.

The chain gun muzzle flash is attached to a short length of plastic tubing so it can be slid and out. The muzzle flash piece is a cannon shot from ArmorCast with the cannonball clipped off.





From the photos so far, everything needs more weathering, not sure how I'm going to accomplish that. And I noticed that I still have a couple of doodads to glue on.

More follows soonest.

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
Made in us
Krazed Killa Kan





USA

Wow, Meer, you've been moving fast on that.

   
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Pyromaniac Hellhound Pilot






Thanks, Syro! It was similar to the endings for several of the projects I've shown here- it seems like there is everything to do and it will never get done and then you look around and there is nothing left. The weapon attachments were being worked concurrently with the walker and base, but it really seemed like it would never be finished. And then it was.

Drugged (Drigged?) the light box out and tried to get better pictures than I'm usually able and I think the results are keep-able. Funny though, to my old eyes when the light was set 'right' in the box there was 'way too much glare. Dimmed down to only about 30%, it came out much better. Thank goodness I'm not using a light meter, gauging by eye, shooting wet film, sending it off and seeing the results weeks later, only to (maybe) shoot some more and try again. I could develop and print my own B&W photos, but not color.

A bunch of photos next, some with captions:









The spent 'casings' are some of those nubs that come on the parts on sprues in model kits; these are from the Artic variant BA-64 armoered car that is up for painting once I sort my airbrush out.


Seeing this angle, I almost wish I had cut the weapon arm shorter and brought the GAU-7 in closer to the body. Not bad as is though, for me.


Off-cut tabs from 3D print buildings (that didn't fit into their assigned holes) as building blocks.






The muzzle flash effect is not magnetized.






Yup, gotta watch the vid on how to do plasma glow again.




I will probably add another magnetic joint at the 'wrist' so the hand can be adjusted in two positions (elbow and wrist) to better present when separate from the base or in it.


So, A couple touch ups, one addition and one redo and on to the next.

More follows soonest.

"He fears his fate too much, or his desserts are small, who will not put it to a single touch; to win- or lose- it all."

Montrose Toast


 
   
 
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