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Subject: DJ's P&M Adventures - Gaslands and Dreadnaughts, oh my!
I have some updates to post of the dreadnaught. I built his base and got the legs positioned. Still struggling with the main gun and getting it magnetized. I think I'm not using a strong enough magnet.
Anyway, here's a couple of WIP shots of it so far.
Not sure if that straw is going to hold up as part of the rubble or not. I'll see when it's painted up and can always cut it out.
I also have four more Intercessors all but finished. They need basing and some small details like the helmets lenses and purity seals.
That'll bring the unit up to seven with Sergeant Carrot in the lead.
I'm also throwing my hat into the ring of the League of Extraordinary Riveters Terrain Competition again.
The rest of what follows is a copy of my post there. If you haven't ever checked it out, I suggest it. Even if you don't join, there are some really cool terrain pieces and ideas floating around in the League's forums.
I'm going to be building a pumping station, in a state of disrepair.
Here's what will amount to the main building, with some pipes running out into the ground.
This picture is upside down, but it's just some foam supports for the main pipe.
Here's the pipe in action, up on supports.
and more here.
It's going to be fairly long. Haven't exactly decided what to do at the end. I'm thinking it'll turn down and go underground from there.
Lot's of room underneath to hide units in 40k Plenty of spaces to drive cars through in Gaslands. Also, plenty of supports to slam into while you're attempting to drive through.
The fallen piece in the middle is going to have dirt/etc. built up against it so it can act as a jump in Gaslands.
What's a post-apocalyptic death race without hair-raising stunts, after all? Gotta give the audience what they want to see.
Thanks for reading.
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This is going to be my last update for a while, I'm going to spend the next week sitting in the woods, drinking beer, and trying to shoot a deer. Though, I do suppose I'll have more luck with the latter if I do those things in a different order. It will be a nice break, but it will make finishing on time for the LoER deadline nearly impossible. I suppose my business may remain unfinished, but I'm far enough along and motivated enough to finish it.
Forgive the insane clutter on the desk. It's a macrocosm of what it's like inside my head these days.
The jump is turning out. I rlike your suggestions to make the inside of the pipe the jump. It doesn't quite fit a matchbox car, especially on modded with guns, etc., but the rule of cool can certainly accommodate that.
Some weathering on the broken edge of the main pipe. A section doesn't just collapse without good reason to.
I guess this thing was at one point automated, so sme radio towers and antennae are in order.
Ans some little pipe work on the back side. A drining straw kit is responsible for the content of this message.
Great update, one thing I love about LoER is how successfully they encourage creativity. Scratch-built terrain gives you so many creative options to play with! Digging the expanded pipework on the backside, that thing must've pumped a lot of Aqua Cola or guzzoline back in the day!
My next project, at least once I complete the pumping station, is going to be a Truckasaurus for Gaslands. I need to focus on the terrain piece this week, I only have until the 15th to finish it. But, I saw this Hotwheels "Fossil Freight" semi-truck and had to buy it. Well, wanted to buy it really badly. So I did. And I'm posting this update about it just because I have been quiet for a while, but don't have much else to share.
For those of you not familiar, here is the fluff/intro to Truckasaurus from the Gaslands book:
"Legend tells of a beast with skin like steel, whose claws can cut through cars like paper, and whose very breath is white-hot death. From the depths of your nightmares arises a terror so thrilling that you will be unable to resist! For premium subscribers only: Truckasaurus Lives! Screeching out of your television set this Saturday night: 7pm Central Mars Time"
Truckasaurus is a heavyweight vehicle and has infinite hull points. It's armed with a turret-mounted Flamethrower, a turret-mounted 125mm Cannon, a turret-mounted Harpoon, and a Wrecking-Ball. It also counts as having a ram on every facing and infinite ammo for all its weapons.
Basically, it's a beast.
I'm envisioning something like Mechagodzilla with wheels.
I'm going to use a larger monster truck as the base, and then this "Monster" truck as the head. The jaw is articulated so it opens, just need to convert the red engine block into a flamethrower and It'll be just about good to go.
The trailer has a spine, so that might make up the bulk of the back. I'm thinking of cutting up a Transformer toy or something like that to get the arms if I can bring myself to break one. Might have to go buy a new one I don't like very well as a sacrifice to the Truckasaurus. If I buy it knowing I'm just taking the arms, it might be an easier pill to swallow.
Attach the cannon and the harpoon to the arms and then probably the wrecking ball on the tail.
Anyway, can't start it yet. Have to get craking on the terrain piece.
Bye for now.
I'm content, if not exactly happy, with the rust effects. Need to get the basing texture on the big piece, and touch up a few spots on the others.
Then, paint the dirt and add embellishments. Rocks, grasses, plants, etc.
Going to put graffiti all over this thing. That'll be the really time consuming work.
I have been doing a fair amount of reading about graffiti in the last few days, trying to be authentic with my painting.
A lot of it is either tags, essentially signatures, or it's politically motivated.
In the realm of 40K, the later might be something to the effect of, "The Emperor Protects!" or, "The Emperor Neglects!" depending on what side of the political spectrum the tagger finds themselves.
For Gaslands, it might be more akin to, "Mars is a Lie."
The former requires a name. An artist typically writes or draws their name. I want a few of the classic looking throw up, blockbuster or wildstyle type pieces, with several simpler tags in the mix. Hopefully, it will look like each piece was put up by a separate individual, with their own artistic and color choices, not just by one dude sitting at his bench with a few paints on his pallet.
So, I was looking at various name generators, fluff sites, Warhammer Wiki, etc., trying to come up with a whole slew of names for graffiti artists.
Then, I realized I have a whole forum full of artists and painters who have selected 'tags' or names that, though perhaps not their legal names, nevertheless identify them as artists:
So, I've designed a series of tags and works based on some of the people here on Dakka who have inspired my creativity, supported my work, or both.
Several of them are based on your armies, your styles, or what you might possibly be likely to put up, if you were a graffiti artist in the world of my gaming table.
Others are just simple shout outs. I need a combination of styles to make it more realistic, and only have until the 15th to finish my piece for the competition.
I had one idea that jumped out at me right away, and it seemed the easiest for me to execute, so I started with Gobert.
And, since you were one of the first to comment on the jump and how it should be the inside of the pipe, that's where I threw your piece.
Let me know what you think. And, if anyone that I add happens to be upset or otherwise doesn't want to be included, let me know. I'll paint over it.
Conversely, if I miss you and you want to be included, hit me up with that too.
Amazing Turtles, I wanted to put you on the other side of the jump, but I had, IMO, a really neat-o idea that I think you'll appreciate. I don't think I'll be able to pull it off on the curve of the pipe so I'm gonna put you on one of the support pylons. It might be a minute, because I'm trying to finish one chunk of this at a time.
Anyway, I'm pretty excited about it. Let me know your opinion.
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amazingturtles wrote:I think it's an amazing idea! Gobert's tag looks perfect and i'm excited for whatever you've got planned for me and everyone else! It's very neat of you, really
I'm glad your reaction is so positive. Here's a glimpse of what I have planned: I'll spoiler it if you want to wait for the finished piece.
Here's an initial sketch-up I did:
Then here is an image I found online:
I like Omar Rayyan's version WAY better, but I'm trying not to steal it. It's not for profit or anything, so I may get pretty close.
Arakasi wrote:Awesome idea! (and well executed too!)
Thanks. I've had a few good ideas in my time. This is one of my better ones.
Viterbi wrote:The rust effect looks really cool and the first graffiti is superb.
And the finished shots need to be on the pavement like the other WIP ones, the ground was really fitting texturewise
Like I said earlier, I'm not thrilled with the rust. It seems too abrupt of a transition from metal to rust, and not enough rust to really have eaten through the entire pipe. But, your support makes me hate it less.
It's been snowing here the last few days, so I'm not sure if I'll get a clear couple of days before the deadline to photograph in the driveway. We'll see.
Also, here is a spoiler of your tag, if you want to peek.
gobert wrote:That’s a genius idea DJ! I’m very honoured to be the first to tag your terrain, especially in my Void Panther colours too! Given your username, you need a Fresh Prince intro style graffiti too
I'm glad you like it. The Void Panthers have such a distinctive style. I was reading through Dakka posts, compiling a list of people to use, and your name in those colors popped into my head. The tag turned out just as I imagined. I'm trying to borrow a camera to take some better pictures. The purple shadowing looks better irl.
I like the Fresh Prince tag. Bright colors and bold letters are good for this project.
Anyway, here's another update. Graffiti on the jump is nearly done. Maharg and queen_annes_revenge getting the shout outs here. The QAR is tiny, but in World Eater pink. I'm a little intimidated by the queen's artistic ability. He always posts killer shots with wicked level of detail and writes things like, "WIP shot, still a long way to go."
Elle is a nickname for Mrs. JazzyJeff. JKL is my brother-in-law who we lost to brain cancer a few years back. This project is a really cool way to include people from my life.
Coming soon: DV8, Syro_, and Mothsniper set to get a shout on the end sticking up from the ground.
The main station will feature Josh in Japan, Viterbi, Captain Brown, and a whole slew of others. You can't keep these rebels down, or the paint cans out of their hands! Stay tuned.
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Your graffiti research really paid off! And such a fun tribute to your dakka peeps. Not only does it look great but its a sweet way to give back for the support and encouragement. Top idea and super well executed.