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Subject: Ezki's hobby thread: Rebooting the Waaagh! - Big Mek on Warbike conversion
Camkhieri: "And another very cool thing, my phones predictive text actually gave me chicken as an option after typing robot, how cool is that."'
Meercat: "All eyes turned to the horizon and beheld, in lonely and menacing grandeur, the silhouette of a single Grot robot chicken; a portent of evil days to come."
From 'The Plucking of Gindoo Phlem'
Subject: Re:Ezki's hobby thread: Rebooting the Waaagh! - Big Mek on Warbike conversion
Captain Brown: Well this thing had been sitting on my storage box for over a decade, so I was not very quick to find any use for it either
Did a first (or maybe last) iteration of the base for the Mek. I got excited about making road bases after doing one of these for my friends Knight army (on the previous page) and decided to give it another go. I wanted some variation from the similar looking bland wasteland bases I've been doing for many years for the Orks.
This is how it will look when I glue the model in place. The casings coming out of the gun got ripped off during the painting process, but I will glue them back on when the model is securely on the base.
Still thinking about adding some more details on the base. I'm also not sure about the color of the asphalt: I think it should be a bit darker. I might iterate a bit more still, we'll see.
While thinking about the base, I did some base coloring on the Trike as well. Did the first layer of metallics and washes. This thing will have a very Mad Maxey color scheme: lot's of dirt and rust.
That's all folks. A really quick one but wanted to keep you guys posted!
"Big Mek Gazzruk was replacing an engine to a trukk hit by an Imperal rocket. He strapped it on with a few ropes in order to finish the repair work quickly. It would stay in place for a while, but there was no point creating proper engine mounts: the trukk would not stay intact for long. The owners were rarely bothered to take care of their precious vehicles.
Gazzruk lift his head and grunted. There were still a half a dozen of vehicles and a bunch of bikes in line to be fixed before the raid to an imperial manufactorum in a few days. He was overwhelmed by all the maintenance and repair work. It was difficult to find proper help these days, especially when one of the best Meks in the tribe, Skalgrakk, had been entombing himself inside a looted Dreadnought. All the Boyz were too dumb or too big to be able to help with hard to reach places. Best option would be gretchin, if only they would not be used as shields by the larger greenskins. Drix and Brix were the only lucky two grots he had been able to snatch to his workshop, but this was not enough. Besides, all this repairing took away from the time that could be better spent inventing and creating new stuff. Something had to be done.
Gazzruk browsed trough his workshop and was able to find an old contraption he never had time to finish. This device would be able to cast a protective field around it being able to block even the meanest of ranged weapons. If only he could make it work, he would be able to bolt it on his customized warbike. With glowing eyes, Gazzruk channelled every bit of wisdom bestowed upon him on birth, inserted all the wires he could find and finally welded the thing on his bike. If this thing works, he would be able to protect all the other vehicles, make some field repairs and maybe bash in a few heads during the raid."
My camera is still at my sister's house, so I apologize for the poor pics. As stated before, I will take better ones later on.
This bike is the least rusy in the force, as Gazzruk takes a good care of it.
In addition to this, I continued working with the Deffkilla Wartrike. I actually got the vehicle itself finished.
My girlfriend was not home, so I took the opportunity to blast some Motörhead trough the speakers, took the dirtiest of drybrushes and went to town. I payed no mind to any advanced techniques and rather let the music guide my brush strokes, trying to make the vehicle as rusty as possible. Even decided to add some flames as a tribute to hot rod - culture, with clearly visible transitions. I don't remember when I have had as much fun when painting. Even though I enjoy painting minis, a lot in fact, it very refreshing to paint with a feeling rather than trying to create a display mini. My neighbours might not agree, but what the heck.
I'm very pleased how it turned out. It does not look very good up close as all the metal parts have been drybrushed, but in my opinion it does the job pretty well.
Now it's just a matter of painting the crew and creating a base.
Music plays a huge part in my painting, especially when trying to decide what to paint and how to paint. I have a theme album or a music genre for most of my armies, and I think Motörhead works perfectly for speedfreeks.
I think I will keep working with orky vehicles and bikes for a while as that's what I really enjoy doing at the moment. That might of course change if I feel like it or change the tunes I'm listening to
Thanks for reading! Any feedback is always appreciated!
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It's been a while. I caught a flu last weekend and have not been feeling like doing much hobbying. Still a bit sneezy, but feeling better.
Finally managed to post the pictures from Big Mek to the monthly painting contest and currently trying to catch up with all the other hobby threads I've missed.
Yesterday I however managed to finish the base for the Deffkilla Wartrike, so that's officially done!
I also did a few quick objective markers. We were having a game last weekend and discussed with my friend that we need some actual markers, rather than just dice or tokens from different game systems. The first three are more of a "general purpose" objectives. I don't even quite remember where I got those pieces. I kind of want to say they were from some Infinity kit, but definitely not games workshop. The last three are more of a Eldar ruins - style. I thought about making a few objectives for each of my armies someday, but until then I think these will make do.
A few images and words from the game in the spoilers for those who are interested.
So, the game in question was once again our classic match up: Orks vs Tyranids. These two forces have been clashing together since the early fifth edition, back when we were still learning the game. Well who am I kidding, we still are learning the game
We played one of the new Chapter Approve missions, where the objectives move every turn (forget what it's called).
2000 points of orks. Pretty close to the list I displayed couple of pages ago, but this time with bikers and the Deffkilla Wartrike. "Battlewagon blitzkrieg" style list, with many nasty targets for the enemy to get rid off. I have wielded the bikers only a couple of times in the previous editions, and every time they have let me down. I decided to give them a chance in this edition.
The bugs getting ready to repel the loud smoking machines. 60 Gaunts, two Tervigons, two Hive Tyrants (one flying), 9 Hive Guard, 12 Ravenors and some other stuff I don't quite remember.
Engines revving, the boyz are ready to make some minced meat!
Sadly I forgot to take more images in the heap of the game.
Tyranid player went first and managed to blow one of my Battlewagons with his Hive Guard, even trough the Kustom Force Field. This made the Orks pretty mad, so they put the pedal to the metal and managed to pull off a first turn charge with a Battlewagon. Bikes and Dakkajets advanced and opened fire, making some really good damage. I was lucky enough to destroy almost all of my opponents anti tank during my first turn, so the rest of the game was pretty straight forward for me. Tankbustas did some mean work against the big bugs and the bikes really tore trough the Ravenors. I managed to table him at the end of turn three.
I really did not think that this list would fare so well. Maybe against something with a little more anti tank it would have been harder. I was really surprised about how the bikes did, but then again they did not get shot that much. Maybe because they have not been doing much over the years, but I can imagine that they will be one of the first targets to be shot from the table the next time around.
Anyway, had a blast. Good game and looking forward the next one!
The only thing so far missing from my Speedfreeks army is a Warboss on a bike. I pondered quite a bit how to convert him and the idea finally hit me.
I realized I have only one of these:
An old bike model that was given to me by a friend who quit the hobby years ago. I have used this as a regular bike, but I thought I could do some more work for it. It is very recognizable compared to the new bikes, so it would be appropriate for a Warboss. The funny thing is, that the biggest guy will have the smallest bike, but thinking about making it a tad bigger with some conversion work!
That's all today, will keep you posted when I get something done once more. I have been drawn to Harlequins and Eldar in general after watching a couple of battle reports. Not promising anything, but a few Space Elves might appear once again in the near future!
PS. Sorry about the lazy writing and possible typos. Not in my prime right now due to the flu.
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I'm glad you're starting to feel better, flu is rough. It's great that you were able to get the wartrike into a game so soon after finishing it. Impressive game, nice job on the win. I'm not sure if I have heard of tabling an opponent at the end of the 3rd turn.
That Wartrike looks sweet! The base you've put it on is awesome too!
Great looking objectives, they're something I haven't put a lot of emphasis on but seeing yours is giving me a little bit of inspiration! Good game too, lots of Battlewagons can be a hard thing to deal with!
Syro: I was really surprised too. Not very common to finish up a game that quick without one of the players giving up.
Kestral: Glad you like the mek! I hear you regarding the bike. If it would have been in mint condition, I would not have laid my hands on it in a manner of speaking.
The biker was however painted by my friend when he was ~11 years old and repainted by me a few years later. This resulted it being full of knife marks, glue residue and broken parts. It would have been quite a lot of work to restore it.
Tyranid Horde: Making objective markers is something I've been postponing for years and years. Happy that I finally got to it. It was really quick too: it took an hour max to create all six.
Looking forward to see if you get the inspiration to create some markers yourself!
I have completed building and converting the Warboss on bike. I did not have time to post any WIP updates during the project, but I will post some images from different stages.
Firstly I wanted to make the bike a little bigger, so I combined the original "shock absorber poles" to the ones from the newer kit. I also drilled a hole to the back in order to fit a boss pole with a gretching hangin from it. I did not glue this one on, as I'm almost sure it would snap at some point.
A bit of a messy image, but hopefully you can see the bike. Next step was to start adding some details: replaced the original exhaust pipes with ones from the Killa Kan kit and added a "front bumper" using a part from the Mek Shop kit. I actually cut some spikey shapes on the bottom and trimmed it a bit to make it look more fitting.
I also replaced the guns with a one barrel on the other side and a two barrel on the other. A Warboss needs to have more barrels than the regular bikers, am I right? I liked the original guns, but they were soaked in glue and paint so it would have been a paint to try and make them look decent.
The bit under the bumper is there just to hold it in place while the glue is drying.
The first iteration of the Warboss himself can be seen from the image. What bugged me about him was that the power klaw arm was from a regular boy kit or something, so the hand was thinner than the nob hand on the left.
I played around for quite a bit and finally managed to find a combination I was happy with:
I had to find a Nob arm that would be in appropriate position related to the bike handle and combine it with a biker hand. It still needs a bit of trimming and cleaning.
During the heat of the building process this happened:
Oh well, I needed to reorganize my bits anyway...
Bike cleaned (mostly) and primed. I added a couple of orky glyphs, a gun holster and made a brake lining from metal wire to give the bike some additional details.
Test fitting with the Warboss and the bosspole.
I'm pretty happy how this is turning out. Looking forward to get it painted!
As a bonus, I have another update too.
I wanted to make another post for this, but as I'm not sure when I have time to update this in the near future due to more or less busy schedule, I will combine these two projects into one post.
On thursday I'm once again challenging one of my friends to a game at our FLGS. It will be a 1000pts game and I will be playing Eldar. While iterating different lists, I thought that I wanted to try something different. Then I realized that I have not tried Harlequins in this edition!
I have eight Players, a Shadowseer and a Death Jester. The Players are old metal models, which I bought years ago. They were my absolute favorite unit in 5th and 6th (and the least favorite of most of my friends) and I fielded them in every game. Some quick shots in the spoilers.
These guys were painted eight years ago. At the time, it was pretty much the best I could do. I was also very pleased about the paint job back then.
It's not that bad actually, but the color choices I made do not make much sense. They look a bit messy.
The reason I have not used these since the release of their first own codex is that all the stuff I own can't be used in a same unit anymore. I did not want to commit to a fifth army (yet) and therefore did not buy more models.
After properly realizing that I can actually have a mixed detachment, or a patrol one, I got the idea of trying out these guys and gals again. The problem was however, that I had only eight of them. Two troupes would need at least 10.
After a dive to my bits box I managed to find some leftover parts from my Swooping Hawk project (back in 3rd and 4th page of this thread).
Already started brushing some base colors to them and trying to find a scheme I'm happy with.
I will try to find a scheme that blends well with my Eldar army. I will try out some blending on the black areas and try to see how they would look without mixing too many colors.
I only have two of these guys remaining. This does not automatically mean that I will be buying more Harlequins in the future, but this might be a fun painting project. But then again, if they do well in the game, who knows?
I don't think I will be able to finish these before the game, but trying to get them into playable condition.
A bit of rambling, but hopefully it was readable.
Thanks for checking out!
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Just been through the whole blog! Some great stuff you’ve been producing Ezki. The wings on your swooping hawks are particularly awesome, if you do any more I’d love to see a tutorial on how you did it. The Orks’ are looking great too, the 3 Deff Dreads and the Mek Boys grots (sounds like a euphemism...) being my favourites so far. Tempting me to move on to greenskins when I get the chance!
Looking forward to see how the toned down Harlequins come out, spectacular if the rest of your Space Elves are anything to go by!
Subject: Re:Ezki's hobby thread: Rebooting the Waaagh! - Warboss on warbike and suddenly some Harlequins!
A nice selection of Ork Bikes you done recently Ezki
The Big Mek on bike conversion really works, its nice to see an older model reused and give fresh life. Good luck with it for this months painting challenge, I'm sure it will get quite a few votes.
The Flames on the Trike look great as well,
Disaster with the bits collection, hope it didn't take to long to reorganise. It would take me days if that happened with my horde of bits. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the Warboss on bike
Thank you all for the comments and compliments, it means a lot!
@Youwashock: Glad you like him! Somehow I thought you might be interested to see some Aeldari kin again
@Syro: Yeah it took a while, but luckily it was only the one box. The bad part was that I can still find some bits from under the furniture etc. Also ever stepped on a lego? Cute, try stepping on a pointy gretchin head
@Captain Brown: Thank you very much!
@Gobert: I'm flattered! Really glad you went trough all the stuff. The page count is getting bigger and it's not a small task to browse trough.
The Mek and Dreads were really fun to do. Regarding the Swooping Hawk wings I'm actually planning to do some Scourges at some point. I will try to remember to take pictures from each step and write a small guide. In the meantime I'll try explaining it the best I can:
The wings were mostly drybrushed using the following Citadel paints in this order:
- Primed with chaos black spray
- Mourfang brown
- Mix Trollslayer Orange and Mephiston red (~50/50)
- Trollslayer Orange
- Mix of Trollslayer orange and Ushabti Bone
- Very very thin drybrush with Ushabti Bone
I divided the wings in smaller sections, depending how the feathers were placed. I started applying the paints to each section going from darker on the top to lighter on the bottom. Each lighter shade worked also as a highlight to the previous darker color. Only color I used for every bit of the wings was Mournfang Brown.
@Midget Gems: Thank you sir! I can only imagine that if you were to spill out your bits box
@Bellerophon: Cheers! I'm also a fan of more grimy and rusty looking orks. Even though the bright and goofy style might look good, that's really not my cup of tea. Orks in my mind are grim and brutal warriors rather than all goofy, so I'm trying to fit the colors accordingly. And you are correct, I was able to find a few bits that were "lost" in the bitz box
Once again some progress has been made!
I managed to finish painting the Harlequins last week. I tried to find a balance of okay looking paintwork and a quick way of doing it.
Ditched the idea of trying to wet blend all the black parts, as I'm still learning it and doing it would be so slow. Main reason for this is that if and when I get more of these guys I will be able to get them to the tabletop fairly quickly.
Tried a couple of shots with white background, but it did not help much with the picture quality.
I really need to invest into better lighting equipment. The contrast on the models is pretty muted, but still more visible than in the images.
I'm still pondering about the blue color on the spirit stones. I might try orange, as it works well with purple in my opinion. The only problem with that color is the golden belt, which makes the stone disappear. Maybe I figure something out in the future.
As for their performance, they did some good work in the game. My list was a lot different than usual: no vehicles and a lot of playing around with stratagems and psychic powers to make the force tick. The first turn went pretty bad, as I failed almost every one of my casts and draw bad cards for the tactical objectives. Tides turned however during the second turn as the clowns started slicing trough the guardsmen and my reserves arrived. I had to rely on hiding my small units behind a LoS blocking terrain and play around my opponent with different tricks, like a true Harlequin. I was also a bit scared of his gunline, as he tabled me in the last two games we played (one with Krieg and one with Orks).
My 1000pts force for the game
I also did some more work with the bike over the weekend:
The bike needs a bit more work with highlights and details. The boss and the banner have been base coated and washed, so next it's time for layering and highlighting.
I will try to finish him up during this week.
Getting close to completing my Speed Freek force, just a couple more things! Also regarding the Harlequins, I'm seriously considering of buying one more Troupe to get a full battalion of these guys to field every now and then.
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More Harlequins sounds good to me. Green could work for the stones. Looks good with purple, stands out against gold. The diamond patterns came out great. The weathering on the bike is really working. That banner top is a fabulous bit.
Subject: Re:Ezki's hobby thread: Rebooting the Waaagh! - Warboss on warbike and suddenly some Harlequins!
Also a big thank you for the suggestions. I took your words to heart and played around a bit:
youwashock wrote:Green could work for the stones. Looks good with purple, stands out against gold.
That was a good idea. The stones stand out a lot more now. It was the first time painting green stones, so the colors I chose could have been a bit better. I'll play around with them a bit more when I get more clowns on my table.
Captain Brown wrote:For the Harlequins, try a blue or a green background...they fade too much into the grey because of their colour scheme and white only seems to work for me with lots of natural light.
That was it. Luckily there were multiple different colored backgrounds with the lightbox. Before seeing the wonderful images in your threads I never thought that blue would make a good background. Live and learn...
I was able to finish the biker Warboss earlier this week, but did not have time to take pictures earlier.
The update rate for this thread is slowing down a bit, as I have less and less hobby time due to the school work piling up. It only gets worse as I'm closing on my graduation (~6 months or so).
I will try to find as much time to work with models though, as hobbies are one of the main things that keep me sane during stressful times.
Anyway, time for some pictures!
The base looks a bit too small, but I did not want to put him on a larger base. This way it will be easier to move him around with the other bikes and vehicles.
I took the extra step and tuned the white balance in these images with Photoshop. It's something I've learned a few years ago, but for some weird reason never actually tried with miniature images. Maybe the reason for that is that I feared the colors would look too unnatural, even though it's quite the opposite. These were taken with my phone, but I think they still came out pretty okay. The difference in white between the three images might be from the actual light or just from my inexperience with the software. Well, learning more every time.
Also for some reason these images are quite sharp, even if they are almost full sized in the dakka gallery. Most of the times my images become blurry and I have to use some other hosting service. Not sure if this is because of the packaging used in there or just that my pictures are not sharp enough in general. Any ideas? I don't mean to blame the gallery itself, but just want to know if it's something I'm going wrong.
Regarding the model itself, I think it came out nicely. The bike looks a bit meaner than the regular ones and it surely is distinguishable from the others.