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Too cool- Vindicators from milk jugs! Really clever and totally best use of non-standard modeling supplies!

Is that a St Chammoud variant I see in the last pic? Pretty neat.

"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."

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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Thanks Meer_Cat! I use milk jugs constantly in most of my projects. It's basically poor man's plastic card

And wow, I have actually never heard of a Saint Chammoud tank or seen one. But the tank you are talking about is the spitting image of a St Chammond tank now that I looked it up. It's tank I made using the old vehicle design rules for a home made Dark Mechanicum army I was making. Thanks for pointing out that surprising resemblance. I want to graffiti it with the name of its historical counterpart now.... and have it get stuck on the trenches I just finished

   
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Incorporating Wet-Blending





Japan

Milk jugs? You made those with milk jugs? I have to ask: what sort of glue works on milk jug plastic?

Finally finished my LoER contest entry. With a couple of bonus Vanguard models as well..




Painting total as of 6/16/2019: 51 plus a wooden bridge and gnoll encampment and 28 pieces of Mantic scatter terrain and three fly holes and three farm buildings and a fire pit.


 
   
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Lone Wolf Sentinel Pilot






Too funny! I've always wanted to kitbash a St Chammond or build something similar from scratch, it's a neat looking vehicle. The whole arrangement of the gun in the nose makes it look all out attack mode- no surrender, no retreat!

I have to second Josh: what the heck kind of glue works on milk/water jug plastic?!?

"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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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Josh, Meer_Cat, The kind of glue I use is Surebonder dual temp hot glue sticks in a Surebonder high temp hot glue gun. Other glue guns and glue sticks haven't worked that well for me with water/milk jug plastic. Super glue can be short lived too. It also helps to apply the glue to what was originally the outside surface of the water jug, the inside surface is even smoother and more slick. Luckily being #2 HDPE plastic the water/milk jug plastic has no trouble with the high temperatures (unlike #1 PET plastic and drinking straws which shrivel up and contort under heat).

Pretty much every scratch build I do is a combination of dollar store foamcore and water/milk jug plastic, heh

   
Made in ca
Hurr! Ogryn Bone 'Ead!






Penticton BC Canada

 Syro_ wrote:
@Private Benjamin: Thank you! I'm glad you like it. I find trench warfare fascinating, and researched for a while when starting this project (honestly read a lot more than I needed to ), so I tried to find a balance between some realism and making it modular and more playable.


Fantastic! Any particular material you have read that you would like to share?

I'm working on a WWI-theme Steel Legion army myself, and using historical photographs from actual battlefields to work with: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/756076.page





This is a 120mm Trench Base for Flyers, cast by the fantastic folks at Models and Minis: https://www.modelsandminis.com/120mm_Oval_Trench_Base_Flying/p2965327_14550074.aspx


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USA

Hi Private Benjamin, in all honesty as a military history enthusiast you are probably beyond the resources I used, but I'll still share them with you. I just did a google search for "trench warfare" and started reading through the links. In wikipedia I had about 10 tabs open as I would follow any link in the text that sounded like it would add to my knowledge about trench warfare. I especially enjoyed reading about the ways they built to avoid enfilade fire. I also did a google image search for "trench warfare in desert". I've linked some of the pics that I found most useful, below.

https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=946&ei=EWiIW9yDG4GusAGp3avQDA&q=trench+warfare+in+desert&oq=tren&gs_l=img.1.0.35i39k1j0l9.1148.2569.0.5182.6.6.0.0.0.0.217.546.0j2j1.3.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..3.3.545.0...0.66yBV2jV9Zw#imgrc=lMmGMtSTEvnVkM:

https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=946&ei=EWiIW9yDG4GusAGp3avQDA&q=trench+warfare+in+desert&oq=tren&gs_l=img.1.0.35i39k1j0l9.1148.2569.0.5182.6.6.0.0.0.0.217.546.0j2j1.3.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..3.3.545.0...0.66yBV2jV9Zw#imgrc=BeOrDt5sNnRH9M:

https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=946&ei=EWiIW9yDG4GusAGp3avQDA&q=trench+warfare+in+desert&oq=tren&gs_l=img.1.0.35i39k1j0l9.1148.2569.0.5182.6.6.0.0.0.0.217.546.0j2j1.3.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..3.3.545.0...0.66yBV2jV9Zw#imgrc=S4hvvK_Yg4AJbM:

https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=946&ei=EWiIW9yDG4GusAGp3avQDA&q=trench+warfare+in+desert&oq=tren&gs_l=img.1.0.35i39k1j0l9.1148.2569.0.5182.6.6.0.0.0.0.217.546.0j2j1.3.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..3.3.545.0...0.66yBV2jV9Zw#imgdii=WS__BRLu0VBklM:&imgrc=inwTshpmVbTXHM:

https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=946&ei=EWiIW9yDG4GusAGp3avQDA&q=trench+warfare+in+desert&oq=tren&gs_l=img.1.0.35i39k1j0l9.1148.2569.0.5182.6.6.0.0.0.0.217.546.0j2j1.3.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..3.3.545.0...0.66yBV2jV9Zw#imgdii=Jm-GeScKQjbEKM:&imgrc=kICn0WuZOydm7M:

https://pharcae.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/a-small-death-korps-of-krieg-diorama/

https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=946&ei=EWiIW9yDG4GusAGp3avQDA&q=trench+warfare+in+desert&oq=tren&gs_l=img.1.0.35i39k1j0l9.1148.2569.0.5182.6.6.0.0.0.0.217.546.0j2j1.3.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..3.3.545.0...0.66yBV2jV9Zw#imgrc=Jg52ufh_jWMkqM:

   
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USA

Hi everyone. Not too much progress, I have been very busy. What I have been doing is slowly adding layer after layer of this red craft paint to the tanks. The one on the right has six coats, I think.


   
Made in ca
Hurr! Ogryn Bone 'Ead!






Penticton BC Canada

Those look great! What is that unique "tank" on the far left side sir?

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USA

@Private Benjamin: It's a tank that I made up using the vehicle design rules. Meer_Cat mentioned the surprising similarity to the real life French tank from World War 1 the Saint Chamond tank:
https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=946&ei=gwWLW8jxEays_Qbw8qjYCA&q=saint+chammoud+tank&oq=saint+chammoud+tank&gs_l=img.3...1424.11029..11283...1.0..1.199.1589.18j2......3....1..gws-wiz-img.....0..0j35i39j0i10j0i30j0i10i24.ol0eYT-rT2I#imgrc=53YgKlNP7od7lM:

Thanks for your kind words and interest

   
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Lone Wolf Sentinel Pilot






These are all really coming along- very nice work! How did you shape the dozer blades? And are those milk carton pulls for some of the hatches? That's one of my favorite 'junk' bits to find uses for!

"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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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Meer_Cat, I knew you would recognize the milk carton pulls for the hatches , yes that's what they are. I'm looking forward to when I can show you my scratch built super heavy tank. As for the dozer blades, each one is made differently as I experimented with different ideas. On the far right, the dozer blade is made of several layers of milk jug hot glued together. I think I wrapped it around a bottle and held it there as it hardened to get that shape. The one on the left is a cut section of a contact lens cleaner bottle. It's made of the same kind of plastic as milk jugs but thicker and had a perfect natural curve. The vindi in the middle is a hybrid of the other two where part of it is the contact lens cleaner bottle, but other sections and layers are water jug. It doesn't really show in any of the pictures, but each of these tanks has those textured plastic straps that you find on really heavy cardboard boxes (like reams of printer paper or mini fridges) as their tank tracks.

On another note, I figure I will summarize my attempts to finish more of my collection this month. I was not back for half of it. I finished my modular trenches which is great, but I think the challenge is about completing models. I finished making part of a helbrute, have not finished painting my chaos tanks, picked up my PPW (pottery purple worm) and a clay golem from where I was taking a pottery class and now own "Wrath of Ashardalon" which has 42 unpainted minis. So my progress for completing models in my collection is at negative 44... a good start . Next month should be even worse as it's the busiest month of my job, and my two Blandco inspired moments of weakness should have arrived by then, and will be a part of my model collection.

   
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Fixture of Dakka





6 foot underwater

Three years seems like an eminently suitable period of time to be waiting for a paint job, I see no issue there......

Good job on making them too, nicely done.

Trenches look boss too

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Made in us
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Thanks monkeytroll! It's so easy to put something off when I feel inspired to start something new.

   
Made in lt
Druid Warder





I dig these trenches! really, a very good looking and still playable modular system, congratulations! I'll reserve my harsh judgment of these tanks to a later time.

Pledge 2017:
Infinity - Ariadna (8/10) : Hordes - Circle Orboros (7/10) : Alkemy - various (12/10) : Burrows-n-badgers (10/10) : KoW and misc fantasy (13/10)

Pledge 2018:
Infinity - Ariadna (11/10) : Hordes - Circle Orboros (11/10) : Alkemy - various (11/10) : Burrows-n-badgers (11/10) : KoW and misc fantasy (11/10) : Deadzone and misc Sci-Fi (11/10) : Warmachine - Convergence of Cyriss (14/0)

Pledge 2019:
Unbuilt remaining - 42, painted 21/75 
   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

heh heh, thanks Wirecat. I'm glad you like the trenches, I am happy with how they turned out. I'm tempted to make some more modules when I have time.

I'm still painting those same chaos tanks, still more coats of red paint, and I went over the black areas with black paint. it didn't seem to warrant a picture however.
Instead, I'll share a clay golem that I threw together in a handful of minutes on the last day of pottery class. It certainly diserves any harsh judgement it gets, but I doubt I'll go back to make it any better, it was something that I wanted to finish quickly.


When I got him back after firing


I drilled holes in its feet, and glues in a paperclip to glue inside the base to hopefully stay on the base better.


Painted up. I was trying to go for a wet clay look with the edges of the body starting to dry out. I tried a crackle paint technique on these edges, but there was no result.

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

One of my Blandco inspired purchases arrived yesterday. "Lionheart" a board game from the late 90s. The minis remind me of Battle Masters, and the game play is apparently similar to chess, but with attack dice roles to see how well your attacks go. I just bought it for the minis (especially the peasants), and only paying a little over $20 left me happy with this purchase. I may want to try the game anyway, though.




   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Didn't feel well today, so I didn't accomplish much. I've stopped working on the chaos tanks for a little while, because I'm tempted to buy or make some skulls to decorate them with. I'm considering buying the citadel skulls pack. I've heard good things about it. Has anyone here gotten or used them, if so what do you think of them? I've been making a model volcano for my classroom to replace my old clay one which is falling apart and not great. This one is made of styrofoam.

Quite a few sections of expanded polystyrene glues together and carved to shape. I've done some gap filling since this photo was taken, but it's still wet. I plan to flock it with sand, seal it with PVA then paint it. I figure it's kind of miniature terrain, so hopefully it's ok to share here.


I also put together 5 troopers from Sedition Wars. I then decided it would probably be better to paint first, then assemble the rest.

I've also been making a scale model of the planets in our solar system, pics will follow some time in the future when I get further. This practice will come in handy if GW does re-release BFG

   
Made in ca
Phanobi






Canada,Prince Edward Island

That's a good selection of stuff you have to work with! How accurate is the scaling for the solar system going to be? Knowing me I would end up going way too accurate and end up with either a chair sized sun or go the other way and lose Mercury within seconds of making it

   
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[DCM]
Gargantuan Great Squiggoth





Not where I should be

All looking good.

As to GW skulls, well worth it in my opinion. One of the best buys you can get from them.




 
   
Made in us
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

@Camkierhi: Thanks for the advice Cam. After reading what you wrote about them, I just ordered the Citadel Skulls. I should have fun with them, when they arrive

@Commander Cain: Thanks for your interest. I'm the same way as you, and I'm trying to make the planets as accurately to scale as possible (within reason). I researched all their sizes and converted to a usable scale. I wanted the size differences to be shown accurately unlike all the models you can buy. And like you said, The sun is too huge for anything else to be in scale and visable so I'm only doing the planets


Earth and Venus are pingpong/table tennis balls. Mercury and Mars are made of pieces of foam with filler smeared on to round them out.


In the back is Saturn, with more work to still do. Still needs rings for one

   
Made in lt
Druid Warder





 Syro_ wrote:
heh heh, thanks Wirecat. I'm glad you like the trenches, I am happy with how they turned out. I'm tempted to make some more modules when I have time.


Cool. For the most part we have replaced trenches with barricades and walls/fences everywhere as they are much easier to throw together from the hobby junk. It is a bit sad, considering You and others come up with great ideas and execute them so well.

Instead, I'll share a clay golem that I threw together in a handful of minutes on the last day of pottery class. It certainly diserves any harsh judgement it gets, but I doubt I'll go back to make it any better, it was something that I wanted to finish quickly.


I want to get to this sort of pottery class! Or at least get access to the proper furnace. So many possibilities... Sigh.

That old table/war-game looks interesting, I've heard some things about it but never bothered to look at it closely. And that solar system... You keep me amazed!

Pledge 2017:
Infinity - Ariadna (8/10) : Hordes - Circle Orboros (7/10) : Alkemy - various (12/10) : Burrows-n-badgers (10/10) : KoW and misc fantasy (13/10)

Pledge 2018:
Infinity - Ariadna (11/10) : Hordes - Circle Orboros (11/10) : Alkemy - various (11/10) : Burrows-n-badgers (11/10) : KoW and misc fantasy (11/10) : Deadzone and misc Sci-Fi (11/10) : Warmachine - Convergence of Cyriss (14/0)

Pledge 2019:
Unbuilt remaining - 42, painted 21/75 
   
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Gargantuan Gargant





New Bedford, MA USA

The modular trenches remind me of the old Armorcast trenches.


   
Made in us
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

@Wirecat: Thanks so much Wirecat. I would be interested to see what amazing stuff you would make if you took a pottery class like that. I've found that I prefer apoxie putties personally. I'm glad you like the trenches and solar system.

@adamsouza: I just looked up the armorcast trenches, I can see the resemblance. I may have even used a pic of some for inspiration without realizing.


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I forgot to mention that my last upload brought my to 400 photos in my gallery, which feels pretty cool to me


I flocked the volcano last night with sand for some texture under the paint.


I gave it a coat of watered down PVA glue this morning, and then painted it this two tone gray this evening. It will be making it's debut in my classroom tomorrow.


I did some more work painting my model planets too. I'm calling Mars and Mercury (not pictured) done, and I may consider Venus done too, or I may go back and add some darker cloud belts.

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Raging Rat Ogre





Left Coast

Its been a while, so, a few things...

Welcome back!

I love that you have returned to hit the ground running! You knocked out those trenches real quick and they look great! Hopefully the piece I'm sending you fits right in to the set with minimal fuss!

Next, those are all scratch-built tanks?! Nice! Great work on the Hellbrutes as well, those conversions are coming along really nicely.

Lastly, thanks for the shoutout for my Plog! though, I've been a ghost around here for almost a month now...School started back up, and we've been super busy with all of the kids extracurricular activities and such. I'll post an update soon to explain what I've been up to.

Keep up the great work, Syro. It's so hard to keep the backlog from growing...especially with how fast the industry is pumping out great games and such recently!


   
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Liberated Grot Land Raida






Belgium

Some interesting stuff you got going there, following with interest, as usual

A Squeaky Waaagh!!

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' 
   
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USA

Thanks Fango! it was frustrating that I was so close to finishing the trenches back in June and then couldn't. Luckily the deadline was very long for this most recent LoER terrain contest, and I felt I wouldn't forgive myself if I didn't finish once I got back. Thansk also for the kind words about the scratch-built tanks and the hellbrutes. I should be back to working on them in a week or two once some new supplies arrive. You were really moving on your Plog before, but life does happen, and the school year starting is a big one. I hope you find time for your hobby soon, but what you are doing is important.

Thanks CommissarKhaine, thanks for visiting my blog.

No real update tonight. I brought the planets in to show my students and forgot them at school, so I didn't work anymore on Earth. My students were very excited and impressed by them. I've been painting a homemade plant root viewer that I made out of styrofoam, but not really something worth showing. Have quite the headache, so didn't so anything beyond that.

   
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Gargantuan Gargant





New Bedford, MA USA

The clay golem is so retro it hurts....in a good way.

   
Made in gb
[DCM]
Gargantuan Great Squiggoth





Not where I should be

Good work going on as usual. Planets are a real challenge, and well done sir, looking brilliant so far. Did a volcano myself a year or two ago. Fun.

Please trust me when I say your trenches made judging very very difficult. Several of the pieces were very close. You did an excellent job.




 
   
Made in us
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Thanks Adam, I'm glad it's in a good way

Thanks Cam, I'm glad you like what's going on here. It's cool to hear you made a volcano too recently. What materials did you make yours out of? I'm very happy with the trenches, I'm glad your contest inspired me to make them. I'm glad you like they too.

   
 
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