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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

That's so natural looking... peaceful looking too! All it needs is a little cascade of water from the rocks on the left side there and some greenery and you'll have the perfect retreat!

Anvildude: "Honestly, it's kinda refreshing to see an Ork vehicle that doesn't look like a rainbow threw up on it."

Gitsplitta's Unified Painting Theory
 
   
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Thanks Tom, Gits'. No water, but the greenery has taken it to the next level.

Click through to the gallery for a better look at it (and maybe give it a vote while you're there).



Closer look at the internals:


Closer look at the base:


Lighting:


Scale shots and model balancing:


Removing and inserting the doors:


And that is the hut done.
As my Etsy shop is closed and I'm not venturing out of the house, there's no telling when this will be available to buy. But I'll be sure to let you know.

And, as I mentioned earlier, next up will be something for my personal army over in my other blog.
But I have a couple of presents to make that will be shown in here.
Stay tuned.


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
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6 foot underwater

Excellent job indeed

Love the look of it in a dusky environment with the lighting on, very atmospheric.

I had been thinking the roof needed colour, but it doesn't, and looking at the finished piece as a whole think it works better with your choice - trust the doc

Nicely done sir, and looking forward to the mad scientist getting some love again.

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heretical ramblings : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/302773.page
imperial preachings : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/303365.page
Da Waaagh-ky Races : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/325045.page
Briancj: You have the Mek Taint, MT, and the only thing we can do is watch in horror/amazement.

 
   
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Thanks MT.
Yeah, I had to turn off all my painting/photo lights and just use the room light, hence the warmer tone to the general light. With the painting lights on you can't see the LEDs.

At least the colour of the roof came out more like real-life in these photos. If you look closely at the top-down view you may even see that some of the underlying brown shows through the blue in patches. This was intentional, with mainly dry-to-moist-brushing used.

Ta. I'll need to reacquaint myself with my plans before deciding on what to build. Expect (mad)ness.


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
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Screaming into the void






Mostly, on my phone.

The foliage really makes it. That and the Ork lol.

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
 
   
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That is a seriously impressive bit of terrain!

   
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Mastering Non-Metallic Metal







Thanks Graven'. Well I had to have something for scale and multiple mini's for playable reference. I just so happened to grab 'im...

Thanks aku', nice to hear.

And the side projects are done.

First some lessons from my creation of one of them.
You'll remember the tensegrity thing I built a little while ago. That led me to have a look at what else is possible.
A table led me to try a 3-bar style version: 3 solid pieces connected by triangles of string.
But straight lines are too easy, and like the table, I wanted to use curved pieces.

I also wanted metal, actual metal, real metal, for the solid pieces. So I searched through my metal bits collection and came up with a large spring (roughly 65mm in diameter).
A few cuts with my dremel and I had 3 curved pieces of metal that were strong and identical.

The table I had seen as an example was a mess of wires holding it all together and the photos didn't do it justice for me to work out what was connected to what.
So I had to practice.
With my original tensegrity piece labelled as Mk.1, the first attempt was Mk.2.

I started connecting the pieces together at one end, in a triangle with one length of thread.
I then joined the other ends with another length of thread.
A few wraps around and a blob of superglue, and I tried to keep each length of thread the same between the metal pieces.
First tip: you have to keep your wits about you to keep track of which piece to connect to next so the finished piece is not tied in knots in the wrong way.

Then you need lengths of thread that run from the "top" of one metal piece to the bottom of the next metal piece. So that one end is attached to both ends of another piece.
The whole structure is loose and chaotic until you attach the very last thread. Once that pulls tight, the whole thing stands up...

...and you learn that more care is needed with choice of thread length and attachment to the metal pieces.
Mk.2 was a mess (see below).

For Mk.3, I followed the same procedure but made each length of thread 50mm.
For these particular metal pieces, that was too long and the thread was not taught everywhere at once.

Also, for these curved metal pieces, they require another thread to hold their middles equidistant from the ends of their neighbours. Or they just flop down unpleasingly.

However, it was possible to just tighten up these lengths and therefore fix the structure, giving Mk.4


A little tidying of the thread ends and the addition of a floating tetrahedron and Mk.4 was done.


And then I revisited the "classic" style of tensegrity sculpture, but I really wanted to only use 3 lengths of thread (the bare minimum).
Connect the middle thread first and then careful balancing while attaching the other lengths and you're good.
Keep the weight of the upper piece over to one side and you don't need a length of thread on that side, gravity does it for you.

I used a wire coathanger for the metal pieces.
I was pleasantly surprised to get the triangles so even. I was however, aiming for pointy ones...

Mk.5

It's quite stable, and the upper piece will even rock back and forth a fair bit without falling. push it too far and it will fall though.

And now I move over to my personal blog. Feel free to follow along over there, and I currently have a call for comments on what may be the next project:
https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/4260/471119.page#10807620
Leave your opinions and we'll build something (Mad) together.

AND, and...
I also made an amulet of Talos.
Y'know, from that game...
The one with the dragons... and the shouting...
Available on seemingly anything vaguely electronic...


Ta

This message was edited 2 times. Last update was at 2020/05/25 14:55:48



The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
Made in gb
Mastering Non-Metallic Metal







Brief excursion to my other blog became a break from everything (explanation over in the other blog).

But Christmas approaches and presents need making. So I'm back over here to show a quick wip shot of present #1 (of 4).

Nothing too complex, so no other in-progress shots.
More Hobbit figures; this time the dwarf meets the goblin king...

*This is not going to be book accurate. I'm working with the figures I have and this leads to a few minor inconsistencies:
1) I only have 1 Dwarf figure, not the many that are involved.
2) The figure is not tied up as in the book.
2.5) The figure still has his sword which was taken from him during the capture.
2.75) He looks awfully calm.
3) The Goblin king is not being cut in half by Gandalf, who then proceeds to free the dwarves.
4) Bilbo and Gandalf figures have been used elsewhere already, so not present.
5) There's no mention of plinths, bridges, or a stream at the meeting in the book.

Other than that, perfectly book accurate...

Can I remember how DDakka works now...

Yes?


Built from layers of cardboard, polystyrene foam and foamcore,
covered with tissue/PVA,
covered with plaster,
Couple of torches using some leftover putty in the right shape,
Bridge from 2 lengths of wire and strips of card,
Plus "rope" handhold,
Some pins for stakes,
Sprinkling of my usual mud 'n' rocks mix.

Aim to paint it lit only by the torches, harsh lighting and shadows.

This now moves to painting with present #2 (not shown), and I can start planning present #3.

I will try and get around to catching up with what you have been doing, but I have months to catch up on.

Thanks for sticking around and being patient.


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
Made in gb
[DCM]
Screaming into the void






Mostly, on my phone.

Always good to see you in action sunshine.

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
 
   
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Affton, MO. USA

What is your name?
What is your quest?
What is the airspeed of an unladen swallow?


Nice work so far Dr. H .

LOL, Theo your mind is an amazing place, never change.-camkierhi 9/19/13
I cant believe theo is right.. damn. -comradepanda 9/26/13
None of the strange ideas we had about you involved your sexual orientation..........-Monkeytroll 12/10/13

I'd put you on ignore for that comment, if I could...Alpharius 2/11/14 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

I just love your odd projects!

Anvildude: "Honestly, it's kinda refreshing to see an Ork vehicle that doesn't look like a rainbow threw up on it."

Gitsplitta's Unified Painting Theory
 
   
Made in gb
Mastering Non-Metallic Metal







Thanks Graven'.

Lo Theo'. Is that an African or European swallow?
Thanks.

Good to hear, Gits'.

Progress on the Goblin x Dwarf piece:
First layers of paint, getting an idea of where the light is.



Next job should be to give some things colour.

Present #2 is done, but you'll see that when all the pieces are together... (you'll get that when you see it )

Planning on Present #3 is underway.


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
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Longtime Dakkanaut




Wisconsin

Always fun to see what your working on Doc.
   
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Screaming into the void






Mostly, on my phone.

I do like your festive nonsense. Always stimulating.

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
 
   
Made in gb
Mastering Non-Metallic Metal







Lo York'. Thanks, good to hear.

Thanks Graven'. I'd say it makes a nice change, but I've not done much of any modelling this year to have a change from...

Progress on the Goblin x Dwarf piece. The Goblin king got painted.


He's done, but will get some lighting effect once I get on to the torches.

Present #3 is underway, probably have something to show next time.
#4 is a distant concept.


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
Made in gb
Mastering Non-Metallic Metal







Progress on present #1; the dwarf is painted.


Just the fire and lighting effect to do.

And...

Progress on present #3; can you guess what it is?


Yes / No (delete as applicable) it is a lightsabre 1:1 prop.
Not a replica, this is a unique design, as replicating a "real" one would require a lathe or hours and hours with clay or moulds or whatever... rather than bash out a design from what I have laying about (and taking up so much room, I've got to start using this stuff sometime...).

It does have a "working" trigger though; spring and plunger type under the black flap-like thing.
Plus the extended hinge pieces serve as a stand the prevent rolling on a surface and the trigger touching said surface. (by chance rather than design)

Still have small details to add, this is just the basic shape/structure.

Present #4 really needs thinking about...


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
Made in gb
[DCM]
Screaming into the void






Mostly, on my phone.

That's a very cool toy there. And a nice dwarf to boot.

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
 
   
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Nice lightsaber!

   
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Tangentville, New Jersey

I really love the bridge diorama.


 
   
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Thanks Graven', aku-chan and KidCthulhu.

Speaking of...
The meeting of the Goblin King and the Dwarf is done. You'll have to wait until after Christmas to see it all, as usual.
But here's a peek:


And progress on the Lightsabre.
Details added.

It's now on the painting desk, primed and blacked, awaiting metallics.

Probably time to start on #4...

In other news:
Picked up a fancy NVME M.2 SSD for my PC, taking total storage to a perfectly rational 5.25TB on 5 drives (2xSSDs, 1x 2TB HDD + 2x 1TB enterprise HDD).
I have been transferring my games over to the new SSD which should help with faster load times (previously on the HDD).
I may use the opportunity to transfer my mod organisation over to vortex, as moving NMM seems to be a lot of work. May as well start fresh.


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Too much creativity and skill for one person...

Anvildude: "Honestly, it's kinda refreshing to see an Ork vehicle that doesn't look like a rainbow threw up on it."

Gitsplitta's Unified Painting Theory
 
   
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Thanks Gits', too kind.

3 down and 1 to go.
Yes, the lightsabre is painted. No, you won't see it just yet.

Present #4 is another N-gauge building rescue.
This time, a windmill.
As you will see below, it comes to me unpainted and with the sails glued in place.

The plan was to make the sails rotate and leave the ability to motorise them (It would need to be installed into a layout for motorising and lighting).
But why were they glued on in the first place anyway?
A look inside revealed an axle that is even free to move (not rotate?) at the rear of the mill, but there is clearly a lot of glue behind the hub and more at the tip of the sail where it meets the mill's body.

Removing the sails reveals that the axle has snapped right where it would meet the sails.
Must have snapped off in the past and rather than fix it, my Granddad had just glued the whole thing on solid, and moved on.

But I have the time and patience he didn't.

Before, during and after photos below.
I had to saw off the whole front of the mill where the sails were glued on, to get a flat face, and then I replaced the material with plasticard.
The holes (and the front end of the axle) were drilled out to accept some 3.2mm plastic-tube.
The tube was glued to the sails and I created a plug for the rear end that can push-fit to hold it on, but allow it to be removed for motorising later.
The sails were straightened and re-glued where they snapped in the process. I added strips of plasticard to the front of each main beam of each sail, for strength (after the photos).
And I re-scribed details onto the various glue spills across the mill (see the lighter patches).

The sails now spin again.


Now to painting.

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The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
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Edinburgh, UK

Got to say, love that scratchbuilt lightsaber! Keen to see it finished seeing as you've painted it!

Great to see the refurb on the mill, moving parts for pieces like that are a good feature to have.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Nice work on the windmill.

Anvildude: "Honestly, it's kinda refreshing to see an Ork vehicle that doesn't look like a rainbow threw up on it."

Gitsplitta's Unified Painting Theory
 
   
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Screaming into the void






Mostly, on my phone.

That's a lovely thing. I can practically here stop motion animation classic theme tunes

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
 
   
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Mastering Non-Metallic Metal







Thanks T'Horde, Gits', and Graven'.

The windmill is done. That's 4 of 4.
Photos done (and a video of the windmill in "action"... I'm blowing on it). You will all see after Christmas.

But here's a pip of the windmill to keep you going.


Now to plan yet another present for after Christmas.


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Lovely work, the recipient will be delighted!

Anvildude: "Honestly, it's kinda refreshing to see an Ork vehicle that doesn't look like a rainbow threw up on it."

Gitsplitta's Unified Painting Theory
 
   
Made in gb
Mastering Non-Metallic Metal







Thanks Gits'. Everyone was happy.

And here you will see why...

Let's start with the Light sabre prop'. Now painted and polished.

I think I prefer the purple effect there.

And then something you haven't seen, Jigsaw earrings with a Christmas theme.

Forgot the Mini' scale shot so this picture may not last long.

Here's the Windmill.

I'll try and get the video up soon, so you can see it moving.

And finally, the Goblin Vs Dwarf diorama.

Most worthy of a good zoom-in.

I hope you all have had a good (if different) Christmas.


The army- ~2295 points (built).

* -=]_,=-eague Spruemeister General. * A (sprue) Hut tutorial *
Dsteingass - Dr. H..You are a role model for Internet Morality! // inmygravenimage - Dr H is a model to us all
Theophony - Sprue for the spruemeister, plastic for his plastic throne! // Shasolenzabi - Toilets, more complex than folks take time to think about!  
   
Made in us
Decrepit Dakkanaut






Madison, WI

Really excellent work my friend. Love the earrings, great idea!

Anvildude: "Honestly, it's kinda refreshing to see an Ork vehicle that doesn't look like a rainbow threw up on it."

Gitsplitta's Unified Painting Theory
 
   
Made in gb
[DCM]
Screaming into the void






Mostly, on my phone.

Just excellent as ever! Rather like the earrings

Theophony"... and there's strippers in terminator armor and lovecraftian shenanigans afoot."
Solar_Lion: "Man this sums up your blog nicely."

Anpu-adom: "being Geek is about Love. Some love broadly. Some love deeply. And then there are people like Graven.
 
   
 
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