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Made in gb
Omnious Orc Shaman





A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...

UPDATE: This blog was originally going to be my attempt at building a Space Marine force from my own home brew chapter, but at the moment I've gone off the idea and instead concentrating on various scratchbuilds and conversions from the 40k world...

So far we have up-armoured Rhino and Predator with LEDs, an AoBR Dreadnought, a converted Stormraven,and scratchbuilds on a Thunderhawk Gunship,Thunderbolt Heavy Fighter, Marauder Bomber and Taurox


ORIGINAL POST:
You may have seen a glimpse of this in my Imperial Guard diorama blog Once More Unto the Breach diorama blog. Well, while the filler dries I've moved back to my Rhino and Predator 'Pimp Yo Ride' project. Plan is to fully magentise the Predator so that weapon options can be interchanged and for the Rhino I'll be magentising as well as having all the hatches hinged and openable... Something I saw over on Warseer a while back...

These models will be part of my upcoming Space Marine force and will be a homebrew chapter of which I will reveal more as I go.

Here's some WIP of the initial sponson magentising. I'm going to have the actual sponsons swappable not just the weapon and have got hold of a couple of spares to do this.



The little circular nubs on plastic sprues are useful for mounting the magnets I have. Just have to drill a hole as deep as the magnet then glue it in place





















Added magnet to the Rhino door so can change between Predator and Rhino if needed



On the Rhino I made the mistake of gluing too soon and as a result managed to get the loading ramp the wrong way round! To fix this I had to cut the damn thing off and then cut a slot to refit the newly glued pivot bar... Lesson learnt !!







Quick note, I don't plan to rush into this, my main focus is still the IG diorama which itself is having to fit around my ongoing house decoration project (maybe the subject for a new blog ). I will though update as when there has been progress or new purchases, as so far, asides from these tanks, I have the AoBR set plus a couple of sprues of marines and that's it...

Cheers
R

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Omnious Orc Shaman





A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...

Been working on the predator turret, magnetising it so that it can be swapped, wont fall off in use but will also pivot...







Have also added magnets to the weapons and ammo boxes so is all interchangeable...



Now back to the IG diorama...

R

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Omnious Orc Shaman





A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...

Over to the Rhino now and I've been working on havng all hatches and doors fully hinged, which has been trickier than I thought and am also upgrading the armour by scratch building with plasticard, going for a similar look to the stuff Forgeworld makes, with some slight changes.

Here's the photos...







Hinges are just made from thin paperclips cut to size and bent in an L shape with the model hinges drilled out, paperclip passed through and into main body of the Rhino. To secure them I'll bend the clips behind the rhino body, although will be painting them first. See the first photo for the door lying next to the Rhino with clips in place.

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Thunderhawk Pilot Dropping From Orbit






London, England

Wow lovely plasticard skills, loving the adapted tactical symbol, and the side hatch is amazingly well made. Nice job, look forward to stealing more ideas of you


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Omnious Orc Shaman





A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...

Cheers Lennysmash, steal away!

The tactical symbol is inspired by PowerPoint! I use this every day at work and it's one of the available block arrows that you can draw. It's made from thin card rather than plasticard but I like the effect of the raised symbol over freehand painted.

Next stage is working pn the front armour than adding my chapter symbol (home brew chapter) to the rear and side doors, plus something on the front.

   
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Hey Ruglud,

John Lithgow said it best


IceAngel wrote:I must say Knightley, I am very envious of your squiggle ability. I mean, if squiggles were a tactical squad, you'd be the sergeant. If squiggles were an HQ, you'd be the special character. If squiggles were a way of life, you'd be Doctor Phil...
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i love the Rhino.
   
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Auckland, New Zealand

Lennysmash wrote:Wow lovely plasticard skills, loving the adapted tactical symbol, and the side hatch is amazingly well made. Nice job, look forward to stealing more ideas of you


Totally agreed. There's some great ideas here which I'm taking. Much obliged!

Feel free to make a tutorial detailing exactly how to do all this too. I won't mind.... ^_^
   
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Looks as hard as it should be

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...

working on the front armour now, sliced of the lower section on the front panel, added a new piece of plasticard and stuck back together







next stage is to add some more details on the front sides and finish the exhaust armour pieces...

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Malmoe, Sweden

Impressive work Ruglud.

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Lincolnshire, UK

Wow. Really impressive work and great tutorials and finished product.
I hope your painting is as good as this!

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Omnious Orc Shaman





A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...

Thanks for the kind comments folks, the Rhino is a cool model and hopefully my additions will increase the coolness in some way.

In terms of a tutorial, I'm making most of this up as I go, but may do a tutorial for the next Rhino I build, watch this space.





Work has progressed on the front armour plates, have also cut out the windows on the drivers cabin - will replace this with clear pastic so as to get a reflection when looking head on - interior of the drivers cabin will be painted black, not detailing it, just think the clear plastic will look good...

Have also been considering adding LEDs for the actual lights, so the cabin may become the battery holder... Thought in progress on this...

Rough edges and joins to be worked on next.

Cheers,
R

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Thunderhawk Pilot Dropping From Orbit






London, England

Great progress mate. Tutorial wise just keep those pictures coming and it a tutorial in itself. One question though what thickness cards are you using?


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London

Looks great mate. I would love to see the LED lights on it as well. If this is the standard of your normal rhino's I can't wait to see whatever you do to a centrepiece model!


 
   
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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...

taffiarti wrote:Looks great mate. I would love to see the LED lights on it as well. If this is the standard of your normal rhino's I can't wait to see whatever you do to a centrepiece model!


Cheers, saw the LEDs done in another thread so may steal that one... These are almost my first 40k models in over 20 years of gaming - I was always a Fantasy player, then moved to historical (ww2, Old West, Vikings to name a few). I have dabbled with a few single models but never got immersed in the 40k lore - until a few years back when I started my IG diorama. The plan is for these to be the start of a new force, let's see how it goes...

BTW, here's a link to a cool LED rhino build http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/309917.page

Lennysmash wrote:Great progress mate. Tutorial wise just keep those pictures coming and it a tutorial in itself. One question though what thickness cards are you using?


Cheers Lennysmash, more pictures are on the way (see below!) I have two thicknesses of plasticard at the moment, bpught them years and years ago from a model airplane shop, not sure of the measurement, will check in the morning and post - think it'll be something like 2mm & 4mm? I also use a lot of thin card, again not sure but think it is 220gsm grade and is all approx 50mm x 80mm sized (credit card size). Got this from where I used to work in a printing centre, and was the offcuts from where we made name badges for corporate events.

So here's the next steps - pretty much finished then decided to add some extra rear armour around the loading ramp and also another plate to the front. Gotta go over the whole lot and add rivets, although haven't decided the best approach to this? I read that shallow drilled holes with the contents of a water filter stuck inside works well, anyone used this approach before or any other suggestions?









until next time...
R

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New York, Technocratic People's Republic of Vinnland

Nice, great work so far, appreciate the good pics showing how this is all fitting together.

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Omnious Orc Shaman





A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...

Lennysmash wrote:Great progress mate. Tutorial wise just keep those pictures coming and it a tutorial in itself. One question though what thickness cards are you using?


Actually, the plasticard thickness I use are 1mm and 2mm, not 2mm and 4mm as previously stated, sorry about the misinformation!!

Right, on with the build...

Have added grab handles onto all doors and hatches as well as replacing the hard plastic ladder on the side door with wire rungs - these are all multi use, as they not only look good, but allow me to open the hatches without damaging the (upcoming) paint work. The wire is stripped out from a thin single core electrical roll (copper). Same wire that the door/hatch hinges are made from (the original paperclips proved to be too thick and damaged the soft plastic the rhino is made from).



Top hatch hinged, plus rotates. The smaller hatch also rotates freely...

Also added an extra armour plate on the front under the cabin armour, can just about see it in this image...



Here's the workings for the hatches - these wires are paperclips bent and glued into the top hatch but runs free under the body (copper wire was too soft for this)



Small hatch is magnetised with the plasticard insert to hold the pivot magnet. I'll be adding the missile launcher on top of this hatch and wanted to have the full 360ยบ rotation, along with the vertical movement of the weapon mount.



To do:
Fill all gaps on the pasticard armour
Add rivets
Add extras such as weapons, smoke launchers, tow cable, tow hook
Add battle damage to armour
Add tracks
Add LEDs (maybe)
PAINT (gotta get an airbrush...)

I may move back the Predator now and although I wasn't going to, add some extra armour to this one, but I may follow the Forge World version a bit closer - plus is less work

Cheers,
R

P.S. Any suggestions for how to add/model rivets are most appreciated - I have lots to do on this Rhino!!

   
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Phanobi






Canada,Prince Edward Island

Great work on the extra armour! The small details really set it out from the crowd.

   
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Ramsden Heath, Essex

Rivets can be done by drilling a slight divet into the surface and then stcking a carbon bead from a water filter into the divet [carefully break open the plastic filter and you will have thousands of beads].

You can then flatten the bead with a file/sandpaper/knife to taste.

This is all looking great by the way.

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Omnious Orc Shaman





A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...

Commander Cain wrote:Great work on the extra armour! The small details really set it out from the crowd.


Cheers, yeah I reckon it's looking good.

notprop wrote:Rivets can be done by drilling a slight divet into the surface and then stcking a carbon bead from a water filter into the divet [carefully break open the plastic filter and you will have thousands of beads].

You can then flatten the bead with a file/sandpaper/knife to taste.

This is all looking great by the way.


I reckon this is the way to go, thanks for the advice.

Back to the Pred and working on the extra armour a la Forgeworld.

These are what I'm using as the basis for this build

http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/50321-Apc%2C%20Rhino%2C%20Space%20Marines%2C%20Ultramarines%2C%20Warhammer%2040%2C000.html

http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/Warhammer-40000/MKIIc-RHINO-DOZER-BLADE.html

So on to my progress, door surrounds built for both sides (2mm plasticard all round)





Front armour made for both sides as well - mixture of 2mm and 1mm armour. Some further pieces needed to make it look nice and chunky, but it's fitting niccely on the model...







R

   
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Thunderhawk Pilot Dropping From Orbit






London, England

Nice plans for the dozer blade, personally though I think the repressor dozer would look better.


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Omnious Orc Shaman





A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...

Rear armour finished!







Just blu-tacked on front and rear amour for the photos, have constructed them in one piece so will glue it once the insides of the pred are painted and I've glued down the hull.

TO DO:
Add armour to exhausts
Fill all gaps on the pasticard armour
Add rivets
Add extras such as weapons, smoke launchers, tow cable, tow hook
Add battle damage to armour
Add tracks
Add LEDs (maybe)
PAINT (gotta get an airbrush...)

So basically, same as for the Rhino!

R

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Thunderhawk Pilot Dropping From Orbit






London, England

Still looking good, but you are aware that you tank now has the same problem as the first Deathstar, the rebels just need to get a torpedo into that rear vent and kaboom!


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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...

Lennysmash wrote:Still looking good, but you are aware that you tank now has the same problem as the first Deathstar, the rebels just need to get a torpedo into that rear vent and kaboom!


LOL, very true (and love the Star Wars comparison!) I guess we all need our Achilles heel, otherwise the SMs would just wipe the board clean of their foe without problem, oh wait, isn't that what all the old fluff used to say about them!!

   
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London, England

Indeed it did, but now you can run a marine off the board I think. So much for "Death or Glory" lol.

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terra

this looks really cool ive not seen a rhino get pimped before.keep up the quality work.


 
   
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Robot Cat






T-county

Very impressive rhino chassis, keep at it! Any plans for more vehicles when done?
   
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Omnious Orc Shaman





A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away...

Lennysmash wrote:Indeed it did, but now you can run a marine off the board I think. So much for "Death or Glory" lol.

Yeah, I hear you on that one...

shingouki wrote:this looks really cool ive not seen a rhino get pimped before.keep up the quality work.

Cheers, I love the working hatches, LEDs would def give it more of the 'pimped' effect, just not sure whether I'm going this route or not.

whalemusic360 wrote:Very impressive rhino chassis, keep at it! Any plans for more vehicles when done?

Thanks, yep, there'll definitely be a few more Rhino based tanks - Vindicator, Whirlwind are on my to do list, I'll also armour these up although will be the Pred style rather than the Rhino.

Think a Land Raider or two may appear at some point along with some drop pods, bikes and landspeeders. Might also scratchbuild a Thunderhawk or two if / when I get some spare time (although will need to stock up on some foam board and plasticard)

Ohh and some troops of course !!

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Awesome conversion work!!!

Can you post photos of how you did the interior rhino doors? (do they swing open or slide?) Thanks.

 
   
 
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