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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Hello Everyone,

I have quite of backlog of projects I'll try to start uploading to this blog. I haven't had much hobby time lately, but I hope to change that soon. What time I have had, I've spend on the League of Extraordinary Riveters terrain competition:


I'll start with one of my more recent projects. Making dollar store dinosaurs into ork squiggoths.


I thought these stegosaurus I found at dollar tree had a really good shape for a big squiggoth in the body and legs. I constantly get stuff from the dollar store for projects and kitbashing.


Partway through surgery. I then removed the tail and shortened the neck more. (forgot to take a pic without tail)


Using "Apoxie Sculpt", I made a head and a tail for the big squiggoth. I then made molds using "Amazing Mold Putty". I go through so much mold putty in my projects.


head from a different angle


Shot of the tail


Proof of the molds, 2 heads and 2 tails


An unfinished big squiggoth

I've gotten to the unfinished stage of the last photo with five big squiggoths. I still need to make the armor and howdah for each. I got a little stumped how to make the armor plates look best, and then got distracted by other projects. I plan to get back to these guys soon.

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Longtime Dakkanaut





Edinburgh

Beautiful sculpting and a really characterful head. Looking forward to seeing him painted up!

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Made in us
Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Scarper, thanks for checking out the beginning of my hobby blog and for the kind comments. I do hope to get back to working on these guys soon.

   
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I like that squiggoth! Really effective conversion.
   
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Not bad! Wondering how this will end - subscribed!

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Looking good! A huge transformation with only a couple of changes. Looking forward to more.

Take a look at what I've been painting and modelling: https://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/725222.page 
   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Everyone, thank you for the support and interest. It makes me happy that you find my projects interesting. I haven't had any real time to work on projects including my squiggoths, but I can at least continue uploading my other projects. I started making this guy back in April of this year, and consider him done except for needing painting. I like making things a lot more than painting them, so I always have a huge backlog of things waiting for paint. I love they way they look once I paint them, but it's still hard to get myself to do it.

I've been working on a Nurgle daemon army, that I want to be completely scratch built and sculpted (except for plague bearers). I think the Daemon Prince Mamon from the siege of Vraks is a cool model, so I wanted to make one for my army. I've finished a total of four daemons of Nurgle so far, the other three are greater daemons. I feel this sculpt is the best looking of all of them.


I really like to get moving on things when I feel inspired, so I often forget to stop and take pictures at important steps. This is the earliest pic of my Mamon sculpt It still shows a little of the armature. The right arm is already finished. I super glued sand to three thick plastic tubes to hopefully mimic heavy rust on the barrels.




Next time I stopped for photos the body was mostly finished



parts of the head/face built


Basically finished

   
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Troutdale, Oregon

Inspired looking work, I love taking random toys and converting them into 40K stuff. The last thing I bought was a couple plastic eagles. I cut off the heads to make a two-headed eagle sculpture for an Imperial building.

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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

@jabbakahut, thank you. I love to convert toys for 40k also. I constantly dismantling stuff from the dollar store as raw materials. The the eagle sculpture is a cool idea.

I'd also like to say thank you to everyone who has shown interest in my squiggoth project. It's been shelved for at least 6 months, but I started working on it again this weekend because of all of you.


This is the very basic shape of the howdah, at the time it was just a rectangular box. This pic was more to show that 10 orks fit in the howdah. I like all my ork scratchbuilds and conversions to actually fit the amount of orks that their carrying capacity says they can.


side view


Today's progress of the howdah. I think it's looking a lot more like it should, now.


front view


The whole family.

When making ork stuff, I like to do my builds in true ork fashion. After the first rectangle of foamcore for the base of the howdah, I haven't measured anything. I find making ork stuff very relaxing because of this. Whenever I'm making imperial stuff I usually end up with a headache from staring at a ruler so much. Also true to ork lore, I try to make every piece unique and different from each other. So I'll be making each howdah different from the other squiggoths. I'm thinking of making one to look mostly made of wood, since Squiggoths are mostly used by snakebites. I'm also open to suggestions.

   
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Sureshot Kroot Hunter





Ireland

Gotta agree on the Ork building being relaxing, I love how you can just sit down, through some glue into some stuff and see what sticks, so to speak

I'm liking the squiggoths, can't wait to see them all completed

Link to my haphazardly updated blog: Boundless's sub-par conversion projects


 
   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

@ boundless I love the play on words and so true. I'm looking forward to getting further on the squiggoths, no new progress yet.

I'm doing this post to talk about the LoER terrain competition that just finished. It was a lot of fun participating, and the finished piece is something I'm proud of. I was cleaning and organizing over the weekend, and pulled out all the 40k terrain that I've made over the last 2-3 years. I realized that I've never completely finished a single piece, except the one I made for the LoER comp. Any regualr viewers of this blog are going to learn that I love making, building, and sculpting stuff, but I'm not great about getting around to painting. I'm going to try to be better about that.


My main terrain. 4 imperial hab buildings, 6 spikey chaos fences, a huge ork fortress gate plus 4 wall sections, 3 ork towers, a small mek shop, a super small ork hovel, an ork storage tanker, large rocks and rock piles from playing homebrew GorkaMorka, 3 debris barricades, 2 ruined buildings, with 3 parital ruins. a feww other things, and then my fully painted LoER comp piece in front.


I've been working on making a lot of craters also.


These are some of the earliest pieces I've made. Made from cheap Christmas village trees on thick poster board. I've always planned to get rid of the white and the trees and finish basing them, but I always hope to play a Christmas themed battle before I do, so I keep putting it off.


Trees I made from sticks and craft moss. Others are trimmings from arborvitae trees. Covering the arborvitae in a thin layer of PVA has really kept the color better than I expected. They are at least 10 months old. They are getting very brittle now though.

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

I realized I should really post the stuff I made for the LoER terrain comp on my own blog, not just the competition one. So sorry for the huge pic dump.


This was my starting point. The theme was something having to do with children. My original idea, which i later changed, was to have a little girl hiding behind some barrels with stuffed animals around her, Some of the stuffed animals would be armed with pretend weapons to protect her. I made a barrel based off of a tutorial I found somewhere on here (I need to find it again so i can give proper credit) and made a mold of it some time ago. I cast two high quality barrels with apoxie sculpt and a junky one with used scraps of hot glue melted into the mold with some fresh. I cut the hot glue barrel in half to simulate two barrels partially buried under sand. The white blog is a piece of foam core with cheap spackle/filler on top. I didn't end up using that Mage Knight figure, but I had planned to use pieces of her for the little girl model.


Here I have glued the barrels in place and based in in sand.


Here I have finished sculpting the stuffed rabbit, and most of the part of a teddybear.


A finished shot of the bear on my hand.


The bear and rabbit completely finished with a quarter for scale. If anyone recognizes what the rabbit was made to look like, I'll be impressed. I also realized that these stuffed animals were way too big for 28mm scale


So I made an even smaller bear for the final entry. I had decided to simplify by this point, I realized that I don't like having figures who are attached to a piece of terrain and can't ever move (plus I was having a lot of trouble making the girl). And I had originally made three stuffed animals, but that made the small base they would be on too busy.


I simplified down to a single forgotten stuffed animal and some abandoned rusting guns in the sand.

There are even more pics of this project in my gallery

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

I've been very busy with work and sick a lot lately, so I haven't gotten much done hobby wise. My first Big Squiggoth is mostly done being built. I'm going to go over mold lines one more time, green stuff the seams, and build the gun for it. Then it should be ready to paint.




As a little aside. I thought it was so thoughtful that two of my students made tanks for me as gifts. They know how much I love 40k, and have gotten very interested in it too, because of me.

   
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Longtime Dakkanaut





Edinburgh

Great stuff Syro! Particularly impressed by your sculpting and painting on those tiny stuffed toys.

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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Thanks Scarper, it's great to see you back on this thread.

Hobby wise, I had a pretty productive day, though not much to show. I built a ladder and attached it coming off the big squiggoth howdah, but didn't like it and took it back off. I also drilled a hole in the butt of a plastic horse who's tail broke off in preparation to make a new tail. Most of my hobby time was spent cleaning and organizing my work space, to hopefully gain more room to work and be able to work more efficiently. I slapped together my own version of a WIP aegis defense line. I had a pile of arch shaped pieces of foamcore from cutting out all the windows in my imperial buildings way back when. I always thought they would look nice and more Gothic in a defensive wall than the current aegis defense line. Still a lot of work to do.


New aegis defense line


Since the arms had broken off, I offered to drill and add magnets to my god son's terminator. I decided to give him some arm options also (magnetized too).


I'm guessing more Dakka users already do this, but I always glue in magnets in the same dirrection. Any right arm can be swapped for any other right arm, any left for any left, etc. This allows shenanigans like attaching terminator arms to a home made dreadnought like in the above picture which I find entertaining.

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

The next League of Extraordinary Riveters terrain competition is upon us, and I really like the topic. We are updating old card terrain into full 3D models. Click below to see the competition:


I'm going to be remaking the furniture from Hero Quest. What I'm starting with:

I think the bookcases and fireplace will benefit most from being turned 3D.


I decided to start with the sorcerer's table, even though it is mostly 3D already. I just wanted to try making the tome/book.


The glue is still wet, making it hard to see details, but this is my progress so far.

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

I started making two more book for the league competition, but it wasn't really picture worthy. I've also kind of stalled out on the squiggoths again, since I'm having trouble deciding the best way to scratch build the guns, plus it's been to cold to spray prime the one that's basically done. Any suggestions on a good way to scratch build the body of a small ork kannon would be appreciated.

I figured this would be a good time to upload another of my nurgle daemons. I made this great unclean one around the same time and my Mamon. It started as a block of heavy duty styrofoam that I built up in parts with apoxie sculpt. I try to make my nurgle daemons look happy like the lore says they are, and I feel this one turned out looking quite cute:









   
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Sureshot Kroot Hunter





Ireland

For some reason that great unclean one looks very Studio Ghibli to me. Creepy but kind of cute at the same time

For the Ork guns plasticard tubes are very good. Just get a few different sizes, one for the barrel and a larger one that you can cut into smaller pieces to go over the main barrel. That explanation isn't great so google image search to the rescue! the image below has two examples of just different sizes of tubing, but it's very effective.
Spoiler:



Link to my haphazardly updated blog: Boundless's sub-par conversion projects


 
   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

@boundless, heh heh heh, I never thought of the similarity to some studio ghibli stuff, but now I totally see it. Maybe a diseased Totoro because of his cubbiness?

Also thanks for the gun suggestion, the pic is really helping with planning out the construction.

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

A special thank you to boundless. Even though I have looked at many pictures for reference before this, the one you found a shared with me was by far the most helpful. I was sick all weekend so I didn't get much done, but I did work on making the beginnings of a kannon for my big squiggoth.


beginnings of a kannon for my big squiggoth. Note: the green styrofoam underneath is just to hold it while glue dries.

   
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Powerful Spawning Champion





Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Great stuff. Really love those tiny stuffed teddies. You're quite skilled. Thanks for sharing.

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Thank you bunnygirl, that means a lot to me. It's funny, I just started reading your blog a day or two ago. I'm on page 6 or 7 so far. I was very impressed with how you painted your minotaurs, and your khorne berserkers.

Some interesting news on the sculpting front. If anyone is curious why my most recent work is a really pale green, it's because I mixed 1 part green stuff with 2 to 3 parts apoxie sculpt. I just started yesterday, and so far I'm liking how it works. One of the only things I don't like about apoxie sculpt is that it doesn't really stick to what I'm working on, occasionally I'll be working on a piece and the newest part will slough off. The little bit of green stuff makes it just sticky enough for easy working without fighting me the entire time, while I find it still has the easier clay like properties of apoxie sculpt for sculpting.


I did some gap filling and working in the wrinkled skin pattern to make the new head and tail look more continuous with the body, I also filled in the mid-line of the body which had an obvious seam from how the toy was made. Once I finish the gun carriage, add a grot gunner, and probably a driver, the first of my big squiggoths should be ready for for painting. The blue fellow in the back, is from a triceratops toy. I don't like the look as much, but a student of mine wants to make a snakebite ork clan army, and came up with what he calls a "long tailed squiggoth", which is a big squiggoth with a long clubbed tail. I checked with him if he liked the triceratops since I'm out of stegosaurus (haven't seen any in stores for about a year), and whipped the beginnings of a long tailed squiggoth for him to work on.

   
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Powerful Spawning Champion





Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Aw thanks for reading my blog, much appreciated. I can't sculpt worth a damn but I like to think I'm alright with a brush.
Squiggoths lookin' real good. My largest army is my Orks so this is really neat for me.

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Everyone has their strengths. I'm a better sculptor and kitbasher than painter, so most of my stuff sits around primed and unpainted. I'd always rather move on to make something new. I'm glad we're enjoying each other's blogs, orks are my favorite and my largest army too. I only paint to tabletop quality, but if you have tips for me down the road, don't hesitate.

For a fellow ork fan, here's the last full army shot I took on my orks back in February 2016. I actually had made a stompa already, but it didn't fit in the display area. Sadly, I still haven't painted most of the stuff that needs paint in this picture.

   
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Powerful Spawning Champion





Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Nice. When I get some time I will screw together my new gaming table and try to put all my Orks down and take a pic for you in my blog. I don't have nearly that many or any monstrous units like you do. o_O

Edit: Stupid me. I can just take a pic of them on their designated shelf on my wall of shelves (the #1 reason I bought the house was for the wall mounted shelving unit).

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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

@ bunnygurl: I enjoyed checking out your orks on your blog, thanks. Most of the stuff in my ork army is homemade or scratch built, so it's easy to make it bigger when I want to devote the time. I'm thinking of bringing out and photographing each of my armies in its entirety, right before or right after New Years. You might want to do the same.

I had hoped to get lots of hobby time over Thanksgiving break, but I haven't felt well and have done very little. I was thinking back to last Thanksgiving where in honor of "Tanksgiving" I tried to scratch build an Emperor's fist tank company. I still have a long way to go, and I haven't touched or worked on them since last Thanksgiving (Except doing the scale shot about 10 minutes ago). But I really put in a lot of work over a short period of time on these.


The turrets.


The sides plus top of the hull which the turret mounts into.


Track assemblies


I realized with nothing but white foamcore in a lot of these shots, it was hard to tell much about them. I threw in a Dark Angels Tactical marine for scale

   
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Powerful Spawning Champion





Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Holy smokes how many tanks were you building? Three? I do love me some tanks though. Tanks for sharing!

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA

Heh heh, thanks bunnygurl. I was trying to build ten tanks, for an apocalypse formation. But yeah, in the last picture I only have out the treads for three tanks like you guessed.

Finally got a little bit done on the hobby front.


I attached some glyphs to the "chains" to hide imperfections. I used a mesh that came around a Christmas tree a few years ago, since it looked like miniature chains, but it's a pain to work with. After making this guy, I found out how cheap jewelry chain is and bought some. The rest of the squiggoths will have better chain.



It was finally just barely warm enough to spray prime today. This is the first model I have every primed white. I'm planning on trying out some new painting techniques. Wish me luck.



Tried sculpting wood grain for the first time today, and I'm really proud of how it came out. I can't say the same for the pictures though.

   
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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'





USA


Sculpted some more wood to use in the Hero Quest furniture that I'm making for the League terrain competition. Also near the bottom right, what looks kind of like half a barrel is the beginnings of another treasure chest that I'm trying to make from scratch rather than having a mold of the sides.

   
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Powerful Spawning Champion





Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Wood grain looks great. Are you going to paint the Hero Quest furniture you've sculpted as well?

   
 
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