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Made in gb
Fresh-Faced New User






Hi everyone,

I'm Tom, I used to be a very enthusiastic young hobbyist, but have now just started to get back into it after a 13-year hiatus!

Expect to see here:
  • Orks

  • Sisters

  • Maybe some Tzeentch Marines and Daemons

  • Lots of conversions and kitbashing, especially of vehicles

  • Detailed planning and brainstorming of future conversions

  • Eventually some painting...


  • I have lots of big plans for conversions and fluff for these 3 armies, but I will take my time to talk about plans for different projects one-by-one.

    I've also made an instagram you can follow @tom.makes.minis

    For now here is the last model I completed before my hobby hiatus: when I was 14 years old!















    He's a heavily-converted Space Marine Jump Pack Chaplain, from my custom chapter The Dragon Guard. (The symbol on his shoulder is meant to be a freehand stylised dragon.) He was made out of many different metal kits - if I remember correctly his body and right arm is from a chaplain with jump pack kit, his right hand and axe head from a captain kit of some kind, the handle of the axe is green stuff and the jump pack is made out of the chaplain jump pack and 3 standard marine backpacks. I entered him into the UK Golden Demon Youngbloods category, and I think he was placed in the "Honorable Mentions" cabinet or something, which I was happy with. Some fun details: there is a green stuff footprint on the base, and the winged skull design on the face of the axe is from a chaplain's crozius, not from the axe part itself! This model also predates this weirdly similar jump pack captain with axe model by several years.



    I'm much more interested in other factions now though - this is the last loyalist marine you will see on this blog (at least the last living one....).
       
    Made in de
    Storm Trooper with Maglight






    Welcome back. Already two very nice models. I'm looking forward to some Orky goodness and kitbashing inspiration. Cheers.

    ~2800 build and painted 
       
    Made in us
    Longtime Dakkanaut






    Welcome back to the hobby. That jump pack rules. Have fun!
       
    Made in gb
    Fresh-Faced New User






    Thank you for the welcome! Now let me present my first big plan:

    The Walking Cathedral

    I want to make a Sisters of Battle Knight that looks like a stone cathedral with guns. This is my vision:



    I drew that on an A3 piece of paper, and it's only slightly larger than the actual model will be!

    I was inspired by this incredible WIP conversion of a Sisters of Battle Knight that I saw on reddit. (You can follow the guy's progress on instagram - there's a 360 degree view there too.) It is a kitbash using the Junith Eruita kit to replace the knight's head with a pulpit, and the Exorcist kit on top so it has an organ. It looks AMAZING, and I want to do something similar.



    I want to go further though! I want:
  • Towers at the back, so that it looks like Notre Dame Cathedral from the front,

  • The saintly corpse from the Triumph of St Katherine kit on the top, like a walking relic,

  • Paint the armour like marble using this genius airbrush & baby-wipe technique I saw,


  • Extra armour plates to make it look even more like the facade of a cathedral,

  • A scenic base, I've bought the temple rolling pin from Green Stuff World and super sculpey, which looks like this once baked



  • It to be playable as a WYSIWYG Castellan (but probably with swappable weapons),

  • To also make my own datasheet for friendly games.


  • So far I've got the Castellan kit, the Junith Eruita kit, several 3rd-party extra armour pieces, and a torso extender, and am working out how I want it to look.

    Questions for you all:
    1) Can I get away without buying the Exorcist kit for the top of this? I don't really like the new exorcist organ and have bought plasticard tubes to fashion my own organ pipes from, but the front and middle of the top of the Castellan would still have to be largely scratch-built to house the Triumph of St Katherine corpse.
    2) What kits/parts would work for the tower? Ideally I would make square towers with a 1 inch x 1 inch footprint. The Adeptus Titanicus towers seem like one possibility. But scratch-building a square tower would be doable too.
    3) Where can a get a small bell for the tower?
    4) What else could I add to the base to make it more interesting? I was thinking that the stone flooring could be visibly cracking under the weight of the beast...

    This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2020/06/20 19:34:51


     
       
    Made in gb
    Human Auxiliary to the Empire






    This sounds like a awesome conversion idea
    Prehaps you could have some servitors, jawas, or something throwing petals or carpets under the feet as it walks?
    If you're getting the Triumph of St Katherine kit, I blieve that has plates of petal/communion wafers that would fit the bill nicely.

    As for square towers, I'm slowly working my way through some zone mortalis stuff that might look the part, but the towers are 57x57x58mm (about 2.2 inches)
    There is also the OOP cityfight terrian that you might be able find on ebay, but again, thats close to two inches...
    Maybe try bundling some pillars from the sector imperialis sets together?

       
    Made in gb
    Fresh-Faced New User






    Perhaps you could have some servitors, jawas, or something throwing petals or carpets under the feet as it walks?
    If you're getting the Triumph of St Katherine kit, I believe that has plates of petal/communion wafers that would fit the bill nicely.

    I was actually already thinking exactly this - I think it's St Mina from the Triumph of St Katherine who is laying out rose petals. I didn't actually buy the Triumph kit, I just ordered the parts for the saintly corpse from BitzandKits. They didn't have the parts for St Mina in stock, but I think I could get hold of St Mina from eBay fairly easily. A servitor with incense or something would be cool too.

    The question is will there be enough space on the base? If I extend the width of the hips I might be able to get a model between the feet without it looking like it's about to be kicked... Here's Junith Eruita looking nervous beneath a bluetack-held leg and pelvis to show you the problem. If it was Mina with her big dish of roses it would be an even tighter squeeze in the middle there.



    You can also see the extra knee armour, toe armour, double-back knee extensions, and waist extender parts that I ordered. They all look great.



    As for square towers, I'm slowly working my way through some zone mortalis stuff that might look the part, but the towers are 57x57x58mm (about 2.2 inches)
    There is also the OOP cityfight terrian that you might be able find on ebay, but again, thats close to two inches...

    This picture shows the problem: a 2.2 inch wide tower would take up most of the width of the carapace.



    Here's someone's comparison of cityfight and newer terrain - all of the panels look to be about 4.5cm (~1.75 inches) wide, assuming the markings on the cutting mat are 1cm apart. Might work if I chopped it up though?



    I really think plasticard cuboids would work best - then what I would need are gothic-style window arches that are < 1 inch wide to stick onto the towers.
       
    Made in gb
    Fresh-Faced New User






    Been doing tentative work on the knight, planning out how it might fit together.

    Top of the knight

    For the top I'm going to use the corpse from the Triumph of St Katherine kit in the centre, but cut into the carapace, split down the middle and separate it to make a hollow for the corpse to lay in. That will then be flanked by the kneeling statues from the Junith Eruita kit, and have the organ behind it.





    For now you're just going to have to imagine that this bundle of plasticard tubes is the organ



    I've also ordered some bits from the Exorcist kit (including the organ keyboard ) which might affect how I decide to do this.


    Knight's back foot

    I don't like how static the default pose for the Castellan is, with both feet flat on the floor. I would much prefer it if it looked like it was in motion, but I didn't want one foot entirely in the air because it would look like it was running (or hopping), which is not how I imagine a marble behemoth moving.

    So instead I've repositioned the front toe of the rear foot so that it looks like the foot is rolling forwards as it's being lifted off the ground.

    This required sawing off the front toe





    then pinning it back on with two wires for maximum strength





    which means that now when the front toe is flat on the ground the rest of the foot is raised like this




    I then filled in the gap created with green stuff.




    Soles of the knight's feet

    Raising the back foot off the ground means that the underside of the knight's back foot becomes visible. However, there's nothing there! So I've made soles for the toes with plasticard sheets. I've done the front foot first even though no-one will see it just so I get some practice before doing the back foot.







    I'm not sure how much I like the tread - it's a bit thick, but I didn't have a thinner piece of plasticard rod that also had a square profile.


    Base for the knight

    It would be a crime to have such a huge base and just leave it flat, but also I want the bases for this army to look like temple floor.

    So I thought the knight could be not just stepping forwards but also down - descending some steps. I want to almost imply that there is an even bigger church somewhere behind it, and the knight is coming down from that church to get you.

    The plan is to divide the base in two diagonally, with the rear foot a few steps elevated above the front foot. More height difference = more dramatic, but the flexibility of the leg joints will be the limiting factor here, so here you can see me trying to get an idea of what might be possible using blu-tack to hold it up.













    I think I will also have to widen the connection at the hips so that it looks less chicken-legged.


    A random Ork

    Finally I tried to sculpt some green stuff muscles on the shoulder of this Ork. Tricky!





    Opinions/suggestions on the plan for the knight welcome!

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    Made in gb
    Homicidal Veteran Blood Angel Assault Marine






    Cool plans for the knight, the idea of it striding down the steps of some imperial church is really cool. I look forward to it evolving! FWIW I think the tread on the feet looks perfectly 40k, it looks like the sort of thing that GW would exaggerate. Nice job reposing the ork, you’ll not be able to tell once he’s all painted

    Goberts Gubbins - A Random Oldhammer P&M Blog, now with added Blackstone Fortress 
       
    Made in gb
    Homicidal Veteran Blood Angel Assault Marine






    Whoops! Double post!

    This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2020/07/01 07:33:52


    Goberts Gubbins - A Random Oldhammer P&M Blog, now with added Blackstone Fortress 
       
    Made in gb
    Junior Officer with Laspistol






    Reading, Berks

    The tread on the feet look fine. As Gobert said, it's the sort of thing GW would add and exaggerate... so spot on.


       
     
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