Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Praetorian Update

It's been a while since I posted an update. I'm still painting them, although I don't have nearly as much time to paint as I used to. Bah, excuses!

I pretty much finished 4, with 3 more over halfway done. Considering the amount of detail, I paint them in batches of 3.

Anyway, here's a pic of one of them. Depending how much time I get, they should be done in a week or two.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Triarch Praetorians Assembled!

They're finally done! This took a long time to get started with.

I took some in-progress pics but lost them when my phone died, so these will have to do. Hopefully you can see the entire conversion. Here's what I did:
  • Modeled and 3D printed snake tails to replace legs
  • Cut all butt-balls off (the three spheres they normally have hanging below their back)
  • Removed the central spine column on the back. It will expose the sphere that is sealed in their back, and I plan to paint some nice OSL there, with the sphere casting light on the ribs around it.
Shoulderpads seem a bit spotty because they've been covered in liquid green stuff and sanded. The kit is really bad when it comes to seams on the shoulderpads between where the back and the front meet, so that took a lot of work. It will look great when painted.

Attaching the tails wasn't easy. This 3D printed plastic, whatever material is it, does not react to plastic cement. So I used green stuff to fill up the torso cavity, attached the tail into the green blob (there's a small notch at the end of each tail), and used superglue. It seems to be holding quite well.

I think I'll basecoat these and start painting immediately. I usually undercoat larger batches but I'm really looking forward to this.

Onto the pics, and thanks for looking!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Triarch Stalker Complete!

The Triarch Stalker is finally complete! This guy was a pleasure to paint.

I remade the Heavy Gauss weapon after the last time I took photos. I decided to convert the weapon to match the weapons my Heavy Destroyers use. I don't have any pics of that conversion, but I'm sure you can see how I did it.

Other than that there's nothing to report. Moving on to some exciting stuff!

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Forbidden Stars Ultramarines!


I finally forced myself to get the smurfs painted. They look pretty good, I'd have done this sooner had I known how well they're going to turn out.

Onto the pics, and thanks for looking.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Praetorian Tails 3D Printed!

The package arrived! They look great.

The sprue is very thin and bends easily. That's ok, it's only there to keep the parts in one piece. The tails themselves are firm. I can apply some flex to the tip of the tail by applying pressure to it, I have no doubt that these are going to hold the torso and other bits in place. There are no blemishes that I can see, and the surface is pretty smooth. I think I'll basecoat these a bit thicker and paint them as they are, with no prior sanding.

I think I nailed the size. Especially considering I'm going to remove those balls hanging from Praetorian backs.

You can read here about why and how I designed these.

And if you like what you see, I also made them available to buy here.

Here are the pics, and thanks for looking!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Triarch Stalker Conversion & Magnetization

I finally started working on my Triarch Stalker. I bought this model almost two years ago, when I started collecting. I was waiting to get hold of some conversion bits for weapons, and later, to decide what I'm going to do about my Praetorians since one of them is driving the thing.

Onto the conversion!

As usual, the pilot has their spine integrated with the vehicle. Instead of assembling the chair and legs, I used some extra Wraith bits I had lying around to create a terminal for his spine. I had these bits available as extras from my Scythe conversions.

As for the weapon magnetization, I had waited for a very long time before I could get hold of an extra two of this thing. It made weapon magnetization easy and straightforward although more expensive. I'm fine with that, considering the insane amount of fine magnets I'd have to use to magnetize weapons without them and how finicky the result would be.

Here's what that looks like:

Pretty nice and clean!

I started using Milliput instead of Green Stuff on this model. It's a putty very similar to Green Stuff, but it's not as rubbery and dries much harder. It sands smooth much better than Green Stuff. I primed the model since taking these pics and it looks like Milliput absorbed some of the primer. You can tell where Milliput was, as the primed surface appears to be a bit less glossy when over Milliput. I think this is ok? I don't know, we'll see, but the surfaces are perfectly smooth. It was a pleasure to use.

On another topic, my 3d modeled snake tails have been printed and are on their way.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Triarch Praetorian Snake Tails in 3D

Pretty much since I started collecting Necrons, I had the idea of making Triarch Praetorians into snake men instead of people with glowy butt-balls.

Glowy Butt Balls? Really GW?

As usual, people had this idea before I did. There's another person who did this but I couldn't find any pictures to share here, sorry! Click the image for the original source. It's easily one of the best Necron armies ever made.

That is definitely the direction I wanted to go in. I looked into different ways to make this work, including buying PVC pipes of different diameters to bead around a brass rod, using tape to build up a taper, nothing came close to the texture I wanted. I wanted to create snake tails that resemble the texture and feel of Wraith tails:

So I started learning how to model things in Blender, to eventually have them 3D printed!

Here's what I made. This is a fully straight tail, about 6cm long with a ~1cm blade at the tip, tapering from 5mm down to 2mm.

And here is the armature I can use to bend the model above. Blender even has an engine that will make the entire tail bend naturally based on these 4 control points you see on the side.

And here is one of the tails, put on a 32mm base for reference. I was afraid that the tails are going to be too long, but they ended up being a bit too short. Oh well, not a big deal I think.

And finally, here's all 10! I sent the order to Shapeways already. These tails will run me about $30 with shipping, printed in some high def material. Hopefully they turn out ok. It will be a few weeks before they're done and delivered.

EDIT: They are done! Here's how they turned out.