Monday, October 16, 2017

Templar Regent Family Picture!

I took some time today to take pics of all Marines that I've painted over the last half year or so. I wasn't writing much during the process so pics are long overdue.

The chapter is a custom, Black Templar derivative called the Templar Regent. They're all truescaled, standing at about the same height as a Primaris marine.

You can see:

  • A drop pod
  • 3x5 Crusaders with bolters
  • 3x5 Crusaders with bolt pistols and chainswords
  • Chaplain with a bolt pistol and Crozius
  • Captain with a storm bolter and thunder hammer
  • Land Raider Crusader
  • 5 Terminators
  • Captain in Termie Armor with magnetized arms
  • Stormhawk
  • Two Razorbacks
  • Relic Leviathan Dreadnought

All crusaders have fully magnetized special and heavy weapon guys. Combi-weapons are magnetized too.

The Chaplain is Ortan Cassius, truescaled and with all Ultramarine insignia removed. Man, monopose kits are a pain to truescale. It doesn't look great but it's good enough. The head is a graft of a Necron Immortal face onto a bare Space Marine head w/ breathing mask over his cheeks.

Not much special to say about the drop pod and the tanks. They're pretty cool though, and fully magnetized. I'm looking forward to painting more.

The Stormhawk is fully magnetized and can be converted into a Stormtalon.

Termies are truescaled and magnetized too.

The Captain is your normal Space Marine Terminator Captain that comes with some GW kits, but truescaled and handswapped. His Thunderhammer head is 3D printed.

Thanks for looking, and enjoy!
































Monday, October 2, 2017

Fire Raptor Assembled!

The Fire Raptor is done and ready to be painted. This was a lot of work!



First off, my Forgeworld kit was terrible. I can deal with mold lines, but I had some extremely bad mold slips in there too. The front piece that surrounds the Avenger gatling cannons, the top part of the chassis near the end of them model, and the angled stabilizer wings above the engines, were in terrible shape. After fixing them, if you line them up, you can see that they're not equal anymore, from all the material I had to cut off. But it's hard to tell with a naked eye and that's good.

I know that they say that Forgeworld offers excellent customer service, but it would take forever for replacement parts to come to me. I opted to just do the best with what I got instead. Sadly I don't have any pics of fixing them up.

The gatling gun panel was seriously misaligned, so I had to sand its edges down on both sides and practically rebuild its sides and integrate it into the model. There's the end result. It looks a bit rough but if reels smooth to the touch. I think it'll be fine after priming. Otherwise I can just go back to it, sand some more, and re-prime until fixed.




I didn't glue the cockpit mask to the model because of the acrylic glass that I don't want to risk getting any paint on. I'll probably glue that on after painting the rest of the model.

I didn't like the normal feet that the Fire Raptor kit comes with. They're long and spread apart. I wanted the model to keep a lean profile.

So I used the plastic feet that come with the Storm Raven kit instead of resin parts. I shortened them to make the model rest very low against the floor, and rear legs are pointing straight down instead of to the side, compared to the stock model. I'm happy with how this turned out.




Of course, both weapon turrets are magnetized. I drilled holes in the turret and used magnets as pins that align the weapon a bit better, besides 6 5x2mm magnets in each turret that keep the weapons firmly in place.

Note that one of the Heavy Bolter weapons has a lot of Milliput (the white stuff) in the third picture below. That weapon came to me hollow. There was a thin, translucent resin shell giving it shape. Whoever was pouring resin there didn't see a massive air bubble. I just filled it with Milliput.




Wing weapons are magnetized too. While the official rules give you the option of equipping your Fire Raptor with missiles or lascannons, the kit doesn't come with lascannons. Only the Storm Eagle kit gets lascannon bits. I don't know what's up with that. Anyway, I designed and 3D printed some lascannon bits to use.





Finally, the wings can be removed, as well as the little stabilizer thing on the top of the model. For easier transport.



This part I'm not too happy with. Instead of buying huge magnets that will have the strength to keep the wings tight to the model, I just used multiple stacks of normal modelling magnets (up to 6mm big). This worked out but it looks very messy and, while the wings don't move, I'd like to have a stronger hold in there. I've since ordered some very strong rectangular magnets - plates that are 20x10x2mm. I wish I had used those. Oh well.

That's it. Can't wait to get started with this thing, I've never painted anything nearly as big. This thing makes my Monolith look like a joke. We'll see how it goes.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Custom-cut Resin Leviathan Dreadnought Base



I'm using these bases for my army. I love their design and I think it compliments the Black Templar look well. However, they don't come round in sizes big enough for a Leviathan Dreadnaught.

So I got the idea to buy a bigger base and cut it down to size. Should be easy, right?

After asking around for help online and locally, a friend stepped in. Warren did this for me and he wrote a little post on how he did this, take a look!


There's even a little clip on how the resin base got cut. I couldn't link to it directly, but here's what Warren said:
I mounted the base on small backer plate in a lathe, using some
double-sided tape. This particular base has some writing and rocks /
rubble, so keep that in mind when figuring out where the center should
be.
I then plunged from the face at a relatively low RPM, using a (cheap)
carbide single point threading tool to cut to diameter and get the
bevel. The plastic / resin turned really easily, and came off in
really long, soft ribbons, not dust. I ended up using a shop-vac to
suck these off, just so I could easily see the work. The surface
finish was good, with no melting or chatter.
Anyway, that's it! Here are some more pics. Thanks for looking, and thanks for doing this Warren!