Saturday, December 28, 2013

Custom Bases: War Torn Battlefield

I received a commission for a set of custom base molds, my customer is comfortable casting his own.  So I'm creating the masters and a mold set for him.  As this is a non-exclusive deal these should show up in the near future for general sale.

Here's the WIP shots for the masters, so far we have 10 25mm and 3 40mm bases.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Sharing from the Fanboy-Blog de Kouzes

I love it when I stumble on stuff that makes my nerd heart go pitter pat. Check this blog out, but only if you can handle feeling totally inadequate about your own stuff:

Holy crap this stuff is good!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ork T34 Big Trakk Part 2

They T-34 is coming along, slowly, but forward anyway. I had to cast a boatload of track links and make sure they fit together.  Anytime I do this a dry run is is necessary.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Escape Hatch Markers Now Available!

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Clan Raukaan Shoulder Pad Quick hit

Seeing how I'm building Iron Hands I figured I needed clan shoulder pads.  My freehand painting leaves much to be desired and I don't like decals, so I need to convert up some.  I have the brass etch sheet but the marine pads are a bit to small to get the icon to form to, so I built a prototype.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

New Product-Scrap Treads!

Yup, now selling Scrap Treads, 3 different types right now.  Check 'em out over on the Products page!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Anvil Industry Bits Review

I'm at my desk today processing client photos (one of my other hats is photography) so while I'm waiting I figured I'd write some articles.  First is my recent order from Anvil Industry  I have a need for some bits in my Irons Hands army so I figured I'd give'em a shot.

I placed my order and 5 (!) days later my goodies arrived.
I'm so excited!

Ooo, bits!

The sizes are equal to GW parts, no suprise there. The detail and quality are very good.  I know first hand how tough casting small parts is, but no issues here.

Here's the heavy Flamer as compaired to a Choas Heavy Bolter:

Bionic Arms compaired to Marine arms:

Bionic Legs (one piece) and Marine Legs:

I like them.  I have made my own arms and legs, and for one off's the are fine, but casting or pressing them sucks and never look as good as when the are done well.  I recommend Anvil Industry.  I'll be ordeing again.  He does have a Kickstarter in the works for his own game with minis.  I'm not sure about the game but the minis look great for whatever.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ork T34 Big Trakk

The Russian Ork theme continues with construction of a T-34 (T-3fOrk or Waaagh-34 if you prefer).  I'm designing this to be cast so a solid and chunky build is required.  Why casting?  Well, I need 9 of them, and I'm lazy.  Plus if want more later it's no big deal to crank'em out.  The main thing is I want them to be proportionally wrong.  I want them to be almost parodies of the real thing, otherwise I'd go by them and convert.  To that end I'm shortening them.  That way they'll look stubby and a touch comical.  On to some pics.

I was going to build the track units for each tank, but I'm lazy.  So using what I learned from the Grot Scrap Tank builds I'm designing the track units to be modular, just as before.  I'll build them up then backfill the inside of the tread housing to keep the unit solid.  I do lose some detail but it will keep the piece strong.

Placement on the backplate before trimming

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sharing from the Fanboy-Officio Convertorum

Now that I've got my order backlog caught up, I can get back to writing articles.  Hooray!  Just as the the blog name suggests, I love conversions.  I love them more than painting, and I love other peoples  conversions even more.  For this installment of sharing time, I'd like you to check out the Officio Convertorum over at by Jeff Vader.  I don't know Jeff nor have I conversed with him but I love his stuff. His style is pure and gritty and creates great models with tons of character.  I check his blog every day.
 If you've got a few minutes head on over and get inspired.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Posting Delays

I haven't forgotten about you.  I've had a lot of production work going on and we're hosting 20 (!) people for Thanksgiving, so we've been family busy.  Rest assured some posts are coming though.  Almost time to wrap up the mini scrap tanks and move on to to some commissions and another Tank build.  I'm also hoping to bring in some AdMech and Irons Hands conversion work as well.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Newsletter poll

Hey, take the poll.  I'm trying to decide if I should set up a mailing list for product updates.  When stuff is back in stock, new offerings, etc.

What do you think?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Grot Scrap Mini Tanks-Part 2

Your right, I've been slow in posting.  I guess I got busy filling orders.  That being said I've been working on the Mini Scrap tanks.  These are a shared personal/commission project.  I'm designing them to be cast so once our production is done I'll be retooling them a bit and offering them for general sale.  They are modular for ease of casting, plus I made sure that they can be mixed and matched to maximize their build flexibility. The masters are finished so here ya go:

3 Track sections. Sealed for ease of casting:

Friday, October 18, 2013

Grot Scrap Mini Tanks-Part 1

In preparation for an upcoming Orcograd Armor project (more on this later) I wanted some Mini Tanks.  I wanted them to be Soviet inspired so I did some digging and found a few ideas I liked. For inspiration I settled on the Russian BT-5 :
The BT-7:
and the T-60:

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Iron Hands Sarge

Yes, I've been away.  Vacation actually.  I did get a few things done though.  I got my first squad of Irons hands complete, and boy can I tell I haven't painted in a while.  Ignore the shoulder pads for now, I'm working on a press mold to cover up my lousy freehand.  Anyway I envision the Irons Hands Sarges to be almost like junior Tech Marines.  So I did some kitbash On this guy:

Friday, October 11, 2013

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Speedwagon (A looted idea)

I'm not above looting ideas from others.  Sometimes I'm croozin the intertubes when an idea strikes me as so great I copy it pretty much wholesale.  Today's built is an honest to goodness conversion, no scratch build, no plasticard structures, just an old fashioned parts bash.  First, credit where credit is due. Blogger Shadowcl4w posted this beauty:
Over on his blog:

I was so so infatuated I just has to build one. Here's mine:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Battlewagon Commission 2 Complete

Whew, what a haul. I'm really happy with how this chunka turned out.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Battlewagon Commission 2 Part 4

Rivets are on along with some of the details, just a few left to go. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Iron Hands Bionic Limbs

Today, Bionic limbs for marines.  I looked at several aftermarket bits and they either are not available anymore or just a bit too small.  Time to make my own!
I started by cutting down a set of marine legs and an arm.  I then placed a bit of tube in as a base:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Battlewagon Commission 2 Part 3

Just a quick update.  This week will be busy so I don't anticipate too much progress.  I did get the axels mounted though with the wheels on loose.  This will let me adjust as need as I add track links:

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Battlewagon Commission 2 Part 2

My client wanted to be able switch out the main kannon, so I magnetized it:

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Deathguard Part 1

Betcha thought I only built orks.  I've always wanted a Nurgle army.  I had a Warmaster force that I sold, and I've painted a few figs for sale, but I laways wanted a full Fantasy of 40K army.  Since I've got so many other things going on I knew if I was going to go through with it I'd have to keep my model count low.  Terminators!  More than I should have but small to pack and fewer models to paint.  Huzzah!

Being a fan of the old Realms of Choad books I always liked the idea that the Plaguebearers eternal curse was to count.  Diseases, Nurglings, flies, what have you. They are also know as the Tallymen of Nurgle.  I latched onto that idea for my Plague Marine warband, "The Tallymen".  I'll include scraps of cloth hanging off of them with their tally marks.  Still Plague Marines, but with a little more character.  Here's my prototype:

Friday, September 6, 2013

Gobsmasha 3 Finished

Oh man.  I picked up a drillpress, which I needed anyway, and now I can drill straight holes. Huzzah!  The wheels are now on, and construction of the squadron is complete.  Now I can bring the big boom.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Battlewagon Commission 2 Part 1

Here's the start of the second commissioned Battlewagon, to be "inspired by" a Russian KV-2:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Gobsmasha 3 Part 3

Progress, progress progress. I played around with different cannons but settled on this:

Friday, August 23, 2013

Quick Hit Friday

Another quick hit.  This time a Vindicator built for funsies.  I wanted a different profile when I built this.  I have a hard time accepting the Rhino chassis for the heavier tanks like the Vindy and the Pred.  I feel they should be beefier with a bit of a brutal edge.  This guy is based on Chimera tracks and a Mk1 Rhino body.  Parts added to taste.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Gobsmasha 3 Part 2

Who likes updates? You do!  Otherwise you'd be eating a samich or picking your toes.  Not too much progress, but enough to warrant a post.

Armor plates on the sides attached.  I did these at lunch at work, so no Dremel.  Just tedious cutting and notching:

Friday, August 16, 2013

Quick Hit Friday

I had to build a hatch anyway, so I built this with the intent to cast it up.  This'll go on the in progress Gobsmasha and future projects too!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Gobsmasha 3 Part 1

Here comes the third Gobsmasha.  I'll have a nice squadron of three to bring the hurt on my opponents.    I started with the shell, loosely based on a Leman Russ hull, don't forget to use gussets to keep the thing square:

Monday, August 5, 2013

Battlewagon Commission - Complete

I distressed the edges of the armor plates with my Dremel.  I went a bit to aggressive I think:

Monday, July 22, 2013

Battlewagon Commission Part 4

Armor plates are on, along with the patches.  I'm working on a hatch master that I'll cast up for the top.  I need to distress the tank before I get too far along.  I also got the Access Point doors in place.  They still need a lot of work, but at least they're started.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Battlewagon Commission Part 3

Just a quick hit, the hull is built.  It's a hollow shell at this point ready for the next stage.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Battlewagon commission Part 2

Ok, so sometimes I change my mind.  At least I didn't finish the piece.  I like the SU122 idea, but I've been wrestling with the notion that it doesn't look like it will carry a bunch of boys. Then a ran across this beauty:
This is an SU-14 BR2.  I big, it's ugly, it so orky.  A few modifications to allow for doors and big assed wheels and I think we're good.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Battlewagon WaaaghU-122

I received a commission request for 3 BIG Battlewagon sized Gobsmashas for a Russian Horde themed Ork army.  After poking around online I settled on the SU122 and SU152 as inspiration: