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?