Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Ishoo Wun-Eleven: CD Scatter Terrain (swamp and well)

Welcome to the first post of 2019 hippo fans! There hasn't been a lot of action on the blog lately because I have mostly been building cars for Gaslands (and plenty of people have already done excellent tutorials on making those) and painting Cryx ready for Cancon. Unfortunately, Gaslands has been cancelled, and I've run out of Cryx to paint, so today I decided to do some small terrain projects to pass the time, and revived the old CD Terrain concept (or DVDs in this case). 
Rather than just one project, this ishoo will cover two variations on the CD terrain idea - a small swamp and a well.
These really are quick and easy pieces - so much so that I built two of each today - an ideal weekend project! Here's Grot to show you how!




And there you have it Hippo fans! Two quick, easy scatter terrain projects to really liven up your table. In the morning, once everything is nice and dry, I plan to spray these both down with a coat of super diluted PVA glue with some dishwashing liquid in it - this will soak into all the folliage and really hold it in place. Then I might have a bash at building something else before I have to leave for Cancon -we shall see...

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Pudding Wrestler's Perfidious Projects: New Buggies

Well, the codex has arrived at last (seriously, who renames a whole month after the codex and then releases it three days after the end of that month?) bringing with it some new toys for the orks. I'm a bit miffed that things like Warbosses in Mega Armour are now relegated to index only status, but can GW make up for it with new toys?
Yes and no. While I relish the opportunity to build new things, I think GW's offical models are over priced and I don't really like the fact that they completely lack customisation options. I also think some of them feel like they were designed with Speed Freaks in mind first and 40K second - they have rules that feel right in a racing game, but don't sit well in a battle game.
But my biggest gripe lies with the Megatrakk Scrapjet (no strike that - I biggest gripe is with the terrible names which I can never remember...). GW have made some big mistakes on the model:

  • Orks would never take a jet engined vehicle and then use the jet to drive the wheels instead of generating thrust
  • If it was thrust based, tracks would make no sense because they don't free-wheel
So I decided to have a go at fixing all of this, and save a flipping great wodge of cash by scratch building one. (Non Australian readers note - the Scrapjet and all the other machines cost $77 here, while in the UK they cost 27 pounds. 27 pounds is roughly speaking $50 in Australia...)

Anyway, enough bitter waffling, time for pics! There will be a video soon when I have also completed a Rukkatrukk Squigbuggy (a name even odder than the Scrapjet since it means the vehicle is both a truck and a buggy...)
Behold it's mighty body, wrought from a Target Fighta (actually, I have three of these now - two I bought from Target last year at $14ea, and one I found at an op shop for a few bucks a few months ago - this is the op shop one)

Mighty wheels are from an op shop monster truck. And I just noticed that the rear axel is a bit out of alignment so the right rear wheel is cocked in the air... I swear this was okay when I glued it all together... sigh...

The mighty jet intake is made from plasticard wedges glued to a large washer to get the shape right. The drill bit is the tip of a pen with plastic strip spiraled round it and a whole bunch of little teeth things.

The rokkit cannon. It's hard to make it obviously rokkit-y, so I added a belt feed of rokkits.

The mighty jet exhaust is, as always, a hose clamp. I love those things. Note that I have built the vehicle the way any Ork mek would - THRUST POWERED! Okay, so the rules say it's one of the slower buggies, but that's just because it's so heavy. Clearly.

The turret is half a kinder surprise egg. I added green stuff welds to fill the gaps.

The driver is just a normal boy. I was going to give him goggles, but I could not find my spare Stormboy bits. Oh well.
Come back soon for the Rukkatrukk Squigbuggy (it's probably 50% complete...) and video of them both!

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Video for Hippos: Orky Coaches

Behold the fruits of MFH 26 (and not 25, as the video says...) I will try to get some still pics and detail shots soon, along with the gunners once they are painted.
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