Sunday, 16 July 2017

Mek Shop Month: Wot did yoo do in the holidays?

Today's the last day of the school holidays, and also the last day of the first fortnight of Mek Shop Month. What have I done with my holidays? Well, apart from visiting two museums...

This is everything which has been completed so far - the buggy squadron, big mek and oiler, and grot tank squadron.

The larger one at the back is the command tank - there will be a grot peering out of the hatch, but I don't have any spare bodies so I might have to raid an old WFB army or use greenstuff or something. I have some spare WFB gobbo heads. The one next to it has the gun glued in, so unlike the others it can't be rotated.

The buggy squadron - I was worried the one in the front would look odd - it's wider to accomodate the engine and I fitted the widest wheels meaning it's almost square. It looks odd as a chassis, but the body has helped the proportions.

And the Big Mek with his faithful GrotBot. Still without a base.
I plan to start painting the vehicles today. It's very cold here (frost on the ground even) so I want to wait for things to warm up a little before I spray undercoats. It's ages since I've painted a vehicle for wargaming (and that was using my previous painting style), so I've been looking at techniques online to try to get the most out of the models. I am also hoping to get the army's first battle in next weekend. And I should probably name the mek... I've got a name for the Warboss, but not a model for him, so the Mek is in charge, and has no name...

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

MFH Ishoo Sventeen: Grot Tank wiv Grotzooka

Two posts in one day? And there I was thinking I might've lost my mojo... 
Grot Tank time! These tiny tanks are very cool, very characterful, and very quick to build (being on holidays helps). They're a great first scratch building project since they're fairly small and simple, and since they're built by Grots, meaning you can blame the weedy green gits for any mistakes you make. I know I do. In this ishoo, we're going to have a bash at building a Grot Tank with Grotzooka, mostly because I've tackled big shootas and rokkits in the buggy builds. I like to approach these projects as if I am a Grot Mek - I have a rough idea of what will happen, but I don't plan in detail and just bodge things as I go. If it's good enough for a grot, it's good enough for me.
And speaking of grots - here's the grey kind again!

And there you have it Hippo Fans! I suspect things might become a bit quite on the posting front (TWO ishoos in a day? What madness is this??) since I'm going to be spending some time building another two Grot Tanks, then I really should paint some of this stuff up. I might have a go at open tracks on the other tanks - if I come up with anything cool I'll make a point of turning it into an ishoo.

MFH Sicksteen: GrotBot

And we're back! Last ishoo I was thinking about making a Grot Oiler as either a meky squig or a grot in mega armour. Neither of those happened. Instead, I have built RoboGrot - the finest expression of the Mek Boy'z art! How hard is it to build a robotic grot? Let's ask Grot. (This is getting really confusing... why'd GW have to change the name from Gretchin to Grot in 3rd ed?)

Looks like I forgot to take photos again! Slide the pins into the tubes, and then drill some holes into them to accept the legs (the pins are 2.5mm, the legs are 2mm)

And there you have it Hippo Fans - the little fella's got some tread plate on his base to hide the slot (couldn't find any non-slot bases...) and the big fella still has no base. Alas.

Next up, I think I'll build some more Grot Tanks. These tiny terrors seem to only come in units of four, and I've only built one. Time for a few more, eh? And obviously some instructions on making them too!

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