Sunday, 21 July 2019

Pretty Pictures: Vintage Vehicles

HGC was basically dead yesterday, so I took the time to get some photos of Waaagh! Gruntblasta on terrain. Unfortunately, I had forgotten that I had taken the figures out of the case I thought they were in and placed them in my display cabinet. So I only had the two vehicles and the six unbased boyz I had taken to paint that day. Anyway, here are some pics.
The mighty Gobsmasha lurks behind that most 2nd edition of terrain features: A rockspire surrounded by grass.

It lurks also behind my thumb...


At last, the mysteries of the rear end of the Gobsmasha are revealed!

And the rockspire has a convenient gap in just the right place for the cannon - it's as if I planned it!

The mek, who has not forgiven me for sawing his legs off, although he does admit the Gobsmasha does make a fair substitute for legs, and it ded shooty to boot.

The Gobsmasha finally has the chance to pose in dramatic fashion with the Braincrusha!

From more than one direction to boot!

A number of very old boys, lead by a Meganob.

A boy of great age.

The most ancient of Boyz.

A nob of the Mega persuassion.

A skorcha of great antiquity.

A boy, who, through no fault of his own, has become vintage.

A very old boy.

A selection of aged boys pose to give scale to the Gobsmasha.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Pudding Wrestler's Perfidious Projects: Waaagh! Gruntblasta and Retro Gobsmasha

For some time now I have been working of and on on a Gobsmasha for the retro Waaagh! Gruntblasta. Mostly off. I had planned to turn it into a Modelling For Hippos ishoo, but I seem to have lost the step by step photos of the first half of the project. Sigh.
Anyway, I've been painting up more of Waaagh! Gruntblasta in the last week or so because I wanted to display it at GeekFest, what with the theme being retro and all. This got me excited about the Gobsmasha again, and I ended up finishing it today. It's based on plans which GW published in an ancient White Dwarf (which you can find easily online - both as an image and also a copy of the full article on Scribd I think). Turn out the Hoodling owns the right White Dwarf too, but I only found out about that recently.
The Gruntblasta JUST before finishing -I forgot to add some rivets on the sides so I thought it was finished and got excited and photographed it. The Mekboy in the hatch has had his legs brutally sawn off so he fits. The scale reference chap will turn up in later pictures and be explained there.

Here's the Gobsmasha with the Braincrusha. The Braincrusha is a battlewagon under 8th ed rules - I think the Gobsmasha will have to be used as a Looted Wagon, but I have not seen the rules for them yet.

Scale reference cat demonstrates the exact size of the project.
I've also been painting up quite a few vintage Orks (as mentioned above). Some of these are super old - I picked up 15 from Little Wars last year which have 1987 and 1988 dates on their tabs. I rummaged around on Stuff of Legends a bit and found them listed as part of RT02 - the second boxed set released for Rogue Trader as 40K was known at the time.
The four orks on the right are the 1987-88 type. The guy on the left with the big axe is from a bit later.

This guy was actually part of my original 2nd edition Ork army back in the day. I've had him since I was 13 or 14, when he was the second in command of my Blood Axe army. I sold the figure who was in command, so he's been promoted. Until I finish painting the Warboss on Supa Cyboar, when he'll be demoted again.

Apparently, vintage orks object to being in focuse. Who knew.

This guy's jaw is a bit confusing. I get the metal bit along the bottom, but there's an odd bit on the side before the highe of the jaw which I don't understand.

According the Stuff of Legends, this chap's name is Buzzy Buzzax because back in the day, every individual model had a name. Some of them were really bad - all the Squats were named after weapons makers and the Slaan where nothing but vile puns.

This is how Waaagh! Gruntblasta looked just before GeekFest - I also painted up some orks with heavy weapons and a Mekboy, but they didn't get individual photos.

While rummaging in the vintage ork box, I found this. It was painted in the 90s by Scatterlaser's brother. He will be preserved for all time just as he is.

Ah, the Psychadelork. I think I might actually paint up a mate for him using modern painting techniques.

Following GeekFest I finished stripping the paint off more of the very old RT02 Orks and painted up six of them. I'm pretty fond of the flamer model - I have two of them. I'm planning to get another bacth of six done soon, which, along with the three I painted earlier will give me a 15 man squad. Which means Waaagh! Gruntblasts will be just about a legal army in 8th edition (if a small and rather odd one).
Well, there you go. I ma currently working on a mek with shokk attack gun (I've got two...) the super cyboar and a normal mekboy, plus I can undercoat the Gobsmasha and start in on that now.
I'll try to get some prettier pics on the weekend and I might even have a shot at making some matching terrain.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

GeekFest Paint+Take Showcase

GeekFest is tomorrow!
Today I went in to set up the Paint+Take area ahead of time (with just me it takes a few hours - and this year I had actually unpacked the minis ahead of time - not making that mistake again!) and got a few shots before the multitudes descend.
I will post more GeekFest pics tomorrow, hopefully including the winners of the various painting prizes.

The painting area of the Old Jeetho Schoolhouse at Coal Creek - there will be a fourth table on the stage tomorrow.

The display area and selection of Paint+Take figures. Yes - that is the Stompa on the end beside the Morkanaut. If you want to see them in person, you know where they'll be tomorrow! Since this year's theme is Retro I am also displaying the whole of Waaagh Gruntblasta! which has grown over the last week.


Wednesday, 3 July 2019

GeekFest is this Sunday!

That's right, Gippsland GeekFest is on Sunday 7th July 2019 at Coal Creek in Korumburra.
As usual, I will be running Paint+Take in the school house. Also as usual, I will have some things on display, including Waaagh! Gruntblasta, my vintage Rogue Trader era ork army as well as the biggest, second biggest, and third biggest scratch built vehicle projects I have ever undertaken (although the Stompa is not finished)
There are also other things going on - we have guest speakers talking about various retro topics and...
TANK RIDES!

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Pretty Pictures: Waaagh Snaggatoof at Orkness showcase

Yesterday I had a game fall through at HGC, so I took the opportunity to set up the Orkness terrain and get some good photos of Waaagh Snaggatoof on it. It occured to me that I rarely have all of the army and terrain out at the same time, and in fact the army spends a lot of time packed away meaning that I usually just take photos of the latest additions when they're done, rather than getting shots of everything. So here's how Waaagh Snaggatoof stands right now. There are a few things which have taken a bit of damage which needs repairing, and a few others which I thought I had finished but hadn't. Also, I forgot to take the Morkanaut with me, so it is conspicuous in it's absence.

The first four meganobs stride forth to defend the Hotel Grunthos. I really need to get round to making more - I had grand plans for a unit of ten...

I've scaled the plan back a bit to six since Morkanauts and Gorkanauts can carry three meganobs each. Of course, I need to build a gorkanaut to take advantage of this...

I have a bewildering array of plastic nobs, both the multipart boxed set and Black Reach versions, plus some vintage metal versions. I should also add more to my nobs mob... If nothing else, painting a unit would be a big change of pace from scratch building a Stompa.

I've also got quite a few space Black Reach deffkoptas, so I should work on expanding the Winged Huzzorks.

I've recently discovered the joy of running max-size units of killa kans. Of course, since the first three kans were one of the earlier parts of the army painted they don't quite fit with the newer ones which were painted after I'd ironed out all the wrinkles in painting all that yellow.

The two on the left here are both early models - note the lack of rust. My system for painting rust is a more recent evolution of the paint scheme.

When I pulled them out of the case, I found a few weapons and icon poles had come lose.
 
My Mega Armoured HQ choices - Warboss on Mekky-Throne (counts as Mega Armour) and Big Mek (almost Killa Kan size)

The Big Mek is also an early part of the army - I may need to revisit him and add a few details and finishing touches which have evolved since he was painted.

Deff Koptas. If I had known how many Deff Koptas I would end up with across a few bags of assorted Orks at CanCon 2018's second hand stall, I might not have gone with this design. On the other hand, I got no bikes at all, so the plan of turning Deff Koptas into bikes seems to be working.

These guys are about the halfway mark of the army - there are a few paint tricks which developed later, but it's mostly all in place at this point.

And here are the buses I posted a Modelling For Hippos ishoo on - this is the first time painted pics have appeared on the blog (I think)

The dramatic chap in the middle is Francois; the only rank and file ork in the army with a name. He's converted from one of the two-piece arrer boyz in the 6th Ed WFB starter box. I have lots of them...

This is clearly the greatest of the choppas on the nob sprue. I usually run my boyz with a klaw nob, but for the photos this looks so much cooler.

I have sourced some fine metal mesh which I plan to install over the large areas of glass - which will also be gloss varnished before I install the mesh.

Heres' the other bus.

I know that 40K orks don't really have a use for unit banners, but I felt like doing some free-hand work, so. they just sort of ended up with a banner.

My lobba battery with Grot Bots take up position behind the good ship Orka. I have one more lobba built, and I've also got some partially built zzap guns and kannons - I will finish them some time.

I realise Mek Big Guns are probably a better option, but I didn't feel like making anything so involved at the time, so the simpler Big Guns were chosen. I've made them a lot bigger than the old metal versions.

The Grot Tanks were the very first thing painted for the army. As such, they show a very early version of my yellow paint technique. They also have a lot of chipping and weathering (which I'm not really happy with). For the moment,I am arguing that my other vehicles all have immaculate paint free from chipping because, as Bad Moons, Waaagh Snaggatoof can afford enough Grot slaves to re-paint them between battles. The Grots never have time to repaint their own vehicles because the ork vehicles keep them so busy.

This is the kommand tank.

This is the first grot tank I built, and the first to appear on TFH in it's unpainted form.

The first grotzooka variant - more of an assault gun than a tank really.

This one always reminds me of a WW2 German Panther - it's something to do with the shape of the turret.

The buggies were the first thing I built for the army, although not the first things painted. They look rather bright compared to the other vehicles - I have started to add more shade on later machines.

Having Orkness set up gave me plenty of opportunities to get really dramatic angles.

Dramatic wheel is dramatic.

The wheel on the front buggy had broken - once it was dry I got all three together for a group shot.


It too, is not immune to being dramatic.

Having all the orks out finally gave me a chance to photograph the stompa with some scale reference. Note that the lads in front of it are nobs, not boys, so they are a bit larger. The nobs were on top of the case, the boys at the bottom and I couldn't be bothered digging...

The Stompa is taller even that the Hotel Grunthos, the tallest Ork building I have. It's also taller than the blimp in the background (which is technically a terrain piece but is on the right height base for 40K flyers) which leads me to imagine flyers accidentally ramming into it...
 And there you have it! I didn't photograph the Megatrak Scrapjet because, despite what I remembered, it's not actually finished. It's finished enough to photograph, but I had taken the tyres off while I painted it, and didn't bring them. I also left the Morkanaut at home, so no pics of that either (although I did post extensive photos of both painted and unpainted versions in the past). There should be an update on the Stompa fairly soon - I have gotten the close combat weapon done and am about to embark on the rest of the arm for that side.
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