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.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Pudding Wrestler's Perfidious Projects: Stompa video update.

There's now video on my YouTube channel of the Stompa. Nothing that has not been covered in photos on the blog, but these pictures... move...

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Pudding Wrestler's Perfidious Projects: That's not a choppa... THIS is a choppa!

This morning I have started to work on the arms for the Stompa. Or at least on the supa mega deff saw 2000 or whatever ludicrous and impossible to remember name GW have saddled the Close Combat Weapon with. The blade is a full 12cm long.

One side of the blade with spacers and chain links waiting to be glued on.

Chain links have now been glued on to this side.

Blades added and the chain links are in place on both sides of them.

And finally, both sides on the saw have been installed. Time for detailing.
I am hoping to get some video of the Stompa shot this arvo and up on Youtube.

Monday, 27 May 2019

Pudding Wrestler's Perfidious Projects: Easter was a long time ago now.

Easter was a long time ago now. I'm still slightly under the weather - my cold ran for at least five weeks and I managed to cough hard enough to pull muscles, so it was not pleasant. Of course, we're back in the heart of the school term so I'm not getting as much hobby time. A project I was hoping to get done in two weeks of frenzied 16-hours a day hobby is now in it's seventh week.
Ah, but what progress I have made since last we spoke!

A mighty cannon takes shape! I used three different sizes of tube for the barrels and a lot of other rods and things for the frame. This was quite exciting to build, and the largest gun I have scratchbuilt. Of course, it will be eclipsed by the Deff Kannon in due course...

Why yes, that IS a nose cannon! I was thinking of building some sort of nose shaped casing round it, but I rather like it like this. Plus I can't figure out the right nose shape, so here we are.

By this point, all the paneling and riveting on the body and moon is done - apart from some along the top of the lower part of the crescent. There'll be a gun emplacement there, so I have left things fairly blank until I install that bit. I'm planning of doing all the weapons at the same time near the end of the project, so this will stay fairly blank until then.
Note also that the legs have been started. I worked them out on paper. Or I worked out parts of them on paper and trusted to luck like a true Mek.

Here are the upper legs. They are about the same size as the body on a 2nd Edition Rhino, although a bit thinner. There are large holes cut into the other sides so they can slot over the PVC hip joints. The large spaced armour plates are not glued on - they will stay seperate to facilitate painting.

Here we see it again (and my thumb it appears...) at Hampton Games Club on the weekend. I started the basic leg shapes the week before, but all of the plating, rivets, armour etc. was done between Friday evening at the Hoodling's Hole and Saturday arvo at the club, with a little bit of final riveting and detailing at the Hoodling's Hole on Saturday evening.
Carefully balanced on a tin containing some sort of Game on Saturday evening so I could check how the legs looked at the correct angle. Note the spaced armour has been removed here.

These are the legs on their own. The large notches in the lower legs will be filled with hydraulics. And yes, that is a different cutting mat. I have worked on this beast in four seperate buildings by this point.
Here the lower legs have been added, and to my amazement the forces of friction are enough to hold everything at the right angles so the beast can stand up. At this point you can start to get a feel of the size - here it's a bit under 12 inches tall.
Because the Hoodling complained about the Morkanaut having normally jointed legs, I shot a pic with chicken walker legs. The balance does not really work for this build, but when I build a Gorkanaut it will have chicken legs. I have sworn mighty oaths both to and at the Hoodling.
And here we have the basic feet added. These are being detailed up with armour, plates, Adidas style stripes... and also gun emplacements. 
 Okay, so by this point it's pretty obvious that I'm building me a Stompa. A very large Stompa. It's currently a little over 13 inches tall (GW's embarrassing upside down plat pot is about 12 inches tall, and 7 inches across the bottom) so it's a touch large. It's the biggest thing I've ever built as part of an army, and it gives a fair number of terrain pieces a good run for their money in terms of size too. Now that I'm feeling better I'm hoping to get a lot more work in on it - both in the hour before work and when I get home in the afternoons. I should be able to start on arms and weapons pretty soon, and then shall come the mammoth task of painting...
I'm planning on keeping the stompa modular for transport - the legs and hips will form one part, the torso another, and the arms will be detachable. Of course,I'll also need to build a transport case for it at some point...

Now if you will excuse me, the fluff squig is making pointed remarks about dinner time.

Friday, 17 May 2019

Ten Incomprehensible Years

Today, Terrain For Hippos celebrates it's TENTH BIRTHDAY (as long as you don't count it's very brief time as a subsection of my website which was replaced by the blog version after about two days)
A lot has happened during our ten years. We've built a lot of terrain, branched out into modelling and painting tutorials, changed art styles, changed graphics packages and recently switched over to really just occasionally showing off whatever orky scratch building project I'm working on right now. We've also seen the introduction of a youtube sort of companion show, the Terrain Crusade column in The Campaigner magazine, and me launching about eight other blogs (although a bunch of those are for various classes I teach). Grot's changed shape. Scale Reference Cat has been adopted and made a few cameos. I've moved house twice. And all of this has been achieved without anyone ever understanding a word Grot's said.
Here's to ten more incomprehensible years.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

GeekFest 2019 Paint+Take survey

Will this be the miniature you paint?
Vote in the survey to choose!

The ever popular Paint+Take returns for 2019, and as always YOU get to choose the miniatures!

You'll find a survey here which will let you choose your favourite minis (don't worry if you change your mind - you can edit your responses after you've entered them)

The survey will be open until May 29th.

What is Paint+Take? It's simple! We supply a whole bunch of miniatures, paints and paint brushes, and YOU get to paint them - and you also get to take home any miniatures you paint!

But wait, in the immortal words of Tim Shaw, THERE'S MORE! There are also painting contests with fabulous prizes!

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Pudding Wrestler's Perfidious Projects: Easter Holidays: The Fourth Update.

Here we are, the second Tuesday of the holidays, over a week into the project and now exactly a week into the cold which has been accompanying it...
Good news is that the cold seems to be getting better to the point that today I feel I can actually get some serious work done. When last we left off, I had shown a cardboard mockup of the bad moon, and moaned about running out of plasticard. Well, on Saturday I bought six more sheets of 1mm card (not that I probably need more than four, but I don't want to take chances!), but not before I completed the bad moon on Friday using whatever came to hand - there's a fair bit of clapboard siding textured plasticard in the tip of the bottom half of the moon.

This is the only side which has had much riveting done. I'm just taking a short break to post this and straighten my back out before I go back and rivet the other side.

There'll be a bit more detail on here - battle damage and glyph plates.

This strangely glowing oddly focused shot shows the other side of the moon which has no rivets yet.

Round the back are some vents but not much detailing yet. There will be a launch rail for Supa Rokkits back here.

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