Thursday, 26 July 2012


Off now for two weeks of adventures - see you soon.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Speilberg Tripod - a rethink and progress

Okay, nixed the idea of lighting the fella - that's too darn fiddly to gouge out holes for the LED's, dunno if those legs will be able to support the weight of the battery pack conclealed in the hood over a long time, and i never turn on my models that i've lit previously. So, i'm cracking on. BIG surprise straight away is the poor fit on the hip section. You can see here that the "skirt" things that go round the hips are secured by two lugs in to two holes - but the lugs are too big and, if you thin one down and put it into a hole, the other one doesn't line up at all:
No way round it but to ignore that second hole and glue straight on to the hull. Should be okay as there's not much weight to it. I'll be filling in the unused hole. You can also see here the other two sub-assemblies i've finished:
They were a much better fit, the only pain being the four spine stripes that go on the back. The spines are SO thin and delicate that cutting the strips from the sprue was real tricky without snapping them. And then it was a pain to get them all lined up so they'd go into their holes on the hull, not helped by the hull being clear plastic in case i did want to light it, making it almsot impossible to see what i was doing. Got there without mishaps though:

The Devourer - real progress now.

Okay, this is him all done:
Next up, after priming in Grey, is to choose the colour choices as the prelim i'm working from is B&W:
Who better than to go to for advice than his creator, Leigh Gallgaher? Leigh suggested standard crocodile skin for his body - fair enough - but his mouth and tongue is expelling bright light. How to do that then? Had a good think and in the end deided to go: white, washed with light blue, drybrushed with white, a coat of Gloss Varnish, and while that was still wet, a sprinkling of very fine glitter material from the art shop. Think it came out ok-ish:
And here he is this morning, with a base coat of dark green blocked in on his skin:

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Spielberg Tripod - what to do?

Am a massive, MASSIVE fan of War Of The Worlds so, really, i should've snapped up this kit long ago. But was kinda skint when it was available for pre-order and certainly can't afford it now. But i got a lot of dosh for my birthday, so thought i'd splash out. Now its here though, what do i do with it? Light it? That's an idea. But a lighting kit is only available in the States - and i don't want to wait long for it. But, looking at it, all i need is 3 LED's and a lighting strip, things readily available from Maplins for way under half the price. But do i want to light it? My other Tripod kits aren't lighted, so why should this one be? But its got clear parts ready for lighting, so i should do so. But how many of my lighted kits do i actually switch on? What to do? Also, do i make it as the Spielberg film version, or do i try and adapt it more into Wells' version? My brain hurts.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Gonk Power Droid

Yet another BIG project, this one too big to really get across in pictures only, so i'll be detailing it just on Youtube:

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Under The Influence - 9

Being an occasional series while the paint is drying, the glue is hardening or waiting for enthusiasm to come back, where i have a waffle on the things, films, books and whatnot that had a direct influence on me, getting me into this hobby or the whole SF/fantasy malarky. Picture the scene: Its about 1972, you're 10 years-old and you and a few of your friends have cottoned on to the fact that the paper mill down the road has deliveries of old magazines that are piled up outside, ready to be pulped. And that fence isn't that hard to climb over. And on Sundays there's no-one in there at all. Which is how come we ended up rifling through stacks of magazines, some like Womens Realm and such which held no appeal, some *ahem* "adult" one's, which we found strange and unsettling. But, what we were after were the likes of these - horror magazines, filled with info on past creature flicks. Don't think we actually read the text - it was the glorious B&W stills of monsters from films we didn't have a chance of seeing that held all the appeal, morbidly gross and fascinating at the same time. And the ads. Rubber masks and Aurora kits, things i longed for like you wouldn't believe. Very pleased to pick up this issue in my comic shop yesterday - the owner had bought a job lot of 60's and 70's comics and this gem was buried deep down and i got for only a quid!

Friday, 6 July 2012

The Devourer - back again.

VERY unfairly been overlooking this guy. You may have seen the last post, where i'd realised that he was far, far too wide and had hacked a lot of the inner area out. Since then, as you can see, i've covered up the hack-job and i've made a start of the strange, flowery things that are in his gullet. I've also put in his gum area with Green Stuff and the two halves of his original face. They're pretty basic, and i'll be adding detail to them. And i've pushed the teeth into the still soft Green Stuff, counting on its notorious stickiness to hold them in place. You can see i've used cocktail sticks for them and i've found if you buy the cheapest, crappiest one's you can find, they work a lot better as each one is a slighly different shape.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Carnifex - all done

Here he is then, all parts finished and the mouth area glossed - wepaons too, just to distinguish them from the rest of him. And i've included a shot of the other Tyrandis i have to show how i'm keeping the colour scheme sort of seperate. There's a bit of variation, as each time i have to relearn what i did last. Also, figure far left is the original "Screamer-Killer" from the 80's - the distant ancestor of the Carnifex.