Monday, 25 May 2015

Terrain: Shipping Containers

Hi everybody, I know, I know... I've been a bit lax with hobby updates recently , but random life events and injuries got in the way of some quality hobby time.

The Deadzone Plague miniatures I mentioned a couple of posts back are still in progress. I've just been finding it hard to motivate myself to actually sit and get on with any painting.

I decided to get on with something quick and easy to break me out of my hobby-block. And I've been needing to get on with some terrain for my collection anyway... So, two birds, one stone and all that.

I went to a local model railway store and picked up some supplies and this is what I've been up to today:

I've been wanting to make some shipping containers for quite some time, so I got some supplies together and made a start on them. I wanted them to still fit in with other 40k terrain I'll be making and the Necromunda bulkheads seemed just the thing to keep them in theme.

I'm pretty happy with how they've turned out so far. I like the scale and they are quite durable, being constructed entirely in plastic and fixed together with poly-cement. They'll be able to be played over easily and block lines of sight effectively. Really looking forward to getting them done and onto the table.

I just need to add some minor details like hinges and door handles and then I can get them painted up.
For anybody interested in how they were constructed, it was not terribly complicated and a very quick and simple rundown follows hence forth.

My Supplies:

A few packs of textured styrene.

Several "L" shaped styrene rods.

And a dip into my stash of Necromunda bulkheads.

Along with a cutting mat, steel ruler, scalpel, clippers, some poly-cement and some plain styrene sheet (not pictured).


The first step was to measure and cut the textured styrene to fit the edges of the bulkheads. I left them the original length they came in the pack and just cut the width down.

The top 70mm wide, 2 sides at 67mm wide and I cut a plain piece of styrene sheet (which I forgot to take a picture of) for the bottom that measured 130mm long and 70mm wide. I also cut the "L" rod into 124mm lengths (4 per container)

The Necromunda bulkheads have little bumps/pins inside the slots, which were used for keeping the original cardstock in place securely.

A few slices with the scalpel and they were removed to allow more space for the styrene sheets.

Everything went together very easily and securely and I just wrapped them in a couple of rubber bands to hold things in place while the poly cement set.

As an after-thought I decided to remove the forks from the bottom that normally hold the bulkheads together.

And on these ones too (It would have been easier before construction, but I didn't think about that at the time)

With the forks removed the containers stack neatly on top of each other.

That's pretty much it. I'm taking another stroll down to the model railway shop in the next few days, one more pack of the textured sheet and the leftover ones I have will net me two more containers.

Anyhoo, I'm done babbling now. Hope everybody out there has been doing well and I'll get back to you all when I've done a little more work on these pieces of terrain.

Until then, take care :)

Saturday, 7 March 2015

I found some angry short dudes!

Hey folks, hope you're all well.

I've been a bit too busy running errands and sorting the house out to sit and crack on with my current projects this week...


But there was a little bit of a silver lining. While cleaning the house from top to bottom I discovered a handful of tubs/jars with stripping miniatures inside that I had completely forgotten about. Since I had a few minutes to myself this morning I decided to open one up and get them scrubbed:

A bunch of Dwarf Slayers, a mix of old and new. I'd been picking up small lots here and there over the last couple of years, with an eye toward a Karak Kadrin (Slayer Keep) Project. But that is going to be some way off yet. These little guys will just have to take a load off with the rest of their Slayer buddies:

I've got everything I need, I'm just waiting for a time to put other projects aside and get to work on them.
It's going to be quite an intimidating horde of angry short guys when it does get done :) 

Well, better get back to the cleaning, my hobby desk was sacrificed to the storage gods while I was working around the house. I'd better get it cleaned if I do want a chance in Hell of getting back to my projects.

Until next time, take care.

Friday, 20 February 2015

It's 2015... And I'm back... Finally!

Hello everybody, long time no see.

This is actually the second attempt at my first post of 2015. The first just got too depressing to read and I've decided to bin it.

To paraphrase that abortive post: "From the end of September 2014 and up until a couple of weeks ago, lots of crap for my family and I to endure (trouble, sickness, threat of homlessness), massive hobby slump, bleurgh..."  

Trust me, that was better than the awful depressing drudge I was going to inflict on you all... Better to flush it and concentrate on good things.

I'd pretty much packed up all my minature hobby gear and materials because I just didn't have the drive to get on with any of the projects I still had on the go at the end of September. I've mainly just been keeping up with roleplay in my gaming group as my sole form of fun and escape.

But over the last few weeks I've been catching up on blogs on my feed (many of which are you, my followers) I've mainly been reading and rushing on to read more from others without stopping to comment (sorry about that) and there have been an awful lot of exciting projects on the go.

I'm starting to feel that little spark of inspiration starting to rekindle. So I owe you all a great big thank you for being such an imaginative and creative bunch of people.

So... Baby steps... I'm wanting to get back into the hobby groove so I'm working on a couple of little projects to warm up:

A little while back over on the Oldhammer forum a thread was started entitled Oldhammer Salvation Army, where members could post up miniature conversions that were forgotten and/or in need of some love.

I adopted this little fellow:
As you can see he didn't survive the trials of Royal Mail intact...

A conversion made by Whiskey Priest which he dubbed "some kind of admech sound specialist". But the moment I saw him I knew what I wanted to use him for:

After repairs and a little conversion work he is going to be used to represent an Imperial Astropath.
I imagine the staff to be an ancient piece of dark-age tech that basically amounts to an astropathic amplifier.
Here he is with his inquisitorial agent buddies Freeman and the Priest, two of my own forgotten/unloved conversions now given purpose.

I'm going to do some more detail work across the three of them and get them painted as a little project together. I was thinking of adding an Eldar member to the group and I also need to make an inquisitor to lead them.

My friend has been really championing Mantics Deadzone and wanting to get members of our group to play it. I've had a couple of games and I like how it plays.

The same friend backed the Kickstarter and got multiples of the faction starters which he gave as gifts to many of us.

I was given the Plague faction and have started to work on them:

I didn't like the integral bases on the Mantic figures and so I've removed them so I can make some more personally pleasing bases.

You may have noticed the new look of my blog, I started to change the look and layout back in September. I'm not completely happy with it and it may change a bit until I find what I'm after.

I've got a few more little bits and bobs that I want to work on, but I'm just going to try to ease myself back into hobbying slowly.

I'm also considering posting about my roleplay interests too, but I'm not too sure at the moment... I'll ponder upon it.

So... Sorry I was gone for so long... I'll hopefully be back a lot sooner this time... Asa always comments/critiques much appreciated.

Take care.

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