Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Merry-Go-Round Got Looted

Here's a bunch of Lootaz that I painted for a buddy's clown-themed Ork army.  I'm pretty happy with them.  The mold lines were pretty terrible on this cast, actually and I did my best, but I think that they turned out okay.  

I wasn't sure I could reproduce his bases, so I didn't.

Again, please CLICK the images for larger versions.






This guy with the acid-spitting flower pin is probably better used as a Burna, but who knows what kind of Acid-Shooting Flower Technology (ASFT) the Orks have at their disposal?  




I'm riffing on the fake "BANG!" gun gag here. I hope people get it.




Who really knows how Ork Technology works?  To me, it makes perfect sense that an Ork with a Sousaphone is capable of seriously deadly, long-range firepower.  Since I'm an Ork player, then that makes it a real thing.  If you're confused about that, just refer to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy on the topic of how to fly.




Tuesday, June 18, 2013

El Queso Grande Complete

The Stompa build is complete.  I've got nothing really to add to what I've already said except that I kind of half-assed the OSL and treated this thing kind of like a piece of terrain overall.  It's a big monster and I am only willing to put so much time into it.

Having said that, I'm quite proud of it overall and look forward to games featuring it in the future.  Now I just need to get some custom foam made for him as he is still a lot more fragile than a regular model and he'll also be quite susceptible to dust cling.  I'll probably put him in a plastic grocery bag to keep the dust off.

I won the model at Adepticon 2013 during Boota Town, so a big thanks to MightyTim and the Freebootaz.



















Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Leviathan Crusader Stompa Build

So, at Adepticon this year, I attended Boota Town and was lucky enough to win a Leviathan Crusader.    Immediately, of course, I informed my compatriots that this Leviathan Crusader had no idea about what was about to happen to it!

I decided I wanted to actually build the model properly first so that all the articulation would work and possibly actually make it seem as if it had been properly looted.  So, here's a shot of it right after the initial build (note that not all of the plates were added):


By the looks of the thing, I think that, story-wise, this is a Grey Knights mini-titan of some kind which the Orks of WAAGH! Drillteef has captured and looted.

My initial additions were a bit weak.  The model is so huge that it's tough to get a grip on where to start.




So, I hemmed and hawed over the arms a bit and tightened them up a little.



While they needed some straightening out, I thought it was best that I move on to the body and do some re-balancing later when I got a better idea of what the whole model was going to look like.

Note that a simple basecoat during the build process can help tie the individual parts of a kitbash together. Sometimes the different colors can distract your eye and give you the wrong impression of balance or over-balance in a particular area.

I decided to do the Big Mek's crow's nest first and that gave me the confidence to move forward.

I was very conflicted about the skirt, however.  I was originally going to do a big howdah and put the Orks on that as well as a platform on the back.  After bouncing some ideas off the members of the Independent Characters Forums and the Freebootaz Forums, I decided to go with the kilt and use the back platform as simply a launch point.




Last night, in a flurry of building, I began to give the model depth and function.  It came together extremely quickly after these initial decisions were finally made.

The chain was a real pain in the ass, trying to loop it around and clip them together with individual links.  The best tip I can give is try to pick up clasps from a craft store.  It's worth the extra money.

Note that if this were anyone else doing this, they would choose a better material than plastic signs from Wal-Mart.

I was very happy with what I'd done.  Whenever you do a project like this, remember that the key is in the layering.  You want to make sure that you have parts partially covering other parts. It adds complexity to the model.  For me it was especially important due to the fact that I was using substandard plasticard; I had to make it appear as if the materials are thicker than they really are.



Also be aware of logical supports.  This lends to the believability of the model.  Note here the chain holding up long girders and in the next picture down, I have the bars facing in for the Big Shoota platform.  You can also see some supports in the crow's nest.




I immediately sat down to finish him when I got home today. I could think of naught else as I was driving through the rain in my little Toyota.

The big-ass shoulderpad is a little busy, but I don't care.  I think it's cool and I can actually put Orks hanging out on top of it if I want.



So, of course, I gave it a silver spray to tie it all together.  Here's the final product (be sure to click the images to see bigger versions):











So, I think the wife deserves a little us time tomorrow, but I'll start painting straight away on Thursday.  I'll be masking all the areas that will stay silver (within reason) and spraying the hull pieces in gradual layers of brown to yellow.  After that, I'll remove the masking and spray on a brown wash.  Then, after a quick dull coat to preserve the basecoat during my man-handling, the hand-painting will begin.  I hope to at least have the first washes done before the big Apocalypse game at my buddy's house this Saturday.

I may be adding some Grot Riggers and Ork gunners at a later date, but I must admit that I want nothing to do with painting actual Orks right now.   I will, for sure, be painting the Big Mek and having a cord running from his hand-control down to the Stompa itself.

I'll hopefully have something to show soon!






Monday, June 3, 2013

9000 Points

It seems that 9000 points has snuck up on me.  I'm super proud of this milestone.  Only one Stompa and a couple of HQs from 10,000 points.  At that point, I hope to do a full unit breakdown.  I have some commissions to take care of first.

I forgot to add the bastion to this picture, but that's fine.  The table was freaking FULL!



WAAGH! Drillteef - 9251 Points


1 Mad Doc Drillteef, D.D.S., 160 pts (Warlord)


Big Meks:

1 Big Mek Scar 'Ead, 140 pts ('Eavy Armour; Attack Squig; Bosspole; Kustom Force Field; Power Klaw; Cybork Body)

1 Big Chef Grubzog, 45 pts (Bosspole; Grot Oiler x1)

1 Big Mek Bolt Toof, 50 pts ('Eavy Armour; Bosspole; Cybork Body)


Warbosses:

1 Warboss Wagonkrumpa, 115 pts ('Eavy Armour; Attack Squig; Bosspole; Cybork Body; Power Klaw)

1 Big Boss Grimblitz, 110 pts (Bosspole; Cybork Body)

1 Boss Thudguts, 80 pts ('Eavy Armour; Bosspole; Cybork Body; Big Choppa)

1 Warboss Gitsmasha, 85 pts ('Eavy Armour; Attack Squig; Bosspole)

1 Boss Vrunzogga, 140 pts (Bosspole; Cybork Body; Warbike; Power Klaw; Shoota/Skorcha Kombi-weapon)


Weirdboys:

1 Old Greg, 145 pts

1 Wurr Bob and Loopy, 85 pts (Warphead)


Oddboyz and Dun-git'ers:

10 Da Brute Squad's Tankbusta Boyz, 195 pts (Tankhammer x2)
. . 1 Sarge Hullkrakka (Bosspole; Power Klaw)

14 Kommandos, 255 pts (Burna x2)
. . 1 Boss Snikrot

9 Big Dakka Boyz (Red Lootaz), 135 pts

8 Big Dakka Boyz (Yeller Lootaz), 120 pts

12 Scar 'Ead's Burna Boyz, 225 pts
. . 3 Mekboy

20 Da Skyhamma Boyz (Stormboyz), 325 pts
. . 1 Sha So Blitzklawz


Nobz:

5 Doc's 'Ardcases (Looted Termies), 270 pts (Count as Troop Troops; Cybork Body)
. . 1 Trukk (Red Paint Job; Reinforced Ram)

5 Doc's 'Ardcases (Looted Paladins), 270 pts (Count as Troop Troops; Cybork Body)
. . 1 Trukk (Red Paint Job; Reinforced Ram)

1 Da Krumpin Squad, 513 pts (Count as Troop Troops; Cybork Body)
. . 1 Sawbones (Cybork Body; Grot Orderly)
. . 1 Pawn ('Eavy Armour; Cybork Body)
. . 1 Pyro ('Eavy Armour; Cybork Body; Power Klaw; Shoota/Skorcha Kombi-weapon)
. . 1 Krusha ('Eavy Armour; Cybork Body; Waaagh! Banner; Power Klaw)
. . 1 Bossburna ('Eavy Armour; Ammo Runt; Bosspole; Cybork Body; Power Klaw; Shoota/Skorcha Kombi-weapon)
. . 1 Norbert ('Eavy Armour; Cybork Body; Big Choppa; Shoota/Skorcha Kombi-weapon)
. . 1 THAC0 ('Eavy Armour; Cybork Body; Big Choppa)
. . 1 Roy (Bosspole; Cybork Body; Big Choppa)
. . 1 Bruce ('Eavy Armour; Cybork Body; Big Choppa)
. . 1 Mongo ('Eavy Armour; Cybork Body)
. . 1 Trukk (Red Paint Job; Reinforced Ram; Stikkbomb Chukka)

1 Da Krumpin Squad (Da Washouts), 373 pts (Cybork Body)
. . 1 Doc (Cybork Body; Grot Orderly)
. . 1 Cheney da Faceshoota ('Eavy Armour; Bosspole; Cybork Body; Big Choppa)
. . 1 Logan ('Eavy Armour; Bosspole; Cybork Body; Power Klaw)
. . 1 Dakkabob ('Eavy Armour; Ammo Runt; Cybork Body; Big Choppa)
. . 1 Snarl ('Eavy Armour; Cybork Body; Power Klaw)
. . 1 Lurtz ('Eavy Armour; Cybork Body; Big Choppa)
. . 1 Redshirt ('Eavy Armour; Cybork Body)
. . 1 Killa ('Eavy Armour; Cybork Body; Power Klaw)


Boyz:

19 Da Brute Squad's Wagon Boyz, 150 pts (Rokkit Launcha x2)
. . 1 Kaptin Kroolsnik

10 Da Brute Squad's Trukk Boyz, 141 pts (Rokkit Launcha x1)
. . 1 Sarge Blaktoof (Bosspole)
. . 1 Trukk (Red Paint Job; Reinforced Ram; Stikkbomb Chukka)

19 Yeller Shoota Boyz, 145 pts (Shootas; Big Shoota x1)
. . 1 Sarge Gitbonka (Bosspole; Big Shoota)

10 Yeller Shoota Boyz (Reserves), 111 pts (Shootas)
. . 1 Sarge Zagdakka (Bosspole; Power Klaw; Big Shoota)

19 'Ard Boyz, 250 pts (Big Shoota x1)
. . 1 Boss Ledbelcha (Bosspole; Power Klaw; Big Shoota)

10 'Ard Boyz (Reserves), 130 pts (Big Shoota x1)
. . 1 Sarge Kilchoppa (Bosspole)

19 Furhat Shoota Boyz, 145 pts (Shootas; Big Shoota x1)
. . 1 Sarge Dreddakka (Bosspole; Big Shoota)

9 Furhat Shoota Boyz (Reserves), 105 pts (Shootas)
. . 1 Sarge Ledstorm (Bosspole; Power Klaw; Big Shoota)

19 Da Skarboyz, 180 pts (Rokkit Launcha x1)
. . 1 Boss Skargrub (Bosspole; Power Klaw; Rokkit Launcha)

10 Da Skarboyz (Reserves), 91 pts (Rokkit Launcha x1)
. . 1 Michael Scott (Bosspole)

19 Gitfinda Boyz, 170 pts (Shootas; Big Shoota x1)
. . 1 Sarge Krudklaw (Bosspole; Power Klaw; Big Shoota)

9 Gitfinda Boyz, 75 pts (Shootas)
. . 1 Nob Dakkablitz (Big Shoota)


Gretchin:

19 Gretchin, 67 pts
. . 1 Runtherd

19 Gretchin, 67 pts
. . 1 Runtherd

19 Gretchin, 67 pts
. . 1 Runtherd

19 Da Lucky Gits, 67 pts
. . 1 Zorn Da Kunnin


Dakkajets:

1 The Red Barork, 135 pts (Red Paint Job; TL Supa Shoota x3; Flyboss)

1 Da Rokkit Ship, 130 pts (TL Supa Shoota x3; Flyboss)

1 Da Yeller 'Un, 130 pts (TL Supa Shoota x3; Flyboss)


Bikes and Buggies:

11 Sootbelcha Boyz, 340 pts
. . 1 Sarge Zoomdakka (Bosspole; Power Klaw)

2 Deffkoptas, 150 pts (TL Rokkit Launcha x2; Buzzsaw x2; Cybork Body)

2 Deffkoptas, 150 pts (TL Rokkit Launcha x2; Buzzsaw x2; Cybork Body)

2 Deffkoptas, 150 pts (TL Rokkit Launcha x2; Buzzsaw x2; Cybork Body)

0 Warbuggies, 105 pts
. . 3 Warbuggy (TL Rokkit Launcha)

0 Warbuggies, 105 pts
. . 3 Warbuggy (TL Rokkit Launcha)


Big Gunz:

3 Boomgretchin (Red Team), 94 pts (Lobba; Additional Gun Krew; Ammo Runt x3)
. . 6 Gretchin
. . 1 Runtherd

2 Zzapgretchin (Red Team), 69 pts (Zzap Gun; Ammo Runt x3)
. . 4 Gretchin

3 Boomgretchin (Yeller Team), 94 pts (Lobba; Ammo Runt x3)
. . 6 Gretchin
. . 1 Runtherd

2 Zzapgretchin (Yeller Team), 69 pts (Zzap Gun; Ammo Runt x3)
. . 4 Gretchin

3 Boomgretchin (Orange Team), 94 pts (Lobba; Ammo Runt x3)
. . 6 Gretchin
. . 1 Runtherd

2 Zzapgretchin (Orange Team), 69 pts (Zzap Gun; Ammo Runt x3)
. . 4 Gretchin


Dreads:

3 Da Steelgrots, 125 pts (Big Shoota x1; Grotzooka x1; Skorcha x1)

1 Da Yeller Klaw!, 120 pts (Count as Troop Troops; Armour Plates; Grot Rigger; Dreadnought CCW x2)

1 Deff Dread Fred, 120 pts (Count as Troop Troops; Armour Plates; Grot Rigger; Dreadnought CCW x2)


Battlewagons:

1 The Fat Pig, 115 pts (Red Paint Job; Reinforced Ram; Stikkbomb Chukka; Big Shoota x2)

1 Rustbukkit, 150 pts (Armour Plates; Deff Rolla; Red Paint Job; Stikkbomb Chukka; Big Shoota x4)

1 Steamrolla, 150 pts (Armour Plates; Boarding Plank; Deff Rolla; Grot Rigger; Stikkbomb Chukka; Big Shoota x3)

1 Orktimus Prime, 110 pts (Grot Rigger; Red Paint Job; Reinforced Ram; Big Shoota x1)

1 The Electrork Mayhem, 120 pts ('Ard Case; Red Paint Job; Reinforced Ram; Big Shoota x1)


Looted Wagons:

1 Long Tom, 110 pts (Boom Gun; Big Shoota x1)

1 Big Mum, 125 pts (Boom Gun; Big Shoota x1; 'Ard Case; Reinforced Ram)

1 'Lil Mum, 130 pts (Boom Gun; Rokkit Launcha x1; 'Ard Case; Reinforced Ram)


Fortifications:

1 Da Scrap Pile wiv a Talk Box, 70 pts (Comms Relay)

1 WAAGH! Tower, 125 pts (Emplaced Heavy Bolters x4)
. . 1 Gun Emplacement (Quad-gun)