Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Titanic Vacation

I've been talking about the Titan commission on the the podcast and in episode 7, I talked about how I've gone and taken three days off from work in order to get it completed.  I've certainly painted myself in a corner by taking on as much as humanly possible and I think this is the only way it's going to happen.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining that I'm busy. It certainly beats the alternative.  I just think that I've bitten off more than I can chew.

This is exacerbated by the fact that I'm the kind of person who likes everything to be "just so" when it comes to working on a project.  Doing a little here and there 1 hour or even 30 minutes at a time just doesn't work for me.  I need dedicated time to lose myself in the work.

So, starting tomorrow (Thursday) morning and lasting until Monday night, I will be working on John's Titans.  I do have obligations Friday night and all of Saturday as well as a party Sunday evening.  That leaves me with all of Thursday, half of Friday, most of Sunday, and all of Tuesday to finish the first Titan and, with any luck, either a huge amount or all of the second Titan completed.

Not only is this important for my own reputation, but also because the project has been holding me back from getting so much other stuff completed and when I do actually do something for myself, it's a trip down guilt alley.

I Can't Do it Alone!

I've also decided it's time to engage the community and try to get a few folks to follow along with this weekend's progress.  So, I need to catch you all up on the project.

In October of last year (2013), John and I made an arrangement to build two Reaver Titans for a bunch of Sisters of Battle.  He already had some cool Terminator toys that I could build them on top of.  I agreed, not really knowing what I was getting into.  I'm an Ork hobbyist first and foremost, so throwing together a Stompa kitbash in a week is nothing for me.

But this... this was another thing entirely.  I had to.... cut straight lines and... fill gaps.... and, Mork (or possibly Gork)  help me, keep measurements proportional!


The Progress

Here is my progress thus far.  I'm almost done with the first Titan. I still need to:

  • Cut a hole in the hull to insert the PVC neck
  • Cut the neck
  • Attach the neck
  • Clean up the neck area
  • Fill gaps over the entire model
  • Add decorative plates and rivets
  • Spray a base coat

Wish me luck and stay tuned. I'll try to give a daily update.

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