Wednesday, October 20, 2010

G-Pawn III

Pilot is nearly done, just need to paint out the deamon eyes.

I'm fiddling with a template to make this blog look a bit better, so things might change from time to time.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

G-Pawn II

Another forum post transcription.

Slabs are drying on the Proto base. Started on a model to keep a promise to Rsteiner.
This isn't going to be your usual AFS dio, but it is going to be all G Pawn.
The only part I'm leaving off is the helmet, just so people can see the pilot properly. See below for BS reasoning.
I'm also using sculpted joints, and a converted pilot. Plus all the usual adding in missing wires.

Its going to be an early war water survey unit in a fairly new AFS.
Helmets have been removed from the suit by pilots, an act they only get away with due to the units non-combat status.
The units low resupply priority also means a lack of available weaponry, so some members make use of scavanged NPF.
Central to the units specialised role is the use of dogs to aid in the search for water.

I've done a little to the pilot so far.

The plan is to have her pose slightly offset to the suit.
Like she's half hanging inside the body.

I still need to build the inside around the shoulders and the front, and I've only started filling out the space behind.


A bit more work on the pilot, waiting for the masking solution to dry so I can add the shoulder padding.


Most of its covered up now. :-\ The shoulder padding took up more space than I planned.


Changed the shoulders

It needs something to finish off the tops of the arches. But I'll leave that till its set a little more.


Cockpit done I think, Just all the joint covers left to sculpt!

I'll leave this for a while to set properly, and get back to the Proto now I think.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


A sneak peak at the next kit in the line, I started this a while ago.
Now I have a good plan (or two) for it!

Either Post-post-apocalyptic girl in a scavanged suit, with a big dog.



Or unit photograph, with the girl posing with the dog.
Probably with some kind of sign in front with unit name and the like.
This would be harder to do seeing as I'd have to cut the leg parts to get her to kneel properly.


I have to admit I like the first idea better.

Proto Melusine IV

I've had a few thoughts over the years about weathering a suit.

While I feel that Real LifeTM tanks are a good place to start with weathering references for these.
There is one small problem, its not a tank. I feel these suits would get a rougher time of it.
While a tank can go anywhere there is width enough in front or behind, or enough room to turn and/or there's something it can knock over to make width.
These suits can pretty much go anywhere a human could, providing there is enough clearance, or again there is something it can move out of its way.

So while a tank would recieve the vast majority its superficial scrapes and nicks around the front, down the sides, and where the crew walk or maintain the vehicle, there is still an awful lot of blank space that would break up these patches of wear.
A battlesuit on the other hand, I think would get scraped all over.
Places where plates rub, around hatches and maintenance ports, between the legs, on the outside of limb armour, manipulators, and high points.
Its also much smaller than a tank, meaning that the wear and tear would be more bunched up.

I guess thats just the way I see it. These suits scrabble up embankments, take cover in rubble, bash through woodland and forest, and scrape through doorways.
They're armoured like a tank, but they fight like infantry.

Of course, that only applies if you forget these things are made of ceramic, in which case the scapes could just be a slightly lighter or darker colour than the surface.

It also only really applies if you're me.

Pretty much put together, only the arms can be pulled back out, and I haven't fitted the aerials yet.
Only some grease marks and some dust to add, I'll do that once I've done the base.

Right now I have flagstones to cut!

Started on the base.
This is just the form the detail will be sitting on. The finished effect will be old weathered stone, overgrown with plants.

I really need to tidy my desk!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Proto Melusine III

First dirtwash.

I covered the model in hairspray, and the brushed GW Badab black wash over the whole lot.
I scrubbed most of it off after, and here it is with a nice solid coat of smelly varnish.

I'm still thinking about a Jungle temple backdrop. 8)