Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ork Land Battleship, Part 16

I'll tell you one thing.  Riveting isn't.
Port-forward track

Starboard-forward track
Port-aft track

Starboard-aft track

These pictures just shows the exteriors of the tracks--I had to do a bunch of riveting on the lower parts of the interiors of the tracks.  I estimate there is something like 1,300 individual rivets on these pieces.  The work isn't hard, it's just very tedious.  In the end I think it's worth it, as the rivets add a lot to the model and make it look ten times better than if all the rivets were not there.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ork Land Battleship, Part 15

Ok, an Ork Battleship needs gunz. Lots of 'em. So here we go.  Six supa-gatlers. 
These guns are mounted underneath the bow of the battleship, facing forward.  You don't want to be facing them.

Next step I'm working on the forward assault ramp, and lots of riveting.  More to come.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Ork Land Battleship, Part 14

Just a quick update as I got some more structure done. Soon I need to start working on detailing, which is going to take forever...  Here's a (admittedly bad) picture of part of the superstructure, with some detailing on the after part:
The reason being is that I'm mounting another section on top of it--it will be visibile through the trusswork, so I need to put in detailing now.
Adding on the bridge section and another deck leads us to here:
And finally the top of the bridge:
Next post will have some detail work, as I've begun that now.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Miniatures Queue Update

Since I've added the Abandon All Hope blog, I've made some changes to the Miniatures Queue, to reflect the addition of fantasy miniatures that I've added to my task list.

I've split up the Miniatures Queue into subdivisions: 40k, Warhammer, LotR, Battlefleet Gothic, and Space Hulk.  I've left out Epic (for now), because that would truly make things scary.

The queue will probably spike several times in the near future as I get more organized and identify more miniatures I want to paint (and possibly make some ill-advised impulse purchases).

I've removed projects such as terrain projects and other scratchbuilt ideas from the queue.  I do have lots of ideas, but they frequently change.  As the queue is supposed to be a measure of mountain of miniatures I'm trying to reduce, scratchbuilt/terrain projects don't really apply here.

So here's the new queue, as of today:

Warhammer 40k:185
Lord of the Rings:147
Space Hulk:38
Battlefleet Gothic:3

Friday, July 16, 2010

Ork Land Battleship, Part 13

When I first posted this as a "mystery project", it seemed to generate some interest in figuring out what it might be.  Responding to that, I attempted to do what I could to provide little hints, but without revealing the whole project.  Well, I'm sick of that now--I might as well just start posting progress.

So this post is a sequence of pictures as I assemble the various parts of the Land Battleship from the bottom up.
All of the pieces I'm adding will remain removable in the final product, so I can add detail in each stage, and the various Ork krew will be able to fit inside.

Starting to get big...  I still have some superstructure left to go, mostly in the after section.  Once all that's in place, I'll start detailing everything up!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Ork Land Battleship, Part 12

This will be a relatively small update, showing some of the parts of the superstructure I'm making. Lots of these pieces are material intensive, so I'm finding that I've been using up my stocks of plasticard at an alarming rate.

With the lack of large materials, I suppose I could start on the detail work, but I really want to finish the main structure first, then start on the details from the bottom up.  Here's some pictures of some of my progress:
This is part of the superstructure that will contain a turret and aft of it, a control room.
Same thing, but with the turret ring in place.
An after section, which will go on top of the above section.
And finally, the bridge section.  More to come soon.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Inaugurating a new blog

With the release of Warhammer 8th edition today, I thought I would use it for the inaugural date of my new fantasy-dedicated blog, Abandon All Hope (of ever finishing painting all my miniatures). 

The blog will be focused on the fantasy side, and I'll use it to post Warhammer battle reports, progress on the fantasy minis and/or projects I'm working on, and any general articles I decide to write.

We'll see how it goes.  If it ends up tanking, I may just reincorporate it back into this one, despite "Arcadia Prime" having no direct relevance to the fantasy side of things.  Either way, if things are to grow, they have to change over time.  So rather than become stagnant, I'm branching out and trying new things.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Ork Land Battleship, Part 11

"It's not big enuff."

"I can't fit all da boyz in da front part."
"Da bow."
"Da bow?"
"Da front part."
"Whaddeva.  It's not big enuff."
"I already extended it once for you."
"You wot?"
"Made it bigga."
"Well make it bigga again, ya git."
"All right."

"Gotta give it some supports, like."

"See, 'dere you go.  It's bigga."
"What's wit da...hole thing?"

"Da wot?"
"Da two parts don't touch.  You cocked it up, ya git!"
"Yeah, well, my foreman messed up with his measuring tape with the first hull extension, and one side was too long."
"Wot about da foreman?"
"I killed him."

 "See?  All fixed."

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ork Land Battleship (formerly Mystery Project), Part 10

This weekend I will heading off to the land of James T. Kirk's birth visiting family, so I'll be away for a little while.  But I figured I would post some pictures before I left.

The commenters have guessed's an Ork Battleship.  Sort of...  More like an Ork Land Battleship.
You know that when something requires trusswork that it's going to be big. 

Here's a picture of one of the engine room control panels.

And a picture of the engine room--still a work very much in progress.

And finally, here's an early picture of a cargo bay.

"What, it doesn't look big to me..." (no, I didn't photoshop this picture)