Saturday, May 9, 2015

Furnace and Flayers: The Skaven Roll On

Justin, Jason, and I are still plugging away at our campaign, but it's slow going. As you can see from my previous posts, I've been taking a big bite out of my Skaven project queue. I finished a second Doom-flayer, two of these should do nicely against the Orc hordes.






Now that the Plague Monks are finally ready, I also painted the remaining parts of the Screaming Bell/ Plague Furnace kit. The contraption can be fielded as either the furnace or the bell. I'm really happy with the smoke plume from the giant censor. I was a little trepidatious about the painting but it worked out rather well with a white undercoat, washed with light green up to the darker green at the warpstone core. The metal bands were painted over top of the green. I'll see if I can pull off a similar technique when I get around to painting my ethereal undead units.




The only models remaining in my Skaven painting queue are the Stormfiends. Here and there I've been working on little bits of them like the gauntlets and the grinderfist tunnel markers. 




Once the the Stormfiends emerge, I'll be finished with the Skaven for a while. I've earmarked most of the models from the Island of Blood starter set as Skavenslaves, and I still have a box of Plague Monks that I need to build as Plague Censor Bearers, but they can wait. I'll jump back to my Vampire Counts and finish off Nagash and all the other projects that have been piling up. The next edition of Warhammer is also rumored to be coming in June (only a month away, and there's still not a single picture or official announcement about it), so we'll see how that shapes up.

'Til next time!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Vanguard Conversion Commission

One of my clients contacted me to help him finish off a conversion he was working on. Michael wanted his Vanguard warjack reposed to resemble this illustration by Andrea Uderzo:



Mike had already cleaned the parts and reposed the halberd arm, replacing its pistons with brass rod. That's where he turned the model over to me.

Here's the final result:



I puttied the shoulders to accommodate the new positioning. For the midsection, I cut apart the pistons that make up the Vanguard's waist and pinned them back into place with a twist to angle the pelvis and add a slight turn in the upper torso. To turn the head, I needed to remove the neck post and resculpt it off to one side. The new connection point for the hose under the Vanguard's chin was made with a bit of styrene tube that the hose plugged into.



Surprisingly, getting the left leg up on the trench wall didn't require any modification to the knee and pistons other than flexing it to get as much bend as I could. The right leg, however, needed to be completely reposed to extend the 'jack up to its full height. The top piston was cut and rotated to the top of the knee hinge. The lower piston needed to be replaced with thick bras rod. A little sculpting was required to repair the joins. I also cut and repositioned the attachment points on both feet.


The base was actually the last part I worked on. Once I figured out how high the left leg would be, I modeled the mound with Aves Epoxy Sculpt and then detailed it with basswood strips and ballast. The sandbags were also sculpted from Aves.


Michael was really happy with the finished model. If you would like to commission me to tackle a conversion idea that you have, shoot me an email at or message me on my Facebook page, The Rob Hawkins Hobby Blog.

'Til next time!