Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Rivet Wars Diorama

This week I'm showing off the finished diorama for Rivet Wars: Eastern Front. The explosions are all illuminated with LEDs, and the planes are supported with 1/4-inch clear acrylic rods. 

I'll have more detail shots added to the terrain gallery soon, and you can see the display in person in the Cool Mini Or Not booth at Gencon.

The Blight forces are making their big push across no-man's-land, into the Allied line!

The Allied forces struggle to repel the attackers!

Rocket bikes are deployed to the front!

Monowheels charge into the fray with machine gun support!

The Red Baron leads a squadron of Blight fighters against the opposition!

Allied fighters engage in the dogfight as their anti-aircraft tanks fill the sky with lead!

'Til next time!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bomber Conversion

Just a quick post today so I can get back to work on the terrain. Here's a conversion piece I was commissioned for– A Trollbloods Bomber with quills on his back rather than the armored plate.

The metal model incorporates the plastic back piece from the Mauler kit, as well as the plastic head. And, as you can see in these rotations, a lot of brown stuff epoxy putty was used to sculpt the extra quills and fill the gaps.

The challenge was to figure out how to attach the Pyg, since the handle he's normally gripping wouldn't have anything to connect with. The solution was to remove the handle and have the Pyg gripping a fist full of quills, hanging on for dear life.

The Pyg's arm was twisted, the handle clipped away and his fingers resculpted. The quill he's holding has a supporting pin running through it, into the Bomber's back.

The conversion was left unpainted so the client could finish off the painting himself. I'm looking forward to what this will look like when it's painted!

I do a lot of assembly conversion commissions like this one or the Borka Kegslayer conversion from a few weeks back, so if you've got an idea of your own that you'd like to become a reality, shoot me an email at robhawkinsart@gmail.com. I'm taking commissions now for late August.

'Til next time!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Rivet Wars Diorama: The Blimp

As the final details come together on the Rivet Wars diorama, I paused to take some shots of the painted blimp. Since this is an "attraction" piece, the Rivet Wars logo is stenciled on the side. This was achieved by masking off the areas and spraying with green & white. The rivets and "Eastern Front" outlines were all freehand.

If you missed the construction of the blimp, you can see it in my Oh the Humanity post.

1.5-inch acrylic rods support the blimp over the battlefield.

All that remains is to glue down the troops and illuminate the explosions.

But the Red Baron has just arrived with some air support, so we're not quite finished yet...

'Til next time!