Thursday, July 11, 2013

Embarrassing Old Project II: Tank from Old White Dwarf Plans

Back in the olden times GW's White Dwarf magazine would have articles encouraging scratch-building terrain and vehicles. I loved how simple it all seemed, with some stiff paper and glue, I could just do all of that couldn't I? One of the more ambitious projects was a Baneblade, issue 132, I've got the magazine somewhere. After debating on whether my skills could handle it I decided to have a go. I recently discovered the results, pictured here. A model over twenty years old now, but fairly successful by the standards I had back then.
It's been kicked around a bit, pieces have fallen off, some old Imperial Space Marine components are stuck on. It's mostly plastic, the treads are actually paper, wrapped onto little round wood plugs. Hatch covers are doll-house plates, and it looks like there is an awful lot of Squadron Green Putty used to fill huge gaps.
I recall the plans were not quite right, and didn't really come together properly if followed exactly.
Owing to the fact that it's falling apart, it will now be retired (like the Eldar diorama from previous post) and pieces recycled into something new.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Rotational Thinking...

Thought I knew the techniques. Thought I knew how stuff was done. I am (again) wrong, as I have recently discovered opportunities in mechanically rotating molds to aid casting. It may work in some miniature applications, depending on the mold, and depending of course on casting material. Here's a video of some students having a bloody good time at building a quite handsome casting machine.

Thing is: I've done a bastard of a sculpt recently that is proven almost un-castable so far... this technique may help, maybe not, but it looks like it would be fun to try it out. Get the LEGO out...