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Credit for this idea goes to Oldoneeye, of the PP Forums.  As far as I know, he was one of the first to do a plastic kodiak, and most folks don’t know he was also the first person to do the Extreme Behemoth, or Extremoth.  Thanks for your fantastic trailblazing into the wilds of conversions!

I’ve been wanting to do this for quite a while, and it wasn’t until recently I was able to do it.  I had the hardest time finding a source for the rivets on the shoulders, and I also wanted to find an easier way to do the “Shield Fist”.  Oldoneeye makes his own out of plasticard, and that’s just too much work for me, especially for a warjack I don’t use all that often.

To get started, I did my usual repose on the legs, giving the warjack more movement.  The mold lines on the legs and waist of the Khador Plastic Kit are anything but nice, however this is ‘jack 5, so by now, it’s second nature.

I then looked at the rest of the pose, trying to make sure one of the shield fists was in front, and one was up high, about to strike.  Remember, this is the only Khador Heavy with native Pathfinder, so it needs to feel like it’s moving.  You’ll also notice I’ve shaved the spikes off the fists.

Yes, that definitely has some nice momentum.

I took this picture not only for this article, but for later, when I glued the arms into the shoulder sockets.  Sometimes working out the pose, and then taking a few pictures will really help you later on.

On a foraging run to Michael’s I was looking for pins to make rivets.  None of the “satin pins” that Oldoneeye used (he got his from WalMart) seemed to offer that semi-dome top – they’re all too flat.  I was hopelessly roaming around, when I ran into this iron on rhinestone butterfly.  It was obviously left over from the 80’s, where it was supposed to be put onto a jean jacket, but it was perfect for me.  The little purple rhinestones don’t have facets on them (the flat faces of a cut precious stone).  Instead, they’re little semi-domes!

Perfect!  I was able to superglue them onto the shoulders of the warjack.  This is after I had shaved off the spikes, of course.

Next, I cut and shaved down my shields. These are the shields from the Khador Man-O-War Kovnik.  (Parts Store Link).  It was roughly here that I made a mold of the starred Khador Anvil in the middle of the shield.  I used my Instamorph to make the mold.

You toss it in water like when fixing plastic, but this stuff actually becomes malleable, much like fresh GS.  Pull it out of the 160F water (with a spoon) and squish it into a ball.

Then, squish that onto the shield and drop the whole mess into a cup of cold water.  Wait for the plastic to turn white, and then pry the shield off.  Press a small ball of GS into the mold, and let it sit over night.

Viola.  I then cut out the shape from the extra GS.  Then, I had to carefully cut the thickness down, because I had made the part way too thick.

I also kept the mold – you never know when you’ll want one of those emblems for some terrain, or some other project.

A side note:  Do not make a mold and then sell it.  Do not sell parts made from the mold.  Something for personal use like this is usually not a big deal, but if you make any sort of money off the thing, it’s an IP violation, and you can be in trouble.  That’s why I didn’t show you exactly how to make the mold.  Sorry, you’ll have to learn that one on your own.

Now, the little Khador emblem went on the blank shoulder at the same time the shields went onto the fists:

Now, the last bit that needs some attention is the head.  I used a Juggernaut head as a base (as did Oldoneeye).  Actually, once you bits order the shields, this entire build uses just a Juggernaut – you could use the one from the 2-player kit.  Just cut off the axe, and drill out the handle from the fingers, and you get an open fist from it.

Anyway, the head!  The biggest thing you need is the little hat thing the Kodiak’s head has. I started mine with a little blob of GS.  You can see I also put the head on a pin – this was so I could hold onto it easier, as well as stick the pin in a glob of Sticky Tak, so the head could dry and not have to lie on the table.

I then shaped the GS into the rough shape of the hat:

As you can see, it doesn’t have to be perfect – most of the head will be hidden by the cowl, and I was planning on gluing it at an angle, so it would be pretty hard to tell.  I made no modifications to the grill.

I then cut out a fer thin strip of plasticard.  This was the thinnest stuff I had on hand, and I actually cut it with scissors.  I glued this down the middle of the hat, including the front.

I smoothed the point some, so it looks like a continuous ridge along the hat.  I then clipped the pin off, smoothed the back and put the whole thing together.

Here’s the result:

The arms are pretty heavy, and I actually magnetized mine, but just until I’m done painting the model.  That way, I’ll be able to get to everything, and then I can just glue in the arms and be done!

One last thing.  I cut off and cleaned off the handle on the top of the warjack.  It could get caught on a branch, and that would be bad.  Plus, I like the cleaner lines of the chassis – they’re not interrupted by the little handle.

What do you think?

Holy $#!7.

This dude is massive.  When you take a look at the comparison picture, he’s twice as tall as Ol’Rowdy, and nearly 3-4 times as tall as a small based model.

So he has big guns, little guns, he poops “lightning pods” and he has “electrified fists”.  No wonder these things have two cards, that’s six weapons, not counting how the “lightning pods” work.  If the colossals follow the same sort of rules that battle engines do, it’ll be using all six every turn.  No wonder they cost 18-20 points.

I really don’t want to speculate on the rules for the model, that’s not my area of expertise, nor really my primary interest.  I want to talk about this:

I count 16 resin parts, 33 metal parts, 4 bases and a cardboard wreck marker.  When you consider the amazing quality of PP resin parts, I think the $135 price tag is perfectly reasonable and justified.  I recently learned that each resin piece is hand poured by a human being.  That tells you the level of care that goes into these models.

Plus, do you see the ball and socket joints?  The shoulder and elbow will have amazing pose-ability.  I also like how the lightning coils on the back are separate pieces.  They’ll be much easier to re-cast in clear resin and put LEDs into.  Oh, did I say that out loud?

I’m incredibly excited about these models and the upcoming rulebook.  I was initially surprised about this, until I realized why:

I started miniature wargames as a 40k player.  I was too young to drive myself to the store, and my folks weren’t about to leave me at one for long enough to play a game, so I was always painting and reading, looking at the new models.  When the game company puts out rulebooks like GW does, each new rulebook means your models are less and less effective on the battlefield.  You’re further and further from the new hotness.

Having gone through a few of PP’s release cycles now, that feeling of dread (oh, that gorgeous new model is not only expensive but will destroy my guys way too easily) is gone.  Because while all my enemies are getting stuff, I get a little something too.

Speaking of, where’s Conquest?  😀

There he is!

In my opinion, the colossals will be a great way for folks who are interested in playing two different sized games match up.  If I want to play 35, and someone else wants to play at 50, I can drop 3-5 points and put one of these on the table, and BAM! I’m at 50 points, and I don’t really increase the number of models in the game.  I still get to play at the speed of a smaller game, and my opponent gets to try out their 50pt army.

That’s called a win-win scenario!

Big, hurkin robots.  Hells yes.

What are you most excited about?

This one’s a stretch, but I promise next week’s will be awesome.

From what I understand, Infinity, like Malifaux, is a small (squad level, 10 or less models), skirmish game.  It also has some fantastic looking models:

One of guys in my area is looking to feel out interest in the game.  He’s played some games and really enjoyed it, and is looking to run some demos or play some games.

Here’s a neat video series on how to play:

 

Apparently, this is a pretty well translated version of the rules (which are free, minus the fancy background story and model stats).

What do you think about Infinity?

How would you sum up or sell the game to a Warmachine Player?

Convince me to play a game.

For those of you playing in the War-Torn Alliances: Gnarls league, you know there’s a hobby aspect to the leagues this year.  I, for one, think this is a fabulous idea.  Most of the players at my LGS are interested in painting, and they want to play with painted armies, but finding time for painting toy soldiers can be hard when you have families and jobs.

The challenge for the Gnarls League was to paint three (3) 50mm Objective markers.  These are large bases, and they can have anything on them.  They could be a pile of scavenged parts, an ammo dump, or even a relic.  Since several of the players in my area only play one or two factions, I opened the challenge up to include 40mm flags as well.

Here’s what I cobbled together over the course of the League:

The first thing I did was make a basic flag.  It’s on the proper 40mm base, and it’s flocked with gravel.  The flag is from the Khador Man-O-War Kovnik.  It’s nothing special, but they really don’t need to be.

This is a Menoth Sarcophagus.  It’s constructed primarily of pink insulation foam, which I did not seal well enough before priming the whole thing white.  Because of this, the foam was eaten away here and there.  I’m going to just call it “weathering”.  The shield is from the Paladin of the Order of the Wall.

This is a Khador supply crate.  The wood bits were purchased at Michael’s, the craft store chain.  I clipped and glued, and glued and clipped until I had a box.  I then based it according to my normal Khador models, and then I free-hand painted a bunch of text all over it.  The line next to the Khador symbol reads “Cortexes”, and the three lines at the bottom read “Handle With Care”.  The red text on the side reads “Fragile”.

So, there you have it!  Some fun, custom, one-of-a-kind Objective Markers!

What did you paint up for the Gnarls League?

Mugu’s back with part 2 of his Templecon photo dump.  Today, he has pictures of some of the amazingly detailed costumes he saw at the convention.

Welcome back to the wonderfully weird world I live in!  🙂  As I want to finish another post before heading off to bed, here are some of the cool costumes folks were wearing at TempleCon.  This really is only a handful as I easily saw 40+ people in costume while I was there.  Enjoy!

Have steampunk sniper rifle, will travel...

This gentlemen stood outside the dealer’s den and exclaimed “Buy my gun!”  I didn’t follow him up on it, but I assume he made these for sale.

A Gentleman Adventurer

This nice fellow even gave me his card (I have it somewhere…) after letting me snap his picture.

Hel~lo Ladies!

I actually didn’t see these two ladies until Sunday morning when I was checking out of the hotel.  They and all the folks in costume were really nice about letting me take their pictures (thank you all!).

Aye, aye Cap'n, dona shoot me!

Despite him brandishing his pistol, he was one of the few pirates I saw at the con.  He was dressed differently every day.

A friend of Alice's perhaps?

This nice lady had a really intricate costume that my poor picture taking abilities don’t really show unfortunately.  I meant to ask her if it was an Alice in Wonderland theme, but forgot to. 🙁

Seems she's found a willing victim..er...friend

 As I was taking her picture, her friend came over and I got both their picture together.  He had a very nice armpiece that I meant to ask him about, but alas I was hauled off for food, and I was fairly starving at that point in the day.

And yer little dog too!

 Ah!  Another gun brandishing well dressed gentleman adventurer and his lady friend.  These two folks also had on different clothes every day of the con if I remember correctly.  They also had a very friendly and cute dog on leash that was with them all the time.

And now you can tell I'm at the end of my post 🙂

And this well dressed …er… Dr. Who-orangutan (at least that’s what I’m calling him, something about the scarf….  In any case, I think he had this costume on all day long, every day.  I don’t know how he didn’t pass out from sweating to death.

And that wraps up my second post.  Hopefully next year I’ll actually take more pictures.

Are you in any of these pictures?

Do you have any cosplay, costumes, outfits, or gear that you like to wear to cons?

Have you made any cool gear that you like to show off, even if its only online?