Conversion

Note:  The blue armor seems to be horrible to photograph.  No matter what settings I use, the effect on the model isn’t being captured well.  As a result, they look somewhat flat and off in photos, but they look stellar in person.  I’m going to keep at it, but as reference, here’s the original model the method is based off, which shows the final effect nicely.

The second army in the Sunset Retribution collection features an Arcane Force Generator led by Ossyan, Moros and Hypnos. However, the client wasn’t going to be satisfied by the standard AFG model. So, I had the opportunity to do one of the coolest conversions in the Warmachine Comunity – the AFG Chicken Walker (AT-ST) build!

I have to say, this was a killer conversion and was a blast to work on.

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It turns out that when you’re sick, you can get some painting done. I’ve been fighting a flu like thing lately, and managed to finish up some of my own models while I wait for the next commission minis to arrive.

I’m working my way towards expanding my Legion of Aquablight. My one fully painted list is fun, but diversity and variety would be awesome.

Learning from past experiences, I find that I get more done when I only have a few items on my desk, so I only worked on three models. They do give me an extra eight points to play with though…

First, the cuddly dragon-infused kitten, the Raek!

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It’s that time of year again!  Around Memorial day for the past two years, my gaming club has put on a fundraising event called Feat of Service.  The purpose is to raise $$ for the Wounded Warrior Project.

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I participated in the Custom Caster event, which is aimed at more casual players (there’s a 50-pt ADR Masters event for the more competitively minded).  The general idea is to create a new, custom Warcaster for your chosen faction and then play several 35-pt games all day trying for achievements much like a book release event.  It’s effectively a mash-up of Who’s the Boss, Spell Draft and Summer Rampage

The process itself is pretty simple.

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a friend of mine asked if I would be up for replicating what JediRob had done here.

The project began with cutting out bits from the Millennium Falcon. Then, the holes left by the cockpit hallway and satellite were plugged up. Once construction of the new cockpit, hallway and engine bay were done, all the gribbly details were added. In the end, my original plan to reuse the original back deck of the YT-1300 fell through, so it was built from scratch.

Here’s a photo log of the project. Enjoy!

I was eager to try, so I hacked up my YT-1300 and got started constructing the new portions of

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This project was an absolute blast. I learned a ton about working with plasticard and figuring out how to build the various new bits. The cleint is super excited to paint it up, and once it’s done I’ll be sure to show pictures.

A while back, during a video update (YouTube, about 4:00), I mentioned that I’d found a pair of Eldar WarWalkers on the cheap.  They were in bad shape and needed some love.  DakkaDakka’s monthly hobby challenge for April is a “Veteran” model, something that looks like it’s gone through hell and back.

So, I’m going to try out my new Eldar scheme on the War Walker, and then weather the hell out of it.

For reference, here’s the GW Stock model:

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Here’s an overview of the parts, after they were stripped and most of the mold lines taken care of:

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The main body wouldn’t come apart, so I’m left with the cockpit and glass, guns, and legs.  The leg with the foot attached to the base broke at the ankle (no surprise there), so it’s gotten a massive brass tube in that joint, since it supports the entire weight of the model.

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There’s some antennae that are supposed to jut out from the hips here, but they were broken off on my model.  So, I just clipped what was left and cleaned up the form into the familiar curve of an Eldar model.  They won’t be missed.

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The back antennae aren’t on straight, but there’s not much I can do about it.  More importantly, you can kind of see that the torso is turned just a bit on the hips.  Turned to the right.  I’m going to work with that to help give this thing some life.

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One of the gun sponsons was broken.  i rebuilt it with brass tube and plastic tube.  Also, my sponsons don’t have the wings things on the sides, which I like – those things look so dorky in my opinion.  Streamlined is more befitting Eldar.

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The pilot that I got had no helmet, and I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Who’d be stupid enough to take off their helmet in the middle of a war zone?  Didn’t these guys see Saving private Ryan (or any other movie flick, ever?)  So, I dropped on an Eldar Guardian head.  I have his head turned the same direction as the walker itself, so there’ll be a feeling of symbiosis between the pilot and machine.

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The grey post there is how the cockpit attaches to the torso.  It looks like they never intended the cockpit to be anything but perfectly straight with the torso, but I say differently.  I chamfered the edge, and this will allow the cockpit to attach at an angle.

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That’s the final pose I’m going with.  I think it’s got lots of life and movement.  Fingers crossed that the ankle can hold the weight…