Saturday, April 10, 2010

Test Post from iPhone

Hey guys,

This has been done before though I must admit I have a bit more confidence this time around :)

I'm attempting another blog straight from my iPhone. This time however using a little app i found called BlogPress :)

I figured i'd throw in a pic of the new toys I'm getting from forge world in the next few days when I start up my tau bfg fleet!

Let's hope this post turns out a tad nicer than the last attempt haha

Little Max -- Post From My iPhone

Monday, March 22, 2010

Tau Battlesuit Conversion

Look guys,

I'm actually doing hobby and posting up some picts as proof!
I started this conversion not so long ago and finally finalised it all up.

I might add a tiny bit of detail to the side of the flamer barrels where they run next to the hand though I'm yet to make a final decision.
Painting of this mini won't be for a while as I still need to get a couple of test schemes out of the way on a fire warrior or two before I commit to something for this guy.

Total converting time on this suit was probably only about 4 hours though I'm extremely good at procrastinating and stretching this sort of time frame out to two weeks if need be :p

Now that I know what I'm doing I'll be sure to take the time to post a step-by-step tutorial on how to make on of these fellers with photos available to anyone that might be interested.

The bit that takes the longest is the assembly of the arms to the body and linking it all up with some guitar string,

Anyone that has used guitar string as a material before will know just how much it wants to spring straight back out and can do so with enough force to rip a pin reinforced arm right off a Battlesuit!
I'll reiterate this in my tutorial when it comes to pinning the flamer tubing to the arm as I found out the hard way that a simple pinning job just won't cut it!

Hope you like the picts!

Little Max

Friday, March 19, 2010

Tau Suit Conversion - WIP

Hey everyone!

I've been away from the blogosphere for some time now but that doesn't mean that the hobby ball has stopped rolling!

I've been working pretty hard on my Imperial fists lately and decided it was time for a bit of a break, so I decided to start working on my next major army project - Tau :)

(Prototype Battlesuit with Twin-Linked Flamer + Missile Pod)

I've always been a Tau player at heart ever since they landed in 2001 though ever since Forge World started releasing new Battlesuits I realised the inadequacies of the standard 'blockiness' of the 'off the shelf' Tau Suits.
I've seen many Suit conversions over the years and only a handful of those 'Tyranid-to-Imperial Guard' bit bashed minis took my fancy as actually looking any good.

One of the suits that stood out to me was a conversion by Tael where he quite nicely streamlined the XV8 Jet Pack.

(Converted "Stealth XV8" by Tael)

I'm attempting to replicate this style of streamlined Jet Pack into my XV8 Twin-Linked Flamer team though making my own modifications to the rest of the Suit including scratch built Flamers (I really dislike the standard flamers in the box).

(Prototype Head)

Hopefully he'll be finished some time soon with another two to follow him :)
Keep posted as I'll be putting up a conversion guide after i finish my prototype and have the willpower to slow down and take a photo for each step of Suit no. 2 :)

Little Max

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Buying too many toys?

Who loves new toys?

I must admit to everyone that buying new toys is possibly my biggest vice.
Whether it's the new Space Marines that have come out, going back to my all time favourite Tau or spending copious amounts of cash on the latest and shiniest Apple iPad (when it comes out... I'm giddy like a school-girl over that one :p), I always end up with piles of odds and sods that I almost never get around to using!

That being said, I'd like to believe that almost every hobbyist out there suffers from similar symptoms :p

Just the other day I decided to get myself an inordinate amount of Tau, just in preparation for when I finish my Fists (which isn't looking to be a terribly nearby date)!

Many hundreds of dollars later I think I've finally discovered the real benefits of setting myself goals before I start the spending. Painting/Hobby goals and Army Lists in particular really help to ensue I don't end up turning too much cash into bits that I wont ever use.

Really think about what you're buying and whether or not you'll actually use it for something.

To really sum it all up: thinking before you buy will reduce the expansion of your 'bitz box' and increase the space used up in all those empty cases lying around your room! :)

Dj and I are really trying to push this in our own way of thinking and so far it seems to be getting those toys out of their boxes :)

Little Max

Monday, January 25, 2010

Fisting up some Scouts

And so they are progressing...

I've finally got some pics of my scouts! :)

They have come along a bit since, so I'll be taking some photos of the completed minis some time in the near future :)

A couple of people also expressed a bit of interest in my yellow recipe so methinks I'll include that here too...

Here goes:
1. Iyanden Darksun (everywhere, a nice flat coat over everything, starting from white or black will come out the same but I use black as my base)

2. Gryphonne Sepia (wash heavily over everything to produce some nice shadows and yellow coloration)

3. 50/50 Iyanden Darksun/Gryphonne Sepia (layer over the dried wash and cover over most of the existing yellow, leaving a nice trasition between the wash and the new layer)

4. Iyanden Darksun (highlight broadly with this layer, grabbing almost all edges)

5. 50/50 Iyanden Darksun/Sunburst Yellow (highlight the top-facing edges of the armour)

6. Sunburst Yellow (final highlight around sharp edges and on the topmost surfaces of the armour for a nice, crisp yellow finish)

7. Admire the end result :)

Dj and I also did a fair chunk of hobby today, pushing out a number of tactical marines and doing some more touching up of my Chaplain in Terminator Armour.

I must say I really do enjoy having some Hobby Buddies to motivate me to get some hobby done!

Can't wait to have him finished up and ready for the table :)

Little Max

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Playing with my Fist's Bitz


First blog in a while so I'm trying something new! Testing out this blogging from my iPhone business and hopefully it'll work out ok :)

*amended* [failed horribly so I'm fixing it all up on a computer now :P]

Now, onto the bits we've all been waiting for (well I'd like to think some people out there like to wait for my blogs :P I know Dj-batman does at least)!

Despite being out of the blogging community for a couple of months I haven't stopped the hobby ball from rolling on. I managed to pump out a few minis, including having mostly finished my chaplain and polished off my dready!
Sadly I come to realise that starting a blog a week or so out of uni exams and starting a new job was probably not the best time to make promises of lots of shiny new toys for you all to enjoy :(... though now enough of my excuses and on to some classy and remorseless make-up/forgive me Sessions of Blogging ;)

I recently handled some rather interesting little bits... :) from GW that is (out of the gutter you)!
The other week i decided to buy each of the crimson fists bits packs to use on my yellow fellers to make them more like the fisty army they should be :)

The tank pack turned out surprisingly good actually. The bits weren't too oversized and had a great flat backside to them which was perfect for putting on a dreadnaught or tank :)

The end product is looking pretty promising :)
Particularly happy with the shoulder pads coming up with a bit more detail and I'm further trialing a tactical symbol mould on the right shoulder to add that tiny touch more detail to the flatness of the shoulders (Dj-batman suggested this to me so be sure to check out his Ultramarines too)!

More photos as they come :) and my scouties are nearly finished so keep an eye out for them...

Keep posted happy bloggers and more images shall follow in short order!

Little Max