Sunday, April 30, 2017

Space/Cyber Dragon WIP Finished Base

Finally, the base has been completed! I think it will serve well once the Cyber Dragon is completed and ready to rampage across the galaxy.

Now that this integral part is done, maybe I'll get back to the cyber dragon himself.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Space/Cyber Dragon WIP 2 (The Base)

I finally decided to go ahead with the Dragonforge Goth Tech Expansion 60mm base from their Kickstarter. It's a pretty solid resin piece with a nice look to it.
For the dragon's right foot, I added a battle-damaged AT-43 Therian to the base in the right spot. To make sure he doesn't move, I pinned his head to the base and glued his remaining foot near the edge of the base. He seems pretty secure now.
For the dragon to be attached to the base I decided to pin his tail and left foot to the base. These pins are still loose now because I figured the base and dragon should be painted separately to make it all go smoother.

I think the composition is pretty good for his action pose. For these pics I swapped the weapons around from last time because-- magnets!
Some painting should be in the next update.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Space/Cyber Dragon WIP (With Magnets!)

From one of the Reaper Bones Kickstarters, the Pathfinder dragon has sat based and barely started for over a year...

Then a couple of weeks ago I got the idea to add convert something bigger for the Dysprosian Brotherhood (wandering cyborg adventurer warband). What would be a cool cyborg? How about that dragon that didn't really hold my painting interest?
So I started looking at bits and searching for pictures of other similar conversions online. I didn't find anything that really helped. Finally I just decided to start hacking away and see what came out.
First up I thought of an eye implant, and maybe chopping off an arm to add a metal one (I didn't have a good replacement so that idea went a different direction). And a shoulder mounted gun! That would be cool.

After looking at how to possibly mount a gun on his shoulder, I came to the conclusion that I should use some of those little magnets I got a while back. Then I could have an optional gun to swap back and forth. Then came a lot of searching YouTube for magnetizing videos until I felt comfortable enough to start drilling. It was much easier than I expected and now I'm afraid I might start going overboard with magnets...
On his back I decided some sort of power pack or generator thing would be needed. After the magnetized guns were decided on, I realized he needed someplace to keep the extra gun while not in use, so the little node on his right hip was found in my bits to get a magnet too.

The left arm is going to be the 'cybernetic' arm, so I added a couple of modified shoulder pads and a bit of guitar string on the inside forearm to help give a more cybernetic look.
I haven't decided on the base yet, but if I go with this base there will be a damaged robot or something under his right foot. I've not convinced myself that I'm done with cyber-enhancements yet. Maybe something in the wings? The tip of his tail? I don't want to let the converting get too out of control.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Tech-Priestess and Gun Servitors for the Emneric (Not-Mechanicus) Warband

A trio of conversions for my not-Mechanicus Warband.

First up a simple conversion to a Battleball (sci-fi fantasy football miniatures boardgame) figure. The main part is the removal of his right arm and the addition of an old metal Mutant Chronicles/Warzone Nimrod Autocannon. It put him a little off balance, but that was counteracted with the addition of some ballast under the left side of the base.

Next, another Battleball figure conversion. This one has a headswap and the addition of a GW plastic weapon arm.

Finally a Tech Priestess. This is a very minor conversion of a Warmachine Cryx figure. I removed the half skeleton that her big mechanical arm was holding. Also added a tiny optical implant to her left eye and did some other minor modifications.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Elephant Man with a Rocket Launcher

I've been wanting to do this conversion for quite a while, but never could find a good head for it. The base figure is a Heresy Trenchcoat Ganger and the head I found came from a line of minis I'd never heard of before based on a comic I'd never seen- Grandville. I stumbled across the pack this head came in on ebay and the rest fell into place.

It was really just a simple headswap from there and now I have a "Tantorite" or an elephant beastman. I put him on a 30mm base because he is a big fellow.

A little better view of the targeter below.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

1st Mini of 2017- "Doctor of War" by Heresy

I got my package from the Heresy Kickstarter on the 31st and I was quite pleased with everything (still kicking myself for not getting the Madame Ner'Gabba!). From that package I present my first painted mini of 2017...

The excellent sculpt almost painted itself and I love how he turned out. I decided against a plain base and decided to go with one of the high-tech rubble bases from the CMON/MicroArt Studios bases Kickstarter. It seemed a fitting base for the War Doctor.

Some action shots of the War Doctor versus Biotronics (my not-Cybermen) above and some D1Ks (my not-Daleks) below.

A possible cross-franchise companion above. Below, the War Doctor with the Repaer Bones Tardis.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Klaus and N1KK0 - Astropolis Figures

When I backed the Astropolis Kickstarter I thought "what can I do with these guys that are sitting?" Then they arrived and I started playing around with boxes and other terrain bits I have. I then had the brilliant idea of puttingthem together on a little hover platform full of salvaged tech (aka junk).

Multiple parts went into the construction. 'Floater Blue 6' is actually a Hunger Games not-Clix figure base flipped upside down. I need to use more of these leftover bits for other floaters.
The junk on the back of Floater Blue 6 are various bits and actual junk I've collected over the years to give a good mix of useful salvage for the guys.

The guys themselves I dubbed N1KK0 (the lil' robot) and Klaus (the lil' salvager guy). I decided they would fit in with a small warband of tech/cyborg wanderers called the Dysprosian Brotherhood.

The base is one of the CMON/Micro Art Studios plastic scenic bases.

Some comparison vignettes- this one the Scroll Traveller meets Klaus and N1KK0 in an alien landscape.

Klaus and N1KK0 stumble across a couple of Biotronics (not-Cybermen) in a space junkyard.