Friday, 8 November 2019

EAT RECYCLED FOOD !

As I continue on with the robots this month, I have now got enough of the 5 th robot done to show. This will be a vending droid, it's similar to the one in Judge Dredd the movie (the 1 st one with Stallone) but has enough variance that I shouldn't infringe on copyright.


As you can see robodoc is progressing well, and just working on the arms and sockets to finish.

Stan currently needs a hand to finish him off

Pleasurebot (or Olive for Frank) needs a replacement hand and a lower leg to finish.

The maintenance droid was pretty much finished other than some tidying, so haven't taken any more pics since then, hopefully the next time I post on these will be in paint.
So until next time have fun !
Cheers Dave

Monday, 4 November 2019

THE THREE LAWS OF ROBOTICS

This months challenge on Azazael's blog is to paint something mechanical, this can include vehicles dreadnoughts even power armour, now I know I have lot's of unfinished pieces that would count in this, I just can't find them at the moment, so instead I have decided to use it to give me the push I need to get on with some new models for the business.
I'm currently working on 5 different models, the first is a robot doctor, I knew I wanted to make one of these ever since I did the medical scanner, it will have four arms with multiple attachments including laser scalpel, injector, and anaesthetist mask. The small screen on the top is for a human face to be displayed, to be reassuring, and the large screen is for deaf people, so the doc can display in words what he's saying. The bottom section is so it can raise it's height and angle over the patient when performing surgery.

next up is a little maintenance droid , designed to be able to fit through ventilation shafts to repair and remove blockages or maybe he's a Gardner !

Next up is STAN which is a standard service bot, for multi purpose roles.

Last one today is the pleasure Bot, now as some of you may know I don't do overly sexualised female models as a rule, but as this is a robot I've made an exception. The model will be mostly robot with living tissue that is grown in vats in certain places.

You'll have to wait to see what I'm doing for the fifth one !
That's it for this post so until next time have fun !
Cheers Dave

Thursday, 31 October 2019

ARMADACON 2019

This Friday I shall be travelling down to Plymouth to attend Amadacon, held at the Futures Inn, it was orginally called the smallest con in the country ( by them) with an attendance under double figures. It was basically a group of people who loved Sci-Fi and fantasy in all forms, and has grown from there.
I haven't been for a few years as they moved their date to the same weekend as Crisis in Antwerp, as I will no longer be going to Crisis I am going back to Armadacon.
Each year I make them a coaster which they give out as thank you's to people who help make the event.

Last year they asked for a figure to help celebrate their anniversary, so I built them and cast up a number of Gary the Orc, beneath his picture is the art he was based on.

Looking forward to seeing everyone and catching up, but have managed to get all the beds done for Michael before going, and even got them up and available on the website.

Doing this bit for Michael and helping with his project was very rewarding, and was happy to help out.
That's all for this post and will try and catch up with everyone's blogs when I'm back home on Monday, so until next time have fun !
Cheers Dave

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST !

Here is the last entry for my suicide squad box, until I can find the missing pieces, Deadshot, played by Will Smith in the movie, and will be replaced by Idris Elba in the next one. The model comes with a choice of heads with or without the mask, I decided on the one with.

Here is a group shot of all the heroes

and the villains that I've already shown, but makes it easier for my entry into this months painting challenge.

That's all for this post so until next time have fun !
Cheers Dave

Sunday, 27 October 2019

WHEN IS A ROAD NOT A ROAD ?

When it's a board !
In a recent post on Frank's blog nickelandimeproductions the comments got to discussing how to have movable roads with the paths and buildings being higher and road markings, but still being flexible to change around.
Here are a couple of ways you can achieve this.
1 K.I.S.S.
keep it simple stupid this isn't a slight on anyone but me as I tend to over complicate things, it's just my nature !
If you paint all your base board the colour you want your roads ( this could be black or mottled grey, depending on what material you want) then place your buildings and paths where you want for the current game. then using white and yellow sticky labels add in the road markings you want, for extra detail you could make manhole covers and drains in thin plasticard so they don't rise up too high. Once you've finished your game remove all the markings and your board is ready to go again. You could also do it with paint, and paint over the markings each time, but you may get a build up of paint over time.
2 Dave's lots of work way
This way is a lot more involved but does mean it's completely interchangeable and you can add all the detail you want,  and only have to do it once.

The straight sections need to be made to the length of your buildings, if all your buildings are the same length you can make all the straights the same, if your buildings are different lengths  then you need to make road sections the lengths of all your buildings.
The cross roads and T junctions need to be made to the dotted lines.
Don't forget to add extra depth at the base of your buildings to equal the depth of the pavement.
Hope this helps you John, Frank and Greg.
That's it for this time so have fun !
Cheers Dave

Saturday, 26 October 2019

THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

Recently the horror channel has been showing the series Space 1999 from the beginning, as a child I loved this series, so have been watching all the episodes. When I watched them the first time round I had the model of the Eagle and the Hawk, sadly no more ! Although I'd probably be horrified at my earlier modelling and painting skills ! LOL
The other year Sarah and the children got me a new Eagle kit, so as I started to make it, I also started looking for reference pictures. This was when I noticed the kit wasn't 100 % right and put the bits in a box and left them while I tried to figure out what I would do.
Fast forward to starting to rewatch the series and I happened to notice the box on top of one of my piles of stuff, and thought let's do this !
Instead of changing the model physically I decided to use this as an opportunity to practice paint techniques instead, this still doesn't change the fact that the four landing pods aren't right but the model still has the iconic shape, and my OCD will just have to leave it alone.

Having never been a fan of transfers, I've painted all the patterns on instead, I will add the alpha symbols at a later date, once I purchase some micro sol to blend them in. I've also had a go at tromploy, which is the art of making a flat surface look 3 dimensional, quite pleased with how it turned out.
That's all for now, so until next time have fun !
Cheers Dave

Friday, 25 October 2019

A TALE OF FIRE AND ICE COLD ASSASSIN !

Have finished another 2 of the suicide squad box, this only leaves one I can finish, 1 I need to find and 1 I need a replacement base for. In all honesty this means there will only be one more done for the time being.
First up is Diablo, this was one of my favourite characters in the movie, with his Aztec powers and cool tats, but meant I wasn't looking forward to trying to replicate him.

Next up is Katana, the film really didn't highlight this character very much, but hopefully that will be rectified in the next movie.

That's all for this post, next time may be something completely different, so until then have fun !
Cheers Dave