Sunday, 15 October 2017

CanCon For Hippos

I have just put my name down for the 40K Friendly at Cancon 2018, leading the massed greenskins of Waaagh! Snaggatoof; richest of the Bad Moon tribes (although I feel this particular version is from early in his rise to riches, before the real over indulgence and opulence set in...) I have spent some time this morning hammering away on army lists which seem about right, but need testing. They are mostly based on what I have and what I plan to build next, although disappointingly, I couldn't fit the Grot Tanks since the tournament is using patrol detachments, therefore only two fast attack choices. Grot Tanks don't really feel like fast attack, but they're certainly not heavy support, and I can't fit them in with the more important stuff, so out they go. Pity - they're the only vehicles I actually have painted.
What does this mean?
It means I have to do the following:

  1. Finish painting Blingboss Snaggatoof himself (a conversion based on the chap from Black Reach)
  2. Finish painting a mob of Black Reach slugga boyz
  3. Paint the Deff Koptas
  4. Paint the buggies
  5. Build and paint four bikers, including a nob who will be temporarily promoted to warboss
  6. Build and paint a trukk
  7. Build and paint three killa kans (I've got the kits, and have had them since time immemorial...)
  8. Time permitting, build a table of Orky terrains.
So, in the coming months you can look forward to some more orky madness...

Saturday, 26 August 2017

In which we mourn the loss of a landmark

Metro Hobbies on Swanston Street, Melbourne has been my favourite hobby shop since they renovated a few years back. Before then, I didn't have a favourite hobby shop, they were all equal in my eyes. Now Metro Hobbies (formerly Victorian Hobby Centre) is closing down, having been compulsorily acquired as part of the cross-city railway tunnel project. This sucks for a number of reasons.
1: As I said - favourite hobby shop.
2: There are only two hobby shops in the CBD anyway, so now there will be only one. Like the Highlander. Only a hobby shop under Flinder's Street Station called Hearn's.
3: Going to Victorian Hobby Centre was a massive part of my childhood - even before I was a hobbyist I used to get dragged there by my brother, and I bought some of my first models there. (I think I bought my very first at Hobby Place, which closed years ago).
Alas, alack, oh fie, oh misery and oh bugger. We shall miss Metro hobbies.

On the plus side - Stock liquidation sale!
On the minus side, this was the first chance I had to get there, so almost everything is gone since the sale's been on for a few weeks now.
On the plus side - Tamiya Toyota model AB Phaeton - or as I like to call it - WARBOSS SNAGGATOOF'S PIMP MOBILE! Watch out for updates on this project in the days to come.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

GeekFest 2018 Paint+Take Survey

Once again shall I run Paint+Take at GeekFest in 2018. Yet there is a difference! In line with the prevailing preference of the people for DEMOCRACY, I shall no longer be forcing my choice of miniatures to paint upon the public like a despot - this year there shall be a VOTE! Yes! You, the people can choose which miniatures you paint AND take at Paint+Take 2018! And all by filling in this simple survey! Go forth and bask in the glories of democracy at work!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

MFH ninteen: Orktillery part wun - Lobba.

Well, the banner's a total lie now, what with it being the middle of August, but I'm still scratch building 40K orky stuff, so it's sticking around a bit longer anyway. I got thinking about orktilery last week - big gunz and mek gunz. Big gunz are another of those odd areas of the Ork range where the minis are still old hang-overs from 3rd edition, and metal to boot. Not as old as buggies, but pretty old. And only the kannon is still available anyway. So I decided to rectify the situation by building a lobba or three. Because that's just how I roll.
Here's Grot to explain things...

Forgot to get a shot here - I've started to use a pair of dividers from a mathematical drawing set to scribe small circles - you know the ones, basically like a pair of compasses but with two points instead of one point and a pencil. If you dig one point in at the center and spin them around several times you can scribe a line into the plastic deep enough to snap the circle out or finish the cut with a knife. These were done with a cheaper somewhat shaky example as I left my good one at home and bought a cheap replacement from a newsagents to go in my travelling tool kit. Which is a thing I have. What do you mean you don't have one?

And there you have it, Hippo Fans! It took me about a week to build all three of these, and that's working around social commitments, work and so forth. I've also started work on the other flavours of Big Gun, so keep an eye out for those. 
You'll notice that the work bench changes a few times - this is the natural upshot of my working on them at home and at The Hoodling's Hole amidst the players of Battletech and those who say 'I really should do some modelling,' glue two plastic pieces together and then go to sleep. Light weights.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

MFH Ateteen: Grot Jet (Deff Kopta)

As July meanders to it inevitable end, it looks like Mek Shop Month must come to a close. Officially anyway. I plan to spend August making orky vehicles too. Because that is how I and Waaagh Snaggatoof roll. And how shall we end this most meknificent of months? With a lame pun? I say thee no! A thousand times no! (Even if both Grot AND Orks don't understand the concept of numebrs beyond three - check out the 2nd Edition Codex for more on this!) We shall end it by building tiny flying machines! Let us look upon the world, realise the official model of the Deff Kopta is a rather dated hang over from Gorkamorka, that the cool ones which came in Assault on Black Reach never got made into a kit outside a starter box and that a combination of cheapness and aesthetics prevents us enjoying the situation. Then let us recall the dusty Robogear box at the back of the cupboard bought from eBay to provide parts for conversions... and then let us UNLEASH THE HIPPO! (live from the Hoodling's Hole no less!)

Et Voila! All that is needed now is a Gretchin on Gobbo head for the pilot and basing using a brass rod for the flight stand. I am planning to build about four of these and use the Deff Kopta rules (hence the buzz saws in the wings - Deff Koptas get a serious melee attack from their rotor blades!) This is actually the second one built - I did a test to see how it went first. The first one was built over the course of about three days, this one was built over the course of two modeling nights at The Hoodling's Hole. Where all but me played Mechwarrior Online. Because Painting Night is a myth these days it seems...
The intake comes from a Robogear kit - I think it's called a Thunder. I bought the Airfix version Robogear starter pack cheaply on eBay years ago for kitbashing parts. It comes with two of the planes, each of which has two intakes. The grey plastic tube is some sort of interlocking pipe I got as part of a collection of construction vehicle toys at an opshop. It's polystyrene based as plastic glue works on it. You could use PVC pipe too (with super glue - plastic cement doesn't stick to it), but this was the right size and I had it handy. Everything else is Evergreen plasticard either in sheets, rods, strips or tubes.
Anyway, I should go and get some work in on the third one - it's got a radial engine and propellor!
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