Monday, 12 March 2018

MFH Ishoo Twenty-For: War Trakk

The normally quiet seaside town of Monte Carlork echoes to the thunderous raw of nitro-chewin' smoke-belchin' tyre-shreddin' squig-injectin' engines and the extremely amusing squeaky squeels of any grots who get in the way. NAZORK (Nazgrub's Awesomely Zoomy Ork Racing Kars) is in town for the Monte Carlork Grandish Prix - the highlight of any Ork's calendar. Lap after lap of pulse-pounding excitement, erratic driving, wildly-aimed gunfire and, most importantly, spectacular firey crashes! So grab your oiler squig, strap into 2000 squig-power of death on wheels with a slim chance of there being a steering wheel attached somewhere, put the pedal to the metal and race for the ultimate glory of Gork or possibly Mork in the ultimate test of orkyness!

Last week I decided to run NAZORK at Little Wars 2018. A quick inventory of my collection indicated precisely three buggies and four Grot Tanks, meaning I need a few more vehicles to really run a participation 40K Ork racing game. So I figured I would build some War Trakks. And since the other thing I did on Saturday was buy casting materials (and a hot knife - more on that in future) I decided to build a set of masters which could then be cast to make a bunch of customisable War Trakks, the track units of which will also be used on Grot Tanks. 
In this ishoo, we'll have a look at building the a War Trakk. Some time soon we'll look at the moulds, cast up some duplicates, and look at making some custom War Trakks.
How easy is all this? Perchance a wandering Grot will explain?

And there you are! It's just blu-taced together at the moment, waiting to be cast. I need to do a few things, like plug all the gaps so the silicone doesn't get inside it when I pour the mold, as well as plug up the various tubes part way down.
This is actually the third and final War Trakk - I have two other bodies, two other track units, another set of wheels, some alternate gun barrels and a rokkit turret. I'm planning to build a few other turret variants and some larger wheels. Some time this week there'll be a video update showing the components and some variations on layout etc. I might also upload the NAZORK rules, although they need a bit of fiddling yet.
Until next time, hippo fans!

Monday, 26 February 2018

Youtube for Hippos again

Just a quick video update (I say quick, it took over 90 minutes to upload it...) of what I've been doing lately. With a sneak preview of Ishoo Wun-Oh-Ate of all things.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Pudding Wrestler's Perfidious Projects: The Good Ship Orka, Mk.1 Tim Taunter and Morkanaut update

I started to paint the Morkanaut on Tuesday, after shooting some video of it minus paint. To be honest, it has not gotten very far. I've done the metallic base coat and three coats of yellow to get a fairly even colour. A very few bits have had a little highlighting on the yellow

But then I got bored. At the Hoodling's Hole no less. And what else was at The Hoodling's Hole? Why, Tim's infamous Sacral Vault Conversion!

Which Tim leaves at The Hoodling's Hole out of a general lack of the hobby-balls required to complete it. You see, Tim was struck by a vision about two years ago. A Hordes Minions Sacral Vault for his Minions army being swooped on by a Storm Raptor from his Circle Orboros army. He bought the models. They sat at Greg's for six months. He stuck a few things together. Then lost interest for six months. Then he stuck a few more things together, looked at the massive mounting point on the Storm Raptor's tail, lost heart and they sat at Greg's gathering dust for another six months. 
So I decided to show him how real men hobby.
By building the Mk.1 Tim Taunter.

Chirp Chirp Bitch!

This is about four hours worth of Tim Taunter next to over two years of stalled sacral vault.

This much hobby could not assuage me. And painting the Morkanaut is kinda tedious. So Saturday arvo I started a small project. I have decided that my Orks come from SkegOrkness, a terrible English  1950s seaside resort and holiday camp they invaded and took over. I plan to built a whole lot of themed terrain for it. Starting with the Good Ship Orka. Which is a small boat designed to sit beside the planned harbour or pier.

The fetching rambo-esque headband is there to hold the exhaust stacks while they dry. The boat is NOT played by Sylvester Stallone.

The Hoodling has rightly pointed out the windows are far too clean. I shall have to do something about that...

Focus! Gah! I plan to build atleast one more hull and cast it in resin so I can make a whole fleet of Orky boats. I'd glued the super structure on this one before I thought of it. Oh well, more chances to glue bits of plastic together in strange ways!

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

YouTube for Hippos: Orky Insanity

I've finally taken the plunge and uploaded some videos of my projects to Youtube. I tried this once before, and had a lot of trouble getting the camera on the right angle to demonstrate what I was doing, so I gave up on the idea and went to still images and blog posts. This time round I'm not posting tutorials, just video explanations and closer looks at finished projects. All orky ones so far.
You can go check out my channel - it's not really set up yet. There are videos there, but I have done nothing aesthetic to any of it yet.

The newly completed Morkanaut

The Deff Koptas

The Warbuggies

The Big Mek and some of his creations

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Pudding Wrestler's Perfidious Projects: Behold the Morkanaut!

I've just put the finishing touches on the Morkanaut. It's taken about a month to build this sucker (well, more accurately, I started in about a month ago, and it's had maybe five full days of work on it and then a whole bunch of short sessions wedged in around other commitments) and now I am feeling slightly at a loss. I mean, I have to paint it, and I'm planning to post a video with a more detailed look and 360 spin around of the whole thing, but I can't shoot that until tomorrow, and I don't want it part painted for that bit, so now I have an afternoon and evening without a Morkanaut to work on...
Guess I should either start the Gorkanaut or get some work in on the plane from Target.
Anyway, that's my problem. You all want pics.
Here they are then.

The jaw is just resting against the body here - it will be much more raised and held with the hydraulics seen in front. I'm keeping things in pieces for painting, and the jaw sags as a result. The legs have been pinned on with two 2.5mm brass pins each.

It has come out a bit bigger than the base. My original calculation involved thinner legs and hip joints closer to the body. I had forgotten to account for the jaw, which meant the legs needed to go further out.

I also decided not to have armoured 'shoulder pad' things over the hip joints.

This meant the Kustom Forcefield Projecta ended up built into the hip joint, and the twin rokkit launchas are now bolted right to the legs at the back. I made the rokkits from rod and tube with the warheads shaped by chucking them into a power drill and spinning against sand paper and emery boards.

Can't think of anything much to say here...

Here's the main gun. The Kustom Mega Blasta ended up as a co-axial mount. I also built an Ork to crew the pintel gun. He is the only kit part in the entire build.

Here are the parts seperated out and ready for paint. This could take some time...

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Pudding Wrestler's Perfidious Projects: Skipping half of leg day

Back again. Since the weekend, I've basically just been working on the feet. I've now got one foot complete and installed on the leg. The other foot needs rivets. Then it needs to be installed on the leg. And the leg needs more rivets. All of which means there's a fair chance of getting this machine done by Sunday. Not going to guarantee it, but it sounds possible.
The Fluff Squig seems to approve, but wonders why there are only two legs. Surely Orks, being superior beings much like the fluff squig recognise the advantages of the quadruped layout?

This is the completed leg. The knee armour has not been glued on so it can be removed for easier painting.

The legs are reinforced and bulked out with balsa. I need to add more plastic on the inside to mount some brass rod pins which will hold the legs to the body. The plan is to have them removable for painting.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Pudding Wrestler's Perfidious Projects: Things become clearer.

Normally, I wouldn't post an update with only one picture, but there's been a lot of progress, to the point that the Mysterious Orky Thing of Mystery's true form is now evident. A combination of spending painting night at the Hoodling's Hole on Friday, club time at HGC on Saturday (until I had to leave early for a party - damn this social life!) and messing about at home this afternoon and evening have all lead to some clear progress.

The upper and lower legs are now basically complete apart from riveting, detailing and some hydraulic systems. The feet are only just started but have reached the point where they can support the legs and allow a proper mock-up photo to be taken. The jaw is basically done and awaits some hydraulics being fitted to the body to allow it to gnash properly. Of course, I will be leaving the jaw off for painting. 
Now it's a matter of finishing the feet, then adding some 'shoulder pad' style armour over the legs to hold some of the weapons and force field generators, and finishing up the legs. The end is in sight.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Pudding Wrestler's Perfidious Projects: 2Mystery 4Mysterious.

Cancon is over. The holidays are over. Productivity is slowed but NOT over! In the week since returning from Cancon, the Mysterious Ork Thing of Mystery has not seen as much activity, but it's form has become slowly more evident. Last night was Ye Olde Traditional Descent of Ye Hobbyists on Greg's Place, now so often diluted by the lure of MechWarrior Online. This meant that I was able to get some heavy duty work in on the Thing. Work which will probably finally give away what it is. Well, almost. 
Pictures you say?
Here we see the might of Waaagh Snaggatoof in the process of being victimised by the dread legions of noted man-with-beard, Sean.

Here said Waaagh attempts to victimise one of the lesser portions of said legions.

While other potions of said Waaagh are unclear on who is being victimised on the other side of the board.

This is Table Three. This is where I had to display my army for judging. My lunch is also on display. It was a constant struggle not to shed a single manly tear over how poor the terrain on this table was. Then I went to visit my Warmachining associates, who pointed me at the 9th Age tables. The sight of plain MDF boards with no cloths and printed and laminated sheets with bird's-eye photos of terrain on them caused me physical pain. I am near to tears merely remembering it.

Here the collected might of Waaagh Snaggatoof is seen failing to win any painting and modelling prizes.

But what is this? Progress of the Mysterious Orky Thing of Mystery? 

And completely new parts? Sorcery! Sorcery I say!

Can you tell what it is yet?
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