Thursday, May 6, 2010

Nurgle "Frog Skin" Rot on Vehicles


Well I had so much fun with my Nurgle Death Guard Bikers, but the new technique for dimpling the armor on the bikes made the older vehicles look a bit out of place.

You might remember the MkI rhinos and the MkI Land Raider, I was a bit leery about bashing up some completed and rather rare models, but I figured I wouldn't ever strip them and try to salvage them for a different army, so why not.

Here is one of the Rhinos after a bit of Dremel tool "frog skinning". No going back now!

I use this tip on my Dremel tool on the slow setting, and kind of tap it all over the area that I want the dimples on, and I try to vary how hard I am pressing to make the dots different sizes. You can see it makes a mess.

Here you can see how the plastic gets fuzzy from the tooling.

So I use some liquid plastic cement with a brush applicator, and brush it all over the area, which melts the fuzzy stuff and also takes the sharp edges down , but this stuff is pretty noxious, so good to do in a well ventilated area.


Before

After

I still need to add some more rust, the dimples take drybrushing much better than the previous flat panels, and add an interesting texture.

I also used this as a chance to WYSIWHG my rhino with a searchlight and twin linked bloters.

I hope I read the Chaos Codex right, it comes with twin linked bolters and for 10pts you add an additional combi weapon.

I have not frog skinned the Rhino yet, but I don't think I will be able to resist.

John

11 comments:

  1. Nice and original idea. Using plastic cement to smooth the borders of the holes was a clever thing to do too. Good job!

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  2. "I hope I read the Chaos Codex right, it comes with twin linked bolters and for 10pts you add an additional combi weapon."

    Yep you read it right, or at least I read it the same way ;)

    Really cool looking Rhino, perhaps I will try it on my wife´s Rhino too... perhaps I even ask her if I am allowed to^^

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  3. Excellent job mate, although I don't think I could do that to a classic model.

    Kudos to you matey.

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  4. Thanks guys,

    Col- I know what you mean, I have 6 of these early rhinos, and these two were the most busted up, I know I would never try to reuse them, so they got the treatment and will forever serve the Death Guard.

    I am holding off on the Raider, as I am not sure I will keep the it in the list and it is much harder to find.

    John
    Santa Cruz Warhammer

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  5. Using a Dremel to get the effect is a good idea - I hadn't considered that. On my Chaos Warband command Rhino, I've got paneling that is done in I guess a similar style, only I was/am aiming for a "hammered metal" appearance for decoration.

    http://tinweasel.blogspot.com/2010/05/former-heresy-era-rhino.html

    I used a fairly inexpensive pyrogravure (with a rounded tip screwed in) that I picked up for these decorative sorts of things, cutting insulation foam, trimming styrene, etc. It left similar debris over the surface, only hard and angular between the "hammer marks" and I had to take it off with some light sanding of the dents. I'm thinking that using brush-on plastic welder might be a good solution, so I'll give that a try next time.


    Oh, and I've modeled my Rhino (still in progress) to have both the twin bolter(s) in the default stats as well as a pintle-mount one, so I hope your interpretation of the rules is correct because it's the same one I going with. 2 TL bolters and 2 fire points - woohoo!

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  6. I think your technique is absolutely brilliant. I have been putting off working on my Death Company for a while and may just drag the project out and give it a try. Excellent tutorial, thanks.

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  7. HAve you tryed a wash of blue, green and flesh to go over metal? I did for my cryx when i played WM and it works very well on metal.

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  8. Excellent job! I really liked your technique
    to paint your Rhino. Even I can't paint it!

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  9. Excellent job! I really liked your technique
    to paint your Rhino. Even I can't paint it!

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  10. Cool and original..
    Thanks for this technique, i'll use it on my rhino..

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  11. OH! Nice job. Consider this post book marked. You might want to make this a formal tutorial, like make it down loadable.

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