Monday, December 31, 2007



The Land Raider Ares was created by the Dark Angels Chapter for use by the Deathwing. It features hull-mounted, twin-linked assault cannons, one prow-mounted Demolisher cannon and sponson twin-linked heavy flamers.



And some fancy outside pics.

Update: This has been one of my more popular posts, so I decided to revisit it, and add some comments for those that are looking to build one of these.

Buy a new Crusader kit , it comes with the Assault cannons, the flamers from the Baneblade should be easy to find as bits, they are not often used.

Buy a Vindicator, you get the gun and dozer blade and the front mantlet parts, and you will still have a rhino and extra armor left over after stealing all the parts for this conversion. I actually bought the 3 pack of chaos Vindis, it comes with all the Chaos bits and the command vehicle sprue as well and its the same price.

I decided not to widen the dozer blade, it seemed like more work that it was worth.

Make sure you mount your flamer sposons on the forward hatches as I did , you will get a bit more range from them.

Now go out and build one, and purge the Heretic.


Sunday, December 16, 2007

Simple Conversions go a long way: Ork

Here's an big 'un in mega armor. Since he looked to really control his surroundings, I wanted to model that look by having him stand on a defeated enemy; in this case the ripped off part of a Tyranid.

I modelled some muscles on the back of the Tyranid arm, just to make it look real.

I am not into blood on models and I tried to do it realisticly but modestly.

I also used a bit of steel wool to shine up this guy, instead of drybrushing with silver, I brushed all his edges. His mouth guard I scratched up good to make it look really worn. Pretty simple stuff, but real effective when it's done

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Our Santa Cruz Warhammer Hobby Night

Yet another successful hobby night , a great chance to get some work done , hangout and share ideas , show off some of your new models , and talk about the Warhammer hobby.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Making a Forest

I decided to make a forest.

First I went to the dollar store and bought some fake plant stuff , different kinds , bigger and smaller all cheap , even used some Christmas stuff .

Then cut out a larger random oval shaped blob in 5mm foam core , feathered the edges and
coated the top with pva glue , then flocking , poked holes and glued in trees and shrubs .

I wanted to be able to have troops inside the woods , so I set the woods on a sheet of 5mm foam core and made a bigger oval around it , same procedure as before , but this time only around the outside leaving the inside with just flocking , so that I could drop the first piece inside it.

now when troops move into the woods , you just take out the center piece and place the minis inside .

Friday, November 30, 2007

Converted Rat Ogres for Warhammer Fantasy

While looking at one of my old White Dwarfs (310) I noticed a the Clan Moulder list called the 'Hell Pit' list by Phil kelly. The conversions inspired me to make my own hell pit list. So I used bits from ogres kingdoms, Chaos, and Orks to make a mad scientist of creation of Ogre monstrosities. These models are converted by Ratzu.

Be watching for a Rat Giant...

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Scratch Built 40 Ork Supa Choppa

Here's the result of my latest project: a scratch built chopper for Orks in Warhammer 40K. It has twin linked autocannons and 1 zzap gun and. I also painted a banner that will go on the back of the bike. see pictures below.

The original parts are mostly space marine bike parts, some straws, bitz and green stuff. The Ork has 1 space marine leg (can't really tell), the head of a burna boy and the body of a normal boyz. The power claw is made of the ends of a plastic fork and bits of plastic card.

And here it is: I kept the painting pretty standard and made it look pretty dinged up.

I tried to add some nice details, like the gas tank, the head of a victim and the flames coming out of the exhaust. I also added wrappings around the forks and the guns, to make it look more ork-like. I based it on a horse base for fantasy and tilted the vehicle slightly to make it more dynamic.

Here's the banner. First on paper, then on the flag (green stuff)

It's completely painted freehand, started with black and worked my way up.

It's pretty daunting, but with practice and smaller brushes then I had, we could all get great results. Anything better then transfers, right? This was my first try, I am going to work on it.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Scratch Built Space Marine Drop Pod That Looks Good

My goal for this project is to build a simple , cool looking , cheap Space Marine Drop Pod .

Forge World models are super cool , but they cost 80 bucks and I want a bunch , so I will try to make them with out spending much $.

I have decided to go with a dreadnought Drop Pod , as it has fewer doors and I think it is silly that so many troops are supposed to fit in the 5 door version , also it is slightly larger , so it will take up more space on the table to use as cover .

First is the Forge world one ......

and then the Website plan do it yourselfer....

Using 5mm foam core and 1mm card stock I traced out all the pieces and cut them all out with scissors and a craft blade.

started with glueing the wings together , and then the base .

the doors have proven to be a bit of a pain i think I will try something different here , and I am having a hard time glueing it all together , the PVA glue is taking forever.

the card stock was just not working for the doors the different layers were separating , so I went to poly styrene sheet , still pretty cheap and easy to work , I also want to glue plastic bits to it for the details , so it should work well.

here is the assembled pod with none of the detail work , next to a small Forge World 5 Door Space Marine Pod , with a miniature for scale.

you can see that the foot print of the 3 door Dred Pod is a bit bigger.

next up is the detail bits and then paint.

I added some card stock details from the recycle bin, and hand painted some primer paint to cover the foam core edges , then black spray primer , there is still lots to do , more small details , and I want to do some gap filling, but it is getting there , and all in just a few hours work , and just $12 in materials , and I have bareley used any of it yet . I will definitely be making more , but I think I will try to make one that has opening doors.

added PVA glue rivets,

Chapter icons and Dark Angels Green ( Tamiya British Green ) and testors Dullcote.

All that's left to do is the detail painting and weathering.

and we're done , or close enough for this model . The side bye side comparison;

Forge World
$110.00 + shipping ( not cheap )

Scratch built
almost free + about two days work.

I spent about $12.00 in material , (Enough to make ten more ) , and used some stuff from the recycle bin.

The Forge World kit also opens and has lots of cool details , and if I had tons of money to blow I would love to have a bunch of them, I imagine the plastic kits will be coming out soon and I would guess they would sell for about $45.00, so until then , I think I will make a few more.

Here is the link to the PDF templates.

And a fancy outside pic


I got a good deal on a Forge World Dred Drop Pod , but I did discover some differences in the size, mainly the Forge World model is taller and a bit bigger over all.

Here is the side by side

and from above

so I have decided to take some measurements from the Forge world model so you can resize the patterns as needed if you like .

over all hight 7 1/2 inches, from base to top of door , 5 1/4 inches, base from flat side to side 4 inches.

It has also come to my attention that the new rules for Marine drop pods = 5 space marines per pod not the previous 10 , and Terminators do not fit in a 5 man pod , so I can only guess that they will ride 5 in a dred sized pod, I am sure the new planet fall rules will have more info. and hopefully some new plastic pod kits.

Here are some jpegs of the templates, just click to open them, save them to your computer and print them to 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.