A long time ago... Episode 3

For this instalment I'll show the T-16 that I made. Just the one post for this as I'm quite pleased with it.

Schematics for it were taken from the net and put into Autocad where I drew a 2d digital model of it as most of the build is laser cut acrylic. The reason why I did it this way was to get even and consistent panel lines that I wouldn't get as good with just styrene.

The engine panel was just a selection of parts that seemed to fit the bill. The building itself isn't 100% accurate but the fluff for T-16's is that they are very common, used by the military etc and so a little difference here and there should be fine ;-)

Next up was the wings. I scoured the net for images of the bloody thing landed but to no avail (well, two, but they didn't show what I wanted) but I still went for them to be folded, partly as it's easier for storage and party because it's cool.

Just a simple bit of styrene tube with a brass rod through it achieved this. There are stoppers both top and bottom to stop the wings going too far, again, these are just styrene strips.

With the underneath complete the build was done and it was onto the fun bit, the painting!

A pale grey was sprayed over the whole model but with the windows already masked out. Once this was dry some markings were masked out and given a coat of mid green and again once this was dry it was on to the ink wash, rubbed off towards the rear whilst still wet gave an appreancce ofweathering streaks and with the addition of some weathering powders and rust inks the job was complete.

The yellow horse head is actually from an old GW tank kit but it seemed to fit the bill and the markings are that of Skinno Moskar, champion racer from Bestine and back out of retirement to defend his title.

I'll have to make some terrain boards soon, otherwise all this is for naught lol

Stay tuned :-)



A long time ago... Episode 2

As promised, here are couple of vehicles that will see their way onto the Tatooine table.

First off is a 'speedster' They seem to be into their racing on Tatooine (all that space I suppose) and I'm assuming that it's not just pod racing that happens there. I've got plenty of ideas for more and maybe even the beginnings of some basic rules...

A very simple build mainly utilising parts from a 1:700 ship kit and the snap fit 'Anikins starfighter' from Revell. There are lots of other tiny bits used from all over the place but it' mainly tank, plane and ship kits.

I went for a blue colour scheme for this one, no particular reason, just fancied it at the time.

 Next up is a freighter because what is Star Wars without it's battered workhorses :-)

The rear end is from before I went to uni (mid to late 90's) and it's stood the test of time for this long. Finishing it wasn't a problem though as I had the perfect part for the cockpit; an upside down 1:12 scale toilet bowl...

It's styrene sheeting for the most part with some added kit parts for the details.

After applying lots of little details a quick paint job of mainly white with a few coloured panels, applying some GW brown ink and some very heavy weathering we were done and I must say I'm quite pleased with how it turned out.

And here it is complete on the landing pad with Tag and Bink having a shoot out at each other (and missing).

Stay tuned :-)



A long time ago... Episode 1

My Episode 1 ;-)

I've been a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy for many, many years and I've always dabbled in it with wargaming but with the imminent release of what promises to be a film harking back to the original trilogy I thought it would be a good opportunity to do some gaming and modelling...

 The chosen figures are the Wizards of the Coast bendy plastics. Not the best figures to sort out but they have a good selection and with a quick ink wash and some highlights they are relatively easy to get ready for the table.

My initial idea is to have a selection of figures for each 'themed' table, and these will be desert, space (hanger bay decking etc) generic green and possibly snow (got to do something with the Snowtroopers).

I currently only have one Stormtrooper photographed half way decently as I'm in the middle of making my own light box (more on which in another post when it's complete) but we'll start with him and move onto the terrain and ships.

He was given a quick going over with a scalpel to try a remove the mould lines (a thankless task) and then washed with GW brown ink (can't remember the name) and then the white was picked out with normal white paint, built up in a couple of layers to get the right white.

I think I might lighten the base a bit though :-/

Obviously I'm starting off with Tatooine for the first set of figures and terrain, you have to keep these things in order ;-)

Next up is a moisture vaporator built from bits and bobs that I've been hoarding over the years (I started out making models of spaceships, both kit and scratchbuilt, the wargaming is a more recent addition to my hobby exploits).

Simple off white paint job with some suitable weathering and it's done.

I'll probably have to build a few of these but I went and started a building a small building which made it's way into a spares shop; Sooson's Spares to be exact. The name isn't from anything but it sounded suitably Star Wars esc.

10mm foamcore for the basic build on a base of hardboard. The texture is a mix of whatever I had to hand at the time and will possibly change from building to building as I run out of the original.

The 'spares' are just left over bits from the years that have finally found a use.

Painting was quite simple, I found a spray can that works well for a base coat and after a wash with GW chestnut ink (yet another stupid name I can't remember), a heavy drybrush of white and some choice weathering it seemed to fit the bill. I've only done the roof for now but it won't be long until the rest is done.

Next on the list for terrain was a landing pad. This will eventually get a building and walls to surround it but the opportunity was there to make it now, so I went for it. Again, a simple spray job and some heavy weathering using pastels, inks and sponged paint and it's done.

I've been using the same two figures for scale shots and they have now been named as Tag and Bink as a nod to one of the more tongue in cheek Star Wars comics. They will be appearing at regular intervals along the way.

I'll leave it there for now but the next post will have a couple of complete vehicles in it...

Stay tuned :-)