Sunday, April 29, 2012

My first Percheron takes off!

One of the many really cool spaceships available by Chris Roe (aka Mel Ebbles) is the VU-22 Percheron. I really liked the way the Crotale came together, so I had a go at the Percheron. I have no use for these ships, but they are really cool models, and are not that hard to build. I've got a LOT of his models, so I need to keep plugging away.

Imperfect people galore

One of the things I've been working on lately are standees. I stumbled over a LARGE collection of people over at the cardboard warriors forum by someone under the name Dryw the Harper. I've already printed and cut over 100 people, and I'm a long way from being done.

Once I've put together enough bases to have them standing up, I'll take a picture of them all together.

EDIT: While working on The Maiden's last sails and accessories, I've been finishing up the standees that I'd cut out. Here's what it looks like when I sit them all together. Note that this is only the Imperfect People collection - I have other standees lying around...

I have other shots that are closer, but you can see the standees better by looking at them over on the forums.

The Maiden is almost ready to set sail!

I finally brought The Maiden down off the shelf to see what I could do about getting it completed. Today I finished the ratlines and most of the sails, and the rest of the pieces are printed out. I'm hoping by next weekend to have the whole thing DONE!

Here's a shot of the ship as it is right now:

I've got a bunch of standees on the ship - it looks great! I haven't added any bend to the sails yet, but it still looks good to me. Earlier, I had some trouble with the ratlines. I decided to just get it done and not care about how well they lined up with the ratline extensions. It turns out, they are pretty OK. Here are some close-ups of the ratline extensions installed:

The larger extension meant for the front of the ship turned out to be too long, but I was able to carefully trim it down after I had installed them, and now they work great. The ledges in the rear have the tiny extension on them, and they seem ok. They are a little fiddly, but I think they hold well enough to (a) snap photos, and (b) hold on while people make their initial impression of the build. :)

Just a couple of sails to go (and they are quick to build!), then all the little details are next!

Monday, April 9, 2012

The quiet before the storm...

I feel like I'm on the starting blocks, waiting for the gun to go off so I can sprint my butt off... The lousy iBuyPower computers have been boxed up and sent back (and I'm anxiously awaiting a credit on my credit card!) and I can safely say I will never buy anything from them again. I've ordered two comparable computers from a local company called "PCs for Everyone". I have arranged to pick them up when they're ready, so I don't even have to pay shipping. I can't wait... Oh the kitbashing I'll be able to do with ample memory and two monitors!

So, all I've done is tried to not make a mess of the office space. All my TLX pieces have been nicely organized on some new shelves, and I've got a pile of pieces that had been cut but never completed - things like lobster crates and random TLX posts. I'll get them glued together and set aside. I'm hoping that by this time next week, I'll be back into kitbashing, and this time, it will be FUN!

I've gotten much better at quickly making anchors for kitbashed tiles, and it made me think about making some tutorial videos for doing this sort of thing...