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Scratch Build Khorne Chaos Rhino (How to make 40k Chaos Rhinos for pennies part 3)

18 May

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Hello again, time for the reveal of the second scratch build Rhino, the Khornate version.

This one turned out to be quite a little chunky monkey. I think it was the textured wallpaper used in this build. Don’t get me wrong, it has given the vehicle a nice, almost corroded skin for the most part. That gives it a more armoured profile, plus the big chunky rivets and plates just add more to that feel.

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From the front profile, you can see this is no delicate transport, just a solid lump of mechanical parts, bolted together and sent to war. The paint application here was basic than my usual (mostly to cut my time down, and also since it wasn’t for me (sorry son) but if you think about it, a load of Khorne worshipping marines wouldn’t think about beautifying such a thing, they would more likely be enamored by the sheer “Spiky Death dealing awesomeness” of this beast! The scheme is different from the Ceros prototype, sine for one, I didn’t have it on hand as a reference, and both he and I know that even he (My son) doesn’t really have a defined final idea for his overall army, just that it’s mostly mental Khorne renegades, so I just went with a palette that khorne would approve of.

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The “figure head” was constructed from the old staple Dollar/Poundshop Halloween Skeleton garlands that we crafters love for bits, adding some horns and spikes with Milliput and plastic spikes. With further raids of the bits boxes, I just added whatever I felt like, and like I keep saying, none of this build was meant for the end result to be a masterpiece, just spending as least time as I could to create both rhinos (if I’d wanted to I could have easily sunk days into detail, but I’d like to think I could knock up 10-15 up of these, from start to finish in less than a week at a push)

Since the side panels were a little devoid of detail, I opted to put a big Khorne symbol on one side (Which saved me from having to create some time consuming details, and gets the message across about which side it’s on!) Don’t get me wrong, If need be, I would have made whatever, but time was in the essence here, so a bit of 2mm fun foam cut out would be sufficient.

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The main weapon was created from a plastic halloween candy container I have had in my bits for years, and yeah I know, it’s kind of weird. I did originally consider using the brassy scheme, but I just ended up going with the same bone theme as the neck of the big daemon head which helped tie both parts together. I think it works, but if I had to do it all again, I’d try it different. Besides, it’s not for me, and my son did say that if I made him another tank, to go more spiky and death metal with it, so I greatly exaggerated everything and he’s happy with the result.

Like I said, I do like the end result, just I know I can do better next time, I find that knowing when to stop is very difficult normally, so in this case I couldn’t justify any more time to add this and that, or add more weathering and paint effects as I might do. I would say that what bugs me the most is not having the Khorne Ceros APC on hand from before was and still bugs me, as I would have liked to make sure they matched, plus I still haven’t seen them side by side to compare. I’ll try to get them back to take some side by sides pics and post them, as I will with the Nurgle versions as well (but I know they match for sure, as I can see them as I type right now.)

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Anyway, hope you enjoyed the post, a little bit overdue I know (My garden has been taking a lot of my time, so bare with me!) I have another post to come straight after this to make it up to you, so standby for that. Let me know what you think, any suggestions, comments and such, and I’ll see you in the next post!

Scratch Building Proxy Rhino APCs (Part 2: The Death Guard Version Reveal)

14 May

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I’ll detail this build first, seeing as though I have the model on hand here, which I can’t say about the Khorne one (It’s not here!) I think it’s ok, not what I had in mind (see the sketches in the previous post) as I did want to go for the twisted mutant baby head/monstrosity, only that I wanted to get them done quicker than usual, and spending time doing some sculpting to get exactly that, I opted the simpler route. Going for the more utilitarian and toned back mutations worked, I think, the inspiration was drawn
from a more insectoid feel.

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Chunky armour plates with barbed spikes poking out, the front ram spikes mimic mandibles and the grilled front (as well as a few hints here and there were meant as if the mutations were being restrained within, striving to come out.)

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Like I’ve said before, I am ok at painting, but no expert and didn’t want to sink days extra into finishing either one, so I went for a looser finish, but looking back, I would do it different if I did it again. I mean, I keep going back in, adding a change here and there, still need a banner and odds and ends, but it’s pretty much done for now.

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Also, since this was a “new” design, it was never going to be as detailed as the Ceros (which took me ages, as I really got into it, and didn’t want to this time) The thing is, I might have a go at knocking about 10 or so together, do them up, paint them, then stick them on Ebay for £20-30 each, just to see how they do, I can’t justify days of work on one if they only sell for that price, so it was sort of experimental as well, raiding my various bits, using what I had.

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I think the only thing I bought was some big wall plugs (the front spikes) which were £1.50(about £2) but I still have a load of them left, and the side vent things either side of the door (also big wall plugs at about the same price) The pack did both this and the Khorne one, and I think I have enough to use on another if needed, so not bad, saved me having to make them from nothing!

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Overall, I think the finished Rhino is serviceable enough, even so it’s not what I wanted from the build. It will be fine to fill the ranks, but the baby headed plague monstrosity design I have in my head needs to be made, then I can move on to something different. The only thing that is a problem, is I want a Rhino for my cultists, crewed by cultists (I have a few models I want to add to one, plus matching livery to match them) Plus, I NEED to make a plaguetower of Nurgle! I just want one. I feel a need to make some versions of the old EPIC scale stuff. I have no idea how I’d run it, just that I want one!

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I’m calling it 95% there, I’ll still go back and add and change bits still, clean the paintwork up here and there, but it’s pretty much there. I still need a back banner adding, but with this being just a plain troop transporter, it’ll do!

Stay tuned for the next reveal!

Scratch Building Proxy Rhino APCs for pennies!

14 May

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Since Well before my Chaos Ceros APC designs, it was always my intention to make myself a large vehicle detachment, so it should come as no surprise that I had to add more of such. Only thing was, I misplaced all my Ceros design templates, so I needed to either try and remake them, or start again but use a closer analog to the traditional GW rhino APC.

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You should know that I am not one for carefully measuring and calculating anything. Unless I find it unavoidable, I wing it 100% with whatever I make. My way is not perfect but I hate being stifled by anything other than the creative process. But, I caved and tried harder to make the next additions more in line with sizes, shapes and style.

After a long time of trying to find easy templates in a more GW fashion, I ended up using the ones in Wyloc’s video on youtube. I pretty much only used to dimensions from his vid, just to get that Rhino classic aesthetic, so if you read this Wyloch (which I’m sure for certain he has before in the past) I send my thanks! Just that simple shape was enough to get a new set of templates made to churn out a couple at once, one for my Nurgly bois, one for my sons Khorni bois.

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However, after doing this, I ended up finding the Ceros templates, so now I have two different sets. I’m thinking after comparing sizes of the Ceros to the traditional Rhino, the Ceros will be closer to a landraider in size, so generally when I get to fielding them, I’ll be using the Ceros pattern as that. (Unless I end up making a set based on the dimensions of one of the landraider designs, which I probably will!)

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The new builds, are surprisingly smaller than the Ceros, very chunky in fact, but since many design parts, materials and elements are the same on the Ceros, they easily fit together in style. I do enjoy the flexibility of personalisation with these scratch builds, so much in fact I want to make a cultist one, crewed by my fervent corrupt human worshipers of Nurgle, who kind of resemble an imperial guard unit anyway, so that is coming, plus I have a separate detachment of Chaos Space Marines from the Purge Chapter which I want a dedicated transport for.

I would fucking love to do one more custom Rhino for the Death guard, but to make it into a plague tower of Nurgle, but I’d like to try making my own version of a Death Guard Plague burst crawler. We’ll see, just there are too many cool things I can think of to personalise them into, and once I’m finished with the Nurgle bois, Tzeentch beckons me to use the CP Models Bird like Avian models as Tzangor, and a pimped out glowing Thousand Sons Rhino with Sphynx accents would be a good model to make. Plus, I get to make a big floating tower model that’s bristling with guns and such, would be fun to make. No real reason behind it, I would just like to give it a go!

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I do promise that when I make the next Ceros and Rhino, I will give you a full tutorial, with downloadable templates (that way I won’t loose them!) and when I do, they will be available as PDFs on DriveThruRPG and Wargame Vault. I do miss posting the tutorials like I did with Grim’s Dungeons of Doom, I know a lot of people do get a load out of them and I’ve seen plenty out there trying my methods, which is nice to think I’ve inspired some to get trying.

They do take extra effort and time, as you gotta remember to get decent photos of the stages involved, and it can be tricky to remember doing it when I’m in the zone and focused on getting it made!

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Still, the process was quick as I knocked up these two in a couple of nights, followed by a couple of other days painting them (reveal in next posts) I am trying to get myself into the habit of spending less time painting minis, I have a tendency of spending far too long on even the most basic troops and terrain, so I allow myself to be a little more sloppy and hope it all comes together in the end, which I think it does mostly.

With the more limited time I have, it is a good compromise, leaving the more careful jobs to character and special models. I don’t paint for competitions, tournaments or praise, I know I’m not a top painter, but slightly above OK will do me fine.

 

Next time, I’ll reveal the finished work, starting with the Death Guard Rhino, take you through how I achieved the various looks and materials used a bit more in detail.

After that we’ll take a look at the Khorne version and analyse, then I’ll do a size comparison with the Ceros vs Rhino (I might be able to get some shots of the Khorne APCs too)

Until next post, Stay Sane, Stay Grinning, and Stay inside coz’ there’s a Nurgle about!!

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10 May

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Corona-Chaos, Brain Block, and Community Calamity (or What’s been going on here in this Quiet Apocalypse!)

10 May

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Well, hello there! Hope you are doing well in this Covid19 crisis. I thought that since I have a little time to myself, I might as well check in and let you know that me and my clan are doing well, if not suffering a bit from cabin fever! It’s UK lock down day number “fuck knows anymore” as I find myself and my past routines totally gone out the window, and what I thought was going to be a productive time of writing, art, crafting, sculpting and other creative endeavors, but alas things have not gone to plan!

Pretty much most of my plans have been cancelled due to the dreaded corona, and my lock down experience has consisted of DIY jobs, Gardening and childcare duties.
Any spare time after that I could have done anything productive has had me beat and tired, so most of my stuff has stalled. Artistic/creative block is not great in this game, but during lock down, sales have been steady so I can’t complain!
I’m pretty sure that having ALL my fam under my feet, ALL the time, doesn’t give much quiet time to flourish creativity, so will be happy when the virus is a distant memory, and the new world emerges from the darkness.

Seriously, over the last few weeks I’ve dealt with, constant aggravation from various close family and those nearby, which I found quite amusing to begin with, only to me having to stop people from ragging each other! I won’t elaborate further, but I swear that this whole thing is sending people mad. I don’t joke as I say this, the community around me has a chaos factor that just simmers under the surface constantly as the collective frustration of family, friends and neighbors rises into a fetid puss filled blister or abscess, that I’m keeping out of as much as I can when all the shit kicks off! Time to get out the popcorn and get ringside seats here, cos’ that cyst is gonna pop its stinky rage filled load. All I can say, is that I have the beginnings of a good Whodunit novel! Certain people need to honestly calm the fook down and take some time to think of those around them, show some respect and be right, or things will not turn out well, and I’m not involving myself. It reminds me of an over population of caged rats, and how they turn on each other. Oh these stupid humans!! Come and take me away space brothers!!

My problems don’t end there. Had to shut any Ebay listings I had going (and loose out of loads of sales as a result) due to my local post office “friendly and helpful”staff giving me hassle for posting items out! They are quite possibly the worst, miserable little bitches to ever run a local post office. It’s not like I have ever been nasty or impolite to them, but with most of these snotty nosed pieces of shit types, would literally turn away customers, because they think they can “police”you to make sure you are only going out for essential food/medicine (which I assure you, I was doing at the same time). If I could post stuff out any other way, I would, deny them of my cash. Yes I can use UPS or Hermes, but unless I’m sending something substantial, I don’t use a courier. Besides, UPS and Herpes/Hermes aren’t that good a service in my opine, so they can go fuck as well!

I have though, managed some painting and modelling (not enough in my eyes) so I’ve got some eye candy coming for you if you like looking at painted miniature porn!
Also I am working on making some accompanying video to add to the posts. It won’t be anything special, but I see it as adding a little extra depth, I don’t think I’ll ever be a Youtube sensation or anything, but my eldest progeny have both offered their services to create me some titles and do some editing, so I can just film the footage I want and not have the hassle of editing vids.

Maybe I’ll get into the swing of getting nice looking footage uploaded on a regular basis overtime, but I’m not fussed overall and I’ll see how it goes.
You might be thinking I’m being rather negative about stuff, but I’m not too stressed and keeping my patience (I think doing a lot of work in my garden has mellowed me out) and I keep in mind, that at least I have a big garden to escape to, as there are entire families suffering worse than I right now, so I’m greatful for that.

I’ve never been one for constant social media updates, so me dropping off the map is not unusual for me, I did think it was about time for me to pop up and tell you I’m not dead yet! I’ve got probably a month’s worth of daily mini related posts in the wings, so check it out if it pops up on your internets!!

I do hope that you lot are fairing well during the crisis and hope you don’t all self destruct (if you are struggling with the situation) any time soon.

Stick with it and remember, I should be over soon. Then all we’ll have to do is deal with the worst global recession for something like 300 years (so they say!)

Keep grinning in the face of adversity and I’ll see you all soon!

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