Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Prototype (5)

Hi all,
thank you for your kind words and support.
I feel like I'm making some progress, but experienced some set-backs too.
Last week a good and dear friend, Christian Koppmeyer, died at 52 (https://www.facebook.com/groups/advancedsquadleader/10153999329070029/?notif_t=like) .
So quite some up and down.

@Adrian - thanks for your comment. Yes the cables still look a bit funny. I have the turretwith some weight and I hope it can pull the slack out of the cables. And yes, there will be a lot more boxes and canisters :)
But I started painting the diorama.
First evening the concrete received a blue-grey base color.
And I added some yellow warning lines.
The next evening I was able to add details to the warning lights and the small num-pad on the side of the man-door.
In my vision of this scene I always envisioned a large Imperial logo on the wall.
So I started to paint this on the rear wall.
And the name of the facility.
But together with the sliding door....
not so good :(

So the next evening I gave it another try and ended up with this.
I like this much better.
So I added another warning slogan (Caution. Gate opens and closes automatically) to the front wall.
Another evenings work was the painting of the sliding door.
Weathered and with some German labeling.
It reads:
"Versuchsanlage Rheingold" -Test facility Rhinegold
"Sonder-Forschungsabteilung von Sonnenberg" - Special research facility "von Sonnenberg"
Next was the gate.
Again weathered and with labels.
And mounted into the diorama.
The running track and the power cable for the crane got its base color.
And finally I started to paint the first items.
Well, this is as far as I got.
I hope you like it.
I look forward to your C&C.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Prototype (4)

Hi all,

sorry for the longer silence, but the last two weeks were rather eventful.
I have some problems sleeping, actually haven't slept without pills for weeks, and the pills make me very drowsy. Plus lots of migraine - and the pills give me pimples :)
So I've been to MRT, but everything OK there, so it is "only" psycho-somatic...or as the doc said "on the fast lane to burnout"
So he considered me unfit for work, and I'm on medical leave for at least two weeks.

I can already feel some improvement, and yesterday was my 49th (!!! I'm OLD) birthday. I celebrated with my wife and I was able to enjoy the food and drink :)
Since I will also have a two week vacation lined up directly after Eastern, I will be off work for 4 weeks total. Right now it feels like this will do the trick and get me back into working order :)

Well, with that much time on my hands I DID get some stuff done. Not as much as I would normally have, but I'm quite pleased.

I wasn't quite satisfied with the concrete I created, so I created a new set of concrete.
The structure is a lot better, and also the "boarded" style looks more realistic.
So I created new molds and poured new sets of concrete sections.
Looks better I think
I also built a rolling door for the wall in the rear.
Plus a running crane.
Then I built the large blast door for the right wall.
The scene is slowly coming together.
The running gear for the crane
Then I added signal lights for the blast door,
and side door, 
as well as a fluorescent light for one of the work areas.
Then I built several detail items like this large console.
All the little gadgets in position :)
One final item I wanted to add were lights 
So I created rear wall mountings, using the corners of old sprues.
and simple plastic card lamps
I think it fits the atmosphere...
Then I added the turret to the crane
And the final scene :D
I'm very pleased with it.
The scene looks pretty much how I wanted it.
Now the actual figures need some attention, lots of mold line cleaning, some sculpting and details.
So, what do you think?
I look forward to your C&C.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Prototype (3)

Hi all,
thanks for your feedback. Seems my little trick for the shells is considered valuable ;)
@ Atreides127 - it's a 1/35 Sherman (Tamiya 35190 M4 Sherman 1 : 35), they are a tad too big for standard WH40K, but the 1:48 kits are definitely too small.

Since the last update I worked on the auto-loading mechanism. It makes no sense to have such a low profile gun arrangement, if you can't get any shells in, right?
So here is the lifting mechanism, that will push the shell up into the breech.
With a shell in the lower position,
 and a bit up - since it's not glued in position it kept sliding down while shooting the photo :)
Since I don't want a loader to slam a round into the lift as each round is fired (which would also require the turret to come back to the 12 o'clock position for each reload) I designed a small 4-shot magazine.
There should be two magazines - one on each side - to allow for two standard ammunition's.
And here you can see the "Kampfmittelanlage SKORPION"
Or rather the "Versuchswaffenträger XI mit Kampfmittelanlage SKORPION und Kampfraumverbesserung ODIN"
Sounds "official" enough, doesn't it?
Next I assembled all the little tools and gadgets that were included in the Tamiya "WWII German Tank Crew Field Maintenance Set" 1:48.
Lots of ammo crates, a table, a ladder, some tool boxes, and some tools.
And then I started to assemble them into the scene.
Remember, that I'm trying to get a " Third Reich/Iron Sky flair and a sprinkle of WH40K. I envision an underground research facility, looking a bit like an old U-Boot bunker, a "prototype" in the center, with soldiers and researchers around it, while a group of officers take the "dog-and-pony-show".  " 

The tank will be on an elevated part of the facility - most likely with some tracks running on the ground and lots of concrete.
The right end of the scene will be closed by a huge blast door, sealing the facility from the environment (but a little man-door on the side).
And to give it some feeling of thickness I added some support beams.
Maybe I'll add a running crane to these support beams.
Since the Styrofoam doesn't really represent concrete any good, I casted some plates to simulate pre-casted concrete sections.
I like the concrete effect.
So, this is as far as I got.
What do you think?
I look forward to your C&C.