Tuesday, June 21, 2016

HERMES Shuttle (3) - ATHENA Steampunk Airship (111)

Hi all,
as usual thank you for the feedback, comments and emails :)
I hope you had a great weekend with lots of family- and hobby-time.

Some of you have asked me for a scale-/comparison-shot of the Eisenkerns and TGG compared to teh 40K Guards.
 Here's a 40K trooper between an Eisenkern and a Tough Girl.
Here I mounted two standard IG arms on an Eisenkern Panzerjäger female.
And this Panzerjäger has two Forgeworld Krieg arms, with a standard IG trooper on the right.
All-in-all I think they fit together well and since the Empire of mankind spans many different worlds with very different gravities, the differences in physique can be explained easy.

Well, in the meantime I built another, greater turbine fan.
And I mounted it in the forward section of the HERMES.
With this last major piece of the built in place I started to add armor plates and a front grill.
With the help of the great tool by Camkierhi it was quite quick. These PVC Cutters make the cutting/snapping of thicker (1.5 or 2mm) plasticard really easy.
Thank you Camkierhi!

Before I could add more plates and panels I wanted to try and add light effects again :)
Those LED strips are really easy and once you know how it's done you can lights quite quickly.
I decided to add light effects for the thrusters first.
Powered by a 9V block battery.
I mounted the cables, so they would add to the Imperial look and feel of the HERMES shuttle.
While digging through some of my old build stashes I found this old seat section I had build for some obscure project :)
With these it was quite easy to build the interior of the VIP pod.
And of course the Pod needs lights too, right?
I also tinted the thruster LED's blue and the interior lights red, using Airbrush transparent ink.
The VIP pod also needed a throne like seat for the governess.
Then the pod doors.
Which are mounted in the open state for the scene.
Together with the ramps.
Light test :)
After the successful lighting of the model I completed the additional panels and plates.
 The final HERMES.
So I started to finalize the reception scene. For this I decided I'll need a piper :)
After some GreenStuff sessions I got this.
The two female Eisenkerns received assistant's accessories.
And I decided I needed a saluting officer on the deck.
Two guards for this side.
The complete reception scene.

A welder working on the bomb shaft completes the crew.
The 23(!) crew memebers assembled for priming.
The VIP pod received the first lick of paint.
Since the HERMES with the black primer looked quite menacing to me, I decided not to go for any of the Dencara campuflage patterns, but to keep it (almost) black instead.
So I painted it in a very dark violett.
And I will try to add dark red highlights and maybe skull ornaments, similar to what I did with the ZEUS.

So, what do you think?