Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Steampunk Infantry (1)

The coolest tanker ever, isn't he?

I mentioned before that I tried to create a special steampunk version of infantry for my Dencarians (especially for the ZEUS diorama). Unfurtunately the casting was....well...less than satisfactory...if not to say:
Eventhough the results got better each time, and changing the mold and cast technique did help, I am still not satisfied. My current results are absolutely fine for things like the BOREAS and ZAPHISTROS walkers, as well as some weaponry, but for infantry....NOPE.
Very disapointing and de-motivating.
I spent a lot of money on silicone and resin, as well as a lot of time experimenting, but ended up with a lot of frustration.
So it was finally time for Plan B.
So I had my little soldiers line up and report.
"Ten hut!"

First was a decent haircut.

Goggles on

Some of the Imperial Guards did recieve Field Caps. These are the ZEUS crewmembers. Not sure if I will make them Imperial Navy (as the ZEUS is more a land battleship) or just the armor branch of the Guard. These guys will wear the normal Cadian uniform, but Field Cap and shawl (when outside the vehicle).

Well, time for a cigarette break

Sarge says: "Hey, what are you doing up there? Smokin'? Fire at them Orks!"

Sarge will be placed on the fender, looking up to the smoking tanker and
yell at him.

As you can see besides the goggles the Infantry receives a shawl-like cloth that can be used to protect the face during some of the very common Dencarian sandstorms.

One of the Stubber-gunners in shawl and field cap.

The next alternation for the infantry are longer jackets - as can be seen here for the sarge and the sniper.

BTW, I really like the sniper rifle.

After the longer jackets I issued gaiters for more protection against the ever present sand.

So, we have jackets, shawls, gaiters, and goggles.
What's next?
Aaaah, helmets.

What's more appropriate for Imperial Steampunk than picked helmets?

These images are actually pretty bad.
Better images tomorrow, when they are mounted on the shoulders of my brave infantrymen.
That's it for today.


  1. More great work! I know what you mean about casting problems. I tried my hand at casting some converted pieces a couple years ago. Not so easy as I'd hoped! The Zeus crew are looking great with the green stuff work though.

  2. Thanks!
    I hope I'll have some updates tomorrow.
    Ah, sooooo many ideas, so many plans :-P

  3. Gosh I can't get enough of your sculpting skills! these are fantastic!

    I'm looking forward for more works!

  4. Hi Klaus,

    like your conversions ! They are very "tricky".

    Soll der Säbel des Offiziers so groß sein, oder wirkt das nur auf dem Foto so ?
    Ich weis selbst, dass die Schwerter immer schön wuchtig wirken, aber manchmal sieht es dann doch anders aus.
    Auf jeden Fall coole Arbeit !

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