Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Painting our bathroom and home office took longer than expected. The cooler weather helped by letting us open the windows so the paint fumes dispersed. On the flip side the cooler weather brought heavy rain and damp air, which meant the paint took longer to dry.
Still, I'm going to move on to my Gaming Room/Man Cave next. I've been looking for an excuse to clear out rubbish and generally tidy up for a while. Once that's done, it'll be back to the VSF walker.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
A little more progress on the VSF Walker this week, namely the forward view ports and the top hatch. These are cast in resin from the Hirst Arts small pipe mold.
The bottom shows the slot method of swapping-out armament. It's as quick as using magnets and a lot cheaper. Next up will be the smokestack and a few odds and ends for the top deck and turret sides. After that, it'll be on to riveting the hull followed by the paintwork. I've not decided on a finished color scheme yet, although I'm toying with a glossy black and copper look.
Speaking of painting... The build's going to be put on hold for a few days, as the weather forecast this coming week is cool enough to open the windows in my gaming room so I can paint it. What passes for normal service will resume as soon as possible...
Monday, June 22, 2015
I haven't done much to the walker project lately. Eye-strain meant I needed new glasses, which are bifocal and take some getting used to. I did manage to set up the casemate under the hull and a weapons mounting. The photo shows the underside of the casemate. I reasoned that the walker would need some form of close-in defense should an enemy get past the other armament, so I adopted the medieval idea of murder holes. These are basically holes in the ceiling of gateways through which assorted forms of nastiness could be dropped on any attackers below. In this case seven sequins raided from my wife's sewing tin made handy murder-holes in the bottom of the casemate, enabling the crew to drop spikes, grenades, poison gas or whatever else they like upon unwanted visitors.
The hull itself got a mounting for a main weapon. I did toy with the idea of using magnetic strip to fix interchangeable weaponry here, but in the end decided a slotted mounting of some kind would work better.
In this case it's a short barreled mortar any WW2 German Brummbar would be pleased with. It drops into position and can be switched out quickly, depending on need. The hull will get rivets and seams, as well as viewing ports. These and some kind of smokestack/ boiler arrangement will come next. After that it should be ready to paint.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
The VSF walker's legs are more or less done. Here they are in a dry-run fitting. The beastie does look like a chicken at the moment, but once the weaponry and fittings are in place it should look a lot more militant.
The legs are more or less complete. I'm undecided whether to fit any more bits and pieces to them, like hoses and cables and such. There's a risk it'll look too cluttered. I have a section of plastic dental-floss casing which will go on the underside of the hull to form a casemate. The next step will be to decide on weaponry. I'm inclined to try something with thin magnetic sheet fixed to the hull front which should allow me to swap-out weaponry as required. Rare earth magnets will be better, but cost more. After that I'll fit the smokestack to the rear and give the hull a good riveting.
Monday, June 15, 2015
I spent an annoying hour or so on this stormy day, wrestling with the legs for the VSF walker. Things that should have stayed glued didn't, resulting in my having to re-do them over. I added some strapping to the 'hips' to keep one particular bugbear - the side panels - in place, and a set of shields for the 'knees.' These are made of those caps that come with some types of milk carton, trimmed, sanded and drilled for lengths of plastic tubing.
I added a few rivets to the strapping using black 'Puffy paint.' Once everything's assembled I've a mind to spray the bloody lot with Rustoleum paint. At least the 'chicken feet' idea works...
Sunday, June 14, 2015
A bit more progress with the VSF walker. I decided to work on the feet today. The components shown near the center of the photo are the small and large fleur-de-lis cast in resin from 'Mod Podge' molds picked up in a local craft store last weekend. The ankles and bones are wooden cocktail sticks and a spherical bead cut in half. I'm aiming at a kind of griffin claw-like look with Baroque overtones, if that's any guide.
Once the feet are done I'll attach them to the legs and the legs to the machine using epoxy adhesive so it'll have something to stand on before I crack on with the fuselage. The figures bottom-left are resin Belgian askari casualties, cast-up while I had the resin out. During their last outing the Force Publique got royally hammered by the G'Wunda tribe to the point I soon ran out of casualty figures. I'll need at least another dozen if I'm to be prepared for another carve-up on that scale...
Sunday, June 7, 2015
The Sun being somewhat hot in the Colonies at this time of year, I made a Havelock cap for wearing in the garden. Named after its designer, Major-General Henry Havelock KCB, it prevents the old sunstroke and sunburns, don't ye know. Now, where's my tiffin..?