Thursday, 20 February 2020

Two Steps Forward: Work in Progress


A close look of the modification to the body of the RAFM Grizzly that I did using a spare RAFM Hunter body part I had (spare, as in I have some incomplete RAFM Gears that require extensive additional parts to complete).

And as you can see I've scratch-built some brass antennae, which is part of the look for Ferretti's Buster. His combat armor suit is configured to provide fire support for a squad of combat androids, rather than take part in direct action.

What can I say? It's the Air Force way.

And finally, Dog and Buster, battle buddies for life. Tachikoma's Dog mostly complete, antennae done, just got to drill out the missile pod.

Monday, 17 February 2020

Ferretti's New Buster WIP


As a result of deciding to go back to mecha gaming in 15mm, because of the variety of the infantry available for the smaller mecha was too limited for my needs, I'm having to make larger models of the main character mecha.

Oh the hardship. Woe is me! This is the latest instantiation of combat armor suits to represent Ferretti's Buster to match Tachikoma's Dog.

This time a conversion of an old RAFM Heavy Gear Grizzly to represent an Air Force Security Force Buster: CAS-C4P: Combat Armor System Dash C4 (Command, Control, Communication & Computer), Model P.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

A Work in Progress: One Step Back

As I said last time, I found that I had bent the barrel and I would replace it with one made out of tubes, which is easier to say than do, as it took far longer than I thought it would. I also discovered that the missile mounting bracket was also easily bent and therefore needed replacing too.

A task that required me to disassemble the model, though it allowed me to rebuild both brackets.

And while I was at it, I rebuilt the bracket mounting the barrel as it stood too high for the look I wanted. Oh, and I then cut and repositioned the left leg to alter the pose.

Next it was Milliputting Time! Think Hammer time, but less flashy.

And so now here she is, in all her glory, but still missing a flashy aerial to match the look of Reeman's command Scopedog. And I need to drill out the missile pod too.

And because size matters, here's a comparison shot to finish.

New Dog standing between my original conversion and Ferretti's Buster conversion, with two 15mm Clear Horizon Epsilon squad exoskeleton figures.

And that's all for now..

Sunday, 9 February 2020

Tachikoma's New Dog WIP

This is a conversion of the old RAFM Heavy Gear Mamba into a Marine Corp Dog: CASE-2XC-Mod-2E: Combat Armor Suit Environment Dash Mark 2 eXtreme Command, with Dash Model 2 Extended back pack.

Taking this picture as a work in progress, reveals the barrel is easily bent, so I shall replace it with one made out of tube. Also, I need to add the command variant aerial, and an ammo feed for the top gun, which I'll probably lower the bracket a tad, as it sits too high.

This model was inspired inspired by the two Scopedog variants below (the Burglary Dog and Reeman's command Dog).

So another homage to VOTOMS, my favourite anime show, taking the best bits from my favourite looking variants.

Monday, 27 January 2020

Combat Armour Suit RAFM Conversions

I thought about calling the title of this piece, Oh look... Shiny!

Yesterday I sat down at my workbench, and instead of working on the cybertank I've been working on, I got out my box of old RAFM Heavy Gears.

I made the decision that for games it is easier to source infantry in 15mm, and therefore I need bigger mech models for gaming. Yes, that decision has some ramifications for my future purchases, but after 8 years of trying to find good power armor infantry in 1/144th or 12mm I've decided that 15mm is the way to go to bring my Gate Walker universe to the playing table.

I want to make up six APE suits (acronym for: Autonomous Pilot Expert-system) to represent half of CASDA 5136 from my second novel Strike Dog. I only need six models as the others would be identical, as in carrying the same sort of loadouts. My thoughts being that each half of the detachment was a mirror of the other.

I took my Heavy Gear Northern mechs, which I had been working on, and changed the heads to those from the Desert Sharks. I then took three of the Desert Shark Hunters I had to fill out the squad. I have a Jaguar for the commander.

I plan to do a weapons conversion for my character Espera's ride who carries the big recoilless rifle, though fat lot of good it does him, but to say more would be spoilers.

After sorting through a load of packets for weapons etc, I decided to make up a Marine Corps Dog squad (acronym for: Dispersed Operation and Guidance System).

After much mumbling I decided to go with Heavy Gear Southern Jagers, and use a Black Mamba to represent CASE-2XC command suit. Here I had to improvise because while I have plenty of complete Northern mechs, a lot of my Southern forces are partial acquisitions; missing heads or back packs.

And then I decided I'd make up an Assault Grizzly for Air Force Master Sergeant Ferretti's  Buster suit, a Stone Mason for Corpsman Keith, and a Bricklayer for Combat Engineer Sergeant Pearson.

Now all I have to do is clean up the castings and assemble my new squads. How hard can that be!?

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

First Game of 2020


Went down to Brighton to celebrate my Godson Dylan's 18th birthday. He wanted to play a game of X-wing, and so his wish was granted. Much fun was had.

Dylan set up a three way game deploying: Scum & Villainy; Rebel/Resistance; Empire/First Order fleets.

After the first turn where Scum & Villainy mixed it up with the Rebel/Reistance before everybody remembered that the goal to winning was to pick up a package adrift in space.

So a race to the center began.

By the end of the game ships had been blown up. In the final turn Alix's Millennium Falcon, with Rey piloting got the token. It was then was promptly blown to smithereens, which meant the game was a draw.

A lot of fun, and next time Dylan has promised to set up an Epic scale battle with two big ships. I think my work as Godmother has turned out well with this one.