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  • #45782
    Alexander Wasberg
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    Recently I got stung by some creative bug, and decided to try my hand at sculpting again.

    So over the last few days I made these mechs:

    I apologize for the pic quality, I just snapped a few fast photos with my phone while working at them.

    There are some more pics on the blog as well :http://lasersandbroadswords.blogspot.se/2016/08/some-wip-mechs.html

    Any and all C&C is welcome, as I try to remedy my current lack of skill!

    #45805
    ThuseldThuseld
    Participant

    Wow, you are brave. What are you sculpting with? I am impressed.

    #45808
    Gaz045
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    I’m taken with the one in the last pic, the first one is a tad ’50’s robot for me………but you have gone further than I…..a head swap or an extra pack are my limits!!

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    #45824
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    I’ll take that as a compliment James πŸ™‚ I’m currently using Gale Force 9’s grey stuff, it’s pretty much the same thing as GW’s green stuff. You should try it, it’s good fun! Hopefully I’ll become better as I try more things out.

    I can see what you mean about the first one Gary, it’s a bit off the gundam look I was originally going for. Thanks for the kind comment about the 2nd one though. Headswaps and extra bits are a good way to start, the step to making small details and then bigger things is not as big as you might think. It does take a bit of practice, but you’ll see improvement pretty quickly I’ve found.

    #45832
    Angel BarracksAngel Barracks
    Moderator

    They are impressive.
    I struggle with smooth rounded shapes.

    #45843
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Cheers Michael πŸ™‚
    Those are tricky, I still feel like it’s more chance than skill that dictates if any given one I make will turn out ok πŸ˜‰

    #45941
    Ali Dogan SayinerAli Dogan Sayiner
    Participant

    You must continue to make them. Very good start!

    contact me via : [email protected]
    http://www.sayinermicrotoys.com/

    #45960
    kid bananas
    Participant

    Those are very cool, esp for your 1st try. The first mech reminds me of a heavier version of a VOTOM Β large Gear from Heavy Gear. I’m not keen on the weapons grouping of the left arm, but love how the mech is off balance like it is stepping over something. It reminds me of both a Mammoth Strider from Heavy Gear and a Dictator CAV from Reaper.

    #45969
    Northern MonkeyNorthern Monkey
    Participant

    These are great, well done, you should contact 15mm.co.uk as they will cast them for you and make them available to buy via there SHM range

    My attempt at a Blog: http://ablogofwar.blogspot.co.uk/

    #46009
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Thanks Ali, I will keep at it until I’m satisfied, which will probably keep me going for a while πŸ˜‰

    Kid bananas, I’m very glad you think that the first one looks a bit like a AT from votoms, since that’s probably my favorite mechs of all time! I have modified the first mech a bit more with some armor plates and a backpack on the torso and I also designed a new weapon for the right arm, since the gun was a tad long.
    With the weapon grouping on the left arm I assume you mean the 2nd mech? Would it look better if it was symmetrical(both sides with the inner cannons or without)?

    That’s a great tip Northern Monkey, I might just look into that if I manage something a tad better πŸ™‚

    #46019
    kid bananas
    Participant

    Sorry, made my last post exhausted, not enough sleep, and on my phone. I was talking about the left side of the 2nd mech. It looks like you just grafted on an extra gun-barrel ans it just doesn’t look quite right. It reminds me of some of the 40K miniatures where they have a little extra room so they put an extra weapon/skull/spike/etc. It would look better with either a single barreled or double barreled weapon, but not both. Again, that’s just my humble opinion.

    #46032
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    I figured that was what you meant. I’ll probably try making a double barreled version as well, for the sake of options. That way I could mix and match if I feel so inclined as well πŸ™‚

    #46435
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    A quick update, now that I have made moulds no2:

    I know that the last pic is a bit shit, the clear resin really messes with the focus on my cell camera.

    Check out the blog for some more info
    http://lasersandbroadswords.blogspot.se/2016/08/a-few-moulds-and-casts-later.html

    Thanks for looking!

    #46437
    StroezieStroezie
    Participant

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    Realy interesting stuff, could we have a look at the moulds you use too?

    Like the modifications to the first mech.

    For the second, a gatling/ rotary cannon maybe?

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by StroezieStroezie.

    If you like small scale skirmish, check out http://planetares6.blogspot.be/?m=0

    #46485
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    I could take a few photos for you, sure πŸ™‚

    I’ve been thinking of making some alternative ones to the cannons I made, that’s definitely a good contender! I just ordered a bunch of styrene rods to help me make gun barrels and such, since I can’t get symmetrical pieces using clay no matter how hard I try ;p

    #46492
    PatGPatG
    Participant

    I rather like the 50’s looking one. I love Japanese mechs but so much on the market is stuck on that aesthetic that it is nice to see a change.

    #46495
    kid bananas
    Participant

    The latest bunch are way cool. I also like the Robot – 9 stuff. It’s a neat, quirky concept.

    #46508
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    To me, the japanese mecha are a thing of beauty, but there is a few archetypes done to death for sure πŸ™‚ Votoms is still my no1 favorite design, so there might be another mech or two on that variation, not counting the 50s looking one I’ve already made. Thanks PatG!

    Cheers kid bananas, I just saw the Robot nine things for the first time a few days ago, and I love it! As you say it’s quite quirky, but there is a neatness in the their basic design. I feel like that leaves you open with a lot of options when deciding how to create something similar in miniature.

    But that does leave me with more work, since I will need to make/find some infantry and tanks that fit the same aesthetics to make a cohesive new unit for Horizon Wars..

    #47595
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Preciously little progress have been made on the robot nine inspired stuff, but I have managed 2 new sculpts elsewhere:


    This first one is a continuation on the theme of the very first one, with some Battletech inspiration for good measure.


    A bigger, meaner version of the 2nd sculpt, that I decided to call the Grand Raptor. I only have the one set of cannons for it at the moment, but I’m thinking of making some alternatives, and maybe a gun to mount on the chin, under the cockpit? We’ll see what I come up with..

    With some exellent infantry on the way courtesy of our own AB, I’ve started to draw up plans of the opposition to the Zephyr force I showed recently. My own mechs will figure in both forces, but the exact number and organization is not set in stone just yet.

    Check out the blog:
    http://lasersandbroadswords.blogspot.se/2016/08/a-new-set-of-sculpts-while-zephyr-mechs.html

    Thanks for looking!

    #47616
    RhodericRhoderic
    Participant

    Awesome stuff! Sculpting rounded shapes intimidates me too. The shoulders on the first of the two new sculpts are particularly impressive.

    I rather like the 50’s looking one. I love Japanese mechs but so much on the market is stuck on that aesthetic that it is nice to see a change.

    Funnily I think of that one (as well as the first of the two new ones) as looking particularly Japanese. Just more of an Osamu Tezuka, Hayao Miyazaki sort of Japanese mecha aesthetic than the more “techy” aesthetic that’s received greater attention in the west. That’s also fairly typical of the style in which real world modern day Japanese robots are designed, in my limited experience. At any rate, I agree they’re a nice change to the more techy style of mech.

    Without the weapons the two humanoid ones would also make excellent servant/labourer type bots in 28mm.

    #47901
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Thanks Rhoderic! I really like the Miyazaki style, it’s a really nice one and I’m glad you think it is reminicent of it πŸ™‚

    I have to admit I like the techy style mechs quite a lot too, but my skills aren’t really on that level yet!

    #48060
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    My latest attempt at sculpting, a tank this time:

    Having looked at a few tanks too many, I wanted to make something like some fan art for blowers from hammer slammers I found.

    Check out the blog:
    http://lasersandbroadswords.blogspot.se/2016/09/zephyrs-beta-unit-some-opposition-and.html

    #48073
    Angel BarracksAngel Barracks
    Moderator

    Tidy work sir, tidy work.

    #48075
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Cheers, I hope to have a painted example soon πŸ™‚

    #48078
    StroezieStroezie
    Participant

    Lookin’good! The tank reminds me of some of Combat Wombat’s 15mm stuff. Very professional looking. Will the big tank/landship be a hover model to?

    If you like small scale skirmish, check out http://planetares6.blogspot.be/?m=0

    #48080
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Thanks Stroezie, I’ll take that as a compliment πŸ™‚

    The big tank will most likely be tracked, but I haven’t made the final decision yet. If all goes to plan, I’ll be able to share the “green” as it were in a few days.

    #48410
    kid bananas
    Participant

    Wow! Those bots sure painted up nicely. And the tank does have a Combat Wombat/Hammer’s Slammers vibe to it. Combat Wombat was a guy who was doing some very cool & affordable 15mm sci-fi vehicles, I believe he has a Facebook site.

    #48413
    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Thanks kid bananas!

    I’ve seen the combat wombat pieces when I was making a few 15mm armies a year or so back, they are really nice πŸ™‚

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