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  • #116027

    Alexander Wasberg
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    Interested in trying something new I have been thinking of some different 6mm projects that I’ve had for some time. I first started prepping some GZG infantry for some small-scale corporate merc fighting before I saw a few interesting posts on the wargames website.

    Being a long-time fan of SF3D/m.ak. I decided to try my hand at sculpting some retro-scifi armored vehicles, not for the first time. While they aren’t done yet, these two have some potential I feel.

     


    I haven’t managed to make a turret design I like as of yet for the vehicle on the left, while the right-hand one needs another option or two for the turret hardpoints on either side of the vehicle.

     


    After I got started I sort of knew I’d like to sculpt at least one type of infantry, in some sort of hardsuit of course!
    It has been quite some time since I tried my hand at using GS to sculpt anything other than small adjustments and mods to existing minis after a few disastrous attempts at making some from scratch.

    This attempts have so far gone better than I hoped! I don’t know if my skills have improved or if I just did something wrong earlier, but nevertheless these attempts came out quite ok I think.
    I’m not sure if I need to make any more additions to these, but I will revisit that after I manage to finish the last bits for the vehicles.

     

    The blog: https://lasersandbroadswords.blogspot.com/2019/06/retro-future-wip.html

     

    Thanks for looking!

    #116035

    Stephen Madjanovich
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    No pictures for me. Just “one way do not enter” symbols.

    #116038

    jagannath
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    Ooh I’m looking forward to seeing this develop. No pics for me either but they’re on your blog OK.

    Seems like 6mm is the best scale for that weird war/dieselpunk thing.

    #116039

    Stephen Madjanovich
    Participant

    Blog! Doh! Looks great. In my mind your minis have a ’70s or ’80s feel. When I think retro I think ’30s to ’50s. Guess I am getting old.

    #116040
    Rhoderic
    Rhoderic
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    Very, very nice! But I have to assume that the right-hand tank’s resemblance to the ones from The Phantom Menace isn’t accidental. Unless the Phantom Menace tanks were inspired by some SF3D/Ma.K. design I’ve not seen?

    BTW, I can also only see the pictures by visiting the blog.

     

    In my mind your minis have a ’70s or ’80s feel. When I think retro I think ’30s to ’50s. Guess I am getting old.

    Seeing the thread title, my first thought was “Ooh, I wonder what flavour of retro-future this will turn out to be!”. I love them all, separately of each other.

     

    #116051

    Alexander Wasberg
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    First of all, cheers for the kind words guys 🙂

     

    @Steven: I hope you didn’t get dissappointed by the relative “newness” of my idea of what can be called retro. Some 50s style atomic sci-fi would be quite cool now that you mention it..

     

    @jagannath; I prefer 6mm for most things if I can get away with it 🙂 I’m also fairly certain that this size is the limit of detail I can produce with my current level of skill!

     

    @rhoderic: Yeah, I have taken some cues from both the droid tank and some similar scratch-built models I found online.

     

    I don’t know why the photos won’t show up here sometimes, I’ll try another way, let me know if you can see the images now?

     

     

    #116053
    Thuseld
    Thuseld
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    What do you sculpt with? How long can you work with it before it goes hard?

    #116054

    Alexander Wasberg
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    @thuseld: For the hard suits I mainly use a 2 part epoxy called “grey stuff” from GF9. It’s basically the same as GW’s green stuff.

    The working time depends on the mix of the two components, but I can usually work with it for an hour or so before it starts getting too tough.

     

    For the vehicle hulls I use a oven-bake clay by the name of super sculpey. These Clay’s stay soft until baked, so you have more or less unlimited time with them.

     

    Hope that helps!

    #116076

    Thomaston
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    Cool stuff, I’m a fan on Ma.K.
    Is grey stuff rubbery like green stuff? Do they behave the same?

    Tired is enough.

    #116122
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
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    Looks like a great start to me!  Keep it going!

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #116145

    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    @Thomaston: Cheers! SF3D/M.ak. is really cool, I do my best to create something that does the source of my inspiration some justice 🙂

    It behaves pretty much the same, might be a few small differences but no major ones as far as I have noticed.

     

    @DSG: Thanks, I’m thinking about making a mold or two and create a company of each or so for myself 🙂

    #116176
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
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    @DSG: Thanks, I’m thinking about making a mold or two and create a company of each or so for myself

      Nice, glads to know I’m not the only one who’s bonkers!

     

    Don’t forget ABs old Junker line has some pretty good Nutrocker proxies.  I have 2 of each and really dig them.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #116193

    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    You are not alone I can promise you

    Oh I haven’t forgotten about them, I still have a few unpainted waiting for a project like this one!

    They are great, no doubt

    #116368

    Stephen Madjanovich
    Participant

    Alexander

    I am in no way disappointed. You do wonderful work. My comment was a jab to myself saying I have been looking at the “serials for pulp gaming” thread too much (no such thing) and I am getting old so retro is 50 years older than some people think! Reality is I started role playing with classic Traveller back in ’78 and everything in my mind was Star Wars era or more recent. Keep up the good work I am loving it all.

    Stephen

    #117818

    Alexander Wasberg
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    I finished a few of these models after making a mould and duplicating a few of them:

     

     

    The detail was somethat lost I realized when I picked them out of the moulds, so that was a bit of a shame, but they are serviceable and look good enough on the table. Hopefully I will get them into a game and maybe even make a few reinforcements down the line..

     

    I started re-basing some of my single 6mm sci-fi minis as well, they are on the blog along with some more bits and bobs I painted leading up to my vacation:

    https://lasersandbroadswords.blogspot.com/2019/07/all-things-completed-up-until-my.html

    Thanks for having a look!

    #117825
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Mak tastic!

    Finally we have a 15mm adventurer from alternative armies that I decided to re-sculpt some armor on. It turned out ok, he might even join my desert fantasy games when/if I get back to it!

    Get back to it now sir!
    😀

    #117829

    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Cheers Mike 🙂

    I actually have a new project in the works, but when that is finished I might very well be back in swinging swords in the desert!

    #117839
    Darkest Star Games
    Darkest Star Games
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    Looking good sir, you’ve gotten a lot done!

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #117846

    Stephen Madjanovich
    Participant

    Damn. I had a post detailing and discussing mold and casting materials and I think it died from sitting too long.

    In any case what you are doing is looking great! Keep up the good work.

    #117855
    Mike
    Mike
    Keymaster

    The detail was somethat lost I realized when I picked them out of the moulds

    What are you using?
    You should be able to duplicate the master in almost every way, even down to if the master had a gloss or matt finish. The mould should be picking all that up.

    #117884

    Alexander Wasberg
    Participant

    Thank you for all the kind words 🙂

    @mike: I was using oyomaru to make a mould of the original pieces. I think it’s user error in this case, should have been more careful when pushing the master into the medium..

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