Friday, October 28, 2011

Things are progressing nicely

Right now the Predators are progressing nicely, with the las cannon side turrets attached and the top autocannon turret.

The tank treads were cast using a mold I made ages ago out of resin and curved while still soft.  Additionally, the top hatches were part of the same mold, which made casting them together easier.

The top turret was made using two 40 mm bases making up the bottom portions and 2 pieces of foam board cut at various angles and the styrofoam areas covered with plasticard.  The barrel was put together using a copper tube, 2 sided tape, and pen casing.  Pen casings are becoming my favorite tubing material, since it is easy to cut, shape, and adjust.

Well, that's what's been keeping me busy this week.  I'm hoping to finish the details on the Predators tonight by adding rivets and perhaps smoothing the edges down.  If I can create the side exhaust pieces and recast them quickly, then the pieces will be done and I will move to resize the Rhino to better fit the actual size of the model.

Till next time!


  1. Great Work - Kristen - really like the Scratch Builds of Armoured Vehicles You have accomplished- very clever. Have looked at all your Site - the work on the new Land raiders for CHAOS is inspired-well done. Regards. KEV.

    1. Thanks Kev! This is one of my older builds but I still like how it looks. If I were to make any changes, I would definitely make the side turrets work like the Chaos Land Raider turrets, able to turn . Glad you're liking my work :)

      (it's Krisken, by the way, no "t"!)

    2. Thanks for the Reply Krisken- sorry for mispelling Your name. You have really got a handle on Resin Casting- certainly helps if You have to reproduce a lot of Parts. I would like to get into this aspect of Scratch Building...I plan on making Armoured Vehicles for my Dark Raven Space Marines, like I did 25 Years ago (please see my Posts) - You have inspired me. Regards. KEV

    3. No worries, it happens all the time. I'm just too attached to the name to let it go now!

      I've had to learn a few tricks here and there to use resin casting as I don't have all the tools necessary to do it the proper way (a pressure pot would be very helpful), so I have to make do with what I do have. For bits or individual models resin casting works great for me, but vehicles that get too big (like my duplicated Great Unclean Ones or Blight Drones I made) tend to get trickier.

      Glad to see you've been inspired by my posts and I'll definitely stop by again (checked it out a day ago (good start on those Chaos Marines) so I can check out all of your posts. I'll put you in the blog roll so others can check it out too :)

    4. Thanks Krisken for Following my Blog- glad to have You on board. Will follow Your Postings re: Scratch Building and look forward to Your further Projects...Regards. KEV.