Friday, 11 September 2015

'nids part 173 - Tyranid Void Shield Generator part 1.

It seems the vaguaries of the Warp ate the first draft of this but I'll persevere. My Tyranid Void Shield Generator concept has been around pretty much since Stronghold Assault came out and despite it being completely non-essential to my current hobby priorities I thought I'd crack on with it. Hopefully it'll progress, but it could easily stall [can you say Caestus Assault Ram?]. But first and formeost, should you wish to have a crack at my idea, you will need a Chef Kuo's Express Noodle Bowl. These are available from Home Bargain/Quality Save for 99p [I remember when they used to be 59p]. I like the Spicy Kung Pao, I'm eating one as I type and hopefully the spicy kick will shift this sore throught I started with today, but they also do a Sesame Seed Teriyaki flavour.

Once you have eaten the noodle goodness you will have a bowl, I also use one of these to store my sand mix but this one will form the basis of the VSG.

I created a ring template [whihc I will eventually share once I've ironed out the kinks] this will form the battlements. As you can see it can support the 10 models a small building battlements can hold.

And this is the battlement floor in place, it'll be textured in a similar way to my Bastion so it should look pretty cool.

Now this thing is pretty unique, so I can't expect folk to have one to hand. It's a cannon ball from one of my kids old Pirate playsets from the Early Learning Centre, I've kept it for years just for this purpose. You could easily replacy it with a polystyrene ball, around 40-50mm in diammeter, perhaphs sculpt some surfacce details similar. Alternatively a cluster of smaller balls or even lava stones then covered in tissue paper/PVA will have a similar effect for the Void Shield emitter.

Here it is in the generator, for scale, obviously it'll be mounted on a rod to match the concept above and that hole in the middle will be sculpted with suitable alien structures to support it and make it so you can't put figures in it as only the 10 on the ring will be legal.

Now this isn't a priority but I can get some of it done that won't impact my Dark Angels. How it continues once it does begin to impact, well I always say 'go with the flow' but I'm juggling about 5 projects that are on my To Do List and from my experience previously one of thos may well become a primary focus but currently I'm engoying the variety and shifting inspiration.