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All of the most fun projects start with 'I couldn't help myself...'
This is one of those.
I was reading about the new Orky tidbits in Apocalypse: Reloaded and something stuck out to me, big time. The new strategic asset, 'Rokk Em, Boyz!'. I won't get too specific mostly because I am not 100% on the rules myself (since the book isn't out yet!) but from everything I've read, the strategem involves hurling 1-3 giant asteroids from an orky tractor-beam ship up in space down onto the board. They cause an apoc. template hit, and scatter d6 FEET.
This is what those of us in the business of being orks like to call awesome.
So Ein finds himself with a little bit of time on his hands this morning, and starts thinking to himself. What should he work on? Troops? Bah. Too much work for me to bother with right now, I don't want to desprue all the crap I have. Big things? Squiggoths and baneblades can wait, I'm not feeling it. Oh wait! How about a strategic asset that doesn't even require a model to use!? Bingo.
So, let's think about this for a moment. Asteroids hurtling onto the board from space would probably cause more than just a template hit - it'd probably leave something behind. Well, you could go ahead and model a big giant rock stuck in the ground as a terrain feature I guess... But...
See, the way I sees it, orks wouldn't hurl just random asteroids and meteors down from the skies. Though the orkiness of such a thing is undeniable, I pictured something a bit more... fun.
That's right. Giant rock fists 'N feet rainin' from da skiez like da handz uv gork an' mork 'emselves!
The easiest way to do this was to use the moonscape craters that GW put out as a base. They already have roughly a 10" blast footprint on them, and you can easily just build off of the nice, flat middle crater.
So, off to my garage I went to cut, carve, and generally mangle foam. Since this is a very spur of the moment project, I screwed the foam together. It holds just as well, and glue takes days to dry between sheets of this stuff because it creates an airtight seal, and PVA glue needs air to set. Hot glue tends to destroy this stuff, too.
Anyway, after 10 minutes or so, I emerged from the garage covered in pink insulation foam and carrying a prototype 'rokk'.
They're pretty rough, mostly because I don't feel bothered to smooth them out any. I'm going to be covering the whole thing in putty anyway, so that I have a harder working surface that I can carve rocky gouges out of. Because I'm covering this in a couple mm of putty all around, there's some pretty big gaps between the fingers on the hands (so I have thick enough putty to put on and carve). This is also why the screw heads don't matter to me at all - nobody's going to see 'em anyway.
I'm trying to figure out what sort of putty would be good for this. A bit of research tells me magic sculpt would be great for what I'm trying to do, but I don't seem to have a source of it anywhere around, so I may just go ahead and use my 2 part plumbing epoxy that I have in my garage. It dries rock-hard and there's lots of it. The only downside is that it has like a five minute working time before it hardens, but for a spur of the moment project I suppose it'll do.
Oh also: how does the idea of a rocket booster in the back of the hand sound? To help orient the knuckles down and add some extra oomph once they hurl it down from space.
Awesome idea Ein!.
Question: you planning on trimming down the ground-touching part of the fists. to represent the rock actually embedding itself into the ground? removing 1/2 inch of the bottom part touching the moonscapr may make it look like it's buried somewhat, not like it's sitting on top.
I looks awesome, with the screws it even screams "OI! Lookit go boyz! Oomiez run harharhar!"
Rome wasn't built in a day, Either should good scenery.
Hand of gork?
Since you are insane already, why not make a giant ork space hulk? I've always wanted to make a giant crashed one, maybe I should get some foam. go EIN!
So I went ahead and used the Prang DAS clay I got this afternoon on the foam fist. It's a bit unweildy - it wouldn't 'stick' very well to the fist, probably because there's not much for it to grab onto to begin with.
It's a bit lumpy looking, but who cares? I figure once it hardens I can sand it smooth(er) and carve at it with the knife a bit, and if I dig too deep and hit foam, I'll just cover that area with some PVA glue so the foam doesn't melt. Right now, honestly, this project could go either way, depending greatly on how hard this stuff ends up, so we'll see how long I have to leave it alone before I can tinker with it some more.
this is hilarious - probably one of the funniest and coolest scratch pieces i've ever seen!!