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Hey guys. I want to start this off with an apology - up till now I haven't been keeping a W.I.P. blog on these forums about this project because I was a little embarassed about how my last one, the warboss on warbike, went. I've put that aside for the time being, though, and started making something entirely different that I think you might enjoy.
I have a bunch of pictures in the stages of W.I.P. that I am about to present that will culminate in where I am at presently.
To begin with, some of you may recognize this sketch:
This is art by Mark Gibbons, a fellow who works for GW and does illustrations for their books. There's been a lot of rumors and whispers going around on Warseer that GW might actually make a small stompa gargant for release - so I decided I'd beat them to it! The gargant is very much based in scale from that picture - I am working on this project by inflating that picture to 200% times it's original size and starting from there. My final product will be about 7-8 inches tall. If your monitor is calibrated correctly (running at it's native resolution) then this picture should be to scale:
Just linked for size, since it'd probably break the forums.
Anyway. Having set myself to this new task, I began by building the best defined part on the beast - an arm.
With the arm done, I decided I'd move to the feet next, as they were also well-defined. Due to the dificulty of making the curves portrayed in the picture, I came up with an interesting method of making them - I framed it out with plasticard, and used a modeling putty to create the smooth curves. Then, I created a rubber mold and poured myself a resin duplicate, saving myself a lot of time and energy!
With that done I then proceeded to build upwards from those feet until I reached a point where the legs would no longer be visible inside the torso and underneath the skirting.
The next step, since I wanted to start getting everything consolidated into one piece, was to build the 'hips' and upwards into the torso.
Then I attached the torso and began work on the engine, which is where I'm at currently in the building process. The arm is attachable through magnets at the moment, and the overall function of the engine should be fairly apparent - to power the legs and drive the shoulders. There are still some details I need to fill in here and there, though, like a huge exhaust. Anyway, the point of the chains on the wheels is to make the shoulder joint mobile - when the arm needs to be raised, the wheel on that side of the body gets cranked down and the chains torque the wheel that they are wrapped around at the top.
I'm trying to be faithful to the sketch while still incorporating some of my own ideas, such as the pulley wires that control the arm's operation and the way the engine is designed. I do think I'll signifigantly be redesigning the head, though, as I'm not too fond of it.
Some of you may be wondering what I am doing with the front of the torso.. Allow me to explain:
I am sticking a crew of probably 3-4 grots in underneath the head as the main control center! They'll be working levers and wheels and such and controlling the gargant's motion and guns.
The cylindrical nature of the torso will be remedied (or at least broken up a bit) fairly soon when I take very thick plasticard and smack it on the outside as armor plating, and the legs should be better concealed when I add the armored skirt.
Lastly, I'm also thinking I am going to light this model, as I tend to do with a lot of my other models. Two lit eyes and a lit ****pit sounds reasonably good for this project - I'm just waiting to see where I'm going to fit a 9v in.
Sorry for not including you all in this process earlier, I was just a little embarassed by how my last project went. However, I'm confident in this one and I hope you guys'll enjoy seeing it come together.
I don't know what to say, that is seriously impressive....
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I don't know why you'd be embarrassed, both that and this are beuatifuls works of art. You truly are a master of pasticard and and sculpting.
You ought to be proud, and I can say very sincerely, I am grateful that you have chosen to share this work with us.
Keep it up. :yes:
Cervantes: In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd.
I'm not sure if a gargant could lift it's leg that far back.
That said, I am quite impressed. It's even got a lot of rivits.
Chief Inspector Dreyfus: Are you wounded?
Clouseau: No. Fortunately I was saved by the darkness.
Chief Inspector Dreyfus: So what we need is more light.
Amazing work man. I am very very impressed. I will be taking an interest in this thread and not doubt about that. Keep up the good work.
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dude awsome. totaly beautiful. i cant wait to see it finished
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I have to admit, thats some very good work, detailed, very cool! How long did it take you to put together? Very impressed, keep us posted
Been workin on it for about a week now, since last Monday.