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Hi all!

I've been around on the forum for quite some time now, and i think it is time to share some of my goodies with you. Here i'll be posting pictures of my newly painted/modelled units, and possibly ask you guys for some advise.
I'm not a really regular hobbyist, so it could take quite some while between posts.

I'm collecting both a High Elf and a Goblin Army, so that's what you'll see here the most.
 

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Time for some pictures!

Here's a couple of pictures of my finished High Elf chariot.
I'm very fond of the model, and I still want to show it to you all even while i painted it over 6 months ago. ( had to try out the camera setup ;))






Here are some pictures of my latest addition to my collection. A scratch built goblin wolf chariot! I'm planning to make 3 more, so any critics and comment are welcome, so i can improve this AND future models! I want to thank [MENTION=30990]Lord Borak[/MENTION], because this chariot is heavily based on his version of his orc boar chariots. Without his tutorial i wouldn't ever been able to produce this. So rep to you!
It's still unpainted, but i plan to start painting after i have finished all 4 of them.


 

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Very nice work on the Elf chariot, especially the banner - it looks superb!

The Gobbo chariot also looks great, very well built. I really like the wood grain effect you have on all your planks.

Excellent work thus far, I'm keen to see more :D
 

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This is today's Progress.
I have a bit of a break from school right now, so i've spent the entire afternoon on this sweetie :)

It isn't completly finished, still need to do all the 'bolts', and i will make a GS banner at the back. If you think it needs any improvements, please let me know :)




 

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Today I had a full afternoon planned for the hobby, and this is what i've produced today.
Please comment, I would like to hear what you think of my schratchbuilds :)

I've finished this chariot today. The little 'second floor' accidentally came into existence when i made the bottom floorboard too small to fit 3 goblins. In the end i'm really pleased with the result :)




Some group shots:
(who doesn't like units of chariots?)




Here's the partial build of the 4th(and probably final) wolf chariot i'm building.
The main framework is done, now it's time for some more details.




I hope you like what i'm building :)
 

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I think the scratchbuilds are great - I don't know what a normal goblin chariot looks like, but I love the ramshackle, cobbled-together look you have with these models. The two-tiered chariot especially seems like something gobbos would do!

Keep up the good work :)
 

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Hey all,
Thanks a lot for the compliments :)
Nobody sees any mistakes, or things you think i should change?



... NICE :D


Ok, all in all, i promised LS to make a tut on making GS banners. So here it comes:
 

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GS Banner Tutorial.

Ok, making a GS banner is actually quite easy if you know how it works. It just takes a bit of time.
I'll give a step-by-step walktrough here. I know there are more tutorials like this, but this is the way i work. (I've also learned a lot of the interwebbz). If you have any questions or can't see the pictures properly, please contact me.


1- Get your stuff together. These are the main tools i use.
From left to right:
-Vaseline
-Super Glue
-Greenstuff
-Blue-Tack (here we call it Buddy, but i think it's the right translation)
-A High Elf Spear (or any other flagpole)
-Scalpel
-X-Acto knife (Used as a roller instead of a knife, you could also use a large brush, as long as it's straight and clean)
-Sculpting Tool (for any touch ups)
-Cutting Mat

Stuff not on the picture but still used:
-Tub of water
-Tub of soapy water (just water with a bit of Dishwashing Detergent)
-Tooth brush
-Tissue


2. Prepare your flagpole. I cut of the arm and hand from the spear with the scalpel. Be Carefull, scalpels are very sharp! For this flag i'll use the back end of this spear.


3. Clear a part of your Cutting Mat and make sure there's no dust, filings or any impurities. The part you are going to use has to be completly flat. Then get a little bit of Vaseline and grease up the part of the mat you are going to use.


4. Cut off a nice chunk of GS, and mix it. Use a bit of water to make sure your fingers don't stick to the GS.


5. Make a Ball of the GS and use the roller to make it as thin as possible. Using a bit of Vaseline on the roller will make sure it wont stick to the GS. Try to keep the Vaseline to a minimum though, because using too much could possibly decrease the quality of the GS.


6. When you Rol your GS, You'll notice a couple of chunky parts in it. You've made the GS thin enough if you can see these impurities.


7. Cut them away, and throw them in the bin. Pick up the GS, and make a ball of it again.


8. Make sure to re-grease the part of your Cutting mat where the GS just has been (just use your finger to even the coat of Vaseline, you don't have to add more grease). Then use the roller again to make a sheet of GS about 0.8-1.0 mm thick


9. Cut out a basic flag shape. Make sure the size is about right, you will need to make the flag a little bit longer then the final flag (see step 13). This is quite a small flag. For reference: the squares on my mat are 1x1 cm.


10. Give the banner some Battle Damage. I've made the endings by just dragging my scalpel through the GS (using the back of the tip, not the cutting side). I used my sculpting tool to make the holes, and to smooth the edges. Rub your finger over the flag to remove any fingerprints, and to round the edges. (you can clearly see i've not done that here yet).


11. Carefully peel the flag of the mat. Try not to damage the flag, or you have to go back to step 8 :p


12. Rub your finger over the flag to remove any fingerprints, and to round the edges.


13. Roll the flag around the flagpole. Try to let the GS meet in a nice tight line. Be carefull not to squeeze the GS on the shaft, it will pretty much ruin it. (back to step 8 again XD)


14. Get your pot of vaseline again and make sure you really grease up your mat again. Get a few (round) thingy's of different thickness. I've used my sculpting tool and a tooth pick for this one. Carefully drape the flag over the thingy's, making the creases in the flag. Using a small angle between the different creases will make a more natural result.

NOW GO AWAY!
Get some sleep, Seriously! Just walk away, and don't get back till the next day. If you stay in the same room you won't be able to stand the urge to touch it. you'll ruin it. (back to step 8 again!)


15. Had a good night sleep, did ya?
Great, Next step: Get your Super glue out, and coat the entire flag (that means both sides) in a very thin coat of Super Glue. Make sure it is very thin because if you make it to thick it will get white and rough when it dries. Using Super glue that works with a brush will probably work better, but I don't have such a fancy pot right now.
I actually used to much this time, and had to touch it up later, cutting the 'white' super glue away to restore the flag.
Coating the GS in superglue will make the flag a lot stronger, and better to withstand some punishment later in its life. If you will put your model in a cabinet and probably wont ever move it again you can skip this step. That way you will be sure your flag will stay smooth.


16. stick the flag into some blue tack and wait for the glue to dry. Again, make sure you walk away. Just get some breakfast, paint another mini, or just take a good shit. Just make sure you can withstand the urge to touch it.


17. Here's the result of using to much super glue, a nice white rash. So, be carefull with the glue ;)


18. To make sure your paint will stick when you paint your model, gently clean the flag with soapy water. I use our regular Dishwashing soap.


19. Dry the flag using a tissue. After that, check the flag and feel if it still feels greasy. If it does, go back to step 18 ;)


20. Tadaa! finished result. You'll see that i changed the way it is attached to the pole. I didn't like the way it was (there was a huge gap between the GS), so i GS'ed 2 small strips to hold it. (it's also super glued to stick)


20.5. The other side of the finished flag. You'll see this flag in use in my next update ;)


I hope you liked my tutorial, and that it will help you make some fancy banners.
If you have pictures of banners you have made using this tutorial, please PM them to me.
 

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Last chariot done!

Yay, i've just finished my last Goblin Wolf chariot!
At least it is the last for now ;)

Notice the banner i made in the above post :)
I also ran out of goblin bodies so i made 2 of them out of GS.






Understand now why i used the back of the spear?:)

And a group shot of all 4 of them


Next up will be painting the howdah of my arachnarok spider. It is finished part from the howdah, and now i don't have any excuses anymore why i shouldnt finish that.

I will start painting these chariots as soon as my buddy has gotten his spray gun :p
 

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Nice chariots. Borak's guide is really good, I still dont understand why you would want to sculpt the wood rather than just grain the balsa, but ah well.
Also, your banners look like they are made in a very similar fashion to my dark elf ones. HERE I think this sank to the bottom of the tutorials section a while back!

Dan
 

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Nice chariots. Borak's guide is really good, I still dont understand why you would want to sculpt the wood rather than just grain the balsa, but ah well.
Also, your banners look like they are made in a very similar fashion to my dark elf ones. HERE I think this sank to the bottom of the tutorials section a while back!

Dan
How strange it does sound, making a wood grain into balsa just doesn't look as much as wood as sculpted GS. (at least not when it is painted). I think this is some of those things you have to do in a bit 'over the top' version on miniatures, just to make it look real. It is a bit in the same way as that miniature's heads also are way larger than they would be in real.

I've seen your tutorial and it indeed looks a lot alike. After reading it again I actually think i have seen it before(long time ago). That's also why i haven't posted this tutorial in the tutorial thread yet; it really is very much the same. With your permission i could post it under your tutorial? that way other people will have all the info in one spot.
 

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Great looking chariots as usual, I love all the little details. A really good tutorial too - a pretty amusing read!

Good to hear some paint is on the way. The gigantic spider howdah sounds pretty cool B)
 

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[MENTION=22440]Deadstar_MRC[/MENTION]: Thanks, the Spider howdah has to wait for a bit longer i suppose, because i'm gone for the week. It is just the original out-of-the-box howdah, so it isn't really special.

I did however paint this Dark Elf.
My LGS is organising a small painting workshop for the new players, and they have asked me (and a friend of mine) to actually give the workshop.
Everybody who will be entering the workshop will be handed a Dark Elf Warrior, so I've did some practice on painting one. I painted this one in under 3 hours including undercoating and basing.

Please let me know what you think :)



 
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