Saturday, August 2, 2014

Helmet Tutorial

A few people have asked for a tutorial on how to do the stahlhelm-like headgear my trolls wear.

Things you'll need:
-Sculpting tool(s) w/ flat blade and depressor ends
-Your choice of two-part sculpting putty
-Empty Mechanical Pencil
-A model

Step 1. Roll out a ball of sculpting putty, For these helmets, I use Privateers Brown/Aluminim as it retains a hard edge and is filable, though any type should do fine. The size of the ball depends on the size of the head.

Step 2. Gently press the ball on the head of the model. It should hang on the sides of the head with equal length. If the putty looks like it may be too big or small, now is the time to take it off and adjust the amount.

Step 3. Take the depressor end of your sculpting tool and flatten out the sides, front, top and back of the helm. It should somewhat resemble a koopa shell. Be sure to keep your tools wet.

Step 4: With your flat blade end (WET!), gently press in and down with the side of the tool to create a lip on the rim of the helm. This is a gradual process and is the trickiest part and may require a few do-overs the first try. Don't be afraid to pull it off and try again. Be sure to keep the lip the same thickness throughout.

Step 5: Take your mechanical pencil (make sure there is no lead in the tip) and gently press it into the sides where the temple area is to create a rivet. Before you finish up, add in any battle damage with light marks and scores with your sculpting tools (not exactos!)

Step 6: Roll out two tiny ropes of putty and press them flat on a wet surface. Allow them to cure halfway. Gently pull them up to avoid any stretching and place them on the sides underneath the rivet to create straps. If desired, press your mechanical pencil on the end of the strip to create a button/snap.

Now you done!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Full Metal Warders

Finally working on Trolls again!

A little while back I did a concept for an IKRPG character that was a stylized Trollkin Warder. It served a dual purpose though, as it shared the same aesthetic my Trollbloods have; a trench warfare salvaged look.

I finally picked up a box of Warders (after much deliberation between Scattergunners. Scattergunner offer less in the way of conversion, which is part of the hobby I love). After lamenting over mold lines, I got to work with the green stuff, giving them the helms and keffiyeh-like military scarves.

One thing that I wanted to set them apart with was their sheilds. In the concept, they had slapped together metal slabs that gave them a riot shield like look. I definitely wanted to do one like the concept out of plasticard, but I also had a Khador Devastator sheild laying around along with a Rover shield, which were perfect looks.

 I also did some new weapons out of plasticard, as I couldn't stand the axes. They were just too curvy and odd, so I opted for more hard edged, brutish looking weapons. The cord on the sheilds was actually taken from the thin long part of clothing tags.

 Yeh, you know that sword.

Since I had already used some 40k Ork bitz on my Bomber and Impaler, I might as well utilize the bitz I have if they fit. Having anything too identifiable would be bad, so I stuck to bullets, rockets and ammo pouches (though the rocket pack was too cool to not use.) Veteran players can probably identify what bitz are from what, but I don't think most people care.

I wanted to give them the look that they are picking up anything usable they can get their hands on and bring it back to the group.

Trying to get all my trolls painted by the 16th for a tourney, so hopefully you all should see some more updates on here soon, including my new Dozer and Smigg!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Mia Vorossi

A finish, more polished version of a current Iron Kingdoms RPG NPC. An Ordic local in Five Fingers: Mia Vorossi.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014


The Earthborn Dire Troll. This guy. Was fun.

As the EBDT was basically naked, he didn't really fit the salvaged, "at war" theme I've been running with, so he got some serious armor treatment.

Using Privateers Brown/Aluminum stuff to get those hard edges, He was given various plating, a helmet with straps and chin-plate, belly plate and an assortment of straps. The long greenstuff strap was rolled out and flattened, then after fully cured, cut and wrapped from the front of the torso, under the arm, and to the back plate.

Once again the rivers were done with a mechanical pencil tip (I have a metal 0.7mm that is not too thick on the end so it really gets a clean press. The buckles on the helmet were done following the tut for buckles NQ47 IK Gobber article.

Really excited in about getting some paint on this one and have had a lot of positive feedback already on this guy. Mostly because he looks like a linebacker ready to demolish whatever finds itself in front of him.

Just got my Thumper crew in the mail too along with matching dice for my .45 fury tokens. I always have to have swirly dice apparently. These are the Gold Leaf Gemini 16mm from Chessex.

Until next time!

New Trolls!

Recently I decided to take a break from my Circle and work on some new stuff. I had bought and painted a Gunny model some time ago. I wasnt satisfied with his paintjob so I stripped him down and repainted him. Then I realized how much I like Gunnbjorn and said screw it, Im making a Gunnbjorn force.

Mind you, none of these are finished, hell, most of them are just a basecoat of brown, but I figured I'd get this up and going.

Gunny himself, on a new spiffy base..

The brown is Vallejo's Dark Rust and I decided to do the skin not as blue, going with a base of Greycoat Grey and adding Trollblood Highlight to it as I lightened it up (can be seen on the face.)

The big thing I wanted to do with this army was theme it with a very Gunny/troll trencher look. So many of the models are sporting salvaged armor and clothing, such as these Fennblades.

 The rivet bits were done with an empty mechanical pencil.

The Impaler sports some salvaged rockets strapped to sticks, taking a page out of the Deliverers' book. The rocket bits were taken from 40k Orks.

The Axer's face was bulked up (couldn't stand the metal ones face) and he was given a Cygnaran Defender's cannon. Ok, he wasn't given it, he ripped it right off.

I was a bit disappointed upon getting the plastic Diretroll kit to find that the Bomber was the same as the metal. So I went ahead and used those new gorgeous Mauler hands, now hurling a scrap metal bomb (an 40k Ork wrecking ball). The pyg's face was covered and helmeted due to some pretty nasty mold lines along his mouth/teeth.

Lastly, to unify my theming, I made some custom tokens/markers/accessories.

Gunny's Rock Wall template:

Spell and animus tokens, made from plasticard and Fury tokens, made from 45 casings.

Much more to come in the future! EBDT and Swamp Gobbers are being built as we speak! Enjoy folks!