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19-06-2008, 22:25
So, I'm waiting for my F/W Reaver to show up [and have my cardstock Reaver project on hold until it does] and got tired of prepping/assembling/priming the 75 Dark Angels I'm in the middle of, so I thought I'd did deep in the closet and work on a couple of models that are deep on the backlog list.

The first, and significantly easier to prep/prime, model is a Scorpion Heavy Grav-Tank for my son's Biel Tan Army. We gave it to him about a year ago, but he has been otherwise distracted, and hasn't been pressing on me to git'er'done. Cleaned, prepped, and primed Friday. Put the airbrush to it for three coats [pic is after the first coat] of the base green while elements of the other model on the work table were setting.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3090/2594022210_37ee0c76f8.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/8476775@N05/2594022210/)

The second model, which took most of Fathers' Day Weekend to prep [BIG thank you to the wife for giving me the time to get it done] is a Grey Knights / Inquisition Thunderhawk for my wife's Forces of the Inquisition. I got it prepped this weekend, scrubbed before work this morning [to get rid of the mold release,] and will prime it tomorrow evening [weather permitting.]

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3209/2593183285_92be11a6f1.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/8476775@N05/2593183285/)

As they shape up, I'll post additional pics of the progress of each.


19-06-2008, 22:47
Looks like a good start on the Scorpion and to an interesting project log. :) Just curious, could you take a couple close ups of the Thunderhawk's cockpit? The pictures on the FW site don't give a very good idea of the interior detail.

20-06-2008, 07:47
Look like great projects Macdiesel, look forward to seeing the GK hawk especially ;)

In retrospect I think we should probably be thanking FW for their abysmally slow shipping, seems we are tying up all those loose ends while waiting, I kicked off the GK titan project through boredom too!

20-06-2008, 12:17
Husband, wife, and son, all with their very own FW super heavy...There's something comfortingly right about your family xD

Can't wait to see where this thread goes!

20-06-2008, 14:42
Ahhh Bulldog... your Titan company is an inspiration, and I still look forward to your help "vetting" my cardstock Reaver!!!

@greendawn -- I'm truly blessed to have a wife, 12 year-old son, and three year-old daughter who are all equally obsessed with 40k. It's something I started pouring myself into when I was my son's age, and it's rewarding beyond words to bring another generation into the hobby... you should see the delight on my three year-ols'd face when she exclaims "Oh, papa, I got THREE wounds!!!"

@spacemonkey... i'll take some pics, and try to post today/tomorrow.

20-06-2008, 15:30
Firstly, glad to hear of the family effort. I think having something which brings a family together is marvelous and something like GW is always a great thing.

I myself share a very close bond with my father because of our fascination for wargaming, and its charming to see this in other familys too.

With regard to this thread, im interested to see how it pans out. The construction of the Thunderhawk should be great to watch, please lets see plenty of photos of how it all comes togehter. Some people do blogs of great forgeworld items... and you see it in pieces... and then finished... and nothing of the in between bits... and thats where the interest lies for me.

many thanks for an interesting thread.


My name is Daniel and i am a Wargamer

20-06-2008, 20:08
I took pics of more than just the cockpit, because while that is impressively detailed, there are other areas where the detail amazed me even more. One thing I will say about F/W models -- they put detail in places no scratch-build I've ever seen even dreams of revealing. I hear people at me LGS complain all the time about the price, but I have to say I have never felt like I get anything less than my money's worth.

I'm just learning how to use my wife's little point/shoot Panasonic [which is oodles faster to use than my Nikon D70+Macro+tripod setup, since I don't have to change lenses, mount it, or fid my remote control!] so please forgive the focus and blur issues. By the way, click on any of my images to go to Flickr for the original, if you want to see them bigger...

Cockpit from the top/front:

Pilot has a nicely detailed vox-link.
Steering column has another set of cogitator displays not shown that plop on top of flight controls.
Under side of this "module" of the model is as detailed as the under side of rest of the model (see below.)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3281/2595359061_1a77151a54.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/8476775@N05/2595359061/)

Rear of Cockpit from top/side:
Detailed Comm Array (similar to Damocles Command Rhino) shown...
Center column of Cockpit (which other seat is facing) is equally detailed, and not the same.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3192/2596192764_6225a974cf.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/8476775@N05/2596192764/)

Inside of the front landing gear bay:
As I looked *under* the Bird I would never have thought that the interior of the landing gear bay would be *super detailed,* but it is!
Indicator lights, piping, panels, etc.
Very nice detail on the struts, as well.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3031/2596192018_968976268e.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/8476775@N05/2596192018/)

Under Side of the Bird, and rear landing gear:
This one may be one of those most useful to see at its original size on Flickr...
The entirety of the under side is studded with rivets, tastefully marked with vents and panels, and detailed to a high degree.
I don't think I can say enough about how cool the engines look, especially the thrust nozzles at the business end of the scramjets.
I have spent a lot of time on Air Force and NASA sites in my professional life, and I can see that when these are painted they will look very much like real engines. Granted, not scale jet engine models, but killer looking nonetheless.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3082/2596192384_23ca9c6367.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/8476775@N05/2596192384/)

Hope these pics show you a bit more of the detail on this crazy model. My hat's off to F/W for building objects of beauty.


20-06-2008, 21:14
Great pics, MacDiesel, and you're right the details on the Thunderhawk are truly amazing.

27-06-2008, 16:37
Had a set back this week... the mold release on the Thunderhawk didn't come off with my normal procedure (long soak in detergent, solid scrub with a hard-bristle brush, long soak, solid scrub, then rinse...) Primed it up nice, and primer is flaking on light contact.

So, this weekend will be a soak in Simple Green, a scrub, another soak, and then prime with Auto-Body Primer instead of Chaos Black (which I usually have decent luck with.)

That's going to keep me from making any progress painting, which bums me out.

Hopefully I'll make some good progress over the rest of the week's evenings and will have more to post next week.

01-07-2008, 22:11
AHHHH, Great news! Simple Green is a miracle cleaner!!!

I soaked a couple of test parts in S/G to see if the Chaos Black Primer would release. Sure enough, it worked like a charm. 48 hours, and paint was picked up right off of the surface of the parts. Most of the paint came off the flat panels under a quick luke warm water rinse, the rest came off between a nylon brush and a tooth brush. There was a tiny amount left in the fine details, but nothing another soak and a firmer tooth brush won't fix, I'm sure of it.

Hopefully I'll have the Thunderhawk cleaned and ready for primer this weekend.

The Scorpion took another couple of coats from the airbrush last night, and I'm going to start shading in over the next couple of evenings. Hopefully I'll have more progress to post by Sun/Mon.

02-07-2008, 00:28
Love the pics of the Thunderhawk, will be good to see it painted (when the paint will stick!)

Any chance of a closup of the main crew compartment, the one that the marine is standing on in Flickr?


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