So here I am again, after another fortnight of tiny rivets and glue fumes...
HMSW Gargantua is really taking shape now, although maybe not as fast as I'd like. As you can see, the interior details of the vehicle are mostly complete and the outer hull is not far off.
|Much of the armour plating is complete, bristling with rivets! I still have to paint the red outlining.|
|Left: The fo'c'sle with views through the porthole and door. Right: Closeup of the flywheel and rear deck supports.|
Armaments will be added soon, I hope: Gatling guns on either side of the fo'c'sle and in the 'mouth', and at least two cannon ports on either side of the body. Also still to come are a ladder to the rear deck, navigational instruments, and anything else I can fit in! (Hmmm.... maybe a semaphore?)
|Deck details: trapdoor and cargo hatch (note the rivets! Always more rivets! Ahahahahaha!) I still have to add a ladder from the iron plate by the flywheel to the rear deck.|
|Close-ups of the various decks. Brass handrails will eventually enclose the rear deck, too. The semi-circular cutouts are for Gatling guns.|
Work has also begun on the legs. The height at which the model is supported in these pictures (balanced on a wine glass) is the actual height the final piece will be... Huge! I temporarily fixed the leg together for the sake of these photos. Aren't I a nice Colonel?!
|Sergeant Tetley and Private Whitbread take bets on the shape of the feet... Lieutenant Boddington beside the beginnings of one leg.|
|Close-ups with redcoats for size comparison. I'll eventually crew the beast with Royal Navy and Marines.|
I have yet to settle on a design for the feet, but I can tell you that I'm favouring a cloven-hoof style. There will, of course, be many pipes, pistons, cables and rivets!
|Seen here next to my earlier walker (featured elsewhere on this blog).|
Rivet count so far: 1,760! And a great many more still to come...
In other news: I have begun work on a box of Perry Plastics American Civil War Infantry, to be fielded for a ten-a-side skirmish in Leadwood at the upcoming Call To Arms convention in Wellington, August 20th-21st. The Union troops are almost done. Here's their Captain, done with my usual inks.
I'll post pics of all the protagonists when they are ready.
Anyway, that's all for now.
All The Best!