|Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe's Hydraulically Motorvated Sextupedal Land-Traversing Vacational Domicile: A lonely observer wanders the skeleton of the beast...|
|Engine room and core room laid out relative to each other, as the shape of the mid-section is drawn on foamcore.|
There are still some details to add to the engine room, but this week I decided to start work on the mid-section of my gigantic walker, as I realised I was getting bogged down and a little uninspired, so it was time for a new bit.
This part houses Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe's mansion, the main level of which will be accessible for gaming via a removable barrel-vault roof even bigger than that of the engine room.
|The underbelly is cut. Note that it sits at an angle to the engine-room...|
Even the basic framework for this has presented me with challenges. As you can see, I decided that the walker should be flexible, which posed the question of how the various decks should slide against each other. It occurred to me some time ago that a rigid two-hundred and forty feet long walker would need a huge open space just to turn around, so flexibility would be a necessary part of the design.
So this is what happens when a walking Bendy Bus gets kinky with the Titanic...
|The main deck is designed around the core room. The two-deck mansion will sit on top of this, with the core room visible through the floor.|
Obviously, there is a huge amount of work to do on this. Followers of this blog will appreciate what has gone into the engine section already - and this part is much bigger...
|A set of ribs is designed to form the shape of the hull. This enables me to keep the model very light, and keeps it open enough that I can run cables for lighting and add counter-sunk detailing if I choose to.|
|A rib. What more need be said?|
Please bear with me - I promise to keep you entertained!
|The core-room in place, and the main deck set at its level. The join between engine section and mid section will be designed to look like interlocking iron plates.|
|The mansion level is sketched out in foam core. As you can see, it is rather large. The big open square at the rear corner has been left for a three-storey countersunk stairwell with lighting and portholes...|
So: not very pretty, but it's progress. And I hope it gives you all a better idea of where I am going with this.
Meanwhile, inevitably, I was a little distracted by a hideous plastic dragon. It happens, doesn't it?
|Exhibit A: Hideous Plastic Dragon...|
|Ripping the blighter's wings off didn't do much for its appearance. But at least it's big and scaly.|
|Horrible peg-and-socket arms and legs. Shudder!|
As with other accidental bits of fun, this little gem cried out to me from the shelves of one of Wellington's many Crap R Us stores; "I'm only $2.50! Save me! Please!"
|Having decided to forego the front limbs, I brought the rear legs closer-in to the hips and started to sculpt the joints with green stuff. I also fixed up the join between body and tail.|
Well, I'd had a couple of beers in the sun (yes: we had some. I was there. I will cherish the memory.) so I was persuaded, although upon getting home and unwrapping my prize, I feared I may have wasted the price of a quarter of a pint!
|Stumpy remnants of wings are sculpted with green stuff, completing the 'flightless bird' impression.|
I pulled off the wings, removed the front limbs and cried, "Chicken!" And so it began...
|The whole model is undercoated with white paint, then washed with brown ink.|
|When the ink is dry, the model is heavily highlighted with white, then green and red inks are used to wash all parts.|
This beastie didn't take very long really, but I honestly had no idea it would transform into one of my favourite small projects so far. As the inks went on, the monster evolved and I fell in love...
|The whole model is highlighted with flesh, and the belly is highlighted further, up to white. Then a yellow wash is applied everywhere but the belly, bringing out the green beautifully.|
|Claws, teeth and eyes are picked out, having carefully enriched touches of red here and there.|
The great thing about cheap toys is the element of surprise: If you look really closely, many have pretty good detail, obscured under awful paint jobs. This is where ink washes are great - they don't obscure the detail further, no matter how many coats you use.
|The finished head in close-up. Note the tiny touch of white paint in the eye to make it gleam.|
|Why did the Grark cross the road?|
Et, Voila! A seriously nasty beastie from the depths of the Lost Continent!
|A Giant Carnivorous Grark decides that Scagworm is on the menu.|
Coming next: more work on Lord Smudgington Smythely-Smythe's Hydraulically Motorvated Sextupedal Land-Traversing Vacational Domicile, and more Nefarious Machinations of the Nefarious Doktor Nefarious.
|A fearless adventurer stumbles upon something that could ruin his day...|
All the Best!