|Bazalgette Light Armoured Perambulatory Contivance - ready for battle! ... almost...|
I've been threatening to update my reports on the progress of the Bazalgette Light Armoured Perambulatory Contrivance for a while now, so as she's starting to look almost finished, I thought I ought to take a moment...
|Lieutenant Boddington gets a little excited as the new terror takes shape|
...there. That was nice...
Anyway, as you can see, I've made quite a bit of progress since my last report on this project.
|Body detailing, gatling guns and pistons are added.|
|Details are painted. A fairly simple pallette of red, brass and black. Ink washes and drybrushing add depth and weathering.|
|Up-close and personal..|
The BLAP-C now sports pistons in all the right places; guitar-string-conduits; many, many rivets (wait for it...); a twin gatling gun and somewhat detailed controls for the gunner and driver. All that remains is a mechanical right hand (still in planning) and glass canopies for the head and chest...
|Leg details: pistons drive knees and ankles.|
|Guitar strings are added after painting. And a lot of rivets, of course!|
This creation took something of a back seat while I worked on the Thomson Tank-Engines (see my "Weapons of Mass Delusion" page) - and I'm glad it did. Coming back to it a little at a time has definitely produced a good result. I was becoming impatient with this machine, and was in danger of rushing it. Walking away from your work can be a very good thing sometimes.
|Boiler and chimney - before painting.|
|Boiler, access ladders, steam conduits, etc. after painting.|
I was recently e-mailed by Nate, a fellow enthusiast. During our correspondence, I pointed out that no project ever ends up exactly as you imagined it would - you never really know what you've got until it's finished. This is definitely true in the case of the BLAP-C. I picked up a cheap, simple toy and thought, "Hmmm... This should be a nice quick, easy project..."
How wrong I was.
That said, I didn't expect to be as pleased with the result as I am (so far - touch wood!).
|The driver - comfortable and in control, but no doubt wondering when his bullet-proof glass canopy will be installed.|
In theory (note the disclaimer - very similar in context to the preface, "Allegedly...") there is not a lot left to do. I need to build the right hand, glass-in the chest and head, and detail the base. British markings, etc. will be added here and there.
|Cockpit details. I was in danger of skimping here. Glad I took time out.|
|Green knobs on the levers contrast with the rest of the colour scheme.|
|Soon to be closed-in forever...|
Other than that, she's more or less complete. Which is a nice feeling.
I started this blog just over a year ago, mostly featuring Leadwood, my Wild West town. Back then, I figured I would largely be sharing insights, tips and techniques regarding terrain-building. Hmmm... Let's take a look at recent work...
The Faraday Galvanic Field Gun (and Big Mike)
The Thomson Tank-Engines
The Bazalgette Light Armoured Perambulatory Contrivace
Maybe it's time I made some terrain for a bit? After all, my awesome British Victorian Sci-Fi army doesn't actually have a battlefield right now.
Wouldn't want to disappoint the lads, eh what?
|Not a knees-ey photograph to take...|
Oh yes, almost forgot... Rivet Count so far: 414!
More on the Bazalgette blah blah blah soon!
All the Best!