I had a couple designs sketched out for use as generic "pump ogres" in the ogre army, but i felt they'd work perfectly for mangler squigs, models who flail around wildly and cause destruction to anything they hit, friend or foe. So these designs jumped the que.
Firstly before i started work on anything, I spent ages looking for "wood grain" style plasticard, untill finally I found a cool little article on "cool mini or not" about how to make your own.
So basically i followed the article, but used it on plasticard to make planks instead of beams like this bloke did, so here's a quick idea of the way to do that.
|first cut off strips of plasticard at the width you want your planks to be, (you'll cut them into the plank sizes later, as you can see above)|
|Next draw the hacksaw at a 90 degree angle to the strip, apply a solid amount of force to it, so you dig in and scratch out a grain effect on the strips as you can see here, then cut the strip into the sizes you need your planks to be.|
|Finally get your knife and cut out some irregular chipping into the edges, this works for the rough planks i wanted, for more regular stuff you can just leave it at the last step.|
Ok, now that i had that sorted out, i could go into mass production of parts and really power through some building. So the first design I had was a bucket on legs with a whirly ball of death thing going on.. you'll see..
|So here's the main body section finished, basically just top and bottom layer, surrounded by wooden planks, simple but i think it came out pretty well.|
|Heres the underneath pointy legs, pretty simple plasticard and some plastic tube, also this is a pretty good shot of the wood grain planks and how well they came out.|
|So next up was the whirly balls, basically its the back wheel of the currant metal snotling pump wagon, and a mix of goblin fanatic balls, and flagellant chains and balls, on some round sprue with some plasticard detailing on the top of the body|
|Heres the reverse view, also added in some plasticard rivets, just used a plastic hex rod cut to size and glued on, nice and simple|
|Painted and based, sadly the wood train effect got washed out a little with the paint, on the next batch i'll try scratch in some deeper grain effect|
|Here's a shot from the rear, its a bit blurry sorry, but you get the idea.|
Ok so thats one mangler squig/pump ogre down, for the other one i decided on a "mech squig" basically a rip off of my mate owen's idea ( http://terrainforhippos.blogspot.com/ ) so full credit to him for the initial idea
|Front View of him, so cute|
|Ok, here i've added legs, out of some I beam plastic rod, and some other offcuts, and given him a snotling pilot|
|Here's the paint job, fairly quick and nasty, but i had to do this the nights before the tourny, the eyes dont really work so i'll repaint those i think, probably blue|
|Heres the front view|
As for the tournament, these blokes did me proud on the most part, doing ridiculous amounts of damage when they worked, or driving directly into tree's and dieing when they didnt. Either way I got a chuckle out of them.