Friday, May 13, 2016

Fairy Sabers V1.0

As is obvious I haven't painted in a while due to a variety of reasons. but as  I almost never stop creating in some manner  (hence Thirdfate Creations)... Lightsabers!

We've had some target FX light sabers for a couple years now and I was sad I missed getting all the colors they had back when they were only about 25 dollars during after Christmas sales.
So... I stopped whining and made my own.  The kids got the first versions while I figure out the bugs.   The guts of two collapsible sabers with sound from target were used as a sound board, then I went about making the blade based on kid color preference, using lighter materials that were more robust than the store sabers, and digging up some SOT fet's left over from my micro-drone builds and got to work.  For the hilt I was originally going to paint PVC to look cool but stumbled upon a way to fire PVC (with excellent ventilation,  a breather mask, and a propane torch) to make it look like wood and give it a finish that is tougher than all but the most expensive paints for adhering to PVC.   Then just a bit of spin doctoring to convince the kids they were fairy sabers, not a hard sell, and viola! we have version 1 woodland jedi or fairy sabers.

Now to do some for myself, My wife,  a niece,  and a couple other kids who desperately need sabers. 

Just finished another set for a friends kids. Since I wont be on hand to do repairs I made the internals painfully simple and lowered the LED current draw from 1.7 to 0.7 amps so they should last a loooong time.  I also rand a secondary wire up each LED string to ensure that even if a solder joint fails the backup wire should keep the string lit for a long time.  And I included a bit more padding about the LED's to ensure they will take the stronger beating a couple boys will give them.  Camera flash was on.

And let the munchkins go at it!

Now,... I have some starships sitting on my painting bench crying out for attention...and a mech...

Thursday, November 26, 2015

More Quad Painting and a Deep one.

Spending a lot less time on these guys, I picked a theme that worked well with the props I put on them at the time. Mostly tuned these guys fly quite nicely.Its too bad most quads dont have bodies to paint.  I could do some nice racers.

and a Deep one quickly painted with the airbrush.  I liked the skin texture I put on him but may have made it a bit subtle. .

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Bit of a side track with FPV racer XBR black bolt

Trying to get some momentum after life steps in I chose to do an easy canopy for an FPV racer, the XBR blackbolt.
The carbon fiber is the frame, I didnt paint it.  I just painted the canopy on the top. 

Friday, August 7, 2015

Victory Star Destroyer: Prepare to launch all fighters!

A second commission had me painting three VSD's for starwars armada.  However one of them we decided to play with opening the bays... because I really wanted to and he thought it would be a good idea too=)  With a bit of searching online to see how to split one of these guys open we found what I needed and I then went to work hacking the bays out and remodeling them to look like they open up to launch or receive fighters en mass.  I like the landing lights leading to the blue atmospheric force-field... Maybe someone will want me to light up a VSD next....

new tough challenges please! There are also a few new interesting Titans out there that are screaming for a nice paintjob.

Since ive already shown the first of the 3 VSD's I wont bother showing its twin as it's very similar.

Assault Frigates Back From the Front

For the first set we have two nearly identical Mk II Assault frigate commissions.

Painted to look like they had several armor panels replace since they left dock, several replacing badly damaged section leaving discontinuities in the damaged armor panels.  I left the bottoms darker to add a bit more depth and scale to these guys.   However, since they are very similar looking, here is just a single set.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Knight of the Oldest Repulic...

Well I dont know if the Eldar believe in republics but you try telling him whats what.  

This is the second of the wraiths painted, and since GW gave this guy so many parts he is quite articulate with only minor part modifications.   This guy is magnetized and pinned all over to hold this pose yet still be dismantled.  And every weapon shipped with him was painted and magnetized as well for near complete swap ability.  

My marching orders on him was "dynamic"  so I figured this guy, in capable of flight like the revenants would rely on running.  Therefore I decided to have him charging across the battlefield lopping off heads with abandon.  Lesser units get out of the way or be bisected.  Greater units.... Go for the kneecaps!  They'll topple like an OAK!!!

Oh yea, I also had to have him make some sense carrying cannons instead.. .boring cannons.   So the second set is of him cannonized charging by ventilating the stuffy marines and nids. with high energy discharges. .