Beyond The Sprues

Modelling => Completed GBs => Group and Themed Builds => It's the End of the World as We Know It! GB => Topic started by: buzzbomb on October 05, 2012, 08:45:31 PM

Title: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon - Finished !!
Post by: buzzbomb on October 05, 2012, 08:45:31 PM
Dunno if this the right place to plonk a build log (move it where it belongs if not :thumbsup:) .. but here we go.

Some of you may have read the Emberverse Series by SM Sterling, starting with the Novel Dies the fire.
For those of you have not so far "done yourself a favour" and read this series the basic concept is something like this.
A happening sweeps the earth and all electricity ceases to exist and physics around pressurisation change. This means technology requiring either any type of Electricity or the use of high pressure such as steam or gunpowder does not work. This leads to groups working together to survive in this new environment, which more or less equates to the Middle Ages as far as available technology goes. So that means Bows, swords and human muscle power are back. There are multiple groups of varying ethics blah blah blah..

Anyhoo.
Once this theme come up this just had to be done. So what I am looking at is doing a couple (I hope) of Advanced Recon guys from one of the clans in the book, the BearKillers. So sticking with the available technology the bicycle becomes a very useful tool.
So to start I wanted a more modern bike. So I scratchbuilt up some tyres and cast them and used some Aber etch for the Tamiya German Bicycle set for the spokes and chains and stuff and a new more cross-country type frame.

(http://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/endofworld/diesthefire1.jpg)
This is where I am at so far with the bike

(http://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/endofworld/diesthefire2.jpg)
This one of the figures. Planned to be in military kit with some civilian outdoor gear and bows/swords

Lets see if I can beat De Bashers deadline

Brian T
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: Brian da Basher on October 05, 2012, 11:46:33 PM
This is totally the right place for your build thread, Brian and I really like your project!

We don't see many bike models around here, so this is a rare treat!

Looks like you've got some great details already and I can't wait to see more!

Thanks for kicking off our GB with the first work-in-progress!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: buzzbomb on October 12, 2012, 08:03:36 PM
right.. more "on ya bike"
Since the bikes are the main focus more time spent on this one, now pretty much finished and with the start of the kit being carried by these long rang recon folks.
(http://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/endofworld/diesthefire3.jpg)

Well what I have learned is.... the next one is going to better.. some things on this version did not quite work.

We shall see.. figgies under way as well but boring at the moment. Building Crossbows, quivers, swords and working up some civilian type packs and gear.
More to follow.. wait out.

Cheers
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: Brian da Basher on October 12, 2012, 10:36:12 PM
That's some excellent progress! I really like the saddle bags, etc.

Details like that really bring a model to life!

Looking forward to your next update!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 13, 2012, 03:48:43 AM
Wow!!  Simply wow!!!
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: apophenia on October 13, 2012, 04:40:41 AM
Amazing build, great concept!  :)
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: taiidantomcat on October 18, 2012, 06:52:31 AM
Wow!!  :o
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: Queeg on October 18, 2012, 07:17:45 AM
That's absolutely insane !!!! In a good way .....  :icon_beer: :icon_beer: :icon_beer:
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: buzzbomb on October 18, 2012, 06:17:07 PM
Thanks for the feedback folks.
Figure one is just about done, a couple of tweaks and goof fixes and he is there
(http://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/endofworld/diesthefire4.jpg)
(http://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/endofworld/diesthefire5.jpg)

working now on the second figure and the base.. hope I make it in time for the deadline due to the stupidly late start I made. ;)

Cheers
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on October 19, 2012, 12:06:34 AM
That is looking really good, especially the pose you have with the figure on the bike. 
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 19, 2012, 02:27:09 AM
I'll say it again:  wow!!!

Mind you, who wants to tell they guy that he has just stepped in something... ;)
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: Queeg on October 19, 2012, 03:02:54 AM
Mind you, who wants to tell they guy that he has just stepped in something... ;)

I think it may have cause a premature firing ..........  :o

And dang - if it had prmoise before now it's looking fantastic !!!!!!!!!!!   :icon_beer:
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: Brian da Basher on October 19, 2012, 05:17:14 AM
You're really displaying your talent with this project, buzzbomb! Your eye for detail is on-target and you carry it off equisitely.

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: Doom! on October 19, 2012, 07:42:00 AM
Lookin' really nice.  :)
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: raafif on October 19, 2012, 07:44:28 AM
lookin' great -- who'd a thought a push-bike would be so cool an idea ???

If you need it, I vote now for an extension so it can be entered.
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: ChernayaAkula on October 19, 2012, 07:53:01 AM
That looks pretty darn amazing!

Had wondered where the SVD's barrel was. Then I read the backstory and it all dropped into place. Dragunov crossbow - very cool!
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: buzzbomb on October 21, 2012, 01:15:27 PM
Wow I am impressed you could pick up the Dragunov from that shot. I am using a couple of sets of left over figures, the Zvesda Spetznaz and the Dragon Afghan Soviet Special Forces set as the basis for the figures. The Dragunov with the sight worked pretty well as a crossbow.

Well spotted that man !

quite a bit done this weekend.. hopefully should have it finished mid week.. Yay !!
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon
Post by: buzzbomb on October 23, 2012, 06:49:28 PM
Other than a couple of small things that I spotted in the photos.. The End of the world is here

So here is my take on Dies the Fire, with a Bearkiller Recon Team

(http://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/endofworld/diesthefire7.jpg)
(http://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/endofworld/diesthefire8.jpg)
(http://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/endofworld/diesthefire9.jpg)
(http://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/endofworld/diesthefire10.jpg)
(http://www.modelblokez.org.au/bthpix/whatif/endofworld/diesthefire11.jpg)

Whew.. made the deadline, but who knew.. it come together so well.
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon - Finished !!
Post by: GTX_Admin on October 24, 2012, 01:54:57 AM
Wow!!!  Outstanding!!! :) :)
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon - Finished !!
Post by: Doom! on October 24, 2012, 02:02:08 AM
Wow!!!  Outstanding!!! :) :)
I concur!
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon - Finished !!
Post by: Brian da Basher on October 24, 2012, 03:27:41 AM
Yowsa!!! That's some truly masterful detail work, Buzz!

Brian da Basher
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon - Finished !!
Post by: raafif on October 24, 2012, 05:51:15 AM
just Wow!
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon - Finished !!
Post by: Jeffry Fontaine on October 24, 2012, 06:05:53 AM
Very impressive work on the figures, especially the spectacles on the second figure. 
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon - Finished !!
Post by: ed s on October 24, 2012, 08:07:26 AM
Great work on this.  On the whole a excellent vignette.  (Although, for some reason, it looks to me like you placed it on top of a piece of chocolate cake with white frosting.  I guess since I can't eat cake any more, it's just my subconscious playing game with me.)

Ed
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon - Finished !!
Post by: taiidantomcat on November 02, 2012, 09:31:14 AM
Those are some awe inspiring figures!!  :icon_surprised:
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon - Finished !!
Post by: Frank3k on November 05, 2012, 01:35:47 AM
Great job! The figures look amazing. What paint did you use for the skin tones and hair?
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon - Finished !!
Post by: buzzbomb on November 07, 2012, 08:14:10 AM
Frank,

I only use Vallejo paints for faces with Citadel washes.  I use a basic flesh mix (50/50 sunny skin tone and Salmon Rose), then lighten it up and thin for the highlights.  Then for figures like this that re not really going head to head with other figures, I then use the Citadel Ogryn Flesh wash (or whatever it is called today) to give the depth.

The washes dry matt so they are just fantastic for this kind of work. 

Thanks all for the encouraging comments
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon - Finished !!
Post by: Frank3k on November 07, 2012, 11:32:25 AM
I only use Vallejo paints for faces with Citadel washes.  I use a basic flesh mix (50/50 sunny skin tone and Salmon Rose), then lighten it up and thin for the highlights.  Then for figures like this that re not really going head to head with other figures, I then use the Citadel Ogryn Flesh wash (or whatever it is called today) to give the depth.

I'm doing a couple of figures with Vallejo right now - did you brush paint the base coat (many thin layers, I assume) or did you airbrush the base, then brush painted the highlights? Some of the non-Cadmium containing Vallejo flesh colors can be airbrushed.
Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon - Finished !!
Post by: buzzbomb on November 08, 2012, 06:26:45 AM

Frank, all brush work over a spray undercoat.. usually of white. Vallejo paint and to probably the same extent Citidel paints brush beautifully, but multiple thin coats is good as well.



Title: Re: Dies the Fire - Bearkiller Advanced Recon - Finished !!
Post by: Cliffy B on December 06, 2012, 09:57:16 AM
This is beyond cool man!!!  Awesome job  8)

Can you post some more close-ups of the guys and possibly the weapons.  I love homemade weapon designs and really want to see what you came up with.

-Mike