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Offline andonio64

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The Tarasque
« on: November 09, 2020, 01:17:32 AM »
Hallo everybody,
first of all I apologize for not being present for such a long time in the forum, but modeling has suffered a stop over the whole front for months for many reasons, not only this covid craze but many health problems of me and my wife that are partly still there...
OK I don't want to complain any further and I am so glad this Sunday morning I sat at the bench and started a new fantasy project: the TARASQUE!

The Tarasque is a "fearsome legendary dragon-like mythological hybrid from Provence, in southern France" (source: Wikipedia)

It is (was?) then turned into a "machine" used during Pentecost in Tarascon to amuse people watching the celebrations in the street


I decided to turn it into a steampunkish war machine...

Antonio

Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2020, 01:24:37 AM »
Here is the starting set of my project:


My wife last winter dismissed this gorgeous mouse completely covered by glittering diamonds and I took it because it suggested me the body of the Tarasque.


Then I found the carts on a stand selling things for the Nativity Scenes in a Christmas market in Ferrara (Italy) last December


And bought a few months ago this lion-headed figure from ebay:


I also found on the pavement near my house this piece, reminding me of a sort of dragon's wings... I am not sure I will use it but it's on the bench and we'll see what to do with it

Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2020, 01:49:07 AM »


I started drilling the mouse to let the wheels axles pass through:


cut off the wheels from the carts and dry fitted them on the provisional axles



cut the lionhead from the figure and provisionally fitted on the body



Work on the wheels, I found these cogwheels that I will use as a transmission from the engine to the rear wheels (I decided to make this vehicle a steam powered one)



Here the wheels are dry fitted to see how they look




Thanks for watching!

Offline apophenia

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2020, 05:11:34 AM »
Love it! And your wife's loss on the mouse is our gain  ;D
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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2020, 05:48:39 AM »
wow.. great use of stuff.

The Netflix show Warrior Nun has a Tarasque (Tarask for them) as the key nemesis. Totally changed the traits of the Demon.

Really like this work, using the legendary image as inspiration

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2020, 09:26:50 AM »
Looks medieval! If the insides are intact, you can add a battery (3V to 5V) and light up the LED inside the mouse.

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2020, 02:24:16 PM »
That mouse has been "blinged" to within a millimetre of being a tear in the fabric of reality! :icon_surprised:

You, Andonio, may take it over the edge! :o
"This is the Captain. We have a little problem with our engine sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and, ah, explode."

Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2020, 02:48:38 PM »
Love it! And your wife's loss on the mouse is our gain  ;D
:-X
Yes, she likes unusual mice for her PC, I already have another one she disposed, shaped as a car...

Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2020, 02:52:29 PM »
That mouse has been "blinged" to within a millimetre of being a tear in the fabric of reality! :icon_surprised:

You, Andonio, may take it over the edge! :o

Gosh! what a huge res˛onsibility!
 :o :o :o

Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2020, 02:54:19 PM »
Looks medieval! If the insides are intact, you can add a battery (3V to 5V) and light up the LED inside the mouse.

I tried to open it but I couldn't, there are two screws and one has the head ruined so it can't be unscrewed.

I'll use this great led idea for next project with the car shaped mouse

Thanks for the suggestion!!! I'll ask you how to make it.
« Last Edit: November 09, 2020, 03:33:40 PM by andonio64 »

Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2020, 03:32:18 PM »
wow.. great use of stuff.

The Netflix show Warrior Nun has a Tarasque (Tarask for them) as the key nemesis. Totally changed the traits of the Demon.

Really like this work, using the legendary image as inspiration

The Tarask you talk about is totally different but for sure the authors chose that name knowing of this Tarasque...

I start from that old photo as inspiration but there will be meaningful differences, Ill show them in the next days!

Thanks to everybody for commenting

Offline finsrin

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2020, 04:04:17 PM »
Strange out of nowhere different it is.  Wheels look right.  Will be watching.

Offline Robomog

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2020, 06:51:43 PM »
This is real left field stuff that appeals to my Mog senses, looking forward to the finished model.

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Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2020, 03:26:25 AM »
Thanks for commenting guys, I have built from scratch and some plasticard two funnels for the steam engine that will go in between the funnels covering the center wheel of the mouse.



That's all for today, thanks again

Antonio

Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2020, 12:58:15 AM »
Hi there,
another Sunday session at the table:

I imagined a housing for the external engine mechanisms


The cogwheels on the rear axle were a bit too small to match the wheels on the axle coming out of the engine slot, so I changed them:

the copper ones will go on the engine axle and the darker ones will go beside the real wheels:





I need to create some mechanisms to be inserted in the engine housing and two holders for a cannon. Then primer and paint!

That's all for today!

Thanks for watching

Antonio

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2020, 03:59:31 AM »
Ah yes, another design from Antonio da Vinci brought to life! The engine housing almost looks like a chariot.

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2020, 05:39:14 AM »
Very nicely done.


Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2020, 03:39:01 PM »
Ah yes, another design from Antonio da Vinci brought to life! The engine housing almost looks like a chariot.

 ;D  Tank you Frank, I am happy with the engine housing, will keep it in mind when needing a chariot!

Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2020, 03:39:44 PM »
Very nicely done.

Thanks Buzz, I'm glad you like it!


Offline finsrin

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2020, 05:09:22 PM »
On its way to fitting "Tarasque" name.  Handy bit of gear work.  :smiley:
Curious what paint scheme will be.....

Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2020, 07:38:33 PM »
On its way to fitting "Tarasque" name.  Handy bit of gear work.  :smiley:
Curious what paint scheme will be.....

Thanks finsrin, to be honest I am not sure either about the paint scheme, indeed I will use a lot of metallic shades, but sometimes I'm tempted not to paint all those diamonds on the back of the vehicle...


Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #21 on: November 20, 2020, 03:52:53 AM »
Hi folks,
some short sessions during the week and the steam engine is ready, of course totally scratch built.
The shortest stem is the piston moved by the steam (it's located in the rear part of the engine housing)




Here in the foreground it's shown the cannon


I decided to use the dragon wings as cannon holders (a first coat of Tamiya metallic grey has been laid on the lower half of the hull)


On the spot where the two funnels will be placed I put a sort of platform to have a flat floor, it has been painted as well with Tam Metallic Grey as the rim of the hole where the mouse wheel was)
I must decide how to glue the cannon holders on the back of the mouse, maybe I need to remove a couple of diamond rows...

Thanks for watching!

Antonio

« Last Edit: November 20, 2020, 03:57:55 AM by andonio64 »

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2020, 12:01:09 PM »
Muzzle loader, good choice !

Offline buzzbomb

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #23 on: November 20, 2020, 01:49:47 PM »
Really like the Steam engine and the choice of using the wings, for the cannon is a good one.

Coming along nicely

Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #24 on: November 29, 2020, 08:29:20 PM »
Hallo there!
I have just completed this dreadful war machine... :o :o :o

here goes the photoshoot:





















Thanks for watching

Antonio

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #25 on: November 29, 2020, 11:57:20 PM »
Damn, that looks so right.   My hat's off to you.

Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2020, 12:12:22 AM »
Damn, that looks so right.   My hat's off to you.

Thank you Elmayerle!

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2020, 04:49:39 AM »
That is truly imaginative and inspiring.  Great work.

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2020, 05:23:36 AM »
Antonio, that worked so well.

Great work 8)

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #29 on: November 30, 2020, 05:31:31 AM »
That's fantastic! What did you use for the faded/worn brass (on the cannon and the drive gear)? Rub N' Buff or similar wax paint?

Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #30 on: November 30, 2020, 03:17:43 PM »
THanks everybody for your appreciation!

That's fantastic! What did you use for the faded/worn brass (on the cannon and the drive gear)? Rub N' Buff or similar wax paint?

The cannon and the cogwheels are metallic parts bought as you see them. The cannon is a naval modeling intem, the wheels are from a pack bought at greenstuff.

The deck overall color is obtained mixing some Tamiya X33 Bronze (from a half dry jar) with X12 Gold Leaf.

The "belly" colour is made laying a couple of coats of tamiya metallic grey XF56 with a X33 drybrush tapping all over.
« Last Edit: November 30, 2020, 03:20:27 PM by andonio64 »

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #31 on: December 01, 2020, 06:35:17 PM »
Turned out a treat, nice one Andonio  :smiley: :smiley:

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Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #32 on: December 02, 2020, 03:31:39 AM »
Thank you Mog!

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #33 on: December 02, 2020, 08:41:08 AM »
So cool!  8)
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Offline andonio64

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Re: The Tarasque
« Reply #34 on: December 02, 2020, 11:22:02 PM »
Thanks Moritz!