Saturday, April 18, 2015

Minotaurs Space Marines Part 9: Raining Cows!

Hi, everybody. It's been a while since you saw an update on my Minotaurs. Due to time constraints and other circumstances, I shifted gears from that as a full time project, and it's now a side project that I'm working on in dribs and drabs. Even so, I haven't done anything with it in months. Until this week, that is.

Some time during the summer of 2014' a friend and I did a trade, out of which I received a pretty rough Forgeworld Dreadnought Drop Pod. It was in pretty bad shape having been assembled and disassembled, because of how bad the casting was, and poor fitting parts. But I knew with pinning, bending, and extra plasticard I could get it back up to snuff, so took it off his hands, to his relief.

There were two major issues with it. The first being the fins are too thin, resulting in 2-3 mm clearance in mounting the slots. I fixed this by shimming the fins with plasticard, which gave a nice solid gluing surface, and made the structure much more rigid. I also pinned all the joints to ensure extra strength, which really helped. This worked well, and the only issue that remains as a result is a tell tale gap when the doors are closed.

The second issue was that the floor plate was too thin. This was clearly a result of it going concave when it was casted due to too little resin being used, then the lip being sanded down too much by ForgeWorld to make it flat. This is what frustrated my friend as he complained about the doors not working when it was glued together. This was because there wasn't enough room in the hinge openings, causing the doors to physically bind. It also forced the doors upward by 3mm, leaving an unsightly gap at the bottom.

I fixed this by building up the thickness of the floor plate bottom using some 3mm thick sprue, which I carved and shaped to match the corners of the floor plate. The angle of the sprue sides was also a decent match for the taper of the floor. Finally, as part of the original owner's build attempts (I'm the third owner), the thruster base plate had been roughly carved/gouged in an attempt to make clearance for the hinges, but that didn't work, and made things worse due to poor fit and alignment. I hid that damage by running a band of plasticard around the top of the base, on the door sides. This squared up the edges and gave a better glue surface and alignment.

As as a result of these, and after about four hours of work I now have a pretty solid Dreadnought Drop Pod. The doors sit flush on the floor, and open and close easily.

The only issue now is the gap, which won't matter much when the doors are open.... Though I am considering fixing the gaps by adding plasticard, it really will have a declining rate of return, so probably won't bother. There are still a couple of blemishes that need cleaning and filling, and the main thruster needs to be heated and made round, but otherwise I am happy with the build, as I've always wanted one!

I didn't take any WIP shots ( I was too into it, and find interrupting for progress photos kills my progress), but here are some pics of it assembled.

Here it is with the doors closed. The door seals are visible due to the gap.

Directly below the door, you can see the strip of plasticard I used to hide the carved section, and rebuild the thruster plate. You can also see the grey plastic sprue I used on the bottom of the floor plate to give the door the correct clearance to open/close, and sit flush on the floor.

Top Tip: The empty Coke Zero bottle is a toy for my dog when he bugs me while I'm working on something delicate (especially to distract him from stealing my project - true story). For some reason empty plastic bottles are his favourite toy ever.

The doors all open and close nice and smoothly. You can see the gaps in this picture easily. Those doors are fully shut. Lots of work to fill if I decide to do it, as I'll either need to fill the gaps with plasticard, then add new sliding bolt detail, or use green stuff and sculpt in the detail. I could cheat it, and just put the plasticard on the front of the door to hide the gaps, but if I am going to do it, I want to do it to as high a standard as I can.

Top Tip: Keep shrink wrap from your packages (pictured in background). You can use it to blot up excess super glue, or to clean the tip of your superglue bottle.

Finally, this picture shows all the doors deployed. You can see in this picture, the door gaps are irrelevant with the petals open.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Freebootaz 2014 Toys For Tots Charity Auction Results

Well, another Freebootaz Charity Auction for the Toys for Tots is wrapped up and the results are really great!

The total raised in auction are approaching about $1750 for the combined auctions, all proceeds of which will be sent to Toys for Tots.

I'd like to thank all of you for viewing, supporting, and spreading the word on these auctions, or bidding if you have bid.

I'd also like to thank the Freebootaz forum for once again putting together some great projects for a worthy cause. It's become quite a tradition, and starts early in the year, with planning, assigning project leaders, building teams, selecting project themes, collecting materials, building, painting, and all the other hard work that goes into completing these projects.

The Freebootaz are once again starting a new Toys For Tots Charity Auction project for 2015, and there promises to be some great new armies for auction at the end of 2015. One of the things we are hoping to do this year is to have a front page where you can see work in progress, and follow along with regular news of the projects.

If you want to further support this endeavour, you can join the Freebootaz Forum at the link below. There's an annual fee, but the benefits can be worth it. If you can't join, but want to contribute, you can still do so. Just contact one of the moderators at the Forum and let them know you want to help. Alternately, you can also make donations directly to Toys for Tots, also linked below.

Auction Links:
Da Ork Dynasty Toys for Tots Auction
Tau Empire Toys for Tots Auction
Dreamforge Leviathan Toys for Tots Auction
Ork Stompa (With Sound System) Toys for Tots Auction
Crimson Fists Toys for Tots Auction

Toys for Tots
The Freebootaz

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Freebootaz 2014 Toys for Tots Charity Auction - Crimson Fists

The final Freebootaz Charity Auction for 2014 has been listed! This time for a Crimson Fists army for Warhammer 40,000.

All proceeds will go to the Toys for Tots!

This army was constructed and painted from donated materials as a joint effort by some stalwart volunteers from the 40K Radio Freebootaz Forum, including myself. I've taken photos of the army on my display board (NOT INCLUDED IN THE AUCTION)

This army can be taken as a 1500 point unbound army, with select wargear. It will make a great starter army for somebody looking to get into Space Marines, or Crimson Fists. Or will make an excellent add on detachment for any existing Space Marine Army or other army as allies...

Army Build is as follows:  Unbound!


  • Captain ( or Chapter Master) 
  • Anniversary Edition  Standard Bearer


  • Venerable Dreadnought with  Assault Cannon and Close combat arm. With  Drop Pod,  
  • Dreadnought with  Missile Launcher and Las Cannon  
  • 10 Man Sternguard Squad with all weapon options available
  • 5 Man Terminator Squad (6 models) with the option of an Assault Cannon or Cyclone Missile Launcher


  • 10 Man Tactical Squad with a Power Fist, Grav-Gun and Missile launcher with Rhino
  • 10 Man Tactical Squad with Flamer and Missile Launcher.   

This auction also includes a set of special custom laser cut and engraved templates in blue acrylic, as well as the remainder of the Forge World Brass Etch which wasn't used, so that the winner can continue adding models to this army.

See the whole army in the following picture spread, and please go check out the auction. Bid with your heart, and please spread the word on this auction to help get as many people bidding as possible.

Captain and Standard Bearer take centre stage!

Two tactical squads and a Rhino give this army a solid anchor for holding objectives.

Terminators with deep strike will be able to home in on the drop pod, or any Sergeants carrying teleport homers. There are 6 models, so that you can choose to use the squad with either missile launcher, or assault cannon.

Two dreadnoughts will give some solid mobile firepower, and with a drop pod, will have some great flexibility in terms of deployment.

While modelled for use as a Dreadnought Drop Pod, this could also be used for dropping in the Sternguard or Tactical Squad to keep your tactical options open!

Following are pictures of the whole army without display board, and unit specific photos to show them in better detail.

This tactical squad with Rhino has matching gun and trim colours.

The Rhino has Forgeworld resin and brass etch detail.

The dozer blade is magnetized so you can use the Rhino either way, and the hatches are not glued on, so you can position them either side.

The drop pod has two weapon options magnetized. It's also got opening doors.

The dreadnoughts have had a flourish of Crimson Fists detail added to them, and the weapons have been magnetized, so you can mix and match the choices.

The captain has some brass etch detailing added.

25th Anniversary Edition Standard Bearer.

Tactical squad on foot, with flamer and missile launcher.


Sternguard Squad, with magnetized weapon for maximum flexibility, can also be used as Command Squad or Honour Guard, especially if used with the BSB, making it a proper Battle Forged CAD army.

These are all the weapon options included with the Sternguard. They all fit at least one model, though not all guns will fit all models, due to the poses and weapon stocks.

And the final touch, the custom templates. The acrylic is a crystal clear blue. The paper has been left on the acrylic to protect them from scratches.

Hopefully you've enjoyed this picture spread. Please go bid, and share this auction to get as many people bidding as possible!

Auction Links:
Da Ork Dynasty Toys for Tots Auction
Tau Empire Toys for Tots Auction
Dreamforge Leviathan Toys for Tots Auction
Ork Stompa (With Sound System) Toys for Tots Auction
Crimson Fists Toys for Tots Auction

Toys for Tots
The Freebootaz
Games Workshop