My hobby adventure took a drastic turn with some decisions I made in the couple of days since the last post. Since we’re heading into bad weather in Turkey (at last! Yes, I like winter) I’m planning on getting primer on as many projects as possible before we hit the times when spray priming will be out of the question. Thus I have once again dug into the boxes that need some attention. I even completed a kit within a day! Find out my progress on the hobby front after the jump.
Yep, that’s right. I’ve completely cleaned up the pieces and put together the sub-assemblies in preparation for priming the model, and it took no more than a day’s session! A few comments on the kit itself with corresponding WIP pictures:
- The instructions are very straightforward and the number of pieces to be assembled (if you’re opting for the Trygon) are quite few. Perhaps for this reason the pieces are not numbered on the sprues, so be careful in picking your pieces correctly. Each variant has different armor plate and head options, so just give it another look before splashing the glue.
- As with all kits that contain large pieces that form a body or a fuselage or similar point, the Trygon has large join lines to be taken care of. For large surfaces I found Duncan’s method of running the Mouldline Remover an excellent solution, for smaller surfaces your mileage may vary.
- I used a brush-type glue by Revell on this kit and deeply regretted it at some points. There are lots of slots for the tentacles and spikes to go in and if you fill them by a little more than usual you get spills. Since the glue melts plastic this may cause some problems on your finish. Try applying as little glue as possible especially for the spikes.
There we go. The kit leaves a lot of excess pieces when assembled (as mentioned, I went for the regular Trygon, with a different tail option), so for conversion geniuses out there there’s room for improving other models. I’m just gonna keep them for a later time at the moment.
Getting too excited with the new models I had little progress in these guys. I managed to prime all pieces but the ones that had white undercoat on them from a previous session gave me some trouble. I let all pieces lie to dry for a bit and will take a look at them in the weekend to see if I can start work with them. The primer mishap did give me an indication however about all the raised and shallow areas on the model so I took a mental note of it for later!
Slaughterbrute / Mutalith Vortexbeast
New project, yes. More assembly to be finished before winter truly strikes. Starting this kit also makes room in the cabinet where I keep the boxes so that’s kinda nice too. What really got me going is the fact that through 13 steps the two variant brutes share the same body (and pose, which is a little lame) and differ when it comes to the head, tail and the back “ornaments”. Of course, a proper beast of Chaos should have a healthy mix of disgusting parts as well as… well, chaotic bits, so I naturally opted for the Mutalith Vortexbeast variant.
I’m at the very beginning of assembling this beast but even now it proves to be both challenging and fun. The kit resembles a puzzle of sorts and I’m not sure if this is deliberate on GW’s part. All I can say is that sticking to the instruction manual is a good idea as even while following it the weird connection angles can get confusing. Perhaps GW is trying to limit conversions or at least make it harder.
So, new projects incoming to populate my desk. Let’s have a tally of WIPs on this page shall we?
- CSM Battleforce Contents
- CSM Possessed Marines
- CSM Chaos Terminator Lord
- Chaos Spawn
- CSM Obliterators
- Tyranid Trygon/Mawloc
- Slaughterbrute/Mutalith Vortexbeast
What a list. It’ll get a lot more interesting when all these get some primer on them but until I fix the Imperial Primer and the spray can problem, I’m gonna stick to assembling. There’ll be plenty of long, cold nights to spend with the brush anyways.