Quick update on Rebel Grot Basilisks

Hello all,

I managed  to finish building the second Earthshaker Cannon for my Rebel Grots.  Here are a couple of pics to show how the two Basilisks are coming along:


May 2013 006 May 2013 004I know they aren’t great pics but I’ve been rearranging my basement (one of the reasons for a low progress week) and can’t get at my photo setup right now.

I bought some casting resin and I’ve been playing with that this weekend.  I cut a set of four tank tracks from plasticard and make a few wax molds of those.  The wax molds are brittle but take very little time to make so they’re great for quickly making a set of short term molds.  From these I’ve cast a handful of tracks.  My plan is to clean these up and add some detail to them, then I will make a latex mold of the detailed tracks and mass produce them for my tanks.  I’ll also make a couple of molds with several tracks connected so I don’t have to piece every set together from single tracks.  It’s a bit of work to set up but in the end I expect it will be less effort than making all of the tracks by hand.  I can also take the time to make a small set of tracks with much better detail than if I tried to do them all one at a time.

  • Looking great.

    Molds are awesome for projects like this. Consistency isn’t such a big deal for this army but ease of production is certainly.

    • Thanks.
      The plan to mold the tracks is definitely more about ease of production than consistency. I’m planning to make several different but compatible tread patterns so that I can mix and match to avoid looking too uniform.

  • TheRhino

    How did the wax hold up to the heat generated by the curing resin?
    I’mnot a huge fan of the greenstuff as a plating medium. It looks more like leather than metal to my eye, but that may all go away when painted.

    • The wax held up pretty well. I’m using Amazing Casting Resin by Alumilite. It gets warm but not nearly hot enough to impact the wax. At least not at this scale. A larger/deeper part may not shed the heat as well as the small flat plates I’ve cast.

      The greenstuff plating was a bit of an experiment. It was hard to get it as flat as I’d hoped. I can definitely see where you’d get a leathery impression. Once it is painted I am hoping it will read well enough as metal that has been twisted and re-flattened. Either way I’ll probably stick with card plating for most applications.

      • They look great. And if the greenstuff comes off leathery, you can always use it that way. They are just grots, after all. maybe they have big grox hides draped over it or are patching up their looted vehicles with whatever material — living or dead — they can find?

        • That’s not a bad idea! It could be used to represent camo netting.

          Or maybe they’ve just decided to upholster it. A Naugahyde basilisk would be fantastic!

          • Hahaha. Uphostered artillery…

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