Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Challenge Accepted! (MOATS)

I've been a bit low on my hobby mojo, with my slowly developing EADL and general lack of enthusiasm for gaming.  But then, an intriguing idea is presented, and hobby mojo is restored.

Drax was having a thought about the lack of moats in 40K

read it here
http://admiraldrax.blogspot.com/2012/10/337-deep-thoughts-why-are-there-no.html

I decided, why not.  I can make this work.  I can build a US Civil War inspired fort on a 2' x 2' board.

Here's my initial plan

 
My initial goals are:
  •  to limit the vulnerability of the bastion by moving it below the ground level.
  • provide a firing line on the far side of the moat
  • make the outside surface filled with craters and friendly to infantry and not so steep as to make models fall over constantly
Here's my inspiration

Fort Macon, NC
 
 

 
 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Eldar Aegis Defense Line (EADL) Ver2.0 WIP 1

A comparison of the new sculpt (left) and the original (right)
Welcome back!  I have decided to try an new method of making the pylons and in preparation have produced a new sculpt.  While I have recieved praise for the original, there were a few things that I was ultimately unhappy with.


If you look at the above picture you can see how when two (latest and disapointing*) pylons are placed back to back that there is a significant gap between them.  Previously I would put a small section between these to cover up this huge gap, but I never liked how it looked.  By making a continuous arc, on the backside the new sets will eliminate the huge gap and by looking above you can see that the tops and bottoms will both touch leaving the impression of a portal between them.

* Talking about the disappointing quality of casting and sculpting, that picture really shows everything that was wrong with the 1.1 sculpt.  There is no way I can look at them and be happy with the symmetry.  All the more reason to make sure I had a small section in between them...

I will make the fields shorter to keep the line closer to the dimensions of the GW Aegis Defense Line (AGL) kit.


No longer will I have bits that stick out from the edges....

 Returning to the original picture...

The original sculpt and concept had a curve where the field was generated by the pylon.  This adds little but makes production of fields extra complex as a cutom cure needs to be cut and sanded on both ends to a level where it will fit snugly against the pylon.  The new sculpt will forgo this and instead will use a flat pylon face. 

The bulbs will be resculpted and much more attention will be placed on symmetry.

The base is also decreasing in size making it easy to place models around the EADL.

Hopefully, using a two piece mold will help me solve my casting issues.

Comments appreciatated

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Best Laid Plans (and post#100)

I had these dreams of being able to cast enough of these to offset the cost of creating new and exciting Eldar terrain projects.
 
Today I find myself disheartened as I am forced to admit that further casting for profit of these pylons is pointless.  It isn't the malformed top of the front pylon that has me coming to this realization, but that the silicone mold is failing and details are becoming less distinct.  The middle groove is actually bulged out on the opposite side and each pylon will require 10-15 minutes of work to get them in shape.  So with that and the casting and the cutting and shaping of the acrylic force fields, each set will take over 6 hours of work to produce.
 
 
 GW sells their Aegis Defense Line for just under $30.00.  If I was able to sell these unique ones for $40 each, I would still be earning less than minimum wage and this doesn't include any material costs, or the costs of selling (eBay 9% and PayPal 3%).
 
Thus ends my plans for world domination.
 
Oh and this is my 100th post which is when I should mention that you all have stopped by over 14,000 times and left over 130 comments (including my replies).
 
Thanks for stopping by.
 
The post title comes from "To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough" poem written by Robert Burns in 1785.
 
Here is an excerpt:
 
But little Mouse, you are not alone,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes of mice and men
Go often awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!
 
 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Eldar Aegis Defense Line Protoype is up for sale

Good news,

You have two options now if you really want an Eldar Aegis Defense Line.

You can buy the one that has been featured here on my very own blog:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-Eldar-Aegis-Defense-Line-Painted-Alaitoc-Includes-2-Weapon-Options-/200831416376?pt=Games_US&hash=item2ec27c3838

 
This is a unique and striking looking set.


Or since my new casting kit has arrived, you can wait for me to put another one up for sale.

The production sets will not have the weapon options, but the pylons have been corrected so that they are more symmetrical.  I also plan to reduce the width of the large energy shield so it more closely approximates that of the standard Aegis Defense Line.

One question, what would you like to see?

  1. complete, assembled set for sale, painted in craftworld colors?
  2. complete, assembled unpainted set
  3. complete, unassembled set
  4. Just the pylons in sets of 12
  5. Pylons sold individually
Another question:  Would you rather pay more for nearly ready to paint pylons or less and receive them with slight irregularities?

The new mold isn't holding up as well as I was hoping, but I do have 12 pylons cast.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Also, if I can sell enough sets to break even or come close, I'll be able to work on a webway gate or bastion or landing pad or something.