Recently I made a decision to start officially competing in tournie modeling competitions with Nova Open at the end of the summer being my first jab at it. That being said I decided it was time to finish up some old epic projects I had started including this Chaos Patrol Boat I built about 6yrs ago.
I'm going to affectionately dub her the S.S. Minnow.
My goal is simple, finish this model and enter it into the Sci-Fi Diorama competition. I need to rework my concept to fit on a 12x12x12" base and I need to have at least 2 minis on there. Time to make some new Chaos Seamen!
The concept was pretty simple, an armed troop transport for the water. I built the core body from sheet styrene, and 2 GI joe tank sections. I designed the chaos trim using the techniques I outlined in This Article. The Heavy Bolters were form an old Leman Russ while the spotlight was from Forgeworld. I added tons of Baneblade bits like the exhausts, armor plates, floor plates, side drains, some spikey bits, assorted skulls, tools, pipes and anything I could find to really add to that Pirate feel.
I made the Chaos Seaman from assorted bits all mixed up together to get a very pirate feel to him. As if he's been scavenging for a few hundred years. I also really enjoyed building the rear Door with the Eye of Horus icon on it as well as the skeleton life preserver and 40k-esque anchor.
I built up and primed the 2 sea mines that will be floating in the scenic base. I made them form acrylic half-spheres, assorted styrene shapes cut from a hole punch, styrene tube and some bent wire. The design is based off of a WWII German Sea Mine.
After about 3 hours of airbrushing, this is where I stand.
I used all Vallejo paints, laying down heavy greens and browns first, then going back over everything with rust spots and dark shadows. A final airbrushed coat of Devlan Mud helped add to the grime.
This was only the first airbrush coat to lay down some definition. Loads more detail will be added soon.
Next Step - Rework the base, add some more crew & cargo, continue painting and weathering as well as sourcing some custom decals.