I am working on a vehicle inspired by the star wars desert skiff and the Borderlands 2 sand skiff, for the July forum hoard. This is a preview of the general shape of the ship with a couple of miniatures from Kiladecus and Darkmook for a sense of scale.
And here are some stages of the test build:
The model will probably require three pages. I still want to add some bits to the rear part of the ship, an optional flight stand and if time allows, some other optional bits. In any case, when the blank model template is finished, I will also post it here if someone wants to play with it.
A nice thing to do is include a textured/finished bottom - in case the skiff gets overturned, for example. It doesn't have to be fancy, but it beats blank or even coloured paper.
My favourite of squirmydad's sampans is the one that has the wooden bottom included. The other ones I backed with dark brown card stock (same stuff I use on the underside of the canopies), but I may one day tweak the wooden bottom to fit the others. Actually, it's been long enough since I built them, that it may not need much tweaking...
Here are some pictures of the new version of the skiff. Now the pieces are two-sided after WackyAnne's suggestion. The basic model fits in 3 pages, then there are other two for optional bits and the flight base.
I know the banner and gun on the back look weird. The idea is to place one or the other. I glued both just to check if the pieces were fitting correctly. Also, I did not like the way the banner looks so I will remove it from the final version for the hoard.
Here are some pictures of the build process. A few tips: glue the front "skirts" last. Leave the two ends of the bottom box open, and glue it under the main floor. Glue its ends only before you glue the front skirts. Also, close the rear of the "engine" box by the end of the build process. Glue the railings to the main floor before you glue the box under it.
Yes, as I was building it, I thought about a steampunk/VSF version. Maybe adding a chimney over the engine box at the back, in place of the gun nest, and a small stand with a ship wheel somewhere on the floor.
As I was building the model I noticed I did not texture two tabs in the long box that goes under the skiff. All the files have been corrected... I will post the pictures tomorrow, must get some sleep now...
Vermin King: Time to vote is running out!
Sept 7, 2023 14:34:23 GMT -9
Vermin King: Best of Show voting is up!
Sept 5, 2023 16:28:25 GMT -9
Vermin King: I had gotten down to less than 1/16 of a mile and not being able to stand for more than 4 minutes without crumbling to the ground, so getting better. Now, I just need to get my folks improving
Sept 5, 2023 9:52:25 GMT -9
Vermin King: My stressful 2023 started in March, 2020, and fortunately, progress is keeping up with the set-backs ... for the most part. I'm still upright and last Monday, I was able to stretch my after-breakfast walk to 3/4 of a mile.
Sept 5, 2023 9:50:41 GMT -9
okumarts: Hey VK, I just got to look at the Shoutbox. I hope things are going ok. Everyone seems to be having a stressful 2023.
Sept 5, 2023 5:47:25 GMT -9
aleks: Cannot imagine what na hurricane will be in first person...finger crossed that Idalia will pass without arm you and your beloved
Aug 31, 2023 5:28:08 GMT -9
Vermin King: ignatious was in the path of Idalia and hasn't been on since before landfall. I know things have got to be chaotic down there, but keep him in your thoughts and prayers
Aug 31, 2023 3:34:24 GMT -9
Vermin King: Well, I am back for now. I will be sitting in tomorrow while Dad has other things he has to do. I will remember to take something to work on
Aug 29, 2023 12:46:03 GMT -9
Vermin King: I should have at least brought a book. Waiting is something I am not good at. I need to be doing something
Aug 29, 2023 8:36:45 GMT -9
Vermin King: And now Mom is in ICU ...
Aug 29, 2023 8:35:46 GMT -9
Vermin King: should have brought those wheels with me...
Aug 29, 2023 7:46:19 GMT -9
Vermin King: Well, Mom has pneumonia in both lungs, so we are just sitting around waiting to hear what the doctors are going to do...
Aug 29, 2023 7:45:44 GMT -9
ignatious: So far looks like we're on the northwest side of it so that's good but Hermine and Michael are still fresh in the mind so I'd rather be ready. I lived on a sailboat as a kid so storm preparedness is kind of just in me.
Aug 28, 2023 9:13:16 GMT -9
Vermin King: ignatious, I almost called you last night to check on your progress. And to see if you were in the path. Stay safe
Aug 28, 2023 6:24:01 GMT -9