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My soon to be wife and I have had some serious money/job issues in the past two years. We live in a money pit thats in need of near constant repair (at least its paid for) and we have a two year old daughter. I had been out of work a lot in the past years but have recently found a job that doesn't pay very well. So here I am ready to clean off my shelves a little but not willing to waste my time on evilBay. This thread will serve to sell off some of my completed works and some of my incomplete items.

Paypal works best and shipping will be USPS unless the buyer specifies otherwise. Shipping costs will depend on the item and location.

Please PM me if interested in the following:

GB4: The Speed Daemon - asking price $140.00 or best offer





Gallery here- http://fichtenfoo.net/forum/index.php?topic=4052.0
WIP here- http://fichtenfoo.net/forum/index.php?topic=2933.0


Hordes Miniature: Titan Bronzeback - asking price $45.00 or best offer


The Bronzeback was part of a commission set that a guy backed out of. He left me with left me with close to $300 worth of his minis, many of which I had finished before he dropped off the face of the planet. I have decided to sell them off and will add more of them to this thread very soon.

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GB5: Period Piece / Τάλως ...or "Argonauts Beware"
« on: July 09, 2009, 11:40:16 AM »
For my period piece I have taken a lot of inspiration from antiquity. First my motor. Hero of Alexandria was an inventor and engineer of Greek descent and influenced heavily by the Mesopotamian scholars. He is widely credited with inventing the first simple steam engine, The Aeolipile. However Hero didn't actually create the machine just sort of popularized it as a novelty. The basic design could have been easily modified if the right person were to figure out its main weaknesses and solve them. First would be the limited life of the engine. As soon as the water had escaped fuel would have to be replaced and heated. What about a source of fire that stays hotter longer and doesn't require stoking every few moments? I'll kinda tackle those problems in this build.

The title, Τάλως is Greek for Talos. A bronze giant forged by Hephaestus and set to guard Crete. Jason and the Argonauts were assaulted by Talos. He hurled boulders at the Argo but was defeated by his "Achilles" heel, a single bronze nail holding in his molten blood. Growing up with Ray Harryhausen's Talos that is ingrained in my initial look. I was also inspired bu Peter Chung's Alexander aka Reign: The conquerer anime. The magic and "technology" was an interesting take on the ancient story.

I was working with super sculpey and now I'm out. The regular sculpey I have is so hard to knead that I don't wanna use it. A lot to clean up before baking too. Such is life, now for the pics.






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31 Days / 1/35 Marder III Sd.Kfz.139
« on: February 18, 2009, 09:50:15 AM »
This is a huge project for me I've never built an armor kit or used Mig's pigments and oils before. I figured what the hell, I'll give it a shot. 31 days will be fun or a giant disaster. Here's hoping its fun.



The largest parts of the hull and gun were desprued a month ago. As I had originally planned to use parts of this kit for my X2 walker. My wife (who bought the kit) said I should build it OOB so I'll take her advice. She also said I should do it in the early war German gray. This will give me the opportunity to try some color modulation.

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Model In-Progress / Waffentr├Ąger BZx3 Bergziege "Mountain Goat"
« on: December 03, 2008, 10:23:10 AM »
Yet another WIP from the guy who never finishes anything. Money is very tight around my house. I have been unable to find a job for 5 months and the prospects don't look good.  I doubt that I can afford a to buy Foo's KV-X2 when it comes in so I decided to make my own X2 series walking tank. Hope no one takes offense. :D  I found a 1/35th Bergepanzer Tiger kit from Dragon at my LHS for real cheap some months ago and engineer corps are a personal favorite. This is my attempt and a bit more modern than Foo's X2. The surfaces are a bit rough still but coming together nicely IMO.

This thing needed a beefy engine for extractions provided courtesy of Warhammer 40K landraider. I'm lighting the engine compartment with an ultra brite led and covering with a vent for some visibility.



The Bergepanzer 1 2 and 3 had fixed turrets. That wouldn't do so I built up the turret with some extra parts and 1mm styrene plate. The machine gun is a nozzle from a crack lighter.


The under turret (thorax) is an ABS plastic clothing detergent cap.


The figures are from two different sets. The green guy is from a WWII set I don't rememer which one. His flak vest is epoxy putty and the shoulders are warhammer pauldrons. The tank driver is small fella but it works to his advantage. His head and arms are warhammer parts. There will be a few more figures to form a squad.


Diorama scene is still up in the air. Lots to do before then.

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Model News Feed / UC Hardgraph Type 61 Tank: January 2009
« on: November 21, 2008, 12:08:19 PM »
From the same issue as the MG G-Armor, Nice UC Hardgraph release in January caught my eye.


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Model In-Progress / Another Ex-S WIP - Now with more wings!
« on: October 25, 2008, 11:37:50 PM »
My Ex-S and Neograde Patchwork conversion have been calling my name lately. The resin was cleaned and boxed back up in February when I was still working on the speed demon. I'm a big fan of this convo-kit although many see it as to much on an already over the top MG. The cast is amazing. I have not found a single airbubble in the resin but there is a slight warp in one shoulder armor piece but not to terrible. I did break a piece of resin not 5 minutes after opening the box :curse:

The plan is to lighten the load and make this baby an upper atmospheric sniper meant for removing ground instalations. I'm losing the fuel tanks and boosters as well as killing the transformed mode. Extensive reworking of the backpack and axing the core fighter will slim down the overall appearance. There will be one large booster for exiting the atmosphere and other smaller boosters and thrusters for low gravity manuvering.

Where we stand after cutting the nubs and test fitting:



http://www.flickr.com/photos/chaos_artwerks/2973138049/
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Crappy pics I know...


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Kit Specifics / Do All MG Strike's Use the Same Inner Frame?
« on: October 23, 2008, 06:51:15 AM »
I am in need of a strike inner frame for a project and was wondering if all the Stirke variants use the same skeleton? ie does the MG Aile Strike, MG Strike Rouge, MG Strike Freedom and the MG Strike Noir just have different armor or completely different kit?

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Model In-Progress / Dungeons & Dragons Dragonborn Miniature
« on: September 16, 2008, 08:57:25 PM »
After doing some work for the owner of a LHS some of the customers have been hitting me up for custom artworks. The only serious client out of the group has commisioned a mini for his D&D character. This is an original sculpt of a Dragonborn warlord at 55mm tall. There weren't many references available so I'll get a bit of artistic freedom.


The skeleton is brass tube and brass rod. Two seprate layers of epoxy putty were applied to build up the musclature and basic shape. The accessories came from sheet styrene, Warhammer 40k and Hordes miniatures. A simple mold was made with epoxy putty and I cast a few pieces of armor for the chest and back plates.



He's about a centimeter to tall but thats not a big issue as the clients character is a big guy. Also Dragonborn don't have long tails but I didn't want this guy to look like a sleestack so he's got a long armored tail. :lol:
Comments and criticisms are always welcome.

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Okay I know most of us have like 14 projects in various stages of completion, from help articles :sweat: to 3 year old boxed up mechs. So lets have it. Whats sitting on your bench waiting its turn and whats being avoided like the plauge?

I am so ADD I can't seem to focus on one project at a time so I have a ton of half finished stuff.

Three Warhammer 40K tanks
two Warhammer 40K bikes
Vampira
Commissioned - Dragonborn miniature from D&D
1/100 Astray red frame
1/100 Buster Gundam
1/100 GP01-Fb (avoided for 3 and a half years)
Commissioned - Medusa mini vingette from Reaper miniatures
EX-S ver. patchwork is on deck but I haven't actually started it...
and the Bergpanzer waiting for the KV-X2 frame (hopefully the wife will let me buy it :secret police:)


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I'm sure most know I am a smoker and have penchant for the unconventional. Well I bring you yet another wierd technique. We have all wanted to make realistic battle damage on our armor kits or gundams. And we all know how difficult explosion damage is to model. Many years ago I was working on a kitbashed spaceship and things were not going to well with it so I just stubbed my cigarette out on the side of the thing. Spur of the moment frustration yields unexpected reward. The resulting burn caused the plastic to distend and after the plastic cooled and was cleaned off many small pits had formed. Some drybrushing brought out all the ridges and so I repeated the process and every burn turned out different, in both size and shape.

Recently I brought out my warhammer models in my Absolute Chaos thread. One piece coming up is a tank that I wanted to up armor and give lots of battle damage to. So I broke out this technique and thought I'd share.

If your good the cherry will pull right out of the cigarette.


here is the cleaned up and cooled off results.


and the originator...

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Model Gallery / GB4 - Sci Fi GPX Racer - The Speed Daemon
« on: June 18, 2008, 09:47:29 PM »
Its across the finish line!  I have finally wrapped up my FFF group build #4 project The Speed Daemon. Not sure if I should post it here or not, mods can move it if needed.
It has been a bumpy road ^_^ but I have really enjoyed this piece. It taught me a lot and I thank everyone that supported my WIP thread. The parts of many models and toys were scavenged and about $40 dollars worth of epoxy putty went into the construction. I lost one of the ridgeback grenades so I put a piece of styrene tube in its place as though one round was already fired... problem fixed, more or  less. Overall I'm pleased with how she looks but my photos are a bit too bright. My small soft box was not big enough for this finished model. So you will see a little glare on some parts. The FFA topcoat was a semigloss to keep the "flesh" bloody. Then a coat of varnish was applied to the meaty bits to bring them back up to my original standards. Lets not stand on ceremony, I bring you The Speed Daemon




FULL SPEED AHEAD! http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3257/2591383565_300d279728_b.jpg










MOAR
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Model In-Progress / Absolute Chaos In Progress
« on: May 27, 2008, 08:33:10 PM »
I've collected here a large number of the models in various stages of completion from my Warhammer 40K army. My local game shop closed over a year ago and I have nowhere to play 40K so my models have sat in the carrying case for quite some time now. I plan on giving them some attention so I thought I'd post em up.

First off is the big boy of my army, a kitbashed walking Landraider. This took about two years of painstaking work to assemble and it's taken another 2 years to paint it to this point. All hand painted. :wacko: Read: I'm lazy.
A brief list of parts:
Hull- Zoids Gordos motor housing
Stinger- Zoids Red Horn's horn
legs and claws- 2 Warhammer 40K Defilers
A ton of 40K spikes, armor plates and other bits
A squad of space marine black templars for the impaled (they get what they deserve :evil:)
and yes a lego bionicle mask

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2042/2530352528_b31a2408b2_b.jpg
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Stick around more to come...

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Model In-Progress / HGUC GAT-X103AP Buster Panzer
« on: May 27, 2008, 05:03:09 PM »
Its one of those mental health builds thats been goin' around lately.:sick:  While stalled on the chopper build and waiting to start my scratched figure Gargantua 2 I've been sidetracked by the HGUC Buster Verde. The Buster gundam is my favorite SEED design and the Buster Verde has all the spares to make either version. There are some major mods planned but nothing overly complicated.

The snapfit:


Goodbye torso mounts, hello back pack mounted subarms. I always hated that part of the design and the fact that they were permantly attached sucked too.


Chest and shoulder mods:



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Model In-Progress / Commision Figure: Vampira
« on: February 19, 2008, 12:07:10 PM »
So I have been up to something lately. The chopper for GB4 is stuck at the in-laws and my daughter just got over her first cold bug, so modeling has been slow. Anywhoo a close friend of mine who builds female figure models asked me for some help on his newest purchase Artomic Creations Vampira. This is an amazing sculpt by Thomas Kuntz has a lot of mold problems. Seam lines, lost details, and more bubbles and pin holes than I have ever seen in a resin kit. My friend was lucky enough to purchase this from the sculptor himself a few weeks before Maila Nurmi's (the actress who portrayed Vampira in the 1950's) death last month. 
The Box Art

Now onto the work...
Test fitting shows off her tiny waist and the first of many issues, she don't sit right. The couch and legs don't meet properly and good chunk of her butt is missing. Luckily these problems weren't difficult to fix. A bit of Tamiya epoxy putty and some careful resculpting of Vampira's undercarriage give her a perfect seat. The foot needed repositioning as well. The original foot placement had to be filled and a new divot sulpted into the couch. Also the back of the sofa had 3 giant seams and the bottom detail is terribly uneven and still needs attention.



The worst is yet to come though... :(  :angry:
There are some really obvious mold problems. First the broken fold of Vampira's dress highlighted in green wasn't even in the box and will need resculpting. A horrible offset hole in her leg hilighted in red won't be very visible when the kit is finished but since I have to do major surgery on the leg anyway I will address this. The worst of all is the 1/8th inch deep offset seam highlighted in yellow. On any normal figure this probably wouldn't be much of a problem but the fishnet stockings make this a difficult fix.

Well that was all done last week and I hope that my part in this model will be done by next week then comes sweet payment. Thanks fer watchin'

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So I am a scavenger as some may have noticed. I constantly keep an eye out for small parts and bits (fiddly or otherwise). I am also a smoker. Up to two lighters a day now and this is what brings us to how the humble cigarette lighter can provide a wealth of parts for very little dinero. I have disassembled three old lighters that were empty or almost empty. Be very careful emptying these, they are preassurized and contain flamable gas. For those who aren't hip to smoker lingo I'll give it to you real simple. There are 3 types of disposable lighters: the crackhead, the electric, and the BiC (& mini BiC or the B!@<# lighter). Here are some specifics about each basic type. Colors and styles will vary by brand.

The Classic BiC lighters offer up a few neat parts:
2 springs (I lost the small one that pushed against the thumb press)
a metal band (lost when I popped it out)
a nozzle and metal gaurd
thumb switch and sparking wheel
Cost: $0.99 US each for the mini and $1.49 each for the Classic


The electric ignition lighter has even neater parts:
the electric sparker has 5 parts alone
the nozzle and other small metal parts
rubber O rings and wick
Cost: $1.29 US each



The Crackhead is your best bet. Nice parts, nicer price:
3 part sparking wheel, thumb switch and cowl
nozzle and other small metal parts
2 springs and wick
plastic valve and adjuster
Cost:$0.99 to $1.89 US for a pack of four


Gas station, grocery store or department store, you aren't far from a modeling oppertunity.

Chaos Theory

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Model Gallery / Commision miniatures: Warmachine and Hordes
« on: January 04, 2008, 07:47:28 AM »
I actually did finish some things in 2007 but soon they will be leaving me. the first I'm glad to see go. :angry: This is the Khador Winter Guard Army for the owner of a gaming store in Greenville, South Carolina. I Do'nt think i'll take on anymore whole armies as the process turned out to be so tedious and and repetative that I think it gave me carpel tunnel.

The army in progress  /  Assault Kammandos / Kovnik Jozef Grigorovich 

 


Kommander and standard bearer  /  Field gunnery crew / Mortar (no "spotter" yet)



I did however greatly enjoyed the Titan Bronzeback from Hordes. This was done for a good friend and so I took a little more time on it. the model was metal and the fit was horrible and I didn't care much for the original pose which was all hunched over. So I made him stand up more and therefore had to scult in some abdominals. I also added shoulder armor left over from a previous model for the same client. Enjoy, I did and check out the original here


Sorry 'bout the pics, I didn't have time to do a great job today. Now off to bed with me...

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GB4: Sci-Fi GPX / Chaos Assault Racer ScRe-7 "Sanguinary Wind"
« on: September 14, 2007, 10:52:43 AM »
Last racer alive or first man over the finish line wins!  A second idea I'm working with in the Warhammer 40k scale revolves around a futuristic chariot race. A no holds barred tournament set in war torn future. Racers set out to build the fastest, deadliest vehicles in the galaxy. Winners rarely survive the next turn and the courses often are littered with deadly alien enemies so heavy armor and heavy weapons are the norm.

This piece is a skimmer built off a scout and recon base for high speed with an open cockpit and will sport a 2 or 3 man crew.

The hull is a scrapped zoids motor housing and the pilots insturment panel is from a robotech/macross part I think (not 100% sure). The engine is from an X-wing.

more shots...
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the font "stabilizers" are the hip skirts from the Gundam fix figuration GP04

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Deconstructed

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Model Gallery / RX-78 GP04 Gerbera Bleed Custom
« on: September 12, 2007, 10:18:06 PM »
 This is my first Gundam post. I have been without a camera for a while and busy with getting the nursery ready for my daughter whose arrival means my office gets kicked out into the storage building. For all those Kodak moments we got a new camera and I have started putting it to use. First up in what I hope to be a long list of coming posts is a repaint variation on the 144th fix figuration GP04 Gerbera Tetra. The name Bleed Custom comes from the paint job. I strapped with the baby coming so I haven't had the funds for the "04 BLEED" decals I want for the top thruster covers and the gun is a mash-up and I'm probably going to change it out for a scratch built piece later. I decided since it was 98% complete I would go ahead and post it to the model gallery as finished.




You always start to notice the little touch ups needed when you edit the pics, so you'll see some dust and snaffoos. I hope you enjoy. :sweat:

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GB4: Sci-Fi GPX / Chaos Chopper
« on: May 24, 2007, 06:08:21 PM »
This is a Warhammer 40k Chaos assault bike bashed with Darth Maul lightsabre for new forks and new front frame and trees. This lil' sucker is only as tall as a quarter. I plan to work larger than the Warhammer scale, the miniatures are killing my eyes and hands...

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