Sunday, February 5, 2017

Aeronef WIP: The Kingdom of Greater Siam

I decided to try my hand at making a dirigible-based Aeronef fleet.  Casting about for a host nation to give it some backstory, I settled for the mysterious and ancient Kingdom of Greater Siam.

Siam is actually a confederation of several Southeast Asian nations, including Thailand, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.  As a result of colonial struggles between Britain and France, Laos and Cambodia's governments collapsed, which allowed King Rama V to occupy both countries under guise of a friendly stabilization of both areas.  Unfortunately, King Rama V died of typhus, as did his son and heir, which thrust a young prince named Vajiravudh onto the throne.  Vajiravudh had been studying at Britain's Sandhurst military academy when he was notified that he was now the king of Siam.

King Vajiravudh, or Rama VI, was an avid student of British military practices, and he quickly moved to assemble a new fleet of flying warships in order to resist any encroachment by the European powers.  It was this promise of security that led the Vietnamese to join the Siamese confederation. The Siamese fleet lacks much of the more sophisticated technology of the European fleets, relying instead on dirigible-based hulls filled with helium purchased from the United States.  Mounting excellent Krupp guns from Germany, the fleet relies on its firepower, since the digs are much slower than many of their counterparts.


Fast Destroyer:

Light Cruiser:

Armored Cruiser:





Tuesday, September 20, 2016

28mm Sp'Ork Trompa - my first laser-cut design

Okay, the title is a little misleading -- I haven't actually gotten this made yet because I'm still trying to figure out how to get this from Sketchup to an SVG or EPS file, and then I have to figure out where to get it made (besides Ponoko, which has one of the worst-organized websites known to modern man).  But still, this project should work once I get it cut and assembled!

I recently succumbed to the temptation to get back into Warhammer 40K, a game I haven't played since George H. W. Bush was president (seriously, I'm not kidding).  Really, it was a combination of "Gee, all my friends are playing it" and "Wow, here's a garage sale that has a small fortune of Orks for a pittance."  Orks have been my favorite race since I first cracked open Rogue Trader back in the dim days of 1988, and I still love them for the sheer breadth of scratchbuilding possibilities they represent.

Thus, inspired by the many cool MDF models available over at, and also by this incredible scratchbuilt Stompa on CMON, I decided to try designing my own Ork walker.  Ladies and gentlemen, and my personal friends, I give you the Sp'Ork Trompa.

This build will obviously require some finishing touches, such as rivets (lots of 'em), armor patches, and Ork glyphs, but the core structure is there.  Oh, one additional thing -- the Gatling will require six lengths of styrene rod or brass tube, specifically 8mm diameter by 80mm length.

This first pic shows a true-to-size comparison with the $115 Stompa model kit from Games Workshop.

I inserted a silhouette of an Ork Boy with a rough height of 32mm, since Orks' heights are highly variable.

An "unpainted" version so you can see the seams where the parts meet:
 And now, the component parts.

Once I can figure out how to get this cut, I'll post an unboxing, assembly, and painting update.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

15mm Sci-Fi VTOL Gunship

This is the Rainclaw science-fiction gunship, suitable for wargaming in 15mm or 1/100 scale, although it might also work for 10mm.  The model's wing/engines can be mounted straight for flight or at an angle for VTOL operations.  There is a 4mm diameter hole for mounting on a flight base or portion of rod.  I would recommend a length of spring-steel wire, brass rod, or acrylic rod.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

New 15mm Space Corridor System

Introducing the National Cheese Emporium's 15mm Sci-Fi Corridor System!  This set provides the tiles and walls necessary to recreate any scenario from any edition of Space Hulk.  In addition, the 20mm base footprint of all the pieces mean that the walls could be used in conjunction with Litko Aerosystem's laser-cut 15mm corridor system, which I personally own a pile of and can heartily recommend!  You would just need to trim the small tab off the foot of the wall pieces.

This set consists of 2 basic floor tiles, 2 basic walls, 1 interior corner, 1 exterior corner, 4 different styles of doors, 1 staircase, 1 ladder, 1 base tile (mounts either the staircase or ladder pieces), 1 iris portal tile, 1 descending staircase tile, 1 chute tile, 1 breached floor tile, and 2 different "Xeno entry point" tiles.

Obviously, there are not enough pieces here to create anything.  But here's the deal:  a customer purchasing this set has my express permission to make their own molds and cast copies of these pieces to their heart's delight.  They may make as many copies as they like for personal use or even for their gaming club;  all I ask is that they not reproduce them for sale without consulting me first!

I made as much effort as possible to make these moldable using a single-sided mold, much like Hirst Arts molds, but they have detail on the back in case the customer wants to make a two-part mold.  There are as few undercuts as possible, as well.  The trickiest piece will be the interior corner, because I couldn't find a way to make it without there being an angled undercut or making it three pieces.

On the doors, the concept is that the customer would cast the style he or she wants twice, then glue two of them back to back to make them 1) double-sided and 2) make them more stable.  On that point, though, the way the doors sit on the angled walls, they actually can't tip over.

As always, I've limited my markup on each set sold to just $1, so the price you see is entirely dependent on Shapeways' material pricing.  If I could make them cheaper, I would!