Tuesday, May 29, 2012

ATHENA - Steampunk Airship

Thanks guys :)
@2501 - yes I thought about using magnets, but some of the pieces are too big (and are over time a bit warped) so that magnets won't be able to hold the things together good enough.
But depending on how successfull I'll be with the LED lights, things may remain visible enough...we'll see :)
@Jeremy Webb - thanks for the link! Some of those kits look very promising.
@Shadowvast - I think you talk about the same kits, so thanks to you also :)
I will definately look into the LED sets.
Over the last view days I began to paint the interior of the bridge and the conference room.
Here I applied the first base colors. As you can see I try to use the standard greenish grey used in most military interiors.

The rear wall of the conference room is Scab Red and the griffin is golden, while the ornaments are all kind of brazzen.

Here I applied the Dwarf Bronze around most instruments, hopefully giving everything the proposed steampunky look.

Then some more details on the instruments and screens.

And finally the wear and tear.
As with the original island, I go for a quite worn look.
The ATHENA is just coming towards the end of a long and tyring campaign against the Orks. She's not spitshiny :)

The conference room looks slightly better, less worn.

Then I began to work on the holographic projector.

Here you can see the glow around the edges.

And then I painted the actual display. Starting with Snot Green.

Next some deluted Goblin Green around the lines to give it a washen or glowing appearance.
And finally some fine lines in Scorpion Green for the real bright areas.
Together with the briefing crew.

Lastly I painted and added the central console.
This is now pretty much it.
Next will be to paint the actual Servitors and the (newly built. not photographed) Tech Priest to complete this section, so I can go on the new adventures on the outside of the ATHENA :)
I hope you enjoyed this little update.
C&C welcome.

Friday, May 25, 2012

ATHENA - Steampunk Airship (77)

Thanks guys.
So based on your feedback I will have to look into lighting the ATHENA up.
Any hints, tip, tutorials are greatly appreciated, as I'm really a "short" when it comes to electricity :)

Well, as promised I began to work on the command deck of the ATHENA. Actually the interior of it.
This is how it looked so far on the inside.

First I built a base plate that would fit inside the bridge.

and then started to build up the walls.

For the rear wall I had the idea for some ornaments - keeping up with the steampunk motto.

And also picking up the older unit crest of the MCMXIX (1919th) Atmospheric Strike Fleet - the Griffins.

Quite some delicate cutting,

but it looks great on the wall. And you can also see the "holographic projector" in front of the wall.

Some more instruments for the other wall (you can also see the "teeth" of the sliding door).

Some more details

And the finished scene with the command crew.

@Lord Gordon - Andreas, as you can see this area is too small (and will later be too dark) to add your liaison officer here. So my idea is to have him with the recon crew on the rear deck (in full sight) with the mechs readying the recon drones - is that OK with you?
With the compartment on top it is still mostly visible.
And actually I like the looks very much :)

Once I was satisfied with the conference room, I started with the actual bridge

and its instrument banks.

Plus a central intrument desk for the officer in charge.

The idea is to have the bridge operated by servitors.
And this is OTTO the commanding Servitor.

Two more servitors in the first build. As you can see they are all levitating above ground (as I didn't want to build any tracks or wheels).

Here you can see all 4 in position.

First arms and hands

And with all detials in place.

All four together.

For the actual instruments I wanted to replicate something similar to what I had built a long time ago for the deck of the Aircraft Carrier version.

This is the central instrument panel with two large screens.
The left panel with many gauges.

and the right panel.

The CO console.

And all pieces together.

Not quite the Enterprise, but I think this is looking very sexy :)
A shame most of it will be completely lost when the ATHENA is finished....

Next is now to paint everything.

As I type this all pieces are base painted and the spray paint is drying :)
So, what do you think?
I hope you enjoyed this little update.
C&C welcome.