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Maximillian Ready For Play

I started this guy a while ago, but became discouraged as I assembled him, then quickly dropped it twice. The second time loosing the newly repaired arm into a dark unknown corner of my basement where I prime models. He sat for at least three weeks while I looked at him once in a while and tried to figure out what my next move was. Then it dawned on me.

I have been experimenting with adding parts to models to make them more “steam-y” lately. I have some small brass rods that I might be able to fashion into a multi-barrel weapon suitable for this model. But how to make it fit with the rest of the model. A long, long while ago I bought some green stuff (two part self curing resin) as I always read about it on others blogs but had never tried it. I never really had a need, but thought it might be handy to have around. I was pretty hand with a sculpting tool in college, not good enough to get a job doing it mind, but better than the average Joe. This seemed like the perfect job for trying my hand at creating something with green stuff.

I first snipped four short lengths of brass rod, glued two side by side with super glue. The glued two more directly on top of those two, so I had four barrels in a square shape. I then broke off some greenstuff and worked it in my fingers, then formed it around one end of the rods and squared it off on the table top for a blocky shoulder piece. Once it cured, I pinned it to the model and waited. Once dry, another coat of primer and I was ready to paint the bugger. I think it came out alright. You can see the arm I manufactured on the left here, circled in red. You can see the model in it’s original form with the very cool, but now missing, gun arm at the older post.

I’ve taken some more photos and a few with my newly minted Prussian foot sloggers for some scale. I really like this model and will most likey get another one or two some day.

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Big Robots and Little Men

I really wanted some big fantastical robots for my VSF project. They will really fill the role of tanks for the Prussians, but finding something appropriate in 6mm is NOT easy. I have toyed with making my own for some time, but I’m not really good at that. So, after about a year of looking, I think I found my robot.

I saw the Maximilian model on the Tobsen77 site and really thought it looked perfect for my vision of VSF. I didn’t know how big it really was but I thought I’d just order one and see, as I was ordering the tanks anyway. When it arrived, it looked like this. It came in a bag full of pieces, I went to the Tobsen77 website to see how it fit together. I took a little bit of looking, but I figured it out.

I was really intimidated by having to cut off the tags on each piece. I had never worked with resin before, but after starting, it was quite easy. I bought a small hand saw after email Tobsen77 about how to remove it, and I have a small round file around for flash anyway. Between the two I was able to cut off the tabs and smooth it out very easily. Here is the before and after.

I started gluing it together and I liked it more and more as it took shape. I must be getting a little carried away with the rare earth magnates, as I drilled holes and added two so the top of the robot swivels. All in all, it took a little time and effort to construct the final Maximillian, but I like the end result. I may add another at some future order from Tobsen77, there will definitely be more orders.

Here are the final pics before he goes to painting, and some perspective pics of the model next to a stand of infantry. I have already had one mishap with the figure. The arm joints are very small and dainty, I was worried about them once I had glued them. If there is a weak point on the model it’s the elbows. I went to put it on the paint shelf and dropped Max on a concrete floor, breaking the gun elbow. I drilled a hole in the gun and the arm and with a small bent copper pipe, replaced it. It’s not quite as snazzy, but it’s not in an obvious place. I’ll show it in the next set of pictures.


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I had to add a little note that it might be a while before the finished product is seen on this one. I don’t normally drop things I’m working on and when I do it’s no big deal. I usually pick them up and maybe bend it back into place a little. I seem to have dropped this model twice and both times suffered huge damage. The first time I broke one arm, that I replaced with a bit of copper tube. The second time I broke both arms and lost one of them, never to be found. That really sucks. I have to figure something out for that arm and until I do, I can’t finish it. Here’s what he looks like now. It’s a great model, but perhaps a little to delicate for gaming?