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Up Up and Away (spring clean challenge)

Up Up and Away (spring clean challenge)

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About the Project

Over the years of my gaming life (of which there have been quite a few ) I have struggled to find the time to sit down for any length of time and finish projects from start to finish, hence the growing pile of half complete painted armies and the like. Due to the current Covid 19 lockdown I have now the time to finish some of those projects. This project started way back when GW used Goblins as the querky tinkerers of the Old World with all manner of nutty things....Goblin doom divers spring to mind. I have always envisaged these nutty professor types wanting to sour above the taller races raining down pain from above....So born my dream of creating an airship. Now i know in the intervening years others have brought airships to the commercial front of things with other races but i feel the draw to still have my nutty Goblins do the same.

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The dream of flight

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This project begins with an old dream to create an airship for my Goblin army way back in the early 1990’s when GW ‘s ideas about Goblins was querky technology through and through.

The likes of goblin doom divers appeared in lists but i had the idea of those nutty professor types wanting to rain pain down from above in a more controlled way….

The ideas...

Now we all know that several flying constructs have made there way onto the market over the years… more recently the Mantic offering of the Wingit for both KOW and Vanguard … but I would like to think that the tech my Goblins are using is maybe not quite so far down the time line , and having watched the recent film Aeronauts on demand TV have reawakened the idea of an airship.

 

First problem is what to use for the balloon…what is round a light enough to be held in place above my precious minis…..my first thoughts were craft polystyrene balls …..but these turned out to be off the table as suitable sizes unavailable …….next idea mmmmm . Xmas tree decorations same sort of shape, and have the added bonus of a small neck similar to those balloons from history.

Xmas decoration(balloon)Xmas decoration(balloon)

Next what to use for a balloon basket, no over the years I have collected lots of different bits from models and minis and my bits boxs hold some interesting things, including some MDF armour pieces from “Wargames Factory’s “Orc fort that I won off this very sight following the Salute coverage a few years ago. And along with other sprue off cuts created a gondela for my crazy Goblins to stand in.

MDF BitsMDF Bits
GondelaGondela
Rope and ladderRope and ladder

Texturing the balloon

Due to the shinny finish of the xmas bauble I decided to cover it with paper and PVA glue (decoupage style) in order to  both cover it in a more paint friendly surface but also add texture resembling sewn together cloth. After several layers of paper and glue dried I painted and washed the surface to bring out the details. Smaller details like rope were also added with twisted copper wire.

DecopougeDecopouge
Balloon detailBalloon detail

Construction

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Putting together all of the bits took some time , from gluing the gondela together along with the decoupage for the balloon as well as the twisting of copper wire to represent rope from start to finish took approx  1 week .

below is the finished article ….

Construction
Construction
Construction
Construction

When one is not enough

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Why only have one when you can have two !! Was my next thought so here they are two of the balloons. To allow easy id on the tabletop for both myself and any opponent i am likely to face i have made the second one slightly different by adding an additional balloon globe to the canopy.

When one is not enough
When one is not enough
When one is not enough

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