Thursday, 21 November 2013

Phalanx Gunship

"Some amazing heavy gunships" - Mr Harold
Why thankyou, Mr Harold:)

Here are some wintery, HD desktop wallpaper sized renderings, enjoy!

And some pics of painted production models:

Paint credit: Dwartist

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Draconus Interceptor

The first of a new line of spaceship miniatures, the scale of these are roughly equivalent to a 3mm figure scale.  Three further examples of this range have been completed, these will be shown in future updates.

The ever delightful Dwartist has a painted example of a production miniature here.

 Here's a sneak preview of one of the accompanying ships, the twin engine Altair fighter - smaller than the interceptor.

And an even sneakier slice of... Something.... 

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Drop Ship Horizon

Giving a yell to Drop-ship, mad props from and right back at Eli Arndt, thanks for supporting my new blog!

Clear Horizon Miniatures - Drop Pod!

A fairly recent work, these have had a very quick turnaround by newcomers to the miniatures market, Clear Horizon.  I enjoyed a great deal of freedom with this project. Its designed to drop from an orbiting spacecraft and deploy 6 troopers into a combat zone.

Initially this model was requested to be made hollow, with a basic interior, seating for 6 with their backs toward the centre, knees toward the door, much later it was decided to fill it in and block the openings with interior doors. Either way I would have roughed out the interior layout to ensure the model is as small as possible and still comfortably (well, relatively, this is a military machine!) accomodate its passengers.

Not winning any awards for neatness here, but this was just about conveying the basic idea, the model evolved as I worked on it, and making sure its doing everything that the client wants it to do - form following function.

I guess this is unique in the sense that everything else I build is intended to move in some way, so I tried to make it look more dynamic with the elaborate landing gear and the petal-like array of doors.   I think the idea for the shape came from thinking about actual planetary landers like the Viking series... Like "what if" that lander was built from flat armor sheet, as well as something like a little fortress, notice some slight crenelation like detail around the rim, though theres no room for a parapet, perhaps they might help cover someone who's shooting out the upper hatch, maybe its like that for an entirely different reason. 

The round feature is the upper hatch which the troops would load into from the mothership. Like an escape pod in Star Wars, it pushes away and de-orbits with three thrusters one on each corner.

A neat side effect of the tear-drop shape and the doors on every side, is that if something goes wrong and it tips, the pod will always land on a door, deploy the doors on their hydraulics and the pod will be automatically righted.  I also made sure the geometries of the mechanical linkages really worked, its easier to fake them but always looks less authentic, I like to really engineer things where possible.

Some pics of my own production copy, in the flesh, well, resin.

I really must get a tripod, or drink less coffee, or both. Here's a spectacularly colorful paint by Third Fate, nicely illustrates the landing motor.


Image Courtesy Dwartist:

Additional:  18/02/2014

Here is a really nice review from "Little Nicky":

"I think my first picture shows how beautiful this model really is and how much flavor it actually has for essentially a box that falls out of the sky."
Thanks Nicky!

Friday, 8 November 2013

"Fighting Orb!"

Some renders of the Orb, the "Skinny Looking" aliens were modelled by myself previously, I'll probably detail them soon, its another challenge to integrate those models with a vehicle or other hardware but I think these worked out pretty well.

A truely spectacular paintjob for this model is featured here:

Underfire Wargaming - Infantry prototypes

Another one from a while ago, these dog-legged infantry units were built for Underfire Wargaming for use as 15mm scale figures.

Armies Armies - Neo-Sov VTOL APC

A few months back I completed a prototype for Armies Armies, something similar to a Soviet BTR, with a twist - a flying framework or harness to enable deployment from some airborne carrier or from orbit.

I designed it around a loose version of the 1970's era BTR, which looks more distinctive, its actually very close dimensionally to the real thing and I spent a lot of time on that to give it an authentic feel, but with more sci-fi styling.

Here are a few renders of the 3D prototype:

And a wee piccy or two of the printed hull of the APC, courtesy of Armies Armies:

These are in 15mm scale but I'm sure it would look great @ 28mm too, as many of my clients like to upscale and get 2 or more scales from one model.  Lets hope this happens in the future!

Welcome to Coolhand Customs!

This is the *NEW* wargame miniatures development blog of Steve "Coolhand" Tyler, one of the premiere freelance digital sculptors in the industry. Lots more to come, hundreds of miniatures to detail! Stay tuned.