Okay, so, ready to apply logic and geometry to a problem?
I want a jaw that sticks out an angle, kind of like the one on the Stompa. Now, If I have a straight line and wrap that around the base of the head, it’s going to stand straight up at a 90 degree angle to the table. Likewise, if I trace the outline of the base and wrap that around... well, it’s going to lay perfectly flat. Zero angle. Make sense?
So, what I need is an arc that’s between a straight line and the curve of the base. And I’m willing to bet—based off my great scores in high school geometry—that if I make my arc halfway between those two extremes, it should connect in a way that gives me a 45 degree slope to my jaw base. Or something very close to that...
I glued my new jaw base in place. A few cardstock strips helped make the whole thing a bit more solid. I put some clothespins around the jaw to help hold it in place, but to be honest it was pretty solid from the moment I attached it. i still gave it plenty of time to dry, because I need this to be solid if it's going to hold the weight of the teeth at that angle.
Helpful Hint—Just another reminder—because this is an Ork project I didn’t do a lot of measurements. If I did measure things, it was more to make sure angles matched than anything else. The joy of Orks is that 99% of mistakes look like planned details.
Next I took apart that whole daisy-chained tooth construction I’d put together at the end of last week’s post. Someone also pointed out that all the teeth I made were pretty even, size-wise (which isn’t very Orky), so I also made a new tusk for one side of the jaw.
Once this was done I went through and added a bunch of detail to the jaw. A lot of it was edging-pieces, because I want these teeth to look clean and sharp. There were also some random armor panels here and there. I also cut out any excess material from the cardstock base that showed between the teeth. I used a pair of scissors for most of it, and some of the fine stuff I cleaned up with my sprue clippers.
I also added some pieces onto the head itself and the horns. More cardstock plates, some foamcore scraps, stuff like that. And there’s still at least a hundred rivets in the future. For the moment, though, I let the whole thing sit and dry.
Now... I mentioned last time the need for shoulder-mounted dakka. That need still exists. And these magnificent horns, even cut down, still eat up a lot of shoulder space. This bothered me for a bit until I remembered how much of the old gargant art shows weapon emplacements mounted up on gangly scaffolding or scrawny mechanical arms. All of that suddenly made sense... I’d already planned on some flakkgunz for one shoulder and a missile pod for the other. I decided to put the flakkgunz on scaffolding and the missile pod on a smaller version of the arms I’d built as, well, arms.
I did the rokkit pod first, just because it’s easy. I wanted to make it look kind of like a real-world multiple rocket launcher (or a big Whirlwind, if you prefer). It’s really just a basic box, very easy to lay out and assemble. Wider than it is deep, deeper than it is tall—about 3 1/2" x 3" x 2" . The only measurement I cared about was the front, because I wanted to try something clever there. We’ll see if it works in just a few moments...
I plotted out a 3/8” border inside the front panel, then marked off what was left into a 1/4” grid. This will let me place rokkit covers/ tubes in a more or less regular pattern. I don’t mind if there’s a little variation, but if there’s too much it won’t be clear what this is. I tried to shade it a bit to make it clear which grid squares were which, and to give me an alternating pattern. I used my 1/4” hole punch to make a bunch of disks, dabbed some glue, and then put them all in place.
Helpful Hint—Probably goes without saying, but a hobby knife is perfect for this sort of positioning. A sharp pencil works well, too. Fine point, solid, easy to direct. It helps get these little pieces right in place.
Once the disks were on and mostly dry, I assembled the box. I clamped the tabs with clothespins at the early points, then just held it together with my hands as it neared the final joins. Once I felt confident it was solid, I added on a bunch of detail pieces. I made a simple “sun screen” to overhang the rokkit silos. Also some cardstock plates and panels that gave it a little more structural integrity. This whole thing will also need to get a few hits from the rivet fairy.
(The rivet fairy is a magical creature who lives about one week in the future. I keep hoping she’s going to do all these rivets for me. So far... no luck with that.)
With that together and drying, I turned to the flakkgunz. If you remember the first Apocalypse book, there was a nice flakktrukk in that, and I decided to use it as my basis for the gargant’s flakkgunz. I cut four pieces of cardstock about 4 1/2” long and 1 3/4” wide, then put a good curve in each one, lengthwise, by working them around my hobby knife. These would be my barrels.
But I’ll talk a little more about them next time. I’m running a little bit behind and I want to get this posted.
Next time, flakkgunz, the Gaze of Mork (or possibly Gork), and some engines for this beast. We’re closing in on the end.