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Only Warlock06 Dec 2007 8:12 a.m. PST

Here are some ships I have built for my Long Delayed Space Combat game that I am resurrecting from the grave!

They are a lot of fun to build and completely constructed (Except the bases) from Plasticard. The Bases are by Litko and are quite cool. Each one of the "Big" ships took about an hour. The Smaller ones usually less than 30 mins.

PJ Parent06 Dec 2007 8:28 a.m. PST

How do you cut the plasticard (so well)?

Where are the pics of the 'finished' stug, sci-fi gun thing?

Only Warlock06 Dec 2007 8:36 a.m. PST

Believe it or not Scissors and Sharp Exacto blades. I use "Zap-A-Gap" for gluing.

The Stug IX pics are on:

I just have not painted it yet.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian06 Dec 2007 8:38 a.m. PST

Those have a very nice rugose, gnarly, realistic spacy feel to them. Very "outside the box". Great work!


DontFearDareaper Fezian06 Dec 2007 8:39 a.m. PST

Very impressive Mike, let me know when your ready to playtest your rules. grin


Only Warlock06 Dec 2007 8:46 a.m. PST

Thanks Dave! Will do. The Terrans use a 2D Vector System. The Mantacc use Gravity well generators that make them "Fall" toward a placed counter.

lugal hdan06 Dec 2007 9:03 a.m. PST

Interesting – does everyone else fall towards that counter too?

Those ships are cool! Makes my "Viking Shield Enterprise" seem pretty pathetic. :-)

Hundvig Fezian06 Dec 2007 9:13 a.m. PST

One more time, without the typos:

Those look very nice indeed. Always liked the ships from "Sword" myself, and the design influence is clear. The game mecnahics sound interesting too, look forward to hearing more about the rules.

Go0gle06 Dec 2007 9:20 a.m. PST

Nicely done. Love the concept and look!

Only Warlock06 Dec 2007 9:21 a.m. PST

Lugal: Yes they do, Although the amount other ships move is less than the actual Generating ships (They use Gravity Polarization to enhance the effect) In addition it acts to Diffract Laser weapons and deflect Projectile/Missile weapons that cross the Gravity Well Marker.

Ran The Cid06 Dec 2007 9:22 a.m. PST

Great work. Any plans to blog more about how you put the ships together?

Only Warlock06 Dec 2007 9:30 a.m. PST

Yeah I was thinking i would do a Step-by step. It's very free-form starting with a Sheet of Plasticard, a Styrene Beam, A Styrene "C" Beam and a couple Styrenet Tubes. I cut a Beam or Tube as a "Base" full length end then layer on top of that.

Personal logo cloudcaptain Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2007 9:37 a.m. PST

Nice work as usual :)

Only Warlock06 Dec 2007 9:38 a.m. PST

Thanks CC!

La Long Carabine06 Dec 2007 9:54 a.m. PST

You do some very nice work, have to try the scissors on plastic card trick.

Thanks for sharing,

LLC aka Ron

Stealth100006 Dec 2007 10:38 a.m. PST

They are great. Nice work.


nvdoyle06 Dec 2007 10:41 a.m. PST

Count me for one who really wants to see a tutorial on those.

Toaster06 Dec 2007 11:47 a.m. PST

Nice, a very different look, I like the big drive ring.


AWuuuu06 Dec 2007 12:17 p.m. PST

They are impressive

first plasticard only ships that i like
(in oposition to Froggy-the-Great style all stuff combined – wich ive seen many great designs )

Jay Arnold06 Dec 2007 3:21 p.m. PST

Inspired stuff. More, please.

With tutorial, step-by-step, whatever you want to call 'em.

Cacique Caribe06 Dec 2007 3:28 p.m. PST

For additional ideas, check out the tutorials listed on the right side of this page:



Only Warlock06 Dec 2007 3:41 p.m. PST

Awesome Stuff CC!

BlackWidowPilot Fezian06 Dec 2007 4:08 p.m. PST

Excellent work! evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express

Lentulus06 Dec 2007 5:05 p.m. PST

Thanks, CC, that's good stuff.

Allen5706 Dec 2007 6:16 p.m. PST

I echo the compliments of the other TMPrs who have responded positively. Great stuff. Your rules sound really interesting. I look forward to seeing them. Ive been trying to get my head around movement systems in space combat for years and am always looking for new insights.

Charles Marlow06 Dec 2007 7:19 p.m. PST

I'm impressed; very well done!

XianXXY07 Dec 2007 6:36 p.m. PST

You should contact this guy to help you with the ships designs, he did some pretty good work:


He used to do work for GW and Forge World when they used freelance sculptors.

Only Warlock08 Dec 2007 5:00 p.m. PST

LOL well I appreciate the thought Xian but I did the Narn and Centauri Fleet designs for AOG's B5Wars as well as the Gaim for the newer B5 ACTA system. I'm just finally getting off my Butt and doing this for my long-delayed personal "Strike Vector" project! Funny story: Oro\iginally the Project was called "Starsiege" and I started it about 11-12 years ago. I was contacted by Dynamix(A now-defunct computer game company) and they purchased the Starsiege name-rights from me.

XianXXY09 Dec 2007 12:07 p.m. PST

No prob, the sculptor is a friend of mine. We used to work together at GW a while back and he is trying to get more sculpting work since GW does not use freelancers anymore.

BlackWidowPilot Fezian09 Dec 2007 1:51 p.m. PST

" he is trying to get more sculpting work since GW does not use freelancers anymore."

Hmmm… Mwahahahahahahahahaaa!! evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express

XianXXY09 Dec 2007 3:20 p.m. PST

OK, BlackWidowPilot, I'll bite.

What is the maniacal laugh for? AFAIK GW does not use freelancers anymore, at least thats what Ted Williams (GW studio guy)told me a few months ago.

He is a pretty darn good sculptor, so I don't think its unreasonable for him to look to continue sculpting.

BlackWidowPilot Fezian09 Dec 2007 4:53 p.m. PST

"What is the maniacal laugh for?"


" AFAIK GW does not use freelancers anymore, at least thats what Ted Williams (GW studio guy)told me a few months ago."

"against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain!" evil grin

"He is a pretty darn good sculptor, so I don't think its unreasonable for him to look to continue sculpting."

<ahem> Neither do I…. Mwahahahahaaa!! *We* employ *freelance sculptors* at MX….. need to send a memo to His Bruceness… Mwahahahahahahaaa!! The thought of a potential new (freelance) evil minion just warms the cockles of my evil, depraved and utterly degenerate excuse for a stone-cold heart… evil grin

Any further questions? evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express
"BWAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!!! And you can quote me…!"

XianXXY10 Dec 2007 3:09 p.m. PST

OH! You mean I should get him to take a look at your website and have him contact you, right?

Ok, I'll send him an e-mail today; the maniacal laughter just threw me off a bit.

Sometimes, when he was working on models on his break he would just start laughing to himself, and when we asked him what was so funny, he would just say "nothing" and laugh some more.

So I guess madness loves company after all.

Hundvig Fezian11 Dec 2007 4:12 p.m. PST

Looking for new Silent Death sculpts, are you, Leland?

BlackWidowPilot Fezian13 Dec 2007 8:41 p.m. PST

"Looking for new Silent Death sculpts, are you, Leland?"

Mwahahahahahaaa!! evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express

BlackWidowPilot Fezian14 Dec 2007 8:32 a.m. PST

EVIL SUBCREATURES!!!!! NOW you've gone and done it!! *I* am scratchbuilding starships again… from empty DEODORANT CONTAINERS!!! BWAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!!! evil grin

Photos will go up on the Metal Express Gallery when they're done… evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express

Detailed Casting Products14 Dec 2007 4:51 p.m. PST

Well Leland, I'm sure that they'll smell nice.wink

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