Hello my fellow geeks. You may remember last week I mentioned I'd been busy gaming, painting and building models. This time I thought I'd show you one of the tasty fruits of my labour, namely a goblin catapult...
Being a tight arsed frugal gaming type, I didn't want to shell out for the Games Workshop Rocklobber for my Goblin Army, so I decided to make my own from balsa wood. As usual I started off with a few sketches, which I then promptly ignored.
After making my terrible sketches, I drew the main sections of the catapult to scale, this allowed me to cut my balsa to size and glue them the right way round (building two 'left hand sides' is always a hazard for a frugal builder).
With all my pieces of balsa for the main structure cut, I started assembling them using wood glue. I used pins to hold the pieces while the glue set.
With all the main sections assembled, I started work on the detail; the winding drum, the mechanism, etc. I assembled one side of the trebuchet first, making sure everything was in place before adding the throwing arm and other side of the machine.
Once all the woodwork was complete, the main body of the trebuchet assembled and glued to a base, I started adding the detail. String to represent the ropes and bindings, and plasticard strips to represent metal banding. To add the detail of bolts to the plastic strips, I used a drill and small pieces of plastic rod, as I did when making tank traps.
The sling holding the rock was made from (wait for it) a rock, with a piece of plasticard heated in warm water bent around it. A generous dab of two-part epoxy resin made sure it stayed in place. When it was all set, I scarred the top with a knife to make it look like worn leather. The whole model was primed grey.
To add a bit more 'goblin' to the trebuchet, I added a watchtower. The idea behind this was that the trebuchet had been looted from the Empire and adapted by it's new owners to be a bit more impressive. This was built then painted seperately before being attached to the model. This was the real fun part of the build as I got to cut and glue strangely shaped bits of wood in a crazy greenskin fashion. When this was finished, it was primed grey.
To paint the model I used my trusty airbrush to give it a good basecoat (a 50/50 mix of Snakebite leather and Codex Grey) before drybrushing and washing it. The shields and boar head were picked out and the tiled roof painted a dark blue.
From a Frugal point of view this model cost me a small amount of money (in fact I don't think I had to spend anything) but a lot of time. It was a real labour of love, but I'm pleased with the final results, in fact I think I may start on another, and maybe some bolt throwers...
Until next time, happy gaming.
* For those of you not geeky enough to care, or too geeky and scared to ask; a trebuchet works on gravity, and a catapult works on torsion.