Title: Illuminated Decapitating Strike!
zZ HYPNOS Zz - April 1, 2012 05:31 AM (GMT)
After lighting up the Warsphinx and Casket I decided I was addicted to this type of modeling and just couldn't help myself. Here is the beginnings of my Necro with LED blades to show just how cool decapitating strike really is.
Let me know what you think. Also, any suggestions so far? Any recommendations on a good clear, workable medium to transfer the light a little better?
As a side note, check out how the arms are posed differently in the pictures. It was actually a pretty cool bonus I didn't even realize till building but the wires going from the torso to the arms actually hold them in place well enough that I didn't have a need for glue and allows me to re-position the arms.
athoha - April 1, 2012 08:18 AM (GMT)
that's just so freaking awesome. i'd love to see it fully painted.
would it also be possible to make the eyes glow?
Lakomasoi - April 1, 2012 08:20 AM (GMT)
I was going to suggest the eyes or from inside the hood.
Zakttayr - April 1, 2012 08:23 AM (GMT)
I like the lines of archers in the background behind your keyboard there. The darth maul look is definately cool on the necro sphynx. You need to take these things to a painting competition or something so you can win the prizes you rightyfully deserve.
Scarab Lord - April 1, 2012 10:19 AM (GMT)
I lit the lantern on my VC Black coach. It needs to be on it mini display board to light up though. I made the switch a stake with a skele on it so you dont see how it's turned on. The battery is housed in a... cairn? some road side structure.
I probably could have removed the vamp in the back and blacked out the windows and housed it in there. I do have a second one..... Hm....
Anyways, WAY cool keep it up!!!
Mioumboy - April 1, 2012 06:39 PM (GMT)
Very nice one Hypnos! Should be pretty cool with all your big models lighted up like that!
What could be cool also is a green light in the tail for the scorpion dart. So you could turn it on when you have the option and such, but then it would be usefull only on a Warsphinx. It should look striking though, so I'd like to see that! ;)
Jimmy - April 2, 2012 02:08 AM (GMT)
Well done, that's sensational!
zZ HYPNOS Zz - April 2, 2012 05:10 AM (GMT)
Thanks for the advice guys. Great ideas! I went ahead and added a light to the head which just looks much cooler than I thought it would. I've got the tail almost completely drilled out but I have to pick up some green LEDs. I agree that the green would give it some pop. I'll never take poison on the guy but it will at least look good.
Check out the updated pictures and keep the good ideas coming!
I'm thinking of filling the tail with hot glue. in a couple tests it does well dispersing the light and is also opaque enough to hide the actual LED.
Vallah - April 2, 2012 04:28 PM (GMT)
Nice idea with the hot glue. I was wondering how you were going to do that.
Tonberry - April 3, 2012 07:38 AM (GMT)
Where are you going to hide the battery?
I think the solid-glue-filled light up green tail would looks so stunning you'd HAVE to waste the points on poison sting hehe!
Awesome job... inspiring stuff!
Jimmy - April 3, 2012 10:27 PM (GMT)
This is some incredible effort, well done. The head is looking fantastically intimidating. Just make sure you dim the lights when you use him for maximum effect. :)
zZ HYPNOS Zz - April 4, 2012 05:19 AM (GMT)
I finally made it out to a radio shack and picked up some different color LEDs so I could finish the tail. I saw think one LED there that said it was a 7 color LED so I had to get it. It actually turned out pretty awesome because now when I first turn the guy on the tail blinks different colors and the head and hands blink along with it then the tail goes into a select mode so I can choose the color I want.
The hot glue and multi color turned out better than I had thought. I've still got a bit of cleaning up to do around the edges but I'll wait for it to completely harden. Check out the new pictures and tell me what you think.
Also, should I go for the same multi color led in the hands and head or just stick to the red theme. I think the contrast is going to turn out pretty cool looking but I'm open for suggestions. So far you guys have given me great feed back that is making this thing so much better. Thanks again!
O yeah, and for the battery, I'll just make another little pyramid type thing like my other sphinx has:http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i329/z...0716_101646.jpghttp://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i329/z...0720_220602.jpg
Vallah - April 4, 2012 12:43 PM (GMT)
Yeah, those turned out great. As for the colour choice, I would stick with just the single colour LEDs myself or you might run the risk of it coming off like some kind of freaky Christmas decoration. Red looks cool but I guess it all depends on the colours you've painted your other stuff.
Sleboda - April 4, 2012 02:02 PM (GMT)
Do you ever do anything with a programmable lighting sequence via an arduino board or the like? How about magnetic and sound activated switches to have them react to things happening on the table?
RejjeN - April 4, 2012 03:28 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Sleboda @ Apr 4 2012, 02:02 PM)|
| Do you ever do anything with a programmable lighting sequence via an arduino board or the like? How about magnetic and sound activated switches to have them react to things happening on the table? |
...It would be so awesome if the glowing blades were activated by someone saying "Decapitating strike!". Would just be an extra awesome thing (in my opinion), but hardly necessary because its already incredible :D
Lordy - April 4, 2012 04:36 PM (GMT)
zZ HYPNOS Zz - April 5, 2012 07:31 PM (GMT)
|risk of it coming off like some kind of freaky Christmas decoration.|
Very good point. I'll stick to leaving one color up. My army scheme is basically bone/sand, metals, and red so I'll probably stick to red or green.
|Do you ever do anything with a programmable lighting sequence via an arduino board or the like? How about magnetic and sound activated switches to have them react to things happening on the table?|
Actually I haven't. I've been wanting to get into arduino so this may be the perfect excuse to start. My circuits so far have just been switches or at most a 555 timer to blink at variable speeds.
I hadn't thought of using magnets and sound to activate the lights. That's a great freaking idea. I may have to limit it to a display board though because model space is pretty already.
|It would be so awesome if the glowing blades were activated by someone saying "Decapitating strike!".|
Haha awesome. I was thinking of leaning more towards picking up any sound or even listening for dice hitting the table. The magnets would be cool to so that if two units ended up in combat together they would do something different.
I was trying to figure out where I could put a button in to change the tail color and it turns out that the skull plate thing on his back if perfect. It does well hiding the button and actually turns the whole plate into a button. I love when things come together so nicely. If only the dice could do the same.
Sleboda - April 5, 2012 08:00 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (zZ HYPNOS Zz @ Apr 5 2012, 02:31 PM)|
|I hadn't thought of using magnets and sound to activate the lights. That's a great freaking idea. I may have to limit it to a display board though because model space is pretty already.|
I was thinking of leaning more towards picking up any sound or even listening for dice hitting the table. The magnets would be cool to so that if two units ended up in combat together they would do something different.
My wife does a lot of this stuff in her art quilting. If you want to see some examples, check outThese imagesAnd these videos
zZ HYPNOS Zz - April 7, 2012 06:21 AM (GMT)
|My wife does a lot of this stuff in her art quilting. If you want to see some examples, check out|
Wow I would have never thought of combining quilts and LED electronics but those are actually pretty awesome looking. Thanks for the links!
Thanks again to everyone for the cool suggestions. I'm almost there in terms of getting this guy wrapped up now. It really does look a whole lot better than it did and I think where the lit blades would have attracted people in for a closer look from a table away, the tail is just going to catch people's eyes from across the room.
I've still got a couple details here and there to clean up (as well as the base) but then I'll be ready for paint. I'll post those pictures when I finish up but check out the guy so far. I apologize for the exposure in the pictures. The lights are turning out a to still be pretty bright even without direct angles. I'm showing the different colors in the tail but I think the green is still a top choice.
Maglok - April 7, 2012 09:31 AM (GMT)
Just popped in to say 'wow' :)
Maybe make it able to be dimmed that would look even niftier.
The Eel - April 7, 2012 10:50 AM (GMT)
Bringing warhammer to a new level! :D
Epic indeed! good work!
Reg06 - April 11, 2012 06:57 AM (GMT)
Definitely the purple. The green has too much contrast, and is Christmasy. The purple stands out just enough to make the tail something different, without being distracting.
Krael - April 11, 2012 09:55 AM (GMT)
agreed with the purple, but epic either way
zZ HYPNOS Zz - April 12, 2012 06:06 AM (GMT)
Finally done painting!! at least for now because I have to get some other stuff table ready. O and I have to make the whole base thing.
Any way check out the semi-complete night time friendly necro. It turned out pretty well although covering up the lights in the blades were tough and my painting skills have a long way to go.
I'll be sure to put up some better pictures after basing and include the warsphinx and casket.
Thanks again for all the suggestions.
Ha, I forgot the Bow Colossus is in the pictures as well. That was a fun side project to clear my head while building his guy.
Malphaeus - April 13, 2012 01:42 AM (GMT)
This is one of the most awesome things I've seen in a long time. Good work!!
zZ HYPNOS Zz - April 17, 2012 05:10 AM (GMT)
Finally finished this guy up as well as throwing another glowy warsphinx together over the weekend. Now everything with T8 and up has lights. Now I just have to figure out how to play a night game. Or maybe just figure out how to paint better in the first place so I don't have to use these gimics ;)
athoha - April 17, 2012 06:28 AM (GMT)
that looks absolutely awesome. do you think that you can post some close ups on every model, it would be nice to see.
Maglok - April 17, 2012 08:05 AM (GMT)
Imotheb - April 17, 2012 11:20 AM (GMT)
take a picture in the dark as well :)
While - April 17, 2012 11:27 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Imotheb @ Apr 17 2012, 11:20 AM)|
|take a picture in the dark as well :)|
What he said!
bobby_irish - April 18, 2012 02:52 AM (GMT)
ever think about posting a "how-to make sphinxes awesome" article?
zZ HYPNOS Zz - April 19, 2012 03:46 AM (GMT)
Thanks again for the compliments!
|ever think about posting a "how-to make sphinxes awesome" article?|
I hadn't thought of that but it is a great idea. It would be cool to have a collection of all the tips out there to make these awesome models look awesomer. :) I really should do a how to or something but I always get excited about seeing the final result that I forget to take the time to document my steps.
Here are the pictures in the dark for you guys. I only have one warsphinx shot but they both look the same in the dark. The necro definitely looks the cools in my opinion. I spent the most amount of time trying to get the light to travel up the whole sword and this was the best I could do. I thought about trimming the blade to be shorter but I just didn't feel right doing it.
zZ HYPNOS Zz - April 19, 2012 03:54 AM (GMT)
Maglok - April 19, 2012 07:19 AM (GMT)