Friday, November 18, 2016

Ideas for a new model build: a sci-fi floating lighthouse

Today I've been doodling ideas for a new model build: an anti-gravity floating science fiction lighthouse ship.

I've been inspired by the concept art of the fantabulous Ian McQue. If you don't know his work, you should check it out right now - here's his blog.

It's very early days, but it has rather captured my imagination.  Lots of scratchbuilding, lots of various bits and bobs and gubbins from the spares box. No set historical rules to restrict.  Sounds great.

For every diorama I draw sketches like these to help me work out the final form and position of everything.  You don't need to be the best drawer in the world, but a bare bones plan is essential.

(Plus, if I'm being honest, I just like to draw in quiet moments at work.)

Of course, you also have to be able to re-assess that plan as you go and innovate when you come up against problems. And you will come up against problems.

So, without further ado, I present my Sci-Fi Floating Lighthouse concept sketches:

I'm planning to float it mid-air using strong wire as a simulated drooping guy-rope.

My Technical Drawing teacher from 1989 would be proud.

Lots of gubbins, it's not going to be a polished smart machine.  It's going to be rusty and one step above junk. Excellent!

I have cupboards full of unmade model kits, and yet I am suddenly tempted to dash off and scratchbuild a totally new item. Plus I never build sci-fi models.

That's one of the beauties of this hobby. I never know where it will take me next.

So now I have to work out, will I start this before my next planned armour kit?  I'm a bit off planes at the moment, but I'm really enjoying building 1/35 armour.  Decisions, decisions, decisions...

Until next time, keep experimenting.



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