Hi all, as the end of the month closes in, I fear that I have sunk my Noo Year painting threat by including my 'Ulk in it. First off, apologies, but no pictures. Progress has been made. However there is still no gob, nor a decision on one. I have made a couple more attempts, but just can't bring myself to slap a huge, honkin', cruiser-sized gob on this thing. I am still looking at alternate configurations tho, so don't despair, the angry chicken is not a definite thing.
Now that I've told you what I've not done, I can assure you that I have done substantial work on this. It is at the point where it is extremely difficult to pick up because there aren't many places left to put my fingers without crushing something. I have had to replace a gun barrel more than once due to mishandling. I have added a few more buildings and the rest of my turrets. I will need to smash-mold some more. I also went to town with the field generator pylon idea. I turned my Dremel into a lathe and turned a half dozen or so pylons out of round sprue using my metal files as cutters. Bit of a fiddly operation, but with some practice it produces reasonable results. Overall it looks a lot more bristly. Oh and there are considerably more dangly bitz, so if someone does pick up the model it's not just bare asteroid underneath. Some of it also appears from the topside view and contributes to the overall visual clutter, so that's a bonus.
A good portion of why I am foregoing pictures this time around is that the small detail just doesn't show up. It's there, but it doesn't give the same visual impression as it does in person. And lacking a new gob it seemed like wasted effort to take pics. So there it is. Nothing really for you guys to comment on. Just an update.
@Gun_wun - excess is good, I got that. Some is good, more is better, too much is just right. However, I can't unhitch the practicality engine in my head that says you're not going to add a cruiser sized chunk of metal to a fighting machine unless you get a kroozer's worth of fight out of it. That means populating it with guns and torpedoes and wotsitz because it's too damn expensive (mass-wise) for a glorified boarding plank. Adding all that other stuff is almost a whole additional build... which is not on the cards. Still I am looking at beefing this up, because 3 out of 4 meks agree - it's weedy.
I will take a moment and say thank you to all the "massive gob" proponents. Even if this thing ends up as the angry chicken it will not be because I did not take your advice under consideration. More likely because I just couldn't pull off a proppa gob.