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Warboss on 'Akira' Bike - project finished on 3/18/11

 
I think it's been pretty well established that I'm an Ork fanatic, but I've also a bit of a junkie when it comes to old school manga/anime as well. That's the whole reason I collected the Tau back in the day, they've got the whole 'giant robot' thing going on.
 

One of my absolute favorite anime films is Akira, by Katsuhiro Otomo, who based it on his manga of the same name.

It's an awesome story about...

Hell, if you seen it already, you know the story, and if you haven't, I'm not going to spoil it for you. Go read the manga and watch the movie. You won't regret it.

At any rate, in Akira, one of the main characters, Kaneda, has the most badass bike in any movie/comic/whatever, in my opinion. Check out the picture on the left to see what I'm talking about.

Is that thing just made of win or what?

Being the deranged Orky lunatic that I am, I've been wanting to make a Warboss on a bike like this for quite some time.

 
Well gang, the wait is over. I've finally gotten up off my lazy butt and starting building this thing.
 

Concept

Here's a good shot of a scale model of the bike. It's got really nice lines to it.

The Ork version of this will be a bit rougher around the edges (what Ork vehicle isn't?) but I'll be attempting to mimic the overall design and the 'speedy' feel of the bike.

 
Design and Construction

I've started with a AoBR Deffkopta as the main chassis of the bike. I used this method when building Wazdakka Gutsmek for a customer back in '09 and really like how it turned out.

For the wheel hubs, I'm using the tops from Tau gun drones, and the tires are the same ones I used on the front axles of my 'Hot Rod' Watrukk.

The swingarm for the rear wheel has some extra pistons and struts to add to the 'orky' feel. Can't have this thing looking too sleek.

Here's a shot from the other side. The forks attached to the front wheel will have a cowling/windscreen assembly over top of it eventually, but I want to make sure this thing is structurally sound.

It's always a good idea to 'beef up' the underlying structure of a model before you go to crazy on the detailing. It would really suck to spend hours and hours detailing and painting the model, only to have it fall apart on you.

So far so good.

I've been working like a crazy man on this thing.

As you can see from the pictures, I've got the front fairing pretty much all done, including a windscreen made from a blister pack.

I've also got the rear suspension and exhaust pipes in pretty good shape as well.

Here's a shot from the other side...

... and the right side rear...

... as well as the left side rear.

From this angle you can get a good look at the rear suspension.

I'm still working on the area around the exhaust pipes. I'm toying with the idea of a bosspole, or maybe some more exhaust pipes, but I don't want to mess up the speedy look.

Ah well, something will come to me.

I've got the Warboss on this thing now, complete with Powerklaw.

I'm liking the way this is shaping up, though I stuill think it needs a little something behind the Boss' shoulders and head.

Here's a shot from the other side. I'm having to balance this thing on a block of wood at the moment because of the weight of the Powerklaw.

Once I get this guy on a base, I'm going to have to pin it in place and probably put weights on the opposite side to balance it.

A shot from the rear end. Definitely in need of a bosspole, but nothing too crazy.

I still haven't figured out where I'm going to put the dakkagunz on this thing. I may just leave them off altogether.

Here's the Biker Boss all finished up and ready for primer. Some of the components are still removable for painting purposes.

I came up with a bosspole design that is similar to my warboss on foot, but distinctive enough to show advancement in his status as a boss.

The pencil drawings you see on the fairing are a basic layout of the sticker design on the bike from the manga/anime. I'll be doing orky versions of them.

I decided not to include the dakkaguns in the design of the bike, as this would deviate too much from the original bike design.

I'll probably do the gunz in a similar to my normal footslogging boss...

I'll mount them on his squig!

Next time you see this guy, he'll have paint on him!

 
Painting

Here's the boss all painted up and good to go.

I'm really happy with the way he turned out. I freehand painted the stickers on the front fairing. Some are straight off the original, others have been 'orkyified' a bit.

I sprayed dullcoat on the model before attaching the windshield. I didn't want the spray to 'fog up' the clear plastic. I also used PVA to glue the winshield in place, the fumes from super glue will also cause a fog effect.

 

Here's a shot from the other side, showing some of the other stickers.

A shot from the rear...

... and the opposite side rear.

Bag it and tag it, boyz! This guy is done.

 

 

 

Well, except for his squig which will be coming later. :)