Sunday, November 7, 2010


This little guy is finally done!!! The DiggerBot was way more involved to build than I originally anticipated. I had lost steam for this "steam-punk" project several times. But today I went out for some location shots at a construction site, and am actually smiling at the results. There's not going to be a lot of commentary on the paint job...just enjoy the photos!

I wanted to show the earliest stage of when I began to paint the Bot. I was really torn as to what color to go with, once I had sprayed on a primer coat of black. It reminded me of an old black train locomotive...and I really liked that look. I came really close to just hitting it with some silver on a few details, and calling it "done".
I also like the yellow colors of modern construction equipment. In the end, I went with a worn-out ol' rust-bucket bronze-red. Below are the basic arm movements. Unfortunately, the crank mechanism ended up being tighter to turn (due to the paint), so there's a bit of effort required to bring it to life.

So that's it for the latest project. Might have to get some more shelves!


Fitz-Badger said...

Looks great! I especially like those construction site shots.

Anonymous said...

I know the bot is glad to be finished and enjoying his placement on the shelf with his other bot friends. When Jean was here she played with all of the crank toys on my shelf. I'm proud of them all! Good work. Will look forward to whatever your imagination brings forth next. mom

Kerry Callen said...

Super Great Excellent!

Tim said...

You've set a new standard, now we want location shots for all the projects! Looks fantastic!!

Do you play any steam-punk or Victorian sci-fi games? It would be perfect!

Warren said...

Thanks, everyone, for the nice comments. I'm takin' a breather for a while, now that I'm done with that one.

And,, I'm not really a "gamer"...I just like making stuff for my gaming friends. I'd have to do a major scaling down in size of that DiggerBot to use in a would be like a Godzilla-sized contraption! (Though that might be a good thing!)

Tim said...

I don't know my Space Orks have some pretty big killer robots!

...still waiting for that video! hahaha =)

VanityofVanities said...

I find your automata quite adorable, eh. Love the simple and detailed designs too. :)

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