Apocalypse is coming in October & that calls for bigger guns. I’ve been hanging out at Work in Progress way too much lately & the folks there have filled my head with ideas of scratch built tanks. Most scratch built tanks are either GW clones or some sort of real world want to be. My plan is to come up with something completely different – based on construction equipment! Ever look at an excavator? It’s a pair of tracks with a superstructure hanging in-between & a big rotating turret on top. Not a very practical military design – but then the 40K universe has never been accused of being practical.
Step 1 is to build up the track bodies. The tracks themselves are in route from Tower Hobbies, two sets of Academy Plastics 1/35 Tiger I Treads should be more than enough. Keeping with my normal desire to mold everything, once 1 track body is built – I’ll create a 2 part mold & bam, crank out all the copies I need. Great plan, but it’ll be my first 2 part mold and the masters will have a lot of delicate detail. Lots of ways for this to go wrong. Hope I don’t need to start pressure casting.
Step 2 is to throw together a super simple superstructure to hold the track bodies together, then add a super sized gun turret on top. (Other wise known as, I have a plan for the tracks & I’ll wing the rest.) I have an order of magnets coming in a few weeks, I can see it now – detachable weapon pods, even a whole train of tank bodies strung together by little magnets.
The last bit is, who are the tanks fighting for? The tanks will look archaic which suits both IG and CHAOS. Not quite sure which side will get the nifty new tanks….. Probably will depend on how noticable the air bubbles are!