In fact these were some of the alternative designs, hmm, that one back right isn't familiar at all *cough* Space Wolf Stormwolf *cough*
And there were plenty of examples on line too like this:
And even my own mate Liam made a couple as can be seen here, amongst other scratchbuilds ;) :
Anyway, a recent post on G+ by Alun Heseltine has shown him undertaking this enterprise and I realised it's something I could actually take on. So without too much thought I printed out the paper templates, spray mounted them to 3mm foamboard and had a crack at it.
I soon realised that it wasn't as easy as I first thought, or in actual fact I shouldn't follow the templates too slavishly. Its weird to suddenly be on the other side of a template, trying to get your head round what the creator intended and as Alun has discovered this particular template isn't always correct and requires a certain improvisation to achieve.
I tried a lot of internal rebates and slices to allow me to create the correct profiel, which was in fact wronfly interpreted by me.
But saying that the results don't look too bad out of the gate.
As you can see the internal slicing allows me to create the side profile but this isn't the correct provile and with hindsight I realised this would be a nightmare to hold in position while it's glued.
With that in mind I went back to Alun's pics and saw that he used the foam and cut into it, with the board providing the structure. He also is cladding his in plasticard, with the foam only being the simplest skeleton to build upon.
So I find myself in the position that I may restart this project, Alun discovered the nacelles are a little short, by about 2cm so I may take another look and tweak them myself. I need to stop being a slave to the template, and take ownership for my needs. Regardless, this is a truly long term project that I will fit in and around everything else. Don't expect updates often but it could very well be an interesting project.
That top photo looks really impressive! I've never thought of scratch building a vehicle, but this would definitely be worth a go.ReplyDelete
It's what the Forgeworld team used to mock it up so if it's good enough for them it's good enough for me. My mate Liam has scratchbuilt loads of stuff, Titans, Baneblades, flyers some are easier than others but they're pretty cool and what he's done is just as good as the real deal.Delete
I've always loved the Assault Ram and it's something I'll be adding to my Scythes force one day, I'll be looking out for progress on this one Dave, good luck fella ;)ReplyDelete
It may take a while but I'll definitely keep you all updated.Delete
Awesome Dave! Excited to see how this progresses. There was a fellow at nova last year, he had nine drop pods, all foam/cardboard. I honestly couldn't even tell until I looked at them closely...Saved himself SO much $$.ReplyDelete
I would love to have a ton of drop pods. If only I had the skill to make them out of foamboard.Delete
Army in question!Delete
In this battle, calgar killed two hive tyrants in CC. It was nuts.
Thanks for the link. I might give that a go, already own a drop pod, so could use it for the dimensions.Delete
This guys plastic work is insane, I'm never going to this detail but worth noting: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Plastic-Psychosis/701458409945840?fref=tsDelete
Of course there is also 'Blackadder' on most of the forums, he's got a scratchbuilt Thunderhawk, Warlord Titan and two Lucius Pattern Reaver Titans that actually clip onto the FW Mars pattern frame to make it Lucius, ingenuous!