I have plenty of foot troops, but there is always need of something armoured and heavily gunned. And that’s what I will be showing off today. From tanks and walkers to transports and skimmers, I have added a good few options to my army over the 12 months I have been working on it.
The Dreadnought was always intended to be a mobile weapons platform so twin Autocannons were the obvious choice, and an Aegis Defence Line Quadgun happily provided me the ideal weapons to mount. I like the longer barrels for an artillery like look to it.
I have since dubbed it the Ogre class Assault Walker – the search light makes for a lone eye and the chest mounted smoke/hunter killer launcher makes a lop sides tooth mouth.
My thoughts quickly wandered to the idea of a low flying gunship, and the Stormtalon hadn’t been out long. I picked one up, and went to work making the front mounted weapon less Jimmy Hill like (seriously – who designed that thing!). Other than leaving a few pieces of for streamlining, it was a straight forward build.
I kept the power armour for the pilot, though I did fit a Pig Iron head. I thought it looked good as a flight suit.
The base has been made to represent the footprint of an actual Predator for the purpose of assaulting, getting cover and movement to ensure the conversion was gaining any unfair advantages.
The conversion works on these are very minimal – Pig Iron Heads and modded weaponary. One is a Typhoon that uses a Sentinel missile pod slung under the nose for its Typhoon missile launcher. The other is a Tornado with a scratch built under slung Multimelta. This was done to keep the Landspeeders’ lines as clean and sleek as possible.
The front cockpit areas are less details – no weapons rail or shield in front of the pilot. I like the use of Boltguns for Storm Bolters on each, with a visible gunner. My favourite is the guy reloading.
The kit arrived and if I am honest, was not that great. Needed a lot of work, and has never quite sat right, but I made it work. I dropped the long tail in favour of a simple scratch built spoiler, and modded the front nose weapon mount for Assault Cannons. I did wonder about using the turret for a Multimelta, but I am glad I didn’t, as you’ll see next.
The base was again made to simulate the footprint of a Landraider. But then Forgeworld brought out the Stormeagle, and it now counts as that instead, but for far less money and it makes it easier in game. Big ass flyer dropping off a large close quarters unit – hell yeah!
The Dreadknight model has been laughed at much by me and my mates since release, but after all the guffawing and ribbing, it was now the ideal basis for my own take on a Contemptor. I built up the body, legs and limbs in sub assemblies without the armour plating bits, then started to cut back pieces from the torso and waits so as to fit a cockpit.
As luck would have it, I did not add the turret to the Stormeagle when it was intended to be a Crusader, and I found that it was just the right size for a canopy. I could even fit an actual pilot in there, Pig Iron head an all.
The Cyclones are made from the unused Typhoon missile pods from my Landspeeders, else the rest is all from the Dreadknight kit. The blade was a last minute idea, as I had originally planned to turn the sword into a reverse gripped combat knife. But the idea of a wrist mounted retractable blade sounded cool, so I slowly whittled the blade until it would slip in under the lip of the lower arm armour.
It has since been renamed. It was the Golem class Battleframe, but in honour of the film Pacific Rim which I thoroughly enjoyed, it is now the Jaeger class Battleframe.
So there you go folks – the armoured might behind my troopers. But sometimes that’s not enough, and for those moments, there are always friends to call on. In the final part, I show you the small pool of Allies I have made, as well as chat about a few future additions coming soon.