To move ahead, sometimes you have to kill your darlings…
Suffering from some major hobby mojo for some time now – it’s been well over a year since I last put paint-to-model, for instance – I decided that while the idea of building the Captain’s raptor-like dropship https://mebelamby.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/wip-dropship/ was (and remains) a goal, the execution of the Hemlock conversion had gone awry; meaning, I had the top, the tail, and the VTOL thrusters, but couldn’t come up with a decent hull and flightpod design that took the fighter and made it a dropship – which after all, was the initial goal. So – typically me – I started on a new ride for the Rogue Trader crew and the Inquisitor Kallatar’s retinue.
Recently inspired by the techno airships of the artist ianmcque …
– and more retro look of the Kharandon airships, work commenced on converting an Arkanaut frigate into a 40k steampunk transport – though I quickly discovered that scale-wise, there was no way the frigate could conceivably carry enough people to function as a troop-transport; so another quick change of tack (haha – see what I did there?) and the frigate design metamorphed into:
The Gun Skiff!
So first up – what else? – guns:
Upper turret with twin-linked rotating 100mm cannon – made from some Imperial Guard tank bits and strips of styrene:
Of course, then I realised those midget rounds in the mag-trays are just too small calibre for the barrels size, so covered them up with some styrene sheet and milliput/greenstuff:
With the upper deck cannon fleshed out, time to build the lower turret that will replace the mouth/beard of the Arkanaut frigate – so took this old Tau turret shell:
Added the styrene rim to this plumbing tubing:
Detailed up the mini-gun barrel from the Nemesis Dreadknight:
and look at that – a Minion gun!
Made some additions to the frigate’s turret bed:
Then used some superglue dots to tack the hull halves together…
Then took a hacksaw and OMG what have I done!!!
Oh well, too late to back out now; I just kept cutting and sanding…
Until we ended up with this:
Unfortunately, the lower turret support pylon doesn’t quite fit in the hole yet, so no pic today of the weaponry in place.
Tune in soon for more mad modelling adventures!