Wednesday, September 30, 2009

AT70 Detailing

Years of sifting through 40k hobby forums has paid off in the form of obessive detailing on the AT70.  I tried to make it look like its bigger brother, the AT83 (also known as the Mortian pattern tank).  Critiques, comments and suggestions appreciated.

AT70 Reaver with stowage, exhausts, engine access and spare fuel tanks added.

Slightly different angle.  Fuel tanks made by cutting two pieces of large tubing and cutting four strips of thin sheeting to wrap around them, mimicing the AT83 at the bottom of the page.

With the turret rotated you can see the filled gap between the hull and the engine deck.  Use brownstuff instead of greenstuff, as brownstuff can be filed and sanded to smoothness afterwards.

Here you can see how I've used the forgeworld leman russ engine filter to mimic the engine deck of the AT83 Brigand.  The engine cover from a leman russ was cut in half and placed to either side with a strip of plasticard placed on the cut side to complete the frame.  Rivets to be added.

And here's the size comparison shot which was requested last time.  The front of my AT70 still needs detailing, but the aft is done bar the rivets.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

AT70 Reaver roughed out

PaDA is proud to present the little brother to the Blood Pact's AT83 Brigand; the AT70 Reaver. Where the Brigand is the Urideshi Forge's equivalent of the Leman Russ, the Reaver is cheaper and lighter. Here's a couple quotes from Honor Guard by Dan Abnett, "Urdeshi made tanks, type AT70s, Indifferent performance and slow on the fire rate. 105-mil as standard." "The main weapons of the AT70s were longer and slimmer than the hefty muzzles of the Imperial Conquerors. Their blasts made higher, shrieking roars and sparked star-shaped gas-burns from the flash-retarders and the ends of their barrels."

In a perfect world the Imperial Guard codex would have light tanks and I could field it as such. Since it doesn't, I'll simply have to make due with fielding it as a Leman Russ and the AT-83 as a Leman Russ with extra armor.

I'm sticking with the book's description of the Reaver's weapons systems: a 105mm main gun (described as smaller than the leman russ') and a hull las-cannon. Note I've cut the track-guards to better resemble a Macharius and a Mort style tank. The vote from two posts ago was 5 for the track guards and 2 for cutting plasticard and scratchbuilding it up to look like the Mort. Well I gave it a try and it didn't work, so the much easier track-guard option will be used.

Here is the rare tank hunting version. I kid, I kid! This was the smaller diameter tubing I glued into the turret to anchor the gun barrel above. This is the smaller tubing before I cut it down, I couldn't resist capturing the ridiculous length.

Top down shows the track guards and the top hatch additions.

With a figure for scale.

Top down view with sponsons.

Angled view with sponsons.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Melta for the melta god! (oh, blood too)

My wedding is over and everyone has recovered, thanks to all those who wished us well!

I was able to get a painting day in with some friends and here are the fruits of that labor:

Pointing meltagunner:

Running meltagunner:

Meltagunner stepping up. I just realized he needs some touch up: strap, eyes and khorne symbol coming up!

Aiming plasmagunner.

Here's my experiments with Tamiya Clear-Red X-27. I found a great blood tutorial on the Bolter and Chainsword. It's quite simple really, there's actually only two steps so I can't recommend it highly enough.

Blood spattered Pacter. One of the great things about the Tamiya Red is that it's glossy, so it stands out even on top of red and black.

Bloody Axe.

Bloody knuckles.

To get the gore effect, just mix a tiny bit of black paint with the tamiya red.

Blood at the front, rust at the back.