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I wanted to convert the two steam tanks in my list to have tracks like tanks in real-life. Would any of you know if the tracks from the rhino sprue fit nicely under the GW steam tank. If not, any suggestions as to what tracks I might use. I also wanted to add something to the front to signify some kind of weapon that causes impact hits, like the one shown in the picture or a roller of some sort. Any help about where I can get the parts for such a conversion would be greatly appreciated.
This is the sort of look I'm looking for...
if you wanted some sort of impact weapon just take a look a the dozer blades for 40k. A roller is just as easy its just some thick wire and an old super glue tube.
Personally, I think that it would look silly with tracks underneath. If you wanted to mount them on the sides, you'd have the trouble of the nose tapering (Ironically, this pointed "beak" is what does the impact hits).
You'll have to do a lot of cutting just to free the Rhino tracks from their sidewalls, to be honest, so you may as well not worry about having to trim out a few links here or there to fit them under the tanks.
I once saw a pretty cool steam-tank that went with an "embattled" empire army. The whole army was built and painted to look as though it had been campaigning for a long time, and as such it had resorted to "soldier's ingenuity" to keep its weapons functioning and to help them better defeat the enemy. The tank had sandbags and boards stacked around the cuppola, extra wheels lashed onto the sides, and spanners and gears lashed down for quick repairs. He's used plasticard to make metal "patches" to cover holes in the armor, as well as making a ramshackle housing for the boiler in the back, and a periscope sticking up through the engineer's hatch so that he wouldn't have to put his head up into gunfire.
The front of the tank had several spars coming off of it like the WW2 Shermans in Normandy's bocage. They were tapered at the end, so they looked nice and pointy. He had 6 of them- two on either side of the taper, along the bottom, and 1 on either side of the taper mounted between the two. They were bolted and welded and had bits of branches stuck in between them from plowing through trees, and sandbags stacked around them to protect the hull of the tank.
It goes against fluff though- the SteamTanks are highly limited in the Empire, there are only 12-14, and nobody knows how to make any more. To think that an engineer would ever allow such makeshift implements to be attached to the tank is preposterous. But damn if it didn't look scary in his army!
Edit: actually, remembering that tank has got me thinking about an army...