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I am mostly asking this question in relation to drop pods, as they are still expensive even though they are not forge world... $50AUD for 1 and i need 5 for a 1k army *grumbles*
so to the original question, do people still scratch build their stuff?
Wash: This landing is gonna get pretty interesting.
Mal: Define "interesting".
Wash: [deadpan] Oh God, oh God, we're all going to die?
well i scratch built my vindicator and i have a tau drone fighter that is scratch built.
I am an Indestructible master of War.
I suppose this would be more of a conversion than a scratch build but I'm trying to create an M113 out of a rhino and plasticard.
My buddy scratch built a dreadnaught drop pod but that's all around here...
If Dp's are your problem though why not go to bruceswargames he offers 25% off all GW stuff, for example 3 IG valks for $125.
Last edited by girlhunter2102; June 30th, 2009 at 02:30.
Its not quite scratch-building but instead of buying a Leman Russ Exterminator from ForgeWorld, I just borrowed two autocannons from my IG friend, cut here, glued there, and wound up with my own custom-ish one.
"When Space Wolves call upon Russ or the Emperor in battle, it is to witness the deeds of Men and to judge The Fallen."
- Meditations upon the Fang
There's a tutorial floating around the internet on how to scratch build drop pods from foamcore. It's ridiculously simple, but you'll be stuck with a drop pod that doesn't open. But that's a worthy sacrifice to make comparing GW's drop pod costs to how much foamcore you get for its price.
Links here - santa cruz warhammer: Scratch Built Space Marine Drop Pod That Looks Good
It would be an utter pain to model them as open, given how the templates work. But to each their own, I'm perfectly fine with not having them open, given that they cost 50 cents a pop.
Its laughably easy, I got 2 done in one night.
Marines - All built, 4/5 painted. Tau - 3/4 built, 0 painted. 'crons - 1/2 built, 1/2 painted.
I suck at staying on task.
You certainly could model them open, but why would you want to go through the hassle to detail a scratch built model whose sole purpose is dropping troops onto the battlefield, and that's it? It's not like the hatches need to open to allow marines to get out of the pod, they just need to be within 2" of a door. Rhino doors don't need to open to allow troops to exit. I understand how you feel, I'd like my drop pod doors to open, too, but the sheer amount of detail you'd need to put inside would almost defeat the purpose of saving all the money to scratch build your own. Seats, gun racks, all the electronics, hoses, pipes, and whatever weapon you put inside the pod. If you want to, by all means do it! I'd recommend buying at least 1 legit drop pod to see what you need to replicate then do it. It'd be easy to scratch build hinges using a brass rod or a wire and tiny wheel for the door to hinge on, then use magnets to latch the door at the top.