Welcome to Librarium Online!
Hi all, as some of you may have read, I recently undertook a scratch-building of a Chaos Baneblade. It went well, but that's not what this thread is about.
The only thing left to do on the gargantuan tank is to add tracks. Since these are nigh-on impossible to scratch-build, I'm buying some from a model tank.
Based on advice, I decided to use the 1:35 scale Tiger tank tracks, but I was just wondering if these would be suitable:
The Baneblade is the same size as the Forgeworld variety. Advice rewarded. :happy:
I think those tracks will suffice. They aren't exactly chaotic, but they are better than Imperial Eagle (TM) brand! Can you find out what size they are? Perhaps 1/35 scale tracks from something like a Maus or a Morser Karl would be better? I remember I salvaged some tracks from a mate's model kit of a huge WW2 German mortar carrier, that were really 40K ish. Sorry I can't remember what model.
Remember that you don't have to go all the away around the wheels, just do the bits that show. Also, spare track makes good hull stowage.
The alternative depends on you being able (and willing) to mould replacements. You would have to carve up and modify the kit parts and then make silicon or resin moulds. I now confess that I don't actually know how to do that - but this is the internet! Somebody must be able to tell you!
So good luck with the Chaos Baneblade, and let us all know how it turns out.
Zapp: You see the killbots have a preset kill limit. Knowing their weakness, I sent wave after wave of my own men at them until they reached their limit and shut down.
I haven't taken a really close look at the Baneblade tracks. However I do remember having a similar problem with my two chaos Land raiders. I solved the problem by removing the Imperial symbols and replacing them with skulls from the Vampire counts shield sprue.
I used the smaller ones. However you may find all of them useful. The look of the Imperial stuff being removed and replaced fits in well with Chaos. There are loads of other options such as using spare spikes etc.
OK, quick comparison between my plastic Baneblade's tracks and my 1/35 Tiger's tracks.
The Tiger is a beast of a tank, with battle tracks measuring 72.5cm across - so broad that they needed to install a narrower track, around 50cm, to make it fit on the rail cars of the era.
Even with those broad tracks, the Tiger tracks are only about 2/3 the size of Baneblade tracks. The significantly larger Tiger II, or King Tiger, sported colossal 80cm tracks, which won't make a huge difference at 1/35 scale (certainly not enough to match the Baneblade), but should make them that much more believable than the smaller Tiger 1 tracks.