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In anticipation of the upcoming GW plastic Baneblade kit, I wanted to decide on what to do with it. Being exposed to the Baneblade for my first time in Dawn of War: The Dark Crusade, I was in sheer awe of its awesomeness.
Now, I don't know if it was the camera angle or what, but in the game, the Baneblade was a sleek, sexy, very low/flat giant tank. Not only was its massive size impressive, but its appearance of having a low profile was very fitting and eye-catching compared to the super tall and bulky Leman Russ.
Here's the problem. If I'm going to sink that much money into a Baneblade kit, I want to make damn sure that I'm going to do a proper job of converting/lowering it. I have no experience in cutting up miniatures or any conversions, so I am a bit worried and would like to ask how any of the more experienced posters would go about the job.
In terms of what exactly I'm going to do, I was thinking (if you have seen GW Online's preview of the Baneblade with profile shots or know what a Baneblade looks like) I was thinking of cutting down the side panel armor that covers the treads by maybe 75% or even 50%.
It seems like a very difficult and daunting project because I can't simply sheer away the top half of the plate; I need to retain the sloped side edges. Is it simply a matter of cutting away the excess and sanding down, and then cutting the front and bank to create a thinner version?
DESTROYING A BANBLADE HOW DARE YOU!!!
sorry just had to get that out of my system
id say wait and do some minor conversions first dont leap into a huge one lkike a banebladxe
otherwise look at FWs baneblade as thats what DOWs one was based off
heres the lnik to them both
This is one form DOW
This is lucius pattern one GWs models i based on
as you can the differecne as the mars pattern uis smoother it looks smaller as well
One thing that you have got to remember is that conversions cost a hell of a lot of time and money. Things can go very wrong if you don't plan carefully.
If I were you, I would not spend £60/$120 on a tank that I was going to cut up especially since you've not tried this kind of thing before. However, if you're willing to spend that kind of money on it and put in the necessary time and effort, by all means go for it.
Don't forget to post pictures to let us know how the project went.
This is definitely out of my league. I figured I'd be extra careful and try my hardest, but the probability of the kit turning into spare bitz is very high.
I also just realized I'd have to lower the height of the main chassis. Is this even possible? Assuming the main body is a top hull and bottom hull, perhaps grinding off the bottom of the top and the top of the bottom and then fitting it together with green stuff? As well as trimming the top of the side tread guard plates.
I recommend to just hold off and wait until you have more conversion experience before doing this. I say this because it'll probably be very, very diappointing to ruin a baneblade, especially compared to screwing up a marine or guardsman
The main body is sides, top, bottom and ends, so just lowering it is a tricky proposition. It would require you to make long, straight cuts in relatively soft plastic. Not easy for a beginner. Otherwise you could build up new parts from sheet plastic with glued on details such as rivets and panels. Again, this is a job for someone experienced. I would practise on cheap model kits for a while before tackling a Baneblade.
But good luck - once you get the conversion bug, you won't ever build a model straight from the box again.
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why don't you try what you want to do with a Rhino first?
It will give you some (apparently needed) practice and you can see if the conversion you had planned for the bigger tank is actually feasible with the tools/skills available. And if won;t be nearly as bad losing a Rhino (as compared to the baneblade).
Shut up and play.
Not doing the side sponsons might give you a nice visual effect...
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Yes. Second hand models are a good source of material for practice.