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Simpleish conversion from a basilisk. posted for all those who needed some ideas... I'm not going to finish painting it any time soon, i just thought i'd share.
1. The only non Basilisk parts are the shells at the back, which are the ends from cheap pens.
2. Double tracking isn't necessary, i just did because i thought it would look cool.
3. the firing platform was lowered to sit on the interior floor, so that the gun wouldn't sit so proud of the hull, the required a few slots cut in parts to allow them to fit.
4. The giant gun shield was left off (duh) and the gun was angled as high as possble. it's still not that high, but the casual obsever might still think it can go higher.
5. as the platform was being lowered, the back ladder couldn't fir, but i used the struts to create the loading tray for the shells. simply glued them straight down. i also didn't put the handrail on ecause they just look stupid.
sorry about the perspective (or lack of) on the first two...
cool! it's looks very nicely converted, i also like how you made the mortarshells, you could think of painting some highlights on top of the drybrushing and painting the windows and perhaps some lettering and/or army badges on the side!
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The shells are from a (very) cheap plastic biro pens that have been harvested for parts. they involve the pen cap (the clicky bit) with part of the internal mechanism on the end for detail. also note the pen clips have been on the inner walls for detailing...
It's not likely to be painted soon as it was meant to be a part of my now non-existant IG army, and i have more pressing theings to be done on the painting table.
Edit - oop, i thought you said HOW DID you make the shells. sigh, what a blonde moment
Last edited by Iaphyr; October 11th, 2007 at 10:06.
I like that a lot, particularly for a reasonably simple conversion.
I don't think the angle of the mortar tube is too low, it looks like its been lowered for the loading procedure, after all, I couldn't reach far enough up to drop the charge and bomb into the barrel of a siege mortar and i'm 6'2. If you converted some crew who were mid loading procedure it'd make it look really fantastic!
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I think that's a fine looking conversion. If/when you get some time, it definitely needs some markings to give it a sense of 'ownership'.
Don't worry about the angle of the tube though; it could be a breech loaded mortar. They exist in real life - but don't ask me how they work!
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