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I was planning on starting an Imperial Guard army with a bit of a steampunk feel to it, with lots of cogs, boilers, and such. The infantry I already have planned out, but I have no idea what to do with the vehicles. Do you have any advice on how I could convert some of them?
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There's a lot of different pipe sizes for trains and such that you can easily find. Make sure to use lots of pipes or it'll look like junk.
Cogs and gears should be easy enough to find in the Ork range and Empire.
I think if it's pulled off right it'll look awesome. Take your time and make sure things make sense.
Lots of cities of deaths bits from the industrial buildings will do...
That is not dead which may eternal lie,
for in strange aeons even death may die.
most printers have a bucketload of little cogs, exellent for this sort of thing! So rip apart your printer and start converting! :happy:
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Nice idea dude, for the tanks you'll want to rip off panels and have like, the innards visible.
I find a lot of the vostroyan models have a fairly steampunk feel to them. What i'd do, along with everything else people have stated, is go buy a bunch of diff. sizes of brass rod, guitar string etc. and start "piping" everything. get a lot of the "inside bits" on the outside. You should also give some thought to your paint scheme. Brass, copper, tin area ll good steampunk colours.
If you can, add superfluous decorative trims all over, and paint them to look metallic.
OH! Also, don't forget to have a boiler of some kind on all the big vehicles!
Thanks for the mention, Andus. I agree with the others: cogs, rivets, pipes, boilers, anything that Frankenstein might have used in his lab. For colours, I went for dark angels green (very British), deep red and brass, lots of it. I used GW brazen brass with Vallejo brass as a highlight, washed with chestnut ink. Shields and heraldry look steampunk but I'd go easy on the trophies and skulls, as Victorians probably wouldn't see that as "proper". To my mind Steampunk technology should look ancient, but not haphazard as if orcs made it.
Items can be stolen from:
Orks - cut bolts off weapons, especially
Skaven - backpacks, big guns, most of their tech
Dwaves - cannons, especially, but the gyrocopter could be interesting
Empire - multi-barrel guns from engineers and outriders, general steam tank parts, and details from the new buildings, also spiffing heads with moustaches for tank crew
The Manufactorum - your new best friend. Covered in details you can nick
Bits of sprue - you can make big bolts out of them and chimneys from the curving bits
Cotton Wool - really important: makes great steam. Use on all exhausts.
You could also have a look at the terrain pictures in the Inquisitor rulebook (free online) for designs, the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic books, and the cartoon Steamboy, which is visually very good. Feel free to PM me if you want: I'd be happy to help.
Last edited by Steerpike; November 3rd, 2007 at 11:06.