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It's invariably the case that the new ork Spearhead makes me immediately drop whatever else I'm working on in favor of some new, impulsive ideas. Anyone who has seen the way I work knows I have no problems jumping from one project to another!
So, when it came to playing with the new Ork Trukk sprue, I couldn't help myself. I've started putting this bad boy together, and it is an awesome kit - you could blindfold yourself and still put together an impressive looking vehicle with all the parts that come on it. Still, despite all the impressive parts, there's still an element of standarization in the design possibilites. You can swap front plates around, change which side the driver is on, that sort of thing with relative ease, but you still end up with a fairly similar (though awesome) design.
I never leave well enough alone. It's my job to tinker on things that don't need tinkering with! I wasn't going to be happy just assembling the new trukk kit - I had to do some converting to make it unique. I sat down and eyeballed the kit for a while and decided on a few simple changes, the first and foremost of which would be to replace the back two tires on either side with treads for a 'halftrack' appearance that I think is rather orky.
I dug through my bits and decided that the tracks off a rhino weren't going to cut it this time - too thin, and the tires on the new kit are beefy, so they need something similar to match. I found the answer in a Tamiya Track and Wheel Kit that my local hobby store carried. This set is a must for anyone looking to spruce up some ork vehicles - I even used them on my Battlewagon scratchbuild.
I've blabbed enough - I'll get to some of the pictures.
Here is a look at the basic track shape. It should give you an idea of what I'm going for with this. I actually have a couple of parts from the old trukk kits that I'm trying to mix and match in - the tires that I save from this project will go towards turning the old trukk chassis, which are smaller, into buggies. The lighter grey plate between the driver's area and the crew is one of the old trukk kit parts. Once I figure out a nice glyph or icon to put on that plate's center, I think it'll look a lot better.
I wanted to fill the space between the two wheels in on other side, so I figured some sort of track bracing mechanism that goes into the middle was required.
I've also been messing around with the idea of an open track guard which I think looks passable, but I can't make up my mind. On one hand, it gives the orks a place to stand, but on the other I don't know if the general shape meshes all that well with the trukk. I may re-make the track guards by simply gluing somewhat irregular pieces of plasticard together in the same sort of shape, to see if that does any good for how it looks in my head. I can easily picture diamond plating and glyphs riveted to the top of it, though. It's fairly simple-looking right now, but I'd remind you guys that it's still at a relatively early stage.
The weapons on the trukk haven't been decided yet. Same goes for the wargear - part of me wants to put a wrecking ball and boarding planks on this, but I'm not sure what I like yet. Whatever I add will probably be magnetized and removable, in any case.
There's still also the issue of headlights, which I hope to add with LEDs once I figure out where I want to put them and the switch to control them. I can hide the batteries pretty easily underneath the body of the trukk bed between the tracks - I can probably put the switch under there, too, actually.
You....are the man. Every connversion that I've seen you make is freakin sweet and this one is just another example of said sweetness.
If it were up to me, I'd stick with the track guards. Just bolt some extra armor plates on there and ork it up a bit. Maybe some boyz swinging off the railings, ready to bring the pain?
Jamsessionein = Master of all things orky
That's looking sick, I think maybe have the Trakk guards only on the front half of them, or stopping a little short of the back.
For the gun, maybe you could just have an Ork poking out holding it, which you could magnetise the arms for.
Spent most of the day out and about, and saw Sweeny Todd, but in the mean time I managed to make some proper track guards for this thing, rivets and all. There's a few nice spots ripe for the addition of glyphs, but that'll come later once I figure out what I want to put where.
As an aside, I find this relatively hard to photograph - for some reason, the white just gets completely washed out no matter what sort of lighting I have in place, making the guards just look like white blobs. It'll photograph better tomorrow once the sun's up again, I guess.
Anyway, there's more to do still, but I thought I'd keep this rolling.
What do you mean washed out?
Those pictures were clear as day.
I love the trukk! looks amazing! same with the track guards they flow nicely with the rest of the model the only thing i would suggest, i am not sure if you have thought about this but the orange tired seem to normal, they need to be orkafied (hope thats the right term lol) IMO but it is really coming along nicely! cheers!
Here's one for ya... What if, right, the light switch could be the gear stick eh? Of course it depends what sort of switch unit you use, but still, it's an idea...
Or a big red button(suitably to scale of course, lol)
What do you use to make the rivets?
And cut your card?
(As though I paint. Har har.)
The carding is easily cut with a sharp knife - the way I do most of my work is simply cutting a shallow line into the card and snapping it clean at the edges. Styrene is a material that doesn't always have to be cut - simply score the surface a little bit with the blade and it will usually break along the lines, unless you have the really thick stuff. That stuff gets cut with a tiny hand saw and mitre box I have.
After a morning of hanging out with other gamers, I made it home and managed to get a bit of time in to work on this. I asked my buddy Brian about what might be the best way to mount headlights onto the trukk, and after a bit of discussion we decided I might want to mount them atop wheel guards on the front tires. That was all well and good, but that required I make wheel guards for the front tires, and there wasn't really any spot on the model around the engine I could anchor it to, so he was nice enough to provide me with an idea.
Seemed workable, so I set about making it. Sketches always help my building process, anyway!
I now have a nice big spot on the top of the wheel guard to mount a headlight! I've already sorted out a lot of the wiring, but I need to make an enclosure for it yet.
I've only made the forward guard on one side so far - I managed to get one of my nice, new, shiny xacto knives stuck in my thumb deeper than usual in a bit of a friendly fire incident, so I'm taking a break for a little while until it decides to stop bleeding. I still want to leave the engine open and exposed because it seems like the right thing to do.
I think I might hide the switch for the headlights on the underneath of the vehicle so that it can't possibly be accidentally turned on during transport and burn out the LEDs or batteries.
I also definitely plan on riveting up and decorating those back orange wheels, so don't you worry.
This is fantastic. Subscribed!