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After a very bad 2007, I am finally in the right frame of mind to re-start my GT Tau army. I am re-doing the entire army and have started with a Hammerhead and Skyray.
I have modified the Hammerhead turret and I am seeking opinions on how it looks. I have posted it here because I specifically want opinions from experienced Tau players, who have a knowledge of the fluff and models.
The pictures are below (sorry they are slightly fuzzy, age reduces the steadiness of the hand).
Click on them to view the larger pictures.
The conversion actually took quite a bit of work. I had to cut out the slot at the front of the turret quite accurately or the barrel would not sit perfectly level. I resorted to using a Dremel and cutting wheel, as the turret area made it very hard to actually cut.
I attached the block found at the rear of the Railgun to the rear of the turret and have blended it into the lines of the turret with green stuff, this really made all the difference to the look of the turret (as before I filled it it just looked stuck on). I had to do quite a bit of positioning and it took the prolonged use of a file to get the block to sit flush to the Hammerheads body but still allow the turret to traverse through 360 degrees.
The Barrel is also shortened as I feel the standard barrel is just to long.
I really think it looks so much more sleek with the gun positioned actually in the turret as opposed to the standard gun, which to me just looks like an after thought and not something designed. I always get the idea of a Tau dude sayng "you know I just cannot be arsed redesigning this bloody tank to take a Railgun, lets just stick it on top and hope no one complains"
Anyway what do you think, I think the model makes the Hammerhead look much more sleek and professional, something an advanced race would design and not just a vehicle with a gun perched on it.
All comments welcome (neg or pos), I know it is not a massive conversion but I think sometimes subtle works better.
Hmm, pretty neat.
Be nice to have a level view, to see the clearance of the back block over the chassis.
Gives it a very balanced and symmetric look, possibly even a sleeker look with a shorter and 1/2 inch lower barrel, hard to tell.
I like it. Not sure it's for me, hard to tell atm. Interested in seeing a based/painted version.
Very original, which is rare.
P.S. You put sensor spines on your Hammerheads?
What do you do when it's 5 in the morning, you're exhausted and you only have 3 hours until your alarm clock goes off?
I like it. The only problem is that the top hatch goes 'through' the rail gun (the power cell is on the rear end of it but the cannon is on the other side! I just had an amusing mental picture of a tau hammerhead commander ordering his crew to open fire and then being catapulted through the railgun at the enemy).
Very nice. Certainly subtle, it was a moment before I saw what was done.That occurred to me too, but I thought maybe there's something you can do to make the hatch look like the multi-tracker or a sensor array or something, and just say your tank crew boards through a side hatch.The only problem is that the top hatch goes 'through' the rail gun
It is different. I like it for the skill involved in such a procedure. Besides the aforementioned hatch going through a railgun, it looks good technically. However, I don't think that the turret is hefty enough. At first I thought something was wrong because the gun was not to one side or the other. It isn't that.
To me, it just looks less high tech, maybe like it was an old version of the hammerhead. I'm not quite eloquent enough to explain it properly.
However, I do commend you. You did an extra-ordinary job, and maybe I am just reacting to something out of the norm.
Shells for the Shell Throne
Turtles For the Turtle God!
Shells For the Shell Throne!
As for the hatch issue, well I also had some thoughts over this, but when you actually look at the Railgun you can see that the block in question at the rear of the Railgun appears to be quite separate.
The Railgun is not like a normal gun with a breech etc and lots of flying mechanical parts. I think it is entirely feasible that the components could be separated. I think that the block is probably some sort of storage device for the firing charge or some sort of discharge device. Either way with it being electronic as opposed to a mechanical linkage, I think that it is entirely feasible to have the hatch where it is because the connections would be electrically routed and not mechanical linkages.
Blue, I actually like the un-beefy look of the turret. Again the Railgun is not a heavy shell firing cannon, but a sleek electronic weapon. I think the Hammerhead looks much more Tau'ish in that it is much sleeker and looks more advanced than just having the Railgun stuck on the turret like an afterthought.
I think the Ion cannon would look good done this way as well, but with the two tubes atop the cannon re-positioned, probably to the sides of the gun.
Edit I will take some more pictures from the side, showing the absolutley minimal clearence of the gun and block and try to get the pictures clearer.
Ok here are the close ups I promised, they show the clearance between the gun and the hull. The block at the rear has about a mil of clearance but it traverses smoothly. I just need to do a little bit more filling work with the green stuff (blend the edges into the bodywork a little bit more) and tidy up the Hammerhead generally.
I may add a little bit more detail where the gun joins the turret below the hatch, or may just blend it in a bit more (haven't decided). For a first attempt I am really happy. Next is going to be 2 XV88 conversions and they will be nothing like the normal XV88.
I am going to build all the models before I paint them and I will post each as a progressive thing to illustrate the creation of my 2008 GT list (hopefully my life will be normal and quite enough this year to let me actually compete in the bloody thing this year).