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Now this may seem a bit goofy but bear with me. I intend to make an Armour Company, mainly for the fact they look awesome as well as the fact I really like tanks. The thing is I'm not all for the horribly tall rather goofy Leman Russ so I want to use various WWII and WWI tanks kits as the basis for the various types of tanks.
But what I'm wondering is whether 1/35 scale will work or not, I've heard it's a bit too large but it seems to be more in scale to the troops, not to mention that comment was based on modern tanks, which are just a bit bigger than the twenty-thirty ton tanks of WWII and WWI.
And for those who are wondering, here is what I'm thinking of for the bases of each tank type.
Leman Russ Exterminator - Russian T-28
Leman Russ Standard/Vanquisher/Conqueror/etc.. - British Mark V
Chimera - BMP-2/BMP-3 (they're new, but they're tiny and they already resemble the Chimera)
Basilisk - German Bison II (not the Bison I, looks like a cereal box on treads)
If I ever use Laser Destroyers or such I'll find one of the Jadgpanthers and do some converting, they look infinitely more like a war machine than a box with a tube.
1:35 scale armor is a more realistic size compared to IG troops. They are about 1:64, slightly smaller than the troops you get with 1:35. However, the vehicles in Warhammer are WAY underscaled compared to troops. The vehicles are about the size of 1:48 armor. To add to the problems, GW makes their weapons at another completely monsterous size. To give you an example, I used the cannon from a 1:35 Bradley (30mm I think) as an antenna on a Predator.
So if you use ALL 1:35 vehicles, they will look good compared to the troops, but seem very large compared to all other GW vehicles. Your best choice to get matching size is 1:48 vehicles. However, 1:48 is the most rare scale in armor.
I all cases you need to change out the weapons with GW ones to make them recognizable on the battlefield.
To build them right, keeping the right weapons and adding bitz to make them seem of the same style, it is not a cost savings. I've done MANY conversions with non-GW model kits. After ordering the right sprues I end up spending about the same as buying a regular vehicle. I do it to add variety and make unique models.
You can save a lot of money if you just use the kits outright. You'll have to get you opponent to agree to allow the completely different looking weapons, though. GW models are horrible overpriced for what you get, but you are paying for the unique style of GW models.
A quick visual, this is a new Rhino/Predator hull with a 1:48 scale Bradley M3 turret. The weapons are replaced with GW lascannon, some accessories are added to the outside of the hull from the Bradley kit to add more detail, lights, fenders, etc. I tried a 1:35 turret first, but it was large enought to hang over the sides a little.
Call me crazy, but I kinda like the Bison I better....has more of a "fixed" feel to it.
The British M V is the original inspiration for the rhino chassis, looks like. Looks good anyway, 'spose.
I did think of using the Bison I for a Basilisk but I think that the 'Brick Wall On Treads' look should be reserved for the Siege Guns like the Medusa and such.
I also guessed that the vehicles would be a good deal larger than a normal GW vehicle but they would look a good deal more in scale with a Guardsman than the rather puny vehicles they have now, that and the tanks would actually seem to tower over the Guardsman like an actual war machine (The Mark V is a pretty chunk tank and if all else fails I can scrounge up models of Char B1 Bis Tanks, which would make some darn convincing Leman Russ.
would be difficult in getting that one to go hull down
Found a rather obscure tank from Russia that would make an interesting VDR Superheavy Tank.
Seeing as how this entire army would be more of a fun thing and could never see the light of day I think that a Superheavy would make it all the more interesting to see.
The Tank I'm looking at is the Russian T-35, a absolute monstrosity of a tank over 32 feet long, 11 feet long and 10 feet tall armed with a number of guns of various calibres. It's best feature was the fact it had five (yes five, not a typo) gun turrets across the hull and weighed fifty some tons (pretty impressive for 1933).
Due to the fact it's actually physically larger than the Leman Russ and it's in a bigger scale the T-35 kit would be about twice the length and width and only a fraction taller than a Leman Russ, I've decided to make the following tank out of it..
Ironside Superheavy Tank
Front Armour - 14
Side Armour -14
Rear Armour -11
BS - 3
1 x Vanquisher Cannon
2 x Lascannon
3 x Heavy Bolters
Background - This tank is to be an extremely early tank dating to an era before the Imperium, it's simple as all hell and easy to build, it has a few problems with blind spots but this is overlooked due to it's ease of construction. The Vanquisher Cannon on this one is a refit to replace the Mega Battlecannon that was destroyed.