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I owe one of my good friends a favor that I've been putting off, and he bugged me enough about it that I thought I'd give painting a quick break (emphasis on the word break) and see if I couldn't get it done. I had a spare Chimera (actually, a Basilisk) chassis laying around in my bitz bins that was mostly-complete, and I thought I'd make him a Hydra out of it. I started by framing off the general chassis of the chimera and building a rough shape of the turret. Then, I grabbed my styrene tubing and set about making a basic Hydra autocannon. I figured making 4 of the same gun for this would be a monumental pain in the ass, so I'm going to make a single cannon without much detail on the sides so that I can cast it and use it on both sides of the turret; three extras should be enough to finish the turret off.
Both the turret mount and, more obviously, the cannon itself are loose and sitll being worked on. I didn't have enough tracks to actually go all the way around the Chimera chassis, so I'm going to be adding a full track guard to the top of the track well to cover up that little fact.
The greenstuff is going to get sanded down and smoothed out once it's dry. I was using it to help make up for some of the gaps in the construction - I'm not used to imperial vehicles, and I can get away with all sorts of sloppy work on ork ones that won't fly here!
looks good from the start here, a lotta detail in the turret will take it a long way and I can see already from the autocannon that your are pretty detailed, very, professional looking.
One thing... are you going to be putting two or four auto cannons, because if your going to put 4, the main base for the cannons will probably need to be smaller
Iske 12th Rangers (IG) (1500 pts) (W/L/D) 25-43-2 Da Dakkad Dizzy Deff Skullz (1500 pts) 1-0-2
agreed, looks good but those are pretty big bases for the Autocannon. can't wait to see the end result!
Nice work mate. The cannon is a good size since you said you will only be making one. I do wonder though if it will loose some of its aa gun look if there is only 1 gun. Are you not tempted to stretch to two?
Yeah, it should match the FW look nicely. If it winds up looking odd, you can always whip up a nice, heavy mounting plate arrangement to carry the load back to the turret mount.
Looks sweet so far, Ein (surprise, surprise...)! Should be fun watching it develop.
I finished up the gun and designed it so that it would be reversible. I'm going to cast the gun and the ammo feed will be cast separately, so that I can put it on either side to make it fit the left or right half of the quad-cannon.
I also toyed a bit with the top of the turret, adding a hatch, a guardsman, and some simple armor plating. The 'sensor array', or radar dish, or whatever the hell that is on the normal Forgeworld model, will have an equivalent added on this thing soon, though I may change the design a bit.
Going to throw the cannon into the casting process, and in a day or two I should have all the copies I'll ever need of this gun.
I got off my ass this morning and made all the casts of the cannon that I'd need.
Please note that I haven't cleaned them up yet, as I couldn't find my good knife. There's a few things that need to be touched up here or there, but overall I think it came out pretty decently. The ammo feed/drum thing that goes on the side is being stubborn; apparently, the one I made was airtight, and imploded when I threw it into the pressure pot. The gun nearly did, as well! It probably would have if I hadn't filled it with a two-part plumbing epoxy while I was building it for strength. As-is, a little rubber managed to leak into my original gun's housing, but nobody'll ever know...
Anyway, here's my rough mockup:
I think it's looking pretty sharp. Now to go clean off the guns.
That great work i might try it my self! Do you know any good articals for casting (if this is against LO rules just ignore). Cant weight to see it finished.
"Should take you a while though because of your sloth like pace"
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