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So... the name says it all. How do you folks model and mount tank wargear that don't have models? I'm talking in particular about disruption pods and flechette dischargers, two of our biggest mainstays. However, I'm looking for pictures, links, ideas, advice, and anything else you guys can dredge up on making and mounting tank gear. I'm also working out effective ways to mount seeker missiles. I've got mine drilled with neodymium magnets, which are great, but I'm still experimenting on where to put the hardpoint on the tank itself. Ideas?
Heh. I take the easy (read, LAZY) way out. I merely point to various gubbinz on the model and say, "These here are X, that there is Y."
Even when I haven't done that, not a single opponent, even in a tournament, has ever questioned WYSIWYG on my models. The fact is, most models -- from infantry on up to the vehicles -- have far more details on them than are strictly necessary. Most of it is just pretty detail, but some of it can -- and should -- stand in for wargear that you can buy.
For example, the GK Brother-Captain model from the boxed set has a book on its hip and a doohickey hanging from a chain on the front. Most of the time, that's just pretty stuff. But when I need it, I can claim the doohickey is Sacred Incense and the book is a Grimoire of True Names.
With my Tau vehicles, I used to say that the little round bubbles on them were decoy launchers. Now I tell people they're disruption pods! And so on....
FWIW, Forgeworld has decoy launchers and flechette dischargers you can buy. I really don't think it's necessary to have these -- or any other representation -- to get away with WYSIWYG requirements. These upgrades don't have a specifically-defined form, unlike, say, Imperial lascannons or Tau burst cannons. Without a specific form, there is no requirement that WYSIWYG can put on you.
ninjabackhand: point and click, again, really? even after i give you an military term "shock tactic" you still call it point and click.
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Oh, I'm aware that you don't necessarily have to model the wargear on, but I'll admit I'm into Warhammer at least 51% because of the modeling. I really want to model on every single piece of wargear every one of my units has because I enjoy it a great deal, even if it is a time and money sink in many occasions. So I'm looking for advice and ideas based on desire as opposed to need. Though I will say, you are right that it's not actually necessary. I've never had anyone complain about tank equipment, either. I just like the look of it. I had a blast mounting up a marker beacon for my Pathfinder Devilfish, and all my tanks have numerous magnetic mounts drilled into their hulls.
On the point of mounting seekers i always put them just under the front of the model next to the burst cannons.
I magnetised two hard points on the underside in the middle of the front wings. At the moment I have only got seeker missiles to attach but I am planning on adding a multi-tracker.