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I like armored fighting vehicles, and I like to see what projects and ideas other people have. It's always a good source of inspiration looking on the forum at other people's projects but there does not seem to be a dedicated thread.
As the name suggests, if it floats, flies, skims or drives and it has a weapon mounted on it, this thread can be it's home! If you are working on a project (or perhaps want to post up a previous project you are quite proud of,) or plan to start you're welcome to post ideas etc here.
As I intend for this to be a image heavy thread I'd ask that images be put in spoilers boxes. Just hit the spoiler button, then image button, paste image address and then image button then spoiler again. It's easy and looks neat. Other than that feel very welcome to write as much about your vehicle, it's purpose, history etc as you want. I want this thread to be a creative space, which won't work if you hold back on your awesome ideas and of course your imagination.
Automatically Appended Next Post: My surveillance car for my Commonwealth forces (40k Guard)- Pending name and designation
The vehicle itself is a converted ramshackle games degu scout car and is inspired by real life vehicles such as the German/Dutch Fennec recon car.
It's a simple and rugged 4x4 design, armed with a pintle mounted weapon(in this case a grenade machinegun) for self defence. The vehicle carries an extending mast camera system which can be placed on a tri-pod mount and operated remotely feeding information back via a 50m field telephone cable. This means the vehicle can take up a position out of line of sight, while still performing it's surveillance and recon role. It also has a large multi-spectral camera/optic on the front right hand part of the hull and a short range RADAR positioned behind that. The vehicle's purpose is to carry out surveillance on enemy units and detect concealed enemy units (using it's advanced systems). It is capable of auspex sweeps and also carries a long range vox set.
this is a rather old picture, my apologies
Some much newer pictures vehicle is still WIP, will put decals on it and then weather it.
Surveillance car named 'Mongoose', a name I thought particularly fitting as it goes ahead of/accompanies the main body and flushes out treacherous concealed enemies. Marked as a specialist vehicle. Fluff wise decided it should have a geophone, which can be lowered through a hatch on the underside of the vehicle and is used to detect sub terranian movement. The Commonwealth will not be caught flat footed with this thing around.
Vehicle project completed, have to base tripod at some point
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That is what I thought. I have 2x 6x6 armoured cars on the same chassis, I put an angled glacis plate on all three vehicles, then I was looking at a picture of the 6x6 Saladin armoured car, my 6x6 armoured cars were quite similar!
Automatically Appended Next Post: Another project:
MBT turrets. I intend on getting some Mortian medium chassis to put these on (as they are sold separately to the turrets) I have 2x types of turrets I intend to use on this chassis. I have 2 of these chassis coming from Germany, so ahead of that I am going to prepare 2x vehicle turrets (and crews!). These tanks are representing a veteran unit that has seen a lot of combat recently, they will be covered in stowage and random looted items.
Victoria miniatures turrets:
I put milliput on the underside of the front of the turret as there is a gap there. I love these turrets, the nice cast look of the churchill mk1 is really cool. As you can see I put a mortian muzzle break on the vanquisher, targeter from GW's heavy weapons teams. I'm very happy with the look of this gun. Also on the first turret i cut the loader's hatch out so i can put a loader in there. Made the hatches from polystyrene. The turret with the stowage will be mounted on one of my first tanks (which is in transit from Germany now)
Mortian Medium tank turrets:
As seen on site
My modifications and some stowage. As you can see my addition of the loader's hatch. The turret with the open hatch is magnetised in armament and will be mounted on one of my first chassis. The other turret with the large box will have a space marine hunter killer missile magnetised to the side of the turret next to the loader's hatch.
So my Mortian chassis returned to the warehouse becasue of the Corona virus, just got to wait till German Post clears it with Australia Post and they'll come.
New Update: My tanks are being posted! Again!
Some Decals I like to use by Rubicon models:
They arrived today!!
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Have 2x old(read OOP) Kromlech 7TP turrets that are armed with some seriously beefy gatling cannons, they make a standard sized punisher cannon look weak.
I have since ordered 2x of these Valentine tanks form Blitzkrig miniatures, these vehicles are from their 1/48 scale range and I want to measure up the pieces to see if they're spot on 1/48th as Blitzkrig has a 1/56 28mm range and a 1/48th 28mm range. I will then order a few more things later on if I'm happy with the level of detail and scale.
The intention is to have a medium tank perhaps armed with an avenger bolt cannon, and for this vehicle to have an extremely low profile. The idea is it is a suppression vehicle that can go hull down anywhere and is basically a colossal pain to any advancing infantry, light and medium armour.
Okay, so my valentines arrived today, and my crusaders(which I also ordered from Blitzkreig some time after the valentines, but you know coronovirus and all ) on Friday, Progress on those projects were fast, just made some adapters to fit the turrets with plasticard, crusader MK1 hull MG clips with turret so I'll magnetise that with the MK2 hatch and replace the besa with a GW heavy stubber or 3d printed 30cal heavy stubber, so I can outfit the crusader turrets with guns and have the choice of a light recon tank and a AA tank.
Valentines were easy, turret require a little modification(namely trimming some detail from the underside of the turret back) and some plasticard disks to fit the turret recess. The valentine turrets have about the same internal capacity as the chimera turrets so they'll look great kitted with an auto cannon or similar and mounted on a degu scout car.
Decided I'll likely arm the crusader turrets, with the option of having twin auto cannons, twin las cannons and a heavy stubber and conqueror cannon, will outfit the hull turret with options of: Grenade machinegun, heavy stubber, twin melta guns, twin plasma guns, twin flamers. To give it a bit of firepower.
Valentine stowage! One has an ATGM to defend itself and a big plastic box with another couple missiles in there.
Primed and sprayed the valentines today, require a little clean-up.
More work on valentine details. I've decided I want to get alternative turrets for these vehicles to give the option of using them as gun tanks, because they are just so cool.
This Blood and Skulls Tiger style APC turret seems about the right size and has the bones of a Valentine mk 1 turret(yeah a cylinder), with some modification it'll work well, I'll likely use Blood and skulls weapons, to make it easier for myself.
Mostly finished them, they need a little bit of dust and they're good for battle. On those alternate weapons and turrets. I've put an order with blood and skulls.
AudaciousArk I like the scaling, they are the bare minimum size for a self proppelled heavily armed, armoured steel box with 3 human inhabitants. I can see similar vehicles being used by guard regiments and especially PDF. As an extension cult of all kinds, but I just decided to use these fellows for scale.
I can imagine this vehicle being a supreme pain in the backside on the battlefield, it's armoured enough to warrant AT weapons to neutralise it, it's tiny and can hide easily becasue of it's low profile, so it can ambush very effectively and it's going to be annoying to knock out from combat distances, while suppressing the battlefield with short bursts from it's avenger gatling cannon. Which, if you're short of being in a heavy tank is more than a substantial threat.
Valentines as armed with gatling cannons are effectively finished as of today, will post pics.
Valentine chassis and supression turrets are completed.
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Hey OldMate, I've got a vehicle project that might suit your interests, or at least your thread. I have two shamefully old, partly built Imperial tanks that I need to push through and get finished... if for no other reason that they'll be easier to store and I won't lose all their bits.
The Chimera is one I disassembled, cleaned up, repainted and started to work on a turret conversion before getting sidelined by a rules change. It is destined to hold three Bullgryns plus a Preacher, Psyker, and Inquisitor in my mostly-hypothetical Inquisition-themed Astra Militarum army.
The Rhino was a poorly built Sisters of Battle Exorcist the I sold the upgrade parts from, rebuilt, and sprayed black to be either an Inquisition transport or, more likely, a Repentia/Arcoflagellant bomb to race across the battlefield with my Sororitas force.
Both are an optimistic summer project, a secret shame, and a now-or-never... I have a lot of unfinished projects and these take up more than their share of space. Here we go!
Whoops, almost forgot the fun part: I ordered a $5 MDF Rhino upgrade kit from Promethium Forge (from the really cool laser-cut MDF clearning house www.everylittlewar.com) called the "Buffalo"... for five bucks, it was worth a shot! I think I'll try building it separately, painting it red, and sliding it onto the black Rhino for some contrast and an armored look.
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Couple of salamander scouts - one based on the actual model, one a variant using the ever-popular bonekorpus tracks
Extra armoured been added to the standard version. Could not find any of my wire, so whip aerial used thin plastic rod - we'll see how well that holds up. Both will get plenty of extra stowage, equipment hanging off the struts, spare treads etc.
And an ancient tank destroyer variant, based on the bonekropus tank.
I like the bars for a canvas cover, I mean who actually likes getting rained on?
I like to put mudguards on my chimeras from drive to sprocket wheel(well where they'd be) and then you will have about 50% of the treads in the kit for decorating your tank with!
Nice to see renegades too. Always get the sense that 90% of the Imerpium's enemies are orks and other humans.
Dusted off my poor Ramshacle games Rheboks today and gave them some love with bluetack and some spray cans(GW Zandari dust and Army painter fur brown). Well I ran out of spray can on the second vehicle's turret, I still love them though. They are so brutish and have their own charm, in my veiw, I can totally understand if you think they look horrid. Both of these will be legacy vehicles that were brought home from some campaign(Who'd think that the armies Oldmate's fluff horde all kinds of AFVs like they're going out of fashion?) or other and mothballed till the 132nd Commonwealth Combined Rifles required rearmament during the current conflict on Ardus. Both vehicles have the option of a twin auto cannon turret and a smaller turret armed with either an auto cannon or an assault cannon.
Some more progress on the Rheboks, and a mock up for a new project, airbrushed the 2nd vehicle and Zandari dust is an exact colour match for Humbrol 94 desert brown.
Decals on, 1st vehicle(brown, tan and green) named Mammon, second Mammoth(brown and tan). Keeping with troop names starting with same letter, vehicles are numbered and marked for Bravo company 2nd Platoon 1st Btln 132n Commonwealth Combined Rifles.
24/05 Finished weathering process, just have to put some cotes on the vehicles.
Apologies for the gak photo quality.
So my 2nd wave of Rheboks arrived today! They are nearly priming stage, just a bit more work, little bit of clean up, some more camo nettinfg, maybe a tarp or 2 and got to magnetise the guns for the fire support vehicle. Fire support(russ weapons) vehicle and flamer vehicle(hellhound with heavy flamer in hull).
The work so far:
Applied tarps to these vehicles, and more camo netting on the fire support vehicle, and added a block of putty to the tank on the rear of the flamethrower vehicle so that I can mgnetise a sign there denoting just what kind of hazard is contained in the tanks, whether it's flammable or corrosive...
Primed and started painting fire support Rhebok.
Sprayed flamethrower rhebok today.
Put decals on my rheboks.
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Might get another 2 eventually. There is a flamethrower vehicle with big fuel tanks on the back instead of the infantry compartment, which would make a nice hellhound, and I might make a more fire support orientated IFV. Maybe with a Victoria Miniatures Matilda Boss (cromwell) turret.
Automatically Appended Next Post: Very happy with the wheels and bullbar, I mean it's a pretty unique look, so all of them will be configured this way.
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Started painting my Victoria Miniatures Kangaroos today, some pics of the earlier in the project.
About sums up all the weapons options I included.
Weapons as mounted from the top down.
Pintle: Heavy Stubber
Automatic Grenade Launcher Turret Side: Hunter Killer
5x 3Inch Rockets Turret: Conqueror Cannon & Heavy Stubber
Auto- Cannon & Heavy Stubber
Twin Heavy Bolters
Multi-Laser & Heavy Stubber Hull Heavy Bolter
What you were expecting more? As you can see changes from stock are not that big, located exhaust pipe on the engine opposite the big air intake, because I didn't want it venting out the back. Also added an infantry telephone to the rear. And puttied the rear slot of the turret.
Undecided as to the lore of these vehicles and where they fit into my force, the troop compartment under that turret is pretty small, reminds me of a bradley, especially now I've put so many weapons on it. Perhaps it could fulfill the cavalry role of the Bradleys. I like the idea that the rocket pods(sentinel missile pod) were meant to go to another unit (I'd purchased them as ATGM but was unimpressed by the tiny size, especially as I was already using spacemarine hunter killers and havoc launchers as Anti-tank missile systems, which well a bigger missile, more punch innit?) so fluff wise someone makes a bungle and this unit ends up with a few launchers and a tonnage of rockets, and decide to just slap them on, becasue the vehicle has a mounting there anyway. Or perhaps they were serving with/against sentinels and salvaged some pods and slapped them on the side for extra firepower. However the case stranger things have happened at sea.
Twist is the multi-laser is not a multi-laser, it's an imperial knight heavy stubber, because it's the same size as a multi-laser and the rest of my army(with a few noble exceptions) are rocking ballistic weapons rather than lasers. So here I figure the multi-laser is about equal to a ww2 era Besa 15mm or more modern Soviet 14.5mm machine gun. A heavy suppression weapon, that is really really good for mulching light targets with.
Vehicles will be done in an approximation of the Cauter Scheme used by the British during the start of the desert war in WW2, as the vehicles really look like they want to be painted that way.
Sprayed vehicles, contrast between the slate grey and dark slate grey was actually pretty minimal on the first vehicle, so thinking of spraying a thin pale stone wedge between them. Silver grey was all chunky, not putting that through the air brush so used administrtum grey instead, came out a little glossy and I thined it down a bit too much, but let it dry between coats and dull coat will fix the glossynes.
Some progress pics:
Pretty happy with vehicle 01, just gotta do that bit of slate grey on the top right corner of the gun mantlesHad hoped the contrast between the slate grey nd the dark slate grey would be better, but apparently not.
Another Progress pic on vehicle 02, wanted to make one grey and one the slate grey-green colours that were used in ww2 (these were British Naval colours from the Mediterranean fleet HQ in Egypt) Am happy with the results of mixing Tamiya JA grey 2/3 to 1/3 Humbrol 31 -slate grey (which I sprayed on orignally and did not have the contrast with the Humbrol 242 -dark slate grey).
Some more progress pics:
Decals on, mostly detailed and weathered. Weapons want a little paint, and will dust them lightly with pastels. Might do a tutorial on that. Vehicles 501 and 502 of HQ recon troop of the 5th tank company of the 76 armoured division, haven't come up with a regimental name yet, but these will be from the same unit as my main battle tanks earlier in the thread.
Here armed with "multi-lasers" .
Both vehicles are finished, 501 named 'Valiant' and 502 named 'Archer' commanders need painting, and I think I'll magnetise the pintle weapons at some point.
With that dust I was talking about earlier:
Magnetised the pintle weapons and painted the commanders, glued commanders in and waiting for putty to set on pintle mounting so I can paint over it.
Should really have posted this here:
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As you can see, the guy has that big D shaped hatch to the left of the gun, he sits in there, eye to that shielded sight, he'll have to put his arms out of the hatch to get their shoulders out, like the tiny hatches on a churchill/cromwell. But an unarmoured soldier should be able to get in and out.
Crusader magnetisation so far:
Both models of crusader
Scale shot with las cannon
It's a good sized tank. Not a heavy tank, not going to put a lot of hurt out, but it'll put out enough hurt. And it'll look great alongside by bigger(and smaller) vehicles.
Also needs a coaxle heavy stubber and will have some kind of AA mount.
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2nd turret is the Victoria miniatures matilda fury(churchill mk 1/2) turret.
Personally I like this turret a bit more, becasue I've always been fan of the churchill, and those smooth cast turrets.
Mortian resin is really nice, it's much like Victoria's to work with but he makes use of finer detail.
I've encountered a few solid blobs but they were mainly on the inside of the pieces and are not an issue.
Both vehicles look really cool together, especially lined up with their vanquisher cannons.
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Crusader light battle tank Turret is armed with a co-axle heavy machinegun.
Primary weapons options:
Twin Las cannons
Twin Hydra auto cannons - Ran out of plastic tube for the 2nd model so ordering some more :( Hull weapons compliment, can be configured without hull weapons:
Twin linked Flamethrowers
Twin linked Plasma guns
Twin linked Melta guns
Grenade machinegun Crusader Stalker AA tank
Twin tribarrel Stalker AA cannons
4x flak rocket pods
Traditionally the hydra cannon is not seen outside the flack role on the hydra flck tank, but here it is used in ground fire role by this tank to carry out suppression fire on enemy vehicles at longer ranges than regular auto cannons. Whilst the dustbin turret is tiny I expect that you could fit a particulary small crewman/woman in there, and failing that jamb a ratling in there.
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Currently, I've gotten this far on a Griffon. Will post more as she goes. The hull is an ebay salvage Chimera, the entire top had been stove in, (maybe someone dropped something on it?) but there's still some stowage on the sides. I'm basically rebuilding it as a Griffon with part from the bit box.
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Fate is in heaven, armor is on the chest, accomplishment is in the feet. - Nagao Kagetora