Sunday, 27 January 2019

Transport through the wastelands

Scratchbuilding day! Some time ago I saw this awesome work by Master Converter Axiom. Wow. I kept the Taurox tracks since the days when I converted one using wheels. So, no need to say, I had to shamelessly copy his work. But it took me some time to get started. Until one day... well, one night, to be honest, the idea came by itself. It came with some beer, as many silly ideas in the history of mankind. I could build a tanker truck, using the very can I had just emptied:

Sorry, London. Not to be that proud of. But that's another story
The basic structure would look like this:

Ork Trukk and Imperial Guard Sentinel pieces. What could go wrong?
I had to paint some stuff before I could keep on working:

I know, I know, you won't see the inside... But I would know it was left unpainted. Unbearable
Slightly converted Sentinel driver
Hmm. Looks comfy
Protects both from sun and the motor heat
With that part done, I started to think about the rest of the... thing. It clearly needed some kind of platform on top, so people could fight (that's essential, as anyone can tell):

Oh, yes. That's a screw terminal. Electrical supplies FTW
Now, the tanker itself is too empty. Looking for some rubbish alternative bits I found a strange straw and a ballpen recharge:

I've kept that straw for a couple of years until I've finally found an use for it! Horaay!
The pen recharge is fresh though
So let's thing of how to paint it...

Oh, please, it's pure RT. Pop culture from the movies
This is more or less my idea...
Of course it's way too clean. No one would believe this tanker travels through the wasteland from hive city to hive city...

Ahhh, that's better
More believable
However, it still needs some... life. This calls for some detailing. That means tubes, of course:

It took some time, but hey, it worked in the end
It's gonna be fun when I'll try painting those now that all the rest is already painted...
After this, I just added random bits here and there, until I got this final result:

Is that a... sonic screwdriver??
This thing is big; I should have tried a smaller can!
Transport through the wasteland deserts is no easy job. But hives have to receive all kind of supplies. Some of them are transported using different cargo ships, but some other goods have to be carried using good old fashioned trucks of all kind. Anyone trying to make profit of this bussiness has to bear in mind that transit through the ash wastes, toxic wastelands and rocky deserts means some inherent perils, so even the most innocent cargo truck needs some protection. Long caravans are usually set up and the drivers or the company owners pay for some hired guns to escort the goods and make sure that they arrive safely. All kind of bandits, desert pirates, wasteland natives or desert beasts can attack the caravans, so protection is not to be taken lightly.

The arrival of a caravan to small desert villages is usually quite a social event
My mind is bursting with the possibilities of this. Will I dare to build a whole caravan and its hired guns? Will the Genestealer Cult/Feral Orks/whoever comes by attack them? Will Don Quirixote of Manchae Prime ride to defend the honour of the damsels in distress who travel along in such a majestic carriage?
Oh, my, oh my. Breathe... Breathe slowly...

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    1. Thank you very much! Once again this is one of those projects that have a life of their own and begin to grow and to grow far beyond your initial thoughts!

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  2. EL SOYLENT ESTÁ HECHO DE CADÁVERES ......

    pero el verde, y el amarillo tiene más porcentaje de orientales XD

    Te ha quedado muy bien, igual te lo copio porque también tengo las orugas del taurox libres, podrías haber buscado algunos carteles para pegarlos en el camión que los hay, yo encontré algunos para pegar en la escenografía de necromunda.

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    1. ¡Jajaja! ¡Gracias! La idea me la dio Axiom, es el enlace que pongo de Magpie and Old Lead, de ahí viene toda la idea de la caravana. Lo de Soylent me vino de repente, ni me paré a considerar opciones, estaba lanzado y empecé a dibujarlo directamente. ¡El ansia!

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  3. Oh wow, that is excellent! A really well executed piece with so many nifty details. Should be good for all sorts of scenarios too.

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    1. Thank you! It's difficult to stop adding ridiculous stuff once you are into it! :D

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  4. Oh sweet Odin! Fantastic conversion and much better painting! Love it.

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    1. Haha, thank you very much! Now I need more trucks! And buggies! And everything!

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  5. Transport is great . . . . As for 'London Pride' not so much.

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    1. Haha! Thank you! I think we agree on tastes! :P

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    1. Thanks! Easy thing though, as you can see :)

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  7. That's fantastic! It blows my little simple wagon out of the water with all the cleverly added details. The company livery is very nicely executed too :)

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    1. You gave me the idea! You can take credit for all this, but now I'm in need of the whole caravan! Damn you! :D

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  8. Great painting job to obtain such a nice result with a simple beer can !

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    1. Thank you! Life is full of opportunities... if you grab enough beer! :D

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    1. Thanks! It's cheap, dirty and easy, so it fulfils all my requirements :D

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  10. Wow, that turned out quite nicely for just a can of beer!

    I find it interesting that you painted as you went, instead of all at the end.

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    1. Thanks! I really didn't think much of it, it's just the way it happened. I had to paint the cockpit, and then I realised I couldn't glue the top platform until I had done some work on the tanker, and then... You could say I had no idea of what I was doing, but I think it's called 'an organic process' these days :D

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    2. Yes Organic Process indeed! And it turned out quite well too. If you had another pair of taurox treads, then you could make a trailer for this guy. You know, for when you really want to block off half of a table. ;)

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    3. I can't hear you, I can't hear you... :D

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  11. Wow, just wow. That looks excellent, a most magnificent conversion.
    All the details and references you added are so much fun, I wish I could just stop by and take a closer look :).

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    1. Thank you very much! I'm afraid we're like really far from each other, but who knows!

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  12. Brilliant!
    I can just imagine my gang attempting to climb aboard in an attempt to hijack it....and getting gunned down and crushed beneath its tracks.
    Splendid work Suber!

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    1. Haha, that would be quite a show! :D
      Thank you!

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  13. The Sentinel cab is the best for trucks and other vehicles by far. I wish there was a better substitute, in that you're paying the cost of a sentinel plus all the other materials to make the model, but your results speak for themselves.

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    1. I'm in love with the Sentinel kit. I used the legs for the latest Don Quixote walker, so I had the cockpit available for this one, it looked like an obvious choice. But I'd love to have dozens of Sentinel sprues!!

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  14. Fantastic modelling and brilliant painting!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you very much! This scratchbuilding thing is kind of therapeutic... :D

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  15. Suber ... I am in awe. Your creativity knows no bounds. Much respect for what you did here. Salute ... ('-'*ゞ

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    1. Haha, thank you! But you can see it was all cheap stuff and cheap painting tricks! :D

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