Here's a New Year's Eve present from a friend of mine who goes by TwilightWalker when he posts comments here on Bell Of Lost Souls. He's an avid hobbyist who just started with 40K about nine months ago. In that short time he's ramped up his skills to veteran level, assembling and painting all manner of models including some rather large Forge World flyers for his Tau army. His latest project, the Deathstrike Missile Launcher shown below, was built in just a few hours, much of it right before my eyes. I liked it so much I felt I had to share it with you. Many thanks to TwilightWalker for all the great work-in-progress photographs and for allowing me to share this fun project with the hobby community.
The model shown below was built from a GW Imperial Guard Basilisk model and a NASA Space Shuttle kit. Only the fuel tank and solid rocket booster section of the Space Shuttle was used. The launch rail was built from sprue left over from the Basilisk. The work in progress shots below should give you an idea of the steps involved. Note that the fins on the rocket are in a different position in one of the photos than they are on the finished project. I included this to show how experimentation and review are part of the process on a conversion project like this one. As I do with many of my conversions done at the Battle Bunker, TwilightWalker also asked for some input and opinions from friends on various aspects of the project in its early stages, then finished it up once he had a direction with which he was satisfied. I hope you enjoy seeing this as much as I did. It is really cool, right down to the airbrushed paint job.
Rules for the Deathstrike Missile can be found in the Bell Of Lost Souls Lords of Battle download. If you take a look at those rules, I suspect there will be a few more Apocalypse fans out there building Death Strike Missile Launchers as well. Happy New Year!