Every Mekaniak, from the lowliest Spanna Boy to the biggest of Big Meks, has his own particular way of looting. Here I will discuss how I go about turning Imperial tanks into rides fit for an Armoured Krumpany.
When I loot a tank I have a number of loose guidelines which I work to. These aren’t hard rules I stick to, but more a framework I can work within and which can be bent or broken if I really need to.
I find it is best to have a rough idea of what you want to achieve before you start. It may be little more than ‘enclosed hull about 10mm in extra height, big turret at the rear and a small turret on top’, it is enough to get you started without limiting you at the same time. It is important that you keep this plan flexible – rather than getting frustrated at not being able to produce exactly what you had imagined in your mind you can go with the flow and change the design as you go along. Having a starting plan gives you a direction to set off in while keeping it flexible allows you to alter the destination you end up at. Sometimes I may do a rough mock up in card as this gives me a good starting point when it comes to how big to make the basic shapes, but once I have it roughed out it is scrapped and as the build begins the design grows and alters.
|‘Mock ups and the finished builds’|
Many times during while building the Deffstrike Rokkit Launcha I hit a wall of indecision, the ‘what if’s’ can be a nightmare on a build that has moving parts and a number of pieces that have to work together. In the end though you just have to say ‘bugger it’ and just do it.
|A mistake can easily become a piece of Orky kraftwerk|
|Some side skirts using some of the materials shown above.|
5. Everything is useful.
6. Character & Detail.
|Crew are a a great way of adding character, to the point you can create mini-dioramas,
such as here where Karaoke-Grot is about to get a reminder of who is in charge
|Dags and glyphs are a simple way to tie in the original Imperial parts to the new
Ork areas, as well as using up some of the abundant offcuts converting gives you.
I think that just about sums up how I go about looting, regardless of the base vehicle – from a second hand Leman Russ to an unbuilt Baneblade I go about the job in the same way.
|From the smallest to the biggest…|
If people are open for more Looting from me I will do a follow up article showing every stage I go through looting an old Chimera.