Lootin’ a Shadowsword – lets take a look at how how ‘Da Choppa’ was built.
The first job was assembling the track units. For ease of handling I removed the top surface detail, added armour plates and made the side skirts. I used card to decide on a profile which could then be cut out of styrene. The skirt was sectioned up with additional materials such as treadplate and mesh being introduced. On the inside two matching strips of styrene act as the base on which the skirt could be re-assembled. Magnets allow the skirts to be removable.
The track units are then assembled with the lower and front hull panels. This gave me a solid base from which the Ork construction could build off.
Main Guns & Forward
Each gun slots into pieces I found in my bits box – they originally came from a 1/35 scale model.
The Shadowsword superstructure could then be modified to suit the gun mounting:
|Side view showing the built out rear area|
Once the turret was done the rear could be finished off, the rear had to wait to ensure nothing would be added that could interfere with the turret.
The rear of the rokkit pod was detailed and an area of the rear was built out further using H beams as the internal structure.
The rear developed organically, ideas led to further ideas. For example adding the Grot door led to adding the crank handle and access ladder. However in hindsight I wish I had gone with my initial idea of having the rear open up showing internal gubbins.
Fuel barrels, fans, exhausts, tow bar and fuel lines adding further detail. The rear needed to be busy but not too crowded.
And to finish an Apocalypse Datasheet…though I have just realised I forgot to add the pintle weapon…