Peregrine wrote:Oh god, that poor Marauder. I hope you got a good discount on it, because the previous owner did a terrible job of cleaning it up and assembling it. TBH, you'd probably be better off pulling the whole thing apart and tossing it in the paint stripper.
Tell me about it. The starboard wing's got some warping on the back edge I'm gonna need to take a hair dryer to, he did NOT clean the inner edges of the wings well, there's a bit of mis-alignment...I suppose that this is what I get for $100 off retail. I'm out of paint stripper (and don't see any need foor it right now really) and I'm scared that parts my snap/shear off if I try to disassemble it. At least if feels clean to the touch, though; gonna take a hair dryer to the starboard side adn try to "lift" the wing and engines, hide plasticard spacers in the small gap between the engines and fuselag it'll make. Won't bother GSing it because A: it won't be very noticeable and B: my GS tool has gone missing!
Orpheus Hangar wrote:As good as your idea is, Peregrine, the glued-shut doors and the way the bomb bay is placed (so close to the stand and so low relative to the landing gear) would make that problematic. Here's the requested belly shot:
Thank you. That's exactly
what I was looking for. Does it balance well on that point, or is it nose/tail heavy?
Surprisingly enough, it's actually quite stable. As you can imagine the model is very nose-heavy, especially with the weight of the wings and engines pulling down there; however, the tail his long and heavy enough to counter-balance it, and I had NO issues whatsoever in that department.
As for the extra guns, here's the idea I had in mind (proportions exaggerated a bit for clarity):
You build a gun pod around the ACs on top of the old bomb bay, covering up the doors completely. You'd have to do some scratchbuilding to make it fit into the design properly (the reason I'm not doing it on mine), but I think it would look awesome if the goal is a "MOAR GUNS!!!" Marauder.
Definitely a cool (and very good!) idea, but if I go any further I'm gonna break out of the 600 points I set for this monster's cost (70 points more than a Marauder Destroyer w/ 8 hellstrikes, armored cockpit, and flare/chaff launchers (Using the prices from the only other flyer I could find. I emailed Forgeworld and they admitted they messed up the Marauder Destroyer entry something fierce, even forgetting to list the structure points!
Currently, my variant here has all the goodies of a Marauder Destroyer but with the following changes (All for 600 points total, as I said before):
-BS4 instead of BS3
-Nose-mounted Twin-linked Lascannon added
-Turret-mounted heavy bolters replaced with AA-mounted Twin-linked Lascannon
Still unsure of what to do for the tail, but right now I'm leaning towards either keeping the Assault Cannons, going with TL multi-melta, or TL (or just a pair) of plasma cannons.