Fire support Hammerhead conversion [WIP]

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Orion7
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Fire support Hammerhead conversion [WIP]

Post#1 » Dec 05 2017 11:10

So, time for my first larger conversion to go forward.
Decided that I love the idea of the fire support Hammerhead from forge world (a burst canon that's half decent???). But there's no model available for it. So I've decided to build my own using an old devilfish, polystyrene, green stuff and some conversion parts designed for Imperial tanks. Parts are in the post, and it's time to get stripping the old paint job off!

I'll be updating this post as I go, bit of anyone has any advice, feel free to comment :)


Limitations? You mean you don't want Fido the kroot hound as a character?

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Macknight
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Re: Fire support Hammerhead conversion [WIP]

Post#2 » Dec 05 2017 04:08

they have previously made models for it, juts OOP I think, from what I remember, its just a turret with twinlink burstcannons, the size approximately that of riptide ones.

I'd suggest using the skyray turret bit and 2x riptide burstcannons to start off.

found a online image:
http://images.dakkadakka.com/gallery/20 ... %20Tau.jpg
For the greater good!

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Chris
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Re: Fire support Hammerhead conversion [WIP]

Post#3 » Dec 05 2017 06:03

http://www.reddogminis.com/catalog/item ... 279615.htm

Those should work too. REd Dog minis have excellent quality. I can highly recommend them.

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Arka0415
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Re: Fire support Hammerhead conversion [WIP]

Post#4 » Dec 05 2017 06:39

I was going to use a Riptide HBC to convert a Fire Support Hammerhead a while ago... then I learned how monstrous the Riptide's gun actually is compared to the Hammerhead chassis:

http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/jmc ... anBn/?ref=

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Orion7
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Re: Fire support Hammerhead conversion [WIP]

Post#5 » Dec 06 2017 02:10

Oh wow that's an absolute beast! I don't have any riptides as I'm new to the hobby and that one is a little pricey for me right now, but at least I have something to compare to!
Lacking Hammerhead bits I'll be building this one's turret from scratch using a sliced polystyrene sphere covered in green stuff and a hatch dug from the 'fish and mounting these guns (I'm praying I have the scale right)

https://bitsofwar.com/home/498-legionar ... nigun.html

Now they don't look quite tau enough for me, so that'll be some work, but the sheer number of barrels looks about right for the stats, even if they are a touch on the small side compared to a riptide.

Thoughts?


Limitations? You mean you don't want Fido the kroot hound as a character?

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Arka0415
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Re: Fire support Hammerhead conversion [WIP]

Post#6 » Dec 06 2017 09:36

Orion7 wrote:Oh wow that's an absolute beast! I don't have any riptides as I'm new to the hobby and that one is a little pricey for me right now, but at least I have something to compare to!
Lacking Hammerhead bits I'll be building this one's turret from scratch using a sliced polystyrene sphere covered in green stuff and a hatch dug from the 'fish and mounting these guns (I'm praying I have the scale right)

https://bitsofwar.com/home/498-legionar ... nigun.html

Now they don't look quite tau enough for me, so that'll be some work, but the sheer number of barrels looks about right for the stats, even if they are a touch on the small side compared to a riptide.

Thoughts?

Yeah, it is a beast of a weapon. Those 3rd-party guns are sized to a Space Marine Razorback, which is a bit smaller than a Hammerhed.

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Orion7
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Re: Fire support Hammerhead conversion [WIP]

Post#7 » Dec 11 2017 12:16

https://imgur.com/a/tvbKV

So, this is the sad second hand boy I'll be converting. No idea what's happening with that paint job other than it's got to go, and I need to build an entire new engine from green stuff.

https://imgur.com/a/JxoF1
And the resin bits for the guns.

I'll be leaving the front burst cannon on because although the fluff specifies twin heavy burst cannons, I want this bad boy to be bristling with anti infantry dakka


Limitations? You mean you don't want Fido the kroot hound as a character?

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Orion7
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Re: Fire support Hammerhead conversion [WIP]

Post#8 » Dec 11 2017 12:38

First up, let's get rid of all the rivets. It's a shame, the mould is gorgeous but it looks too Imperial right now. So all the rivets are coming off, and some of the 90° edges are being smoothed off to 45°


Limitations? You mean you don't want Fido the kroot hound as a character?

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Orion7
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Re: Fire support Hammerhead conversion [WIP]

Post#9 » Dec 17 2017 06:10

So, guns are made. I've made it twin double burst cannons because the model didn't look shooty enough. This is a tau large BC from a Hammerhead trimmed and mated with an imperial minigun for maximum dakka. One of these goes each side
https://imgur.com/a/RmVvw

Here's the smoothed off turret mount (I've removed the part which like like a camera, it didn't look clean enough for tau, more like something the admech would make, going to replace it with a target lock part)

https://imgur.com/a/pKoiY

https://imgur.com/a/QpPrp



The paint stripping of the hull is... Interesting. The to coat has come off nicely but the chaos black primer had turned to thick goop :(


Limitations? You mean you don't want Fido the kroot hound as a character?

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Orion7
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Re: Fire support Hammerhead conversion [WIP]

Post#10 » Dec 28 2017 10:49

https://m.imgur.com/a/kRw0K

Etc voila! Maximum gun


Limitations? You mean you don't want Fido the kroot hound as a character?

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demurr
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Re: Fire support Hammerhead conversion [WIP]

Post#11 » Dec 28 2017 03:55

Looking good, well done =)

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Orion7
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Re: Fire support Hammerhead conversion [WIP]

Post#12 » Dec 28 2017 07:10

Cheers! The green stuff didn't come out anywhere near as good as planned, clearly I need practice- the turret dome lost the shape of the underlying polystyrene ball and I couldn't get any lining on there, likewise up close where I've tried to hide the the detailing on the marine part is quite shoddy. Clearly I need a lot more practice there!


Limitations? You mean you don't want Fido the kroot hound as a character?

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Arka0415
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Re: Fire support Hammerhead conversion [WIP]

Post#13 » Dec 28 2017 08:01

Orion7 wrote:Cheers! The green stuff didn't come out anywhere near as good as planned, clearly I need practice- the turret dome lost the shape of the underlying polystyrene ball and I couldn't get any lining on there, likewise up close where I've tried to hide the the detailing on the marine part is quite shoddy. Clearly I need a lot more practice there!

That's probably the easiest part to fix though! I'm sure you can find a hard-plastic ball somewhere, or just pick up a Skyray turret base somewhere to use in the conversion if you need to replace the polystyrene.

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