Project blog: Tau Superheavy Walker (Completed)

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Re: Project blog: Tau Superheavy Walker (overall pics up 8/10/09

Post#491 » Oct 21 2009 07:42

Oh wow that is nice.
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Re: Project blog: Tau Superheavy Walker (overall pics up 8/10/09

Post#492 » Oct 22 2009 03:24

Just some quick shots showing the result of last night's puttying. I'm loving how the little discs on the side of the chassis turned out!

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Post#493 » Nov 11 2009 10:26

This morning I set it upon myself to sort out the cowling over the front sensor suite. As can be seen from older pics, I did have some pretty extensive puttying done but this morning decided that it just wasn't working. So off it all came!

The first step was to make the new cowling and because of the design of the recesses in the end I decided to do it in styrene. 3x1mm sheets were laminated together with the centre sheet inset slightly. Once that was set it was just a matter of chopping to length, getting the join angles right and then gluing little divisors in the recess. I'm very happy with the result, especially with how geometrically true it all is.

Over the course of the chassis construction the top edge that curves down to the cowling had actually ended up with a bit of a taper. To fix that, once the new cowling was in place I slapped on a heap of putty. Once set it will all be sanded smooth and perfect.

I had planned to take pics but by the time I had realised I had just mixed up putty and the clock was ticking!

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You can also see the modified side disc arrangement - there is now only two of them and I think it works much better. I'm still contemplating the panel lines around the discs and have sketched in a small access panel just above them.

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Post#494 » Nov 13 2009 04:14

This definitely looks far more sleek than the last design. It's good to see another great update mangozac!

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Post#495 » Nov 17 2009 08:39

OK here's a big update - first stage of priming is done! Here's all of the parts I have made and the quantities used in the final kit (there is still a small amount of work to be done on the pelvis before I prime it fully):

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It's amazing how many flaws the priming shows up! I'm going to have to go around with some putty and fix lots of little nicks and tool marks. Then a lot of spots are going to need sanding with around 1200 grit paper. I'm thinking I might get some Mr Surfacer 500 for the next priming attempt as it should theoretically fill the flaws better than the 1000 that I'm using.

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Post#496 » Nov 17 2009 09:57

No lie zac, it really looks great. That picture may not be as detailed as the actual models, (hence why it does not appear to have many mistakes) but it all looks like real, professional resin casts from Forge World. This project is really coming along my friend!

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Re: Project blog: Tau Superheavy Walker (overall pics up 8/10/09

Post#497 » Nov 17 2009 10:51

*Sagely voice* Mango-san, you bring great honor to your fellow Tau. You have learned much, and your training it nearly complete. Make us proud.

On a more serious note: my eyes are actually watering from how beautiful those parts are! :::( Why hasn't Forgeworld or GW hired you yet?! :eek:

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Post#498 » Nov 18 2009 01:50

It looks great mango! I don't have anything else to say but, "Awesome!" :biggrin:

Now just get it cast and then painted........I'll wait. :fear:

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Post#499 » Nov 18 2009 10:50

Let me say that this is an incredibly inspirational project - not only in regard to the beautiful model that mangozac is constructing, but the thread itself. Feel free to chastise me if I'm merely echoing this sentiment (I could not weed through 25 pages to make sure :biggrin: ), but I feel this thread epitomizes what we all hope is the spirit of Advanced Tau Tactica. It is full of passion, excitement, and intelligent discussion. No slight to mangozac, but reading the thread you almost think this is a group project just from the amount of energy buzzing around this.

All in all, great job mangozac - the level of detail and professional quality really set this log apart from the rest. I'm sure you hope as well as I that you manage to finish this in under a year ;)


EDIT: Oh man, haha I'm still in shock that it will be 2010 it seems - so let's try under two years then! :P


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Re: Project blog: Tau Superheavy Walker (Nearly Finished!)

Post#500 » Nov 18 2009 03:39

Thanks for the kind words guys.

@General: You are in fact echoing the sentiment, but I agree the most satisfying parts of this project are where it has taken me in the modelling community. I have learned so many things and made great friends with a number of people through it.

@Orpheus and AA: Trust me, the parts look beautiful at this distance but up close they're pretty rough. Looking at it last night it's all going to need another pass of refinement before casting. But its definitely still exciting to look at them all primed the one colour ;)

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Post#501 » Nov 20 2009 12:56

Absolutely brilliant design!!

I love it so much, that I've got to ask you... would you mind terribly if I were to "borrow" the concept of the turret for use on some Tau bunkers I'm currently designing/building? I've got some minor design tweeks in mind, but the basic shape would still be close to yours. I'm planning to build three bunkers, with options for TL Railguns or TL LB Burst Cannons.
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Re: Project blog: Tau Superheavy Walker (Nearly Finished!)

Post#502 » Nov 20 2009 04:29

Thanks mate.

Borrow away. I personally don't think it would look all that good as a static emplacement turret but whatever floats your boat ;)

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Post#503 » Nov 20 2009 04:59

As I stated, I've got a few design changes in mind, so my plan is to make it work.

Thanks for the go ahead... after all, it is your design. :P
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Re: Project blog: Tau Superheavy Walker (Nearly Finished!)

Post#504 » Nov 21 2009 09:51

mangozac wrote:As usual it's hard to make out the form with all of the different colours


That's so much more true than I was expecting, it looked brilliant before but finally seeing it cleanly I can see how crisp and tau like you have truly made it.
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Re: Project blog: Tau Superheavy Walker (Nearly Finished!)

Post#505 » Dec 02 2009 08:47

It really looks awesome Mangozac! I remember this is the first topic that I really went in depth on when I first came here (before it was even stickied) and really got be stuck (haha) on ATT. I cant wait to see what it looks like all put together.

have you thought about rules for it yet. I remember you saying that you didn't really play to much anymore and that this had become more of a modelling exercise. (perhaps a contest is in order?)

Again great job so far, and here is to the last dash!
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Post#506 » Dec 02 2009 09:08

Well Tylermenz, there is always the Apocalypse Blank Datasheet PDF supplied by Games Workshop for you to use in situations just like this. If you wish to play a game with it, make up a set of agreeable rules and see if your opponent would agree that they are fair. Play a few games with a good friend to field test, and tweak those rules until you have something acceptable. Once you have reached that point, play away. That way you have some acceptable rules, and mangozac does not have to be troubled by coming up with default rules.

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Re: Project blog: Tau Superheavy Walker (Nearly Finished!)

Post#507 » Dec 02 2009 09:35

I'm not going to suggest an open rules discussion, however if Mangozac posts his own that is fine. This is an INCREDIBLE project, and I do not wish the completion of it to herald 4 useless pages of custom unit arguments. One thing I would suggest as an oursource however, it that you submit a good photograph with a FW for scale to BoLS to add into one of their mini-dexes.

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Post#508 » Dec 03 2009 11:25

Theambit wrote:I'm not going to suggest an open rules discussion, however if Mangozac posts his own that is fine. This is an INCREDIBLE project, and I do not wish the completion of it to herald 4 useless pages of custom unit arguments. One thing I would suggest as an oursource however, it that you submit a good photograph with a FW for scale to BoLS to add into one of their mini-dexes.


Agentarrow wrote:Well Tylermenz, there is always the Apocalypse Blank Datasheet PDF supplied by Games Workshop for you to use in situations just like this.


Actually i did make up a datasheet very early in this project log (almost 2 years ago) but wanted to see what Mango wanted, if anything, to do with it. I was trying to stay away from the 4 pages of useless custom unit arguements by giving Mangozac the say, instead of asking everyone elses opinions and ideas. (it is his log anyway)
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