Right, anyone feel like lending me their brain, or rather any thougts on this they might have?
I've talked about it a few times, a Demolisher based on a Landraider hull, something more meaty then your standard russ and now I've got 10 days before I start it (for the 40k Online Conversion Contest), and the idea has evolved a little. Rather then just going for a large russ as I'd originally intended I've rationalised that really the Russ chasis should still form the core of my tanks - but I still want to do something of a center piece tank though, something unique.
So I want to go for something of a landship, something almost totally over the top stylisticly, a cross between steampunk and 40k.
I've no concept sketch yet, so if you can bare with me the idea is fairly simple, first off the hull remains that of a Landraider, the tracks are reversed so as to form the same romboid shape as a Russ, the assault ramp goes as do the sponson. On each flank a small fighting platform with one door (the other being sealed off), a rail or armoured wall around the platform with a gatling bolter (as with my Gatling Guns replacing Heaby Bolters) mounted on each with a crewman operating it. The forward twin-linked heavy bolter mounting of the landraider would be removed, using the pulpit left by its absense as a forward gatling gun position, again with a crewman.
That leaves the turret, I'm debating over an American Civil War Union Monitor style turret (probably with removeable top for interior detail), or an open topped artillery style position.
Yes its a hideiously over complex project in alot of ways, but this is something of a center piece for my GT army (and a nomination for best army in the heats gets you a free ticket to the final...)
Any suggestions folks? Especially on the turret, what do you think would work best? Hell Im open to suggestions on any part of the vehicle, any ideas for extras, or anything you think unplausable even.
Oh an yeah, it needs a name, Dreadnoughts out for obvious reasons and I'd rather avoid the word 'land' to avoid the whole landraider issue, it may be based on the hull of one but to all intents and purposes the two are completely unrelated.