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Ideas for scratchbuilding Dreadnought Missile Launcher?
« on: July 4, 2018, 12:38:00 PM »
So, I just won a Venerable Dread on Ebay (yay!) but I need a Missile Launcher bit and everywhere is out of stock (boo).

Any ideas for a solid scratchbuild? I've got a lot of random bits.

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Re: Ideas for scratchbuilding Dreadnought Missile Launcher?
« Reply #1 on: July 4, 2018, 05:52:37 PM »
Have you got anything left over from some other vehicle kits that you could work with?  I was thinking of a missile launcher or Havoc launcher from a Space Marine vehicle kit or a Chaos Defiler kit might work.
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Re: Ideas for scratchbuilding Dreadnought Missile Launcher?
« Reply #2 on: July 4, 2018, 08:58:05 PM »
I'm out of Havoc Launchers. I do have some Sentinel missile launchers, some missile stuff from a Storm Talon, a bunch of Hunter-Killer missiles (and one other thing I can't identify).

The problem is, ultimately, that all these things are either too small to scale right or too awkward to cleanly fit. I'm wondering if anybody has done this before and if they have any tips.

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Re: Ideas for scratchbuilding Dreadnought Missile Launcher?
« Reply #3 on: July 5, 2018, 09:14:26 AM »
Are you trying to turn the power fist arm into a missile arm? Or just trying to replace the arm entirely? Maybe just chop the fist off the power fist arm, and then glue a missile launcher to that.
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Re: Ideas for scratchbuilding Dreadnought Missile Launcher?
« Reply #4 on: July 5, 2018, 09:26:53 AM »
Are you trying to turn the power fist arm into a missile arm? Or just trying to replace the arm entirely? Maybe just chop the fist off the power fist arm, and then glue a missile launcher to that.

I thought about that, but I feel like it would look really lame. At least I haven't seen a conversion I liked, anyway. Plus I might want to swap back in the powerfist someday, should the dread develop into a different role.

What about mounting the missile launcher *on* the powerfist arm and just say that it's just a hand (since the Venerable's P-Fist is just a scaled hand). Or would that be frowned upon? Because with some magnets, sticking a Sentinel missile launcher on his shoulder should be a piece of cake.

I mean, ideally I'd like to mock up a whole missile launcher arm. But I don't want it to look like a bunch of garbage tacked on to an otherwise nice looking model.
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Re: Ideas for scratchbuilding Dreadnought Missile Launcher?
« Reply #5 on: July 5, 2018, 09:58:42 AM »
There's a ton of ork rokkit bitz out there, pretty cheap too. A lot are upgrades that are meant to be added onto existing guns, specifically from the nobs kit for combi guns comes to mind. Easy to magnetize and add onto the powerfist arm. Just an idea that you may not have explored.

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Re: Ideas for scratchbuilding Dreadnought Missile Launcher?
« Reply #6 on: July 5, 2018, 10:09:38 AM »
There's a ton of ork rokkit bitz out there, pretty cheap too. A lot are upgrades that are meant to be added onto existing guns, specifically from the nobs kit for combi guns comes to mind. Easy to magnetize and add onto the powerfist arm. Just an idea that you may not have explored.

I did think about this. Those will look too small. The best option would be the big rokkit racks that go on the warbuggies, but those look too orky. I'm trying to get something that will look like part of the model (i.e. as little "converted" looking as possible).

Yeah, magentizing to the powerfist arm seems easiest (with some of the Imperial-style missile bits I have). It also leaves me with a model that isn't WYSIWYG, though I don't go to that many tournaments anymore.

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Re: Ideas for scratchbuilding Dreadnought Missile Launcher?
« Reply #7 on: July 8, 2018, 10:52:10 AM »
Okay, so I've found a bit that might work. But how to attach it? Let me know what you think:

Option 1


Option 2


Option 3


Of the three, the first one looks best to me. What do you guys think?

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Re: Ideas for scratchbuilding Dreadnought Missile Launcher?
« Reply #8 on: July 8, 2018, 11:33:31 AM »
Either option one or option three works in my opinion.  I think that option one looks the most impressive though.  The missile launcher above the power fist looks very imposing.
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Re: Ideas for scratchbuilding Dreadnought Missile Launcher?
« Reply #9 on: July 8, 2018, 04:31:27 PM »
I'm for the first option as well. The other two just don't look like they were meant to be joined, which is actually more orky, so it's odd that I didn't like them.  ;)

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Re: Ideas for scratchbuilding Dreadnought Missile Launcher?
« Reply #10 on: July 8, 2018, 06:36:02 PM »
I'm for the first option as well. The other two just don't look like they were meant to be joined, which is actually more orky, so it's odd that I didn't like them.  ;)

Cool--thanks, guys! Yeah, the first one looks most natural. (And least orky!)

I'm probably going with that one, then.

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Re: Ideas for scratchbuilding Dreadnought Missile Launcher?
« Reply #11 on: July 9, 2018, 03:15:10 AM »
I like options two and three with three being the best option. In option one the missile launcher looks too bulky compared to the thickness of the shoulder to be a good match. Option three is comparable to an actual missile launcher arm.
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Re: Ideas for scratchbuilding Dreadnought Missile Launcher?
« Reply #12 on: July 9, 2018, 08:41:34 AM »
I feel like it looks too small, though. Plus mounting it there will take the most conversion work.

I get what you're saying, though. In a perfect world, I'd just get an actual Dread Missile Launcher bit, but they aren't to be found.

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Re: Ideas for scratchbuilding Dreadnought Missile Launcher?
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2018, 07:42:47 AM »
You said you have some storm talon bits right? Do you have some armor plate/ wings or what not, lying around somewhere? I think you could use those if cut properly to mock build a shoulder around the option 3 launcher. I do believe it's best like that.

Even as the shoulder mounted from option 1 make sens, to me it's a weird design for impérial machine. It feels more tau-ish than impérial to me.
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Re: Ideas for scratchbuilding Dreadnought Missile Launcher?
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2018, 09:03:10 AM »
That's a good idea, but I didn't have the kind of parts to make it look seamless enough. It would totally look like something I cobbled together.

I've attached it #1 style. When I get it painted up, I'll post here, show you guys how it turned out. (Expect a long wait, though. 😉)

 


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