Yesterday I went back to working on the Darkshroud. I'd started working on it a few weeks ago and then put it to one side as I couldn't decide quite what to do with it.
Whole bunch of pictures after the jump...
For those that haven't seen this a couple of posts ago, here's where I was at last time with it:
For the above I'd mounted the bolter on the 'pulpit' itself. I wasn't happy still with the top though as it was still very chunky and the rhino hatch just didn't look right. This is why I put it to one side while I decided how to progress.
Yesterday I bit the bullet and sawed off the whole pulpit/turret section:
**Top tip** - Have a plan. I sawed this off and then realised I had no idea what to replace what I'd removed with! Foolish.
30 minutes of rummaging through parts etc later I finally had a plan! Apologies in advancefor the photo's - they're all very work in progress snapped sporadically off my phone. Here's how it's working out so far:
First off I added a small section of tube and green stuffed around it for strength. Next up I needed a new turret piece:
Old Imperial tank wheels are a bits box essential! The middle one was the best size after a quick review and dry fit. They have a very useful peg on the bottom that fits nicely in that tube:
Dry fit view:
The improvement is most noticeable from the side profile which is now lower and more sleek:
I then bent some plasticard and went to work building up around the wheel piece:
This is when it got a little trickier. To fit pieces onto such an unconventional shape - straight and round edges - I made several paper versions. Paper is handy as it's so much easier to trim, to draw on etc. When I have the paper template that fits correctly i use paper glue to stick it to plasticard and then trim the plastic around it. That gives you this:
So that's where I'm up to right now. Plenty of bits still to go but not bad progress for a couple of days of winging it!
I also played a game today against my friends GK/IG force. It was my first game with a heavy Ravenwing presence. Over all I lost something like 8-2 but it was a much closer game than that score would suggest. I was too cautious and need to really get the hang of going for the jugular with these guys!
I'll hopefully have more progress over next week. Have a good weekend all!