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Rat Tank - Some Assembly Requirend

Let's start with what they call a "money shot"

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I'm very pleased with how this turned out, it's crazy how well all three of these kits fit with some trimming. 
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My original intention was to use the Steam tank & the doomwheel, but after looking at the kits, and the dimensions of the cannon port at the front, I decided to chuck in a warp lightning cannon kit for good measure. 

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I started with the main chassis of the tank, putting it together as per the instructions, once I got it looking like a wheelbarrow, I then began to assemble the main body of the doomwheel. 
due to some inspiration hitting me at just the wrong moment, and me just going with it, this is the earliest image I have of that step. 
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as you can see, I measured out and clipped enough of the central scaffold out to fit the counterweight from the Plagueclaw catapult\Warp lightning canon kit. the wheels themselves were assembled and then dry fitted (not glued) onto the central framework. the back flywheel was also removed. 
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Next came the cannon itself, the steam tank has a little bit of a cradle system where the cannon slots in, so I cut down the barrel of the cannon, and the barrel of the warp lightning cannon, chopped the back end from the central part of the warp lightning cannon and slotted and glued it all together. 
Giving me something a little like this. 

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Honestly, this was one of the more fiddly bits on this model. 20170624_082027.jpg.e163e52f0c366900e591adcbe95918d2.jpg

once dry, I attached it to the chassis. 
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I continued to build up the sides of the steam tank, before undercoating the inside and the cannon black.

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I started to add various embellishments from various Skaven sprues to the main body of the tank. 20170624_112758.jpg.4e9d3ebf864bd6b976200d70853229f7.jpg

I created some green stuff cables and pipes using a Greenstuffworld greenstuff roller. 
and started to patch up and add detail to the wheel and attached powersource. 

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The gun turret also had some modification, using the back end of the warp lightning gun I cut off earlier, the front end of a storm fiend's warpfire thrower. and a greenstuff pipe, I replaced the secondary gun, with a warpfire thrower. 
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at some point I replaced the little lightning bolt at the front of the doomwheel with one of the bits of the middle framework I snipped out partially to make it look a little more attached to the main body, and partially to give it another point of contact to actually attach it to the main body
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The sides of the doomwheel had the blades removed, and more embellishments were added (including the two warp lightning projectors from the front of the doomwheel.
 before I undercoated the whole thing. 
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After some thought, I decided that a heavy bronze, brass and warpstone scheme would suit it. 
so I got to work 
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all of the warpstone was painted with a heavy edge highlight of green interference paint directly over the black, so it appears black until you turn it in the light, then as the light hits it shines green. I painted the centre part of the cannon in interference blue to give it a crackling electric appearance. 

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I attempted a little bit of a verdigris effect on some of the brass and copper bits, dulled the whole thing down with a was of agrax eathshard. 

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the chap on top was largely painted in the same metallics as the rest, his body was from one of the crew from the warp lightning cannon. his arms are from the stormvermin sprue, and his head was one of the pilot heads from the doomwheel kit.

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most of the wood on the model was basecoated in various browns and greens, given an agrax eathshade wash, then drybrushed with flayed one flesh. 
the studs were then picked out in copper and silver. 

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The chap at the back was painted in the yellow of clan Skurvy. 
and now I need to find a base long enough for this thing. 
it can fit on a 120mm base if you don't mind the front and the back going over. 
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the turret still comes off, the inside is still visible, the back of the cannon is the same colour as the rest of it. 
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Start to finish, it took me around 5 days to complete. 
Let me know what you think, I believe the warscroll for the rat tank is still in the downloads. 


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On 6/29/2017 at 3:45 AM, ReynakZhen said:

Dude! that looks fantastic!

I second this.  Great conversion job. The Great Horned Rat would be proud.

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