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Cogforts, mobile bastions, who has been drawing on dreaming of them?

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Not sure if this is the right location for this, someone move me if i'm in the wrong spot.

Since the last story came out of Malign Portens, I can't get cogforts out of my  head. It doesn't help that I am on book 3 of the Mortal Engine books and the trailer for the movie came out not too long ago.

Anyway, I keep doodling up what I think cogforts may look like. So far all my doodles are trash but I think I might finally hit on something close to what my mind sees later tonight. My doodles are below. I'll also add the Mortal Engines trailer and some art of "traction cities" from the books.

Has anyone else been sketching or drawing some moving forts?

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Mortal Engines trailer:

Some art of traction cities

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Man, im drawing one right now!
The story was really inspiring. I think its great they have gone back to them. They first described them in the Shadow over Hammerhall booklet, I think. 

I even think a smaller version (a Gear Tower?) could even fit into the game as a behemoth for the Ironweld Arsenal faction, kinda like a walking Kharadron Ironclad. 

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would love them to be something akin to Howl's Moving Castle, but with more Imperial Skulls and Duardin Ancestral statues.

Related imageThough I might wanna also do a sketch on what they might look like. Need to find some descriptions of them though.

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The city of Zodange from the 2012 film John Carter could easily be one of the bigger Cogforts. In generell, a lot of the stuff in that movie could fit into the mortal realms.

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Besides that, I think its not too hard to build a smaller version for the tabletop game. A few WHFB towers, a few mechanical parts and large smoke stacks combined with the turrets from the Kharadron Ironclad und Frigates and you have a small scale "Gear bastion".

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The old Death Knell Keep kit with some appropriate legs could easily be a forward reconnaissance ‘cog bastion

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Actually, even before the cog-forts in Shadows over Hammerhal skaven got parasite engines - huge cockroach-like many-legged moving cities :)

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In my mind the Cogfort looks like a battleship with legs.

The rear end has a ramp like a cargo plane, just bigger of course, that can be lowered to the ground.

 

I would draw it but I am incapable of drawing.

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Finally got one on paper that I'm not embarrassed of. I'll probably try to draw one that looks like a 40k titan and one that looks like @Aginor  's comment. In my totally arbitrary daydream, I see the one below as a giant castle type of deal, one with four legs and a "battleship" shape more of a fort, and then the bipedal one a scout or outpost.

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@WarbossKurgan, I like the one you posted. I struggle with how it would be efficient at anything though. Those legs are so short compared to what is on top, it couldn't go over anything other than a pancake without tipping over I feel.

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7 minutes ago, Thundercake said:

I struggle with how it would be efficient at anything

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Would defiantly be a bunch of walking mechanical fortresses in Chamon 

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On 01/02/2018 at 2:40 PM, Thundercake said:

@WarbossKurgan, I like the one you posted. I struggle with how it would be efficient at anything though. Those legs are so short compared to what is on top, it couldn't go over anything other than a pancake without tipping over I feel.

Weird and inefficient is how I like my walking war machines. "Efficient" might just look like a 20th century tank and that would be boring. ;)

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On 2/1/2018 at 9:43 PM, Blessed Knight said:

This is my first plan...

 

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oh that's good, use some kharadron overlord floaty balls or mash the gunhauler together with some AoS sets like the ' Kristian Simonsen ' walking house WarbossKurgan posted

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Wasn't there a guy on here who converted a Screaming Bell recently, using some AdMech walker legs and wall pieces? That thing looked a lot like some of the sketches in this thread.

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There are lots of ways to kit bash one, but they get pricey. I'll give a shopping list in US dollars:

Legs: a Soul Grinder or Defiler ($66) give big enough legs for a reasonable bastion (not a real fort). These are probably your best bet - the Skittari legs are too small for a big top part.

Top: a lot of ways to go, but will often need the lower leg body be stretched. Imperial Bastion ($41.25) is cheapest, but probably needs some fake stone pieces glued on to break up the sleek modern look, and maybe the base removed to fit the legs. The Chaos Dreadhold - Skull Keep is more in the right style ($75) but will need to be painted to turn the brass bits to carved stone, and some spiked bits toned down. Fortress of Redemption ($115) has an imposing tower, but is a lot to spend unless you can use the rest of the kit for 40k, and might need two sets of legs to look balanced. There are older GW terrain kits that are out of print that you could also use, and their eBay prices will vary. The 40k Wall of Martyrs Vengeance Weapon Battery ($50)  gives you 2 bastions you could glue base-to-base for a more oval top part, and the gun mounts look reasonable for a top turret.  I also like the Da Vinci Tank Model kit ($15), but it's a funky rubber plastic so you'll need a pin solution to secure it to the legs. You'll also want to open up cannon ports.

Guns: 2 Organ Guns ($25/ea.) and 2 Hellblaster Volly Guns ($25/ea.) give you bits for a free extra 2 cannons and 2 Hellstorm Rocket Batteries. Some can poke out of gun ports, and you can modify the gun carriages to suit on the top area.

Bling: the Arkanaut Ironclad ($115) gives you a ton of extra parts for cockpits, pipes and gears, 3 extra weapons (Sky Cannon, Sky Hook, Volly Gun), flagpoles, and the extra cannons poking out of the hull mean you have all the weapons you need. The globes can be integrated too - perhaps in halves as boilers. You should have enough bits for a drawbridge, bombs you can drop in defense, and with some work the front of the hull could hang off the bottom of the leg body if you straighten the legs enough. Some of the railing could also be incorporated into top parapets. The Frigate ($80) also works, but if you're spending crazy money on this model, don't hold back now!

Crew: between a mix of guns and/or Sky Doorfs, you got plenty to crew your mobile fortress.

Happy glue sniffing!

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Im thinking a full gaming size gaming table. Table legs will look like a star wars AT-AT, chains hanging off the side with anchors. Then a full fortress battground on top.

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 I would probably go with Soul Grinder legs or caterpillar tracks, either from a 40k tank or like an airfix model. Then you can have an imperial bastion or 'warscryer citadel' as the top.

48 minutes ago, Oath Stoned said:

Im thinking a full gaming size gaming table. Table legs will look like a star wars AT-AT, chains hanging off the side with anchors. Then a full fortress battground on top.

That would be AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pls post some more...

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Build the entire warmap as a heavily run down and rusted mech fort. Then say its the Light of Hope from the story and then make it a setting for the Malign Portents campaign. A grand battle could take place at the cogfort since they anchored outside of the shyish realmgate.

I hope there is artwork/info about cogforts is in the new book. Some concrete basis for the size of it.

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How about a giant ship on legs rather than a castle. We’ve seen the Marienburg land ship before, maybe it can be more akin to this? A combination of wheels and legs to provide better balance? The prow could form an assault ramp... hmmm to the drawing board!

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On 2/3/2018 at 12:37 AM, Swooper said:

Wasn't there a guy on here who converted a Screaming Bell recently, using some AdMech walker legs and wall pieces? That thing looked a lot like some of the sketches in this thread.

Found it, here's the thread:

 

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