Thursday, August 5, 2010
Scythiak Usurpation - WIP Possible Russ
Just a WIP shot of a potential Russ for the Scythiak. I have some other tank chassis I was thinking of using with a Defiler turret, but when I saw this at the local store for a reasonable price I grabbed it to see how it would look. Figuring that the Defiler turret would look a little small on this, tried out a leftover turret from the Ork battlewagon. Overall I like it. It's about the same width as a regular Russ model, a tad longer and especially with the Ork turret a good bit taller.
For those who may not recognize the chassis, it's an M3 Lee, an early US design from WWII. One of several early WWII tanks that had the main gun in the hull, with a smaller gun in the turret. All the high profile of a tank and all the arc of fire of a self-propelled gun! For a long time I've considered doing some Russ conversions based on that generally poor idea, with battlecannon in hull and lascannon in the turret. For this one, I decided to build it like a "normal" IG tank, with main gun in the turret and lascannon or HF in the hull. It's got lots of flat panels and rivets, helping it look like a 40K tank. There's enough space on the sides if you'd want to add sponsons, but I don't plan to.
If I end up using this, I'm not sure if I'll keep it as the Eradicator with HF (and accordingly chop off/replace the hull gun), or if I'll run it as a regular Russ and keep the hull gun largely as it is, calling it a lascannon. In either event extra decoration, spikes and iconography will be added.
Even if I don't use it for this, it'll get used at some point for the Scythiak, or my regular IG or the Orks. It's a good deal, and the 3rd-grade skill level is a good fit for me.