NCE Sump Seepage: slap some paint on and call 'er done. we gotta show the innernet!

Orrin

Juve
Jan 22, 2018
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Michigan
Welcome to my picture log of necromunda projects. The first few posts will be of vehicles that I have been making over the past few years. Before this I have not had a place to share these. Please pardon this posting of old new things. Future posts will hopefully cover my ongoing exploration of all the various vehicle types from skimmers and walkers to a massive ash wastes crawler! I also plan to share some of my gang fighters and maybe someday I will get around to making some terrain for battles in and outside the hive.

Thank you for your interest in my projects, you can also check out my construction log of a necromundan armored van here. I will do my best to post my future projects all in this current thread instead of starting a bunch of separate ones.

Now for the obligatory picture and thematic story fragment:
“Boss was right again about this valley being good pickings. Lookin’ like he’s in for it now though, this supply van is puttin’ up quite a fight.” Drawled Ratty into the buggy’s intercom. He rested his hands on the firing yoke of the heavy stubber, peering back through the heat haze rising from the stubber’s barrel and watching the chase unfold behind him.

“Any chance of reloading that thing?” Crackled Vulture’s voice through his headset.

“Nah, Drum’s all empty. Anyways, we just gotta lure ‘em down that side canyon and the rest o’ the boys’ll finish ‘em good and proper. You just concentrate on drivin’ and steer clear of those traps once we’re in the canyon.”

“I copy Rat. If the plan works out, we sure will have earned our share of the loot this time.”
 
First a trip down memory lane (previously completed ash wastes vehicles) installment 1 of 4

The Universal Carrier/ Centaur Carrier: Spring 2017

This build goes back to my days as an aspiring young Imperial Guard officer cadet, before my disillusionment with the Militarium/Administratial complex and subsequent desertion and flight to the underhive. This vehicle shamelessly mimics the Forgeworld Centaur Carrier and its inspiration the Universal Carrier. It was built from scratch, excluding the treads and a few small bits for details. I have been using it as an Ash Waste vehicle, but sometime I may repaint it because its whitewashed snow camouflage and imperial guard driver and gunner are a bit out of place.


I really liked the look of the Universal Carrier and the Centaur, but I wanted to be able to fit the actual transport capacity onboard. Being able to fit five based passengers as well as the two unbased crew onboard required putting a couple seats on the floor of the vehicle as well as some slots in the sides of the transport compartment. The seats were about the height of a model’s base, allowing models’ bases to overlap and still have them standing on a flat surface. To actually accommodate all the bases, even with the overlap, the slots were needed in the sides.


The driver and gunner were to be the permanent crew of the vehicle. The driver was one of my first successful attempts at sculpting with putty. The head was an imperial guard sergeant with a tanker helmet sculpted on. The arms were from a heavy weapon gunner. The sculpting of the body and legs was simplified by the fact that the driver’s seat obscured the entire back of the model.


I wanted the gunner to be able to stand on the school-desktop-like shelf around the driver and also to have a base to use on foot. The gunner was held on the vehicle by a rod that went from the top bar on the vehicle into a hole in the bottom of the Bren gun. On foot, magnets in his feet and on his base held him in place. On foot, the Bren rests on a bipod that is superglued down to some calcite crystals masquerading as ice blocks. Yes, his base is a beveled wooden poker chip with sandpaper glued on!

When I made this vehicle model, I did not know how sturdy and convenient the combination of polystyrene and liquid plastic cement was for model building. Major components of this model were made from thick PVC sheets and PVC pipe, while details were cut from polystyrene sheets. To glue PVC and polystyrene pieces together I used superglue, which worked fine. However, I chose two part epoxy to attach PVC parts to other PVC parts. Issues that I had with this included: finding ways to clamp the parts as the epoxy set, solidified epoxy drips and runs, parts drifting out of alignment during the epoxy cure time, and epoxy fingerprints on the model. I more recently have tried to primarily use polystyrene and ABS materials for vehicles which allows use of the plastic cement instead.


Thank you for your interest and please check back later for more updates! Questions, comments, or criticism are welcome and encouraged.

With their mission for today accomplished, my gang of servo-scribes fall back through the labyrinthine network of interweb tubes to continue their research. Will they return again after unearthing more juicy hobbying nuggets? Only time will tell.