Saturday, 8 November 2008

058 The Wyvern (or 'Missile-Shooting Tank-Thingy of Doom') Progresses

Greetings, Fellow Humans.

Firstly, glad tidings of great joy I bring: one of our readers, Koloth has not only very kindly donated the rounded hatch I was after (THANK YOU, MATE!); he has also been building a wyvern variant of his own (a version likely to be lined up as a fast attack model) and has allowed me to post
to his pictures. Have a look, and whilst you're there, check out his other great vehicles - especially the Owen Rees-style armoured scout car!

I'm tired and I've been feeling as rough as a badger's backside all week, but the last couple of evenings I have actually made some progress with tweaking and basecoating. The first two pics are interesting because in the first one you see the MSTTD as I see it, but with the flash in the second (it's night time) the colours look ludicrously bright - and rather thinly applied! It's not even fully basecoated yet (Dark Angels Green), so please don't bother telling me I "Missed a bit!":
Tweaks to note include:
-- replacing the long antenna with a 'ball' array;
-- adding detail to the back of the turret;
-- the new top hatch, courtesy of Koloth;
-- installing two grenade launchers in the lasgun ports (see below):

Here's the deal with theose grenade launchers: I didn't like the naked ball sockets and (as discussed before) I couldn't really envisage anything else in there. Rooting through the bits box, I found the two grenade launchers together, and that reminded me that all my HQ sections have two grenade launchers - my weapon of choice!. I figured, 'As the guys in there have already got the ammo [one of them could legitimately fire from the hatch anyway] why not have the option of them firing through mounted grenade launchers?'

I think I'll keep it as an option (for +8 pts - only one can effectively fire at a time), but it ought to be remembered that although the turret looks big and powerful, it really isn't particularly powerful, and part of the reason it's an HQ transport is because all the weaponry and targetry's on the outside of the turret, the missiles being one-shot weapons and the 'main gun' being a poxy stubber. This keeps the (reduced) inside space relatively free for six pax and platoon-level comms gear. A breech-loading grenade launcher really is a pretty simple weapon to stow, too!

In other news, I'm also working on my griffon and my basilisk, both of which are being repainted to fit in with the other light vehicles. Even better: I discovered a spare griffon mortar platform, so that's now also being painted up as an alternative weapon for my basilisk, Ubique. Two griffons: cheap and nasty.


- Drax


  1. Very nice.

    How come nobody is sticking out of the top hatch with a pair of binoculars or something like that... you know, looking the Command part?

  2. They're inside, poring over maps & computer screens, using Blue Force Tracker.

  3. Oh, btw, the model's looking great! Really coming together nicely.

  4. I've had the same issues photographing Dark Angels Green (but it's a great color, isn't it?). This is turning into a sweeter and sweeter project everytime I see updates.

  5. I really like how it's coming along, why not add satalite dishes to the holes in the sides.

  6. Thanks for the comments, all!

    @Ron: Three reasons - 1) I dislike modelling personnel if avoidable; 2) I wouldn't want to be sticking out when the missiles launch, what with STC technologies(!), and 3) it's a transport, rather than a tank, so the inf commander has less cause to stick his head out than, say, a tank squadron commander.

    @darkwing: thanks...and you pretty much back up my point above, too.

    @ian: thanks - and you're right. I have a lot of time for DA Green!

    @gamers world: I tried satellite dishes, but they (a) didn't look right - they made the vehicle look like Mickey Mouse - and (b) didn't sit right.

    Have you checked out Koloth's link?

    - Drax.

  7. I'm trying to play catch up with the blogs, I'm loving this tank... and that snazzy name ;)

  8. i like it, its like a Tesco Value Whirlwind :-)

  9. In a good way, right? - Because a chap could take offence at a statement like that...!

    - Drax, smiling.


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