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Coleman
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18/03/2019 11:54 am  

There comes a moment in the life of a Duardin player when, yes, some additional help would be welcome. And I decided to try and give the Hurricanum a go. Obviously, not having done previously any conversions in my life, that's exactly the way I set off to go about it. I mean, it can't be just a bog standard Hurricanum. I mean, I need to at least try to make it a bit dwarfish.

 

So, to start with, I decided to get rid of the horses. Step two, replace them with some steam power.

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From here, seemingly, there are two options. Chicken coop/Baba Yaga Mobile House:

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Or a Gothic Panzer Train:

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The latter being probably the only sensible one, however that's where I hit a snag. I'm intending to keep this thing tournament-legal, and therefore it would have to fit on a standard Hurricanum base, which is 120mm oval. The train is about 30mm too long for that. So now I have to figure out how to make the whole thing shorter. Up to this moment I also haven't done any harm to either of these models, I could still proceed to make a standard Hurricanum and the Steam Tank out of them, so I'm trying to make sure I can come up with a design that will work, before I chop anything up and it's too late.

You and me, Lord. You and me.


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Coleman
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18/03/2019 11:59 am  

Oh, and in the meantime, I'm working on replacing the flaming orb in the heart of the Hurricanum with an endrin. The Endrinrigger's one is the right size, but I do not wish to part with any of those, so I'm trying to go about it the blue stuff/green stuff way.

The first attempt, of casting the halves, was... let's just say, underwhelming.

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I have now made another one, from a fully assembled endrin, but not cleaned it up yet and don't have the photos. It's looking marginally better and, hobby knife skill permitting, might be usable. I'll update the post when I have it done.

You and me, Lord. You and me.


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WGO Phil
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18/03/2019 4:22 pm  

I love this!!!

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WGO Phil
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18/03/2019 4:44 pm  

Plus the second option and don't stress about the base as rule of cool always kicks in

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Coleman
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18/03/2019 6:08 pm  
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I love this!!!

That's because you're a lovely person, Philip.

 

Also, the rule of cool only applies if you achieve any cool to speak of first. But we'll see. I had it milling in my head today, might have an idea I'll have to map out later to see if it would work.

You and me, Lord. You and me.


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Coleman
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21/03/2019 10:50 am  

OK, friends... I think I'm actually getting somewhere now. In the end, the key decision was to give up on keeping two axles on the tank's frame. Originally, the concept was based on an idea of two independent platforms, joined with some chains. So, a steam engine of sorts, pulling the Hurricanum cart as a direct replacement of the horses. If I, however, join them together into a locomotive, I can get away with three axles for the whole vehicle, instead of four. It doesn't seem to spoil the balance and the length is just right. The wheelbase is just around 90mm now and I think the whole thing looks better a bit more compact.

There's still more to try out in terms of the superstructures' arrangement, whether I'm keeping the sides in full and what to fit instead of the tank's main gun (I'm hoping the Luminark's laser gun might do). For now, two options. Smokestack to the rear:

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And more central:

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At the moment everything is still held together with the blue tack and I think I'll need to mock the Hurricanum's spheres' contraption as well before assembly, since it's going to impact the whole balance of the vehicle. Overall though, I have a feeling this might work now.

You and me, Lord. You and me.


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WGO Phil
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21/03/2019 1:02 pm  

This is amazing!!! Can't wait to see it finished

 

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Coleman
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21/03/2019 2:43 pm  

Thank you! I can't wait myself 😀

You and me, Lord. You and me.


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Coleman
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28/03/2019 1:03 pm  

Right, so by the look of how things are progressing now, it might be a while before another update that's worth uploading. I've primed a few starting parts and began painting them and... well, it's going painfully slow. It's a good job I set myself a realistic goal of maybe taking this to the Doubles next year. I might be ready by then. Maybe.

Also, just took a shipment of new metallic paints and am experimenting with them, so might need to go back on things if summat goes wrong. Anyroads:

 

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Barrie Watkins
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28/03/2019 9:25 pm  

This is one hell of a build my man, your attention to detail is crazy but the model will look great I'm sure.


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Coleman
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28/03/2019 11:12 pm  

Barrie, you are an absolute hero of mine. I'm not sure the praise is deserved but I definitely thank you for the kindness. 

You and me, Lord. You and me.


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29/03/2019 8:44 pm  

Outstanding! A lovely piece of work.


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Coleman
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29/03/2019 9:01 pm  

Thank you, mate. Really appreciate it.

You and me, Lord. You and me.


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Coleman
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11/04/2019 8:48 am  

If it feels like I'm stuck with the same few pieces, it's because I'm stuck with the same few pieces. But I'm calling the boiler done for now (it'll need some added attachments, but not just yet) and I've upgraded the blue on the floor of the cart. The tank's floor has been done to an OK state, as none (or hardly any) of it will be visible at all after the assembly. So the next step will be the side walls of the cart. See you in two months, I guess 🙄

 

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You and me, Lord. You and me.


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Coleman
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17/04/2019 1:06 pm  

So, on this beautiful #WIPWednesday ©Phil Mortz another tedious update. This is still just an overview dry assembly with no glue, just to see how the books and the steps look when things are put together.

 

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You and me, Lord. You and me.


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