The manta & thunderhawk kept my attention pretty long but inevitably it shifted elsewhere.
Some ultramarines stuff (mainly dreadnaughts) shows up from about post # 592 (Page # 30) on. Starting May 1 my main focus is squats (IG) this starts about Post # 698 (Page # 35).
Note there will still be some tau stuff and other misc crap mixed in from time to time.
Thanks for watchin.
So Long story short... I recently packed up and moved away from columbus ohio for the sunny middle of north carolina. I left behind a gamer in OH that was my main man as far as scratchbuilding is concerened. SO we decided a long distance project was required. We searched the net and brought in one or two others (who live nowhere near us). As a sort of "Scratchbuilding brain trust".
So we mused over what would be our project... terrain, new titan? For a while we stopped on the harbinger, however its an easy shape and too limited in its role. It aslo lacks any offical 40k rules.
SO it was decided... the manta...
For a few reasons but the main ones or thus.
A) so few people have one, mearly being in the presence of one is awsome. Owning one in insaine. I herd tell that forgeworld has only sold 30some of these fellas and after searching the net high and low i have only found 1 guy to has attempted to scratchbuild one in they style of the forgeworld model.
B) its a challange. Between me and the guy in ohio we have 4 or 5 titans under our belt and about as many superheavy tanks. However they are all imperial. All boxy... time for something organic and new.
C) Never really been done before. Like i said i found one guy and we will probably be taking a different building route then him. We will be in the style of the forgeworld model and maybe putting out templates (if such a thing is possible) similar to the ones you find on the net for everything else.
Now to the nuts and bolts.
Im not sure how 3 or 4 guys spread collectivly around the world will work on one project together... we may end up with 3 mantas, or mearly 1 manta and 2 other guys testing templates and building methods. As to building methods we got a few idea but havent really worked that out ether.
so to give you an idea of what we are up against, the forgeworld site list the dimensions @ 34" wingspan 25" length. With this in mind i took every picture i could find and drew up a plan view in CAD, it took 8 sheets of 8.5 x 11 paper taped together.
To give you an idea of size here are 4 pictures of my paper model taped on the wall. The first me holding up a guardsmen, then a rhino, then the aquilla lander i made form the battle for macragge terrain, then the top of a warhound titan.
Also note i stand about 6' tall so my elbow to fingers is maybe about 18" or so. This should give you a good idea of scale.