Finally got some test prints in! One thing I can say is that I'm kinda digging Shapeways' FXD material, it really handles the detail rather well. The only downside is that there are still printlines and the material would need extensive cleaning. Subtle Discord wrote some interesting stuff on that.
Another 'downside' of the material is that it's see-through, making it rather tricky to photograph.
But yeah, enough talk!
Continued working on the siege tanks. The kit will basically include the hull, two types of dozer blades, and two weapons: an tank-hunting heavy laser cannon, and a shell firing bunker buster.
First up: the tank hunter:
Whilst the bunker buster cannon still needs to be designed, I got distracted. I like the idea that the hull could also be used as a basis for other tanks. Thus the missile launcher was born. Keep in mind that the current missile launcher will be totally redesigned. I just used this one to give you an idea what a back mounted weapon will look like. I've also added a heavy machine gun like weapon to the front, it can (optionally) be replaced for a heavy flamethrower.
Just shipped off a bunch of 6mm scaled upgrade bits for the tank I've designed for Vanguard Miniatures:
From left to right: Front hull iconography plate, twin linked HMG, twin linked flamethrowers, twin linked subatomic heat weapons. Basically your three different types of Immolation tanks for the religious sisterhood. But could probably also be used for more inquisitorial themed armies.
From left to right: left missile pod, right missile pod, missile launcher turret, heavy laser cannon, light battle cannon, quad autocannons, medical transport front hull icon. I decided to ditch the roof part of the medical transport for multiple reasons: (a) it was too thin to cast at this time (b) doing it true justice would mean re-designing a hull a bit (c) economic reasons. Note that the medical transport is most likely an objective, so going all crazy on it regarding design work and printing/casting simply isn't worth the money.
Extra armour for the IVR tank, either plating or reactive armour.
Just wanted to quickly share my current vehicle pool with you. At the moment it consists of 17 different tanks (with the possibility of it becoming 21 if you're counting the turrets from the gun emplacements)
So yeah, from front to back and from left to right:
-"Hunter Hull": Bunker buster cannon, anti-armour heavy laser cannon
-"Siege Hull" with "spray weapons pack": Heavy flame weapon, subatomic heat weapon, chemical spray weapon
-"Standard Pack" (standard hull): multiple laser cannon, twin linked heavy machine guns, flame weapon, automatic cannon
-"Oddities Sprue" (standard hull): quad automatic cannons, light battle cannon, multiple laser cannon with multiple missile launchers, heavy laser cannon, medical transport
-"Weapons of Faith" (standard hull): Twin linked flame throwers, twin linked heavy machine guns, twin linked subatomic heat weapons.
Very good work. The effort has paid off, and I hope you find a lot of Epic buyers.
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@Blackcherry: I used SketchUp to make these designs.
@Karak: Thanks! I hope they'll sell since it'll encourage companies such as Vanguard Miniatures to accept more of my submissions.
In the meantime, take a quick look at my gun emplacements.