Colonel Stagler knows his WWII artillery - you are correct sir!
I was thinking about the the huge quad basilsk at Games Day Chicago. I liked the quad barrels, but did not like the carriage it was mounted on. I decided I would also like to mod a vehicle for the huge template in Apocalypse. My original thought was a rail gun, but it was almost 3' long.... So, I found the Morser 60cm "Karl" mortar on closeout at spruebrothers.com. I adjusted the railing to the right height for 40k and added the front hatch. I also added a control panel, toolboxes, imperial logos, and misc. bits. They should all show up alot better when it gets finished. I'll VDR it for Apocalypse, and use it as a bombard for other games. Here's the history on the real one:
"The Karl series of mortars (Mörser Karl) (Gerät 040) were built by the Germans during the Second World War and designed to take out heavily fortified positions. The vehicle moved on treads, but mostly for aiming as the engines provided very slow speed for huge fuel consumption; thus transporting was done by hanging the whole chassis between two huge railway bogies. In total, six Karl-class guns were manufactured. These guns had the names Adam, Eva (1st Batt.), Thor, Odin (2nd Batt.), Loki, and Ziu. The self-propelled version of the 60cm siege mortar was ordered in June 1937. General Karl Becker of the Artillery was involved in the development, (explaining where the huge mortar gained it's nickname).
At first the Mörser Karl was developed for use in the campaign against France's Maginot line, but as France had surrendered, it was put to use for the first time on the Russian front against the Brest Fortress in 1941 and saw action in the siege of Sevastopol in 1942. One mortar (Ziu) was employed against the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. The shells fired by the mortar weighed two tons each."
The Salamander is for my company HQ since the rest will all have centars. I twisted the fluff a bit and went ahead with it since the DK have a communications trojan which uses the same chassis. Some of my stuff I have because I think it looks good - fluff correct or not. If I use it in a tourney, I will proxy it as a centar - provided that FW rules are allowed.....
Thanks for all of the comments about "Karl".