For my Planetstrike game on 11/14, I've decided to field an Ironclad Dreadnaught in a drop pod. I've been using a regular AoBR dreadnaught proxy in games and I've really liked the Ironclad's performance so far. Slightly better than a standard dread and well worth the extra points.
I have the Ironclad set from GW, but decided to also kitbash up my own dread. After trolling various websites for inspiration, I came across an amazing model on Cool Mini or Not by Talarion. I loved the head piece and the bulky bunker-like look of the model. So I grabbed my bits and saw and knives and sticky tack and decided to give this conversion a try for my Crimson Fists!
The Dreadnaught shape, of course, is an AoBR model I picked up from The War Store. I then sawed off most of the front of the model (after much dry fitting and determining best fit and the like). I haven't glued on the front plate yet as I need to figure out what I want to do with any gaps, but so far, so good.
I used some old LR sponsoon bits (from my LRC) to form the front plate, cutting and fitting as needed. For the head-lens array, I used a Chaos smoke launcher (at least I think it's a smoke launcher), much like the original inspiration. Plasticard forms the helmet as well as the armor plate on the model (I don't know why I have black plasticard instead of white...the bag I bought had a large mix of colors and textures). For the Chainfist, I used an old Epic Titan arm and a plastic tube tacked onto the AoBR arm.
I'm going to detail it up with some pipes and wires and the like. And the pic makes it clear that I need to smooth out that arm immensely!
For the HK missile, I didn't really like the ones the Ironclad comes with. It really doesn't makes sense to me that the HKs on Rhinos look so different from the ones on Ironclads, so I just took a normal Rhino HK and cut it down to fit under the dreadnaught.
Lots more to do:
Bulk out the legs with some more armor plates and detail. Bulk out the body and arms as well...I'm not completely sure about the exhausts on the front...I like it but I don't know if it'll look good painted. And I haven't even touched the back engine! I also need to assemble the other arm and add in the melta gun/flamer options.
What do folks think? Any advice? I've got a ways to go yet and I may wind up proxying my Ironclad again on 11/14 if this beast isn't done yet. For fluffy reasons, I'm saying that Pedro Kantor had to reactivate some of the older dreadnaughts after the disaster on Rynn's World…the loss of their armory has left the Fists using whatever they have on hand!