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Friday, August 3, 2012

++++INLOADING DATAFILE 026++++ Interceptor 1 (Suggestions requested...

Ok quick post tonight.  For a long time I've wanted to convert a high tech aerospace fighter that fits into the same family of vehicles design theme wise as all other space marine flyers.  The problem of course being that I could never actually come up with a working and feasible design.  This caused me no end of stress as when my muse can't figure something out it gets angry.

So tonight was one of my muse possession nights, the kind where I suddenly know how to make something and have a physical NEED to make it.  After 5 hours of doing my conversion savant thing without anything approaching a plan this is what I've come up with:

Obviously its no where near done, but the structural aspects of the airframe are built, its actually rather sturdy now.  Continuing my old habit of using up two vehicle kits to make one this is a stormtalon with the wings and engines of a stormraven added to make it look like it can fly.  Oddly I had a set of wings and engines left over from a prior conversion, couldn't find them, bought another stormraven for the wings, and then promptly found them tonight.  There goes $70...

Now for the actual problem that I need your help with.  I've hit a bit of a snag with the one key aspect of the design.  The circular things where the stormtalon's engines would normally mount could very feasibly mount a weapon system, and that was my original idea, to have them each mounting a turret of some sort that the vehicle's machine spirit could independently target, making this thing an extremely lethal flyer from the early imperium.  Great concept, the problem is that nothing I have tried to use looks right.  Everything is either too big or the wrong shape.  The cupola hatch that you usually would mount a stormbolter on a rhino (Not the whole cupola, just the hatch) looks awesome on there on its own and could hold a weapon, and I had the thought that I could just make it look like some form of energy emitter and give the thing shields when I make rules for it.

But I'm tired and I can't make up my mind.  The only weapon that really fits visually is a stripped down typhon missile launcher, but why would you need to mount missiles in a turret?

So please, if you have any ideas on how I can solve this issue comment and make your suggestions.

1 comment:

  1. To me, your mounting points look like it has doors that flip up and marines jump out, I know that is not the case. As for weapons, I can think of using the vindicator tank's winch housing( holds giant shell on back) and stuffing that with some lascannons, similar in style to some plasbacks. Or somehow to keep the circular shape use the standard cupola hatch and try to attach a weapon in there and still keep in low profile. Or depending on how you build the front facing surface behind the cockpit and under the weapons panel, you could stuff alot into there. Also here is some inspiration,

    Probably seen it as that site is on your blog list.