Thursday, May 19, 2011

Space Marine Warhawk WIP

Matt Plonski of Apoc-Eclipse,is building the Epic Space Marine Lander for me in 40K scale.  He is doing an awesome job and so I thought I would share his progress with you all.


From Matt:

I design in Microsoft Visio (a 2D drawing program) which nicely exports to Corel Draw (used in the shop for the laser) and Rhino3D (used by me to virtually assemble the model).

Here's a full render of the assembled model. The cylinders are representative of the 1" turrets found on most Space Marine vehicles. There are a lot of them. There will also be a set of Land Raider-sized sponsons on the nose.




The Forge World Thunderhawk Transporter uses friction to hold the tank it carries in place, like fingers. While that might be OK for them, I couldn't in good faith design my grapples to work like that. A Land Raider has a very distinct center hull which can be grabbed from below, so I used that to my advantage. The added bonus is that the grapples end up looking like the claws from a bird of prey.



Here is a shot of the rear hull:



The engine intakes are 50mm fans from Evil Mushroom. While this will work with up to 3" fans, I think this size is more evocative of the original model which has small intakes on fat engines.

The plan is to make another set of grapples for the Rhino-sized vehicles. The thought is to make it so you can switch them out as the mission dictates.

The datasheet will allow ~20 infantry in the front (through assault ramps), ~30 in the rear (regular doors), and transport either four Land Raiders or six Rhino-type tanks. Hopefully two Land Raiders and four Rhinos will work. One centerline-mounted Turbo Laser, one set of LR sponsons, and all of those turrets (twin-linked Lascannon, TL Heavy Bolter, TL AA Autocannon, multi-melta, TL assault cannon, etc.). No bombs or missiles planned.






For more on the Warhawk, follow the thread on the Apocalypse40K Forum.




5 comments:

JRV said...

amazing stuff!
Why do you use Vis/Corel/Rhino over Max/Maya/XSI?

The Inner Geek said...

That will be pretty saucy when finished. I'll watch it's progress with abject jealousy.

MattP said...

I use Visio because I've used it for more than a decade now. Corel is what is on the shop PC. As for Rhino, I was recommended it for 3D printing and model making and have become pretty familiar with it as well.

40kbitz said...

Oh I cant wait to see this completed, this is awsome, I wish I had the skill and expertise to do something like this. Keep us posted on the progress.

Son of Dorn said...

That looks awesome. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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