When a project gets ever closer to completion, you feel a sense of pride in having worked on it. That’s where I am with the Spartan. I’m getting very close to being able to paint it, but I’ve had to make a few changes to my original design.
I’ve decided that my original plan to make all eight Lascannons wouldn’t do this tank justice. I wanted all of the guns to look identical, and I felt that I wouldn’t be able to do that: I’m still not 100% sold on the lascannon batteries on my Fellblade. So instead, I’ve ordered four of Puppets War’s “Double Laser Cannon”. Glued together, and with gun shields and mounts similar in design to the Phobos Land Raider, should make for better quality and detailed main guns.
You would think that sourcing a pair of plain doors from a Land Raider would be simple work, but it has been anything but. Nobody seems to have any for trade. So instead I’ve just bit the bullet and make my own set. These will be left unglued, so I can still access the electronics inside the tank. It also means I’ll be able to do better freehand work on them.
The bodywork of the tank has been tidied up somewhat. The front end has received a few extra plates and rivets, and the lower door hinges have been added. I’ve also repaired the top door from last time. Liquid greenstuff has been applied to the joins in the trim pieces and panels, to help smooth them out and create smooth sections.
The engine has been bulked up a bit. The vents on top have been given a bit more detailing, using half of a Bullgryn’s cannon.
Two plates, from the Baal Predator kit, have been added to the exhausts to act as extra armour/heat shielding.
Hopefully my lasers will arrive very soon, and I can finally get this giant spiky transport painted and used in some games. With awesome light shows of course…
For those new to the series, here is my progress over the last year or so:
(Laser image property of Puppetwar, used for illustration purposes only, original link)