Monday, February 18, 2013

Dust Tactics: Sturmkröte & Königskröte, heavy axis walkers, WIP part#2

Dust Tactics: Today I show you some WIP pics of my most recent work i.e. from today. Finally I found some time to continue working on the Axis Sturmkröte and Königskröte heavy walkers.

First step was to fill the major gaps with rolled up aluminium foil. This serves two simple purposes: first it fills some of the major gaps without needing to apply to much green stuff or milliput. Second the aluminium foil weighs almost nothing compared to milliput, so it will keep the weight of the model down despite some major filling work. :)
Then I applied milliput to smooth down the connections between the various body parts and to shape parts like the main hatch, gun ports and the lower body "hips".

After the milliput has dried over night the next steps will be to a) sand down the milliput a bit, then b) apply some more details to the hull like hatches and then c) apply STONE touch spray over the entire bodies, but not the details (they need to be masked). The spray will give it a rough look simelar to real cast iron. More details on that in the next days. Stay tuned!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Dust Tactics: The Gator, amphibious medium walker, WIP

Dust Tactics: The Gator, allied amphibious medium walker, is my newest project to support my allied troups. The Gator was originally inspired by the Wildfire walker quad 50 cal. MGs, however it has in the meantime far evolved from that concept.

The basic walker shape and gun mounts were inspired by amphibous tanks from ww2 and Vietnam like the LVT and the PBR river boats. The Gator is basically a walking boat, it can enter any river or sea and then move on propelled by its legs and its ship propeller. The turret mounted twin MGs can rotate 360° each allowing the gator to continously monitor its environment. There is ample space to store personal goods or cargo in its pontons and it even has a limited ferry capacity. The Gator´s role is to scout ahead of main forces especially in swamps or traverse rivers. When it spots enemy units, it can call upon artillery support or engage light targets with its 50.cals.

I still need to add some details to the hull and some cargo goods. Then the Gator will also receive its own Dust tactics unit card. Hope you like it, stay tuned!   Cheers invivos