Today comes part 4 of my Update-a-thon that's been happening all this week, maybe it'll be a polite break for you from 40k content as well.
Over the last month or two, there's been a lot of interest over, and playing of, Battlefleet Gothic. It was pretty handy to get into at first, since the rules were free downloads, club members had spare ships and the msot important thing, actual size of the ship makes no difference, everything is measured from the Stem or to the Base.
Really, to avoid spending a lot of money on buying Metal ships, or scrounging eBay for Imperial or Chaos fleets, there were really only 2 options to go with for scratch building - Tyranids or Orks. There can only really be 1 winner there, and that's the Orks.
So Warboss Nobrot has amassed himself a fleet in the wastes of Manutia and is setting out to explore the stars!
First and foremost, I didn't want to spend more than £10 on making the fleet. Money is tight at the minute and I especially don't have the money to be buying actual models. Luckily on eBay I found a seller flogging Black Hex Flying bases, 30 of them for £3.50 with postage - Bargain. I then had enough for the initial Cruisers and more to cover breakages and expansion.
The original solution for ships, was to use Kinder Egg and other toy capsules as the hull of the ship and bolt weapons onto there. However, that idea fell on it's face because of the rubbish plastic they use on cheap containers. In addition to that, there was a massive amount of empty space on the hulls that I couldn't fill, meaning the model looked more like some kind of zeppellin than a space ship.
The second draft ships were all cobbled together using Ork weapons as the basis, I'll try and discuss as I go through the pictures:
|Cruiser Ships - Kill Kroozers (Left), Terror Ships (Right) and Warboss Nobrot's Personal Cruiser "Da Rotta" (Middle)|
I used Big Shoota barrels to make the central "spine" of the model. The barrels with circular holes in would be my Terror ships, to represent the torpedo bays. After this, I added some cut off Pistols to bulk out the front area, along the the prow made from the front of a Warbike.
Then I added a "Fin" from an Ork choppa, to add a bit more bulk to the model and probably because it's something an Ork would try fitting onto a massive battleship. Top this off with some Tau bits to stretch out the back end, along with a turbine from a Stormboy jetpack to make a crude engine - Voila, job's done.
They're easily distinguishable on the table via the prow styles. Kill Kroozers use the "Voodoo Mask" style fronts, and the Terror ships use the smaller, more angular "Terminator Face" style. My Warboss's personal ship (also a Terror ship) uses a large skull to distinguish him from the other ships.
|Heavy Battleship - Slamblasta|
|Brute Ram Ships|
|Escort Ships - Savage Gunships (Left), Ravager Attack Ships (Middle) and Onslaught Attack Ships (Right)|