Dreadnought “Rifleman” Conversion Part 2

Dreadnought “Rifleman” Conversion Part 2

Let’s finish off this arm.

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Yesterday I left off with these two mirrored Autocannons.

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To make them look a little more space marine friendly I wanted to add a sensor. This one came from the Land Raider Crusader/Redeemer Sprue. I know these bits aren’t cheap, but a lot of people buy the sprues to make another popular Index Imperium 1 choice: Assault Cannon Razorbacks. I added a couple of these to my army recently, and I’m happy to have found a use for a lot of the additional parts. If you’re a marine player you may have some lying around for the same reason.

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I trimmed off all the excess parts.

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It fits nicely between the two guns. But there’s still an awkward gap. Is there maybe another piece from the Crusader Sprue that will fit in there…

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This one has promise.

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Trim it down…

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And it fits! I also added a bit of polystyrene tube to give the knob on the Dread’s arm somewhere to fit into. I tried a bunch of widths until I got a good one.

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The last piece was the armored casing for the side sponsons from the same sprue.

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I just had to slice out right angles to make room so the autocannon ammo canisters were exposed.

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I have to admit I was blown away by how good the fit was. The width of the sensor with autocannons on either side was just right to fit perfectly into the sponson armor. OK… I did have to slice off juuuust a little bit of autocannon but seriously… how often do conversion projects go together this well?

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Then repeat for the other side.

~Tomorrow I should have some pics of the painted dreadnought, plus a couple more.

 

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