Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The tank of a thousand disguises

Many of you have seen me go raving mad raving about the RAV 6 x 6 from Secret Weapon miniatures.  So much to like about it.  It's an elegant kit that has solid pieces, and very few of them!

The hull has only 4 pieces.  These fit together so well, they practically snap into place.  Very easy to assemble, and you don't have to soak those parts for hours either!  Just glue and paint!!

There are many weapon options that are available, easily interchanged with each other.  Even the hull mounted options are there.

However, given the two armies that I am painting, a few vehicle options were discussed after that test game on Saturday.  These were the Hellhound/Bane Wolf/Devil Dog... and even the Sisters of Battle Immolator!

I had to try out this idea, so out came the razor saw.  I cut away the storage cases on the aft of the turret.  It was very important to get a straight, clean edge.

Here's what I wanted to put in it's place.  I am not quite sure what GW tank bit this is, but it seemed to be just right to store some Prometheum or poison gas!

Fortunately, it was just the right size.  Not too wide, not too tall... excellent.

I used a refrigerator magnet on the back of the turret, while the two replaceable pieces had some sheet metal attached.

It was just strong enough to hold the pieces where I needed them!

Here you can see the sheet metal pieces.

Voila!  Insert the twin linked Heavy flamer (or Chem cannon, etc.), and you have added a host of new vehicles to your Sororitas/Guard armies!!!  As I said, either Immolator or IG flame tank... or more.

Here's a more 'standardized' Chimera load out.  The storage racks attached, and the Multilaser in place.

In this day and age where armies seem to change radically from one codex version to the next, careening wildly from one extreme to the other, flexibility is the key.  All of my armies have been nuked multiple times by these rewrites.  This is one way to stay ahead of that fluctuating curve.

There will be even more fun things added to these vehicles over the next few days, so stay tuned!!

Oh yeah, then they get painted. ;-)


  1. It strikes me that you could trick this out as a Hydra as well. Can you adjust those weapons to point upwards?

    1. You could.... I will just be leaving mine as is... going after pesky skimmers ;-)

  2. How do you cut your sheet metal? I've tried using the stuff before but whenever I try cutting it the edges always warp a little and it is nearly impossible to beat it flat again.

    1. I use a scissors, and then work the edge with a tool to flatten it out. There is no practical way to avoid that curling :-(

  3. Dremel (or other similar type tool) with a metal cutting diac. Do Not forget the goggles. You can round off the corners too.