Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Unauthorized Mods, Part 3

This is part three of my off-the-reservation redesign of the Dictator CAV, which in its original form is the property of Reaper Miniatures.

Here's a link to part two.  Here's a link to part one.

On with the carving.

 I'm using the old cannons for stand-ins as I rework the upper arms.  The newly-shaped hull pushes the mounting point pretty far back.  So, I sculpt up a new upper arm that has a cantilevered strut that brings the weapon's mounting point back forward.
 I like it.  I'll detail it later, and make it look like a bundle of power transmission chords, or an armored gasket material.
 I'm looking for a "swoopier" look on this revamp.  So, I bring the new shoulders up, and make their mounting points descend back into the hull.
 I put the old legs back under the new model, and do a side-by-side comparison with the Classic Dictator.  Looking good, so far, but there are many refinements ahead of me.
I start to rework the main gauss cannon.  I want to retain the styling, but rebuild it from the ground up, with an eye towards more detailing, and a smoother look.

More to come, including new missile launchers, a rotary gauss weapon, and other fun stuff.

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