Greetings vaqueros! Today I'm going to show you this RT battlewagon that I've converted up partially using the plans laid out in White Dwarf no.131.
I've often wondered whether there was meant to be more to the RT ork battlewagon kit. The contemporary Epic range showed us wagons with hard tops and turrets, launchers and weirdboy towers - so many fun variants to grind your foes into powder with. But in 28mm land we got a dinky open topped cart with a piratey mast and some handyman tools, and while it has remained an iconic model for decades now, with a combination of nostalgia and a limited production run making it a somewhat pricey item, I still feel like we can get more out of it.
|Apart from just gluing a bunch of extra flags to it, which of course is fine as well. Pic courtesy of SoL|
Fortunately Tony Cottrell thought so too and did a series of conversions of the kit after release, the key element of which was widening the rear wheel base and giving it a much 'meaner' stance which I've used as a jump-off point for my own conversion.
|My restoration build before priming. Note the resin front wheels, which are actually from a Forge World kit, but are in fact exact copies of the original Battlewagon wheels!|
|Cottrell's appears to be a Gobsmasha OF KHORNE. I bet blood just pours out when you open the side door.|
One last touch was the big skull on the front, a nod to conversions like the one in the old pic up there, but also to the original owner of this particular battlewagon, who also stuck a skull on the front of his, albeit a smaller and less inspiring one.
spoiler. It was a bit of a risky choice but I reckon it paid off - despite the fact it has giant metal wheels, this thing looks like it was built for speed now, and this pleases the ork gods.
The Gobsmasha plans reuse the original exhaust pipe and add another made from a bendy straw, but the spoiler would have hid all that, so I made some big fat exhausts out of styrene tubing. After a certain point, why hold back?
|I got bored of painting the checked racing stripe half way and just stopped.|
I find the concept of metal wheels a bit troublesome, but they are utterly distinctive to the model so I kept them as-is and tried to get a real scraped-up look on them. I think they contrast well with the very black rest of the whole model. I also painted quite a number of rust patches to relieve the monotony of monochrome. Jolly little rust patches everywhere. Yay for rust! Structurally unsound corrosion for the win!
Now these nobz finally have something to drive around in, maybe they will stop getting drunk and rowdy and go beat something up. I could use some peace and quiet!
And what's next? Well, is it me, or is it getting hot in here...?
Adios for now!