Workbench Update: Q3W1

What’s on the workbench in the first week of Q3?

M113 Redux

We wondered what our M113 model would look like if we expanded the side armour down a bit and so the first step was a quick sketch

This is the “first fit” cut – a basic proof of concept cut to see what it would look like.

Next came a detail cut to see how it all fitted together. Not looking too bad but some of the details need to be reworked

The main thing that will have to change are the road wheels. If we want the side hatch to be realistically able to go through to the main hull, then the existing road wheels (light green) are too big. Fortunately the Churchill (a WW2 British tank) provided the inspiration for a smaller set of roardwheels, as the Churchill had a side hatch and ran its tracks around the outside of the sides, similar to WW1 tanks. The track course is shown in red. So the next cut will be to modify the design to incorporate these changes.

Mk IV Tank

If you haven’t seen the trailer yet for Battlefield 1 then you really are missing out.

We are super-excited about the game and have decided to do the vehicles that have featured in the trailer (for use as “counts as” models in other gaming systems)

Steve started out doing a basic cad render and I think he nailed it pretty well

This is the “first fit” test done straight off the render… worked out so so but was a bit small and also difficult to put together.

This is the second cut… a detail cut that was also scaled up substantially. This one went together very easily but is perhaps a little big. The next cut will scale this down and add more detail

All cardboard Heavy Artillery / Big Bertha
Our existing heavy artillery kit is a mix of card and MDF and the MDF adds quite a bit to the cost. This was a test to take all the MDF bits and turn them into two layers of card – so instead of 3mm MDF, you would have 2mm of card. Worked ok but a few small bugs to iron out.

In keeping with the BF1 theme, we also want to make our heavy artillery into a towed version… and Big Bertha (a WW1 German siege gun) is proving the inspiration

Here is the first fit cut for the Bertha components. The main gun and barrel is the same as the existing kit and will be interchangeable- it is the chassis that is new.

A7V tank

We’ve seen this tank (the only production tank the Germans put into WW1) in the BF1 gameplay videos and so are going to have a crack at it.

FT17 tank

This might or might not be in the game but we want to do it anyway as it is an iconic WW1 tank and also, I want them for my Imperial Guard army as a small scout tank that I can use instead of sentinals.

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