01 October 2009

Scratch-built Killa Kans

For some time, I've been inspired by (Bell of Lost Soul's) Bulwark's great article about scratchbuilding Killa Kans cheaply:


Since there are no heavily-supported rumors of new plastic Kans coming out soon, I decided to try my own scratchbuild for my new Bad Moon army. I didn't want to completely copy Bulwark's design, but figured it was a good place to start. So I set aside a few other bits from my collection to use (mostly Rogue Trader Ork heavy plasma guns), and was ready to hit Home Depot for button-drippers (see Bulwark's article) when I looked down at my workbench and saw the humble Citadel plastic barrel.

I immediately began to smile.

The Citadel barrel looked like it was just the right size to hold a Grot and some controls. I looked around the Bunker for a few more ideas, and saw the 90-degree pipes on the Imex Power Plant scenery kit. A few minutes with an Exacto knife, some files, and some superglue, and this is what I produced:

Junkyard constructs meets 1960's sci-fi robots. I love 'em. The parts I used:
  • Body - Citadel barrel
  • Hatch - Imex Syberclicks set (useless as a whole, but a great source for individual parts)
  • Armor - from the original plastic Rogue Trader battlewagon, re-released during the Gorkamorka days in a parts bag.
  • Arms and Legs - piping from the Imex Power Plant (a great set, both as a whole and for parts)
  • Hips - old Epic Ork wagon gun turrets
  • Feet - plastic Epic stompa feet (though almost anything would work for feet)
  • Close combat weapon - Rogue Trader power klaw
  • Grotzooka/Mega Blasta - Rogue Trader heavy plasma gun
Kans 2 and 3 followed the same basic formula. The only difference was that instead of a hatch, I left both lids open and inserted plastic Grots (one was a 2nd Edition Grot, one was a broken Space Crusade figure). I also used different close combat weapons on each... one was a modern buzzsaw, the other is also from the old Epic wagon sprue.

All in all, it was an inexpensive, quick, and entertaining way to produce a Heavy Support option for my new Bad Moon army. My next scratchbuild will probably be a battlewagon... I'm just not a huge fan of the new Citadel version. I'd rather make something like the old epic Battle Fortresses or the Forgeworld gunwagons. If any readers have created major custom Ork jobs like these, let me know and I will post links to your work.

1 comment:

  1. Brilliant!!!
    I'm really enjoying your blog!!!