Once I had them together, I decided it was time to finally decide what infantry I would match them to. I had narrowed it down to two options: Rebel Minis Earthforce (which represent the United Star Alliance military in my Conquest System universe), or Micropanzer SAS (the corporate security forces of the Aurora Group). I went with the Aurora Group (Micropanzer), but realized something. The barrels on the light tank (see here) and the destroyer (see here) are very conventional round tubes. The Micropanzer infantry have fantastically sculpted weapons, but they all have a rectangular cross-section. I wanted to do convert the vehicle weapons somehow to tie them together. After a few odd thoughts of sculpting my own from plastic rectangle stock I had an interesting idea... and soon I was digging through my Warhammer 40k cabinet looking for some sprues of Tau Fire Warriors that I acquired years ago in an eBay lot. I clipped off a Tau Pulse Carbine, filed it down a bit, and here is the result:
This was exactly the look I wanted! After quickly converting the other three light tanks, I decided I should make one stand out as a command vehicle. Looking through my other bits, I grabbed one of the GZG turret bodies and fashioned a cupola weapon from a spare Khurasan power armor gun. It's just a bit on the large side, but again, it's a pretty darn good match:
I added another one of the Khurasan guns to the Chariot (which is otherwise unarmed).
Then I moved on to the tank destroyers. This time I used two of the longer Pulse Rifles instead of the carbines, which I think worked extremely well.
However, I wasn't 100% sold on the gun shield. When I converted the second destroyer I removed the gunshield and added another bit off the Tau frame. Still haven't decided which I prefer, so readers, I'll leave this one up to you!
What did I learn from all of this? One of the only things I've missed about Warhammer 40k since my switch to 15mm Sci-Fi is the ease of customizing the minis. Now that I've done infantry headswaps and vehicle conversions there is no part of me that believes 15mm is limited to off-the-shelf designs.
Please give me your thoughts on the tank destroyer - gunshield or no gunshield? I have two more to build!