[special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

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[special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby mcfonz » Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:54 pm

So there we were, in the shed, one day at the start of the summer, innocently chatting away. Gomez then chirped up about throwing some old knackered gaming stuff away. He then said this included three Leman Russ tanks from GW which he said were beyond rescue. A couple of us chirped up that nothing is beyond rescue, and at the very least they were terrain-able!

This led to peer pressure from the very top brass of platypus high chambers and Gomez rescued said tanks from the bin. Three people then took up the mantle of the challenge to rescue the tanks and turn them into something useful for the gaming table, myself, Soldado and Wait, What.

As if the challenge itself wouldn't be tough enough. Gomez had his fair lady apply some laws of physics to them making them even harder to salvage and then set the additional task.

What is the 'additional task' you may ask? Well we couldn't just salvage them, we had to choose a theme. The theme choices were limited, again by Gomez, to the titles of Meryl Streep movies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meryl_Str ... _and_stage

So, with the challenge firmly set, and all three participants now in receipt of their piles of broken tank - the salvaging is to commence. I'm not sure of a time limit at this point but all participants should post WIP shots and be subject to people pestering them as to how their build is coming on.



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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby blackfly » Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:59 pm

Lets see some grisly Before pics of the state of these Meryl Streeps straight from the rubbish heap, so we can fully appreciate the After pics!

Also, this a properly nerdy endeavor... hats off in advance to you all!

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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby soldado » Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:04 pm

Can I just say that I got "Volunteered" for this? no! damn, here is mine as received.

All of it

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A close up of the turret

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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby blackfly » Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:09 pm

Maybe the term you're looking for is press ganged? :D
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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby wait, what? » Sun Sep 27, 2015 10:12 am

Mine (brio not included in challenge): Image

No sponsons (like sol), main gun is a metal demolisher (which often tips the thing from personal experience) so that needs replacing, and obviously one of the track units is torn in half and actually sheared as well.

The traditional paths for an ex tank are ork, nurgle, or scenery/vignette of wreckage. In the spirit of proving Gomez as foolish as possible I figure the thing should be restored to a serviceable game unit if at all possible, so I'm ruling the scenery path out. The thing isn't that covered in thick paint/glue and I have more orky bitz anyway, so I'm going to try the looted tank path.

As for Meryl, I was thinking of working that Gerald Scarfe cartoon into it and doign "The Iron Lady" but that seems more blanchey/chaosy, and besides doesn't that pic scream Kramer vs Kramer to you?
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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby soldado » Sun Sep 27, 2015 10:33 am

Actually Wait, What? that pic scream vertigo because of the conflicting perspectives, but thats Googles fault.

As Im not using the turret off've mine do you want the plastic battle cannon?
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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby wait, what? » Sun Sep 27, 2015 12:12 pm

soldado wrote:Actually Wait, What? that pic scream vertigo because of the conflicting perspectives, but thats Googles fault.

As Im not using the turret off've mine do you want the plastic battle cannon?


Nah, doesn't feel in the right spirit - plus I have an orky zap thing that might work.
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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby mcfonz » Sun Sep 27, 2015 4:05 pm

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As you can see, I seem to have been lucky with the tracks in that they are almost intact bar one track which has damage to the two points, pretty hefty damage at that.

The base plate for the hull is ok, but the top piece is broken in half with the rear section basically the pile of 'bits' you can see on the right. The turret is also far more gone than it looks. There is a break to the turret base which could be fixable. The turret itself is also cracked and I am unsure whether it is worth trying to fix.

I'm debating rebuilding it altogether using the hull bottom plate as a base and repair the tracks.

My initial thought was to scratch build a turret like the one Soldado has, for use with my Nova Fed. So we'll see what I can come up with. Will search my bits boxes for parts. I think a lot will depend on what I can find to transform it. I'll hold off the Streep title at this point, although it looks like Wait, What has got in quick and taken "Iron Lady" so it rules that one out for me . . . . although maybe too obvious?
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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby mcfonz » Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:39 pm

Work begins on getting that track sorted out:
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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby wait, what? » Sun Sep 27, 2015 7:38 pm

Unless the scarfe thing comes out well I think Iron Lady is free.
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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby soldado » Sun Sep 27, 2015 7:58 pm

Looking good Fonzie

For the theme name, i'm planning on making this as loyalist as possible and using the film "Death Becomes her'esy"

Here are 2 Wips from this weekend

First the turret not much to say here as its a fairly large resin block to replace the pancaked one. I had this lying around after I won it in a competition on Beasts of War.

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I've added some bits from the bits that came in the bag to make some spaced armour, I'm debating putting some anti rocket mesh around the turret.

The Hull has gone back together fairly well although getting the turret ring to realign has been a pain.

The white boxes are spacers so that I can add the track, as the wreck had none with it and genuine GW Leman Russ track seems expensive on ebay I opted to use 1/35 scale King Tiger track which is 24mm wide as opposed to the 10mm or so of the original.

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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby blackfly » Mon Sep 28, 2015 5:14 am

whoa, thats going to looks massive soldado! I'm curious to see how it shakes out.

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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby soldado » Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:43 pm

1. Tomorrow the Tank Corps will have the chance of which they have been waiting for many months – to operate on good going in the van of the battle.
2. All that hard work and ingenuity can achieve has been done in the way of preparation.
3. It remains for Unit Commanders and tank crews to complete the work by judgment and pluck in the battle itself.
4. In the light of past experience, I leave the good name of the Corps with great confidence in their hands.
5. I propose leading the attack of the centre Division. IN MY BIG ASS MONSTER TANK!

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(Points 1 - 5 [apart from the obvious addition] are Special Order No 6 issued by Major General Hugh Elles before the battle of Cambrai in 1917 the 1st battle that tanks would be used)

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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby mcfonz » Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:40 pm

I tell you what, those larger tracks were well used. If you'd had the thinner ones it would look a bit top heavy, but it helps to make it look stable.
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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby blackfly » Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:06 pm

Gods what a monster! Nice work Soldado. :beer:
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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby soldado » Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:46 pm

Glad you think its ok its fun to work on something like this again.

Testing another Anti rocket mesh screen for the turret, the first attempt can see behind the tank in the last photo, the borders were to thick and looked ridiculous (even for a 40k vehicle) so here is the Mk2 version which im much happier with.

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What do you reckon, the brightly coloured match sticks will be replaced by plasticard "I" beam when it arrives but they do for a test fit.

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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby blackfly » Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:41 pm

In white, it kinda makes me want to kick a ball at it. ;)

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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby Badger Loving Fluffster » Fri Oct 02, 2015 6:40 am

Is there a setting where the site auto resizes pictures cos all but one on this thread are fucking massive and I need to open them all up in separate browsers to actually see them
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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby gi6ers » Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:21 am

what he said
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Re: [special BAL] The Meryl Tankathon Challenge

Postby soldado » Fri Oct 02, 2015 9:28 am

Its probably because the pictures are massive, sorry about that, I'll edit mine tonight to make them smaller.
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