Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hobby Time: Vyper Cannon Conversion

Well its hobby time once again. This time I am bringing you a nice little conversion involving the Eldar Vyper Jetbike. These fast and mobile weapon platforms give an Eldar army some great firepower and ability to flank and harass enemy units. You can mount a Shuriken Cannon as a second weapon mounted on the underside of the bike in addition to the turret mounted weapon.

I have seen some very nice conversions for shuriken cannons. I had a few of the new Eldar vehicle sprues around from my bevy of Night Spinners. The plastic Shuriken cannon that comes on the new sprue is pretty sharp and looks very sleek. I thought it would blend nicely with the flow of the Vyper.

So for this conversion you will need a Shuriken cannon from the new Eldar Vehicle sprue. Some green stuff, hobby tools and a power pack intended for the Bright Lance from a Eldar heavy weapon sprue

First you take a small blob of green stuff and put it in the gap meant for the shuriken catapults. If you have never worked with green stuff before I would suggest looking up some tutorials. You will be able to mold it to a rough square. This is going to serve as the main mount for the cannon assembly.

Next take the power pack and glue it to the gap where the normal mount for the cannon would go. If you have the normal mounting pedestal for the cannon you can also use this. If you are not using the standard mount fill in the gap with green stuff. You can do this either before or after you glue the power box onto the cannon, but it is easier if you do it before.

Next I simply press the box into the green stuff on the underside of the hull of the Vyper. After you get the cannon into position, carefully remove it. Now set everything aside and allow the green stuff to cure and harden.

Once set you can clean up and shape the Green stuff. Once done simply glue the cannon assembly to the Hull. If you prefer to magnetize you can also set a magnet into the green stuff before it cures. The look is sleek and it makes your Vypers pack some more punch. Given some of the rumors for 6th edition as well, packing the extra cannon may be just the way to go if fast vehicles can move 12 and still fire everything.

So there you go. My converted Vyper squadron. It nice just looking around in the bits box to come up with simple conversions using stuff you already have. Well next time I will have some thoughts on the closing of 5th edition and the dawn of 6th.  I have been getting in a lot of games over the past 2 weeks just to play in the realm of 5th for the last time.  In a couple weeks I must unlearn what I have learned and begin anew.

Until next time.........

Blood Runs, Anger Rises, Death Wakes, War Calls!!!!!!!!!!!!

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