Every Clan Rat worth his salt is going to want to be seen cruising about in one of these bad boys!
For my first vehicle, I wanted to make something interesting and unique for my 40k Skaven without it being completely unrecognisable when the army goes to war. This conversion is probably about 90% Onager parts with just a few additional bits. A lot of it was jostled about and repurposed though to make it work.
The major difference is obviously that I have created an insectile segmented body; with a frontal section and head that attaches on to the rear cab by a new joint. It wasn't that hard to achieve, and in the end, I made a connection with an old dreadnought arm and a spare Tau part from the Ghostkeel. I flipped the actual cab round 180 degrees and then mounted the weapon on top of the crew hatch like a turret.
It might be a bit outside my Squaduary pledge, but being as I finished 10 men and a Dominus for my 40k Skaven, I thought I might as well paint up the only other thing that you get in one of the Start Collecting sets. So if I can, I'm planning to finish this beast by the end of February.
I'm pretty happy with the frontal lens array and little manipulator arms.
There is room on the balcony for a crewman (rat man). I've built him, but I stuck him on a base to be painted separately, and forgot to include him in the pictures. I wanted at least one Skaven on it to tie it definitively with the rest of the force without resorting to just gluing some additional armour on a doom wheel or anything!
I've dubbed it the Ratchikoma, as the basic design is based almost exclusively on the Tachikoma tanks from Ghost in the Shell. I always wanted to build something akin to one of them, and now I have. It'll be pretty blue once I get some paint on it too; which I'll find hilarious. I've added a few pictures below that show it's very non-40k counterparts.
I'm really happy with the conversion (so much so that I want to make a second one!). I'll have to get this one painted up first though. I think what I like the most is that it has that sinister feel that is really cool and fitting for an "evil" army. Check back later to see how I get on.
PS. Who else thinks this thing would be an excellent addition to a Dark Mechanicus force too?