Here’s my home made Chaos Dwarf Earth Shaker Cannon Work-In-Progress.
I built this using the two white plastic rings which came from a styrene sprue runner. I can’t remeber what was on the runner in the rings, but the rings remained.
Once the rings were cut from the sprue and reshaped, I then cut and rolled a flat piece of sheet styrene, placed it between the two rings and glued it in place. It was at this point I discovered that the two rings were different sizes, therefore the cannon tapers.
The cannon was then “Skined” with Plastruct HO scale roof tiles, making sure that all the curved edges of the tiles pointed forward.
The outer A frame was built using 1/8"x1/8" square beams cut at a 45% angle.
The front ring of the cannon was cut to shape and drilled open using a 3/8" hole cutter drill.
The end of the cannon is a front nacelle cap from an old AMT U.S.S. Enterprise model kit that I cut down so that only the ball and inital taper remained. Without measuring and by total fluke, it turned out to be the perfect fit for my cannon.
More details will be added including a set of working gears so that I can position the angle of the cannon by turning the gear crank.
cool earthshaker, cant wait to see it finished with crew
Crew will be a problem. I ran out of Dwarf mini’s. Someone said they were going to give me their BFSP Dwarfs as they were not going to use them, so hopefully they can do that soon. Otherwise I might just temporarilly man this with “Good Dwarfs”.
Great looking earth shaker, i like the fact its not on wheels it makes it look like a huge siege cannon, looking gorward to seeing it finished
i like the fact its not on wheels
Wheels are actually part of the equation. The CD's need some way to bring it onto battle. I was going to make a base for the A-Arms and then use some Cragar 5 star mag wheels from a 1964 Chevy Impala model kit. HEY! you need style, right? :D
Use shields for wheels, and then just stick at least 6 on the side (:
Oh and ofcourse: I like the model a lot, better than my kindersuprise cannon good luck painting it.
Woah, that is some serious pinning there! The body swaps won’t be going anywhere, that’s for sure.
I really like the smoke effect on your BB’s. When I eventually get a proper unit made I will seriously consider doing that on mine.
Your earthshaker, will you be giving it wheels or not? Edit. Already answered :~
ThanX Grim. The “smoke effect” is only a black wash and the smoke itself is cotton.
Great use of bits, your heartshaker is ace!
There’s still alot to do on it though. The Cannon Barrel and A arms are finished from a model point of view, but I still have to mount it on a mobile base so that the CD’s can push it into battle. But with the cannon still in wet paint, I can’t start work on the base. I need the cannon to space it correctly.
Great job man!! Keep us updated.
I really like your gun and I’d like to give a couple of suggestions:
add rivits to the carriage, a little touch that add a lot of realism to the model.
Join the two parts of the carriage with a couple of transversal bars (four would be optimal) to give the idea of a solid and sturdy carriage.
You can lay it on the ground or give wheels, as you prefer.
If you go the wheel way, I’d suggest you 6 wheels in total, it looks very heavy!
Could you place a dwarf next to the beast to see how large it is?
Here’s the Cannon platform before painting it. I had to leave one of the A frames off in order to do paint work on the cannon itself.
Note the textured plate. that’s more Plastruct sheet.
The other side of the Cannon’s base.
I like the idea of a platform but, sorry to tell you, I do not like the Plastruct sheet: it’s too tech! It’s a fantasy army, not 40k. I would be better if you left bars of metal or, if you preferred a platform, wooden panels.
The rest of the build is super
As Scotty said to McCoy in Star Trek 4 when McCoy asked Scotty about him giving the secret of transperant Aluminum to the owner of the Plexiglass factory -
“How do ya know this isn’t the guy who invented it?”
Wow I like how the roof tiles work to turn the surface into something resembling Chaos Dwarf scale armour. :hat off
Will the the crank mechanism you mentioned actually be working in the end?
Yes, the gears work. I have the model painted up and “Finished” with exception to crew. I ran out of Dwarf models, but one of my customers is giving me his BFSP Dwarfs sometime soon and those guys should be able to handle it…with a little conversion.
Wow, a working gear, this has got to be the ultimate torture for any opponent, to see the barrel being adjusted to fire the next round.
The barrel has a brass outer housing and the rear of the cannon is copper plated to help with cooling as copper takes more heat to melt than Cast Iron.
Are you sure? Because Wikipedia states that Copper has a melting point of 1084.62°C while cast iron has one of 1150-1200°C depending on the alloy composition.
I just had to look this up, but I find your thinking behind the painting of the model awesome nonetheless. :hat off