Hey there, as mentioned in my latest post I started working on a Stormraven. It’s meant to transport my Death Company and Death Company Dreadnought, therefore it will paint it black.
I must admit that back then when the model was released, I really really loathed its design. But with a few modifications, namely removing the air intake, it can look quite decent. I also did away with the servitor manned turret, instead I’ll use a slimmer Razorback lascannon turret from FW. I’ll also add FW Death Company Rhino doors. There is something about the model that makes its proportions look awkward in pictures, but in real life (and with some conversion work) I feel it’s fine. Not as great looking as FW’s Stormeagle, but decent enough.
What do you think? Did you do a similar conversion with your Stormraven?
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I've modified my WIP Relictors one with the Chapterhouse extension kit, it is now huge, way more streamlined even with air intake as it is a lot longer and less stumpy looking, but I second the removal of the Servitor Turret with a Razorback one, much better.
Been looking at getting the chapterhouse extension myself, Makes such a difference to the look of the kit.
Their turret upgrades look pretty decent too….
@Nakchak. Don't. It does look great when finished and much better proportioned than the standard kit but it was such a nightmare to fit, to straighten and to fill with greenstuff that it took a lot of time that could have been spent on something else and took all the fun out of the build. If I make another I'd rather accept the less pleasing standard kit than attempt to use another chapterhouse add-on.
Not really sure what that air intake is supposed to be supplying, all the engines appear to have their own anyway and it definitely looks better for it. I'm interested to see the Razorback turret go on.
I did something quite similar to you with my Storm Raven, I posted a tutorial here in case anyone is interested: http://iron-legion.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/a-stormraven-that-doesnt-look-too-bad.html and all painted up is here: http://iron-legion.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/219-painted-one-force-storm-raven.html. My only regret is that I didn't magnetise the wings for ease of transport as its quite a large kit once fully built.
Yeah I remember your post, I found it when I was googleing for ideas before I started my conversion.
Huh, lots of gripes with the stock kit. I liked the way mine came out. Pretty good kit in my opinion. Yeah, it's not particularly aerodynamic, but if we're going to start laying a reality filter over the 40K world this whole thing is going to unravel very quickly. Nobody complains about Star Wars ships, but those things are completely unrealistic…
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Had to look up what the "stock" model looked like, I think the razorback turret will look good and definitely loss of F1 style air intake is a good move. The silhouette now looks more aerodynamic and contemporary. I like…