Pre-Heresy Land Speeder conversion

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Pre-Heresy Land Speeder conversion

Post  dusktiger on Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:46 am

since i'll be fielding a pair of speeders in my EC collection, i wanted to try converting the current armoured-up version into something similar to the older models.

for those not aware, there was 2 other styles of speeders before the current one we're used to seeing. the first was this guy, a Rogue Trader Land Speeder:


then came this guy, which is what i decided to try and emulate; a 2nd Edition Land Speeder:


Here's another shot of the two unpainted:




So my goal was to make something smaller and less bulky, like the 2nd Ed. model, using the current Land Speeder model. Here's what i came up with for the first one:


The weapons are just sitting loose where they are to give a rough mock-up of their locations.
Heresy-Era land speeders have a slightly different loadout than their contemporaries. firstly, they come in squads of 1-5. the passenger's gun choices are the same, but the Tornado-pattern weapons are a little different. they can take a Heavy Bolter, Havoc Launcher, Graviton Gun, or Plasma Cannon. in addition to that, they can also take up to 2 Hunter-Killer missiles per speeder. they do not have access to the typhoon launcher system.

so here's the rundown of what i did to the model:
  • i removed the bumper and the 3 raised bumps on the nose.
  • the searchlight and antenna were removed.
  • the centre metal arch was removed and the top 'dash' area was smoothed out.
  • the armour plating around the seats was trimmed down to be flush with the floor.
  • the upper air intake was removed and made flush.
  • the rear engine area was shortened by removing the entire indented section that had the access hatches.
  • the rear spoiler was removed, and the ridges on the angled sides were smoothed out.
  • the stabilizer wings were clipped off and reattached horizontally at the midpoint of the engine housing.
  • the altitude proximity sensor underneath was removed.
  • after all these changes, i took green stuff and filled in the gaps that popped up where the cuts weren't quite flush, and also filled in the indents in the front nose to make it appear more level.
  • once that set and i sanded it as smoothly as i could, i took a drill bit and made rivet holes along the front housing.


im planning on mounting the HK missiles on the diagonal spots on the side of the engine housings once the purple's been finished. this guy will have a Heavy bolter/Havoc Launcher combo with 2 HKMs, and when i get another speeder to convert, i'll make that one a Heavy Bolter/Plasma Cannon combo with 2 HKMs as well.

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Re: Pre-Heresy Land Speeder conversion

Post  da bear on Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:48 am

Looks good man but that launcher looks a little over sized for this model, why not try a deathwind launcher from a drop pod

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Re: Pre-Heresy Land Speeder conversion

Post  dusktiger on Sun Oct 28, 2012 11:35 am

cause its twice as long and just as wide lol.

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Post  Lore Weaver on Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:36 pm

dusktiger wrote:cause its twice as long and just as wide lol.

That's what she said

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Post  Timbo on Sun Oct 28, 2012 12:55 pm

Well played Horsepower, well played. cheers

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Re: Pre-Heresy Land Speeder conversion

Post  dusktiger on Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:19 pm

ohhhh, snap! good call. this is why we cant let you around us at work, mark. the openings for really good jokes show up way too often on the dock.

and never ever ride shotgun with dan in a rig; omg, we bust a gut every time.

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Re: Pre-Heresy Land Speeder conversion

Post  da bear on Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:33 pm

Wow the world must be coming to an end you to actually agreed on something Lmao and yes mark very well put

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