8.25.2009

Atlas Recovery Tank and Beerwagon

Here we have the tank, built standard (alfa pattern front hull). Housings from the basilisk's earthshaker form the base for the crane.
Extended with plasicard and sprue, rollers (tank wheels) stabilize the crane (as well as inch long pins). The dozer blade is attached to the rear, along with a light and smoke launchers.
The turret hole is covered, and a hatch added, the pintle mount on the hatch fits well into the mounts for the hunter killer missle (IG). I envisioned that some of the tank crew would need to exit, so tread guards were added adjacent to the hatch. The old LR hatch was placed upon the covered engine hold...
The chain was attached to that hatch, and roped around (glued to the rollers, the end hangs free). A wire is attached to the rear to hang the chain on. The dozer begins to get bulked out to be more of a stabilizing plow.
As the atlas has a fine set of overcharged engines and no secondary weapons (just the heavy flamer) the sides were bulked out with plasticard and an exhaust made from a battlecannon. As many assessories as possible weere dug from the bitz box, including handles for the crew to re-mount.
From the back. Most of the plasticard areas were lined with rivets, (brita water filters are awesome!) Carrying hammers, tracks, tow cables, I will name him Aries.
The bottom of what is fondly called "the Beerwagon". It is mostly made from plasticard, with bitz such as; chimera sides, battle cannon, extra tread and wheels, that thing on the baneblade betweeen the hull and the drums (cut in half to make the hookup.)
And a big beer can, of course!
An old skool LR hatch on top (to pour the beer into), a basilisk shield (cause it was lying around). And it hooks up perfect to my trojan...
From the rear platform a commissar will decide who is entitled to beer rations, based on the info from the vox screeens. (note the searchlight pointed down).

The support line, "Booze and ammo!"

Painted pics of Aries soon...
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