Warhammer 40k Predator

Discussion in 'WarHammer40k' started by Nathnem, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. Nathnem

    Nathnem New Member

    After combing the web I am sorry to say that I have yet to find a decent space marine predator tank in which the turret is not incredibly difficult to build because the measurements and angles are not correct.

    After finding this forum and reading through many of the threads I have decided to design my own upgrade to convert the rhino that I use into a predator. I am well versed in Photoshop and 3D Studios Max, so this should be a fun project. I heard about Pepakura on one of the threads and picked it up.
    This is my first attempt at designing a paper model so we’ll see how it goes.

    Over the last few hours I have been fleshing out the turret in 3DS and below you will find a few pics of the preliminary design as well as the file for the rhino that I will be using. I can’t remember where I picked up the rhino (probably the yahoo group) but it is not my design.

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  3. Nathnem

    Nathnem New Member

    I tried the turret for the predator from that thread two days ago actually, and though it was far closer then any other that I have found I ran into the same problem as before. I did however use its shape as the starting point for the turret that I am designing.

    Thank you however for your help.

    I don't have a GW model myself so I have been using the rhino I built for scale and pics from the GW site for reference. If anyone out there has built this rhino before I would like to ask how to scale it is.

    I have decided to try and make the barrel interchangeable so it is an easy switch between the autocannon and twin-linked lascannon.
  4. Nathnem

    Nathnem New Member

    I have finished the design with both an Autocannon and the twin-linked Lascannon as seen below.

    I will start the test build in a moment, when I finish I will post the result.

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  5. Nathnem

    Nathnem New Member

    The test build on the turret went well.
    The first pic is of all of the pieces after they have been cut out.
    The next pic is of all of the pieces after they have been assembled as separate parts.
    Followed by three pictures of the assembled turret.
    Finally I have included a pic of the turret on the base of rhino (just the center section) for scale.

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  6. Nathnem

    Nathnem New Member

    After comparing my model to pics of the real thing I have decided that the pivot is too far back on the turret. Tomorrow I will build the barrel types to see if there are any other flaws before I rework the design.

    does any one else see any other points that need to be reworked?
  7. Nathnem

    Nathnem New Member

    Update: I got a little distracted the last few days, but I got around to building the gun barrels today. I found another adjustment that I need to make, the mounting box for the barrel is .05 of an inch too big and it makes inserting barrels next to impossible.

    After I fix these two little problems I should be able to release the plans.

    P.S. Sorry about the size of the pics in my last post, I forgot just how big my camera takes the pic. I have cropped these.

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  8. Nathnem

    Nathnem New Member

    As I stated in my last post I got distracted, well I needed a few bunkers for a last minute game, so I designed what I call the Space Marine Drop Bunker.

    Like 90% of the Space Marines army I used the Rhino as a base design, and tweaked the shape to make it look more like a bunker.

    The only pieces that are not in the plan is the radar post (which is a toothpick cut to 1/2 inch) and the radar's antenna (A piece of 20 gauge wire also cut to 1/2 inch, A small paperclip should work well)

    For the curved antenna array I simply rolled the piece around a pencil to get the shape and then glued it into place.

    I included two mounts for heavy weapons, but I haven't designed the weapons yet. I'll update the plans when I get around to the weapons systems.

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  9. Nathnem

    Nathnem New Member

    Here are the plans for the add-on to turn the rhino into the predator.

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  10. Nathnem

    Nathnem New Member

    I had an interesting discussion with another player the other day, after using the bunker I just made, about race specific buildings specifically bunkers. In campaign play each army usually sets up defenses to protect territory, this includes strongholds, bunkers, gun emplacements and the like.

    These buildings should reflect the army being played, I play Space Marines, and Necrons, so after this discussion I started to design a Necron style bunker. I was wondering what a bunker for each race would look like, I am only familiar with the armies that I play so I was looking for other peoples ideas as to the other armies.

    I figure each bunker should have two heavy weapon mounts and a communication devise of some sort.

    The armies I have an idea for are:
    Space Marines: posted here
    Necrons: will be posted here soon
    Imperial Guard: The bunker in the warhammer rule book
  11. kaeota

    kaeota New Member

    This looks like a very nice template; thanks! I play guard but I /detest/ the turret on the chimera; going to give this one a go in its stead :)
  12. Hats

    Hats New Member

    Tau: Truncated cone with trim. A large antenna, probably a spare from a vehicle kit.

    Orks: Ramshackle scrap heap. Probably one wall is a ruins, with pieces of metal fastened together.

    Eldar: A half-sphere with a reinforcing half-circle across the top, all is smooth.

    Dark Eldar: Open circle with spikes, bonus points for a sculpted torture scene in the middle of it

    Chaos: A spikey version of the SM bunker

    Tyrannid: Pulsing mass of flesh with biocannons sticking out of it.

    I'm sure some other people can come up with better ideas for these but at least it's something, eh?
  13. Technichen

    Technichen New Member

    I have a buch of Guard buddies, they would get a kick out of this...Nice Model:thumb:
  14. Hats

    Hats New Member

    But the Predator is a Space Marine tank. The Guard use the Leman Russ.
  15. devox

    devox New Member

    that turret design is a thing of beauty. I started paper crafting/warhammer 40k modeling about 4 weeks ago using the golden bolter societies' papercraft collection. I used scratch paper and manilla folders as card and a permanent blue marker to 'paint it'. Since then I have built a game worthy painted leman russ and griffon outta card stock and foam. Ill have to post my amateurish predator as a comparison to your piece of art.
  16. Fonzerlator

    Fonzerlator New Member

    that bunker would make a great objective, or some homebrew rules would be fun to come up with!
  17. Fl0ydski

    Fl0ydski Member

    Was this Turret design ever made available (other than the low-res image on the 1st page of this thread)?? I'd like to give it a try for my own predator.

  18. KGC

    KGC Member

    Ottimo, vorrei chiederti una cosa, ma sarebbe possibile usare modelli di carta in partite ufficiali??
  19. Ariod Frost

    Ariod Frost New Member

    Hey!, absolutely awesome stuff. I am trying to extend my army without emptying my wallet, and as an artist I have a ton of card stock for final draft pictures. Can I posibly get a full size of the turret?

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