Monday, December 8, 2014

Using alternate barrels for a Kheres Assault Cannon



Recently I was able to own two Contemptor Dreadnoughts, unbuilt and fresh in the bag. One of them was a Relic Contemptor and I built him in a standard mode with the powerfist and a Meltacannon. He is being painted in white right now, as one of two Space Wolf contemptors.

But the other one, which will be painted blue, I wanted to build with the 'cheese cannons', the Mortis Contemptor with the double Kheres Assault Cannons.

image: Forgeworld


When I opened up the package, I wasn't too happy with the quality of the 6 barrels of the guns. Here's a shot of all the parts (not my parts - found it on google), and you can see that the barrels are not straight.

On my set it was similar - I tried working with it, but wasn't happy.

That's when I dug out some Evergreen Plastic rod of an appropriate diameter and cut off six equal lengths. Then I got to work, slowly but surely.

After twenty minutes of quiet and patient work, my alternative barrels were built and the gun looked great:, straight, tight and the barrels were just a tad fatter, which makes the cannon look more formidable.



Give it a try!

SC Mike

4 comments:

  1. Mike,
    Thanks for this. One of the reasons I have stayed away from Contemptors, is because that assault cannon has been brutal in some peoples builds. It's nice to see a fix for it! Looking forward to your build up!

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  2. Well, thats not an official Forgeworld kit, so, you get what you pay for.

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  3. actually, FW or not, it's the design that makes it tough. And the blogosphere is full of posts about modelers having trouble with the build. I just scanned a few and found this one from 2012

    http://runebrush.pa-sy.com/2012/06/kheres-assault-cannon-fixing-100th-post/

    he actually did the same thing I did.

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  4. the rod is 2 mm and gluing them down is rough, so be patient.

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