I've been looking to bring more firepower to my cadre as the people I play with keep upping the ante
. But since I lack the funds to buy everything I want from Forgeworld, I have decided that I should be able to build my own. My first attempt will be a Barracuda. I don't have the skill or patience to make an exact copy like atropos907's excellent version
, but Kunas'Anuk proved that you can make something very cool
and have it be "Barracuda-inspired". So, my goal is 'counts as' Barracuda, but still look Tau and be cool. I picked up a Skyray box and hope to use as many parts from that as possible form that. I can save the Skyray turret and wings to make a Remora, and set the railgun aside for my inevitable attempt at a Tigershark AX-1-0.
I am shooting from the hip a little bit on this. I have a general idea of what I want to happen, but I don't have any plans or measurements. The first thing I did was chop up the front hull to isolate the cockpit area. Having a Dremel or other high-speed rotary tool really helps with this:
Next, I elongated the engine parts to be more in line with what is on a Barracuda. I am using plasticard for the basic structure, then I will fill in the rest with green stuff and make it look pretty:
I was stuck for a while on how to join up the top of the fuselage and the engines. I looked at some ship-building forums and saw that most of those just started as a box in the rough shape of the craft, then the modeler attached all the details to the outside. So I got a piece of plasticard to use for the upper deck and glued the top on:
After drawing some basic alignment marks, the engines get glued down, and the upper deck trimmed to a more pleasing shape:
My "plasticard" in this case is a 'FOR SALE' sign that I picked up from the dollar store, so sometimes the colors make an appearance:
Adding the other half of the engine, and the back, sides and front to the fuselage section:
Building the nose:
Work is pretty hectic right now, but I hope to have at least weekly updates as things progress.