So, the papercraft Inquisitorial gunship/dropship I’m building is slowly taking shape! It’s now a gunship/dropship as I’ve decided on arming it the same as a Marauder Bomber (six nose-mounted autocannons, dorsal twin heavy bolter, rear twin assault cannons, missiles and bombs), which means it’s ever so slightly going to be too heavily armed to be just a dropship.
As you can see, no more unsightly panel join lines, now replaced by unsightly scratches, dints, and green splotches! Um…
I’ve covered the whole thing – including those panel lines from the initial post – with a plaster-filler, and then filed down the surfaces. They’re still not that even, and the corners are banged up, but I’m planning on painting this up like it’s been thrown around a bit and been in a few fights (and bumped into a few things), so all these dents and scratches will get an appropriate paint job. Some of the GW parts I’ll be adding will get damage as well, but others will be newer retrofits to the old hull.
Those green slotches are Liquid Green Stuff, which I’m finally giving a go after it came out a few months back. I tried to smooth out and fill in the worst bits of the hull with it, but I realised I should probably work out where all the extra bits are going first before I start trying to tidy up. The LGS is kind of working – it’s not good at filling in large, shallow dents, but it’s great at smoothing out smaller scratches and lines – but I’m not ready to give it the thumbs up just yet.
Here’s a mockup (they’re not glued on) of the detail I’m planning for the top of the dropship – the top of a stormraven, plus the top of a vindicator (I had this free from my thunderer conversion, which used the other old forgeworld vidicator parts). There’s also the stormraven rear ramp back there, which will go on the back of the dropship as the main access/cargo ramp.
I’m still not entirely sure what to do for the rear twin-assault cannon turret – it’ll probably end up being a remote rig attached to the little flat bit on the back, but I’ll show you some pictures once I come up with a mockup for it.