Yay for alliteration! Now that I've gotten that out of my system, you can enjoy the second version of my Vendetta Gunship.
About this creation
Sorry, no music this time.
Moving along, this is version two of my Vendetta Gunship, which is my attempt at recreating the games workshop Imperial Guard Valkyrie. It was designed in a Neo-Classic Space color scheme (My amount of blue parts is second only to my vast horde of gray parts), and she now has a nose to tail length of about 19 inches. The other measurements have remained the same. (Yes, that's a transparent attempt to make you go check out the other one.
Now that I've gotten the background out of the way, let's move on to the commentary and pics!
Here is my improved cockpit. It's not as tall as in the original (As previously stated), and it's a tad bit longer. The cockpit design was taken from Aaron :-)'s NBT Valkrye, and modified slightly for my own purposes.
Here, we see the sensor array that sits in between the two engine pods. I have no clue what they're supposed to do, but I'm sure it's something important.
The Valkyrie also received a nose-job. Originally, it curved back and extended out again (Trust me, that part made me shudder every time I looked at it). This time, however, it slants up, like a plane's should. Also, those antennae can pick up basic cable, XM radio, and internet signals. It really is a wonder any of these things are still in the air...
Also included in this fantastical update are VTOL thrusters on the wingtips, as in the source model.
And here we have the tail booms. I think they're a tad on the skinny side in comparison with the GW Valkyrie, but I don't think I can make them any thicker without making them too thick.
Yes, the cockpit still opens! I really wish I'd given this an interior of some form here, But I just can't get anything to fit. There just isn't enough space in between the pilot and copilot for me to stick in any consoles or things that look like they're uppposed to do something.
Like I said before, there just isn't enough room. I mean, one figs head is almost in the other's lap.
... Shut it.
I don't think I ever provided a proper underside of the wing shot last time, so here it is! Merry Christmas.
Here, we can see the wings disconnected. They're attached by two technic half-pins built into the tail booms. It's not the most stable of connections (You have no idea how tempted I am to just glue this sucker together and go swooshing through the house), but it works fine for display purposes.
I still love my door gunners.
And here's a closeup of that Heavy Bolter. It's a ridiculously bulky weapon, but it's quite effective against... Well... Pretty much anything short of a tank.
I built an interior! Sort of... It doesn't have benches or anything, but it can fit several figs. It's a true guard model on that point, because the poor unfortunate souls in the back will barely have breathing room. (In the game Dawn of War: Winter Assault you can fit one eight-man squad of space marines into a Rhino. The Chimera is slightly smalller than the rhino, and can fit three twelve man squads. Either there's another dimension inside of the bloody thing or there are alot of guardsmen holding their breath.)
Paratroopers! On flickr, someone asked me if there would be any Kasrkin (Basically special forces) leaping out. Before I only had my little door gunners in there. Now, I have psycopaths in full body armor ready to leap into the teeth of the enemy and die in a blaze of glory to distract the enemy for less than twenty minutes. This makes me wish I could swoosh this thing even more.
I also never really showed you kind people the detailing on the sides of the troop bay. It's kind of trivial, but I really like the texturing here. It transforms what could be a bland block of hollowed out plastic into a semi-interesting block of hollowed out plastic.
Unlike most models, I don't think this one looks best from the rear. It's kinda bland back here, but that's okay. I think...
I think the Valkyrie has a really unique shape. It really resembles a bird of prey from the top. Then again, so do most Imperial aircraft. Still, the Valkyrie holds a special place in my heart.
In order to give you good people a sense of scale, I have included a minifigure in this shot.
Well, I'm afraid that's all folks. Thanks for sitting through my slew of ramblings and semi-decent pictures once again! Please remember that this creation is my unofficial child, and I'm still looking for suggestions, criticisms, and any way you can think of to improve her. Once again, thank you for stopping by, and if you have the time I'd love to hear what you have to say!
@Vlad: Thank you, this is probably one of my longest lasting (If most modified) creations to date.
@Sean: Oh, far from it. I've got to get off my rear and get the latest version up! I can tell you right now it's far superior.
Thanks! I was going through previous MOCs and looking and I realized I didn't provide scale shots often enough (Let alone overviews of the bloody things). Unfortunately, that sleekness doesn't exactly fit into 40k's Imperium of Man. Mostly because it doesn't look like it's held together with duct tape and the 'Clap your Hands if you Believe' principle.
This has to be one of the best Warhammer 40K MOCs I've ever seen. I like the engines, they look very well constructed. The pilots' area could need some bulkng up, and making the windshields stand more out.