The Storm Falcon

Followers on Twitter and regular readers will know that I had the very great pleasure of writing the rules for a conversion that Hugo over at Ichiban Painting was putting together for Games Day Japan.

The original concept was a Storm Eagle MkII but having had a Facetime conversation with Hugo and seeing the work in progress I realised it was so much more than that and deserved it’s very own classification. And so the Storm Falcon was born.

Hugo has worked tirelessly over the last few weeks to convert and paint a truly awesome looking model. And it paid of as he won Best 40k vehicle which is simply an incredible achievement.

So, for your pleasure I not only have a lovely snap of the best painted 40k vehicle in Japan, if not the world, but the rules which went some tiny way towards winning it. At the very bottom is a link to download the PDF version so, should the mood take you, you can build a Storm Falcon and use the rules.

STORM FALCON HEAVY GUNSHIP

Update on Project Storm Falcon

Hugo over at Ichiban Painting has put up the final update on the Storm Eagle conversion, dubbed the Storm Falcon, he’s working on for Games Day Japan. It’s probably about 85-90% done now so there won’t be another update before the big day.

I was lucky enough to be asked to write the rules for the conversion so Hugo has promised me a couple of photos when it’s all finished to go up alongside the rules, which I’ll also add to the gaming resources part of the site as a PDF so, should the mood take you, you can use it in your games of 40k.

Project Storm Eagle GD Japan 2012

Hugo over at Ichiban Painting has put up a video of his Golden Demon entry, a converted Storm Eagle.

I had the very great pleasure of writing the rules for the conversion which we’ve since dubbed the Storm Falcon Heavy Gunship. Once the project is finished photos and full rules will be going up but in the meantime watch the video and marvel at his mad skills.

Storm Talon Conversion

Whilst browsing Bell of Lost Souls I saw an awesome tutorial for converting the Space Marine Stormtalon into something other than a front heavy mess of nonsense (just my opinion please hold the bilious hate filled comments). In this case, turning it into a way cool mech. This tutorial is written by Man Boy Genius.
Parts List

Soulgrinder Kit (or a torso and front legs set from the defiler)
Optional Parts 
Whirlwind Rocket pods
Commander Chapter Symbols (for joint caps)
Dreadknight armor platings
GF9 Plastic Variety Pack (super convenient for pre-sized tubing)

It may be more econmoical to just buy the Dreadknight outright, than just ordering the bits.

Also since you have to destroy the Defiler torso for the couplers to use for the arms, (now legs) it may be worth it to buy a Soulgrinder instead of a Defiler. That way you can at least maybe resell or trade-off the Soulgrinder upgrade sprue and recoup some cash.

It may also be a good idea to use the weapon pods that come with the Stormtalon instead of the Whirlwind Rocket Pods to save a little scratch as well.

The Conversion

First off I made the feet first. I think on projects like this it’s good to work from the “ground up”.  So I took the Dreadknight feet and sheered them flat a bit and mounted the arm couplers I cut off the front of the defiler torso.

As you can see I glued one with the main support facing forward, and one backwards to help brace the leg assemble. The pose for the legs was striding, but if you want to make it just standing there you may not have to do that, as there will be no additional stresses on the feet besides gravity.

Next I went about assembling the legs. As you can see from the side shots, it’s a little intense. Lets break it down some.

First off I inverted the legs from the arm poses. Meaning the “claws” would be attaching to the hip of the Stormhound.

You have to actually trim the claws flush near their joint to make a mount to attach to the Dreadkight weapon bit that forms the hip. I also put a piece of plasticard across the two stubby claw halves to glue the DK Heavy Weapon Mount to. This allows the two claws to pivot together, forming a hip joint of sorts.

The rest of the hip joint is formed by adding tubing from the GF9 Variety pack to the two recess in the Lower Dreadknight Torso.

Picture shows the bottom of the torso, to which the legs are attached.

There is one piece of tubing in that pack that fits the holes in that torso, and perfectly fits over the nub on the weapon (now hip) mount and allows for perfect movement and support.

Now you should be have two legs and two feet, as well as a lower torso hip joint.  This assembly should be free standing at this point, so try our some poses before you glue the legs into their final positions.

I waited until the final positioning with the cockpit to attach the armor plates. While the legs are loose, now is a good time to de-spikey them, as there is quite a bit of chaos icons plastered all over these legs.

In place of the chaos stars on the joints you can use some of these Commander Chapter Symbols or even some of the small aquilas that come with the Stormtalon itself.

Cockpit Assembly

Assemble up the Stormtalon fuselage per normal and let dry.  After drying you can see from the picture where I cut down the rear of the cockpit. I had some help with this, as a friend was itching to lend a hand.  In hindsight I may have left just a little bit more of the fuselage on the back, as this assembly tends to lean forwards a tad. Lesson learned for my next one?

After you make your rear cut, patch up any openings with plastic card, and liquid green stuff (which is perfect for filling gaps like this).  I keep a small desktop fan around for projects that need quick drying so make sure to dry up any Green Stuff quick and then sand it flush.

I cut down one the thrusters from the main engine and attached that to the rear. I actually ended up going back and adding lead shot into the thruster hole to get it to balance better on the legs.

The front weapon mount had to go, as two sets of weapon pods would just not work.  I clipped off that mounting nub, and exposed the recess under it.  This is a great place to place a magnet for magnetizing any weapon options (or arms) you may desire.

Here are a few articles on magnetizing things if you need extra help there.

Then I assembled the Whirlwind rocket pods, and after cutting them down at the brackets shown, magentized them to the mounts for the engines. (you have to cut flush the engine axle that juts our from both sizes though).

I used that same diameter tube from the lower torso to form the swivel for left and right movement of the cockpit assembly as well. Just enlarge the “cross” opening for the flying stand enough to insert that tube, and trim flush at the base. The GF9 variety pack is neat because all of the pieces of tubing insert into each other, and can telescope outward if you wish.

We don’t need all that, just the piece that fits into the tube that was just placed and will attach down into the new lower torso assembly. Again the picture shows the bottom of the torso, to which the legs are attached. The middle tubing is for attaching to up into the cockpit.

You should now have a completed upper body assembly with weapon options.  Go ahead and play around with leg poses, and when you find something that works for you, glue it down and make it permanent.

I wouldn’t recommend gluing down the top to the legs however, keep that on a swivel for machine gun noise makings!

Checkout my video walk through and close up pictures below, and see how it stacks up to the “real” Stormtalon!