The FW Sicaran Kit proved to be a reasonable build for the most part, except for a few issues in the fit in a few places. The Ďboxí that makes up the main hull went together cleanly, and as always I pinned the assembly as much as possible for added strength andÖ completely forgot to photograph the progress and results before getting on with adding the side hull components.
While the side hull components seem straight and true enough, they donít quite fit the hull as cleanly as you might expect.
Being what seems to be a straight forward, mostly flat-surface-on-flat-surface connection, itís very odd that these parts should have a strange Ďrockí that creates an odd gap. Close these gaps at the back of the model (which never really aligns as straight as I personally would like) and they become wider in the front; close the gap in the front and the space widens at the back.
I considered adding shims of plastic to build up areas and attempt to compensate for the gaps with some finesse, as it were, but in the name of a my new found effort to avoid being too perfectionist about every
detail of my builds, I chose a brute force method instead. After drilling several large pins into specific locations I secured the pins (treated with my texturing technique shown earlier in Legion Rising), applied liberal amounts of Super Glue, and used several clamps that Iíve modified with soft pads for just his kind of job, to squeeze the parts into submission while the glue set. As mentioned, because of the odd fit in the back a few of the gaps are not as narrow as I would ultimately have liked, but theyíre not bad enough for me to feel compelled
to repair them. I can add some greenstuff to fill the gaps if Iím feeling up to it, but theyíre hidden well enough I can also just ignore them. Good enough.
During test fits I was not happy with how closely the turret sat on the hull; the lack of clearance caused the turret to conflict with the hull during rotation.
So, using my handy-dandy circle cutting technique, I went about adding a simple shim of 1.5mm styrene to the turret post. Happy with the results, I found it didÖ nothing
to add any height of the turret; it was now flush with the inside surface of the hull that the post sits in.
So, I went about modifying the hull component a bit to add the desired height.
Adding a second 1.5mm shim to the hull inside the turret post hole, before adding a rectangular plate on the inside finally got the height I was looking for. Naturally, the center points left from the circle cutting process are also perfect for getting magnets mounted perfectly centered.
Itís a small change really, but the turret now avoids any snags so it can now rotate 360⁰ cleanly.
The clearance is still a little tight at points, but itís a noticeable improvement. The broad smooth plastic plates also give a pleasant amount of friction and make sure the turret is nice and stable, so it doesnít rock or shift at all. Simple, clean, and effective.
With the main turret and the hull assembled, I turned my attention to the sponsons.
I contemplated for quite a while on a way to make the Lasí-Cannons and Heavy Bolter sponsons swappable with magnets using only the supplied parts. But I just couldnít come up with a solution that wasnít going to create more work while also creating a weaker attachment because of the smaller magnets that would be necessary. Despite the lack of common sense of having exposed power cabling, I like the visual interest they add and they were just too fiddley to consider a way to make them work with swappable weapons.
My final more straightforward solution works well in my opinion; the sponsons can be cleanly omitted from the model if I want to go without, and when they are added the armor plate can rotate with the movement of the weapon system, which also seems most plausible to me. Itís all but certain that Iíll be adding a second Sicaran to my collection at some point (thereís something about the lines of this chassis that I really like), so Iíll consider then how I can make the sponsons completely swappable when that time comes.
Iím pleased to present the Obduro Risum Ė ĎThe Last Laughí in its near-complete built state.
For now, this is a studio asset that will need to do some design work before I can paint it and add it to my personal collection. I have three main studio kits in mind to start; armour plating sets (Loyalist and Chaos) to represent Ceramite Plating and/or Extra Armour, a ĎDozer Blade and/or Destroyer Blade in the spirit of my Land Raider Siege Ram kit, and some kind of simple Tread Plate kit to add some interest to those bland tracks. All of these kits, and all kits in general, will be designed with Chaos and Loyalist versions, and both 40k and 30k settings in mind, when it makes sense to do so. Thatís not to say there wonít be some exclusively Chaos or Loyalist kits, but that will only be in certain circumstances.
As always, the order and timing of these kits is still uncertain. For now Iím focusing on getting key official kits in to my modest studio, assembled to a point that I can use them for accurate measuring, test fitting, and scale comparison, for the kits I plan to produce in the future. With that heavy lifting done I will have the Ďscaffoldsí I need to produce a wide range of kits for The Dark Works.
With that, we come to the end of this, The Good
chapter of my exploits in building Forge World models. Next up, The Bad
chapter chronicling my efforts to assemble the Spartan Assault Tank. Followed by, The Ugly
chapter where I descend into the emotional turmoil that is trying to properly assemble the Fire Raptor Gunship.
Thank you, as always, for your interest (silent or not), feedback, input, critique, and all general musings about what Iím doing. Community support really has been key to me building the confidence to even consider the possibilities that I have before me, and I canít see that ever changing. Much more to come, and I hope you enjoy hitching long for the ride; Iím glad to have you along!