So, Macca here with the exciting start of a new project: The Tormentor, personal transport of the Primarch Perturabo. Rules wise, I had to contact Forge World in order to get the full details. Basically, it's a Shadowsword with a single access point at the rear, with a single Titan void-shield and the command tank upgrade. It costs 500 points, but can be upgraded as per a regular legion Shadowsword.... not the slightly better Solar Auxilia one. What does this mean? Well, people may put up to two pairs of sponsons on it. Brutal.
When I started this project, I knew a couple of people planning their own. I gave a few ideas to a mate on how I was doing the door, and he went on to make his own tank. Once he had built his, I used it as an idea generating platform. I looked at it, and decided that I would be very by-the book, and I thought I would treat it like a WW2 Jagd-tiger tank killer. This tank is a practical design, it needed towing cables, entrenching equipment, dozer blades, pintle weapons, fuel jerries and stowage.
Further to this, reading Angel Exterminatus gave me some ideas on the load-out. I know it has lascannons, heavy bolters and a hunter killer. It's also very plainly adorned, unlike other Primarch Transports, meaning that I will keep the iconography to a minimum. After all, when this tank is blown up, Perturabo will just make another. Very practical kinda guy.
So, cue the parts,
1:35 scale King Tiger parts
1:48 scale Tamiya accessories kit
Games Workshop bitz from my bitz box
The 1:48 scale Tamiya jerry cans are fantastic. They even have the little handles!
I also sculpted up some Iron Warriors emblems, as similar as I could to the ones to the 40k chaos upgrade kits from FW. I couldn't decide which I wanted to use... so I used both. Fuck it.
As a command tank, I decided some high powered, small antennae would look the bomb. Also, stowage was added to further accentuate the WWII feel.
Finally, to finish off the vehicle, I added the defining feature of a Super-Heavy Transport: The Ramp. The ramp was an interesting concept. I spent quite a while trying to figure out the dynamics of how the exhaust would work once I cut it away, but I decided that the entire right side was where the power plant is, and that the exhaust (now to the top-left of the door) curved over and above the ramp. In the end, I think I pulled it off.
Well, that's all for now, keep an eye out for a paint job soon,