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Thursday, April 14th, 2011
9:37 AM
Big yellow tank!


Yes, the tank is named Archer, after a certain BBC-hero's half-brother.

This is a Predator Destructor light tank - lovingly referred to as a "Dakka Pred." It does a decent job of putting out a lot of shots that are capable of threatening infantry and light vehicles.


Drive me closer so I can hit them with my sword!

While the predator can come mounted with las-cannons instead that are capable of hurting armored vehicles, this version is far cheaper and fits better with the three dreadnoughts already in the army.  Besides, I'll have plenty of other ways to deal with heavier armor.





The tank commander wears an Adeptus Mechanicus shoulder pad to show his dual allegiance to the Machine-God of Mars.  The Adeptus Mechanicus is basically an entire religion/cult formed around the worship and preservation of half-understood ancient technologies.  They're basically the IT support of the 41st millennium and are one of the things I love most about the Warhammer 40k universe.



See children, this is why you always wear a helmet.



Here's a final close up on one of the heavy bolter sponsons.  Like many of my models, this one is fully magnetized and can sport any weapon combination available, or turn into 3 other vehicle types (a Rhino APC, a Razorback APC, or a Whirlwind artillery tank).

You can also see some small honor writing I've added.  In the past I did text like this with a small brush, but here I used a micro pen.  I think it came out a lot more consistent, and it was certainly easier to work with.