Well, here it is folks! My Stalk Tank is edging slowly towards completion, just a bit of work on a base and possibly some magnet action on the legs (for ease of transport) and it'll good to go!
You can seen in the picture above that I've added my screaming psyker to the picture to give you a better sense of scale, and nothing says "What the...?" better than a screaming psyker!
In the pictures below I've tried to focus in on things I've added since last time you saw this beastie.
With the four limbs to walk on finished (and detailed with rivets and spiky blades), I figured it was time to add the "praying mantis arms". They are currently pinned with paper clips and are able to move. You can see in the picture above that they can really reach out and touch someone. I also like that there's something "brain bug-ish" about this picture.
In this picture (above) you can see most of the pre-made parts I used for this build. From left to right there are a) the twin flamers from the Forge World Elysian Drop Troopers, b) a leg from a Sentinel - with the "neck" pivoting on the ball joint, c) a mutilated torso from Forge World's Chaos Renegades range, and finally d) the twin-linked Reaper cannon from the Defiler.
I thought I'd show you all a shot of the underside too (above) so that you can get a closer look at the fun gubbinz added there. In the concept art and the stories there are description of this section being a fluid-filled bubble containing a mutated servitor. For the first Stalk Tank I felt this might be too ambitious so I opted for an armored "bubble".
The brown circles on the shot above are sensors of various size so that the mutated servitor enclosed in the beast can make sense of the battlefield. They're made from balls of brown stuff cut in half and then surrounded by a thin slice of a plastic tube (like the ones used to make the legs). I've also placed a few on the sides of the "bubble" and one on the tail section of the carapace.
In the gap between the two thorax sections has been filled with ribbed cables, the same ones as I used on the Trooper backpacks, trimmed down to fit. You can just make them out in the lower portion of the picture.
And finally, a side view of the Stalk Tank without the legs. from the tip of its flamer snouts to the end of the "excrement tubes" (the exhausts from the Defiler). It's a respectable 9 inches long and spiky. Please keep the comments PG-13 ; )
Hopefully I'll have a bit of news in the next few days regarding a Conversion Challenge my friend (and author of The Adept's Forge), Jeff Hall, has proposed regarding the new Lizardman Stegadon and the possibilities surrounding it. Keep an eye out for more news on that!