With The NOVA Open coming soon, I realized my Broadsides need to be made uniform. I've got three XV88s; one has his Railguns mounted to his arms, another is straight from the box, while the most recent is a mix of an XV89 Kit and a XV88. They each look like there are from a different squad and this disharmony is starting to nag my eye for cohesion in the force. To remedy this, I placed an order to Forge World for one more XV89 and an XV81. The '89 is going to be build identical to the current model I have, shown here. These two will be my stock model Broadsides.
In a nod (or blatant copy) to the excellent work of Bruno Rizzo below, I will be using the XV81 to build a XV88 Shas'ui Teamleader in this vein with my own personal touch of course. This model has always impressed me and I am excited about making my own version of it.
My design will diverge from this in that the Railguns will be mounted into the forearms, instead of glued to the side of them. I'm also working on more conversion work to the chest area. Hopefully I can get this work done by August 14th for the Open.
My Commander model representing Old Shatter Hands recently broke at the ankles. I made him back before GW had fixed a design flaw in the Crisis Suit ankles that made them extremely weak and prone to breaking. Well, Old Shatter Hands is now on my modelling shelf, in the proverbial waiting room to see the foot-doctor. Ahead of him is a Shadowsun Model. Now this is not to say that Shadowsun will be making a celebrity appearance in my Hunter Cadre.
On the contrary, I will be building a new Commander clad in XV-22 armor armed with Plasma Rifle and a Missile Pod. I'm still working on the Pod design although I am thinking it will incorporate missiles from the Space Marine Missile Launcher sprue housed in a custom plastic-card pod. I'll also be giving this suit of XV-22 armor a jet-pack in line with what Stealths carry. Once built, I'll mount the Missile Pods to it, much like the Smart Missiles are mounted on Bruno Rizzo's piece above.
Question for the community: The XV-22 model is much smaller than the normal XV8 suit. My plan is to mount it to a Crisis Suit sized based, in mid-flight so that it is about the same height as well. There isn't much I can do about the width of the model though. Does this satisfy gamers who might call modelling-for-advantage shenanigans?
Second Question: Who's going to the Open?