Here’s something I’ve cobbled together using parts from several Battlezones. I wanted to try and do something with the cool with the ‘grabber arms’ from the Urban Expansion D set, but was stuck for what to do with them.
Then I noticed the laser cannon fitting from the Defence Line set allowed the cannon to rotate and *boom*, to quote Stephen King, “My muse shat on my head.” I had a pretty much fully formed idea, all at once, of the grabber arms being fixed to a platform, allowing it to rotate using the laser cannon fitting and with platforms and barriers for the troopers to be able to stand on.
After half an hour or so of dry fitting and mild swearing, I cobbled together this ‘Power Loader’ (possibly made by the Tonka Corporation) which I’ve painted today.
Here’s some step by step photos I took as painting progressed (feel free to skip ahead for more photos of the finished piece).
I’ve chosen a suitably ‘Industrial’ yellow for the Power Loader, but purposefully made it brighter than my Battlezone scenery, although I’ve made it look used and worn via edge sponging, a great technique I really like to use, as it’s easy, fast and I think it gives great results. I much prefer it over salt masking.
Here’s some basic shots of each of the Loader’s facings and top down:
And here’s more interesting looks at some of the detail:
Firstly the grabber arms in all their glory. You get a good look at the edge sponging effect here, too. Note the red ‘Port’ lights on the right of the picture. The other side of the Loader has green lights for ‘Starboard’. Yes, I know it’s not a ship, but the lights just add a bit of colour to the whole shebang. 🙂
Side on close up of the arms (told you there were green lights).;)
Close up of the superb keyboard n’ console connector piece from the Industrial Battlezone set. I’ve added some transfers to the monitor for extra colour (you can’t read it but the message in blue under the skull reads ‘ Load Fail’ – seemed kinda appropriate) and a First Aid kit sign that I printed onto paper and PVA’d in place.
Lastly, here’s Pete the Helpful Stage 2A Plague to give a sense of scale to the Loader:
Thanks for reading 🙂