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Blood Angels Land Speeder Squadron – Part 2

Modeling Heresy-era Land Speeder

I’ve been working on the 30k Blood Angels Land Speeders some more over the last several weeks. The modelling is just about complete, just a bit of clean up and some detailing left. The recent additions are some press-mold details attached to the model.

Grav-gun mount
Grav-gun mount

The first thing that I needed to do was to create a way for the grav gun to mount onto the speeder. I built a dome with a divot cut out of it for the weapon to link up to. This was then used as a master for a simple press-mold so I could mass produce the part. The mold itself was made with a product called Instant Mold which I am fond of for this sort of work. The turrets were made out of Greenstuff mixed with a little bit of Super Sculpy so it conforms to the mold better.

 

Grav-gun mount
Grav-gun mount

The turret needs some clean up still as well as some targeting bits mounted to the side of the grav-gun. The targeting cable was made with a Tentacle Maker tool which is great for creating ribbed cables of all sizes.

 

Sensor array
Sensor array
Front of speeder
Front of speeder

The 2nd press-mold used on the model was to create a sensor array which protrudes from the fuselage far less than the one from the stock kit. This time I used Apoxie Sculpt for the press mold which I learned I like better for this sort of work more than Greenstuff. It ‘flows’ through the mold a little bit better than Greenstuff putty and sets up faster. After mounting I trimmed up the sensor array a little so it lined up with the model better (not shown here).

Putting It All Together

Speeder with press mold elements
Speeder with press mold elements

I cranked out enough press-mold bits for each of the speeders that I have in the squadron. Next step will be to clean up some details, double check my mold-line cleaning, and then off to priming!

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Thor

That’s coming together really well. I admit, I was a bit skeptical when you started this project, but you’ve convinced me.

HorrorShow
HorrorShow

Thanks! I think they will look alright once cleaned up and painted.

Thor

Looking forward to seeing it painted up!

HorrorShow
HorrorShow

Hopefully That will be in the next post!

Westrider

The little turret for the Graviton Gun really makes it. Pulls the whole thing together, sort of like The Dude’s rug.

HorrorShow
HorrorShow

“It really tied the room together, did it not?”

Thanks man. I have crew who have their heads facing the direction of the grav gun indicating that they are guiding the weapon with the position of their head. The next thing to do will be to finish up the targeter modeling as well as a bit of clean up.

Joe Baird

It’s looking really good. I like the modifications you did to clean up the front. Great idea creating a press mold for those parts as having to redo it for the whole squad would be a pain!

HorrorShow
HorrorShow

Thank you! I like the grav “bumper” thing, but with it removed the vehicle feels a bit more refined and sleek (as much as a space marine vehicle can be called that). I’ve been using press molds more and more. Its tough if you want very clean results. Air-bubbles are common. I’ll often find where the air-bubbles are common and poke holes through the Instant Mold for the air to escape through.