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Old 11 Oct 2004, 06:21   #1 (permalink)
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Havent posted anything in awhile so I thought I would try to post somthing cool as my first conversion post again.

I have been working on a conversion a little bigger than my normal suits and what not.
Its a WIP still so inputs may help to finish it.
Its Not as big as my Landmates but big for Tau.

Its a Tank and well sort of more artillary for Tau.
I love to convert but I'm not real good with rules so I asked a buddy Dloo'al to help me work out some rules.


Rock Lobster Artillary Walker
Front showing the 4 Rail guns and the Drones it carries on it.
http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL169/...6/69135104.jpg

Side shot
http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL169/...6/69135091.jpg

Drones released from the Rock Lobster and ready to fight as a unit
http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL169/...6/69135077.jpg

Rules so far.
Rock Lobster Tau Artillery Walker
Cost: 325 points
Front: 13
Side: 12
Rear: 10
BS: 3
Type: Walker
Weapons:
Pair of twin-linked Rail Guns. With Submunition rounds.
2 front mounted Burst Cannons
6 Gun Drones

Options:
Comes equipped with 6 gun drones and multi-tracker. You may aquire anything else from the Tau Armoury.

Heavy Support:
The Rock Lobster counts as a 0-1 Heavy Support Choice.

Special Abilities
Walker Platform:
The Rock Lobster moves like a walker as described in the rulebook, but when passing difficult terrain the Rock Lobster is not slowed down.


Gun Drone Protection:
If the Rock Lobster should ever receive a hit you get a 4+ Inv roll as long as you have drones attached to it.
Remove one drone for each Inv roll you have received ( even if it prevented any damage ).
Any weapon with an AP of 1, close combat weapons or grenades can not be countered by the drones.
You may also choose to release the drones.
If you do so the become an independent unit which follows the gun drones' rules as described in the codex: Tau.


Well I think I am ready for feedback?* :unsure:
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i'm assuming you got more hammerhead turret sprues

Pretty mad, reminds me of the floating necron things :-\

Pair of twin linked railguns, is that like twinlinking x 3 (you can't miss lol) or 2 separate guns that both shoot at once (if so, it'd own, 2 shots, either solid or submunitions ;D)?
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two twin-linked Railguns means that it gets 2 Railgun shots. If it misses, it may re-roll to hit.

Personally, I'd make it a Gatling Railgun (D3 Railgun shots, either ammunition), but that's just me...

Oh, and maybe up the armour to 14 front. As it's a walker, the Tau could easily strap more armour plates onto it.
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Thanks for the input and taking the time to give advice about the rules.

I didn't want to go to crazy at first because thats usually what tends to happen with VDR.

But I also thought with it being an Anti Grav ship with Walking abilities to support all that gun weight and recoil that I might bump just the front to a 14.

But I still have to work out how the drones take damage and what not.

Gatlings really nice but at 150% of the already 135pts this thing just keeps goin up and up and again am I going to far?

Anyways thanks again for the inputs.
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Hey I took some more photos of it with different front turrets.
Tring out some more ideas.
And rules.


One with the Maintenance Drones
http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL169/...6/69379498.jpg


This one is a photo with Gun Drones.
http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL169/...6/69379532.jpg



And this ones my favorite.
Its like a daddy with his proud babies.... :lol:
http://pic6.picturetrail.com/VOL169/...6/69379616.jpg
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I bet several tomb spyders are off somewhere, looking around confused wondering where's the leg's walking off to ;D

those conversion's are awsome, i love the rock lobster...i think the name is a little silly, but it fits the theme of the leg's and everything.

good work (i play orks, i love coverting but i have nothing to go on that...except maybe my pirate ork! stayed tuned!)
 
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Just a thought on the name, another name for rock lobster is Crayfish, better?
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I Love the min drone things in the last pic!! esp. the railgun one! oh yeah, any chance you could get some close up pics of the maintenence drone? it looks interesting
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As every, you astoud me with your converting skills greydeath... Pretty nice work. And don't worry about the cost of it in points. It suits your army nicely...
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Hey thanks guys.

Couple things.
I cant call it a Crayfish because thats what I call my little guys walking around with it.

The drones I'll try to post more again later.
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