Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Gun Emplacement Mk. II - 5

It may have been a month since I last posted regarding the Gun Emplacement but that doesn't mean it hasn't been on the workbench...

To recap I originally built a gun emplacement four or five years ago and recently decided to replicate the design using 3D modelling and printing to create masters which I could cast.

The Original Model I built many years ago...

And the 3D Model of the Mk. II design

In the last post I showed the 3D prints of the base pieces and the gun mounting plate. The two base pieces had gone wrong somehow in the printing process and on th egun plate some detail hadn't come out great. So moving on a month Shapeways has replaced the two prints...

While I have removed the crappy detail on the gun mounting plate and added some new details:

I then did the moulds and started casting.

First up the gun mounting plate, here shown with the master:

Master on the left,
Cast on the right (after a coat of grey primer)
After much casting (I need to do a second mould for the base pieces) I was able to assemble the pieces using some Finnboard as a base. I jumped the gun and sanded the base before I got pics of the assembled pieces.

A quick coat of grey primer later it looked like this...

I had a Hydra kit arrive from Forgeworld and I was delighted to find it did fit. The plan originally was to wait for the kit to arrive before doing any moulds and casting to ensure the turret fitted between the detail I had added, however I got impatient and did it anyway. Thankfully I hadn't made a terrible mistake.

And using the crappy second hand Earthshaker:

And a final shot showing Militiaman Bob behind the wall.

Say hello to Bob.
Next up I need to make the crank handle (which will turn the gun mounting plate) which will fit into the round depression in the mounting plate rear and also a cover plate for said depression for the plate which will mount the FW turret.

I also need to add the small lifting eye plates on the top of the walls.

After that it'll be more casting till I have a full battery of three. I will cast six mounting plates - three for Earthshakers and three Hydras, they can then be dropped into the bases as and when required.


  1. Lovely work! That has really come out beautifully!

  2. Looks fantastic mate- i'm in awe at your skills with this stuff - are you a designer by trade?

    1. Cheers and nope, more on the engineering side of things. God knows why though as it bores the crap out of me. But at least it gives me access to CAD software.

  3. I'm respectively thieving this idea. I was wondering how it might turn out with a deathstrike missile? Could be a possibility for an apocalypse datasheet or something?

    1. Not a bad idea that. Personally I can't stand the idea of a Deathstrike being in 40k but as an objective it would look cool. I have a kit knocking around and i'll do a mock up to see what it looks like.

  4. Looks the business Matt. Is there any plan for pieces to incorporate the emplacement into the wall sections?

    1. Nah, the gun emplacements will sit behing the defensive walls, not incorporated in them.

  5. Thanks for the comments everyone, much appreciated.