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Offline ElectricPaladin

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Modeling the Nicassar Caravan/Rig and Dhows
« on: September 02, 2012, 12:04:33 AM »
Modeling the Nicassar Rig and Dhows represents an interesting challenge. When used as a Caravan, the entire thing acts as one (presumably small-based) ship. When used as a Rig and Dhows, its five models that move and shoot independently. According to the rules, when used in campaign play, you can buy a Rig and four Dhows and then decide at the beginning of each game whether you want to field them together (if your opponent has several large targets) or separately (if your opponent presents numerous small targets).

So, how do you model that?

I have two ideas:

1) Make one version of the Rig that shows four Dhows docked with it and another version of the Rig and Dhows, seperated. The problem here is representing the five models consistently. This option is more attractive if I find some other bit I can slightly alter - or even just paint! - to be a Rig and Dhows, rather than totally scratch-building it.

2) Model the Rig and Dhows separately and jigger up a multi-stemmed base.

Right now, I'm leaning towards 1, but that's because I'm leaning towards painting up a gun drone chasis and calling it a Rig and painting up some Crisis Suit shield generators and calling them Dhows. However, before I do that, I need to figure out how big the Rig and Dhows should be...

Which brings me to my question - any thoughts on how large the models for Rig and Dhows ought to be? Would a gun drone body work for the Rig and shield generators for the Dhows, or would those be too small/big?

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Re: Modeling the Nicassar Caravan/Rig and Dhows
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2012, 12:13:38 AM »
Too small. Dhows are normal sized escorts. A little on the larger side of the range actually. Larger than Orcas or Wardens, that's for sure. So a Rig should be large enough to accommodate 4 of these.

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Re: Modeling the Nicassar Caravan/Rig and Dhows
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2012, 12:15:52 AM »
Too small. Dhows are normal sized escorts. A little on the larger side of the range actually. Larger than Orcas or Wardens, that's for sure. So a Rig should be large enough to accommodate 4 of these.

Thanks.

Well, it sounds like I should wait I place my Forgeworld order so I own Wardens for comparison purposes. At least now I know what size I'm aiming for.

Offline AndrewChristlieb

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Re: Modeling the Nicassar Caravan/Rig and Dhows
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2012, 05:11:29 PM »
Check out the firestorm armada frigates. Theyre about the same size and they have a lot of different types to pick from. For the caravan itself i would probably either build or find some suitable satellite type structure then put 4 stem sized rods "hooks" so you can just pop the escorts on and off as you wish.
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Re: Modeling the Nicassar Caravan/Rig and Dhows
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2012, 10:43:07 PM »
i have four dhows you can buy if you like

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Re: Modeling the Nicassar Caravan/Rig and Dhows
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2012, 10:53:59 PM »
i have four dhows you can buy if you like

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