Here is my Victorian Science Fiction Steam Tank from Ironclad Miniatures from a recent game.
Alongside them are some Foundry Darkest Africa miniatures from Simon’s collection.
We didn’t use the steam tank as a model in the game, merely as scenery.
I am thinking about how I can create rules for the steam tank for the Legends of the Old West rules. I have been looking at the tank rules in The Great War rules and I think that they could work with a little work. My main concern is that the weapons usually found in the old west probably weren’t able to do much damage to a VSF steam tank and therefore as well as rules for the steam tank, I also need to think about some steampunk weapons for those fighting against the steam tank.
Though I am sure an Elephant Gun might be able to do some damage…
Having given my Steam Tank model a basecoat, I drybrushed the tracks with Boltgun Metal.
Once I have finished painting the model I will add some weathering to the tracks. Simon did point out that he felt the tracks on the tank were a little “flat” and I have to agree with him. You really need proper linked tracks with this kind of model, and especially one at this scale. The tracks on the Tunneller are much better for example. Maybe a potential conversion project for later (or on another model of the Steam Tank).
Having finished off the tracks on the Ironclad Miniatures Victorian Science Fiction Steam Tank with Citadel Chaos Black, I gave the hull and turret a basecoat of Vallejo Middlestone.
As this is going to be a steam tank used in an Old West setting I decided to go with a desert theme, rather than the standard grey you often see with Victorian Science Fiction steam vehicles. Dry assembling the model it is starting to look the part.
Still, as you compare it with a 25mm Old West figure from Foundry it is quite big.
I want to ensure that there is a gap between the tracks and the hull, this I did think initially I would use some plasticard, but I couldn’t find anything suitable so I think I am going to have to use four five pence pieces