Monday, February 9, 2015

Ghost/Doomsday Ark Magnetization

The Ark is one of the most beautiful 40k models in my opinion. It's massive, detailed, busy, with many layers and shapes overlapping one another. It comes in over a hundred bits that need to be put together. It may not be the best choice gameplay wise, or make any sense from an engineer standpoint, but it looks great and I'll probably be getting another one in the future.

The most easily noticeable difference between a Ghost Ark and a Doomsday Ark is that the front half of the vehicle (the ribcage) is upside down on a Doomsday Ark. This creates several challenges: the front needs to stay up in both these positions, the rifles on the sides need to be flipped upside down, and structurally, the connection between the ribcage and the back of the Ark needs to be extremely strong in order to keep the model together when picked up by either half. The only difference between the two models apart from the ribcage orientation is the inside of the ribcage - either a massive gun or a repair station.

It is possible to make the Ark fully convertible and this has been done. But, is very fiddly and leaves ]the vehicle in many bits that need to be moved around.

An alternative approach is much more quick and easy. Forget about flipping the ribcage, just keep it one side up, and change the inside of the ribcage. It makes the model more stable, the whole deal more simple, and better looking. The doomsday cannon is a beautiful piece and it shouldn't be hidden underneath the ribcage.

I didn't take any pictures while magnetizing the model, but it is fairly straightforward. I did something along the lines of this tutorial by youtuber HobbyHotTips:

The process mostly went as expected. I had some trouble lining up the (magnetized) cannon against the back of the vehicle. Since I painted the individual ribs separated, the thickness of the undercoat added some length to the ribcage, since I also undercoated where they joined to one another. It's okay but not perfect.

The warriors stay in position perfectly, they're very stable. The magnetization video above does that in a way that is also aesthetically not noticeable (though I drilled 2x1mm magnets into warrior's mounts).

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