Project Land Train Part 2



land train space marine bike conversion part 2It’s time for the second installation of this 4 part project from expert convertor Dom aka ‘Mad Scuzzy’. This time he’s back with an in depth look at the creation of his Chapter Master on an incredible Space Marine bike conversion. This is one of 4 Warhammer 40k Space Marine HQ units with the most detailed and powerful-looking bike conversions we’ve seen. You can see part 1 of this project in which follows the creation of a Space Marine Chaplain on heavy bike here. – Graven Games

Part 2: Chapter Master

6 years later, I finally decided to revisit the original design, with a Mk2. Where the Mk1 was the prototype, this would be the production model (in my army fluff).  While it would mostly be the same, there were to some upgrades and slight changes in the Mk2. One of the things to go was the rider’s physical attachment to the bike.

Mk2’s main goal was to be lighter. The original was made of mostly metal parts and thus very heavy and fragile.  Mk2 would be in resin and plastic.  I had saved parts up over the years and have always contemplated making a new one, but by not building it meant the original stayed unique.  But ultimately I figured progress is always good and I needed a fresher model.

I started with the eagle prow, first by widening it using some plastic rods. The default Jetbike is very narrow and this helps to allow the tracks to fit.

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The bottom skirt is extended by gluing some plastic strips as a base and then building up the slope with 2 part epoxy putty. I use Tamiya Putty Quick Type.  It has a similar curing and work time to Green Stuff, but hardens solid.  I can file it down to smooth it out once it is cured.

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Plastic strips are used to make the trim and filed down to shape.

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The insides of the prow is hollowed out to accept the front tracks.

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The wheels are built using the tracks and wheels of an Imperial Guard tank The rear is larger so I use ¾” acrylic rod cut down to size.  The wheel detail is made using washers.

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The mount is made using the inside plates of the turret of a Tau Sky Ray turret.

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The body of the bike is taken from a stock space marine bike with extension using plastic plates. The topmost seat was removed to help facilitate the extension.   The side exhaust pipes are cut down to create the bracing for the extended pipes.

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The front power plant is taken from the original Jetbike, bulked up using a a plastic tube.  The bike headset was originally the body of the Assault Cannon.

The back is cut down to fit and a bottom wing plate is mounted. This will lead into the new larger side engines.

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The rear engines are taken from the Venerable Dreadnought Power Plants, cut in half, as it had 2 smoke stacks. The armour plates were extended downwards.

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Plastic rod was used to extend the pipes that lead into the side engines.

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The eagle on the front has the back its head extended.

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A comparison shot of the Mk1 and Mk2 in progress.

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I sculpt my tabards on the bike body rather than try to fit it onto the marine model.

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The Chapter Master wields a custom blade, which is based off an earlier model I had. It is the largest blade on an infantry model I have ever built and even comes with its own holder on the bike.

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A super charger was added to top of the prow.

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The body was customized from the Sternguard squad bit it didn’t make it to the final iteration. The legs however I preserved.

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I settled on the Mk8 chest from the Tactical Squad Sergeant. Despite his status, I never really imagined even the Chapter Master of my chapter to be of a simpler disposition.  The head is a customized piece made using the Beakie helmet as a base.  It has no eyes.

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There are some differences between the 2 bikes. The power plants were upgraded.  With the new ones are sleeker and more refined.  The brakes and front suspension got upgraded too.

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The side ornamentation is made using the top of the Ravenwing Bike Banners combined with the wings from Sanguinor.

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Mk2 was for my Chapter Master and he is a very much combat oriented. The bike therefore had to reflect that and what better way to do so than to put his armoury on his bike.  On the back mounts a small armoury of close combat weapons, diligently taken care of by a built-in servo arm.

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The body was updated with a little bit more detail.

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The project doesn’t end here, check back in the next few days for Part 3 of Project Land Train, covering the creation of a Master of the Forge/Techmarine on a custom heavy bike!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
author-avatar-madscuzzy

Dom Chan or better known as madscuzzy has been in the 40k hobby for a long time and has a strong love of modeling and converting. Primarily based at B&C, he is responsible for some of the art there and has been the primary artist for the Space Marine Painter. Other notable projects include Orktimus Prime that has been floating around the net a while ago. Check out my personal site here

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