Join us as we take a look at another impressive conversion from Mad Scuzzy, this time crossing the Warhammer 40k Space Marine Storm Talon kit with the GDI Orca from Command & Conquer to create a mean looking assault craft. If you’ve not already seen the Storm Viper or Doom Raider which are other aircraft crossover conversions from Mad Scuzzy, be sure to check those out for some more stunning work – Graven Games.
Project: Storm Orca
The Command & Conquer GDI Orca is an iconic unit that even Games Workshop can’t deny that they referenced from when designing the Storm Talon. Here is an image of the GDI Orca Assault Craft from the Command & Conquer series of games:
I extended the nose of the Warhammer 40k Space Marine Storm Talon kit using putty and designed a sensor where I could mount the Twin-linked Assault Cannon taken from the Ravening Upgrade Sprue.
The tail deviated from the original Orca design which had fan built in. Instead, I based it off the Marauder Destroyer with a vent at the bottom.
The major design aspect that makes the Orca the Orca is the twin Turbo Fans that lift it. Ironically the twin engines are not pure fans, but large jet turbines, so that was the angle that I followed. The front intake would be fans, but it would exhaust as jet exhausts. The engines were made from 2 plastic bead containers. The angled slope is where the threads used to be, filled up with putty. The insides were filled up with some details from old toy wheels. The fan blades are actual fan blades taken from a micro helicopter with the blades trimmed down to fit.
The exhaust casing is made from the drop pod internal turret ring. The centre exhaust ports are made from the verniers of jap model kit bits. Plastic card was used to create the joint and added details around the engine. The hex nuts are shaved from the unused underside of Games Workshop’s Fortress of Redemption (mine is all bare of hex nuts!)
Here is a work in progress shot of the painting on this conversion so far.
While the design turned out pretty much how I wanted it, my biggest regret is frosting up my clear canopy as it doesn’t fit with the remaining of my army (they all have clear orange canopies). I may go back to redo it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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