1/48 SCALE SUPPORT VEHICLES
Votoms isn't just about ATs, it also has an impressive variety of support vehicles in the series.
STEIGER GUN PLATFORM
One of my favorites is the
Steiger, a flying gun platform for ATs that appears in the very first
episode of the TV series. There was no toy or model of the Steiger
that I was aware of, but I had purchased two of the Actic Gear sets
that include the AT Fly helicopter, and noticed that the base of the
flight stand that came with the AT Fly looked very familiar... It was a
great starting point for making my own Steigers!
I built up the gun shield and lower shield out of sheet styrene,
added railings made of model sprue, and built up the back box out of
Lego and plastic. The guns were made from wood and plastic
blocks, Lego stud caps, acrylic tubing, and tape. The muzzle
brakes are made from Lego 1x1 blocks, cut down and drilled out.
These turned out to be a lot more work than I first thought, but I"m
very happy with the results!
Of course, the finishing
touch was adding a steel plate to the deck, so the magnets in my AT's
feet would keep them firmly attached to the Steiger as they zoomed
BIG CARRY AT transport
One of the coolest Actic
Gear sets you can get is a Big Carry transport truck just like the one
from the Last Red Shoulder OVA. It even comes with a Scopedog
Turbocustom figure (sadly just the one, so you need to buy more if you
want to recrate the scene from the OVA). It DOES include one of
each of the four weapons featured in the video though, so you get
plenty of AT weapons.
Although the truck is
slightly undersized for 1/48 scale, it is still pretty good looking and
has nice details and moving parts like opening doors, articulating
front wheels, and deployable ramps.
To make it look as
authentic as possible, I painted the interior of the cab (mainly the
seats), and gave the whole truck a grungy brown wash to bring out the
details and weather it.
I also opened up the ramp,
stuck some sheet steel inside, and closed it back up so that the
magnets in my ATs feet would help them stay on the slope.
BALARANT AIR TRANSPORTS
My Balarant models didn't
want to feel left out, so although there are no 1/48 Balarant vehicles
available, I found or converted suitable substitutes. The
helicopters are SSU units from the Dust Tactics game. The
hoverjets are converted dropship toys from Starship Troopers, with the
drop box cut away, upgraded guns, and other details added as well as a
Of course, to facilitate
transporting Fatty ATs, I added magnets to their backs and steel plates
to the underside of the helis and jets.
BALARANT AT STRIKE CRAFT
This Balarant spaceship
first appeared in one of my earlier campaigns, but deserved another
mention here. It's made from various GI Joe toy vehicle parts,
and a garbage truck toy from WALL-E.
GILGAMESH AT LIGHTER
These Gilgamesh spacecraft
first appeared in one of my earlier campaigns, and are made from
plastic power supply and sorting tray boxes, speaker cases, and various
toy and model parts.
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