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My name is Gavin McClements. I am a wargamer and family man, living in Los Gatos, which is a suburb of San Jose, CA. Building terrain is one of my favorite aspects of the wargaming hobby - in fact, lately I've become more interested in making my battlefields "pop" than in actually playing.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Adventures in 15mm conversions

I posted my journey into 15mm Sci-Fi as a preface for this post.

I used to play Heavy Gear before it changed scales (and I really enjoyed it, which is more than I can say of the new Blitz rules). And with 15mm becoming my new thing, I decided my forces needed a good sized mech of some type, and so I found my old Mammoth strider model.

It is SUPPOSED to look like this...

Sadly, I lost the weapons, but hey, I had the bulk of the beast!  So I started shopping on Reaper Mini's website in the CAV section, and I was quite proud of myself for some of my finds. Let me show you what I found:

Missile arms from the Specter:
Gatling arms from the Rhino:

The astute among you might notice that the shoulders are even similar, so yea, I was quite excited for these to arrive. There is nothing like waiting...

...and finding out the parts you ordered won't really work :(  From this angle, the Gatling arm doesnt look too bad:

But from this angle, well, this just aint right:
Even from the front, it just doesnt balance well:

Well, crap. There goes that. Sure, I can fore go the dweeby missile arm and just use both gatlings, but heck, every Mech needs a good Anti-Tank Missile, right?  I'm really bummed out, and need to start exploring more options. Man, I wish I could find those missing Mammoth arms right about now...


  1. Looking great. Can't wait to see it fully painted up!

  2. Hi Kealios

    Why not cut the missile pod off the arm and attach it to the bottom of the gatling arm? that will also add bulk to the are, or mount it on the shoulder?