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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.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mammoth 15mm conversion draws closer to completion!

My T-Rex is slowly getting bigger! Yes, the awesome, fearsome Mech I've been converting for my Gruntz and Tomorrow's War armies is growing up. The problem I had with the arms being waaaayy too small (thus giving this predator the T-Rex look!) has gone away. Thanks in no small part to my friend Chris Foster and his extensive collection of everything Warhammer 40K, I was able to secure some Space Marine Dreadnought arms to give this Mammoth a new outlook on life.

First the old arms laying side by side with the new arms:
You can see how the arm on the left has a slightly modified gatling cannon on it. Chris had slapped on a gun from an old Mechwarrior Clix model onto it, and I thought it looked like what I wanted, so I kept it.

After a few changes to the missile arm, adding some plasticard and a washer to distance the arm from the shoulders, here is how things are looking so far:

A closer version of the missiles. I shaved the tops and backs off these guys, gluing them together, and I pinned them into the arm after cutting off the Close Combat claw. A bit of plasticard rod sloppily covered in putty completes the top:

So of COURSE I had to see how it all fits together!

The dorsal mount is off a Reaper CAV model, the Mastodon.

The arms aren't so puny any more, are they?!

The chin gun, not shown here, is from this Nightshade's dorsal gun:

I am not 100% what to do with the hollowed out scoops on the left and right side of the Mammoth's cockpit. Originally those were for mini-gatlings so anti-personnel defense, but I think I will fill them in and make them look like sensors or some such.


  1. Thats looking better, the scoops? not sure, what was originally supposed to be in them? maybe leave them, heat sinks maybe? maybe mount spotlights in them?

  2. You can see the original post at http://kealios.blogspot.com/2011/10/adventures-in-15mm-conversions.html where it shows the small gatling guns. Its a great idea, but I dont want to go overboard. Some kind of sensor or spotlight is a good idea. I'll brainstorm it tonight and see what I can come up with.

  3. My vote is with spotlight or sensor-type greebly as well. Don't want to suffer from "overgun." :)

    Great build.