With Coteaz complete, it's time to work on the final part of my Inquisition sideboard: the AQRF Chimera. This is, obviously, going to be the transport that takes my Arbites into battle. Since they're modeled to be a kind of a SWAT team (AQRF stands for Arbites Quick Reactioin Force), I want the Chimera to look like a police vehicle. As such, I've made sure to recognize that it's primarily used on the road, in the city. I gave it a searchlight and specifically did not add on smoke launchers or a dozer blade.
I've made a few modifications to it as well. I've removed the lasgun ports from the back and replaced them with flat plasticard. Legally, they can still shoot out of the top hatch and I needed the flat parts to write AQRF on. Also, I added two police-style light bars onto the vehicle to complete the feel. The light bar itself is made from a section of sprue and they're propped up with little plasticard tubes.
I also built every possible weapon for it. I've ordered some tiny magnets so that I can switch between weapons depending on what game I'm playing
Lastly, I've made some conversions to the guy standing out of the hatch. He's been modelled to look like the rest of the AQRF. I gave him a regular IG helmet and shaved down his shoulder pads to give him the tactical vest feel like everyone else. I added the shoulder pocket so he fits in with the rest of the squad. I even shaved down the little nub on his back so I can write AQRF on him like everyone else has. I'm hoping that putting him in the hatch will really help make the vehicle look like it belongs to the squad.
Take a look at my progress! What do you think so far?
|All the pieces of the AQRF Chimera.|
|You can see where I covered up the lasgun ports. I'm planning|
on writing AQRF on those sections, and again just above the
front police light bar.
|Close-up of the rear police light bar.|
|The little white rectangle on the right will be drilled out to house|
a magnet. That way, I can swap out the hull-mounted weapons.
|I've made a few conversions to make the crewman look like|
the rest of the AQRF.
I'd love to hear what you think about the work so far!
As I work on this project, I'm also painting two Knights Bellicose test models. The point of these models is to test the weapons colors. I was never really pleased with brown guns over brown armor. I'm hoping that red weapons will stand out a bit more. After they're completed, I should be satisfied enough to start oficially working on the chapter! Keep checking back to see how it all turns out!