If you are like me you can’t wait long enough to have Night Scythes on the table. I have been proxying them in games, and I absolutely love them. In my current list I run four of them. They offer up some great mobility and some very good supporting fire power as well. Great at tearing down light armor, but even better is the fact that they keep your MSU squads safe after they are destroyed. I like that a melta unit cannot take down the Night Scythe and then assault its innards, like rhinos and chimeras. At first I thought this would be a weakness, but its really not.
In my travels across the internet I came upon this kit from Moebius Models:
It is a Cylon Raider at a pretty good scale. I couldn’t find any size comparisons with GW models, but when I found the kit on Amazon for 23$ each, I couldn’t resist. I figured even if it came out to be too small, it was worth it for the bits – so I ordered 4!
When the box came in today I immediately dug on the kit and started comparing it for size. Here is a picture with it compared against a Vendetta. It is almost exactly the same size, and for my money I think that is pretty awesome
The kit itself is very simple. The instructions are only a couple of pages. For those of you out there who love Battlestar, also note that the book is missing its corners. Quaint.
The kits goes together pretty well, but it really shouldn’t be left as is. The Cylon Raider head is an obvious give away, but the application of a razor saw quickly removes it. In its place, I went with a large plastic gem. I will paint it up glowing like the rest of the green in my necrons and it will serve as the worm hole gate to transport the troops in. I just cut the back of the gem with my dremmel tool and sanded it flat. It fit on perfect.
Next up on the conversions were the destructors. The guns the raider comes with are way to puny and I also don’t like how far back they normally are. Call me modeling for advantage, but with only a 24″ range you can’t have these things at the rear end of the model. The answer was simply taking the twin linked destructors from my command barges and making them work. I cut a piece of thick sprue and inserted it into the back of the destructors and then glued this into place on the raider where the guns usually went. After it dried, I covered the gap in green stuff and sculpted an easy set of ridges between the destructors and the body. The destructor barrels now sit just barely below the wings, and I like the way it looks.
Now I have the raider pretty much down. I will work on sprucing it up with the odd Necron bits here and there. I also will end up placing it on a standard Warhammer 40k flying base.
Overall I say this is a good kit, and for the money, why wait until GW drops the Night Scythe. Scoop them up while they are available!
As for the remaining character conversions, what else should I do to the model?