Forge World make a very decent Dreadclaw, but it's a large piece of resin and frankly a lot of money for something that sits there looking like a rather unhappy crab!
So when I saw some of the Guardians of the Galaxy toys (The Nova Corps Starblaster below right) on sale for $10 I thought I'd grab one just to add to the massive toy collection here at Beardy Hammer Central.
It wasn't until I sat it on it's bum that any notion of anything else even stuck me - but there it was (below right) Dreadclaw-ish. All it would take was some paint and a bit of slicing and dicing!
Once the pieces were all apart I gave it a good soapy soak, then filled some seems with glue and sanded them flat when dry. The whole thing was undercoated black, then the metallic pieces were sprayed Leadbelcher, and Balthasar Gold was then used as an alternate metal colour for some areas. When this was dry, the metallic pieces were were washed heavily in Nuln Oil and left to dry while the cabin was sprayed white, then sprayed Macragge Blue. The metallics were then drybrushed in Ironbreaker.
While this was drying, extra armour plates and rivets were glued to parts of the hull (below right). This was to give it a more Imperial look in tune with the Warhammer theme. SO MANY RIVETS!!
Decals were applied for my War Hounds Legion and the blue was shaded and highlighted. A word of warning though, there are a lot of angles on this proxy Dreadclaw, so be prepared to do highlighting!
... And there we have a $10 Dreadclaw!
Is this a perfect Dreadclaw?
No - no it's not - BUT it is a very cheap way to represent a vehicle that will drop your troops into the midst of a fire fight. The Dreadclaw by Forge World is a pretty hefty price, considering it's role - it's not a tank after all - so why not do what the original Warhammer modellers did and build your own?
All up it took half a day to get most of it done, then maybe four hours spread over a few nights.
In retrospect this would look really sweet with the blades from the Warhammer 40K Drop Pod on it too - maybe closer to the original Dreadclaw - but this one works too in a round about way.
I'm sure this idea can be improved upon, so go get one of these and give it a go, then share with us - we'd love to see what you come up with!