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Zeus Weapons Modules

Postby mangozac » Tue Jan 27, 2015 9:47 pm

So for a while now I've been promising some people that I'll complete the set of Zeus weapons modules. Truth be told I made a start on these before I went to Europe in mid-2014, but it's only over the 2014 Christmas break that I got around to finishing them.

Overall I'm pleased - I think I've managed to fit the Zeus aesthetic appropriately. I went for something different with the ball turrets, although I think the barrels may be a little too long - I might shorten them for the production versions...

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Here's what they look like fitted to a Zeus Light Cruiser:
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I'll make some production moulds and cast up a heap of them soon. Keep an eye out on the RA Blog for the announcement of when they're available for purchase ;)
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Re: Zeus Weapons Modules

Postby Malika » Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:05 pm

Really digging the ball turrets, definitely something different, which is quite nice I think!

By the way, would these parts be compatible with the Battlegroup Helios stuff?
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Re: Zeus Weapons Modules

Postby Fleafa » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:37 am

Nice work!
Purely a matter of taste, but I'm not a big fan of the tri-barrels. Love the ball-mount.
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Re: Zeus Weapons Modules

Postby horizon » Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:51 am

The bal joint is cool. The barrels way to long. Looks awkward in my humble opinion.

And the weapon modules are interchangeable between Helios, Zeus and BFG imperial vessels.
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Re: Zeus Weapons Modules

Postby RageofAchilles » Wed Jan 28, 2015 6:56 am

It's funny seeing everyones differing opinions ;) Goes to show how difficult it is for sculptors to predict the market.

However for myself and I say this as someone who has never liked the BFG Aesthetic. I really like the modules! I had thought of using ball mounted weapons on ships before but had been uncertain of the outcome. Having seen the tri barrels on the Zeus cruiser , I think they are great. Also don't shorten the barrels , punters can always file them down to nubs if they like ;)

I would be tempted to have some ball mounted cannon pointing downwards from under the hull, ready for planetary bombardment!

Nicely done Zac :)
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Re: Zeus Weapons Modules

Postby mangozac » Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:52 am

Thanks, I appreciate all of the feedback - especially from you guys!

Malika, yes these are 100% compatible with Battlegroup Helios and BFG.

Fleafa: would you have preferred a different number of barrels?

RageOfAchilles: I can tell exactly why you like these. They have a very utilitarian vibe going on ;)

The barrels were machined from brass rod on a lathe and once parted off it was very difficult to adjust their length (they were shortened from the original length). Despite RageOfAchilles' suggestion I think I will shorten them by a millimetre (at the base, not the tips as there is machined detail there).

It's a bit late now but it probably would have looked better if the balls were larger. Unfortunately I kind of did things backwards and should have made the module to fit the balls...
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Re: Zeus Weapons Modules

Postby horizon » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:38 am

The fickle nature of modelling that is I guess. ;)
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Re: Zeus Weapons Modules

Postby Seb » Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:05 am

Looking good and I believe I fall into the Utilitarian group of design admiration. :lol:
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Re: Zeus Weapons Modules

Postby Commissar-Krad » Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:24 pm

Very nice. The ball turrets are awesome.
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Re: Zeus Weapons Modules

Postby Fleafa » Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:07 pm

mangozac wrote:Fleafa: would you have preferred a different number of barrels?

I don't know. Maybe... They're growing on me...
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Re: Zeus Weapons Modules

Postby harkovast » Thu Jan 29, 2015 4:28 am

These things are so popular, people are starting topics about them all over the place.
When I heard round turrets I had a hard time visualising, but now I see them they are really awesome.
It's a really unique, which is what I want from a new design of weapon.
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Re: Zeus Weapons Modules

Postby mangozac » Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:00 am

Fleafa wrote:I don't know. Maybe... They're growing on me...

Actually, the reason for 3 barrels was trying to reduce the overall diameter of the barrel assembly so that it fit on the ball with the largest barrel diameters possible. 4 barrels would have required much more room.

harkovast wrote:These things are so popular, people are starting topics about them all over the place.
When I heard round turrets I had a hard time visualising, but now I see them they are really awesome.
It's a really unique, which is what I want from a new design of weapon.

Yeah some people just can't contain their excitement ;)
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Re: Zeus Weapons Modules

Postby harkovast » Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:38 pm

They need to learn to be chilled out and play it cool like I do.
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Re: Zeus Weapons Modules

Postby Blindhorizon » Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:32 pm

Man those round turrets are freaking cool man, the execution is awesome. I would have never thought of that. As always you inspire me to keep scratch building.
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Re: Zeus Weapons Modules

Postby mangozac » Mon Feb 09, 2015 9:18 pm

Cheers Blind! Always makes me feel warm and fuzzy when I hear that I've inspired others :)
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