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Cicero Silius

18 February 2019 - 10:17 PM

Cicero Ansgar Silius

Full Name: Cicero Ansgar Silius
Aliases: -

Sex: Male
Race: Human - Nordling
Birthplace: Kvasirsal

Affinity: Earth
Deity: Heimdall
Faction: The Inquisition

Talents: Education (Northrim), Martial Combat, Arcane Lore, Blacksmithing

Attributes 
Strength: 8
Agility: 6
Constitution: 8
Perception: 5
Intelligence: 5
Spirit: 5
Luck: 5

Appearance: Eyes are an ice cold blue with red hair. He keeps his head shaven on the sides with the Valknut tattooed on each side of his head. He sports a beard as well. A tattoo of Yggdrasil covers his back, the Helm of Awe upon his right shoulder, and the Vegvisir upon his left shoulder.
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Inventory:
1 full set of void iron Inquisition plate and chain armor
1 set of black clothing
1 black Inquisitor cloak
1 void iron zweihander
1 torch
5 void iron javelins
1 void iron dagger
Water and rations

Biography:
Hailing from the Kingdom of Northrim, Cicero once had a father, mother, and sister. Cicero's father, Lars, was originally from the Achaean Empire and travelled far north to set up shop. Lars was a young man when he ventured to Northrim. He eventually settled in Kvasirsal. After a few years, he married Cicero's mother, Astrid, a Nordling. Cicero was born soon after their marriage. A daughter was born as to them, Vecca. His father was a blacksmith and taught Cicero the trade.

One day while bringing home raw materials for the forge, he saw a few Inquisitors clad in their void iron armor. From that day, Cicero knew what he wanted to be. He had known of Inquisitors before, but never had he seen them prior. The armor captured his mind and he loved their ideals.

After a few years, he became old enough to his parents to travel and join the Inquisition. His service with the Inquisition hasnt been long, but he is a strong and hardy Ebonguard. He has mainly been stationed in the Kingdom of Northrim where his greatest achievement has been killing a flame mage burning down a village. Other than that, he has arrested a few other mages, his career hasnt been extraordinary, but he is still young. Cicero stands by the ideals of the Inquisition strongly and is unwavering.
Cicero is most skilled with a zweihander. He puts immense power into each swing of his two-handed greatsword which if he misses results his sword cutting into the earth. His comrades can attest to his power as he cut the flame mages arm clean off, and finished him off by nearly cleaving him in two at the waist.

Campaign History:
Damnatio Memoriae

Relationships:
Augustin Caesar, friend.

Currency: -

The LEGO T71 Cadillac Motor Car Division Light Tank Project

12 February 2019 - 08:57 PM

Greetings SSLFer's,

From one project unto the next.

The new project is the Cadillac Motor Car Division's version of the T71 light tank, the far more conventional design as compared to the Detroit Arsenal's proposal.

Let us begin with reference pictures:
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Part 1. Current work time: 3 hours. Total work time: 3 hours.

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P1.1: The T71 CMDC is a shorter vehicle than the T71 DA, due to the drive sprocket being in the front, meaning a front mounted transmission, and has a trailing idler like the M7 Medium Tank and M3/M5 Stuart of light tanks.

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P1.2: Like the M7 Medium Tank, the T71 CDMC has 3 differently sloped plates for the front hull. This take me a long time to figure out.

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P1.3: Went back and undid the entire front hull to see if I could figure it out by changing the distance of the lower glacia plate.

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P1.4: I eventually gave up on the slope technique I used on the M6A1 and M6A2E1 HT's and went with a boring plate technique.

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P1.5: I redid the headlights and finished the cupola for the Driver. Getting the fenders all figure out as well.

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P1.6: Again went with a brick solution for the sloping of the rear hull. I quickly learned this vehicle was going to be a challenge even though I was flying through this build.

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P1.7: I considered this done for the rear hull, but went back to add the tail lights to the vehicle. I don't think I have a screenshot of it.

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P1.8: This is when I hit a wall. The turret, not only is the gun mantlet perfectly translate into being 1x1 which makes it hard to do that on a turret that is 8 studs in diameter, but this is also an asymmetrical turret. The Americans loved to make these in the 50's and 60's. Funnily enough, American tanks with oscillating turrets were the only ones with symmetrical turrets at the time.

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P1.8: I copied the T71 DA turret into the file to copy the gun over. They're using the same gun so, yeah. You also see me using a very odd mounting system for the gun. We'll see how that goes.

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P1.9: The turret looks alright...

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P1.10: Here you see that I copied the cupola turret over from the T71 DA onto the T71 CMCD, again they're the same. American's started mounting these fat cupola turrets on all of their tanks to provide the commander access to a MG without exposing himself. I think they're pretty cool, but nowadays we have CROWS on our Abrams'.

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P1.11: Here you see me starting from scratch with a new turret design, while still trying to get the 1x1 gun mantlet to work. The thing about that though is that messes up everything else. So, I think I'm going to ditch trying to get it 1x1 and make it 1x2. Luckily the T71 DA had a 2x2 'gun mantlet'.

Cheers.

The LEGO T71 Detroit Arsenal Light Tank Project

09 February 2019 - 02:12 PM

Greetings SSLFer's.

A project ends, a new one begins.

As you can tell from the topic title my new project is the T71 Detroit Arsenal light tank. It's a rather interesting vehicle with an interesting story as well.

Let us begin with reference photos:
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Part 1. Current work time: 2 hours. Total work time: 2 hours.
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P1.1: As per usual I am starting with the suspension. Fun thing though is that there are no official dimensions for the T71 Detroit Arsenal (DA) light tank. So, I have to guess on everything. I spent a good while trying to figure out how much spacing I wanted between the roadwheels.

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P1.2: How the lower glacia plate of the pike nose attaches to the rest of the hull. I'm basing this on Brickmania's IS-3 Pike heavy tank model. The pike nose is a reference to the shaping of a tank's frontal hull that was invented by the Russians. It premiered on the IS-3 heavy tank, and some countries toyed with this concept.

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P1.3: How the lower glacia plate looks.

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P1.4: Here we jump to the back of the hull. Not very much going on here, primarily focusing on the frontal hull to get the pike nose done.

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P1.5: In this photo you see how I plan to mount the two upper glacis plates to finish off the pike nose. It may be too tall, we'll see. The yellow studs mark the start of the hull leveling out. Green studs denote where the turret starts.

Cheers.

The LEGO M6A1 (T1E1) Heavy Tank Project

15 December 2018 - 05:28 PM

Greetings SSLFer's,
 
For my new project, I will be creating the World War II American heavy tank, the M6A1 (T1E1). This will be the first time I've designed a heavy tank out of LEGO. I have done the M7 MT twice, and got decently far with the T1E2 and T1E3 Cunningham LT's before I lost all my data on them. I may restart those projects soon.
 
At any rate, I suspect this project will be slow going as this tank is quite large and has an interesting suspension system, a small caliber coaxially mounted cannon, multiple hull mounted MG's, and is quite large due to a lot of dead air.
 
This was the first heavy tank that was standardized in the US's history, the first of 3. We have designed many more, but this is the progenitor of standardized American heavy tanks.
 
Once I finish this project, I may create the M6A2E1-1 heavy tank which was based on this chassis/hull and mounted a much larger gun in a much larger turret.
 
We shall see.
 
Again, this will be 1/35th scale to match all my other LEGO tanks and AFV's.
Actual to 1/35th Scale.
Length: 27ft 8in (Gun Forward) to 9.5in at 38 studs.
Width: 10ft 3in to 3.5in at 16 studs.
Height: 9ft 10in to 3.4in at 27 studs.
 
Reference Photos:
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The M6A1/T1E1 by itself.
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M6A1 HT with M5A1 Stuart LT.
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M6A1 HT with M3 Lee MT and M3 Stuart LT.

Cheers.

The LEGO M7 Medium Tank Project 2

09 November 2018 - 07:33 PM

Greetings SSLFer's. I'm back at it again. This time I return to my first project, the M7 Medium Tank of the US Army during World War II. I was making this 1/35th scale to match all my other vehicles. So, it was to be 3.2in wide at 10 studs, 5.89in long at 17 studs, and 2.66in tall at 17 studs. The blue studs are to mark the length, red is width, while purple is height.
The original topic can be found here. > http://forums.saber-...showtopic=10389

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The suspension is the first thing I do. Getting the length of the vehicle while having an accurate suspension system is very difficult. You've got the drive sprocket, idler (in this case a trailing idler), roadwheels, and return rollers. As you can see the vehicle is within the length perimeters.
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Here I am figuring out the fenders/sandshields and the frontal sloping of the vehicle. Interesting thing about the M7 MT is that it had a rounded hull as opposed to the angular hulls of most American tanks of the period. The only other tank at the time that had a rounded hull was the M4A1 Sherman MT and M22 Locust light tank. Thugh, most Shermans had angular hulls due to them being welded. It took me an hour to figure out the sloping of this vehicle, but what made the front hull so difficult is that it has two different slopes. You have the lower glacis plate that covers the transmission and reaches up to above the bow mounted MG, then the second slope begins until the roof of the hull.
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Then I started on the side hull armor which is also sloped and had to be the same height as the rest of the hull while trying to make it look like it flowed together was no simple task. I had realized after designing this part of the tank, that the fenders/sandshields were too low to allow the installation of track links, so I had to take it all off, increase the height by a stud, then put it all back on, then had to redo the entire front hull to make the slopes match. That was a very long process.
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As you can see, I finished all the side and front hull antics, and was able to finish the front hull. I put in two working hatches for the driver and co-driver/bow gunner, started on the rear shaping, and finishing the hull roof.
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More work upon the rear hull. The M7 MT had a strange curved rear hinged plate that lifted up to allow access to the engine, this is not found in this model sadly, and was hard to create, but I found the near perfect piece, it is sadly 2 studs too wide, but was good enough.
I redid the rear hull armor to add the storage racks found there. I debated adding this or not, but decided to make the model as accurate as possible with my limited skills.
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Finished hull assembly. Notice the raised engine deck due to the curved plate. All the angles/slopes flow together neatly except for the corners due to no piece able to make it so.
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Sadly I have no screenshots of work of the turret. I worked on that single part for at least an hour. This is the finished product, I did a minor rework of the front hull right by the hatches to make the model slightly more accurate by adding the periscopes of the driver and co-driver/bow gunner.
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The profile of the model. It is slightly longer than the goal by 2 studs due to the rear fender/sandshield and the barrel. The turret is quite long, about 2/3rd of the hull length. The rear turret bustle was standard for American tanks at this point to house the radio, but the storage box bolted onto the back of that made it even longer.
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Here you can see the rear shaping and detailing. This tank has the oddest rear hull shaping I've ever seen on an American WWII tank. A weird trapezoidal shape on the lower rear and then the curved engine hatch. Most American tanks had doors on the rear hull with the engine that could slide out for easy access, but the M7 MT made you have to lift up the engine hatch, you'd have to traverse the turret to be able to do so, and then reach down into the engine compartment and lift it out. The cone on the turret roof is to be the pintle mount for the M1919 .30in cal LMG.
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Here I hid the purple Z axis for the height to allow a nice shot of the model. Both hatches on the turret roof do open. The turret also does traverse. Plus the main gun can elevate, but not depress.

RESULTS:
The model measures in at 19 studs long, 11 studs wide, and 23 studs tall (top of the cone of the pintle mount). Or 21 studs at the turret roof. Wider, longer, and taller than my original perimeters, though it came out well. The length increase is no issue, nor the width. The height perimeter was not obtainable. Due to the suspension using well over half the height allowance, then the rest of the hull, and finally the turret. I knew I was not going to be able to make it the height I desired, which is fine, as all my models are too tall due to the dimensions of LEGO bricks.

I will be buying a BrickArms M1919 LMG, and Brickmania's 1 stud wide track links.

I do plan to improve this model again as the turret is too blocky for my tastes and looks very WWII Japanese tank-esque. Though getting a turret that is shaped like a hexagon that slopes on all sides so that it is smaller at the top than the base is rather difficult and I know not how to shape it correctly. Though the M7 MT has a wider hull than the M4 Sherman MT, the turret of the M7 is narrower, which doesn't help.

HISTORY:
The M7 medium tank started as a replacement for the aging M3 and M5 Stuart light tank series. The new tank was to mount a 75mm gun like the M4 Sherman, but still have the mobility and light weight of the M3/M5 Stuart LT's. It started as the T7 light tank, then became too heavy to be considered a light tank by the US Army. When it finished completion, it had worse armor, the same firepower, and slightly faster than the M4 Sherman. By the time it was deemed a failure, 7 M7's had been accepted, and for many decades this was known as the entire production run of the M7 Medium Tank. Though new found pictures of the Wisconsin Historical Society show at least 40 M7 MT's in varying states of completion at the Quad-Cities Tank Arsenal. The M7 MT I have recreated is a T7E5 MT, which was a T7E2 rearmed with a M3 75mm tank gun instead of a British Ordnance QF 6-pounder Mark III or a 57mm gun. The Army looked into the mobility performance of the M7 MT and found that the castings of the tank were much thicker than normal, so 6 vehicles were modified to have the thinnest armor thickness allowed, speed was barely improved. These 6 modified M7's were not accepted, leading to an accepted production run of only 7 vehicles.

SPECIFICATIONS:
Weight: 26.975 tons
Length: 17ft 2 in
Width: 9ft 4in
Height: 7ft 9in
Crew: 5, Commander in turret left rear, Gunner in turret left front, Loader in turret right, Driver in hull left front, and Co-Driver/Bow Gunner in hull right front.
Armor: 13-64mm or 0.51-2.52in
Main Armament: M3 75mm Gun (71 rounds)
Secondary Armament: M1919A4 0.3in LMG, ball mount in front right hull, coaxial to 75mm gun, and flexible in pintle mount. (4,500 rounds)
Engine: Continental R975-C1 (350hp)
Speed: 30MPH on roads
Range: 100mi on roads