Converting the XV 107 - R'varna Battlesuit

April 6, 2014 ·

From the Forgeworld website
Hello All!

Today, instead of my occasional contribution of a battle report, I will be showing off my latest model: the XV107 R'varna by Forgeworld.

With all the new monstrous creatures and Imperial Knights running amok, it is a good thing that the Tau have the Riptide to compete. The R'varna is a heavier defensive variant of the Riptide. It sacrifices mobility and versatility for increased firepower and survivability. The R'varna is an awesome model, but I wanted to make a few changes to it...

I love this model. It is way more appealing to me than the standard Riptide model, but a couple things bothered me. First, even though it has the same shield generator as the Riptide, it isn't anywhere on the model. Second, no flechette dischargers. And third, the weapons really just act like a Heavy 2 weapon instead of two separate Heavy 1 weapons, why bother?

So without further ado, the total WIP picture dump of my XV107 - R'varna

Starting the scratchbuilt shield generator
Basically finished shield generator
My rendition of the Flechette Dischargers to mount on the shield
The first assemblies and work on the base

Scratchbuilt arms and hands from plasticard and sprues
Starting on the painting
After my highlights
Here are the final shots. They are the best I could do with the lighting and camera at my disposal.

And finally, here he is shielding my Ethereal from harm. He'd basically be the most badass bodyguard you could get in the 40k universe.

Thanks for looking. I hope this has given some people some inspiration. Feel free to post your thoughts or questions below.


Anonymous said...
April 6, 2014 at 12:33 PM  

That is fantastic. I hadn't seen that forge world model, but I also like it better than the standard model. I may have to get that one if I ever work up the motivation to paint a full riptide...

Anonymous said...
April 7, 2014 at 5:37 AM  

It's gorgeous!!!

Alpha Cyberus said...
April 8, 2014 at 9:12 AM  

Wow man, epic! That's definitely an awesome inspiration for wanting to make similar conversions to an R'Vana if I ever get one, the way you did the guns just makes so much more sense.

Rathstar said...
April 28, 2014 at 6:30 AM  

Stunning conversion, really impressive :)

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