As I have tested my Codex Marine MotF list, I have come to realize the rifleman dreads (2x TL autocannons) are simply the best way to bring long range supression/anti-tank fire. Sure the TL lascannon/missile launcher variety is good, but it is more expensive and puts out less shots. To this end, I have decided to go ahead and model three of my dreads as rifleman dreadnoughts.
Now, I teach. I don't know how teachers are treated in other countries, but here in the US, garbagemen get paid better. I am always trying to come up with decent conversions for make cost effective models. To that end, I have come up with the following option. You can find packs of three autcannons from $3-$7. So for 3 dreads, I think I spent about $20-$25 outside of shipping. Not bad since the Forgeworld autocannon arms cost around $11 per arm. I ended up saving about $20.
Per dreadnought you will need:
a hobby knife
The first step is to make some inital cuts. You can use a hobby knife or your snips. Below you can see that the red lines represent where you should cut.
One you have cut, use the file to flatten out the area you cut on the autocannons. It isn't actually flat. Once both gun mounts are flat, glue them together and glue one ammo cannister to one of the autocannons. At this point you should look like this.
Here is the tricky part. As you can see, because of the way we glued the guns, you have one ammo feed on the outside and one on the inside of the arm. What you need to do now is carefully use your hobby knife to cut the inside aiming ammo feed off. It should be the one you haven't glued a cannister to yet. Also cut off the handle to the crank on the gun. Then turn around the ammo feed bit you cut off and attach cannister to it. Now your arms should have the ammo cannisters both on the same side and look like this:
When you are done, you can file down the greenstuff to make a nice eaven covering and voila! You have TL autocannon arms. Total time spent on creation is about 30 minuts per arm.
In the end, you will have a guy that looks something similar to this:
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