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artbraune22 Jan 2013 3:06 p.m. PST

From John Bear Ross's blog (

I've managed to knock out a heavy tank for Khurasan, do some extensive reworks for Critical Mass, and a beautifully modular new vehicle for Rebel. I'm on fire!

Way cool…

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2013 3:41 p.m. PST

JBR is like unto a digitally-gifted demigod. I'm always interested to see his new stuff.

Chef Lackey Rich Fezian Inactive Member22 Jan 2013 4:06 p.m. PST

Ravenstar's making some beauties too, and Brigade Models has an absolute flood of 15mm stuff coming this year. 2013 should be great for 15mm gamers.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member22 Jan 2013 4:11 p.m. PST

Pics, JBR, pics!

Moqawama Inactive Member22 Jan 2013 5:01 p.m. PST

Yes, we want pics!

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member22 Jan 2013 6:14 p.m. PST

Ravenstar does 15mm? I've only seen his starships (which I have, and are great), so I've been missing out.

wminsing Inactive Member22 Jan 2013 7:25 p.m. PST

JBR probably can't post them until he gets permission from the folks who bought the designs…..


John Bear Ross Inactive Member22 Jan 2013 8:32 p.m. PST

True. I would hate to be a pic tease.

I will seek permission to let a few things out.


darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member22 Jan 2013 9:14 p.m. PST

Yay! *\o/*

John Bear Ross Inactive Member22 Jan 2013 11:28 p.m. PST

Just so you know, all three Karkpanzers (yes, even the heavy) have been prototyped by yours truly. It was a long process, and my scheduling troubles are completely to blame. Things seem to be back on track, now, (yes, a tank pun) and I think I can go ahead and start showing you a few things.

Here's the Karkpanzer Leicht (Light), Work In Progress part 1.



keeper Nilbog Inactive Member23 Jan 2013 2:50 a.m. PST

Any news on the next wave of Kark is GOOD news

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member23 Jan 2013 9:47 a.m. PST

Good starting point. :)

Logain Inactive Member23 Jan 2013 12:42 p.m. PST

Ravenstar does some REALLY nice 15mm sci-fi.

John Bear Ross Inactive Member25 Jan 2013 3:05 a.m. PST

Here's part two of the Karkpanzer Light build.




Moqawama Inactive Member25 Jan 2013 3:24 a.m. PST

Extremely interesting!

(Jake Collins of NZ 2) Inactive Member25 Jan 2013 3:14 p.m. PST

Given the size of the bore of the gun, compared to the size of the chassis, I'd think this vehicle would run out of ammo pretty darn fast. Can't have much room for those big shells.

Of course, maybe if fires handwavium that takes up no space.

John Bear Ross Inactive Member26 Jan 2013 11:02 a.m. PST

There's always the case for external "blow-away" ammo storage.

Or, projectiles and propellant could be store separately. I remember a David Drake story where the projectiles were loaded into the breech, and then liquid propellant flooded into the chamber, and was detonated. Always thought that was neat.

Anyway, that's neither here nor there. That barrel is a placeholder. Final bore will be skinnier, but not by much.

On the other hand, when it comes to weaponry in sci-fi minis, bigger is usually better, since bigger casts more consistently, and doesn't twist and turn like a wet noodle during shipping and transport ;)


BlackWidowPilot Supporting Member of TMP Fezian26 Jan 2013 12:46 p.m. PST

Don't need physical ammo storage with a particle cannon…evil grin

Leland R. Erickson
Metal Express

John Bear Ross Inactive Member26 Jan 2013 2:11 p.m. PST

Part three is up.




Lion in the Stars26 Jan 2013 2:59 p.m. PST

Don't need physical ammo storage with a particle cannon…
But you do with a powergun!

Been monkeying around with the Ghost drones from Macross Frontier… in 1/72 scale, 2x 75mm, and 4x or 6x .50cal. In 1/100 with the same model, 2x 10cm powerguns and 4x or 6x 2cm powerguns. Incoming!

John Bear Ross Inactive Member27 Jan 2013 12:50 p.m. PST

And, here's the fourth and final iteration of the KarkPanzer Light work in progress series.

Here's the link to the post.


Here's the alt-WW2 version…


Here's the futuristic MDMS-upgraded version…


And here's the total parts breakdown.




AWuuuu Inactive Member27 Jan 2013 3:35 p.m. PST

I would prefer something shorter and bulkier as an anti tank future gun.
But its nice model.

I like minigun best but ammo storage would be a real problem.
Maybe laser minigun ?

John Bear Ross Inactive Member27 Jan 2013 3:47 p.m. PST

Jon handles the fluff. I just arrange electrons. I'm sure it will make sense ;)

Here's some comparison shots of the MDMS version next to a Red Lightning and Cane Toad.





Splod89 Inactive Member27 Jan 2013 6:59 p.m. PST

Hmm, kinda col. It's the Canetoad I'm most excited for however.

Dragon Gunner27 Jan 2013 8:18 p.m. PST

It rocks!

Personal logo MrHarold Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Jan 2013 8:30 p.m. PST

That'll be great to harass my opponents heavy mechs!

John Bear Ross Inactive Member28 Jan 2013 5:51 a.m. PST

So, we call it the RUM-V system…



Personal logo MrHarold Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jan 2013 6:52 a.m. PST

So, we call it the RUM-V system…



You're a crazy man John Bear Ross! Setting out to change the whole 15mm vehicle landscape!



John Bear Ross Inactive Member28 Jan 2013 7:41 a.m. PST

Dogs and cats living together…Mass Hysteria!



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