I picked these up in the toy aisle at the Dollar Tree in Bennington for the grand total of — wait for it — $2.50. In British, that's just over two quid. Yep, these awesome turrets each cost about the same as a Snickers. Amazing. Dollar Tree has now become my happy place for buying cheap toys to use in scenery and conversions, and believe me there's more of this kind of stuff to come in future posts.
Here's one next to Betty. Holy crap, for $1.25 this thing is awesome, and let me take this opportunity to remind everyone that you can't get a Space Marine plasma pistol on Ebay for that amount. The turret part rotates (it is a tad loose but for this money who cares?) and the legs fold in or out.
The legs can be folded all the way back if you'd prefer your turret to be on more of a level with the soft pulpy humans you're shooting at. And if that wasn't enough...
...they come with rockets that click in and can be fired at figures, coffee cups, dogs, girlfriends... the list is endless! Holy shit, can today get any better?
Without further ado, I glued their legs to 60mm bases and then used more superglue to stop the turrets rotating as they're so loose they have a tendency to spin around if breathed on.
I thought the missiles looked too toy-like so I stuck some nylon spacers to the fronts to simulate barrels. Once the superglue had dried I took them downstairs to prime them black.
They were blindingly easy to paint: just a quick drybrush with some Black Grey and a second one with a tiny amount of Plate Metal.
The circular bit between the barrels was painted Mutation and Scorpy greens to represent a laser sight.
Here's another photo with Betty. Honestly, considering these turrets cost the equivalent of a couple of chocolate bars, they look great. If I see more I'll pick them up.
More sci-fi scenery to come, so till next time, take care!