piltogg wrote:If you paint over the studs the paint will wear off if you attach anything to it, and also the attachment will be too tight because of the thickness of the paint. So don't paint over the whole thing unless you are sure it is in a configuration you want to keep it in permanantly. The patches with no studs can be painted any way you'd like; no issues. You could add stickers there for a pretty easy fix-up that would also look decent.
Replacing the studs sounds like it would be more work than it's worth. I'd just work on adding in a few more details either with lego parts or with some other plastic or metal bits you've got lying around, as it looks pretty large and bland curently. if it was me doing it, I'd try to attach some side guns and make it like a predator tank from W40K.
All in all though, modding stuff doesn't usually look good unless you plan on modding All of your stuff the same way. Lego is blocky and unrealitic, and things you paint have a tendency to stand out liek a sore thumb.
First off, thanks for the advice Piltogg.
I'm not terrible concerned about paint wear, since there are only a few places that will have figs standing on them frequently, and I'm planning on matching the paint scheme to surface elements to minimize wear on the weapon mounts. For example, I'll be mounting a M1919 on the turret's roof in front of the rear hatch, so I'll use black bricks to attach it to the tank body, and paint that small section of the tank black as well (and make sure to use black parts in the weapon-to-weapon-mount interface for anything else I mount there). Any new weapons will attach to the mount I built for the M1919, which should allow for both reduced wear and rotating weapon loads. I'm not sure what effect painting over the new studs will have on their grip ability, so I might have to do some experiments before I paint the whole tank. Given that current
studs are too big for minifigs to stand on anyway ("compatible with other brands", HA), the paint can't make things any worse.
Given the aforementioned compatibility issues, at least some of the currents studs do need to go, no matter how much effort it takes. Hopefully, I'll be able to dremal over the ones that need to go without much effort (I somehow suspect that Best-Lock did not invest in the highest quality plastic), and the glue some of my broken or discolored lego plates over the gaps. I'm going to try and use a few lego parts as possible during the conversion, probably just enough to provide places for minifigs to stand and weapon attachments. For the rest, I have another complete worthless Best-Lock tank to scrap and use for parts, as well as perform any destructive tests on (which, judging from the feedback prior to yours, will make several people very happy).
Oh, and thanks for suggestion sponson guns, I'll look into adding a few.