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Hey guys. I've got a few Tyranids and now I'm looking to expand into another field: a Death Guard Army. However, I'll be making my own warband of a Chapter that dedicated itself to Grandfather Nurgle. Basically the only game difference will be nurglings on every model (I love the little buggers).
Anwyway, here's my situation. I have about 45 Space Marines back from when I was trying to collect loyalist pigs. Now I want to convert them into plague marines. I was wondering if anyone had one this, and if so if they had tips. I was thinking that I would just buy a bunch of green stuff and go to ground making bloated, pus-filled bodies. Anything else yuo guys would recommend?
Thanks for the input!
Buy a few bits on Ebay to dress them down... backpacks would be a good idea and if you can get some CSM heads, or Fantasy Chaos Marauder or Warrior, or Zombie heads, those will work, too. Green stuff is good for bodies, use your drill to put some holes in them, too. Lastly, I'd suggest getting some Death Guard shoulder pads, as well, unless you feel comfortable modelling your own.
That's a good idea about drilling the holes and getting the shoulder pads. I hadn't thought about that. However, the backpacks probably won't be necessary because I'm designing a chapter that recently defected and went the path of the Death Guard. So they have recent marks of power armor.
Where would you suggest drilling the holes? Torso? Legs? Arms?
I don't know if it's any help to you, but I have some pictures of a few regular CSMs I recently converted to Plague Marines. You can find a link to some pictures if you follow the project link in my signature.
Thanks! That helps a lot! Provides a lot of inspiration. Great work on them, by the way
You're welcome, and thank you.
It may be a far behind what some master sculpters around here can pull, but it proves one can come quite far with just a little effort.
I've done just what your planning with good results. I'm not a good painter but I like to convert.
Use it, but remember, less is more. A small blob (I mean really small) iis all that it takes. The possibilities are endless. Put it over one of the eyes of the mini and smear it out. Fuse the bolter withs his hand, build a boil and put it on his torso... Well you get the idea.
I used the plastic WHFB zombie sprue. The arms and heads are great. I also made great use of the WHFB plastic marauders. Bare arms and the occasional head make good contrast.
Destroy the model:
Drill holes. Cut up the model, making scratches and battle damage.
Come up with a yucky paint scheme:
The sloppier the better.
Use your imagination:
Buy one box of Plague Marines:
Don't put them together as one but spread out the parts. Use the body with regular arms and use the arms with regular bodies. A box of five DG makes >10 models when combined with regular plastics.
My friend had success with using hot glue to form boils and poaches all over the the models, and also used it on the hands, but to a lesser degree. He then painted them up like the swamp thing. I wish I could show you pictures.. they do look cool
you can also look into forgeworld they do have nurgle conversion kits there.
Painting: 20 quarrelers
I think the forgeworld stuff is nice, but I would only use them on one squad that I was going to spend a lot of time on to make it look really nice. The problem with them is that they are so expensive for so little.
~$40 or £19.55 for http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/Chaos/nu...components.jpg
If you have the money to spend $40 per 10 troops ...more power to you because they do look nice, but I also think you could convert units to look a lot like those for a lot less as the OP is trying to do.
You could easily steal some spear tips or spikey bits from chaos rhino/tank bit sprues and make helmets like that with some green stuff, and the shoulderpads are pretty easy to dupe as well. They absolutely won't be of the same quality, but saving $40 is worth it to me.
I find people sell loyalist space marines for less than chaos on ebay and similar sites because of the popularity and GW gives more heavy weapons to their tac squads so thats another bonus/reason to convert.
Last edited by paregoric_HAL; May 18th, 2009 at 09:44.