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This is a modelling question really but I posted it here as it is specific to IG players.
Basically I'm after ideas for the loader in the HW teams I use. I tried posing them with a lasgun (since that's what they use in the game). I have tried taking them off the main base and posing separate, but I guess what I really want is a good conversion to make the loader actually look like he's doing his job i.e. feeding the belt/drum into the weapon.
How do other folks pose their HW teams and have any actually made the loader err load?
For the most part, the loader doesn't need to...load. Most of the weapons are self sufficiant, apart from changing the ammo.
For my teams, the loader acts more as a spotter, with binoculars, and a pointy finger, and some variations on this, for example one has a las-pistol, one a grenade etc. So long as they look like they are in the middle of a battle, then thats fine with me!
I have never posed my loaders actually loading, but i usually pose them as spotters, having them either point with the finger or sometimes I put a knife into their hand to make it look like they are pointing with their knives. And they are usually holding binoculars, lasguns, missiles, shovels, etc. in the other hand. Im not really creative with the loader part, but I am more creative with the bases that contain both the shooter and loader, adding shovels sticking up, lasguns standing in a kind of pyramid, bullet casing laying around the breach, and things like that.
In my humble opinion, the loader Raison d'ętre is carry the bulky ammo of the heavy weapon. Be sure that the ammo belt dont jam, fast reload the ammo belt/clip/missile is just secondary. Acting as a spotter is more for indirect firing mortars and snipers with long range anti-materiel rifles, where calculate distances and wind conditions is more important, the direct fire heavy weapons reloaders are prone to firing light weapons for ad some firepower in weapons that dont need constant reload and/or are ease to reload without help (ie. a RPG like frontal loaded weapon is easer to realod for the gunner than a back loaded weapon). Aside of that, I wonder why the model of the loader never carry a backpack full of rockets or boxes of ammo. It looks like the ammo comes from no where.
Last edited by mareo; September 18th, 2008 at 00:56.
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As for how I pose my heavy weapon teams, I guess I'm lucky in that i've got conversions all over the place, so I have more artistic licence available.
My missile launchers are typically manning a tripod mounted launcher converted from a spacemarine hunterkiller upgrade, and i've even got a servoskull with a rack of spare missiles as a loader.
My autocannons are typically as normally built, although I've upgraded them somewhat with targettors and sensors and stuff.
My heavy bolters? I just use heavy bolter servitors. So much easier!
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Interesting, thanks for the posts.
Hi Cadaver Junkie, I don't mind at all, my question is more about the modelling of the HW rather than the use of HW in the game.
I also have lot's of conversions (half the reason my army seems to never look finished!) but the HW are giving me a few problems. My ML teams have been easy to do, the loader can be posed with a missile, autocannons I might be able to do something using the FW resin kits (the arm carrying the spare lasgun cells, swap it for a drum, might work for HB as well).
I guess I'll have to root around in my bits box, or shock horror, buy another box of Cadians and HW.
You can make a small magazine of shells/missiles by clipping out three pieces of a thin, leftover sprue and putting clipped sections of a toothpick between them, like this:
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It'll take a bit of right-sizing to make it fit an average pair of lasgun-holding arms, but otherwise it's a fairly easy effort.
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I have started cutting the handles off the autocannon drums, cutting the centre out, taking one of the GL/flamer arms, sticking the sides of the handle to the hand and attaching that to the closed HB magazine. Angle the arm downwards and I can make it look like he is bringing over a fresh magazine.