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Yeah I know it's way too early to start talking about converting these new models, and yes I am aware that it would also be really expensive. I got about 3 squads myself that I plan to use as my veteran squads alongside my cadian models (using the veterans doctrine that allows me to have up to 3 vet squads). But I want my modern themed army to look more unique, so I have been considering replacing my cadian models with ones created from Elysian body parts and the heads of Cadian sentinal pilots. These conversions would represent my regular infantry squads. I also plan to shave off the oxygen masks attatched to the Elysian torso to make more room for equipment packs.
Anywayz, what do you all think? And lets hear your ideas for Elysian conversions.
I'm waiting to see the army list before I go planning too many conversions on mine... 'tho I wouldn't mind having Elysian 'support' characters like Enginseers or Psychics, if they're in the list.
I personnally only like the weapons and the way their done, but not so much the models.
Three Companies of the 26th Vinancium
143rd Airborne Badgers (99.9% done)
159th Corsair Rifles (35% done))
69th Armored Wall Busters (95% done)
Total 197 men, 12 tanks, 4 Heavy Artillery Pieces
I'm so incredibly pleased with the new Elysian models that I dropped a couple of grand on a whole Elysian army complete with two Valkyries and a Vulture. The models are already so incredibly more detailed than anything GW has released that I couldn't even imagine how to go about making them better.
Their poses are great, their weapons are the best looking lasguns that have come out, their uniforms look great and they have lots of detailed equipment that you can have a lot of fun painting.
That being said, however, I DID do a little converting myself. I didn't like the way the wings were squared off at the front on the Vulture and Valkyries so I took the wings and reversed them so that they are swept back. It makes them all look a lot faster and more realistic if you ask me. Also, you can actually SEE the heavy bolter door gunner on the Valkyrie if you reverse the wings. Otherwise he's mostly obscured from vision if you aren't looking for him.
<swabs ears w/ q-tip>Originally Posted by H0urg1ass
excuse me, but did you just say you dropped a couple "grand"?
i hope by grand you mean 1000 Yen.
hey man, if i had the extra coin and the time to start up a new IG army those models are awsome.
Lol, yeah. It wasn't quite a couple grand in DOLLARS, but it was about 500 grand in Won, which is the currency here.i hope by grand you mean 1000 Yen.
That's one of the jokes around here in Korea. We'll offer someone ONE THOUSAND WON to do something stupid like snort a chopped up altoid. Sometimes the FNG's (Read: Army slang for noob) will actually think it's a lot of money and DO it.
1000 won = less than a dollar
Heh you nasty man!Originally Posted by H0urg1ass
I've only dropped money on a single squad so far, but I've converted most of them into (even) more dramatic poses (My favourite is the VOX operator who is physically using his radio)... gotta finish my Tyranid army before I get too many more.
OK I have to say hourglass, me too mate, although I didnt do the valkyries as it started to turn into an army of planes, but I have about 50 elysians, vulture and Drop sentinal. They are excellent (I have a couple of piccis up in my gallery here
So, back to the original question:
The conversion is not gonna fly, principally around cost, Forgeworld have stated they will part sell the elysian sprues, so you need to buy a full, 18 quid, sentinel for each guy in the squad, this would put a squad of 10 at 216 quid (for 60 odd points)
Next point, the sentinal driver is, body, head and arms, one piece, with the arms against the chest, this is makes conversion very very difficult
I really like the way you painted the visors on their helmets. I've been working on perfecting my "reflected light" paint scheme for a while, but I haven't quite mastered it yet. Looks like YOU have tho.
I went to work immediately on the Vulture and Valkyries first, so my Drop Troops aren't even opened yet.
My vision for the army was to be modeled after Vietnam era 3/6 Air Cav. Not that you all wouldn't expect this from me anyhow, since I'm an avid fan of the Catachan models. So far I have gone with a very Vietnam era paint scheme replete with painted vehicle names and quotes on the vehicles. For instance my Vulture is nicknamed "Daisy Cutter" because of the Six heavy smart bombs it carries.
I'll put some pics of mine up too as soon as I get my CoolPix 4500 in the mail. (Which interestingly is one of the same cameras that GW uses to get their highly detailed photos)
LMAO, yeah my vulture has the following weapon choices:
3 heavy bombs
TL auto cannon
as well as the roket pod and the TL las cannon it comes with,
I am kind of hung between the bombs and the roket pods at the moment (once I finish painting it)
I went for that scheme cos I was in the first gulf war, also cos I had a number of dicusions with FW on the subject in february/march (hence one of the early emails I sent is on the letters page in the latest WD)
By Vietnam I assume you mean more green? you doin solid green?
General observation that may help you: I test painted the colour scheme on a nuber of Kasrkin and cadians before doing any elysians. Whilst I am happy with the way the Elysians turned out, they are not the same as the citadel figures, the difference is the the jump suit, on the citadel minis it is considerably more grey than blue, the difference appears to arise because the jump suit was blended from mid grey to white and then a thin blue ink wash was added, on the Citadel stuff this provided nice blended grey fatigues with a very slight blue tint and blue "Black-lining" however the Elysians pretty much turned entirely blue and I had to reapply highlights, this appears to be because the Citadel minis fatigues are predominantly convex, meaning any wash runs off most of the surface, however the FW Elysian fatigues are predomiantly concave, meaning washes remain on the bulk of the surface in far more quantity, although this happenend in my case with an ink wash, I would suspect it is true for any wash and would impact any dry brushing too