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I'm wondering if there are any official guidelines for building things from scratch for 40K. I've got kind of rambling points that I'm trying to understand, and it's brought my Drop Pod brainstorming to a grinding halt. Let me explain:
First, would my Drop Pod have to look like a "real" Drop Pod? I've seen someone's version online that looks square, like a one-car garage dropped on the battlefield holding the troops. Likewise, I might have an idea for one to build, starting with either a CD case or drink bottle as a base, although it will not look like the "real" version.
Second, is there some requirement about using GW bitz in the construction? I've seen it mentioned on another build that the builder was using a number of GW bitz 'to make it "Legal."' I'm just wondering if there's anything to that.
I build, I convert, I sometimes paint, and once in a while, if I'm really lucky, I might even play.
I built a scratchbuilt Ork battlewagon, where i took several parts of old models, glued them together with extra pieces of car and plastic in between the spaces. I think you may have to use some GW bits for the build, more on the side of it looking realistic rather than it being 'Legal'. I'm not a SM player so I don't know what bits and stuff you might have, however it would be hard getting a scratchbuild model to look like a retail version. However, i believe the whole point of scratchbuilding is to make a model look different and be unique.
i believe it's kind of the opposite, you can't be using a majority of NON gw bits or it's illegal due to intellectual property issues. I also believe it's up to the tournament organizers. I know in a white dwarf i read last month (older one) they mentioned they couldn't post photos of models that were in the tournament because they used non-gw parts.
btw if you're going to be scratchbuilding, check out this link.
Okay, here are the "standard" rules, as far as I know:
-models may include ANY Bitz that you can find in the GW and/or Forgeworld range, with the exception of LoTR bitz (because New Line refuses to sell the rights to GW)
-models may be self-sculpted, and obviously, you can add detail with Greenstuff and Plasticard. However, if you go this route, YOU must do the sculpting. Otherwise it will be disqualified from any painting/modelling competitions
-You may not use pieces from any non-gw products. This means no playschool, tyco, fisherprice, anything NOT from GW. However, this rule is sort of hazy, because if you can't see the part (because it's covered in greenstuff for example) nobody really knows its there
-models must be appropriate and fit into the atmosphere of the the established 40K or WHFB universe. What they consider appropriate is also up for grabs, after seeing the Daemonette or Dark Elf Witch models. And how well your model fits into the universe is a matter of opinion, but obviously, it shouldn't look too techy if it's a human machine.
As for your question of appearance: if it obviously looks like a drop-pod, and you tell your opponent that it's a drop-pod, it's all okay. If you go and stick a painted-up coca cola can on the field and try to pass it off as a drop, then you might have some trouble. Just take a look at what's out there, and try to stay true to that.