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This is my first attempt at a conversion, but its one that I'm looking forward to and one I think ill be able to be proud about.
I wanted some Raptors for my new chaos force but I found myself distinctly "meh" about the GW models and the price was a bit extortionate for my tastes, so I decided to look to conversion to make something nice and distinctive and with any luck cheaper to boot.
I have decided to take the new chaos marines (which I think to look very funky) and do a bit of conversion on them.
What with money being a bit of an issue for me I have decided on a simple approach that allows me to use the marines as just marines if I so wish.
I've decided to magnetize the back packs, having 2 for each model. One normal, one converted.
To keep them customizable I'm also going to magnetize a couple of the marines' hands and a few weapon options so I can change them according to what i want to do with them (there my armour punching in a 1000 point force as I field them in a squad of 11 with 2 melta guns and the aspiring champ with dual lightning claws (not that makes any difference) and melta bomb).
To convert them I'm going to attach fury wings to one of the backpacks, greenstuffing them to make the change smoother. I have high hopes that the finished model is going to look awesome and ill drop a piccy in when a models finished (I'm still waiting for the fury wings ATM) and if anyone wants ill make a small walkthrough how I did it.
Sounds really good,
I have the same feeling about them too.
Can't wait to see some pics!
As an alternative to the furie wings you could use the ones from the new possesed, they have done this in my local GW with some khorne bezerker models to make raptors.
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For a Tzneetch / Nurgle themed army I am thinking about the following.
My HQ is a Disc Sorcerer, and I want a retinue of Raptors for him. But I don't like the overpriced metal raptor models.
So, what I am thinking is that I am going to make a cadre of Lesser Discs of Tzneetch by adding a bunch of Spines to the normal bases and painting them to be all Tzneetchy. These discs will themselves be based on flying bases.
I will then mount a bunch of Melta and CC / Pistol Armed Space Marines on the Lesser Discs.
These Raptors will be priced and have the profile of a Raptor with the Mark of Khorne, to account for the +1 Attack and Jetpack that a Disc grants you.
They will NOT be getting the +5 Invul save from Mark of Tzneetch. The magical power that would normally protect them is being used to animate their Discs.
Do you think this would work / look cool / be tourney legal?
Definitely sounds interesting, I considered using disks of Tzeentch to get jump troops but was put off by their cost; I never considered using the normal bases and some converting as an alternative, so a big thumbs up for ingenuity there ;Y.
As for legal yeah I'm sure it is, as long as person you playing gets what is going on with the models; I avoided that business by making them winged which as far as I know is effectively the same rules as jet packs.
My fluffiness was that the raptors are actually Slaaneshy mercenaries/allies that have been "blessed" with wing mutations by their Tzeentch overlords, the reasons for that purely being that I wanted the extra initiative rather than any proper Fluff reasons. This is because it can make them something of a nasty shock for elites like termies thanks to the aspiring champs dual lightning claws and if they have to fight a dreadnought for instance they actually have something like a chance to get their hits in before being squished .
I'm sure with enough spines etc. that they could look very cool indeed, would appreciate some photos when you've gotten them done/mostly done!