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After seeing the amazing thread where jamsessionein made his amazing ork gargant (http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...ad.php?t=70469 (Stompa Gargant W.I.P.)) I have become inspired to make a Tyranid one. Has anyone tried this? o you think it woul look alright. This is the part I am most worried about. Besides being a mess with my hands, how would one make a cool looking titan that looks relatively like the forgeworld ones? Ork is easier (though it is still probably hugely difficult) because their guys are supposed to look like they were just put togethor (Though I am still in awe of the ork stompa). Would it be possible to make one that looks like an actual tyranid? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Well, I've just quite recetly been going in a bit deeper on the constructing side of converting and te only real advice I have to give is "Patience".
First you make sure you get an idea of what it is to look like, not very detail or such, but generally. What pose and what attitude.
Then you have to start limit yourself (or is that only me?).
This and that...but nothing more.
The next stage would be..well the early stages of sculpting. This includes the very important "blue-tac"-stage. Get some "whatever things" that'll be roughly bout the shape of the limbs you plan your sculpt to have. X numbers of legs and a body of size Y. Then go consider the pose. Pose is like alpha and omega.
Once you've got the limbs and the pose finished (might be just in your mind -but still) try to build it from exsisitng bits and bluetac. If this fails -ask your self what is missing and try to find a way to build such bitz, from whatever things you can find lying around, or moake them from scratch using GS.
Oh, and take a look at "biodiversity" or whatever NAVARRO call's his site. It's one of the best available
Essentially, it'll be a bitch to do, but if you do it well, you'll be very proud.
Tyranids are the hardest to scratch-build, you can't just take bits and glue them together if you want something BIG.
I have considered doing this too. One of your biggest problems will be finding enough materials to make it. The size of it could require loads of milliput and green stuff to just make it's body. What you can do is mix tissue paper with water and PVA. You then take big handfuls of the resulting slop and squeeze it into the shape you desire.
Because these materials don't cost too much you can do this loads of times and create several different parts for each bit you want to do and only use the bits you like the most. Once these pieces dry you can gouge and drill holes on them with a screw driver. You will need something such as coat-hanger wire to hold such large pieces together. PVA works well as a glue.
The parts can take a while to dry and depends how dry it is where you are and if you store them in a dry place. Once you have these parts and put them together you can start to add green stuff and milliput over the top and do all the details. Do remember that while you make these shapes they will drp alot. Use old newspaper or something to catch the drps as PVA and water will be one of those tough stains that doesn't come out.
You can also use Super Sculptey. It holds detail very well and costs only $12 for a 1lb box, which is like 10-20 times more than a pack of greenstuff. The only problem is you have to bake it. But you can re-bake it, so it's only the wait that is a problem.
If you dont believe me, then take a look at my Trygon.
EDIT: I should also mention that since plastics and metals should not be baked(and if you dont know why, I pitty you), so Super Sculptey's doesn't work for conversions. This also means that plastic parts may not have a seemless fit, depending on your skill and luck.
Last edited by MechaEmperor7000; October 29th, 2007 at 23:26.
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Curses... I've seen a rather impressive Hierophant made using mostly the regular plastic Carnifex bits, but I've misplaced the link and have no idea where to search for it. =/
But yes, it is definitely possible.
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