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Yes, I know. It's not like I need more half-finished projects, but staring at a baneblade all day can get bothersome and this is one of those conversions where I just happened to find a bit and the idea started running on its own. You don't need to remind me about all the other stuff I still have to finish.
I found a mask from the fantasy orc model, Wurrzag Ud Ura Zazubu. I've been looking for a replacement head for the new weirdboy model for a little while now, and this fit the bill pretty well, I think - you'd have to be pretty weird to pull this look off.
Well, the good thing is that the head is easy as all hell to light, too, so off I went.
No fancy SMT LEDs in this - just a simple 3mm green. I had to do a bit of dremelling to the body to get the head to sit right, but I think it looks pretty good when it's all matched up.
I have a couple more ideas for this model. Instead of holding the staff overhead like on the new weirdboy, he's going to have it outstretched at his side. It'll be lit, as well - the nice thing about it is that I don't even have to hide the wires for it, because from what I've seen from the concept art weirdboys tend to wrap stuff in wire to try and keep their heads from exploding.
The pose I'm going for with this weirdboy is 'hanging in the air' - if I can figure out how, he's going to be posed about 30mm off the base in the air, suspended by Waaagh! energy, with a bunch of grots on the base holding chains trying to anchor him down. I think the new model's actually a pretty good base, as he's nearly in that kind of position to begin with if you cut away the terrain that's sculpted into his feet.
More to come whenever, this is just a kind of spur-of-the-moment thing.
As an aside, I didn't really have a name in mind for this guy yet, but 'Wurrzag' or 'Zazubu' isn't bad, based on the fantasy miniature's origins.
Nice work man!
If you were to do that levitaty thing though, I'd put him on a large base, so the hight evens out with the width.
And that way you could put more grots on.
I'm working on the weirdboy staff right now, but I thought I'd throw this question out as I'm looking for some solutions.
I have a lot of different chain, most of which would work for the project. Like I said earlier, I want the weirdboy to be floating in the air and chained down by a number of grots on the base. The smartest way of achieving this would be to have the chains themselves be the mechanisms that hold the model up in the air, but I'm having a lot of trouble coming up with a way of doing that.
Gluing the chain links in place will not hold strong enough to support a metal miniature in the air. I tried it, not even close to strong enough.
I grabbed a blowtorch and attempted to melt the links together at the joints in the hopes that maybe that would do it. I ended up with something... close, but still too fragile. It's brittle - the chains stay straight till you apply just a little bit too much pressure in the wrong direction (as I am likely do to just through handling!) and then one of the links gives.
I tried threading wire through the chain links to make them stronger, but doing so requires that you bend the chain in strange ways to get the holes in the middle of the links to line up and it doesn't look right.
I've looked through the GW model lines, and the closest thing I can find is the chains hanging off the Dark Eldar Jetbikes, but those are not individual pieces (multiple chains cast into eachother) and i don't think they'll work.
I could just cop out and have his lowest foot standing atop a clear flying base peg, but I'm sure there must be a better way of doing this. Anyone have any ideas?
How about wire wrapped with multiple chains, so that it looks like a bundle?
Or wires connecting to various places like the grot's heads, scenery, etc., disguised by green stuff to look like a tattered cloak whipping in the wind?
Try this link as an example of what I mean.
Staunch supporter of rigid Moderation.
Not completely sure how you'd model it, but you could have a chain of grots - say three - one on the ground holding the second grot's feet, who it holding the third grot's feet, who is holding onto the weirdboy's feet. You could run some strengthening wire through the grots rather like one runs a skewer through a kebab. I get the feeling this would be tough to pull off however.
Alternatively replace one of the chains with a 'rope' made of stiff wire or something similar. Still have several grots with chains, but the one with the solid rope would act as the support for the model.
Hope it helps,
One could have a grabba stick, attached to his ankle.
But yeah, a piece of rope would do it too.
Or, you could solder the links together (you already have a blow-torch, you can just drip solder onto where the links join, although you might have to do some file work, or just get a soldering iron). I personally never liked the look of GW's sculpted chains.
Twisted wire to serve as ropes looks like it will do the job. I went to Home Depot and grabbed a package of the wire they use to suspend drop ceilings for less than $2 - the stuff's a bit thick, but very strong. One big, main rope and a couple smaller ones made out of floral wire should actually be enough to keep this bad boy in the air.
On a slightly related note, I urgently need to know if anyone has Goblin Doom Divers.
I need the rope-pulling grots badly to tether him down and I will happily buy or trade for them.
I could mail order them, but it would take two weeks to get here and cost an ungodly amount for shipping, as is GW's typical way. I'd much rather trade or buy them off someone who I know will have them to me within the week so I can strike on the idea while it's still hot, so to speak.