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My idea for the chapter master of the souldrinkers is to have 8 legs emerging out of his back alot like DR Octupuss from spiderman, i don't know what i will make the extra legs from but i need to know what you guys think and any ideas on what to make them out of would be appreciated.
Is sarpedeon not a spider centaur? If you want to have him with things coming out of his back, then dont put the backpack on, these things will have to be very small too. You will struggle to fit 8 between his shoulder blades.
for the 'leg' part, if you want to do it as 'Doc Oc' i would suggest getting some gitar string, the thickest one of a gitar, it has the looks of it and is bendable, flaxable, altho it might be a bit 'stubborn' to get into the required shape as it resists bending. i strongly suggest taking a look. should be fairy cheap also.
If I were you, I'd go straight ahead with making a Dr.Octagonapus rather than a centaur, though, as said before, you'd definitely have to make 'em small. You could get a BFSP spider, hack off its leg, and glue/greenstuff to the guy's back.
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I always wanted to do a model for Sarpedon, but I always thought of it as him being transformed into the back half of a spider from the waist down, so more centaur-like. However, this also sounds like a good idea. I was going to suggest you use the tyranid hormagaunt scything talons, but I just realised that they're probably too big for this. Good luck, man!
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what about using the SM techmarine model? its got the backpack with separate arms which, once properly chaos-ed up could work. im not familiar with the fluff for this guy so i dont know if he has mechanical or organic legs, but yeh. conversely, what about the legs from the direct only spider rider maybe?
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I would use paper clips. Lighter and thinner than copper rods, much more pliant for modeling, and cheap!! Sarpedon has his spider legs coming out of his torso, and you could actually annex out four of the "eight" of those emerging from his torso with some applied logic, his arms and legs count as limbs. Don't forget some of his legs are bionic as a result of being cut-off or damaged otherwise in battle.
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I, too, am a big fan of the Soul Drinkers series, and I've seen a number of interpretations of Sarpedon out there. Most people jump right on the "spider centaur" picture, placing the SM torso on the front of a spider body, but when I read the novel, I see nothing in the more descriptive paragraphs about the spider half's abdomen. Sarpedon is usually described as having the eight jointed legs sprouting directly down out of his torso. For a 40K-sized mini, I always thought that hormagaunt talons would be the way to go.
All that being said, to help you with your idea, I would suggest something like paper clips or other thin wire, green-stuffed on the outside for the organic look. Maybe tip them with the hormagaunt talons, or sculpt them yourself. That, of course, is assuming you're confident with your green-stuff abilities...
Oh, and don't forget: one of his legs is bionic! I think it's his left frontmost, but I'll have to check to be sure.
Myself, I was thinking of making a display piece, starting with the Inquisitor Space Marine model and building legs from Warrior talons, but that's a project for another time.
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