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I love the fluff behind warp spiders, and the artwork too. However the models are bulky and static unlike the art work and my vision of them.
Therefore I went trawling on this and several other forums for other peoples ideas. It seems that not very many people have bothered.
Most of those who have, have used eldar guardians as the backbone, the exarch dual spinner to produce the death spinners for the whole unit, and his backpack for each member of the squad.
My thought was to try using the back half of a necron warrior's body as the carapace and a shortened version of the gauss gun as the spinners.
And once again using guardians as the base for the conversion.
This theoretically would mean that the combination of 2 easy to get hold of kits would create a cheaper way to create more dynamic and slightly less bulky warp spiders.
So, the problems I envisage are as follows:
Ive never seen the two halves of a necron's body seperate- would it be the right size?
The right shape to fit on a guardians back?
What things does it have on the inside that would need to be removed to make it fit?
Then there is the issue that it would be unsmooth, this could be overcome with green stuff, although I think that it could look cool, and given some inventive fluff wouldn't enrage anyone.
Any comments and ideas would be greatly appreciated.
I like you're idea and I do agree about the stiffness of the models. I would only buy the full two packs if your army was going to be spider heavy. You will need to have something to represent the warp pack. This could have a great look if done well. I would buy the exarch model and cut his arms and reposition them just so everyone knows that they are warp spiders.
I say do it
it is possible to add the two kits together however you'd probably end up with a wierd dark reaper combo look so i'd stick with the guardian squad .
you'll have to remove the top vents from the guardians (you'll see what i mean)
you can then use these parts to form the collar of the warpspider later.
as for the spinners using the guns of the necron warriors would be fine but you'll still have to use the shiriken catapult as a basis for this just cut off the front triangular part and then add the complete front section from the gaus flayers.
the warp pack is the part where you may come unstuck but the easy way to overcome this is to make up enough green stuff and press it into a spoon (tea spoon is best) then let it set once this has been done you can then cut the desired shape out and it'll be easier to fit it to each model individually as you'll have to cut it to fit each individual.
the webb effect on the exarch's legs can easily be repoduced just take some sprue heat it with a lighter untill it starts to melt then pull the two ends apart you'll end up with a very thin piece of plastic wire which you can coat the legs/arms with.
as you want a more dynamic type of unit i'd consider changing the poses of the actual guardians as well, try and have some of them in the air as if they've just poped back in
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The best ones ive seen are in the new 40k rule book with the pathfinder army.
Will be expensive but will look awsome.