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In preparation for the new IG codex, I've decided to make a "counts as" Yarrick model. Since Yarrick is equipped with a storm bolter, it fits that I should model a storm bolter (or at least something that could stand in for a storm bolter) onto the model. My problem is, storm bolters are HUGE! On a space marine, they look fine, but on a guardsman-sized model...
The first thing I wonder is, 'what is the smallest storm bolter I can get?' The Yarrick model looks to have a smallish one, but I don't have the model to reference. Can anybody tell me where I can find the smallest storm bolter.
The second thing I wonder is, since the model is already "counts as," is there much harm in modeling a very special-looking bolter and saying that it's Assault 2?
The third: what about leaving it off the model entirely and just say that he left his storm bolter at home (and not use it in-game).
I'm stumped. Any suggestions are appreciated.
I would sugest for you to take a normal storm bolter off a terminator (AOBR would be good) and shave it down, sand it, and put a bannana clip on it from a bolter. Then, cut off the barrels and center them.
I'm pretty sure modelling on a different clip than the gigantor big-as-his-head box clip would help a lot on its own.
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This might prove a little hard to find, but I'd recommend the storm bolter from the old SM Captain. It's pretty small and has a nifty little sling on it to look pretty. Unfortunately I think that the model OOP so you might have to sift through some friends bitz boxes.
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If you're prepared to cut metal parts, consider the Grey Knights stormbolters. I believe those are smaller (though I don't have a scale reference), but the only problem is they don't use a "clip" for ammo. Instead, they have a feeding belt/tube that goes back to the backpack or somewhere. This may or may not work for you.
Here's my two cents:
Take two regular Space Marine bolt pistols with sickle clips, slightly shave down one side of each pistol, and then glue them together. Visualizing this in my head, it looks chunky enough to resemble a real stormbolter (especially with the double barrels) yet small enough not to look out-of-place in the hand of a Guardsman-sized model.
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"Here's my two cents:
Take two regular Space Marine bolt pistols with sickle clips, slightly shave down one side of each pistol, and then glue them together. Visualizing this in my head, it looks chunky enough to resemble a real stormbolter (especially with the double barrels) yet small enough not to look out-of-place in the hand of a Guardsman-sized model."
This is almost exactly what I did this afternoon, but with barrels from a Leman Russ storm bolter and the clip off a very old SM bolt pistol (the one that came on the same sprue as a flame pistol). It looks pretty good, but it's still a little big. Maybe still the best way to go though. I'll try to post a pic soon.
Thanks for all the suggestions - more are certainly welcome!
I actually have that oop SM captain storm bolter and it looks great, but it's big and hard to re-size. As for the Grey Knight storm Bolters: they're still pretty long, but I may look into them yet. I also like the idea of using a plastic storm bolter from the AOBR terminators, but it may be a bit before I get my hands on one.
Another thought: anybody ever worked with Pedro Kantor? How big is his storm bolter?
Ugh, the old command squad... I got 2 of those damn stormbolters instead of one and a power weapon for my techmarine... Bolt pistol, storm bolter anyone?
But yeah, it looks a touch chunky when compared to the size of a guardsman... the ABR termy stormbolters are your best bet from a quick side by side reference.
Also, when I look at two bolt pistols side by side, you would have to do a lot of shaving for it to not look like... well... a perfect cube, lol.
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Heh, when I did a Junior Officer with storm bolter I didnt bother with looking realistic and went more for manly points instead.
He is waving around the old leman Russ stormbolter quite happily.
Or theres always option B. Which is any sized gun you want mounted Grey Knight Terminator style on his Battle Claw, because THAT can sure as hell lift one.
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My solution to Storm Bolters was to shave sides and glue together two of the spare bolters that used to come with the RT01 box set of Beaky marines. Of course, finding them may be tricky unless you know an old gamer with an extensive bits box, but they are definitley the least chunky way to go width wise.
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