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Last Saturday (5/30), I picked up a Soul Grinder for my son (reward for earning his orange belt) with the goal of finishing it within the week so that I could bring it down to my LGS the following Saturday. As of Friday morning, it's pretty much done with the exception of some additional washing around the pistons and highlighting of hoses.
Overall, it's a pretty interesting piece to paint, with mix of organic and metal. I wasn't too terribly impressed by how the model assembled, particularly the legs. The two halves of every leg just seemed to match up very poorly and required a lof of filing and filling.
Left side, front
Right side, front
Close up of arm shield and claw
Yes I will fully agree with you on the pain that this model is to assemble. Well sorta... I am finishing up a defiler which is probably even worse than this model. But yeah the legs in 2 halves was a real pain.
This looks good though. Not bad for getting it done in a week. It took me over a week just to clean all the pieces and assemble it.
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I remember the same thing with my Defiler and it's legs. I think how you have done this thing is good. The way you have handled the fleshy upper torso and the machine parts seem to make them fit well together. I have found the Soulgrinder has the problem that it often looks like a dodgy conversion, two entirely different models stuck together. However you seem to of overcome this well. You have also paid good attention to the details which I like.
Small hijack but it's still within topic of soulgrinders, here is mine i just finished up. A Nurgle-esque massive corrosion soulgrinder.
lord knows I'm not precise, but if theres one thing i can do, its stipple like a madman.