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We had a conversation in chat in the early morning today. I was asking if anyone had seen fly/insect swarms ever modeled and how you might go about doing that. I really didn't get any satisfactory answers (there was talk about capturing and tying real insects to bases...). The only answer that got a bit close was the suggestion that I do them almost like smoke.
I was thinking maybe molding some bits of black metal or plastic (maybe twisted thin wire?) into solid acrylic and molding (maybe even carving?) it like a wave reaching out showing the swarm going after someone.
The whole point is to come up with some fly swarms to go around or in front of nurgle plague marines/nurgle drones/typhus/plaguebearers/etc. They always talk about the swarms of flies going around nurgle dedicated but I've never seen any modeled before. My csm chapter are "the purge" and their symbol is a fly and they are supposed to spread disease and death everywhere they go so I feel I should at least give it a try.
Any ideas on how to go about this or can link to something close to give me ideas?
Last edited by paregoric_HAL; June 12th, 2009 at 14:30.
Make a smoke effect (cotton wool using a dark grey paint or whatever). The Key is the smoke is not black, but a dark grey. Then put some glue over it and sprinkle some black paint flakes or other black, glitter sized stuff over it. Just a thought.
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It's going to be tough to do that without it looking like just a dustcloud. My suggestion would be to make sure that the cloud looks decidedly different from your base, especially if your base is "outdoor," there should be no mistaking the cloud for dust kicked up off the ground.
Another way to reinforce this is to anchor the "cloud" not to the base, but to the model, making it clear that it is not attached to the base. This will further enhance the illusion.
Contrary to the idea of modeling the swarm off a base, consider modeling a base with a significant amount of decaying matter such as a cow carcass. The flies could be concentrated around there.
Also, you could make maybe 20-30 "large" flies proportional in size to a 28mm-miniature-sized dragonfly and glue them to the outsides of the 'cloud'.
Thanks for the replies, I'll definitely take all of it into consideration.
Don't make them flying, make them crawling all over the target.
If they are Nurgle flies they can be gross and mutated. This means they may not look exactly like flies or be much larger than normal flies. You can use bits of green stuff to make the flies. The Tyranid adrenal gland might make a good body for a fly if you add wings/eyes/legs to it.
You have a bit of leeway with nurgle flies. I kinda recall them being around the size of a human fist.
Just off the top of my head: Use a hole punch on some clear plastic sheet to make fly wings. Glue them to pin heads or other small round pieces of plastic. You might even want to cut small shapes into a sort of blobby teardrop to make the fly bodies. Add plenty of goop, hair, fuzz, glue or whatever to mess them up. Glue the lot to a piece of scenery or a model that is staggering, rotted, decayed, etc.
This isn't something I have ever tried, and it sounds very fiddly, but it might be worth a try.
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