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This is my first time trying a conversion, and also my first time (ever) working with Greenstuff. With that in mind:
I've always loved the idea of using a Seer Council on Jetbikes in my army, but unfortunately I don't like the Eldar Jetbike models. I've been following some other ideas for a while - I've seen quite a few people using the bottom half of Heavy Support Weapons as a sort of "Hoverboard", which looks awesome, but I don't have the money to buy 5 of them.
So, I started looking at the possibility of using the Dark Eldar Hellion Skyboards with the same idea in mind as the people using the Support Weapon Bases.
I've only just started (today is day 2), and I'm looking for feedback on my ideas, and would really like some more ideas on how I can make them look less like Dark Eldar Skyboards, and more like (what could be) Eldar Skyboards.
What I've done so far:
I've started filling in the gaps on the wings, and I've also built a platform at the front and back of the Skyboard for the models to stand on.
Skyboard with wings back:
Skyboard with wings forward:
What is still to be done (from the ideas I currently have):
Need to sand down the GS a bit more.
I still need to fill in the gaps at the front of the wings (see pic 1 and 2), and I still need to "smooth" out that back platform so it looks more like a part of the Skyboard, instead of just some random thing sitting on the back.
I have 10 spare Skuriken Catapults from a squad of DA's that I messed up, so I'm planning to cut the barrels off and use those instead of the weapons currently on the Skyboards (not sure what they're called).
Add some gems?
Beyond that… I've hit a bit of a wall. I'm aware that the front of the Skyboards (wings forward) still look very Dark Eldar, but I'm unsure what to do with them.
After browsing around in the Eldar forums I found this Farseer model:
Which is what I'm thinking I'll use - but I'd still love to hear about any other Farseer models that I might not know about.
Thank you so much for reading my post, and thank you in advanced for your feedback and ideas.
Last edited by Megwymor; June 7th, 2011 at 04:50.
I've joined the front and back platforms together so that they look more like a part of the Skyboard.
I've added the Shuriken Catapults.
I decided not to fill in the gaps at the front of the wings. I feel like I can get away with it.
Still to do:
Sand the GS I just added (job for tomorrow).
I still need to add some small gems. I've been having a bit of trouble with this. I find it very difficult to manipulate such small pieces of GS. I may end up having to scrap the gems, but who knows, tomorrow might see me inspired with a new way to do it.
Comments and ideas are still very much desired.
A good idea to use the skyboards. To make them look a bit less evil you could try adding some bulk or fins to the boards, kind of like that on the wave serpent or possibly extending the board to give it a bit more length. Have a look at some of the Forge World Eldar tanks, they could help with your ideas. Otherwise, it will be good to see how these turn out, good luck.
Edit: for the gems you could buy some rhinestones i believe they are called... and if you dont like the colour or anything just paint over them
Last edited by LordSavak; June 8th, 2011 at 08:50.
Last edited by Fantasticmrfox; June 8th, 2011 at 10:18.
Awesome! Thank you so much for those suggestions.
Now that you've mentioned Forge World, it seems like such an obvious place that I should have visited for inspiration...
I really like the idea of extending the Skybaords. Specifically I'm thinking about doing something similar to what FW have done with the Hornet and Scorpion - Create a seperate piece of armor that is held to the main chassis with a bar/beam/pipe.
I'm not sure if my current skill level with GS will allow me to do this, but I'm going to give it a shot.
Thanks again, those ideas have gotten me fired up to keep adding to these.
No problem. Rather than make the whole extension with green stuff, the best idea would be to use plasticard, adding detail and cleaning it up with green stuff.
This is a great idea. I'm not too creative with suggestions but I look forward to seeing the progress.
Plasticard finally arrived.
Since these photo's were taken I have added a couple of small gems and sprayed it black - Unfortunately in this low light my camera can't pick anything of the black sprayed model, so I'll have to wait till tomorrow for those pics.
I'll post some pics tomorrow when the base coat is all done, and will also post some pics of my grav tanks to show what kind of paint theme I'll be going with.
that's looking very cool,and i imagine it's a lot easier to do with finecast than it would've been in metal
More importantly though, because they're so light, I'm still able to use the standard Hellion base attachment - if you haven't seen it, it's just a circular bulb that the board sits on snugly so you that you can pivot the boards into cool angles. If I was using the metal models I have no doubt I would have to super glue the attachment on.
The general theme to all of my grav tanks (as you can see) is half bone, half black. So I'll keep that going with my Skyboards. At the moment I'm thinking the outer areas and the extra armor panel will be bone, and the center area will be black. Might do the opposite colour theme for the Farseer - like I do with Fireprism's vs Waveserpent's.
I'm relatively happy with how it's coming out, but I think I was probably in a bit of a rush to get this first model done. I will definitely take some more time with the remaining models to make sure everything is perfectly smooth, and all the panels line up perfectly before I spray it.