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I actually just posted these all in the painting forum - I started a thread for the painted pics of the sergeant and as this si the squad that accompanies him they went there to start with, but its a bit more appropriate if the unpainted ones are here.
This is a converted actical squad that I wanted to make more interesting and dynamic marines than is normal. I know that it is a tactical squad that has been min-maxed - this because I dont play the game at all and dont want to have a large ammount of similar models in a display base.
This first brother marine has had the chest converted so that it is a proper suit of mk6 armour. The ab section was levelled out and I built up the cooling cables. Pose is him jogging firing from the hip, other hand outstrecthed for balance.
The second marine is jumping the low curb that is continued on the sgts base above. His right leg was posed to look slightly awkward as it is bionic. I wanted it to have look similar to the GW ones but thinner, as if made from tougher materials (and it doesnt have to survive the casting process). There is a little vent on the bionic leg as well as small details behind the greave and such but they didn't show up at all well in this unpainted state. He is lookign this way in the photo which is the same direction as the enemy in relation to the rest of the squad. The point was debated a bit on B&C and it has now been changed to looking forwards to where he will land [unlike this older photo]. The heads and shoulder pads are all just blutacced on until after painting anyway.
The third marine is the specialist. mk7 armour again as I didnt want the uncommon marks to dominate. He is armed wioth a flamer, and is shooting it slightly to one side so that he won't run into th flames. The brass rod of the flames still exposed I will paint to look more gassey as it is before the pilot light, after that it will be bright flames of course. There is a little backwash on the flames but not too much as I thought they would still be largely travelling forwards, from the gun, that close to the muzzle.
Legs are converted assault marine legs and his torso has the chapter icon sculpted on. The pauldron on the shoulder pad has also had the little cuts in it green stuffed over and smoothed out. His head has a small targetter to complement the heavy marine's helmets large array of targetting aids.
The heavy bolter. Still very WIP, unlike the others. He is meant to look like he is walking slower than his brothers to enable him to keep firing. the pose is pretty much done except for his slightly awkward (yet possible!) left hand and arm which I have now taken off and rebuilt slightly. He is meant to appear like he is using the recoil of the gun firing to keep it steady in that position, other hand providing a bit of balance. Once the ammo feed is done then I will replace the little hoses heavy bolters also have underslug.
His right arm is also going to have more work put into it. Will bulk it out with things that look like they suppress recoil (thinking pistons running down his forearm) and bulk it out a bit at the elbow so that his armour can support the larger weapon (something I think is interesting not really on the heavies)
Comments and criticism welcome - but please remember the heavy bolter is still WIP and the corrections to the photos stated in the post
Thanks for reading. Sorry, I got a bit carried away typing!
I'm loving the dynamics of these figures. Great modelling work, they will look superb when painted up I'm sure.
I find nothing negative to say about them and commend the effort you've obviously put in.
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Looks Cool! I like the one jumping particulary. Yes, the HB could use a bit of work but the idea is good.
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Great conversions and dynamics -- very cool.
The only problem I have with the heavy bolter model (at the moment) is that it looks like the gun is somewhat levitating at the moment. He's bracing it well, but it's just kind of out there -- you seem to be aware of that, though, so I'm looking forward to seeing him when his arm is bulked up and such.
Simply amazing work on all of them. It definitely shows that you put a lot of time and effort into making some great conversions.
Awesome, awesome, awesome. Except for the heavy bolter guy.
Hey Rich. This is Herald_of_Nurgle from B&C. I meant to say this awhile back, but was busy with school crap. I love how you did the assault serg and the tactical squad. Very characterful where each guy has some special mood with them that you can probably relate. I hope to see more of your stuff dude.
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Thats some nice work, i really wish i could pos tmy conversions,damn camera.
I like them, make more!
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I used the chaos heavy bolter that comes in the squad box for my heavy bolter conversion. That might be easier than using the metal one. It helps with the hand aspect because it is already posed on the gun.
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Thank you for your comments
Sanctus, I looked at the chaos HB, I have lots. However, what I wanted was something that is identical to the loyalist one - so went with that. I need to rework the arm pose slightly as well as resculpt the ammo feed and add the funny cables loyalist marines have slung under the HB too. I like all my loyalist to have same design guns.
MiketehFox, the bionics are mainly paperclip wire. I went for a similar style as GWs but a more slimline version Since those photos were taken I bulked up the knee with some sort of hinge mechanism in green stuff. Other than that the leg was cut off the hip to which I glued the ball from underneath a marines helmet. I also removed the thigh from the leg and cut most the back off the greave and removed the foot. 3 paperclip wires run from the hip into the knee area and they have had small piston/joints green stuffed on. Behind the greave wire and green stuff runs down inside a groove that I filed in the back and has bracing peices over it. The foot was repositioned but wasnt green stuffed much so that the pinning wire can still be seen showing some of the mechanism for moving the foot, I guess There is a little vent on the side of the bionic leg cut off a chainsword, but I think I will swap it for one of the round vents off chaos components to draw more attention to it.
As some of you have said, I spent quite a while on this squad, partly why they still arent painted. There is a veteran sergeant for this squad that is painted and probably mroe converted than these, dam me and not being able to make a mini straight from the box! Anyway, that thread is here ([40k] Converted tac squad with veteran sergeant.).
Thanks for your kind words, nice to be here