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Ok well, my first real hard try at a SM army (I have a BA force, but it's old dusty and doesn't look all that good). I've got my first squad almost completed (need to do bases and icons for the pads), but I come to my commander.
Now I'm no great GS Emperor blessed- skilled modeller, I have used GS a total of about three times to various degrees. But... I want to try more, so I thought try to make the commander stand out. But I have no real idea of how to do this.
So this is what I ask...
Show me you commanders.
I want to see what people have done with their Company leaders, the conversions; paint jobs everything. I need to be inspired. then hopefully I may get something different. Otherwise I'll just be using a normal looking commander.
I did a pretty simple conversion of the plastic commander a while back. Hes armed with a hammer made from green stuff. This was going to be painted as a rough block of stone but I didnt liek the look of it. Sculpted signature long hair of my DIY chapter too. USe the metal emperors champion shoulder pad and upper right arm because the Eagle on it is much more suitable for a commander than the small eagle pad in the commander box.
And a bit of detail on his hammer.
I wasnt very happy with this conversion and Im now rebuilding my commander to be much more interesting with a sculpted muscular brestplate based on some artwork. He wont have a hammer either. My dogmatic chaplain in termie armour will have that instead (muchmore appropriate) - it will be less rough and the stone head will have amachined look. This is the only photo of my progress on the new commander as I got distracted by some other projects:
The greaves will be pretty ornate and he will have a masive slightly roman storm sheild converted from a chaos knight sheild. Thats about it at the moment because I have no newer pics nor any of his breast plate.
If you could explain a bit of what you wanted to achieve with your commander I could give you some better advice.
Hope this limited amount of information is some help for you.
Last edited by Rich; May 15th, 2005 at 18:36.
As I said I don't honestly know. I just want him to stand out a bit more, so am looking more for ideas from other people's works. Not stealing, but getting ideas. Hopefully more will appear and I'll see something I'd be comfortable attempting.
Thanks for the pic, nicely done.
Getting ideas is never stealing in my book - its just inspiration
If you arent very confident in your Green stuff skills maybe if you just built the mini in an interesting pose and mounted hima 40mm base which has had more work put into it that also has some height to make the ocmmander taller without actually increasing the marine's height.
I am still working on my Chapter Master KU, but the guy will be in an charge stance with 2 swords unseathed (In my Sindwinder chapter and Raven Guard chapter he is, in fluffwise, known as the Master of Blades) with his talberd flapping backwards and his cape. He will be having a jumppack with other assortments. Going to give him the bionic eye helmet from the commander boxset and do some GS all over him to make him look more like a Chapter Master.
I have my Chaplain up in my Pbase account and I ordered some bits from Baltimore Gamesday last Saturday to work on the Chief Librarian Genki of my Sindwinder chapter.
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I used one of the old Emperor's Champion models. I did some flaming green-stuff work on his sword, glued a pistol holster on his belt from the Tac-Squad sprues. Then I glued an Reiksgaurd Knight shield onto his arm, using green-stuff to model the straps/holder. Then I pin-vised a skull out of my bitz-box, so that it looked like it had taken a bullet above the eye, and glued it to the base. Lastly I made soem green-stuff craters on the base. The end result is one badass looking general, ordering his men to charge across a 40k no-man's land. I say that it's not always cutting and hacking at the model itself, but just adding some extra detail to the base and outstanding peices.