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I think the seraphim models are really detailed however, they look rather stoic and I want to make them a little more dynamic. I was planning on removing the strips of metal that connect the feet to the base and using wire connect from the back of the exhaust vents to the ground. I can then bend these and give them a more flying inaction pose. However, I realized the normal troop bases are too small. Do you think terminator bases would be okie in terms of modeling and gaming (eg is that allowed, does the base size matter)
If you want to use larger-sized bases, it's all really up to you.
You can use any base of the same size or larger than the one the model is supplied with, so rules-wise that is absolutely fine. In modeling terms I say go for it. A larger base will give you more space to add personal touches and make the Seraphim stand out. You might be at a slight disadvantage in a game, as more opposing models will be able to hit back at you in HtH, but this is nothing major (unless you're a competitive gamer).
Alright, it is set, off to go get some terminator bases. Next question is on the wires keeping the models connected to the base. Should I
1) Just paint them black and leave them that way
2) Try to sculpt exhaust fumes off the back of the vents to hide the wire (any idea how I would go about doing this)
3) Use cotton and some paint to model smoke to cover up the wires.
I think a combination of answers 2 and 3 would be best (not easiest but it would yeild the best results).
Use green stuff to model flames coming out of the backpack (covering part of the wires) and then paint the model. All you need to do is make a cone of green stuff coming out of the exhaust vent, then sculpt it with some tools (similarly to how they modelled the hair/fur in this article) until it looks like flame.
After the painting is done, get some cotton wool and lightly spray it with spray paints so it looks like exhaust smoke. Then place it over the remainder of the wire. When spraying remember to use more reds and oranges on the smoke that is going to be closer to the flames, fading out to blacks and greys on the smoke further from the flames. Also, when you apply the "smoke" ensure that the colummn of cotton wool is at its thinnest near the exhaust, spreading out to cover a greater area as you move away from the exhausts.
EDIT: Mike is right about the cotton wool idea not always looking so good. I would experiment with it first before commiting your models. It would be fine to leave the support wires black - alot of people do it for alot of models
I will start the modeling and stick with just the poles for now and decide later as they get closer to completion. Thanks for the help guys.