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Here are some gargoyles that I've built. I've only done a couple and they're not varnished yet.
I would be greatful for everyone's thought:
My friend is more than happy to play against them like this.
Doing them like this is a LOT cheaper than buying the metal models.
Also, as you're working with plastic, it doesn't take as much time fiddling around with super glue/pinning either.
Very cool. Several questions. What are the wings made from and what did you do with the extra scything talons since they don't appear to have been used to make the wings?
One improvement I think would be to extend the caraprace over the base of the wings some so that they blend in better. Now it looks a little like its just stuck on, although it could be the pics.
Originally Posted by The Paint Monkey
Thanks for your comments.
The wings are made from plasticard - the stuff that's thicker than paper but still bendable. It costs £1 ($2(approx)) for a sheet bigger than a peice of A4. Considering the wings are about 4 cm long, that's a lot of bang for your buck.
I haven't considered what to do with all the remaining scything talons, although, considering I'm also building a lost in the damned list and some possessed, i'm sure i'll have use for a lot of them.
I definitely see what you mean about the wings being stuck on. I totally forgot about green stuff. Thanks for that. (produces rep hammer - realises he's already repped Warrior very recently).
I've just had another idea:
photoshop in a real dragon fly's wings (images from the internet). Adjust the size so they're right for your hormies.
Print them on acetate (tricky for some people.) cut them out carefully, Ink them yellow/brown. Stick them on.
They should look good. But as my whole army has the 'aliens' feel about them, it didn't really matter to me to have them transparent.
Neat looking gargoyles ya got there :-) They're looking very dynamic, reminding me a bit of the flying bugs of Starship Troopers.
The printed butterfly wings would be an interesting experiment. Of course you would loose most of the irridescent effect of the wings by printing it out but there's no other way for it, or you'd have to get your hans on irridescent paint, which is hard to find and pretty expensive
Some of the better gaunt-gargoyle conversions I have seen. Glad to see you used the leaping hind legs - I dislike the use of the walking legs on conversions like this; they just look like they are dangling below the gaunt-goyle. I do have a few points to make, nothing major or indeed necessary, but it could enhance the look of the gaunts.
- It has already been mentioned that the wings look a little stuck on. Perhaps you could extend the carapace over the bases of the wing and add some GS muscle sinews under this extended carapace.
- Most insects have a double wing (I think - I'm no zoologist). Here is a picture so you can see what I mean. Adding a second wing "layer" to the models might look good, but is really just a matter of taste. The pic:
- Make other gautns have their wings at different angles to the two pictured above. For example have some set at a greater angle from the body to look like they are in a different stage of the wing flap. You could also have a gargoyle landed with its wings folded. This just adds variety to the unit.
- The little nicks and cuts in the current wings look a little clumsy. This is probably just the effect of the model looking a lot bigger in the picture than in real life, being hardly noticable on the tabletop. However, making them a little finer might make a difference if it is noticable to the naked eye.
These are just minor points really, the models already look great as they are. I would have absolutely no problem playing against gargoyles made in this manner, in fact I may copy your idea in the future (with your permission of course). Hope I helped a bit buddy, keep us informed about your Gaunt-goyle conversion progress!
Thanks for your constructive comments Rich.
You're right about the double winged aspect of them. Also, the picture you posted is an excellent size and standard for wings that people should use should they wish to follow this example.
The cuts are indeed clumsy and blatantly done with my clippers. If i used a scalpel to do it, I'd either end up killing myself, the model, or my next door neighbour.. somehow.
I've started doing more at different angles, and bending wings to represent er.. mid flap. The transluscent wings would have been the icing on the cake, but the black leathery feel fits in with the rest of my army, so I'm not overly fussed.
Plasticard is cheap and easy to use. If anyone else wants to try this, please do - it's easy. Just follow the advice given in the post above and you're in for a winner.
I would never use normal gaunts for this conversion though. Their legs are in the wrong place, and their tails are also uniformly sticking out. It looks like you've just stuck them atop a pole. With the hormies, it looks like they're flying.
Of course, it goes without saying, financially, it's works out much much much cheaper
For me - they look great! Would not mind having them on the table - except the fact that they could kick my butt! I would like unique, converted models over expensive GW stuff any day in my oponent's or my army. LOL
Now to the Gargoyles. I think they are great. We all talk about doing that with our Hormagaunts to make Gargoyles, it is nice to see it. Those wings work really well on them and nobody will mistake them for anything else. To deepen the paintwork on the wings an ink stain could do it. Inks are useful in making things like veins/membranes blend with one another.
Basically by bringing the colours closer to one another. Extra highlights on the edges of the wings could really set them off too. Drybrush them lightly with either a colour you fell is sympathetic to the colour of the wings or a colour that really stands out like some kind of alien markings.
You can apply the ink before you do this to achieve a kind of three dimensional effect. Basically there will be an extra layer between the wings and the highlighting. This is a kind of trick of the eye effect. Hope this helps.