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So I was flipping through my FW catalog, and noticed this:
ELYSIAN WEAPON PACK
(Product Code IA-ELY-A-003..) Pack includes 2 Sniper Rifles, 2 Plasma Guns, 2 Melta Guns, 2 Flamers, 2 Grenade Launchers, 2 Lasguns with Grenade Launchers, 4 Lasguns, 2 Laspistols with holsters and 6 sets of Bipod legs. Models Designed by Will Hayes.
The lasguns look almost exactly like Halo 2 battle rifles! The barrel is a little short and the barrel grip is too big, but that can be fixed or overlooked. So I figure some of these on some Cadians would look pretty good as Halo marines, and wouldn't be hard to do at all. I have a few questions though:
1. Whats the difference between the lasgun w/nade launcher and without?
2. Are these resin or plastic?
3. Does anyone have a spare Elysian lasgun or two and a spare Cadian model I can trade or buy from you for cheap to test this out?
Heres some answers:
1)The ones with nade launchers have extra little round tube underneath main barrell.
2)Should be resin, I think....
3)No sorry.. maybe just for kicks and giggles buy a pack and if you don't use it for Halo just use them for standard Cadians you want to make look pretty.
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Its a good idea mate; those weapons look really nice and should work a treat on Halo-type conversions. It shouldn't bo too hard to elongate the barrel and add a small scope and you'll have yourself some good looking bulpups. Onto your questions:
1. As Shadow Nugz said, the 'nade launcher lasgun has a small grenade launcher under the main barrel. It isn't so clear in the above picture so here is one that demonstrates it a little better. The 'nade launcher is on top whilst a normal gun is below:
2. The kit is made of Resin, which is slightly harder to work with than normal plastic, but can hold some very impressive detail.
3. Sorry buddy, but I ain't got any. Was sorely tempted to get some when I saw them being used by another hobbyist, but ain't found the resources yet. Perhaps you should just bite the bullet and shell out the cash for them - even if they don't 100% suit your conversion ideas you have some funky looking weaponry to use in the future.
Whatever you decide, good luck matey. And post some pictures of the conversion up if you do make it; I'd like to see how it turns out.
Thanks for the pics! That helps a lot. I think I'm just going to shell out the cash and order a set. I figure the snipers and missle launcher are close enough to use too. Anything I should know about resin? I haven't worked with it before.
The most important thing to remember about resin is that your lungs don't like it. Its nasty stuff so always wear a dust mask when sanding or drilling resin parts, and do it in a well ventilated area - outside is possible, near an open window if not.
Other than that just be gentle with the stuff. It holds alot of detail, but that detail can be easy to damage if your not careful. FW has pretty poor quality control, and whilst its models are nice, they often have lots (!) of flash and mould lines which need to be removed carefully. It often takes a fair bit of time to prepare a FW model for assembly so just take your time and be careful not to be too rough with it.
Another good idea is to thoroughly wash all resin models before you assemble them. By this I mean some detergent (fairy liquid etc) and water in a bowl and have a go at them with an old toothbrush. Be careful not to damage the detail whilst you do this, but make sure you give it a good clean. This is because the fluid they use to help remove the models from the mould sticks to the model like mad. This fluid is hell to paint over - so remove as much of it as you can. Its also a good idea to prime resin models with something with a little more solvent power than normal GW primers. Car body primer is often a good choice, but test it first so you know what you're dealing with.
If you need any more info just google "working with resin miniatures" or something like that. You're bound to find something useful out there.
Hope this helps mate.
Hell ya thats a great Johnson. Just make sure to paint him right. Although in Halo 2 he is seen wearing a white navy officers uniform. In the first game he is seen in regular marine clothes with the cap. Make sure he has a cigar and I dont know bout double wielding weapons for him. He never has done it in the game.
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I don't think it's be too hard to shave the sword off that Johnson-esque mini and sculpt a pointer finger on the hand.
Thanks for the help w/resin. That mini already comes with a cigar, and I can cut off the sword and plasma gun to put on a battle rifle and maybe a grenade or something.