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I'm currently putting together a bike army....and I have come to a conclusion. The mold for the Space Marine Bike sucks.
The back of the bike is off between the two halves. If you have ever put a bike together, you know what I'm talking about.
What should I do? I have filed down the back end on some of them, and it looks OK, better then before, but not nearly as good as I like.
I'm considering taking some GS and gapping the hole, but have never used GS before, so I'm not sure how good that will look.
Can anyone give me some advice? and possably some pictures of how it turned out?
I put together ten at one time. If you are not doing an HQ you should at least be doing three....Try and match up the best ones first and then you are probably stuck filing. With so many I only had two that end up REALLY off and I covered it with the old RW ammo box and sleeping bag combo thingy in the back. On the front fender I had to green stuff it flat and file it down.
As has been said, if you have the bitz you could cover the gap with them - the new DA ravenwing sprue has some stuff you could use, as do the metal scout bikers. You could use anything from IG tank accessories to random ammo boxes - whatever your imagination comes up with.
Filling these gaps with GS is a good option as well. It isnt hard - just insert a sausage of GS into the gap and then smooth it down with a sculpting tool, the blade of your knife - anything with a flat edge. As the section of the model you are trying to fill is flat it shouldnt be too hard to get the GS to sit nicely with the plastic sections of the bike. If you don't get it completely flat first time around you can always take a file to any protruding pieces. Practice with GS on some other model if you want, just to get a feel for it, then go for it with the bikes - should work a treat.
I actually like the model as its easy to assemble and i've always found even though it doesn't match perfectly everytime its easy to file down and fix takes maybe 2-3 minutes at most and its easy enough to do with an exact most of the time. I'd also suggest adding some bits from the sprues or extra stuff. I like the bike looking realistic with some of the ammo packs, rolls, you could even mount a nice banner on the back of each back like a heraldy from the bretonnian line of stuff. Use your imagine, create something that makes your army stand out.
May your army has a servitor skull on every bike, or your army uses the back section for trophy's of their kills? May they are tyranid hunters and have gaunt skulls in the back or a warriors head. Even purity seals are easy to do and come in the new ravenwing sprue.
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I'm about done with my first full bike squad, and it will probably be my last. I know the back fender seams remain visible, but my chapter's heraldry (bilaterally divided blood red/sunburst yellow) allowed me to disguise it effectively since the color divide ran down the seam. My big issue was with the detail level painting after I foolishly fully assembled all 5 bikes to their bases. Looking back, I recommend not securing the bikes to their bases until after painting to allow better access to the underside and the space between the front fork and the frame. In addition, leave the fairing/bolter assembly off the handlebars to make painting the fork detail and hidden areas of the fairing possible. As I'm finishing up now, they have turned out fairly nice, but they won't be the showpieces of my force that I had hoped for.
Best way to deal with that is to only glue down one wheel, then you can rotate the bike around the wheel and gain access to the bottom, its also cool to do neat in game poses right on the spot.
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I used to hate that mis-match when I owned my Ravenwing army.
I find accessories (Bolters, ammo boxes etc) glued to the back of the bike work well as an easy solution, although you can also 'paint' the 2 halves together. Painting the trim carefully will give the illusion of them being perfectly matched.
Finally, the other alternative is to have the trim only run as far as the exhaust outlets and trim it off the back altogether.
Last edited by wolfkin; March 27th, 2007 at 20:15. Reason: spelling
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