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So I'm using a somewhat 'Stealer Heavy army and I acquired a bunch of the wonderful little buggers sans-sprue. While Only six of those are newer edition, 12 are the previous edition that came 12 to a box. The downside of buying an older Battleforce Box. grrrrr...
So two questions: One: any easy method of manufacturing EC plates (it's 'nid army, I'm gonna need a lot of 'em, cause I like half living gribblies that mostly survive charging over the hill) in the right scale to fit onto troops. I could grennstuff plates, but that's a volume I need to consider.
Two: How would I go about doing EC on the old school 'stealers that wouldn't looked like I just glued armor plates at spots on the body? The accessory-sprue ones don't quite fit their design ethic. Looks odd to me without using a bunch of them.
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Armor plates all over is the way to go, actually... It's the only choice.
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Although you don't want GS, it would fit pretty well. You just take small blobs of it to its forearm, shins, and shoulders. Then you take a tool and make it ribbed like its chest.
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The other aproach is you can paint on plates. Basically, if you paint the torso part of the stealer in a bone, or whatever colour you use on your other bugs for the plates, it'll be pretty clear to anyone you play that they have more carapace than the average stealer. I've used it in every game I've played and never had a complaint.
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A good option would be to try plasticard. You can cut sections to the size and shape you feel looks best on the different 'stealer models and then bend them is you want to allow them to fit with the curvature of the existing plates. Find a setup you like, than use the originals as templates for more - could work very well.