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I mentioned a while ago the idea of using textured plasticard to make metal "grates" for my custom SM chapter's bases, since they are a penitent chapter (fluff here -- Clicky! (The Emperor's Ronin/Planet Dyeshr)) that is living on their ships for the next 200 years.
Problem is, I already had the idea of using the "standard" loadout of a 10-man assault squad with PP and powerfisted Sergeant, plus the snazzy jump pack-equipped chaplain. That model, for those who don't know, has rocks and a clearly "outdoors" feel molded into it. Further, the idea of flying units being modeled with a base that suggests they're flying around inside a ship sounds, well, silly. Anybody got any suggestions for getting around this, or am I gonna have to scrap the assault squad and go with something different?
you could like....model some of them upside down, and like at different angles, to show the zero g effect on the assualt marines and how they manuevere in that kind of enviorment
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I don't think the jump packs inside the ship is a problem really... I mean some of these ships have kilometer long and half as high decks for training purposes, or empty flight decks where the assault marines could practice. You aren't going to get any better with equipment you can't use. The other option is to make it look like the jump troops practice outside the ship instead of in the constricting confines of a cargo hold. This would bring up a completely different looking plasticard to look like outer hull plates, but they do have to learn their equipment somewhere, and 40K doesn't seem to have VR simulators.
Thanks for the ideas, but there's still one problem. The jump pack chappie is clearly standing on rocks and stuff. How could THAT fit in to the scheme?
this model correct? Games Workshop US Online Store
if it is this model I would use a little green stuff and plastic sprue to expand the stones to look like support beams somewhere in the decking. In my opinion it would not be unheard of for pieces of wreckage that could not be salvaged to be taken into the training rooms for use as cover, especially if your chapter is going to stay onboard for the next 200 years.
Dear All Concerned,
Well, for one, I reall like the idea of the bases. As for your problem, here are a few ideas:
1.Chaplin-Sure, he looks like he is on some rocks, but why not add some spruce rubble and paint the rocks as "scrap metal". If you hate this idea, then you could always just use one of your assault troops and convert him to be a chaplin, I have seen some amazing chaplins made this way.
2.Your idea is actually one of the best senarios you could be in. I mean, think of it this way: Speeders, you could add landing gear and make them "parked"
Tanks, get a really big base and make some railways on it. Then, put the tank between the rails and add some cool, for lak of a better word, rail holders (look at the gray part at the bottom of this train, http://www.rmtbristolrail.org.uk/arc...glev_train.jpg, do you get what I'm saying?) As iff the anks, when not on a planet, kind of act like trains by riding on this magnetic rails.
Hope this helped!
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So after visiting one of my lcoal hobby shops and seeking more advice, I've decided to try to build grated deck plating first by mounting a disc of thin plasticard onto the base. Then, I'm going to use fiberglass mesh (same stuff used for window screens), that I picked up at Home Depot. Total cost, less than $10.
Now the question is, what's the best stuff to use to attach the mesh to the plasticard? Super glue, PVA glue, something else?