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I finally bought the carnosaur today. Very excited about it, pretty much the only choice in the current list (baring razordons and special characters) that I did not have a model for. Am now trying to put the thing together.
Did anyone else find this kit has the most horrible mould lines and flash making it a marathon task just to get the model to stay in one piece? I've been tussling with it for close to an hour and still no joy. Also the kroq-gar part of the model is going to require some sculpting just to avoid some huge gaps. Highly frustrating. Sorry for rant.
Any helpful suggestions?
As an aside I finished my 3rd stegadon on saturday. Used the old model plus some spares from Quanam to make the howdah. It'll be a mount for a skink chief for most games or run as another engine for cheesy tournaments. What do people think of it?
Suggestions on model photography also welcome.
Not sure if you'll find this helpful or not, but this is what I did.
1) Install pins on one side of the connection
2) applied soft green stuff in a ring around the edge of the connection joint (prior to assembly)
3) super glue the metal and pins and then smush the two parts together so the green stuff fills the gaps completely. Then I scraped off the excess greenstuff and etched the line to look like it was supposed to be there.
Yeah, the model's a bitch to put together, I pinned every limb on the carnosaur - the tail was the most difficult to get to stay, in the end I pinned the tail and while the glue was drying I greenstuffed in and around the small gaps. I then left it for 4 days just to be safe and it was fine
Kroq gar's spear arm was also very tricky, its so long and heavy that the tip kept sinking too far and looking dumb, I was too afraid to go for a pin in case I went out the other arm socket so I glued the arm and left it for a bit. After the glue was semi-dry I added greenstuff into the cracks and put extra underneath the socket to prevent the arm from drooping, it worked well.
As to your photography, white is your friend. Take the model off the workbench and put it onto the floor on top of a white cloth, it will make your painting clearer and make it easier for us to see highlights/techniques
Nice model though, + rep
Cheers for the advice fellas, the green stuff smooshing certainly seems to work. I've always struggled with pinning though, can never get the holes to match up. Stil, its just about together now. Needs painted, but im not sure for a colour scheme. The army book isn't too helpful.
Im thinking i'll paint it up like my cold ones and go for a red body with white scales.
Anywho, rep for help.
ahh, your colour scheme is the opposite of mine, I did red scales, cream body
For scales, I'd build up layers of colour slowly, for my red scales I used a scab red basecoat with the red wash in cracks, red gore next layer (ignoring deep gaps between scales), blood red for the next layer and finally a blood red:skull white mix for the very final highlight.
I'm not sure what you should do for a white scale type but that was my basic order for the red scales, 2 proper layers and 2 kinds of highlight. You may need to paint an extra basecoat layer over the greenstuffed sections, the greenstuff showed those ares of red to be slightly darker until I corrected it with another base in that area. With a paler scale scheme I would imagine you'd have to paint more basecoats over the area in question to prevent it showing through.
Good Luck, Carnosaurs are good fun to game with and can be a really nice centerpiece to your army