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There's been alot of talk recently arround here about spear chukkas and was wondering if anyone had made them by hand or has seen any? I did a quick Google search but couldnt find much arround the web relating to people making them. I spoke to some friends and they suggested making them out of sprue, which I find is a great idea but was wondering how people spiced them up a bit. Any related info about scratch built spear chukkas would be great!
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Tough one, the only thing I can imagine doing would be trying to mimic a large crossbow... don't know if you might be able to find larger scale crossbows that would fit the bill and mount them on a sprue stand similar to the 'wooden' stand the GW chukkas are mounted on...
I'd be tempted to use a 'T' shape base like the GW model with sprue, create the stock for holding the spear in place with sprue, use some taut string (which you can later make solid with a bit of super glue) and if you can get hold of a long bow or 2, you could cut it in the centre and use a cocktail stick or plastic tube to extend the centre... a few gobbo spearmen for crew and you're away!
Id just go for the old style ones, thats what all 4 of mine are, they look a lot better than the new ones, they sound like they mite be the kind of thing your after.
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Well you're in luck, i have 2 scratchsbuild spearchukka's ( cause i hate the original models) which i am very proud off.
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This is my project log of my O&G and the spearchukka's are on the 1 and 3 page.
design was inspired by the old roman balista's and they don't take more then a few hours to build from scratch and paint!
hope it helps
Those are some beautiful spearchukkas Vidrian! Care to put a tutorial or something for us here on LO? They really do look amazing.
As for converting them out of sprue and nothing but- it's doable.
I'd start with a base of 3 bars of sprue glued together. To make the trough, glue two bars on top of the outer two, so that you have an empty lane down the middle. Put your spear in there.
For the arms of the thing, I'd suggest sticking with sprue and cutting it down to have a slight taper. You can heat and bend the GW plastic, so get a little bit of a curve in it and then glue it over top of your trough.
Finish it up by adding two upright short bars to the front, to cover the seams between the 3 layers and make it all look a bit more sturdy.
String for the cables, of course.
For a stand, I'd go with an 'A-Frame' type set up on the front, and then a short bit of sprue on the back to keep it up off the ground.
It won't look much prettier than the actual throwers, but it will be cheaper.
Nice work on those ballista's Vidrian!
I dislike the metal spear chukka's aswell and yours look like alot more fun to paint up
Might i add, your spider riders look good, the pose of those night goblins fits just perfectly as a rider.
I am going to make a few of those...
Thanks for sharing
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Hehe thanks guys, the link to the log here on LO is in the signature, since i'm sure i'll build some more chukka's some day so i might put a tutorial in the Log ( not promising anything though =P )
Still though, the best tip i can give anyone with an Orcs and goblins army is to buy some gale force platiccard and tubes (or find it somewhere else, but still the gale force stuff is great to start with) with these it's rather easy to scratch build anything. It's almost like building a lego model, except you can make you own blocks. And by only using a few actual citadel parts you can give it the detail making it look great!
The spiderriders i did because i don't like the actual forest goblins ( to static if you ask me) it was a pain though, to get the goblins fitted on there but worth it if you ask me =)
good luck with those chukka's acez!
i cheated; used the howdah bolt thrower leftover from my converted squiggadon, turned it upside down, and used the end of the tree trunk giant weapon arm as the legs. bits of the howdah as handles, and sweet as.