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My Steel Legion conversions have been attracting quite a lot of attention at my local store recently, and due to this I have ended up in the current situation.
A chap who I know from the store is starting a Tallarn army, but Al'Rahem (who he wanted) was taken off the GW website before he could order him. He was unable to find one on Ebay or anywhere else, so after a quick chat I agreed to have a go at scratch building a model for him.
It'll be a challenge, but I'm up for it.
So lets review the project.
No plastic Tallarn models exist so I will no doubt have to base the conversion on Cadian parts.
Using the picture in the Codex for reference (as requested) Al'Rahem is in a fairly relaxed postition, so the finished model will end up fairly compact, which ought to make my day easier.
I shouldn't have any problems with his tunic, shoulder pads, belts, bandoliers or pouchers, these things have fairly flat faces and straight lines so are easy to sculpt.
The head may be an issue. All the folds of cloth in his headscarf might be tough, so I may simplify it a bit.
His coat. Not sure how I'm going to do this. I might merge it with his torso, open it out at his chest and extend it out below his waste. Since I'm using greenstuff it will have to stay fairly close to his body.
His sword plus details: Tallarns are supposed to be artisans, and I will have to add some ornate detail to his scabbard and his clothes. This might be tricky, but with time and patience I reckon I can pull it off.
Anyway, heres to the first of hopefully many such projects and to the successful completion of this one.
Depending on how expensive your bits box is very little sculpting should be needed unless you choose to do so for a challange. If you want to know the parts I'm thinking of just say, but I don't want to spoil your fun of figuring it out.
Thanks for the replys guys.
@Justice for all
Its a great boost! But I'm hoping for gold over silver on this on, or maybe even crisp paper
Well, I've already made a start on the figure and my plan was to basically build it from scratch in any case. Greenstuff was always the way I was gonna go. But my Bits box doesn't go much further than Imperial Guard stuff, Dwarf equipment, one or two empire things and a few other totally random bits I picked up along the way. You're perfectly welcome to tell me, as my plan was to take on a challenge in any case.
I've made a start already, and hope to add some pictures once I've done a little more. I debated for a while about where to begin. I found a suitable pair of legs and attached an IG torso with no armour. Normally I start from the bottom and work upwards, but this time I started in the middle, adding a sash around Al-Rahems waist and laying down the base layers for his tunic. On the whole, it came out rather well.
I've been thinking about the rest of the model, but the coat is still niggling me. I know I'm going to have to tackle it soon as it is such a major part of the model, so I'm open to any ideas on this on. A few have crossed my mind but if anyone has a good idea please feel free to let me know.
Sorry about the lack of pictures, but I have made good progress. Starting from a pair of Cadian legs and an un-armoured torso I added the sash, and then the extension on the tunic. I then proceeded to cut down his shin armour, and added a little more. I gave it some fur around the base, and a little scroll on the plate on his left leg.
And here is a close up (a little out of focus) of his legs.
Next I'm probably going to have to start work on the coat as it is such an important part of the model.
All C+C welcome
That looks good. Looking forward to seeing more.
Current Armies: Tau, Dark Angels, Wood Elves, Bretonnians
Side Projects: Imperial Guard, Dark Eldar, High Elves, The Empire