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Wow, have these guys been a pain!
I intend on fielding a large unit of Grave Guard as an anchor for my army, and I'm using great weapons. With the Helm of Commandment, Drakehnhoff Banner, and ASF in play, strength 6 wights seem pretty daunting.
So I opened a box of Grave Guard and studied the sprues for a while. I dug out the sprue cutters, plastic cement, and paring and exacto knives and got to work.
What I didn't foresee was how difficult assembling the great weapons was going to be. Both arms use ball and socket joints to connect to the torso. The left arm isn't molded onto the great weapon, although the left hand is, so you have to connect it at the wrist.
The first one was very messy with lots of strings of plastic cement floating about.
The second was better but still messy. Superglue is such an evil mistress.
The third one looks okay. I had called up my wife as she was in the vicinity of Hobby Lobby and asked her to get me some plastic cement. I still think I said "a tube" of plastic cement, though she claims differently. What she brought home was a bottle of liquid brush-on plastic cement, not the messy gel I was accustomed to.
After cursing myself for not being clearer about the cement, I had the notion that it might just be easier to use, and so far it has been. It takes a tad longer to set, but I should learn to slow down anyhow.
I haven't assembled the fourth and fifth ones yet.
Other than the great weapon dilemma, I think the models are excellently done. Mold lines are obscure. No flashing. No weak joints so far. Very crisp casting.
The sprues will also provide some nice leftover bits.
These aren't going to go together as quickly as I'd hoped but at least by now I've learned to slow down with the assembly process and run some test models before jumping in whole hog.
Besides, I still have a lot of ogres to paint for Blood Gruel the Flatulent!
In one night i was so excited a built:
10 Converted Zombies
20 Grave Guard
20 Grave Guard with GW
10 Dire Wolves.
Though since then i've only painted
2 Vampire Lords
1 Blood kNIGHT
15 Grave Guard with GW
I used super glue on GG with GW's arms so that it sticks quicker.
I will probably never use the invincible graveguard combo of drakenhoff banner, helm and banner of barrows, corpsecart (4+ regen, hit on 2's, always strike first).
But i've heard it can be a game winner. Good thing too is that you can use half of the combo on another unit.
I think grave guard with great weapons would have saved me a few times when i was instead using hand weapons and shield, i seem to have problems with treemen and tough stuff generally, unless my blood knights hit them but they can't be everywhere at once.
Here are some pics. Notice the messiness. I'm a good painter but not a good modeller. But I'm going to make my mistakes with these and do the next ones right.
I have two more tests to assemble, and they'll get greenstuff treatment and plastic cement. Maybe zap a gap, too.
And first pics with the new camera! Woohoo! I finally got it all figured out.
The new pictures look good! You're both making me feel unproductive.. I assembled 20 GG in an evening, but mine all had sword and board, which is a little easier than the GW. I do think that I'm going to end up buying another 20 or so and modelling them with the GWs.. the main problem is going to be fitting them all in my list.
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I'll agree with you about grave guard being a pain!
I brought two boxes of them, probably over a month ago now. I think I have 7 done now. Maybe 6 and a half. Similar problems with the strings of plastic glue trailing all over the place (Okay, so I'm exaggerating, but I do get the occasional problem.)
I love those shoulder pads, though. See, it doesn't matter how much glue I use on the arm, and how messy the join is - I can just cover it with the armour!
Mine are Shield and Hand Weapon, so far, just for reference. I did try and assemble the champion over the weekend, and had great trouble getting his arms to pose properly - he's holding an axe two handed (I see you've got a picture of said axe in your post, David!) and yeah, it was a bit of a pain. I'm not sure if I want to try modelling the second box of grave guard to have great weapons or not.
They do look nice, though...
I played around with green stuff, and that made it much easier. I need to use smaller dots of it next time, but it made positioning the arms much, much simpler. Then I just dabbed plastic cement around it.