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I was reading this article on modelling IG snipers and figured the ghillie suits would look nice on Kroot Hunters as well. The main reason I like it is that it would let me remodel the Hunters into crouching poses without needing to worry much about making the legs look good, they'll be covered under the suit anyway. Plus it will definitely mark them out as Hunters, if people are otherwise having trouble noticing the difference from regular Carnivores in the blade-less rifles. Painting them will be a breeze, too. Has anyone else thought of this conversion and maybe done it already?
Now I'm just not sure I want to model my Kroot with a jungle theme. Does anyone know what ghillie suits would look like in other environments? I had actually sort of been wanting a desert theme but I don't think that will work together with ghillie suits.
And yeah, I know some sort of leather cloaks would probably be more in-character with the Kroot, but I don't have the skills to model them out of Green Stuff and I'm afraid some textile material would look bad on miniatures. I'm open for suggestions, though.
A ghillie suit is essentially a heavy hessian cloak that can be covered in whatever ground cover is common to the area. I remember a CSI episode where there was a sniper on top of a building in a ghillie suit, and because the rooftop was pebbled, he covered the hessian in tar and then the same sort of pebbles as found on the roof. So doing a desert themed ghillie suit would be a case of covering it in sand, and possibly adding a few scrabbly weeds just to give it a bit more detail
Hope it helps
Mysterious Member of the ANZAC Clan
Some references for non-jungle environments:
As you can see, it works extremely well with a desert look. Not all deserts are completely devoid of foilage - they just don't have big jungles in 'em.
As for the idea itself, I think it's a wonderful idea. The only problem with it is, fluffwise, the Kroot would probably blend in rather well to begin with, and I don't see them wanting or even needing ghillie suits. But, modelwise, it's a wonderful idea and I'd love to see them done.
Some great ideas, for more desert-style ghillie suits.
I am aware that it's not exactly the most natural thing to wear for Kroot, and it does bother me a bit. On the other hand, I've been thinking of downplaying the primitivistic aspects of my Kroot army a bit and going for a more utilitarian, militaristic look (to whatever extent it can be done, considering the generally backwards look of the Kroot). Emphasising the "mercenaries" in Kroot Mercenaries, you might say. Also, the main point is to make something, anything, that distinctly marks them out as a different unit type from regular Carnivores, and also to cover up the ugly joins where I'll be cutting and repositioning the legs into kneeling poses.
Now I've tried making cloaks out of Green Stuff and found that it works surprisingly well. You just have to pound the Green Stuff into a flat enough sheet, drape it over the model and fold and crease it a bit, and it will look good without any extra sculpting skill needed. I'm now split between modelling them as ghillie suits or as more in-character leather cloaks. Maybe something in between: heavy on desert-coloured foliage (and possibly sand) around the collar and then tapering off further down.
Either way I'll post pictures when I'm done. If I go for ghillies or some form of "half-ghillies" it'll probably take a while though since I have no idea what material to use for the foliage.