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hey guys I've been playing 40k for a couple years now, but i recently moved from Space Marines over to Tyranids. These guys always caught my eye from when i first got into the hobby, but my friend offered to give me a bunch of SM models so i stuck with them for a while.
Anyways i recently got my first box of Gaunts and started piecing them together. The Termagaunts came out perfect, i love the way they look. but im having a bit of trouble with the Hormagaunts, I cant seem to get them to balance very well on their base. since they all are in a 'leaping' pose, they hang too far over the edge of the base and have a hard time standing up on their own.
one fix i found for this was to glue one arm touching the ground in a way that supports the model, like in this picture...
but i dont really want every Hormagaunt to be dragging its claws on the floor, i would love to have some with their claws in the air ready to strike the enemy! if it were one of my Space Marines i would have just stuck a nickel under the base, but these Gaunts have a slotted base so a nickel will stick out from under the base. Does anyone have any suggestions how i can weigh the slotted base down without having anything sticking out from the bottom, or sitting on top of the base (other than the gaunt, of course)?
after glueing the hormies to their bases you can grind the excess part from the bottom and then put a nickel there.
Or... something i just came up with right now, glue some sand or rocks something heavy to the bottom. Basing rocks for example.
Buy washers from your local hardware store then snip-n-glue them. Take a base with you to be sure to size it properly.
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I picked up some lead fishing sinkers. The type that look like BB's with a notch in them. Took some wire cutters and cut the sinkers in half. Glued the halfs onto the back, underside of the bases.
Another tactic (probably a little late for you now) is to use one of the claws t push against the ground out front.
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In my experience coins work best less work than cutting sinkers into the right shapes too. but still you will need to model the arms higher so they stand poised to strike. personally I think they should have modeled the guants a bit differently maybe coiling themselves s it looks like they are peaking around a corner or something to bring them more ontop of the base.
thanks for the replies ^_^
i would have never thought of cutting some washers to fit underneath the base, that seems like a solid idea. also if all else fails, i can grind down the slot and stuff a coin in there. thanks for the help guys, i really appreciate it!
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First tools: Torch, needle nose pliers, gloves, face shield,long sleeved shirt and bucket o' water.
Wear all safety equipment while doing this, I had a penny go molten on my wrist then flung the molten penny all over the place ( it was a 2006 penny). Heat the penny with your torch untill warm, the penny need not be glowing red then place penny in the base with model still attached. The penny will melt the slot things when it has melted down put the base into bucket o' water and presto you have a weighted base. Cheers
my freind had this problem with his nids as well we just carefully bent them backwards so the stood up a little more or cut the legs and reglued them (but washes and coins work well also)