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I've recently aquired some nid gaunts from ebay for real cheap in the hopes of turning them into mounts for my "biker" boyz. Any tips or advice for the conversion process? Is this something that a lot of people have done, or is it relatively new? I'm not too familiar with nids, so from what I could tell gaunts seemed to be probably the best to use for this.
That is a really good idea, especially if youre playing da nids. But techniccly they wouldnt have the exhaust cloud rule but you could make up youre own rule Good idea though, that gets me thinking, hwat about a modified Carnefez for a trukk. . .
What I was planning was hooking up a rein system maybe using twist ties from some bread bags (or something similar). To cover the exhaust cloud rule, taking some sprew pieces and hanging a grot in front of the gaunt like the whole horse following a carrot thing and either gluing some exhaust pieces on or just saying the docs bred the grots to be extra "potent" like a super fuel which makes the gaunts kinda "gassy".
Maybe a tyranid spore producing gland or something for explaining the exhaust rule.
Kneadatite, AKA 'Greenstuff', is a must have when making conversions. Not only is it good for filling in gaps and adding small bits, but it's also great for adding support.
The only thing I'd worry about when making these gaunt riders (which is a great idea), is balance and support. You don't want the models constantly falling over, or breaking off their stand.
I'd use a little green stuff to add a bit of support, around the gaunt's legs, and you might want to also glue nickels underneath the bases, to make sure they keep balanced.
That aside, it all sounds good.
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