I posted this in the tutorial section as well, but here's a mini-tutorial for one of my more popular figures:
The Horatius Pattern Bolt Pistol.
So have you ever wondered why the bolt pistols don't fit in the holsters that are on the Marine sprues?
The answer is Games Workshop doesn't care. However, the new
answer is because they are holding the Horatius Pattern Bolt Sidearm. A defensive weapon, it was named after a legendary Space Marine hero whose troops held a bridge for a day and a night against an onslaught of Orks before reinforcements could arrive.
The Horatius pattern bolt pistol has been sliced down the center, with the inside faces filed down to make the weapon skinnier, the front sight trimmed off, and the magazine shortened. It's not a perfect fit in the holster, but it is close enough for heroic scale work, lol. I still need to decide how to give it a stubby barrel protruding, but I thought you guys might like the new figure.
Tha barrel doesn't actually flare. That's just a trick of the camera angle.
How's it made?
1. Clip the grip, magazine and magazine well, top sights, barrel, and targeter nub off.
2. Like so.
3. Slice evenly down the middle. Following the mold line does the trick.
4. File the middle down to slim the pistol's bulk.
5. Glue halves together.
Obviously the pose is up to you, but the pose above was made as such:
1. Gunner arms from vehicle sprue. Cut right arm free. Carefully
cut the thumb off the top, then reattach on the side of the hand.
2. Take a bent elbow support hand. Slice the hand off, rotate, and reattach. You may need to cut the arm under the shoulder pad too and rotate.
This pistol also makes an excellent weapon for Imperial Guard characters since it actually looks like something they could lift in one hand.