It's been a while but now I'm back with a construction & conversion update!
Enter the Void Sharks
I'd like to say thank you to everyone following this project log! Special thanks to all those that have taken time to write in the thread or PM me with your thoughts and input! I do my best to answer what I can when I can!
Wonderful Xeno! Simply wonderful! I love the time you take to give everything a bit of fluff as well! Congrats on doing that amazing job in just a months time. Looking forward to the next instalment as always.
Thanks a lot, Midge! I'm a bit surprised myself that I managed to pull it off, it was a strain in the end but worth it. Now if I just could juggle my everyday life with my hobbies better...
Awesome weathering... as usual
Thanks, CTL40k, I'm glad you like it!
I love it. The pred is looking great and i love the stars/weathering. I would love to see you do a mephiston counts as, or something similar thats slightly different or something. Love the fluff bits, sounds great to me. You should post all the fluff with drawings of the squad/vehicles with it in a new thread, to make it more organized but keep it coming here. Or if youd rather just take pics of the guys instead of drawing them, but already existing drawings would be preferable. Amazing work as usual, id get to work just based off of this if i had more time... maybe if another snow day... love it and cant wait for more. once again ill try for rep, fingers crossed
*Edit* once again
You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to xenobiotic again
I would have to go trough all the fluff as well, there are some grammatical errors and spelling mistakes that I've missed as well as some conflicting info here and there. It's hard to keep it all up to date in your head as you write for each finished unit. I guess a summary could be cool. At the time I just don't have enough time on my hands to do any drawings at all
Yeah, where are the side sponsons by the way?!!!!
Anyway, it looks stunning. And... 18 hours..... I have used 30 hours on a tank that doesn't look as good as this... I hate you so much!
I thought 18 hours was way to long. Would have preferred if it could have been done in around 10 hours or so. I tend to lose my momentum if a single miniature progress to slowly which is was happened with this tank, kind of took my breath away and it took me a few days to pick up all of my other projects. But it's nice to have finished it.
The heavy bolter sponsons as well as the flamestorm cannon and the heavy flamer sponsons are in my "to do"-pile along with about 5 magnetized weapons for other miniatures and a whirlwind turret and twin-linked assault cannons for my razorbacks and other things I should do but keep putting of since they are "just bling bling" for miniatures I've already completed (sort of).
I did play a game with Gloam the other day (with heavy bolter sponsons and twin-assault cannon) and she preformed pretty well over all even if she didn't make her points back (but the terror factor is pretty big when playing vs orks with that load out).
You mentioned the Void Sharks?
Right. I was a bit put off by the amount of time I spent painting that baal predator so I felt I needed to get away from painting for a while (hopefully I'll be able to complete my ONE miniature for the challenge this month anyway
) so I decided to get some building done. While waiting for bitz shipments I spent an hour scrounging through the bit boxes I have amassed through the past year and picked out the pieces I felt could fit into my envisioned Void Shark Scout Squad.
The pile I came up with is pretty small but still full of variety (seeing as most pieces are pretty small that is). Hopefully I'll be able to get to use most of them (usually the process ends up in picking out 25 items and placing 23 of them back into the bin). And a few days later the first bitz shipment came through the mailbox so I set out to construct a few examples (just to see how they would come together). Here's the result of that experiment:
I think that the cadian respirator helmets fit the theme very well and they suit the bodies pretty well (especially when I scraped of the wings and skull emblem, at the front of the helmet, for some reason). The thing I dislike with these miniatures is pretty much the stale normal scout legs, they are just wickedly uninspired and makes for dull miniatures. Minor gap filling needed. Greenstuff detailing needed.
I decided not to try and make camo-cloaks on these miniatures just yet (thought I'd wait with that till I had a full squad built). These are pre-greenstuff, so no gap filling or detailing has been done - just basic kit bashing and bit scrounging. I'd be the first to admit that these are not very original nor exceptional in any way.
A day or two passed and I got another package in the mail, this time it contained 3 of the Land Speeder Storm Scout bodies! Now these offer some kind of interesting poses with only minor adjustments and equipment changes. I was pretty impressed by the very tiny work required to change their appearance quite a lot. Originally designed to sit/ride on the Land Speeder Storm they have a lot of movement and character in their posing - which I like. As I was working on these miniatures with these parts I realised I could probably be able to construct more poses out of them so I went ahead and ordered a full set of the scouts from that kit for future additions to this squad (or another).
Anyway, without further ado I give you 3 more members of this squad:
I'm not fully convinced by this one so far. His point of weight appears to be a bit off (as If he would fall) but it could be my eyes fooling me. The bipod sadly looks a tad to large and out of place for me so I might have to take that off even if I'd prefer to have a few of them in the squad (well, 2 at least, one with the legs spread out and one like this). Major gap filling and reconstruction needed. Greenstuff detailing needed.
This one will probably be a stand in sergeant for the time being (should I actually finish the squad quickly and play with it). His pose came out well with the base I constructed for him (which probably needs a bit of sand/gravel to meld with the others). Probably the easiest of the Land Speeder Storm scouts to convert to a normal one. Minor gap filling needed. Greenstuff detailing needed.
This one looks a bit odd to me, his hunchback pose was hard to adjust to a horizontal surface and I'm not convinced I succeeded. I guess I'm trying to make it look like he has huddling along in a semi crouched stance and noticed a target as he proceeded. Minor gap filling needed. Greenstuff detailing needed.
And here's the full Spectre squad so far:
Over all they need to be kitted out with tiny pouches and extra equipment (seeing as they are a front-line unit they need to carry a lot of their own equipment with them). I'm also thinking about kitting them out with something in the vein of bionics but I'm not sure how at the moment. A bionic arm on one of them would be cool later on (as the squad expands).
Right now I'm thinking I could try my hand at making a "count-as Telion" when my other pieces arrive, could be a nice challenge to splice something unique together. Before that I'll need to make the basic greenstuff work done and then think about if/how I'll do the cloaks. Then maybe I could... Or if I...
C&C welcomed and asked for.
Till next time