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Offline gpemby

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gpemby WIP
« on: June 01, 2017, 10:28:29 PM »
Hi, Here goes my WIP dump, I hope the formatting works! Turns out it does not, Embed pic help? Imgur bad?

I wasn't able to buy a guard (at the time) so I hatched a plan to make my own. I found this 54mm soldier on ebay for an extortionate 2.50 so I thought what the hell. 

He scales up pretty well. Obviosuly not heroic but stands up pretty well!

Stick him on a base though and looks much better!

Started the work of stripping off the details that I didn't want and blocked up one of my files with soft metal (any tips to clear model files)

Mashed up his head pretty badly trying to pull it off, turns out its molded onto the body. Some rework will be needed.

A week in acetone and a good scrub later I removed most of the paint.

Cracked out the brown stuff and started to build up the vest, modeled on the current Cadian troops. Is only the first pass to build a framework to be more accurate. I have also cleaned his head and visor.

Also chucking a medi pack on his back.

This is my most ambitious project as its all new sculpting and I'm on a learning curve with that.

Bonus My dog is my spirit animal pic:
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Offline Lord Borak

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Re: gpemby WIP
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2017, 10:36:25 PM »
Looking good. HE should work pretty well once you bulk him out with armour/shoulder pads. I'd also look at giving him a decent 40k Weapon. A shotgun or Lasgun. There's a shed load on Ebay at the moment but I have 3 or 4 lasguns in my Bitz box if you want one.

AS for your pictures. Use photobucket. Use the direct IMG link.

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Re: gpemby WIP
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2017, 11:14:22 PM »
AS for your pictures. Use photobucket. Use the direct IMG link.

Thanks! I have switched a couple to photobucket but that helped me solve the mystery as to why my imgur links didn't work so now they do! Yay! Photobucket is clunky as hell by comparison!

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Re: gpemby WIP
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2017, 11:22:53 PM »
Modern military figures are a good starting point for Inquisitor, so this has certainly got potential.

I personally have a full guard squad made mostly of cheap WWII British Paratrooper models; because they're not in the bulky "heroic" style, they can use standard 28mm Cadian weapons very nicely (which actually scale pretty close to real life weapon sizes, particularly if the stocks are lengthened slightly).

any tips to clear model files
Files are normally cleaned with a "file card", which is a form of stiff wire brush. Most are intended for larger files, but any small steel or brass brush should work.

I have a couple of soldering tools in my modelling kit which mostly have various hooks and prongs, but also a couple of stiff wire brushes that do a good job of cleaning files.
I did have to resort to a Dremel rotary wire brush a while back after my kit managed to get wet and my steel files started rusting. (That said, I often use diamond files these days, because they're a lot harder to abuse and need less cleaning).
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Re: gpemby WIP
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2017, 09:32:42 AM »
He should work pretty well once you bulk him out with armour/shoulder pads. I'd also look at giving him a decent 40k Weapon. A shotgun or Lasgun.

Yeah I am hoping that the extra bulk from the armor brings him closer to scale but also will consider using him as a rookie soldier / experiened medic rather than a seasoned vet so he's not all muscles anyway. I was originally going to be giving him a lasgun but if I can get a scout shotgun from the sets on eBay then he'll be having that!

My Eisenhorn Model Conversion

I bought this model off eBay and it had a fairly minor conversion with the left hand being cleaned out and the right being upgraded to a sword made from a sewing needle.

I didn't want my Inquisitor to have knackered legs needing braces / bionics so I set about removing them (Looking back it would have been easier if I split the legs first but hey ho)

It was pretty straight forward to whittle away at the extra details. I am pretty happy with the result and it'll only need a small amount of touch up to correct the trousers/boot join.

I have also added a proper sword instead of the needle, The grey knights sword fits really nicely! I kind of wanted to try and keep the skull handle for the sword but it does look just a little too short so I may have to look at extending the handle so it all looks more balanced.

I have bought a couple of sets of the Zinge Industries 'large' pistols and they scale really really well IMO but now I have to decide which one to choose for his left hand!

I have also started work on a Tau fire warrior. Unfortunately I did not pay attention to what I was doing a cut his hand off prematurely and have now had to rework his arm to actually link up and hold the gun correctly. Will need a fair bit of putty work to correct. He is also magnetized so that as I eventually add more fire warriors to my collection they can be pretty interchangeable! There is a big amount of digging out that has been done on his neck hole to try and accommodate his head. I will need to file / sand the grove more thoroughly.
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« Reply #5 on: Today at 10:24:51 AM »
I have made some slow progress as I got distracted by doing a bit of painting.


I have pondered and pondered over which gun I wanted him to be carrying and eventually, after watching force awakens again over the weekend I decided that Han solo's blaster was the answer. I had to do some work to open the finger out to be on the trigger but I was successful without breaking it off!

Just need to get myself a scope and then I can forever debate if he'd shoot first or not.



I have continued to make steady progress on the armor sculpt but nothing significant to show. I have added a side arm on his leg and because of his slightly smaller stature the space marine holstered pistol sits nicely on his leg. I will probably remove the skull motif.

I have now got my hands on a number of lasgun arms following the big eBay dump from a week or so ago. Seeing how much of his chest will be covered I have relaxed my OCD on getting his chest armor spot on.

I still need to decide how I am going to manage his other arm as I did not get any support arms in any of the lots I won. I am also 50/50 on taking his head off and using one of the guard ones I now have.


Thanks to the disaster that was my assembly attempt with this chap I have started to fill the gap in his arm but still have plenty to do.

Tangent project:

My plan to keep a maximum of WIP's has been a disaster as I have already added 2 more models to my current WIP pot. This one is a simple start of adding a drum to the enforcers shotgun.

Then my new guns arrived hot off the press and now my brain wants to build 10 more models now now now!!!
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