Monday, 26 October 2015

Lord Macragge revisited (Pt.2, bodyguards)

Next step in the vignette. The original one has a bodyguard besides the throne, so I thought I was needing something like that. The choice was kinda obvious, as the modern Marneus Calgar kit comes with two guards:

Yup, I bought these when I was young and reckless
But let me tell, even back in the day I couldn't bear those helmets. Those ugly, ridiculous gull-winged helmets. So in fact this was my perfect occasion to get rid of them. Win-win!! :D

So I replaced the heads with regular helmets and also cut off those axe arms, they look too aggressive. Otherwise, they would look like they were going to attack their boss sitting on his throne! (And we don't want that! We certainly don't want those rumours about a Genestealer Cult infiltrating Macragge go too far!) Unfortunately I didn't keep track of the WIP and I didn't realize until I was priming them. Oh, my bad. This is what I can show you:

Brother Stanilus Laureliis
Brother Olivius Hardius
As you can see, I repositioned the arms, so they look like standing guards next to their boss. For the first one I chose the 'vigilant bolter' pose (it's the one on the right on the first pic). I severed his full right arm and part of the left one, just below the shoulder pad. I replaced the missing parts with plastics and that was it. I also needed some kind of collar made of greenstuff so the helmet joint looked natural.
I couldn't completely take the right arm out from the second guard (the one on the left on the first pic), but I found this halberd from the Grey Knights pack, so in the end it didn't look that bad.

I currently have them on the painting table, but for the moment you can see then black primed:

Provisional 'bad boys' display. Subject to further changes
Sorry the pics don't really show the work on the minis, but for sure they'll look better when painted. More coming soon!

14 comments:

  1. Nice conversions. Could of gone for the chapter masters as well.

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    1. Thanks! You are right, some of them look properly ceremonial, they'd make a great vignette, hadn't thought of that. I'm just using what I have at hand, let's see how I manage to do this... :S

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  2. I'm liking this project more and more ^^

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    1. Thank you! It means a lot, you are not an easy target public :D

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  3. Looking great Suber, great conversion work, the dude with the halberd is awesome! Can't wait to see these guys with some paint on them :-)

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    1. Thank you! The halberd was something that came to mind just as I was building the marine up. In the end I believe it enhances the idea of a guard. I guess it all will depend on the final composition...

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    1. Thank you! This crazy kitbashing is different from the usual stuff I'm used to see, it's fun to do this kind of thing :D

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    1. Thanks! I'm enjoying the process pretty much :), this chance of revisiting an old concept is kinda refreshing.

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  6. I never liked the winged helmets either. Your conversion (with the arm re-positioning) looks much better

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    1. Thank you! I'm currently painting them, they look better with some colour splattered on. Still crossing fingers...

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  7. You have a talent for conversions Suber. You really really do. :)
    Ha ha ... gull winged helmets. I agree. Some helmets in W40K look so lame. XD

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    1. Hehe, thank you! Right, the eagerness of renovation and going on further baroque designs has sometimes gone in weird funny directions. Usually simpler lines work better :)

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