As many of you know I am building a Custodes themed army for my latest project. This is something that I have wanted to do for years and years. One of the main things that had to be included in this army was Grav-Razorbacks. Well, I have made my first few (with some small additions still to come) let's stroll on over and check it out, shall we?
Step 1: Since this is a Grav-Razorback we had to take all the wheels off. This was a simple enough process, and doesn't require much explination.
Stage 2: Take off the exhaust pipes on the sides. I did this for two reasons: One, on the picture there aren't any exhaust vents on the sides. Two, once I put the flattened plasitcard on the sides it would give me a large pallet to paint freehand on. I was sad that I didn't have any area to free-hand on this tank because of the torrent on top and this was the solution.
Stage 3: Plasticard stuff. At this stage I put plasticard over the parts I cut up. I got the shapes right by tracing them on paper and then cutting out a piece of paper as a template. I then laid the paper template on the plasticard and scoured the plasticard with a razor and then broke it off cleanly. I then did the same for the sides where the exhausts were cut off and the areas of track that were cut off. As a side note, to glue plasticard that is bending (like on the tracked areas) into place use an accelerant! it makes things much easier for yourself. After it was dry I went in and cleaned up the overhanging parts with my razor.
|The treads were also covered in plait card.|
|This was me seeing which variation I liked|
better on the front... If you don't recognize
the part it is from theGW buildings.
Stage 4: The add-ons. Once all the plasticard had bee done I went through my bits box and found the items that would help me in my quest of building this tank.
2 - Eagle Flying buttresses from GW buildings
2 GW building pipes (for the front thrusters)
2 GW Building spotlights (for rear thrusters)
2 Tank hatches to mount the spotlights in (for rear thrusters)
1 GW Building Ladder
4 Sanguinary guard jet packs
|To get the bottom wing to flare out I rolled|
out some green stuff and placed it under
the wing to support it.
|The Back packs are some of the more|
"obvious," conversion parts. Physics
demanded jets in the front and back! PS- I later
Cut down the back packs and filled in w/ GS
so they fit on the hull better.
Stage 5: Touch up and base coat. After smoothing out the green stuff and making sure things were filed down and holes drilled in the Heavy Bolters I took these bad boys to the garage to spray paint. I feel that after the spray paint went on the model it started to have a more 'cohesive,' look. While I am sure that it isn't perfect and there were probably some ways I could have made it better (I'll go back in later to do those detail things) I am very happy with how this thing turned out. I have four of these bad boys to build and once I do I will almost be done with building my Custodes army, then it moves to painting... Which will be more fun!
What are your thoughts? is this a botch job of crappy bits? Is it a decent conversion? Am I a conversion deity? I would love to hear your thoughts and such.