Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Turning a Catachan into a Cadian

Oops, I thought myself very lucky when I picked up a blister with 3 snipers in it for only 8 bucks. But when I got home and opened it, inside were 3 catachan snipers, you know these ones:

Maybe it is my whining but when I inspected these models, they didn't nearly look as good as these amazing GW models above here. I wonder if the mold slowly deteriorates over time to make models with less detail.
Anyway, I am slowly building some IG and am working on a sniper squad and I really wanted to use one of these men. I didn't want to show any of the muscles but I am very unfamiliar with green stuff sculpting, so please view this as a first tryout.

First of all I filed off all the leaves of his camo cape. Then I green stuffed a sleeve over his left arm, getting rid of all the muscles.

I also filled the hole between the gunsight and his face, I liked him to be more active that way.

Lastly I modeled a kneepad to keep it slightly in line with the normal cadian sniper models.

After that I used the camo technique that I described in a previous post and based him on a miniaturearts base.

I am afraid this post might not be very inspiring, but I love sniper models and I had a lot of fun making this one. I guess what I want to say is: just build models that you like and to hell with everyting else!
The next model in the squad will be the sniper that I found in a box set with Schaeffers Last Chancers that I bought ages ago. I haven't done anything with these guys yet but will soon paint the 2nd from the top left.

Mike

5 comments:

  1. Great job on the conversion, the sniper doesn't look catachan at all.
    Your camo painting is really good.

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  2. He looks perfectly fine. If you hadn't listed off the things you did, I would have never known except for maybe the kneepad.
    I'd consider this guy to be a success.

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  3. lol yeah about the whole "make models which you think are cool to hell with everyone else" i tried that once and well ...

    lets just say i put a lotr urak-hai on a horse which i must admit looked brilliant. only later to find out there scared of horses

    doh -slaps head-

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  4. Great work, mate - especially for a greenstuff 'first'!

    I love those snipers too!

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  5. very effective conversion, he looks like he'd fit into a cadian army perfectly! If you're into Guard, please come over to my blog...
    Craig @ cadian8th.blogspot.com

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