Space Wolves: Combi-Weapon How-to-Tutorial!

As you know by now, I am not much of a player of 40K. So when it comes to making lists and prepare squad building, I go to blogs that make a living talking about tactics and strategy. With my new Space Wolf project, I have been visiting The Space Wolves Blog, which is a wonderful resource for all kinds of tactics but also modeling tips. Following their advice I am building a squad of 5 with 3 terminators carrying Combi Weapons. They have a tutorial about making them, and it inspired me to create a Combi Weapon myself. Here's the tutorial on how to make them. First the end result:
I actually made two different ones, the one above faces the melta gun inwards, the one I photographed for this tutorial faces out, it's up to you what look you like better.

I started with the BA Deathcompany Melta Pistol. You all should be able to get that one at the bitz stores or on the Barter Bucket.
make the cut
Grab a bolter (not a storm bolter!) and with a knife flatten one side as much as you can. do the same with the melta pistol.
Glue them together
I always add plastic tube to my bolters, looks tighter then drilling out holes:
Glue them on
At this point I wanted to hide the two pieces-look by giving the gun a full top cover. For that I found in my extensive bitz box this piece: i believe a bolter cover for a pintle mounted gun of a Chimera or Rhino. maybe a reader knows...
This piece has some stuff in it that needs to be removed, not easy
Then throw it on
Looks hokey now,but remember, when painted the two color look of gun and cover will look cool
Also, cut the back a little closer to the back of the gun
Almost find you Termie arm, cut off the storm bolter
and glue on your new best friend
I did some greenstuff on the back, not very good at it but it will do when painted. Now we need to resolve the power supply to the melta gun. Like so, using some Dragon Forge Power Cable, possibly the BEST bit in the 40K universe. EVERYONE should have a baggie of pewter powercables from Jeff at Dragon Forge. It's cheap and I have used them in all my armies
Now add a little cover between pewter and plastic, looks neat and clean. make the cut...
add it on! When you kitbash, always give yourself lots of angles and lines, so painting will be fun.
It's done!
And here is our hero, wielding it!
Other side
here the other variant, with the Melta part on the inside and the bolter on the outside. There I ran the existing powercable over his inside arm. Looks cool as well.
A closeup. You see this cover also had a great gunsight. I only had one of those.

Hope this inspires all you Space marine players to get out the knife and glue!


  1. That bit is from the old 2nd - 3rd edition storm bolters that went on the imperial tanks. I think it was on the original vehicle upgrade sprue with the old style "box" shaped hunter-killer missile.

  2. Thanks for the mention! I'm actually working on a new batch of Space Wolves terminators and new combi weapons as well.

    Stay tuned for more inspiring stuff from the Sace Wolves blog :)

  3. "I always add plastic tube to my bolters..."

    Dude, what size tubing do you use? Love the idea.

  4. You might be able to do a similar cover from cutting down a half from a chaos havok missile launcher but i'm not sure of the sizing.

  5. Morat: I buy Evergreen models platic tube from my local hobby store. I get the variety pack, only one of them works perfectly. Beat drilling holes and then drilling crooked (or in your fingers)
    Michael: I thought about going chaos to find combiweapons, but dealing with metal is hard, shaving of logos and other things. Besides, after primering the model which I did last night it came out well.


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