Evolution of a better Obliterator
So… everyone has seen THIS conversion
But I didn’t like that (though I have three of them…). So, to have a better Obliterator. I COULD do minor head swaps and pose changes to generate a better model from the GW model which I dislike.
BUT, I like those models that make people really go, “WOW”. SO…I decided to make defiler babies!
My first attempt:
I used a tutorial I found on Chest of Colors ( I was going to link it, but it doesn’t exist anymore seemingly). It described how to make crap legs and claws. It worked, but was rather crude and extremely time intensive. So I opted to try to use tyranid scything talons.
My SECOND attempt:
Better claw (ork kustom power klaw). I liked the 6 legs as it was more true to a defiler. But, it was a static position and I didn’t like it enough to do more (though I still liked it). So, the project lay fallow for many a months. Then, the other day I was like “Screw it, I’ll build legs out of sprue!”. After many hours of measuring, cutting, drilling, chipping, and shaving I ended up with a basic armature. Slap a terminator body on it and VOILA! I have a defiler that has legs 40% the size of defiler legs (well, I TECHNICALLY measured a soulgrinder. Whatever). I used chaos shields on the front 4 legs to replace the leg shielding, added some spikes and some bits to get a sense of dimension to see where I needed to go. THIS is the start.
HOWEVER, it was falling prey to all of the same problems as the other ones. Static pose (though he had 6 articulated legs FFS!), odd scale, generally off-puting. SO, I swapped his head to the top like a defiler. Then I added exhaust pipes and started adding cabling and details to him. THIS is where he is now.
So, the squad together looks impressive . Very non-uniform but all sort of the same. Looking forward to painting these guys and fielding 6 oblits…ALL OF THEM DIFFERENT!
*As you can see, the detail improves as the size increases. Ironically, he fits on a 40mm base best. HOWEVER, I plan to use either 50 or 60 mm bases. 50 if I can get them, but if not, then 60’s and I will just put a bunch of crap on them. The last one will likely be descending something or crawling across/over something to capitalize and display the articulation in his legs.
Thanks for reading. More to follow!