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Made in gb
Growlin' Guntrukk Driver with Killacannon





UK

The plan.
Note that for this project log the model has already been built, finished, painted.

I have been playing with the idea of having a Squiggoth in my bulging 40k ork army for some time.
My army have steadily grown to 6000+ pts over the past 4 years and already includes a big apoc sized nasty in the form of a stompa. Some who saw it at the Silver Skull will remember this one.

So this got me thinking, how to get a Squiggoth in my army that is unique and at the same time cheap and still very very orky.

Of course I started where everyone starts, admiring the Forgeworld Gargantuan Squiggoth and how great it would be to have one of those as part of my army.


I am however on a budget and can’t afford the £220 + weapons to get this beast, it also comes with the in-enviable downside that I’ll simply end up with the same Gargantuan Squiggoth that everyone else has.

So looking for inspiration I look on google images and simply find people that have laughably tried to convert Squiggoths from Lizardmen Steggadons and large plastic dinosaurs – no thanks. All look tacky and poorly done.

But this got me thinking, what to convert it out of another far larger war beast, if such thing was available somewhere.

Just browsing GW website I stumbled upon the lord of the rings range where this massive beast stands:

The War Mumak

My minds eye instantly worked out how I was going to turn this war beast into a Squiggoth, I had the model I needed.
Using the Forgeworld Squiggoth as inspiration/goal, to get it to where I needed it, I was going to have to completely change its mouth (i.e. build it a mouth of gargantuan proportions) and build a howdah from scratch. It also needed a complete tail change to something far more menacing. The model could also do with being liberally covered in armour plates.

These things were simple enough to work out:

For the head and tail I planned to build out of green stuff, and lots of it (this in itself is a huge challenge as I had never used the stuff before).

The howdah however was an easier build, having a big ork army I have accumulated an equivalent sized bitz box I had plenty of big pieces for conversion. I still needed a good looking flat bed for on the back and some good compartments for the driver and gunners. So opted to buy a battlewagon just to chop up and give the howdah the sort of orky feel it really needs.


After all of this I still needed something to assist in the building of the howdah should any of it need building from scratch and also build me some uniform armour plates for the sides of my Squiggoth. Simple enough I needed some plasti-card to help with the build.

Working to a tight budget and looking on ebay I find a person selling a War Mumak and quickly make them an offer of £35 for it which they accepted and the project starts.

This message was edited 6 times. Last update was at 2010/11/01 20:06:37


   
Made in gb
Maddening Mutant Boss of Chaos






Goodluck! The Murmak will need alot of work, they are very "leggy" so maybe either shorting the legs or giving it a larger waist could the way forward!!


Goodluck with your efforts

   
Made in au
Raging Rat Ogre





Australia

Should be a fun project for you but yeah as TR said the efalump is leggy and not so wide, it would be a shame to lose the size if you had to cut it down too far, I'd go with widening the legs and waists with GS or some kind of Epoxy, and don't lose the tusks they could come in real handy for large teeth etc.


 
   
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Raging Ravener




Norwich

Looking forward to seeing how this turns out!

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Made in se
Stabbin' Skarboy





Malmoe, Sweden

Great stuff! oh and one thing. It's called a war mumak or mumakil, just to keep things straight

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Growlin' Guntrukk Driver with Killacannon





UK

Santobell: Yeah after getting the Mumak I realised just how leggy it is and this was one of the more challenging things to overcome.

Rose_Mountainz: Thanks, Mumak is now the way I spell it. Must have got some wires crossed there.

Deciding that the head/mouth was the most difficult part of the model and clearly needed most work I put that at the top of the list. So that I wasn’t sculpting onto think air I decided to build myself a “skeleton” out of plasti-card and sprue edges. This gave me the full proportions of the mouth, something to sculpt onto making the job far easier and also allowed me to bond the front two teeth (made from battlewagon bits) and tusks using plastic glue.


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Angry Chaos Agitator






Interesting project im going to watch it.

Cheers

   
Made in gb
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Inside your mind, corrupting the pathways

Looking cool - post the rest!

Judging by your 2,000 ish points I faced in August it will look great

   
Made in gb
Growlin' Guntrukk Driver with Killacannon





UK

SilverMK2: Not just yet, I’m planning on a far more frustrating day by day, similar to how I did the actual build. + I recently got a display type cupboard so i can have my army arrayed before me every day and simply admire it – so vain. Think you will like how this turns out. Thanks

After building the skeleton of the mouth the next thing on the list was to build the rest of the jaws out of green stuff.
Deciding to be able to get the largest amount of detail I was going to have to build it up in stages each covering a different thing.
This however meant leaving each stage to fully harden before stating the next but allowed me to break the whole thing into manageable steps where my full concentration would be there at each step to make it the best it could be.

Building on top of a skeleton I decide the best approach would be to build the teeth next.

Also sorry for the blurry-ness of the photos my photography skills also get alot better duing this project.





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Inside your mind, corrupting the pathways

Haha, love the teeth - looks like an angler fish

And damn you drip feeding us updates!

Any chance of an army shot at the end?

   
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Ragin' Ork Dreadnought






Perth, Australia

Watching with awe and anticipation!

   
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Phanobi






Canada,Prince Edward Island

Very interested to see how this turns out!

   
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Veteran Wolf Guard Squad Leader






Reading, England

Scary looking and rather large squig good luck

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Sureshot Kroot Hunter





To deal with the legginess, you might be able to make a catwalk/platform below the body or at least one that goes down the sides, With ladder that go up the sides.

OR! You could make small tower platforms that go around each leg with ladders up and rope bridges between the legs. Though this would require the bridges to be quite slack between the legs that are striding close together vs the ones striding apart.

Good job making it look like a deep sea fish, maybe a big search light or lantern above its head to make it a bit more like the Angler Fish.

Also im not sure what sort of of armament a squigoth is supposed to have, but if it has a big gun i think a massive belt of ammo coming down one side and on the other a spent belt with shells on the ground.

Finally, every ork vehicle should have a lot of grots running around on it (well imo)!

   
Made in gb
Growlin' Guntrukk Driver with Killacannon





UK

SilverMK2: Yeah it being like an Angler Fish was completely accidental but completely awesome I think. If there is enough requests for it then I could do some army shots. Even if not I do need one or two shots with this beast stood at the center of it all.

Arakasi: Thanks, as I do your project log.

crimsonmicc: I do build some platforms and ladders but that is really for later. Good idea about the lantern that would be cool. When making it I pretty much disregarded it looking like a deep see fish as really something coincidental but that could really add something cool and funny to the whole design. The armament for a gargantuan Squiggoth is listed in the Apoc book and is two Supa Lobbas (nasty nasty ordinance barrage 7”template weapons) and two twin linked big shootaz.

After completing the teeth I felt it time to apply some “muscle” to this beast, this will give me the overall shape of the mouth and so give me a good base for other layers of skin etc.
However filling in gaps I would get close to the surface skin of the Squiggoth and so the first texturing was applied around the lower part of head. This was achieved using a set of staedtler clay modelling tools and simply following the wrinkles of the War Mumak and creating a few of my own. Also texturing for the back and inside of the mouth was applied.





Note the rather large amount of green stuff in the background I needed to get the build done. =|

   
Made in gb
Maddening Mutant Boss of Chaos






Haha, love the teeth - looks like an angler fish


Seconded. in a good way

   
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Inside your mind, corrupting the pathways

Green for the Stuff god!

Looking good already.

   
Made in se
Stabbin' Skarboy





Malmoe, Sweden

Your doing great progress, can't wait to see this develope!

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Black Templar Recruit Undergoing Surgeries




The Netherlands

It looks great already !
Can't wait to see the rest.
I'm subscribed.

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Made in gb
Growlin' Guntrukk Driver with Killacannon





UK

All: Thanks for all the great comments

Next on the list was to make my Squiggoth some gums for both the top and bottom teeth.
This was achieved easier than it sounds and looked convincing when finished.
Basically I got some modelling putty, flattened it out, applied it so that it overlapped over where the teeth are by the desired amount, then using a blunt modelling tool pushed it between each tooth. This was done for the left and right side of each set of teeth on both the top and bottom.
After this I then textured the gums with some stretch marks.



   
Made in gb
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Inside your mind, corrupting the pathways

Very nice...

More!

   
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Maddening Mutant Boss of Chaos






Looking good, just one question, where is the enterance to his throat? Teeth and gums look great.

   
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Inside your mind, corrupting the pathways

I'm just hoping that he does not pay quite so much attention to the exit at the other end...

   
Made in gb
Maddening Mutant Boss of Chaos






I'm just hoping that he does not pay quite so much attention to the exit at the other end...




knowing orks they would just fit a cannon there or something!

   
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This is great!
I must see more....













 
   
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Krazed Killa Kan







This is looking very good and am keen to see how this turns out. The head looks quite tall though, so this may help deal with some of the 'legginess' from the mumak. You may be able to get away with it by simply hiding some of the upper leg area....?

 
   
Made in gb
Growlin' Guntrukk Driver with Killacannon





UK

SilverMK2 + Tortured-Robot: More is what people want so what I give. As for the exhaust point was thinking something like Da Mukspredda - SX, AP 5, Hellstorm Template, Pinning, Rending, Poison Weapon (4+). That should just about cover

Tortured-Robot: As for the back of the throat, didn’t want to make a hole at the back of the mouth as where to end the hole?? This was to be solved with the inclusion of a tongue this would allow the hinting of a throat and then the viewer can assume the rest. Also leaving it dark at painting allows for a “disappearing point”. This is how it is done with all models. I’ll admit that it is more difficult with such a large mouth though.

InyokaMadoda: I did think about this but if someone was to go in for a closer inspection I think it would have been too obvious and may make the model disproportionate (more so than I wanted it to be anyway) so I reasoned that I may as well just go and widen the legs. I had enough modelling putty to cover (just about anyway).

Next up was the tongue, this as mentioned will help hint where the throat is, but more importantly needed to be eye catching and a focal point of the mouth. It needed to be differently textured and look “soft”, squishy but at the same time muscular and alive.
The squishiness was achieved by making the tongue over hang on the gums and teeth slightly as if filling the area. The lift at the end of the tongue ensured it had the required life in it.
It was textured with a split down the centre and dimples all the way along, this gave it a rounded, soft look to contrast heavily with the sharp look of the teeth.

Anyway hurray for my first really in focus shot. (Note this doesn’t last for too long)


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Poxed Plague Monk






i wonder what's cheaper: simply buy one at forgeworld or spend all your money on gs? I don't care, this looks great. keep on the good work!

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