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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

Well I suspect many Deathguard players and collectors will have done this, but for those that haven't yet



The Dark Imperium Bloat Drone compared to the full kit, as you can see you get an option of the same syringe nose, and an alternate thick hose



and 3 different faceplates



a comparison of the plagespitters, note they're not quite identical



and the fans are slightly different too

so together with the other 2 weapon sets (lawnmower and big goo shooter) a visit to ebay to pick up a couple of dark imperium examples along with one full kits will give you a good basis for a varied force



or if you don't want too many points intensive flying things consider using the faceplates from the full kit on your blight haulers instead,it will be a bit more work but they should fit with only a little cutting and a dash of putty

 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

Started putting a plagueburst crawler together

(top tip, being ill means you don't concentrate hard enough so your build will be a bit of a mess, get well first)

so a couple of issues to make note of, first the cogged wheel you make from 67, 68,69 & 70 teeth are not in register if you just put the bits together as instructed



you should trim a small bit of the rim of parts 68 & 69 and glue the up to 67 & 70 so they do match up. A fairly simple fix but a lot easier than having to reshape each tooth with a knife as i'm doing

(that's what happens when you don't concentrate on what you're doing as you're ill)

Second I got one of the tracks on back to front,

now I thought I was following the instructions ok, but I could have got things wrong (or they could have got the numbers for left and right tracks switched in the instruction, not sure which)

whatever the pictures are right so check the teeth on the track at the fat end of the crawlwe are pointing down into the ground as pictures when you're dry fitting things

It's also worth pointing out that you cover up a bunch of cool detail on the sides of your crawler with the armour so it may be worth doing some battle damage on the armour to reveal it (although you do need to use it as the tracks don't run around the whole thing!



oh and to make life simple i'd avoid gluing the mortar assembly and the dozer blade on until after everthing is painted ,

it will be a lot simpler,

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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK



Built a set of the Deathshroud bodyguard which gives you a spare toros front so I used it to build another Blightlord Aspirant

The arms are spares from the Blightlord kit, and the legs and rear torso from a Calth terminator which was widened with plastic card to match the deathshroud front, and the waist area was built up with scrap plastic and putty to add the needed height

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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

Let's customise some bloat drones



first there are loads of spikes, chaos of all sorts supports heads on spikes so dig in your bits box (I picked a skull and a preserved head cut of one of the deathguard). This also helps disguise that you've managed to break off the spikes which I;ve done a fair bit of even though i'm not normally so heavy handed


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next you can change up the look by cutting down or removing the two hoses/cables hanging under the drone. In this example I've removed the thin one and cut down the thick one, hollowing out what's left, it's the change is most obvious with the smaller guns unlike the big one here


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that medallion hanging off the hoses under the bloat drone, cut it free, split it in half and you can brand the tank on it's back, pretty cool (if you're less confident with your hobby knife just flatten off one side of the medallion as it's a lot easier than trying to cut it in half)


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the splits in the armour on the dark imperium bloat drone are very recognisable, so trim them flat (some of the 'flesh' inside the splits pokes up) and cover with greenstuff, add some corrosion pitting and you change the look a fair bit

trim off the mucus on the horns and they end up looking a fair bit different too

and finally that spare bit of thick hose left over from the earlier work fits on syringe nose (trim off the pitted dome that's there) and changes up the look



and when you build your regular bloat drone you're left with a spare set of nose hoses, so I've added some of them to the rear of a drone with its ther hoses removed


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and for my next trick how about some scenery, the Feculent Gnarlmaw



pretty cool but if you build it as instructed you won't be able to paint the inside of the mouth, or pit of maggots properly





so i'd suggest building this bit and not attaching it to the base until it's painted

(note that the edge spikes on disc to the right can interfere with the fit to the base so dry fit that before gluing, the long horn on mine should have been slightly higher up so I needed to do a bit of cutting and putty work to fix my mistake)


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oh and smooth over those ball& socket joints for the 3 main branches, they look awful if you don't

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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK



Finally managed to get another one finished, Bloatdrone with Flesh Mower, minor conversions and added Nurgling

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Incorporating Wet-Blending





Wales: Where the Men are Men and the sheep are Scared.

Great conversions here mate.



 
   
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Death-Dealing Devastator





Washington, USA

these are awesome! Your kit vs DI comparisons are super helpful too!!

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Longtime Dakkanaut





UK

Some good work here mate, I really like how you've personalised the monopose sets, paint looks good too, nice one mate !

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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

Thanks folks, glad the side by side on the conversions helping

i'm still enjoying building and painting these, which is the most focused I've been on a project for a long time so there's plenty more to come even if it's a slow process

 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK



A foetid bloat-drone with a heavy plague spitter should prove a challenge (if the nurgling doesn't eat all the toxic goo first)

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Fixture of Dakka





6 foot underwater

Great stuff. Really like the plague doc, and those drones

cyborks & flyboyz : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/300067.page
heretical ramblings : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/302773.page
imperial preachings : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/0/303365.page
Da Waaagh-ky Races : http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/325045.page
Briancj: You have the Mek Taint, MT, and the only thing we can do is watch in horror/amazement.

 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

and finally complete after a long struggle the largest vehicle in the lineup, the Plagueburst Crawler









really pleased I cut off a bit of the armoured side to show some of the detail under there, looks great

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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

Ages since I've posted but I've finally finished the evil tree

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Phanobi






Canada,Prince Edward Island

Wow, just went through the whole blog and you have created a really great looking force Orlando! I particularly like the plague doctor fella and the tree you just finished. Don't you be tempting me to start another army!

On a sidenote a few of your pictures no longer show up any more, I dunno where you are hosting the images but you may want to move them over to Dakka so they don't get lost...

   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

Cheers for the heads up, it's probably imgur messing around

I'lll have a poke and see what's going on when I get a chance at some point this week

and thanks for the kind words on the tree, it's taken far, far too long to get to a state I was happy with but I really like where it ended up

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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

Well I checked and I was wrong to blame Imgur, those images are fine, it's the ones on facebook (which I use when Imgur is unavailable) that failed

so sorry Imgur, I've now gone back and replaced all the duff images (I think, let me know if any are still wrong)

 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK




One of the easy build plague marines, I've swapped out the bolter for a special weapon (replacing the tentacle arm too), backback & head swap and a bit of extra armour with a fly on all from the main plague marine kit as well as trimming off and smoothing the shoulder pad


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Easy build no2, swap out the chest plate with one from the plague marine kit not simple as the width & fit both need a bit of cutting & greenstuff which is also used to make a fat belly with boils, use a different easy build backpack (note there are tiny pegs on two of then that stop them fitting to the 'wrong' marine unless they're removed). The thigh pads on the kit torso cover holes in the leg armour, the left can be ignored as it has muscle texture underneath, but a bolt pistol is added to cover the one on the right which is 'hollow'(it fits well but the photo seems to be pulling the grey into the foreground), and all topped off with Mr Flyhead

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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK



Noxious Blightbringer finally painted, it's only taken about 14 months, but I'm really pleased with the final result

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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK



up next is a tallyman (hey Mr tallyman, tally me diseases), so I began hacking up a primeris librarian as I loved the coat and think it will look fab with lots of holes and a tattered hem

I've cut in a chestpiece from the plague marine kit, and added extra tentacles, and redone the folds of the cloth under robe to disguise the joins, deathguard head of some sort and built up my version of the backpack

next I need to figure out an abacus and how he holds it, and a scroll or book for him to make notes in, then mess up the coat, and add a bunch more (im)purity seals

(all just in time for a cheap tallyman to pop up in the Warhammer conquest magazine no doubt)

 
   
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Phanobi






Canada,Prince Edward Island

The picture is a little blurry but from what I can see, that is an awesome conversion! It must have been tricky to get that chest piece to fit in there, I would almost certainly have lost a couple of fingers in the process!

The Blightbringer is great as well, loving the verdigris on the bell.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

Not my finest pictures, I'll get some with a better camera later, I'll certainly do so for the final result

It was tricky, but worked out better than I expected half way though,

I basically cut it to roughly the right shape side to side then thinned the insert down as far as I could, and cut the chest out of the primeris in several stages getting deeper and deeper test fiiting as I wen

and finally put the two together and they matched up reasonably well, add in a bit of greenstuff to 'pull' the inner robe over the join and ends up looking like it was designed that way.

the tentacles are also acting to hide the primeris belt buckle which had to go as well so the breastplate fitted properly

 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

Progress



He's now got is femur pen, tally seals, and some smoke and flys and the coat has been distressed, so I just need to wait for the glue to dry and tidy up the mess I've made getting the tally seals in place before undercoating

He'll have a large scroll to write on which I've not show as it blocks a bunch of detail

 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK



weekend work, now mostly painted with a snazzy tattered leather over-robe and grubby white under robe

just need to do the face, base decoration and smoke/insects on the backpack

and figure out the scroll he's going to be holding.

I think the abacus will end up being carried by a Nurgling on a separate base as I just couldn't make one that seemed to on the tallyman himself

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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

Changed thread title to show I'm working with more than the Dark Imperium stuff

got a bit more painting done, hopefully I can get some photos in focus tomorrow as today's are too rubbish to show

and finished(?) another conversion I've been intending to do for ages using another Warhammer Conquest mini

can you guess what it is? again I hope to get some pics up tomorrow

 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK



just needs the tally scroll for his outstretched hand to be finished, I've made one but now begin to think it's too big so I'll need to make another and compare them


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Hungry, hungry blight hauler!

I've used a bloat drone face plate as a replacement, but unfortunately the fit wasn't as simple as i'd hoped, meaning I had to re-situate the weapons

I've also extended on of the mouth claws to change up the look of things, and extended the multimelta barrel

I've also swapped out the floppy stinger for a nurgle scythe blade

add in a couple of holes in the left hand track armour so you can see the track underneath and remove the spikes on the top rail (not deliberate, they all broke off while I was working on it, oops) and it's ready to undercoat

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Regular Dakkanaut




The winged bloat drone is a genius idea, well executed.

I may pinch that idea for myself. Keep up the great little conversions, you should end up with a really great looking army.

   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

Cheers mate,

the more winged bloat drones the better!

 
   
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Decrepit Dakkanaut




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i'm very happy with how the Blight Hauler has come out, the miasma streaming out of the tubes on the carapace have come out nicely, the blueing on the melta and the crabclaw look of the mouthparts

(note they're not fangs if you look closely all of them are 'legs' like the two larger outermost ones)

the base is dressed up with maggots, a wyrm made from a spare bit of one of the big nurgle flys and a handy genestealer skull, I've also used different washes & shades to simulate tracks in the mud


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It was also my first use of my Citadel Painting Handle XL which worked great

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Decrepit Dakkanaut




UK

and now for something completely different..... the larch...

actually it's a container from Warhammer Conquest, while painting one (i'll show that when it's done) I got inspired to turn another into something else so I got my knife out





cut out some windows (cut from the outside as while the panels are shown on both sides the inner ones are a fraction larger than the outer ones and will mess you up if you try cutting that way)

glue the container together partially so you can paint the inside easily (really, really important)

I'm changing up the other door so it opens from the side and waiting for a few more bits in the post before carrying on (maybe when they arrive I'll have decided what I want this to be)

 
   
 
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