Necromunda Bull Gorg conversion (Yakcomp #43 WIP)

Pierric

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Hi Lady and gents,

Among other modelling opportunities, I have sometimes been pondering the idea of completing a full Outlanders Special Characters set (already owning a Redemption Archzealot to be painted, a half painted Karloth Valois and painted Brakar and Mad Donna miniatures - that were already shown on this board).

The set would of course include a King Redwart and a Bull Gorg, both needed to be converted from other miniatures since the first one was a limited edition that would be uneasy to find (to say the least) and totally unaffordable to buy, and the second one has never been released.

The scavvy king could be made from a wide range of miniatures, while the choice would be more reduced for Bull Gorg. Both having probably to be converted from Fantasy miniatures...

I looked for a bit of web references on Bull Gorg. Few conversions have been published online throughout the years.

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For obvious reasons, ogres and a Nurgle Champion seem like the way to go. Having quite a lot of Nurgle minis, I realized that I owned a copy of this plastic model in my collection, but I was not happy with it : there are already several conversions based on it, it has a heavy Fantasy theme sculpted in its lower features, and its posture is quite static. That is not the Bull Gorg I was seeing in my mind.

I found more free renderings of the character and a green stuff sculpt that is quite faithful to the John Blanche illustration :

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The fantasy ogres are nice, but far from the initial drawing and character design, while I had to be realistic : a full green stuff sculpt would be just way above my patience limits and modelling skills.

Since I own a unit of (quite cool) vintage metal ogres (initially intended for my Chaos WFB warband), I looked at them and singled a model that could do the trick. In the case I would ever be motivated for such a heavy conversion...

Then came Yakcomp #43... « Futur shock » conversion challenge... I was called to do it !

The Ogre left his storing box, on his way to its sinister fate.

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I liked the stance, that could make for a rebellious Bull Gorg, challenging his opponents in the middle of the fighting pit, or defying the Guilders from his Dead End Pass barricades... I also liked the big belly and muscular arms, but the head was to be removed, along with both hands including shield and mace, and several fantasy accessories, like the scroll belt buckle, the pouch and the tin pint on his left side. I also decided to remove one of the two shoulder pads to resculpt a naked shoulder.

A ball cutter was fitted to my Dremel and here I was started.
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My first sculpting task was to reshape the body. I used Andrea putty for this purpose. It's less elastic and more tacky than GS, but you can work it with a wet brush. The wetter it gets, the softer and finer it is. I find it way easier to use for wide surfaces to be smoothed out.​

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I was quite happy with the result, with a fatter « big bastard » belly, but more muscular pectorals than the original miniature. I also reused the ball cutter to slim out the arms, both being really huge. The shin guards and knee cap have also been filled and smoothed out to get a more modern look.

Before taking care of the head and both turbo chainswords, I focused on the body and added some details :​

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A pit fighting champion's belt, a football inspired shoulder pad and a small 1/35 military ammo pouch on the left side, to hide the blanked out spot from the initial accessories.

For the head, the bits box spurted out a plastic ogre part, whose teeth has been cut off and whose beard has been trimmed, while a heavily cutted SM backpack glued to some unidentified fantasy bit will make a back « power unit » for Bull Gorg head cables and turbo chainswords :​

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Time to do some more detailing on the body piece :

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Straps added to the shoulder pads. Metal inserts on the belly and chest. A rope on the left biceps to hold the small fur cape on the back :

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You can see that the head has been modified as well. Hair has been totally removed from the cheeks and the goatee made a bit more flourishing. The cheeks and top have been enlarged with GS for a more chunky look (and will be additonnaly plumped with Andrea putty before being transplanted with cable connectors and metal pins...).



[To be continued...]​
 
Well, after a full week away on the seashore with the family, I guess it's time to get back to the hobby bench !

I'll try to work on the head and both turbo chainswords today.

The obvious choice would have been to stick some W40K chainswords on both wrists with a few fancy tidbits and some guitar wire - which looked like the case for most conversions already done. But if you look at the original Blanche's illustration, you can see that the Gorg swords were very specific, absolutely massive, and with a design that looks more Eldar inspired rather than the standard SM issued gear.

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My conclusion (surely hurting my lazyness) was that a successful Bull Gorg conversion would have to sport specific weapons to make him stand out from the crowd, and do (some kind of) justice to John Blanche artwork.

So I decided to scratch build them, using only the blade of current plastic chainswords (I couldn't think of a way to produce consistent tiny teeth... ?). Sticking a pair of blades together to get a double chain would have made the sword too thick to my taste, so I made the choice to keep only one row of teeth and work on the weapons profile.

Both were only rough built before the holidays, using Evergreen plasticard (styrene) sheets and putty filler.

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[To be continued...]
 
This is already looking fantastic, can't wait to see it finished!

The old metal ogre sacrificed itself to become something more awesome than it could ever have been 😎
 
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Yesterday's progess :

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The head is in its final shape. I will try to finalize it today : surface finishing and metal inserts and cable connectors to be added.

The chainswords have several modelling sessions left to be finished, but WIP looks satisfying so far. Styrene rods have been used for framing the upper blade cover and riveting it.

I also added details on the miniature itself, 2 x 2 rivets on the shoulder pad and more features to the triangular insert on the torso.

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So, the head has been finished with styrene rods and drilled plastic inserts, and the chainswords a bit more detailed.

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Coming from an ogre, and having been enlarged, the head is quite big now, but I don't have much other option right now.

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After driving my elder daughter to College yesterday, it's time to fix both weapons to the main body, by glueing them and using rough GS joints as a start.

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The chainswords will be finalized in place when the joints have cured and it's less hazrdous to maniupulate the miniature (whose wingspan is now 100 mm between both chainswords tips).

I hope to be able to finalize the sculpting and assembly for the week-end because I'll probably have a busy back-to-work time next week...
 
This is really fantastic - you've done an amazing job creating this miniature! He definitely calls to mind the art from N95!
 
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So, of course I'm late for YK#43...:LOL:

Turbo chainswords have finally been finished with exhaust pipes (a guitar wire will be added between both empty hydraulic couplings) :

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I've found him a used wider base. Since the original pewter base was quite thick and I wanted the miniature's feet to be flushed with the base surface, I had to cut it around the lead "soles" that were remaining and which can been seen on the picture :

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This Beast is now based and ready to be primed. Head is just sticked in without glue so I will be able to paint it separately, along with the backpack. The guitar wires on both turbo chainswords and on the head to the backpack will be added in the final stage, just before varnish I guess.

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Busy week ahead indeed. I'll hope to make the 18th deadline. If not, I'll still have my new Outlander special character completed.
 
Hi everyone,

It's been indeed a busy week but I managed to finish this project. (y)

Here is Bull Gorg finished. I chose to paint him in a pit fighting outfit, as suited with the champion's belt he's sporting and his challenging attitude.

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Thanks gentlemen.

To be honest, the turbo chainswords were truly challenging. Once the model sculpt/conversion is finished you just want to glue some SM plastic chainswords to it, call it done and paint it. But I realized that for this miniature the weapons were not only martial accessories, but an essential part of its identity, so I had to kick my A to try to make something more unique.
It added many hours of modelling (like 40% of the overall conversion charge) but that was the price to pay to get a satisfactory result, at least in my eyes.

I think it's the most ambitious and time consuming conversion I ever done, but that's why these boards are cool, the nice community in here gets everyone to a higher level and challenges us in a positive and fun oriented way.

So thanks the Yakcomp inventor for this nice Bull Gorg. I guess it would have stayed "a cool idea" without the emulation spirit to actually materialize it.