N18 Modelling help: Millisaurs

Listy

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I'm just getting back into things after a good decade out, and I'm throwing together a Chaos cultist gang. One of the blokes will be armed with a Chain Glaive. I'm doing this list from my bits boxes, and I'm struggling to get a good looking chain Glaive, one that is a little bit more than just a "chainsword on a stick". Yes I realise that this description is literally what a chain glaive would be, but mocking it up it just fails to look right.

Then I had an idea. How about a Millisaur on stick, and you just shove it at the enemy and in chews on the bad guy. Self targeting and fueling as well. Further development of the idea, and sticking to the background, this sounds like more of a job for a Ripper Jack. I do have some of those models, but I have no idea how to convert them so that they look like they are bound to the end of the stick. The Millisaur is easy, just a few bands around the worm body, so we return to the idea of a millisaur (unless anyone has an idea how to attach a ripper jack to a stick?)

Now the original millisaurs are far to expensive, and also far to big to look right on the model. The obvious answer of course is a juvenile, and here in lies the problem. I'm having trouble finding a small worm like bundle of teeth. All the examples I've found are far to big to look right. I figure I'll have to make a strap for the cultist to support the weight of the weapon, but I still need the worm. The worms I've been finding are also in the 28mm range, perhaps one in the 20mm range would work? But the problem remains I have no idea where to go to obtain such an item as I've been out of contact with the modelling world for far too long.

So far I have found:
Great for Millisaurs, but too big.

Could work, but no tails, and only half bodies, also looking a little bit big?

Again a possible, although no sense of scale, and no teeth.

Like option one: look a bit too big.

I did think of Ripper swarms, old or new, but I don't have easy access to any of those.

Maybe I should crack open my old Outlanders (or even Rogue Trader) book and see if I can find some alternative critter that would do the job? Any suggestions? I suppose the obvious one is go with a proper chain glaive, I do have an old Pit slave rotatory saw that I could use that would look the part, or maybe some old Catachan sentinel chain cutters (although this later one would be quite big).

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Listy
 

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I think any critter on a stick would be hard to pull off at this scale. The idea is cool, but how about a critter on a lease/chain and the model holds a pointy stick to “aim” the critter at an enemy?

original millasaurs being so expensive, what about epic scale tyranids? I think some of those old models would look pretty scary on a leash.
 

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I'd try and make the model look like a crazy gardener who's using a hedge trimmer on an extension pole. You could give him a face mask/gloves etc.
 

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I think any critter on a stick would be hard to pull off at this scale. The idea is cool, but how about a critter on a lease/chain and the model holds a pointy stick to “aim” the critter at an enemy?

original millasaurs being so expensive, what about epic scale tyranids? I think some of those old models would look pretty scary on a leash.

Not a bad idea, but I can't find any epic stuff on the GW website, are they still pushing that stuff?

I'd try and make the model look like a crazy gardener who's using a hedge trimmer on an extension pole. You could give him a face mask/gloves etc.

Dang... Wish I'd had that idea, I even know how I'd do it. I've got the old Col Schafer's last chances one of them has the appropriate hat for starters. The model I'm using is however complete apart from Green stuff and the end of his stick.
 
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It will be quite challenging to find a model that fits both requirements on scale and aspect...

Why not sculpt it ? It's basically a carterpillar (a succession of slightly flattened spheres) with a teethed open mouth.

I do have some of those models, but I have no idea how to convert them so that they look like they are bound to the end of the stick.

For the ripper jack, I guess it would be tied by its tail to the stick, with the head free, thus moving frantically in the air trying to get free and to attack anyone too close...
 
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With the rerelease of Adeptus Titanicus in a new scale, all the old Epic is out. I’m fairly sure GW had it as a specialist game, so they must’ve stopped selling it years ago (I sold all mine off more than a decade ago, so I’m not 100% on that). And I haven’t checked eBay prices.

hmm... guess that suggestion wasn’t helpful at all...
 

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Tyranid ripper?

Obtaining them is more difficult than you'd suspect. Wish I'd kept my old 2nd Ed rippers now.

It will be quite challenging to find a model that fits both requirements on scale and aspect...

Why not sculpt it ? It's basically a carterpillar (a succession of slightly flattened spheres) with a teethed open mouth.



For the ripper jack, I guess it would be tied by its tail to the stick, with the head free, thus moving frantically in the air trying to get free and to attack anyone too close...

I had come to the conclusion of sculpting it, but I've never sclupted anything this complex before, so its a step into the unknown.

That's not a bad idea for the Ripper. Matches the chaotic nature. I was thinking of two bands along the arm pits of the ripper, both ends of which are welded onto the pole behind its back.

With the rerelease of Adeptus Titanicus in a new scale, all the old Epic is out. I’m fairly sure GW had it as a specialist game, so they must’ve stopped selling it years ago (I sold all mine off more than a decade ago, so I’m not 100% on that). And I haven’t checked eBay prices.

hmm... guess that suggestion wasn’t helpful at all...

No it helped thanks! Any ideas are helpful at this stage.



Hmmm, I wonder if a cluster of Lashworms would do.
 

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They Tyranid ripper would be my best suggestion too. I don't know what your circumstances are, but if you have friends who play Nids or GSC in 40k then they might have spares. (Particularly GSC I guess - they get rippers in the purestrain boxes but, as far as I know, can't actually use ripper swarms.)
 

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I'm afraid I don't have a specific suggestion for you, but maybe there's a part of a larger model you can cut off and use?

I'm thinking something like the Alien tongue on this genestealer head:

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It's almost certainly too small (unless you wanted to go for something long and thin, with a tail sculpted around the length of the stick) but maybe someone knows of something similar that would work better. There's bound to be some sort of chaos tentacle or something that would work.
 

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Thanks for your advice and concept thoughts.

I did try a Ripper Jack. My idea was to close the legs together, and then have a loop of metal modeled by microstrip, that passes over the armpits. Like so:
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Then pend the Microstrip round to meed behind the body, and attach to the pole. I've decided it wouldn't look right, and I couldn't mentally justify a Sth 1 critter causing the damage of the chain glaive. There just seemed to be too big a disconnect.

So I went with the ever traditional Chainsword on a stick:
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To get the battered look I had the barrels from an old Forgeworld Nurgle dreadnought arm kicking about. It had a chain blade on it. Add in a modern Imperial Guard pouch, and the engine off a modern chainsword and we're good. Bit more of microstrip to form the battered bracing plate and bolts and its all done.
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I think I'll save the ripper Jack on a stick for the any Scavvie gang that comes out. That seems more appropriate.
 

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Looking good. This is my chainsaw wielding cultist, I'm guessing it's a necromunda mini from back in the day, metal model.

Its the old Redemptionist model with a Eviscerator and Exterminator cartridge. I've got the same model myself. I was thinking about doing a Redemptionist gang this time around, but I am working to source models.
The biggest challenge is the cost of flame weapons in game.
 
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