While in the middle of a fairly intense period of sculpting I thought that I would take a little time out and have a bit of fun on a project that I’ve been wanting to do for some time.
A couple of years ago I treated myself to Forgeworld’s Collector Series Space Marine, for those of you not familiar with the model, it is a large scale depiction of a generic Space Marine at about 120mm tall or 1/15 - my favourite scale.
It has been sitting unbuilt in my workshop for about 2 years tempting me away from my modelmaking duties, finally I could resist no longer and what better way to start on a relatively expensive limited release model, than to saw it all up!
Unfortunately in my enthusiasm to saw and grind the parts I have neglected to take shots of the original model and any of my destructive early stages so I have included here an image of the Forgeworld Marine and the instruction sheet to show the original state of the model parts.
The torso of the marine is very short so I removed the lower belt section and ground out the abdominal section. The surface of the torso, as with the rest of the model is very fussy with lots of panel lines and ports/vents etc.
I filled all of the details with putty and sanded the surface smooth. I have also drilled through the chest eagle and inserted a plastic ring to act as a mount for a chapter icon later on.
The pelvis is integral to the legs so this was ground and sawn away and an new pelvis built from scratch.
As you can see the belt buckle shows I’ll be making this a marine from the Ultramarines chapter. Flexible leg joint was made fron coiled aluminium wire.
Abdomen section was then scratchbuilt using putty and plastic card strips. The piping was made from aluminium wire and plastic tube detailed with 1mm steel balls.
Arms and legs next.:)