I\'ve been a bit of a lurker for a while, but have finally decided to raise my head above the parapet and make a post. :)
First up, about me.... I\'ve kicked about the GW side of the hobby, on and off, since my early teens. I started playing epic (when it was still called \"Space Marine\") and after a long stint making scale models started knocking about with 40k stuff a year or two ago. Recently I\'ve started to put together a Bad Moons clan, which is well in progress.
About the mini... I\'ve always had mixed feelings about the FW marine. One part of me has always loved the idea of a 6\" marine. The other part of me has always looked at the FW offering and thought that it has fallen somewhat below its potential, for a number of reasons:
1) that pose! What was the sculptor thinking?
2) Scaling. There are several parts of this guy that just don\'t look right! I\'ll point these out as I go
3) Choice of character. Whilst there is no doubt that a marine is cool, a veteran sergeant marine with chainsword and plasma pistol is sooo much cooler!
So I\'d stayed clear of buying it, until I spotted a post over on another forum. Then I stumbled on giganticdarks (http://www.coolminiornot.com/forums/...d=29899&page=1) awesome rendition and I was hooked! The WIP and PIP threads of his have been an absolute inspiration. If I am able to accomplish a fraction of what was done with that figure I will be made up!
So, this will be my interpretation of the FW model. A 7 foot defender of humanity from the Black Templars Chapter standing over his slain enemy(s).
To begin, a run through of some of the parts and what I intend to be doing with them... (n.b. all \"detail\" shaded in red is either for filling in and rescribing or complete removal - a lot of these lines are of an inconsistent depth and/or width and serve no real purpose, other than to make the marine look \"Busy\")
1 & 2 This \"detail\" has to come off - if you put the helmeted head on, there is no way it could remain and let the head sit flat.
3 This length is to be extended. The torso is circa 4mm too short by my reckoning. The underside of the breast plate I will add a couple of mil to and then extend the \"six pack\" by a further 2 mil or so. This may make the eagle sit too high - not sure how to solve this yet, though it may be covered by a tabard...
^^Another problem with the kit is the waaaaay overscale head. It would seem the sculptor has seen fit to make a head that is in scale with the complete armoured figure, rather than the man inside. This is a commercially available resin head that I plan to use, or a variant of (unfortuanatly I can\'t sculpt :( ) I\'d really like thoughts on scale here.
Okay, so these are fairly limited in pose, so it\'s going to be a case of cutting along the dotted lines and re-posing.
1 Cutting line for reposition
2 Wrist to be extended
1 Cutting line for reposition
Pretty much the biggest job with regard to reposing is to slice apart the legs, remake the lost detail (gulp!) and reposition.
1,2,3 and 4 Cutting lines for re-positioning of legs
5 another problem with the sculpt - the joint between the Greave and Cuisse on the left leg - both armour plates would have to co-exist in the same space... this has been overcome by having the plates merge...
6 a great trench of a seem - not 100% sure how I\'ll solve this..
comments as above
That\'s all for now. I\'m out \"team building\" with work tomorrow and Friday night / Saturday sees me on a 50 mile charity walk, so I\'ll start carving, milling, chopping and sawing on Sunday if I\'m up to it.
Please feel free to post comments and suggestions - I\'m open to any ideas that would improve what I intend to do.
Have a great few days...