|One shot, one kill.
Inspired by how well converting my first two Inquisitorial storm troopers went, I set out to assemble a third. Having already assembled two with hot-shot lasrifles, I decided to try something a little different for the third storm trooper. While I was initially scheming to convert some form of special weapon (melta, plasma, or volleygun), my plans were postponed when I came across my collection of Elysian Drop Troops weapons from Forge World. Amongst them was an awesome and compact sniper rifle that I decided would make a welcome addition to any Inquisitor’s retinue. Like the majority of the Elysian weapons, the sniper rifle has a bullpup design, placing the action of the rifle behind the trigger group, taking the place of a traditional stock, thus giving it its condensed look.
|From top to bottom: hotshot lasgun, Elysian sniper rifle, and Catachan lasgun. As you can see the Catachan rifle is simply massive!
While I was really excited to equip one of the storm troopers with the sniper rifle, I was a little unsure how easily it could be substituted for one of the Scion’s hot-shot lasrifles. Due to so much of the Elysian rifles being located within the back stock region, the lack of presculpted arms surrounding the rifle posed a problem. This issue is rarely encountered with GW models because so many of their models’ weapons do not have stocks, or they are not tightly shouldered in a firing position, allowing for relatively simple weapon swapping. Despite this issue, after a fair amount of cutting and repositioning of the arm/hand I properly positioned the rifle. After removing part of the sniper rifle’s stock, I was able to use the trigger group and grip of the hot-shot lasrifle. With the rifle positioned, I filled in the gaps with greenstuff and added back the rifle’s magazine. I resculpted the storm trooper’s trigger finger to be off the trigger because he was not going to be in a firing stance (Firing a sniper rifle from the hip? Surely not!). I was also able to trim the Scion’s left hand off the foregrip of his hot-shot lasrifle such that it could be used to hold the newly positioned sniper rifle.
|Getting the sniper rifle to attach properly to the arm required a lot of cutting, followed by a considerable amount of greenstuff work to fill in any gaps and sculpt his finger.
|The sniper's backpack is crafted from one of the backpacks in the Catachan command squad.
|After finishing the rifle, the model came together really quickly. Notice the beret head from the Catachan command squad.
|The Cataphractii combi-weapons are surprisingly small and look to be an ideal starting place for making special weapons.
- Adam Wier