|"Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."|
Over the last few years, the Inq28 movement has steadily been increasing in popularity, as evidenced by more and more collaborative events, such as the Pilgrym and Tor Megiddo. Relatively few have taken place in the USA, however, aside from the Curse of the Alabaster. Vince Fiore, of the Dark_Tech_ fame is looking to change that with his world-building collaborative project Mare Solum. The setting has a great deep-sea diver/nautical theme that I thought would be fun to explore. Having just spent a lot of time converting and creating molds for some Imperial Guard, I decided this would be a great opportunity to see what diverse things I could create with them, trying to make them visually distinct from the stock models, but also fitting with the Mare Solum theme.
|Before building this model, I was convinced I would never use the Goliath rivet gun!|
I decided I wanted to build a jetpack wearing mercenary, someone who could jump around from airships and rusty shipyards. The first step was to craft a suitable rocketpack. A Goliath rivet gun proved the perfect starting point, really looking the part after cutting it down and adding a nozzle from a Van Saar plasma cannon. Next I wanted to modify the model’s body to make it look suitably technical, fitting with the bulky engine on their back. The Electro-Priest box set was invaluable for this. I used one of their head braces to create a collar to surround the model’s helmet. The helmet itself (and the shoulderpads) was taken from the Van Saar kit, with the front part of a genestealer cultist light creating the viewport (thanks @apoteos_miniatures for the suggestion!). With the basis for the conversion done, I used green stuff to touch up various aspects of the model, including adding a few harness straps to keep the jetpack on the warrior’s back.
|The Electro-Priest kit provided a wealth of interesting technical pieces that allowed me to create much of the mercenary’s suit.|
|I am really happy with how the model’s shotgun is small enough to not detract from the rest of the model. Had I used one of the genestealer cultist ones, the size would have been distracting.|
This mercenary came together really quickly after first coming up with the idea. I am really pleased that the parts I cast for my Imperial Guard worked so well for building a slightly more eccentric figure. Now onto painting the model; the Mare Solum event is quickly approaching!
- Adam Wier
Such an excellent conversion. It really shows how amazing of a job you have done creating a base that virtually any type of guardsmen could be created from. So good!ReplyDelete
Thank you for the kind words! It is nice to finally be able to use the casts to make conversions. Expect to see more from them in the future!Delete
I think the addition of those parts really ground the model in 40k, or at least sci-fi of a more utilitarian variety.ReplyDelete
This looks really good!
The helmet and additional armor does firmly place the model in the 40k universe. :)Delete
Very cool - I'm digging that build!ReplyDelete
Thank you! I am contemplating building a few more mercenaries like this. They would make a cool force for the upcoming Kill Team...Delete
Great conversion :)ReplyDelete
I am pleased with how the conversion turned out. It is nice to be back converting models rather than making molds!Delete