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PostSubject: Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions   Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions I_icon_minitimeWed Aug 05 2015, 11:19

Hello fellow commorrites. I uploaded an army list a couple days ago with some pictures of my army attached and @Painjunky asked how did I make my grotesques. I didnt want to go offtopic there, so I've made a step by step guide over here in The Workshops. Heres the final result on the battlefield:

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Horrors based grotesques are definetly the best choice, but im a college student (AKA: broke) and I had to get creative in order to field them, so I bought some greenstuff, took out my bitz box (most importantly, Taloses bits) and scrathbuilt them. Some turned better than others, but by the 3rd one I had standarized the process. Its simple, really. this are the steps I took to make them:

First step is to cut two little "sticks" out of some sprues and glue them together to form some sort of a cross
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Then you take your green stuff. For the pecs simply make two greenstuff balls, place them on each side of the cross intersection and shape them at will. You dont even need expensive tools to manipulate them. I did this with a wet old ballpen point. ALWAYS keep your hands wet or you'll leave fingerprints EVERYWHERE.
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Then make little cylinders. These will be the abs of the grotesques.
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When you haf put three in a row, make another two cylinders and attack them to the sides of the abs slighly deeper. This is for attaching the "back" of the grotesque without deforming the abs.
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For the back, we will flatten a chunk on greenstuff and attach it on the back of the cross and resting into the cylinders we just located on both sides of the abs. Once done, pick a pen and make two little incisions on both sides. That will make it seems like muscles.
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And voilá, heres our torso!
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THe heads are really simple. Just grab a head (ANY head. One of my grotesques even has a kroot head. Nod to the webcomic Eatatau.) and put a spare talos mask on it. If it doesnt fir properly, cut the front of the head until it does. Once done, gue it on top of the torso. If it doesnt "fit" well, use some greenstuff to do some neck muscles.
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For the back, add musculature at will using little balls of greenstuff. Dont bother much though, it will be later covered by the spine (made our of the Chronos spine bits) and other stuff from the talos box (syringes, containers, antlers... whatever)

For the shoulders, Talos "gauntlet" bits fit nicely, and for hands I just used bits and pieces that fitted well and went for that. Talos spare arms are nice.

Once you have this done, cut another piece of sprue of the length you want their "legs" to be and let it dry for a day or so
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Bear in mind, grotesques are anabolized beyond recognition, so go as wild with them as you want. They dont have to be perfectly symmetrical either (meaning arm lenght, musculature... even paint scheme, becouse haemonculi often use parts from different bodies to make a single grotesque. Think frankenstein monster type.

If you feel like it, you can model legs, but they are very difficult to make beleivable, so I opted for a japanese-style long skirt. With some I went the extra mile and openly made them poses to seem like they dont actually have legs and are gravitating Talos-like.

Sadly I dont have images of the skirt making process becouse frankly is the least fun and more difficult part to properly pull off. Flatten a good chunk of green stuff and wrap it around their hips. In a couple of tries you'll eventually get a beleivable shape for the skirt. Once you get it, flatten green stuff made cylinder and use it as cloth belt to hide the part where you fused skirt with lower torso. Final result should be something like this.

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Paint them up and you have cheap grotesques.
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I made a total of 6. They seem hard to do, but once you've done one or two, you'll automate the process and will be very simple. And they look badass on the table.
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Hope this comes in handy at least for inspiration to someone that wants to make grotesques and dont know where to begin.
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PostSubject: Re: Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions   Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions I_icon_minitimeWed Aug 05 2015, 17:07

Wow that is really cool, always fun to see these kinds of things.
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PostSubject: Re: Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions   Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions I_icon_minitimeWed Aug 05 2015, 18:49

Wow! They are indeed scratch built..! Looking good!
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PostSubject: Re: Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions   Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions I_icon_minitimeWed Aug 05 2015, 22:00

Great stuff! Thanks mate!

Seems I need to work on my green stuff skills.
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PostSubject: Re: Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions   Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions I_icon_minitimeThu Aug 06 2015, 16:30

Those look sweet! Really like how they turned out. I have not tried Green Stuffing things like this before, might have to try and do something like this! Awesome job!
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PostSubject: Re: Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions   Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions I_icon_minitimeFri Aug 07 2015, 11:47

Excellent work!
I may have to favourite this page so I can use the technique for the torsos.
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PostSubject: Re: Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions   Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 10 2015, 02:34

Wow. I need to really work on my skills those look awsome.

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PostSubject: Re: Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions   Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 10 2015, 02:48

These are very simple but damn cool. EXCELLENT work!

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PostSubject: Re: Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions   Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions I_icon_minitimeThu Sep 10 2015, 09:08

Excellent, I totally need to try that... Superb... Thank you for sharing.
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PostSubject: Re: Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions   Grotesque Scratchbuilt conversions I_icon_minitimeSat Sep 19 2015, 17:49

BRILLIANT! I came across this as I've been searching for advice on making Grotesques, I'm waiting on a shipment of Rat Ogres from the Island of Blood boxed set I got on ebay, I have a Talos for my army and there's a ton of spares (especially face masks) so was thinking a conversion was possible. LOVE your work with green stuff, inspirational.

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