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Aschen
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PostSubject: To kitbash or not to kitbash?   Tue May 15 2018, 20:16

So I've got a NIB Archon (hate the model) and a NIB Llamaean (love the model) I've been pondering using the Llamaean as an archon, but can't decide if I want to kitbash... grab a blaster or whatnot, use the huskblade from the Archon kit to replace one of her weapons.... that sorta thing...

My only fear is how fragile Finecast is, and how difficult it is to keep the glue points together when its something like finecast -to- plastic...... So would it be worth it to convert it? Or best just to run the Llamaean as is and call it counts-as-Archon

My local group doesnt have any problems with such proxies, btw. I've been using a Sslyth model for my archon for a while now (though most of his weapons have broken off...darn finecast pos!)
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PostSubject: Re: To kitbash or not to kitbash?   Wed May 16 2018, 01:40

Personally, I prefer to kit-bash where possible, just to get some diversity among units that would otherwise be exactly the same - I have four of the GW archons, and only one of them has any of the weapons from the kit (and even then it's only the huskblade). I think a Lhamaean-based archon would look pretty good.

In regards to finecast, I'm not sure how much help I can be. I've got four Sslyths that have an array of weapons from plastic sprues, and they seem to attach fine - but I'm not sure how that would work with the Lhamaean, who, if I'm not mistaken, comes in one piece. I suppose as long as the contact points between the finecast and plastic parts are smooth enough - no mould lines, unnecessary clippings etc. - it should go together alright. It just needs a bit of patience (and I say that from experience).


Recently I've had quite a bit of fun with kit-bashing my own custom models from scratch - mostly out of spares and other models. The picture below is my latest creation - a winged archon for my kabal, kit-bashed out of spare bits and a Scourge torso/wings. I'm still writing the background that describes the axe he uses, but for match purposes, I can probably use it as a power sword.

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PostSubject: Re: To kitbash or not to kitbash?   Wed May 16 2018, 01:46

very cool looking model, btw!
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PostSubject: Re: To kitbash or not to kitbash?   Sat May 19 2018, 01:23



Kinda fuzzy, but thats my two archons at the moment.  Not much work on the Llamaean, used a cut up shredder for a blaster, and put a spike on her back.

Lost an arm on the Sslyth a while back, so replaced it with the archon husk blade arm, put the Llamaean sword tip for my broken sword, and then shredder for a blaster again. Gave him the trophy rack from the archon blister as well
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PostSubject: Re: To kitbash or not to kitbash?   Mon May 21 2018, 01:31

Some nice conversion work there. Should look great once they're all painted up.

Never thought of using shredders as a proxy for blasters. Makes them look more unique.

The Sslyth archon looks very cool - might have to try something like that myself (maybe not as an archon, but as some sort of unique 'super-sslyth' character that can work with my fluff). Though, I'm curious to know why you put him on a 25mm base - don't Sslyths normally come with a 40mm base? I'm just thinking of how fragile the tail might be like that, given that it's finecast.
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PostSubject: Re: To kitbash or not to kitbash?   Mon May 21 2018, 04:51

...honestly I dont know why he's on a 25mm base. I coulda lost the base for him and put him on an extra one.... Or I used him as the Duke in the old editions...so maybe thats why?
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PostSubject: Re: To kitbash or not to kitbash?   Mon May 21 2018, 09:34

Originally sslyth were on 25 bases only for the last few (ok maybe more than a few) years did they end up on larger bases.
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