Wednesday, December 8, 2010
I didn't know Guardsman Marbo was on Vraks...
To make this model, I began with one of the hero base-sets from Dragonforge. These "hero" class bases really allow your special characters to stand out, with either interesting footing, or though enhanced elevation. The peculiar topography of this base allowed me to make a more dynamic pose for Marbo. I then added a sand-bag and knife to the trench portion of the base, to represent Marbo's nasty close combat blade at rest. I believe this bit came from a Leman Russ sprue.
For Marbo himself, I started with the crouched Cadian legs of a heavy weapons team, and to this pinned the torso and arms from a Forgeworld Enforcer model. To replicate his poison ripper pistol, I replaced the Enforcer's laspistol arm by cutting at the elbow, and pinning on the glove and needle pistol of Fabius Bile. In Marbo's other hand, I placed an improvised demolition charge made with an autocannon ammunition pack, pinned to the back of a flamer-fuel canister. I then linked these two bits by adding a few pieces of paperclip wire, painted as tubing. While a bit clunky, I imagine this to be a suitable improvised explosive device.
I really like the pose the model is in, as I think I have captured the moment that Marbo has popped-up over the side of a trench, and is in the act of hefting the rigged fuel canister into the enemy. It also helps that I was able to represent all of Marbo's peculiar wargear. While he has yet to see a gaming table, I am sure to be entertained by his explosive entrance!