Friday, October 29, 2010
Creatinge a Narrative Conversion
As I brainstormed a way to represent a "Soul Grinder", I had many ideas to draw on. As a child, I loved reading War of the Worlds. I was especially captivated by the image of a monstrous machine collecting people in a basket for some nefarious purpose. As far as the mechanical "grinder" element, I was reminded of a terrible Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd movie, Nothing But Trouble, and the "execution machine" in it called Mr. Bone-Stripper. I wanted a daemonic contraption that not only could stomp around killing things, but also collecting whatever body parts were left-over. Keeping in mind my affinity for all things Hellraiser/Silent Hill, I knew barbed wire would be involved. I was halfway there!
As far as the "basket" goes, I was lucky enough to have access to the GW corpse cart model. The kit comes with not only a pretty sweet rib-cage inspired basket, but also some great gore piles to put inside. I affixed this basket to the center of my defiler leg base, and made sure to leave easy access to weave Forge World etched brass barbed wire throughout the ribs, to create the desired effect.
Next, I needed to create some kind of "collecting" mechanism for the front of the machine. Not only appendages that would feed victims in, but also some sort of mastication system that would leave said bodies in the disarray displayed in the gore piles. Here is a close-up of this component:
Again, after making a crazy conversion, I kicked myself for having to make more of the exact same model. Fortunately, I only wound up making two of these beasts. I know what you are thinking: I said earlier that I had built three Soul Grinders, not two. I will leave the third, "Big Daddy" grinder for another post. I think this is enough mechanical horror for one day, even if it is October.
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween weekend!