Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Identity Crisis Marbo!

Here's something I've been working on for a little while - my counts-as Marbo. I wanted to get across the idea of a cold-blooded, emotionless killer as described in the background, but a slightly more twisted take on it.

The fully-enclosed face was chosen to remove personality from the model, and his poisoned weapon is a pair of wrist-mounted syringes - his victims suffer a swift, clinical death, in line with the way I imagine the character.

I used green stuff to make his wrist weapon, as well as modifying his backpack and gun. Plasticard was used for various parts.

I'd be interested to hear your opinions, especially about the scope on his gun. I'm not sure if I should add anything more, or leave it as is. Let me know what you think in the comments!

He's made from a lot of different parts, apart from the plasticard and Green Stuff. The bits used are:
  - Cadian heavy weapons helmet with visor.
  - Respirator from Cadian Command Squad sprue, with hose cut off.
  - Cut down lasgun.
  - Catachan Vox-caster backpack (cut down).
  - Catachan legs.
  - Cadian Torso.
  - Cadian arms (I can't remember which ones, in particular).
  - His left fist is a cut-down one from the grenade launcher hand (the one holding the handle).
  - His melta bomb is, as I found out afterwards, represented by a Tau Photon grenade (I've added a few bits to it, so hopefully it won't be so recognizable).
  - The ripper pistol barrel is from a vox-caster's antenna.
  - The round bit on the back of the ripper pistol is cut from a bipod from the heavy weapons sprue.
  - The demolition charge is from Forgeworld.
  - A couple of frag grenades from the Cadian troops.

Let me know what you think! I'll post an update as soon as I've painted him, but it could take a while - he doesn't currently feature in my 1,500 point list, so isn't a high priority!


the other Kevin said...

Great use of various bits. Definately a unique take on Marbo. Much more Cadian like than many I've seen. Nicely done!

Admiral Drax said...


Well done you - this is awesome!

- D.

Paul said...

I love the model and the bitz used to make it, but I hate the base, that barrel doesn't do it for me.

~ Pax

Frag_Dad said...

Thanks for the feedback all!

@Kevin: I'm glad you think he's unique - I didn't think the standard model would fit in, and I wanted to do something a bit different to the other conversions I'd seen!

@Drax: Thanks mate! I'm a big fan of your stuff, so I'm glad you like him!

@Paul: I wasn't completely sold on the barrel myself, but I wanted to make him stand out a bit and couldn't really come up with anything else. Do you have any suggestions for a different base? I'm trying to keep with a muddy, trench-warfare style theme. I'm glad you like the model itself though!

Uncle Puck said...

Wood planks, barbed wire, bent and cut fencing (made from a mesh bag, posts, rocks, dead tree.... the list goes on and on...

~ Pax (aka Paul)

Frag_Dad said...

Cheers, I'll try and come up with something more inventive. It's just that it's hard to fit a lot onto a 25mm base!

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