Better late than never, right? While Jawaballs is fuming up in Connecticut about the late arrival of this little guy below, I am busily getting him ready for the army.
A couple weeks ago I was shipped out some parts to make a Captain Tycho conversion. The pieces were all there, I just had to work how to fit them together well. But I put it off. I had 5 scouts and a storm raven to assemble and paint. Plus my own gaming interests, being a dad and having a full time job, and one that has been quite demanding of late, I might add. Not making excuses, I'm just saying (aint that a cliche).
You may know that I have been playing Infinity a lot lately. It's a great game, and the level of complexity makes for unique games every time. But the miniatures are really what draw me to it. They are gorgeous. They proportioned right, they are realistic (well as realistic you can get in sci-fi really), and they are stylish.
After being exposed to such perfection in scale and anatomy (no, not bathroom anatomy), it's hard to pick up a 40k fig and be satisfied. They're just neanderthals compared to Infinity models. So you can imagine, that when I looked at the parts I had to make this model, I knew I had to change something. So I pulled out my trusty hack-saw and went to work. I am quite pleased with the result. Not perfection of Corvus Belli caliber, but in my eyes a serious step up for a Games Workshop model.
I did a couple of things. First I cut the legs just above the knee, and re-sculpted new thighs and waist. This essentially removed the bowl-legged look of the space marine. Then I positioned the combi-weapon so that it appears to have some weight to it. Because, by god, are they ridiculously large weapons, incredibly unwieldy and awkward. I can't imagine how someone would be able to fire one with any accuracy, with one hand alone, as Space Marines often do. At least now it is supported somewhat by his other hand and arm.
I also sculpted on the mask, which was nothing spectacular. Once painted though, it will look great and fitting for Captain Tycho.
This model will be included with the rest of the great Blood Angels army that you can win, but only if you donate and donate often. Use the paypal widget on this blog to do so, even 15 dollars puts you in the running to winning one of four beautifully painted armies from lots of great modellers. Even if you do not win, you win, because you are donating to Doctors Without Borders, who help those in need all across the globe in places where few other NGOs dare to go.