Thursday, 23 September 2010

That Belated Tutorial - Halo Ghost

Ok, so I know I promised a soon to follow tutorial to make this a couple weeks back, but my 9yr old brother in law came to stay for the week, and he was a lot harder to deal with than I anticipated. Anyway, today he is gone, so today I bring you that much belated tutorial.

First off, preparation. For this model you will need one Tau Piranha and one Space Marine Bike. I also used an Imperial Guard Heavy Bolter, and a couple of IG Sentinal Missile Launchers. Neither of these are necessary, you can use the weapons provided by the piranha quite well, I just wanted different weapon systems for the build I'm doing.

Of course, you won't need all the bitz from the bike and Piranha, just the bitz shown below.




A few of these bits had to be trimmed/filed down some. The space marine legs had to be shaved back to be level with the knee (use the piranha body as a guide to how narrow they need to be) which looks a little odd but will be hidden by the model. I trim the parts off the bike designed to hold wheels (for obvious reasons) and I adapted the guns to hold the heavy bolter. I also have some magnets I got from ebay that I will use to make my missile launchers removable - again, this bit is entirely optional. I then proceeded to glue any obvious halves together (bike, space marine body, missile launchers...) I also shaved the tau iconography off the shoulder pads, and trimmed the marine backpack mounting from the marine rear body. The results are below.




I plan to glue the drones in place as part of the chassis, so was able to use them as my missile launcher mounts. With this in mind, I glued magnets in the hole normally reserved for the flying base.



With preparation complete, it was on to assembly. To start, I glued the sides and back piece to the piranha body.



Next came the tricky stage. I put the legs in from underneath, then hooked the saddle under them while bringing the bike in from above. I then put glue on the piranha floor piece, and brought it up from beneath. A little glue dribbled down the inside of the body where the legs are flush against it will hold your man in place quite well. I then glued the body and arms in place before the glue was dry on the legs, in case I needed to reposition them slightly. This is the tricky bit with any biker though, not just this project! :oP




I then took one of the heads bought especially for this project, from pig iron productions. This doesn't fit perfectly in the space marine collar, so a small dab of green stuff needs to go in for this to sit in. I then tidy the green stuff around the edges.



I added the Tau backpack and shoulder pads to the marine body. I plan to do the same thing for the rest of the marines (spartans) in this project :o)

I then secured my gun in place in it's mounting. I then dry fit the wings, as I would have to trim these just a little to get round the gun mounting. In the second image below, the wing on the right has already been trimmed - not much needs be removed.



Next I glued the drones in place as missile launcher holders. Finally, I cut some plasticard to fill the back of the cockpit (where the second Tau would normally sit) You'll need to put a piece in the top and on the rear. I recommend doing the top first, as this lets you poke a file in the rear to help you get the positioning right (a mistake I made with the prototype, but managed to salvage well enough!)

The other mistake I made with the prototype was to glue the flying base stand piece to the ghost... BEFORE I undercoated it. So one of my ghosts will have a black tipped stand, but the other I will definitely do clear. Here's a final few shots of the model.


5 comments:

  1. A detailed tutorial. I don't like Halo myself but this is an awesome conversion and I'm looking forward to seeing the entire army done.

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  2. Nice tutorial! I'm not familiar with the original Halo model, but it looks awesome!

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  3. The "Entire Army?" It's for winds of war, so two combat patrol forces - it doesn't amount to much Chris :oP It'll be a couple ghosts each, some Warthogs and a bunch of Spartans running around. I think it'll look cool, but there's not all that much to do :oP

    And thanks Frag_Dad, I've shown it to a dedicated Halo gamer who has nothing to do with Warhammer and he recognised it and thought it quite good, so I'll take that as a decent endorsement :oP

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  4. that does look pretty awesome ginge, and fairly easy to replicate. going to have to make a start on winds of war after escalation.

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  5. The fidgety bit is getting the rider right, but like I said I've had that trouble with every biker I've ever made. I guess cutting the plasti-card is fiddly too but you're cutting square shapes so not that difficult.

    The one I'm not looking forward to is the warthog - I hate working in resin, and I can see beefing up the crew is gonna be a bitch of a job. Looking at the bitz, I think the driver is gonna have to stay on the small side at least. Can hopefully change the gunner.

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