This one blew me away - posted by OneDayBeRelevant on Reddit
Hello Folks! NoName1 here again to talk about one of my favorite aspects of 40K: the Kit Bash!
Now, I love the models in 40k. It's one of the things that keeps me coming back over and over again - but once you've bought/traded for/inherited a handful of models, you're left with a big pile 'o bits without any purpose. In my case, I have often wound up with a pile of *ancient* models that I could never field, but nonetheless were very cool visually.
Why kit-bash? In part, because it's fun. It takes more time and planning than a cookie-cutter kit, it gives you a totally unique model/unit, and it's very satisfying. And, sometimes there's an awesome unit in the rules, but no official model.
With all this hubbub about Orks (who love a good kit bash more than anyone!) it seemed like a good time to showcase these.
Now, a caveat to begin, I'm an enthusiastic builder/painter, but hardly pro level. I'll show off my stuff here, but I won't for a moment pretend it's Golden Demon material.
The first kit-bash I ever did was for my second army (and first respectable "real" army), Tyranids:
This little beauty has the head of a 2nd edition Zoanthrope (with the shoulder-plate of a plastic Warrior kit over his face to make it look more menacing), the torso of a 2nd edition Warrior (I liked the hollow chest), the lower body/tail of a 2nd edition Lictor and spines from a more-modern pewter Zoanthrope kit, old Hive Tyrant and Lictor.
I never did finish the painting/basing, I wound up selling the army some time ago, but to get him to proper Zoanthrope height, I based him on a pile of scorched Eldar Guardians. I really like the way this guy turned out, and when it came time to sell my 'Nids, I just couldn't part with this one...
This one I gave a very basic basing job, and a passable paint job. The same goes for my Jetbike Warlock/Shining Spears:
For this one, I had a solid idea in mind and actually sought out the individual pieces for the first time, rather than relying on spare parts.
I've been getting somewhat tired of my Eldar. I love the army, but I wanted a change from the models. Rather than going all-out with another army, I decided to start kit-bashing some Exodite-themed reinforcements for my current army. This Farseer I wanted to be a bridge between the ultra-sleek Craftworlders and the wild-looking Exodites:
All the source-lighting is freehand and pretty rough - I still don't have an airbrush...
I've since added some freehand runes on the cloak, but I don't have pictures of that yet (this picture is also before the freehand Raven Guard symbol on the Marine's shoulder)
The head is from the Wood Elves Wild Riders kit (took a while to get my hands on one of those!) with the hair/neck from a Dark Eldar Scourge. The flaming sword/speartip is from an Empire Wizards kit.
In terms of WYSIWYG, the Spear can be a Singing Spear (of course), but can also be treated as the Firesabre or, my favorite, the Shard of Anaris.
Again, I planned this one out - but it all came together better than I'd ever hoped, and the more paint I get on there, the better he starts looking.
Next up: Eldar Exodite Wraithknight, built out of a Wood Elf Treeman!
I hope y'all like my Farseer, tell us about your favorite kit-bash!