Okay, so a long time ago my fiancée bought me a LOTR Mumak but I had no use for the thing and hadn’t built a model that big in years, so I left it untouched. I’ve felt guilty about this for years and years, so now I want to do something with it and I think making a Chaos Mammoth is the way to go, since I have a Warriors of Chaos army and I want to make them a bit more barbarian themed. I’ll make a new howdah for it and fill it full of Marauders.
Problem is: it’s not fuzzy. I have no experience with green stuff, and no desire to cut my teeth on sculpting fur on a massive plastic model. I seem to remember someone here (Nitro?) talking about using static grass though. If I cover the thing in patches of static grass then spray it in undercoat, will this produce a useful layer of fur do you think? Does that work? I’d rather not ruin the model, but I want to make it into something that’s of vague use to me.
Try the concept on something else for practice. If you see it and don’t like it, you’ve only ruined a test piece.
Try flocking it.
Problem is: it's not fuzzy. I have no experience with green stuff, and no desire to cut my teeth on sculpting fur on a massive plastic model. I seem to remember someone here (Nitro?) talking about using static grass though. If I cover the thing in patches of static grass then spray it in undercoat, will this produce a useful layer of fur do you think? Does that work? I'd rather not ruin the model, but I want to make it into something that's of vague use to me.
It worked nicely on a couple of old chaos hounds I converted to cover bad casting joins about 10years ago. All I can add is LAYERS - it gives a cool matting effect.
It does give a nice finish, but as Tarrakk said, give the effect a go on a old knackered model first to see if you like the effect.
Layers? So multiple layers of static grass or multiple layers of paint?
And I was gonna try it on something else, yeah, but I thought I’d get some advice before I just wasted time (and static grass).
I tried two layers of static grass, the effect of fur was heightened,
rather than grass on my back painted, if you get me.
check out this thread Thommy, in here he glues static grass on the entire model and then shows it painted at the end.
Hey, that’s Kyte…
Thanks for the link, Crusha - exactly what I was looking for. I can figure out how to do it, I just want to know that it’ll look okay. I’ll try it on something disposable first anyway.
Love how the Rinox is compaired to a CD Hellcanon!
Have fun with this one Thommy…and remeber to post pics!
I imagine it’ll look very fuzzy, whereas what you might be after is shaggy. Wolly mammoths had quite long hair and I dunno if static grass will work. Also, it would be a challenge to highlight nicely, might end up looking really scruffy.
But yeah, try it on something else first, preferably something similarly large but disposable; what looks ok on a 25mm dude won’t look so good on something much much bigger…
Does it even need to be a woolly mammoth? Not all mammoths were woolly and not all Chaos Warriors come from snowy parts of the north.
I imagine it'll look very fuzzy, whereas what you might be after is shaggy.
Hmm...that's a fair point, actually.
Not all mammoths were woolly and not all Chaos Warriors come from snowy parts of the north.
Yeah, see I thought about this - there are any number of excuses for why it wouldn't be woolly (mutation, they shaved it, he could be from a volcanic region of the Umbra Chaotica, etc. etc.) - but it seems a bit too much like an excuse for why I didn't bother to change the basic model. I don't want it to be like I just Warhammer-ed up a Mumak.
Hm. I'll need to think about it anyway.
Lol @ image of Marauders shaving a mammoth.
Well, perhaps you could armour it up?
Add tentacles and such from the Spawn kits? A two-headed mumak? Perhaps a bit too far…
Or you could bite the bullet and GS him up. That’s a lot of drying time though…
Yeah, and as I say, I’ve literally never used green stuff before. Not even for filling or anything. So this would be my first attempt, on a massive model, trying to sculpt decent surface texture. You can see why I’d be looking for a simple alternative.
Honestly, it would probably be absolutely fine to leave it with no fur, but I want it to be recognisably a Chaos Mammoth, otherwise it’s just an Oliphaunt with Marauders sitting on top instead of Haradrim.
good luck with the conversion!
Got an old fur (Fake) coat? Cut that up and glue on the sections like they did with the original King Kong!