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Knauf's Cybernetics Workshop –NEW: Nisse HMG conversion

Discussion in 'Miniatures' started by Knauf, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. Knauf

    Knauf Transhumanist

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    After the Japanese turned their backs on the glory of the Empire, we could use some a new CC specialist amoung our ranks and lo and behold, with IA we got one: the Húláng.

    Now, the Húláng does have its own share of issues, but in Vanilla YJ I have managed to use him fairly successfully with smoke support, so I really wanted to stop proxying him with the LE Crane (who fits the profile quite well) and get him his own miniature. Like many of you, however, I wasn't really sold on the official miniature, but luckily I managed to snag one at a nice discount from my trusted online store to give it a chance.

    Sadly, the sculpt didn't exactly convince me even when I held it in hand. The main offender is the head, which looks like a Space Marine Chaplain and somewhat out of place in Infinity (or my perception of it, at least), but then there was also something weird about the pose and I decided to get my hands dirty and make it work somehow.

    I still had a spare Wu Ming Chain Rifle dude who is an amazing sculpt but has never really seen any play in my lists, so my first idea was to take his head and transplant it onto the Húláng. I then quickly realized that the solution was actually much simpler: Just put the Húlángs arms onto the Wu Ming and call it a day!

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    After a bit of bending here and there, I am really happy with how it turned out. Húláng sound like exactly the guys who'd casually roast some unfortunate guy from the hip, offering as little as a glance while they go up in flames screaming. Yes, that's the stuff I like to think about.

    Now I just need to fix a few details like the position of the sword arm, the D-Charge pouch that goes on his lower back and maybe a little manbun/ponytail, but I'm not 100% sure abot that one yet.

    Let me know what you think!

    EDIT: Added the final picture
     
    #1 Knauf, Feb 12, 2020
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  2. Savnock

    Savnock Nerfherder

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    Nice switch, looks ace!
     
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  3. Sedral

    Sedral Invincible Officier

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    Very nice! I'd leave him bald and tatoo his face, jaguar style. They're supposed to be criminals and stuff after all!
     
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  4. Knauf

    Knauf Transhumanist

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    Not sure if my painting skills can accomodate for that, but I will definitely try it out - love the idea!

    Something I forgot to mention: The Wu Ming also comes with an SMG strapped to his back, so you could easily convert the other loadout for the Húláng as well.
     
  5. Knauf

    Knauf Transhumanist

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    So, I decided to change a few things around again and this is the final version:
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    #5 Knauf, Feb 12, 2020
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2020 at 11:40 AM
  6. zapp

    zapp Well-Known Member

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    Much better than the original sculpt imho, for the reasons you explained above.
     
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  7. Knauf

    Knauf Transhumanist

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    Here's my latest conversion: The Nisse HMG

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    I needed the HMG loadout and didn't want to ruin the beautiful MSR sculpt from OP: Icestorm, so I ordered the original sculpt, despite not being super excited about it. The quality is nice and I just love the flowing coat, but something about the pose really irked me. I'm a sucker for exagerated or badass poses, action movie style, so out came the tools to make it happen.

    After a bit of dry-fitting the pieces, I figured out what pose would be the most satisfying for me while reasonably easy to achieve. After a small cut between the weapon stock and the biceps, the gun arm was bent in place to accomodate the hip fire pose. The left arm is sculpted palm down, but, miraculously, this works really well in combination with the rail on top of the PanO HMG. Again, after a bit of bending and twisting, the Nisse now presses down on his weapon to compensate for the recoil while delivering suppressive fire.

    Oh, and no silly antenna on the helmet. I stuffed that hole with putty.

    I hope you like it.
     
    #7 Knauf, Feb 18, 2020 at 11:39 AM
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