19 June 2011
Mycetic Spore Pod Scratch Build
Inspired by Pauls recent scratch build efforts, and motivated by needing a few drop pods for my Warhammer 40K Tyranid army, I set about building myself a couple of mycetic spore pods from household items. GW has not yet released models for all the units available in the Tyranid COdex, so prospective Hive Minds have to convert or scratchbuild in order to use some of the more useful units. I scavenged 2 x 1.25 litre soft drink (soda pop) bottles which were about the right dimenisons I felt for a pod capable of carrying the largest Tyranids into battle. My recent experience with a hot glue gun, a device my 8 year old daughter was only too happy to teach me to use,solved the gluing issues and also provided an excellent opportunity to model ooze and discharge from the pods control vents. A few spare scything talons and terrain pieces from my bitz box , and a couple of scratched CD's completed the materials. I attempted to model a door/opening in the living pod, through which the passengers disembarked, with mixed results. Lesson 1 was wait until each line of glue had cooled sufficiently (aprox 2-3 mins) before placing the next line right next to it, otherwise they blend together in a molten mass....once I worked that out though, the second door was closer to what I was trying to recreate... Next job is trying to work out what colours to use to paint it...brownish yellow ooze anyone??