How to Make - Combi Weapons  

Posted by Hal'jin in , , ,

Here is the promised first Wolf-oriented tutorial! The exam sessions is giving me a little break, just enough to squeeze it in. The weapons I make are for my Wolves, but of course, the same idea can be used to make combi-weapons for pretty much every army (Imperial that is, not the Ork ones) that uses them! Hope you'll enjoy it.

First of all, what a list of needed things. First, a bolter, any will do (the one I used is actually a bit harder to work with).

In this case I am making a combi-melta, but the same idea can be easily translated to a combi-plasma and a flamer. Generally you will need the other weapon you're attaching. In case of plasma, a pistol would suffice. You don't need the entire weapon just a muzzle and some sort of ammo container. For melta it's the barrel shown below. For a flamer it would be a small tank. For plasma, the cooling system would work great, though it would require a bit of additional work.

Lastly a bit of plasticard. Some green stuff will help a lot too!

Now what? Click below to find out!

First of all, cut the bolter into pieces shown below. Yes, it is not cut into a straight line, but rather has a sort of a "step" there. Do not lose the tiny muzzle, you will need it!

File both halves of the bolter to make sure they're even. Then glue a small plasticard piece onto the "stair". My green stuff was exactly the thickness I needed, yours might need a bit of filing/green stuffing.

Now glue another plasticard bit onto the upper part, this time it should have the length equal to the one between the front of the weapon and that small wheel-thing on the bolter. Also glue a small plasticard piece onto the other half, just like before.

Now glue the two halves back together. Before you do that however, you might want to make a small hole in the lower-half plasticard to represent the shell exit hole(however you call that in military terms).

File the sides if they are uneven. The next thing is to cut off the protracted parts of the shell exit holes on both sides.

Now glue the melta/flamer bits onto their spots. The new muzzle takes the place of the old one, while the bolter one goes below it. The melta container could go a bit more into the middle, but in this case the skull got a bit into the way.
If you're doing plasma, attaching the radiator to the side might not be the best idea. Try cutting off the top of the bolter and attaching it there instead. Make sure it doesn't stand out too much

You're almost done! Now just cover the plasticard bit in green stuff to even it out further. But most importandly, fill in the shell exit.. ports?

And here are some examples of models with those weapons.

And well that's it. Hope you liked that little tutorial. Let me know what you think and if you know how is that shell exit thing called do tell, I will fix it in the post.

Also the end of my exams is drawing near, hopefuly there will be a lot of painted stuff to show soon.
Thanks for reading!

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Wow, that seems like a lot of effort. About how long does it take you to make one of these from start to finish?

23 June 2010 at 02:01

Very nice indeed, they look very good that way and its nice to be able to keep the wolf-features of the bolters as well.

23 June 2010 at 11:20

Awesome conversion! I'll have to try that out myself.

23 June 2010 at 18:43

Thanks guys!

Making one isn't long at all. Takes about 15-20 minutes of work, not counting the time the GS has to cure, of course.

23 June 2010 at 22:50

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