Mad Bodgin’ Mage Log: Zerkova & the Goon squad

Mad Bodge Mage Log

Mad Bodgin’ Mage Log: Zerkova & the Goon squad

For this log, I will be going over the process of building:
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You can see my bodge of her previous iteration here.

This was a project that took far longer to get to than I’d expected. I picked these up at Gencon 2015, and they sat until December. I get distracted easily, and I really didn’t have a plan for these models. They are REALLY good models.

But me being me, I can’t just put it together as it should be.

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(Quick aside regarding following instructions, I put this together recently:
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IT WAS PAIN. Managed to screw up step 1.
STEP. 1.
and only realized it 14 bloody steps in.

why am I allowed near power tools?
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Anyway… as a compromise for not altering Zerkova, I decided I would modify one of the reaver guards using a model I wouldn’t be able to field otherwise:
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The Brute Thrall Femme Fatale.
She didn’t have arms anyway, cuz reasons.

I started by partially assembling both of the guards. That way I could assure that they would be of similar height. She’s a tall lass.

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I then started hacking bits off of her…
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…and bits off of the model that they’re replacing:
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Next up was getting the arms on:
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The other shoulder used to be Aiakos shoulder.

I think.

After that, it was time to get the other parts on there via greenstuff, and plasticard:

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The putty work ended up being altered before priming, ’cause it wasn’t working for me.

As I was working on the henchman, however, I started to get an idea for Zerkova that would make her look unique (just couldn’t leave well enough alone).

The idea came to me while I was working on this commission:
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For those who are curious, this was a “77040: Satheras, Male Warlock” from the Reaper Bones line:
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It wasn’t really my idea, so much as my client’s. They wanted me to do a thing, and it was an awesome idea that I decided would apply nicely here as well.
The idea was to coil wire where appropriate to make it look like it crackled with energy, and make the area around it glow (not a thing I’ve had a lot of practice with).

I gave her a big base to light up…
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I then proceeded to coil wire around her sword:
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That should have been the end of my tweakin’, but I had another idea here. Instead of this:
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…what if she decided to lose the hat? I tried making a copy of the head (multiple times), and the results…
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… were less than ideal.

 

Unfortunately the idea wouldn’t let go, so drastic measures needed to be taken:
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The process of removing the hat via exacto blade and not mangling the head was long (and at times painful) process.

 

In the end I was able to add a little greenstuff and prime everything up:
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I got distracted after that, and then these 3 models sat on a shelf for over 2 months. I came back to finish them because I wanted them done before I started painting this guy:
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So I did, here are the goons.
Goon 1:
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Goon 2:
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And their boss, Obavnik Kommander Zerkova:

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And to finish up, a few shots of them all together:
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Zerkova is ready for battle, and she’s got goons. Killcrazy goons.

T’was a bodgin’

Bodge Mage

About Ben Hofer

Java-Fueled Artist, Mad Bodger, Play Structure.

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