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Wazdakka Gutsmek - project finished on 5/20/09

 
Customer: Chris Reid

Project Outline: A custom conversion of the notorious Ork 'Biker Boss'.

 

Wazdakka Gutsmek is hell on wheelz for any ork army.

Not only is he an absolute beast in his own right, but he makes warbike mobs into troops choices.

Below you'll see the full project log of how I converted this bad boy. Enjoy.

 

 
Concept, Construction and Conversion

The first thing I did was to find a decent chassis to work from.

The stock warbike is too small to carry a Nob in my opinion, let alone a Warboss. Even with conversion, I didn't feel the warbike would be large enough. I needed something bigger.

So, I used a Deff Kopta from the Assault on Black Reach set. Most of the Kopta had to go, but I kept the cowl, the engine, and the exhaust bits, which were the parts I really wanted anyway.

 

The next step was turning this former flying machine into a two-wheeled monstrosity.

At first I tried the tires from a Wartrukk, but they just weren't big enough. After all, Wazdakka does ride the "Bike of the Aporkalypse!" It damn well better look the part.

So, I looted the tires from...

...you guessed it...

... a BATTLEWAGON!

Now it's starting to look proppa.

 

Here's a scale shot of this beast next to a stock warbike. It's still a bit thin, but I think I have the size about right.

Next up, I'll start bulking up the bike in general. It's going to get a couple of dakkaguns along side the dakkakannon over the front tire, as well as some pretty impressive exhaust pipes.

I'll also be 'gubbinizing' this thing with all sorts of engine bits and other goodies.

 

Here's the first round of gubbinizing done on the bike.

I've added a rear fender as well as some more suspension bits. There are also some more "Urty Bitz" added to the front, 2 dakkagunz and some blades along side the front tire.

 

The engine area has been detailed as well, with a custom radiator.

I've still got to bulk up the front forks a bit and work on the exhaust pipes, but it's starting to come together.

 

I'm liking the blades on the sides of the front tire, but I think they're a bit small.

Hmmmm, I may have to do something about that...

 

Well, Wazdakka is finally in place and about what he's going to look like in the final version.

I've joined his arms by drilling through them and using wire to make them poseable. Once I get the pose set, I'll fill in the gaps with greenstuff.

 

Here's a shot from the other side. You can see I've bulked up the blades on the front wheel and I've also got the exhaust pipes in place.

 

Here's another shot of the exhaust pipes. There will also be some 'gubbinz' on the reaer fender; extra shoota, knife, etc.

 

Here's the front angle showing wazdakka in all his glory. I used Ghazgull's powerklaw but changed the 'finger blades' into a single chainsaw blade to match the picture in the codex more closely.

I really like how it looks. Not only would it grip and squeeze the life out of something just like a normal powerklaw, the chainsaw action would make it extra 'urty while it does so..

 

Here's a closeup up the front cowl, showing the dakkakannon and the twin dakkagunz. It's a bit tough to see, but I also made custom ammo feeds for the dakkaguns, going into the cowl of the bike.

Some greenstuff, rivets, and a few more gubbinz and this guy will be ready for paint.

 

Well, I've finally got this guy on a base.

The base is a combination of resin blocks and gravel, going for a broken pavement / urban decay type of look.

 

At this point, construction is complete.

Next up...

PAINT.

 

 
Painting in Progress

Here he is with the painting about 60% complete. Still plenty of detail work and washes to be done.

 

A view from the right side rear.

 

Here's a close-up of wazdakka himself.

More detail coming soon.

 

 
Painting Complete

Painting is complete at this stage.

All that is left to be done is a coat of dullcoat varnish.

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Here he is from the other side.

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And from the right side rear.

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The left side rear.

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And one more shot from the front. In this shot you can get a good view of the marine helmats on the bosspole and the Evil Sunz symbol on the front cowl.

At this point ol' Wazdakka is complete apart from a layer of dullcoat varnish.

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