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Thursday, September 16th, 2010
10:24 AM
With the my "Get-My-Lazy-Ass-in-Gear-and-Finish-My-Space-Wolves" project nearing completion, I started thinking about what my next long term project might be.  My mind immediately went to things outside of 40k minis (or even Warmachine) ... I wanted to do something different, but not just different; I wanted something "wow" worthy.  Something that was ambitious, new to me, and that could rightfully be called "crazy" by most normal people.

My first thought was to try and scratch build a Warhound Titan.



Ambitious? check.

Certainly not a bad idea, given the objectives.  But two things lead me away from starting this now (I'm fairly certain I'll eventually get to building one).  First, while I've not really scratch-built an entire model before, the skill set I'd be developing would still be about the same as working with traditional 40k minis.  Secondly, while the scale of this project is comparatively massive (it would stand almost a foot tall) and the detail required to make it look good is daunting, it wasn't really big enough.

That's when it hit me, that long dormant idea that I finally have the time, money, and space to work on...  and it fit all my criteria perfectly; it's ambitious, entirely new to me, and is something that even most wargamers shy away from:  cosplay.  But not just any cosplay... a 40k cosplay.

When I first started going to cons ("conventions" to the uninitiated or uninterested), I'd be lying if I said I wasn't impressed by some of the costumes I saw people make.  I always thought, "could I make something that cool*?"  (*relatively, of course)  Well, I finally have the chance to find out.

Now the only question was: what/who do I try to make a costume of?  Immediately, I discounted the idea of trying to make full power armor.  I may be crazy, but I'm not insane, and trying something like that right off the bat just seemed like dooming myself to failure.  Which is not to say it's impossible to do:



I would literally not know where to start.

It didn't take long for me to settle on something that would look cool, but still be possible (largely because it's not a genetically enhanced super human).  Ladies and gents, meet the Kasrkin Stormtrooper:

These guys would definitely rank in the top 5 "fan favorites" of 40k models/units.  And better yet, while their armor and uniform is visually striking, it's more because of it's gestalt and less because the complexity of individual parts.

Thanks to a 5-hour Energy fueled all-nighter (accidentally... those things don't mess around), I immediately started throwing together ideas.

First, as you can tell from the pictures above, there's some variation in interpretations- So I decided to default to the actual model (middle) for reference wherever possible.  Also, I decided to go with a slight variation.  Instead of doing an Imperial Guard Kasrkin, I'd do an Inquisitorial Stormtrooper:



Wish I could say I painted this.

IST's are basically the same as Kasrkins, except they work for the Inquisition, which really just makes them more bad-ass.  Also, while I've found a few Kasrkin cosplays, I've yet to find any examples of an IST one.

Organizationally, I've broken this down into a number of mini-projects:






So there it is.  Five projects that will combine like VOLTRON to form an uber-project that will definitely challenge me.  I can only hope it will look good enough to justify the time and expense.