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Tutorial – Imperial Laurel

Anyone who collects any Space Marines (most of us right?) will most likely have seen the Imperial Laurel bit included in the Command Squad box, but to this day I don’t think I have ever seen one used on a model. The bit itself doesn’t fit. When I started work I most recent project, a member of the Deathwatch, one of the criteria was that he have lots of purity seals, an iron skull honour and an imperial laurel. There was no specificity on this so I dug one out of my bitz box and planned to either attach it to his shield or shoulder pad. Then it occurred to me that it wouldn’t take much to make it fit on a helm where it is supposed to be. So here’s how to do it:

Bits needed.

Cut the laurel into two pieces down the middle.

Use a curved file to…

… remove all the detail and make the piece thinner.

Repeat for the other side and glue to either side of the helm.

Fill in the gap with a little rudimentary Green Stuffing and you’re done.

August 17, 2011

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  • faolan_conall

    I’ve used the bit before, albeit never on 40k minis!  I did decide it would make an excellent warjack decoration for one of my Warmachines jacks, so I used it to form a laureled shoulder trophy/plaque.

    For use on 40k stuff though, I reckon it works best, again, on the shoulder pauldron.