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Removable Tusk Weapons

I originally submitted the article to The Last Alliance and now it has been accepted I though I would post it here on Wiki So if you enjoy or find this article useful please vote for it here : http://www.thelastalliance.com/index.php?pid=disparticle&catid=1&subid=3&artilceid=1126

  • Removable Tusk Weapons
  • Introduction
  • Stage 1 - The Beggining of it All
  • Stage 2 - The sharp bits
  • Stage 3 - The String
  • Stage 4 - An optional Extra
  • Stage 5 - Give it a Coat of PVA
  • Stage 6 - The Painting
  • Finished!
  • Conclusion
  • Introduction

    Tusk weapons can be added to the mumak to cause even more drastic effect when it tramples it victims, but they come at a price and can not always be included in points match games. This is the reason that I never converted my mumak to have tusk weapons simply because they would have been permanent. In this article I will be showing you how to make removable tusk weapons without having to affect that beautiful mumak.

    Materials:

    • A Mumak (to make sure the tusk weapons fit)
    • Paper
    • Scissors
    • Pencil
    • Ruler
    • PVA Glue
    • Super Glue
    • Thin String
    • Cocktail Sticks
    • Paintbrushes

    Paints:

    • Scorched Brown
    • Bestial Brown
    • Snakebite Leather
    • Bleached Bone

    Stage 1 - The Beggining of it All

    To begin with, use a ruler and pencil to mark two, 1cm by 3 cm long strips on a piece of plain paper.

    Next cut the strips out with a pair of scissors, wrap the the paper around the mumaks tusks, makingsure they are loose enough to be removed easily and carefully glue in the circular shape with PVA. I recomend taking them off the tusks and holding them gently at the top and bottom to avoid any chance of sticking to the mumaks tusks. Once they're dry you should end up with something like this:

    Stage 2 - The sharp bits

    Now it is time to add the lethal bits! Firstly take a tail stick and cut off the end with the sharp point, so its around 2cm long. Most of the tail sticks should be different sizes so dont worry if its longer or shorter. Stick this to the tusk weapon using super glue. Remember to take the paper off the tusk before you glue and have the tail stick pointing away from the front of the mumak.

    Now once the glue is completely dry, cut more tail sticks to varying lengths, iddeally between 2 and 3cm long. As for how many tail sticks you need, that is entirely up to you. I went for 3 on one piece of paper and 2 on the other. Once cut out glue the tail sticks to the paper using super glue as before.

    Stage 3 - The String

    Now its time to add the string to the tusk weapon. Take a piece of long thin string and super glue it to one piece of paper in between two of the tusk weapons.

    Then wrap it around so it covers the paper and the parts of the tail sticks glued to the paper, like this:

    Now put both pieces of the paper on the correct tusk, and get the string tight from the tusk with the tusk weapon it is joined to and glue to the other tusk weapon. ( its clearer in the picture what i mean than in my attempt at describing it luckily).

    Now repeat the process you did when rapping string around the first tusk weapon to the second tusk weapon. Hopefully your outcome will look like this:

    Stage 4 - An optional Extra

    You could simply glue the string to the second tusk weapon and be ready to paint, or be brave like me and add an extra weapon inbetween the tusks! For the second option, which I hope you have choosen for, DO NOT cut the left over-string from, the edge of the tusk weapon but take another bit of tail stick and wrap the string twice around it and super glue in place like this:

    Then as you can see in the picture I repeated this 4 times and then glued the string to the bottom of the other tusk weapon. (im sorry that i have not explained this very well but hopefully you can tell by the picture what I mean because I do not have the vocabulary neccessary to fully describe what I did.)

    Stage 5 - Give it a Coat of PVA

    Then as you can see in the picture I repeated this 4 times and then glued the string to the bottom of the other tusk weapon. (im sorry that i have not explained this very well but hopefully you can tell by the picture what I mean because I do not have the vocabulary neccessary to fully describe what I did.)

    Stage 6 - The Painting

    This is a very simple paint scheme which works well on the tusk weapons in just 5 simple stages. Firstly paint all the rope and all the spikes with scorched brown. But leave the paper white.

    Now drybush the ropes with bestial brown.

    Next drybrush the ropes with snake bite leather and apply a thick coat to all the spikes.

    Now apply a drybrush of bleached bone to the ropes. Then paint the paper to match your tusks, in my case bleached bone.

    Finished!

    Here is a picture of my mumak in all its glory!

    I hope you have enjoyed this article as much as I have in writing it and hopefully it will inspire you to make your own! And remember to vote if you liked it!

    Conclusion

    I hope you liked this guide and I hope I haven't made any mistakes like posting the wrong picture with a stage. Since this I have purchased a second Mumak, which now it is painted, I have to make more removable tusk weapons! I intend to create a new style, to provide some variety from the old kind, I have it planned but until it is complete it is a secret! When/If? I ever finish it I will post pictures and expand the article!

    Please feel free to leave any comments!

    The Terrain Dude Ahh just realised it goes all the way across the page I can't fix it so could you attempt to fix it please Shnar Gru, thanks in advance
    Hrm? What needs to be fixed? Article looks great to me, I loved it. Got a Mumak for Christmas, but I still haven't had time to do anything more than open the bloody box. Can't wait to assemble it/paint it

    -Shnar Gru
    Oh, I see what you mean. This happens when you have a space in front of a paragraph. Wiki thinks it's a code quote and so won't automatically word wrap it for you. I found the paragraph and fixed it (was part 4).

    -Shnar Gru
    Thanks Shnar Gru, hope you voted

    The Terrain Dude
    Wow - Pretty Cool - especailly considering some armies want a Mumak w/ tusk weapons, where as some dont...

    Neix J
    Thanks - that's exactly why I needed them, some games I can spend the points on them and other times I can't

    The Terrain Dude

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