Bashing Plastic WIP - Cog Griffon - Part 1

The first cogfort handgunner shared in a previous blogpost gave me the inspiration to do an entire Free Peoples Cogfort Army which meant I could finally build the Free Peoples General on Griffon kit to make a Griffon, instead of a Zombie (Dragon) Griffon or a Warsphynx. Yay!

Except, things can never be that simple. 

 Finished: Empire Griffon as Zombie Dragon

Finished: Empire Griffon as Zombie Dragon

 WIP: Empire Griffon as Warsphynx

WIP: Empire Griffon as Warsphynx

Every Free People’s General skilled enough to be assigned to protect a cogfort should of course have their own griffon. But in a cog army, what if the griffon was mechanical too. *Sigh* Really Eric? 

Luckily I love taking 40k stuff and making it fit AoS. A few weeks later a friend wanted to trade some painting for his Skitarii half of the Forgebane set - including the big robots (Armigers). Perfect? 

Cog Griffon 000

Some of the problems to solve here were obvious; What tech is too scifi and what can pass as steampunk (luckily 40k skews steampunk), and how do guns fit in?

When bashing its important to me to pay homage to the original kit in as many ways as possible, at least the first time I do it. So the size, pose, armoring, etc need to remind others and myself of the original. How the hell am I going to do that here? 

The shell of the Armiger had an immediate scale issue, but the curve was so close. Unfortunately it needed the ironstrider kit (which I had already assembled but never played) to form the hind quarters. Sometimes you get to use leftovers from one kit to fit on another, sometimes you need two whole kits.. 

With this sort of project you don’t often get assurances by looking at the book art or even GW’s 3D views. They help a LOT, don’t get me wrong. But usually you have to take a leap of faith and start bashing.

And then you enjoy the payoff.

 Dry fit Armiger and Ironstrider pieces compared to original Empire Griffon kit.

Dry fit Armiger and Ironstrider pieces compared to original Empire Griffon kit.

After jumping in with both claws I was able to get this bird to a decent spot where there’s no doubt that this is a mechanical griffon. I did flip the torso to get a different curve But, I’ve yet to solve the wings issue as everything that exists is too small. Looks like I’m going to be moving from kit bashing to scratch building, which can be fun in its own right.

 WIP: Cog Griffon so far.

WIP: Cog Griffon so far.

The Wings are the next big thing to tackle. I’d like to add retractable claws to the tripodic feet, adornments, a mechanical tail, and obviously a more dramatic base. Sometimes its good to chip away at the small things while the solution to the big comes to you, or until you get up the courage to take the next leap.

I’ll have more updates on this guy soon, in the meantime take a look back at my previous blogs on this project.

StoneMonk