Bob's Big Bad Coven commission.
This time I opted to use arms that were much more to scale with the models (last time I used mostly big, beefy, and LONG bloodletter arms), and I'm much happier with the effect. I also used mostly actual wracks arms (though sometimes converted) along with actual wrack masks to mask the fact that I'm using flagellant lower bodies and bloodletter upper bodies to sub in for the actual wrack models. I also sculpted on some combat cumberbuns to merge the two pieces/tie them back to the actual wracks.
1) Wracks are expensive. Close to $50 for 5 models? If I want to have any hope of fielding a full carnival of nightmares (or whatever the formation is called), I'm going to need about 45 wrack models. That is a whole lot of $50 boxes when it takes $100 in wracks to build a 10-man squad I'd rather just bits order the parts I need, along with some bits I already have lying around, to pump out 10-man squads for close to $50.
3) Wracks are boring. I remember getting the Haemonculus Covens book and nearly falling asleep when I looked at the modeling pages. I actually wondered if they'd painted all those wracks, or if they'd simply copy and pasted the same five models over and over again. It could have been done so simply since the 5 sculpts in the box are, pretty much, copy-and-paste jobs of one pose with slight changes.
That's a lot of words. Here are some photos that I think illustrate why I've done what I done very clearly:
This is my vision for wracks. Sure the original pose has a kind of mindless, implacable legion vibe to it, but the hunched profile of the bloodletters, combined with the dynamic posing of the flagellant legs, does a much better job, in my opinion, of depicting a twisted and dangerous servant warrior of the Haemonculus fleshcrafters.
THAT'S why I can't leave well enough alone :)
Here's hoping you like them as much as I do >:)
Really, I wanted an excuse to include every haemonculus model GW has ever made in the force, but the old pewter ones were too hideous for positions of power in the army.