Warhammer 40k Imperial Commissar- Gaunt's Ghosts style-

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demoncase

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So....I'm building a Warhammer 40k Imperial Commissar loadout because...reasons....QUESTIONING THE COMMISSAR IS HERESY!...Ahem.

Aaaaanyways. A good Commissar needs nothing more than a smart peaked cap, a heap of gold braid and- most importantly the Imperial Bolt Pistol.
Anyone familar with the tabletop game, novels or PC games will know that the Bolt Pistol is seriously large and intimidating sidearm- a weapon designed to remind all that cowardice and disobedience will be rewarded with instant, summary, justice....Commissars typically make a 2000ad Judge seem warm and fluffy. :D

I needed more than JUST a prop Bolt Pistol....I needed a Bolt Pistol I could actually field for airsoft.

Start point: an Chinasoft plastic bodied M4
Why an M4? 2 Key factors (availability and construction)- The front end comes off in one piece as does the stock- that makes conversion easy. Unlike the G36 (another possibility) or G3SAS (another choice) the HOP unit is inside the body, meaning however I decide to build the new body I won't have worry about how to keep it functional.
Plastic bodied for the reason of lightness. I want something I can reasonably use one handed.
So: Hacked the outer barrel and inner barrel down to about 5" (No shorter than the many G&P Tank CQB models). Cut off all the sticking out bits, as we're going for slab-sided. Pull out the cocking handle to save weight.
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38mm PVC wastepipe becomes the fake bolt-pistol barrel- the real barrel becomes a fake 'gas tube'
To increase the 'chunkiness' factor, I'm adding another length of tube on the top using miliput straight to the top rail. It's also a place to hide a battery. This gives me a solid core to bolt the 'skin' around....This is where the big profile of the bolt pistol pays off.
Added a trigger shoe and funky trigger guard to mask the classic 'M4' profile a little. Cableties are a temporary measure while building.
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So- Lots going on here.
Body has been fabricated from 5mm matt black acrylic sheet- as with the PVC barrel- my aim is something I can actually LIFT and use all day.
Guts have been sprayed satin silver so that when the 'skin' is bolted on, there's a pretty contrast between the two.
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Mocking up stage- waiting for the paint to harden off then glueing in place. Also note I've added a 5mm eye bolt to the rear- this keeps the gearbox supported (no stock bolt) and gives me a locating point for a single point sling....It's screwed into the aluminium of the gearbox, not the plastic of the body.
Means I can hang it on my gear without the faff of having to create holster.....Plus a good Commissar keeps his tool of office ready to dispense justice at all times, so no holster for me.
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Getting there. Glued in place the side shields- had to create Miliput spacers to keep everything in square.
Grip wrapped in neoprene- this hides the M4 origins a little more.
Weighs about as much as a good target pistol. Manageable with one hand even with a Nimh in place
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Hand cut Aquila stencil from standard paper- gold paint sponged on as I'm aiming for the 'mass produced' issue arm look.
Adding a fake cocking handle and tidying up begins
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Finishing stage 2
I'm thinking the Bolt pistol is open bolt to aid cooling. Hence cocking handle is back- need to add a little more here to make it look like part of the mechanism
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More finishing and tidying to do-
Port side. Some work to do here and at the front....Purity seal needed and a little brass name plate (on it's way :))
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Purity seal/ parking ticket Wip- This produced using the magic of Milliput White and a strong cup of tea for aging the paper.
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The weirdos in the Mechanicus have purified my tool using magical Purity Seal (Volvo Sunburst Red I had for touching up the car, aged with black boot polish)
(FYI- that'd be NIN Head Like A Hole chorus in Latin in my own fair hand-
"Head like a hole/Black as your soul/I'd rather die than give you control/ Bow down before the one you serve- you're going to get what you deserve").
Converted a pouch and belt buckle for duty too....just need a chainsword now. (watch this space, heretics)
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More finishing- ally perforated plate finishes the spaces without adding weight. And looks badass.
Rubber bungs added to the battery tube.
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So- got a brass nameplate made on Ebay for a couple of quid and a shotgun bead as a rudimentary sight
And here she is finished:
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Now I need something to wear-
Had a few beers and hit Ebay: An emo style 'Black Parade' jacket, a Russian Navy peaked cap, a brass Imperial Aquila, some gold braiding for sofa repair, some crimson silk material and a gold curtain tie-back....I also picked up a cheap biker's skull leather belt
- I painted the black braid gold on the jacket over the space of 3 nights
- My lady-wife sewed up a set of epaullettes for the jacket using the red material and gold braid- she also added the red hatband for me.
- I added a gold curtain tie-back by looping it under the epaullette button.
I got drunker and ordered a cheap crimson silk pashmina to use as a sash and- the final but most expensive bit- a foam LARP grade chainsword (and it's lovely)
Here's a friendly public service announcement from me- your newly appointed regimental Commissar....I have become my own meme. :D
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For field use- I added black jungle boots, black TDU trousers and some fingerless Oakley copies....Final touche: an Alpenflage camo poncho to use as my Tanith First pattern 'stealth cape'. The cheap and nasty Chinese drop leg pouch is for holding spare mags
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The Commissar is watching
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CHARGE!
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Inspiring my loyal Guardsmen to more acts of bravery
Couple more in game shots:
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