40K Modeling: Cheap and Fast Necron Wraith and Spider Conversions Tutorial

This article outlines using mostly leftover bits to build 40K Necron Scarabs and Wraiths.

Most of the bits we use in these tutorials can be substituted out for other bits fairly easily. Use this as a starting point and your imagination as your guide! That sounded a little funny, but you get the idea!

The bits you need: 2 staffs, 2 Praetorian back pieces, 2 void blades, 2 Praetorians back peices, 2 warscythe bits, all the Praetorian bone pieces, Deathmark head, 40mm base, large flying base stem.

Glue the 2 back pieces together.

Glue the Praetorian bone hood piece on to the back pieces.

Glue the Void blades into the arm sockets.

Glue the curved Praetorian bone pieces into the arm sockets, beneath the void blades.

Trim the hands off of the staves, and glue them into the tail section of the Wraith. If you clip too much off, you can always go back and fix it with green stuff later.

Glue the shortest Praetorian bone piece into the neck section of the Wraith.

Glue the head onto the neck piece. Trim the top and bottom sections off of the flight stand stem, and glue the base and the Wraith body to it. You might want to let the whole thing sit for a while to dry a bit.

Glue the second short Praetorian bone piece onto the tail of the Wraith.

Glue the curved Praetorian bone pieces onto the tail ball joint sections of the Wraith.

Glue the Warscythe blades onto the Wraith arms.

And you're done!

Two Wraiths for the squad of 6 we're working on.

Top shot.

And now for the Scarab!

Start out with the Destroyer body with Guitar wire of varying length put into the Destroyer exhaust vents with Green Stuff to act as the Scarab's legs.

Add a short Praetorian bone piece to the base of the spine of the Destroyer body as a neck for the Scarab.

Use a Lychguard shield as a wing by gluing it into a slightly upright position. The head is a Praetorian back piece.

Glue the second wing on.

You're done!

Back view.


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4 Responses to “40K Modeling: Cheap and Fast Necron Wraith and Spider Conversions Tutorial”

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    Fuegan17 November 30, 2011 8:11 am #

    that looks sooooo much better with the shield wings and necron-looking headpiece, its almost sexy! good job! now I might actually make some! also its a spider, scarabs are the cheesy unit of doom that eats everything, unless you decide to call it a scarab since it does have wings like a scarab does…hmmmm

    • Reecius
      Reecius November 30, 2011 10:23 pm #

      Yeah, I messed up the title of the little beastie! Haha, it is indeed a Spider. That’s what you get while posting at midnight while drinking beer!

      It does look a lot better though, I agree. I bet we see more than a few of these little buggers.

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    Speedstream December 22, 2011 9:55 pm #

    I love those wraiths!

    I’m looking into getting the bits I need to make a few on ebay right now. Just a question, when you say that the wraith tutorial requires all of the triarch bone pieces, does that mean that a whole box’s worth of triarch bone pieces will only make one wraith? or will it be enough for two?


    • Reecius
      Reecius December 23, 2011 9:42 am #

      Glad you liked it! If you buy a Lychguard box, the extra bits in it for the Praetorian are enough to make 2 1/2 wraiths (in addition to the lychguard), and it uses up all the Praetorian bits.

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