Here I have sawed the drone bodies in half and reposed them to add some height, etc. I used plastic tubing to make a couple taller than the others and then GS'd the missing bits up. I will clean-up gaps. etc. at the end with liquid GS and smoothing.
I went to work on the boring a** task of rolling out tentacles. GS over brass wire = posable and durable tentacles. Two step process, roll out smooth, let set, then score with straight edge. Key is to keep your work surface very wet. side note: I intend to do the same technique with my Martian Tripods for All Quiet on the Martian Front to add some action to them.
Here are the first 4 tentacles attached to the bodies. I used GS to seat them without glue in the sockets for the Plague Drone wings. I will be able to "pop" them off for painting. I will have to take pictures and keep the appendages seperate so I don't end up with a monkey's paw of parts to reassemble.
From the side. I used several round objects (Xcto Knive handles, etc.) to give the bends a more natural look. You can bend the GS for a day or so, then it will start to crack. You could also increase the amount of yellow in the GS mix to give a more flexible mix. Not sure what I am going to do with the tentacle ends at this point.
Not sure where to proceed, I tried out 2 approaches to on the other limbs. On your left I went with a smaller set of tentacles [using a thinner gauge wire], on the right some breathing/excreting/etc. tubes. The beak bit is a carved up kroot head, a bit smaller than I want, Krootox Heads would be better, but GW doesn't sell bits like that anymore [somebody have 5 Krootox heads they don't want?]. Still looking for a good beak solution.
From the Side, I really like the idea of the tubes [right side], but maybe not on this model as they look like severed tentacles in context. I will file that away for the other other models I need to do to finish updating my Daemons.
And the other side. I like the "flailing" look of the one with the extra tentacles, I will go this route for the rest of the models. More GS rolling, sigh... I will also give the tentacles a wash[es] of thinned liquid GS to give them a more organic look an make the segments a little more subtle.
At this point I have pretty much worked out the model, probably go with a puckered orifice for the head with beak in the center ringed by some small tentacles and eyes... Yummy.
More to follow...