Yay! More Conversions on the Cheap! When building a horde, it always helps to cut costs. especially with GW promising another price increase of up to 25% on most of thier inventory come June 1st.
So I picked up a box of Assault on Black Reach for my upcoming Ork army. Obviously we’re already looking at “on the cheap” by using this set heavily. I need ork nobz with power claws, ‘eavy armor, and bosspoles for the mobs of boyz. AoBR gives the boyz, and some nobz, but the nobz only have slugga and choppa.
I had ideas slated for using everything in the box except the termies. Termies have power fists. A Power Klaw is just a Power Fist by another name. Orks love to loot stuff from defeated enemies. So I chopped up a termie and used chunks of his armor for ‘eavy armor, his power fist is now a bionic replacement for the nob’s hand, and his leg is now on a stick and used as a bosspole.
I’m also doing magnetic parts on each nob to play wound-marker with. In this case he gets a bleeding gaping hole in his back where some loot used to be.
I have 4 spare nobz still. I’m looking at adding a unit of Flash Gitz. Termie guns chopped up and added to sluggas and a few extra wire gubbins should make suitable snazzguns. Some of the ork heads in the AoBR box have bionic eyes already for Git Findas. So I can readily convert up half-a-dozen or so flash gitz with another AoBR box. All sorts of fun to be had!
Time for another round of Conversions of the Cheap 😀 This time I’m making a foot-slogging farseer. Normally this would cost $15 just for the one mini. However, I’m using the rest of the pieces from the guardian set’s heavy weapon platform. If you recall, I’m making 8 of the guardians into pathfinders, which leaves 2 more remaining. I’m turning these into a warlock and a farseer to flesh out the rest of the army.
Think about it, the whole squad cost $30 for the guardians. Buying the normal models would cost $25 for the farseer and warlock, and another ~$40-$45 for the rangers. Net savings? Over $35.
Of course, I’m using a few extra bits from additional kits. Namely dire avenger exarch pieces. Thing is, if you get 1 box of dire avengers, there are enough bits to make two exarchs from the waist up with 2 more sets of weapons left over on top of that. So if you ever got dire avengers (and I’d highly recommend them) you have plenty of these parts to spare. And I get some leftover weapon bits from the guardians’ weapon platform to use with my war walkers (which is a kit rather lacking in weapon bits).
So I used a few weapon bits from the avengers, and the rest are pieces from the guardian kit. I added some runes to the armor with greenstuff. I’m still perfecting the technique, but basically I make a mold in oil-based sculpting clay of the body part, then carve the runes into the mold. Shave off the area of the model, then greenstuff it back in using the mold, now including the newly added runes. Of course, this is rather time consuming. Not only to get the mold right, but also to let the greenstuff fully set between each armor plate cast so you don’t smush your work.
On the whole, I’m fairly happy with the results. I think the paint will really help it, much like the pathfinders. Those guys don’t look like much pre-paint & flock, and the detail on the farseer should really pop once paint goes on. Here’s the assembled preview though:
“Conversions on the Cheap”, or CotC is something I do frequently with whatever bits I happen to have left over. In this case, I had 8 regular guardians still on the sprue and no desire to field a second guardian squad in my eldar corsair army. But, some rangers or pathfinders would be just fine.
A little background before I get too far along: My eldar corsairs are a labor of love, very heavy on greenstuff work and conversions and painted to a higher standard then my chaos marines. The army’s conception came about after reading in the eldar codex that supposedly there were equal numbers of men and women in the eldar army. You’d never know it from the miniatures range though, which is about 95% guys. I had also recently watched an anime series called Sol Bianca about a small band of female space pirates. Cue neat idea… convert up an all-female eldar army, which’ll give it a unique flair, and make it a corsair army as well to twist the theme a bit more.
So, an all-female army means lots of converting, and lots of trouble. Several of the metal minis are in rather difficult positions to be trying to add breasts. Luckily though that’s about all you have to do if the faces are covered since eldar are all pretty lithe to start with. The official ranger / pathfinder minis are made of metal and wear big old camo robes and hold big rifles over their chests. Not exactly prime girlification candidates. But guardians? ¼ of them are girls to begin with (one of 3 units in the codex to sport some boobs).
So I started tweaking a couple guardian models around, adjusting the poses, reconfiguring a few things on the guns to make them look a little more rifle-ish, etc etc. Instead of trying to greenstuff on a bulky cloak, I opted to instead add a lot of flock to their outfits and paint the armor itself to match the dirt and stone the army is based with.
I just wrapped up the first test mini and I think this will work out just fine.