We had the magnetic storage detour. So what else could possibly happen? Fasten your seatbelts girls and boys…
Recipe for Sidetracking:
1) Paint I need will take ages to ship.
2) Minis I should be painting are a pain in the butt.
3) Easier group of minis to paint could be done, but see #1.
4) Fellow bloggers are doing cool stuff online and I want to get in on the action!
I was nearing the home stretch of finishing my team of Blood Bowl Dwarves, and starting to get restless. How was I going to waste my time, once I was finally done with them?! I was really itching to assemble/prep some minis, partially because of #4 above.
I look through the closet and storage bins, found some new minis that I could prep for priming. But not a whole lot that I’m dying to get done. I had already put a few dabs of paint on some Blood Bowl Orcs, but #1.
But then I find some Blood Bowl Chaos minis I got off Ebay, but they will take some conversion work to swap legs and get rid of those lame boy shorts.
All I needed was 1 more Chaos Warrior for the Blitz Bowl team though. Easy Peasy. Of course I was wrong. Knowing that green stuff was going to be involved, I opted to do more than just 1. After I would get another one done, then it ended up being ‘just 1 more…’. Swerve and down the hill we go. The final bits get finished at Midnight, and the 6am alarm clock will not be a friendly one.
A huge chunk of time not spent painting, but it did give me a chance to reflect on my own take on the miniature conversion process. This being inspired a bit by ImperialRebelOrk’s recent conversion post.
A simple leg swap, how to do it? One is size up the minis to see if they basically line up and which legs will probably work best for which upper torso. A lot of this I just intuit. Having spent a lot of time drawing superheroes as kids, I just have a feeling for action poses and basic anatomy. So, break out the tools and decide where I chop things up.
Of note, the clippers prove useful….but on thicker parts, especially torsos….they will tend to mangle the mini. As I tried to cut through some parts, things started to get a bit deformed. I knew that beforehand, but was being too hasty.
At some point I recalled my Dremel tool in the garage and took a mini down there….
The Dremel bits worked really nice (and quick) for cutting the mini in half. But better yet, I could hollow out the areas that I wanted to join and made it much easier to work on fitting them together, without a bunch of jagged plastic jutting out (which was about the best I could get with clippers).
These two bits, I highly recommend if you’re doing conversions:
The long drill bit looking one, actually is a ‘cutter’ bit. It’s not very good at all at drilling holes (I found that out), but is excellent for slicing through things. I was able to use the side of it to shave things off a bit, and that works nice.
The disc shaped one is also a cutter. I put the Dremel in a vise. Lined up the mini just a little above the mid section, push down, and voila! Note, both of these will start to melt the resin/plastic where you’re cutting. The fumes are not good smelling. So a mask is probably a good idea, plus eye protection, and watch your fingers. If it’s raining out, also make sure to wear your rubbers, and all that!
In the end, it really made me want to move my ‘custom work’ down to the garage. I don’t have decent lighting in there, but the Dremel tool is sweet for this work, and I wouldn’t be making a huge mess over my painting area. Definitely food for thought.
Oh yea, and blue tac. So handy! As I’ve got the pieces cut up, I’ll stick some blue stuff on them, and temp stick them the the mini. Then I can rotate it all around and get an idea if the pose is working from all angles. Do I need to trim here or there or maybe beef up a section with green stuff? Trim, blue tac, trim, repeat, until it looks as good as I can get.
Anyways, that was my detour into custom territory. Kinda fun. Still think I prefer the painting aspect of the hobby overall, as custom work is so time consuming. I’m curious if they will shape up once I get them painted. That’s always the final test!
Catch ya on the flip side!