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I have a Necron Lord with the built on warscythe. I always take the Orb and Staff with him, however. No one minds, but I just got a Destroyer Lord with both weapon options and an Orb option. I'd like to put the Staff and Orb on the regular Lord (he's painted already, alas). I could simply cut off the top and bottom of the scythe and add the Staff parts to it, but I'd have more dramatic options if I remove the whole arm. With the orb arm in place and the staff sticking straight up by his side, he might look like he's going bowling. Going bowling in a really sinister way, but still... The problem is that the upper arm is connected to the model, and I'd have to remove it and then hollow out a spot for the ball that holds the shoulder of the new arm in place. The hobby knife I have doesn't seem optimal for the job and I'd rather not slice off part of my finger hacking away at the model.
How do you do this sort of surgery, short of Dremel tools and the like?
A pair of pliers could always do it. Cut my farseer in half and only left a horrible mess. Now hes about to be decorating someone elses Khorne base as a casualty.
But no seriously if you can't get through metal well just use pliers. Your only taking off an arm so you can't do to much damage.
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Your asking for a lot here. Your best bet is to file off the entire arm. You lose the arm but you will have less chance to wreck the model. If your x-acto slips it wont cut your finger off.. just put a nice puncture into a finger that never properly heals (my thumb still hurts). If you use a dremel to saw it off, that's how you'll lose a finger.
The cutting the scythe off works, just drill some holes in the hand to better fit the staff.
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it's probably best to not remove the entire arm, if you take the arm from the elbow, you can add on the staff arm relatively easily. While it doesn't allow you complete freedom of position, it does allow you a much larger range of positions (depending on how you decide to pin the staff-arm).
Here's a (crappy) WIP of how it turned out when I did it a couple of years ago
(I know, it's not the best picture, but I can't be bothered getting him out again just to take a picture of the other side of his body)
It was pretty simple to do really, it was doing the other arm that proved more difficult. Removing the Orb-hand and joining it to the Phylactory-arm was not easy.
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Funny you ask this. I just finished doing it not too long ago. Basically, the idea of removing it in one piece is nice, but frankly impossible. I removed as many parts as I could using pliers, then filed most of what remained down. As for the part of the arm connected at the shoulder itself, I'm afraid the only real way to get rid of it is to use your pin vise to grind it away a little at a time. Takes some work and patience, but it can be done. Keep at it!
i got a tool from a hobby shop called a bonesaw and it works for me..
Karmoon: "well.. any kore = good kore" 12:35pm PST 23 May 2007
I use a Jeweller's saw with some very fine blades I bought from my local goldsmith. (dead cheap too)
I would really like to advice against the use of pliers in any conversion where you intend to do something fine detailed. You might just as well use an axe or a chainsaw.
A good saw can cut fingers apart on metal models there is just no way to do that with a pair of pliers.
But Andusciassus' advice is sound: Do NOT use pliers on parts you want to keep! :x