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I was just bidding on the boxed set of plague marines (newest version) and remembered they were metal. I really love the look of the models and I don't mind painting metal, but I'm worried about the effort it will take to convert them in any major fashion (ie aiming bolters, different poses, adding power fists, etc).
Am I better off sticking with the plastic csm set and GSing them into plague marines? I have to convert a bunch of csm with GSed nurgle bits to represent my Icon of Nurgle csms. Maybe I should just do the entire army that way and simply go over the top with GS for my plague marines?
What do some of you that have converted/modeled these particular units think?
Sound like you want to do plague marines the same way that I did Ork Kommandos. I would say if you got the skills then do it. It might be more work but you might like your version of Plague Marines better.
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I liked the metal PMs. You have to pin the arms into the shoulders for long term security. A pin vice and a paperclip will do fine. I substituted a few plastic arms for my army if I wanted powerfists or meltaguns. Overall I bought 3 boxes of PMs and 1 box of CSMs and mixed the bits up. GW used to sell PM havocs with plenty of meltas and flamers and those came with specific nurgle heads and shoulderpads that you could also mix in. Tthe new possessed bits can aslo ad variation.
If you want to do plenty of complicated conversions then of course plastics are easier. Forgeworld do a nurgle marine upgrade kit with deathguard shoulder pads and heads etc.
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Thanks for the advice. I actually just lost the auction on an unopened box of death guard havocs =(. If I can find some of the PMs really cheap I might get them but in the meantime I'll just convert some of my own. Just got some brand new GS and sculpting tools so 'ere we go.
Hehe ... sounds like I was bidding on the same auction as you were. I lost it by a dollar .... *grumble grumble* ... one of these days, I hope GW reprints those guys.
In any case, the metal PMs aren't too difficult to work with. They don't need much conversion. You just can't have the really bloated ones holding guns across their bodies. The poses are limited, but they still look nice. The biggest thing to do is to get a PF on the champ, and that's just a matter of hacking off a hand, which is no big deal so long as you have a beefy xacto blade.
Personally, I've got two metal PM squads, one converted from normal plastic CSM with green stuff and the newer bits from GW, and one squad of the FW stuff I'm working on now. It's good to get some variety in the army, so mixing and matching isn't a bad idea.