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I'm a WH:FB player, specifically of High Elves, and for my next project I want to make a Noble / Prince that uses a hand weapon / shield. However, since most of our infantry sports chainmail skirts, I wanted to switch this particular model up a bit and have him done a more traditional full-plate mail. However, I had a real hard time looking for a base GWS model to use as the starter. Everything was either goofy looking (most Empire Knights), too huge (Chaos Warriors), too human-looking (all of the above), or also wearing chainmail skirts (most Lord of the Rings models).
I was about to give up when I remembered about Warhammer 40k, specifically their Eldar. While the models themselves are extremely tech-heavy (obviously), with some conversions I feel like I can turn the base Eldar armor into plate-mail. I was planning on using the Eldar Autarch model (specifically this one) to accomplish this.
From what I saw, the model itself is fairly armored-looking to begin with. Here are some of the ideas I had.
- Use Green Stuff to fill in the round, ovally areas on the legs to make it look more like one solid piece of metal instead of ... Storm Trooper Spandex?
- Use Green Stuff to make the legguards and shoes look more like metal boots.
- Replace the blaster with a shield. Use Green Stuff to effectively make a handle connecting said shield to the fist so it doesn't look awkward.
- Replace the Eldar Autarch's head with a High Elf head.
- Remove all of the little hoses and vents on the armor. Fill in with Green Stuff as needed.
- From my understanding, the wings aren't originally attached to the model, so I was planning on omitting them.
Last, but certainly not least, here's a quick sketch I made of what I'm planning on making my intended product look like.
Alright! So this is my plan, but this is also my first major conversion; I've done a bunch of little, simple things before, but nothing like trying to remodel a model's armor, so any advice anyone has to give is greatly appreciated!
Last edited by Golden-Esque; May 1st, 2010 at 19:20.
Aaaah, definately subscribed! I Can't wait to see what you're gonna do with this, as I'm in sort of the same situation as you are: not really liking any of the GW High Elf heroes.
1. Use less GS than you think.
2. Don't be afraid to remove everything you have done and start over.
3. Dremels are your friends (when it comes to metal models)
4. Once GS is hard you can cut it to give it sharp edges (very important on armor)
5. Mixing GS with Fimo (1:1:1 Yellow:Blue:Fimo) will make it very smooth so that you can fill in all the little edges and still make it a smooth transition.
THat is all I can think of, unless you want to know something more specific.
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THat is all I can think of, unless you want to know something more specific.[/QUOTE]
For the head and arms/hands and most weapons a saw is usually the easiest way to do it. For everything else there is a dremel. Then you can clean it up with a file or a knife.
The color of the clay can.
If you have more of the blue stuff, the GS is darker and harder but less sticky. If you have more of the yellow it is lighter in color and softer but more sticky.
So depening on what you want to do you might need harder gs (for weapons and hard edges for example) for other stuff (usually closing gaps and such) you might want to use softer and smoother GS.
Personally if I need smoother GS I add fimo. If I need a harder sculpting clay I use brown stuff (same company, just different mix) or Miliput (which is something completely different.
I hope that answered your questions.
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