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I was gonna put this is Modelling but since it's more about DE style and image and planning as opposed to an actual current modelling project, I thought it would be better off in here.
Ever since the Court models started coming out, I've had ideas for conversions that are seemingly mounting towards a Mercenary style army. There are models that I don't like and would rather convert them from something else, and in these cases, I'll definitely save money if I convert also. My ideas are as follows:
Archon: Dark Elf Ninja Assassin models are favorites of mine. To represent an Archon with Clone Field, I want to get 3 of the same Assassin model, paint them all the same but make 2 slightly shadowed. Fitting it on a base...I'll think about that later. I already have some of these so they aren't a priority.
Court: The new Lamean model is great. I see many Lady Malys conversions with that model. I don't like the Medusa model but have no idea what could be used instead. I was going to convert Sslyth from Saurus Warriors and Kroot, but the new model is flawless, and compatible with all DE arms. Ur Ghuls are dog ugly. I will use either Genestealers with eyeless faces and Green Stuffed slave collars, or Vampire Counts Crypt Ghouls, with collars and no eyes. I will need 10 of these, so a box of 10 Ghouls is a good go, but a box of 8 Genestealers look much more scary. Would have to score 2 Stealers from another source.
Incubi: I love the new models, but the stances and the way they hold their klaives really turns me off of them. I am willing to wait for Finecast Dark Elf Executioners, because I'd rather use Harlies instead of Incubi.
Harlequins: Not waiting for Finecast Harlies or new ones, I have killer ideas for this. I'll use Wych bodies because they're Eldar bodies and very acrobatic. Heads are a problem. There are 2 heads in the Wych box that look like the Shadowseer mask, or a fencing mask. But there's already a Shadowseer model. Whether I get Shadowseer models or convert them is as of yet undecided. I still need to figure out where to get heads from. They have to be masked. The best thing so far I've found are the Wood Elf Glade Guard heads. There are hoods, leather masks, helmets, halfmasks, etc. The Glade Guard bodies, i don't have a use for, yet. The Razorwing Fighterjet pilot head is really really good, i have 2 so far but would need lots more. Havent seen the new biker heads, not sure if they work on normal torsos.
Harlequin Kisses, I've sorted. I still use the old Warriors, and I have lots of old Splinter Rifles. I've worked out a way to cut down ends of a rifle and turn it into a Kiss. It fits nicely on top of wrists and hands and looks ok. Shuriken Pistols, I don't know where to get lots of them from. I'm worried that if I use Splinter Pistols, they'll look too much like Wyches. I have many cc weapons in the bitz box so that's sorted. Fusion Pistols and Blast Pistols are very similar, using the Blast variety will work.
Grotesques: I hate the fact there's only one model and has a limited amount of variety. The new Ogres came out recently, I'm positive that they can be converted into brutal Grots. Will have to get a better look at Ogre models soon. Huge fat Grot mercs.
Beastmasters and Beasts: Hellions for Beastmasters. The head on the Beastmaster model looks deformed. For Clawed Fiends, I'm using Wood Elf Dryads. They look mean as hell and I already have a box of them from previous conversions. Chaos Warhouds for Khymera. They can be taken in great numbers, so I may as well get a few boxes of Warhounds as opposed to at least 20 of only 2 different models. I like the Razorwing Flocks, I'll be getting some of them fo sho.
Reaver Jetbikes: Dark Elf Cold One Knights. They look so damn good I want to use the models, they would look so badass on the tabletop. Give them splinter rifles, 1 in 3 has a Blaster or Heat "Lance". Very much like Exodite riders. If people get mad and don't allow, I already have the jetbike models to use.
Talos/Cronos Engine: I'm keeping the ideas for this one to myself because they are quite graphic. If anyone has other ideas, gross or not, plz discuss.
Those are pretty much my ideas. Please contribute, critique, etc. thx.
A) The crap-tastic trees that GW sells, with a little work, would look like the trees in pieces of Asian artwork. Some good base ideas there
Some of the heads with hair, really shine in the ninja role. I'd paint the faces white, then use little red and black markings.
C) For those heads that are bald, or just in general, use green stuff to create hoods, cowls, etc.
I'll stop before I ramble until tomorrow, hehe. I hope I gave you some ideas that you might try.