Episode 58: Converting your 40K Models
In this episode, we talk about doing conversions for your 40K army. Conversions range from simple add on bits like chapter specific shoulder pads to elaborate sculpts that change the look and feel of a model completely. We cover all of these kinds of conversions, the tools you will need, and what makes a good looking conversion.
Why do Conversions?
When done well they take your army to the next level. Even if you are not an especially skilled painter, a good conversion will catch someone’s eye and help to make your army stand out.
They can make your army uniquely yours and allow you to pull together diverse units under a common theme.
If you attend events, typically the army appearance rubric has a “conversion” section, so to maximize your score, you should include some conversions to satisfy this section.
Before starting with conversions, you should have some basic modeling skills. Clipping parts from a sprue, cleaning up the sprue nubs, cleaning mold lines, dry fitting parts, using plastic and/or superglue without smudging or leaving fingerprints, and filling in gaps as needed are all basic modeling skills.
Types of Conversions
Accessories and weapons
The simplest kind of conversion, this is simply replacing things like shoulder pads or vehicle doors, or weapons with upgraded bits.
Advantage is that the bits are usually scaled properly, so you don’t have to worry about something being oversized or undersized. They also don’t require much clean up or alterations to the model.
This is a step up and is when you take parts from other kits and blend them with models. You may use one or several parts from another GW kit, or you may build a hybrid from multiple kits. The possibilities are limitless.
But it has to look “right.” What does that mean?
- Scale has to be right.
- Has to look like it belongs.
Third party kits
Rather than use a GW kit as a starting point, you may want to use a third party kit either alone or as the basis of the model and add some GW bits to make it look more like a 40K model. There are also excellent 3rd party kits that can be used as swaps and or bits for your models.
Some favorite companies (none of which are paying us to say this….):
- Puppets War
- Victoria Miniatures
- Scibor Miniatures
- Raging Heroes
- Anvil Industry
- Wargame exclusive
Green stuff is a two part modeling compound that consists of strip of yellow and blue compound. GW sells it, but you can buy it in larger quantities for cheaper.
To use it, you use a hobby knife cut off an end with blue and yellow and then you start to mix by hand the two together into a green chunk of compound.
Green stuff is thick and holds its shape, but its sticky and requires either water or petroleum jelly to work it. Need sculpting tools to work with it effectively.
The best thing about this hobby is the incredible work you can see and be inspired by. Attending events will open your eyes to what is possible with 40K models.
The Battlehosts’ Conversions