Saturday, 19 May 2012

Converted Medievals

One of the great things about 1/72nd plastic bods..they are comparatively cheap and therefore there´s no great loss when experimenting with conversions.

A group of medieval  conversions,  using Miniart, Zvezda, Airfix, Redbox and Italeri Bods.
An easy conversion. Normally this pair are from Miniart´s French Knights with Assault Ladders, and are supposed to be at the top of the ladder. The odd " ladder clips  " removed, Pin in the foot to attach to a base..finished, two charging knights.
Another easy one. The Archer´s body from Aifix´s Sherriff  of Nottihgham set and a head from the Zvezda´s French Infantry of the Hundred Years War. The standard bearer (from Redbox´s Town and county Levy ) lost his Halberd and gained a flag.
More complicated. A couple  of bods from Zvezda´s English Infantry of the 100 Years War, with a bit of arm twisting / swopping, the hands re-modelled and the seigepark gets a couple of new workers.   
Body transplants. Always a bit dodgy. The top half has to look "natural" on it´s new legs. This isn´t difficult when creating a riding pose but the foot bods are a pain. Both tops halves are from Zvezda´s French Knights.   The trumpeter´s legs are from Zvezda´s French Infantry of the Hundred Years War, the Knave´s from Italeri´s Medieval Tournament and Medieval Challenge.. (one thing..the hand of the trumpeter, the one holding the trumpet..try that at home!!!! ) 

21 comments:

  1. These are some very good bod conversions! Very well executed Paul!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.com/

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  2. Good stuff. I'm about to embark on a series of plastic conversions. I've seen your blog on head transplants (great, really informative)any tips on how to change hands and equipment in the hand. Sort of giving bods spears that they did not have etc? Please, anything would be of help or even a good link on the web. Cheers. I'm a great admirer of your work.

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    1. Thanks :-D
      I´ll make a small "how to". I haven´t seen any on replacing or giving bods spears..not in 1/72nd scale. The bigger scales, say 28mm, are either the hard plastic sort, which you can glue or like the metal ones, drill a hole for a weapon.
      Cheers
      paul

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    2. Ta. I'll look forward to it.

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  3. Great looking conversions

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  4. Awesome conversions! (But I'll stick to keeping my figs in one piece until I learn more)

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  5. Good looking. Great ideas for my Zvezda HYW English.

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  6. Top class conversion and painting for your ever expanding and very unique figure collection.

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  7. Lovely natural conversions Paul. Well carried out.

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  8. Great conversions! What type of glue do you use when sticking soft plastic together?

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    1. Thanks :-D
      I don´t use glue, for a couple of reasons. Some types of plastics don´t glue to others and even if they hold for a while they don´t hold for ever. The Type of plastic Emhar has used actually bonds, but with most plastics, the glue just forms a bridge, and eventually the bridge looses it´s capacity to hold (it goes brittle). All my conversions are pinned together, either with normal dress pins (head and body swops) or with Piano wire (arms etc) The gaps I fill with woodglue, which stays elastic no matter how old it gets.
      I´ve got conversions from 30 plus years ago. The glued ones have gone brittle but the pinned ones are still fine.
      Cheers
      paul

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  9. You've got an 'eye' for seeing conversion possibilities, and then the 'what-for' to successfully pull it off. Slick work!

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  10. very cool paul and a how to would be great!

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  11. The conversions are definitely creative and then looking at the brush work is another treat You've gotten so much detail onto these small pieces. Looking at work like this is the kind of thing that will push me to keep developing as a novice painter.

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  12. Great conversions! It's really brilliant!

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  13. Fantastic Paul. I love the trumpeter and the knave and yes I did try that! Not as easy as he is making it look! ;)

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  14. Very fine work Paul. One couldn't tell they were conversions unless you had said so. Although you are right, the hand on that trumpet chap looks weird, that's the only anomaly that stands out,
    Well done,
    Cheers,
    Mike

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  15. If I didn't know about the kits, I would say that they are ready made from the manufacturers.
    Fantastic work Paul!
    T.

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