Friday, 25 May 2012

Orc warriors 2 (Conversions)

A bit of snipping and another 5 orcs are added to the warband.

Bottom half of rider and horse from Zvzda´s Carthaginian Numidian Cavalry I´ll give the rider a wolf when I find a decent sized one.
Orc knight after head swop onto a Zvezda English Knight of the 100 Years War
They even make good Wildmen (Cavemen) after a head swop using Zvezda´s Medieval Peasant Army
The weapon´s it done? Quite simple really
Tools....cork, pliers, sharp blde (I like to use cutdown Razor blades..easier to handle) a pin and a Darning needle. The 0.8mm florist wire is for making lances/flagpoles etc.
Simply remove any previous weaponary. With the pin, make a hole right through the hand, being carefull to make sure it goes exactly through the middle. I´ve found it´s best to use a pin first for the harder type plastics and even the softer ones (HaT) It opens up the plastic a bit before the proper hole is made. If you see any whitening of the plastic put the bod into   boiled water for a minute. This will destroy the plastics "memory"
After making the first guidance hole ust the darning needle to expand the hole. Slowly push the needle through and at least once  hold in hot water to further destroy the plastics memory. Go all the way to the thickest part of the needle, hold in hot water to again destroy the memory and retain the hole and take the needle out. Fill the hole with a weapon .Told you it was easy :-D
For bods that end up with say a spear hold in both hands and previously  they had only one weapon (the orc archer above) it´s just a matter of looking at the bod, working out if the pose suits  and then giving it a go. Conversions like the orc archer are a bit more seem to need 2 pairs of hands to hold, twist and insert the lance through each of the two hands but with practice it works fine.


  1. Nicely done! I especially like how the "cavemen" have turned out!

  2. Nice Orcs! (Is that even possible?)

  3. Top converting Paul; loved the little 'how to', sometimes I forget just how small these bods are!

  4. Thanks for the how to. The conversions look great. If you find suitable wolves please do share the source.

  5. Those look really good. A lot of Zvedza figures seem to be oversized, but with orc heads they look just fine.

  6. Creative conversions, again, Paul. Great job!

  7. Unusual but great conversions! Also thanks for the tutorial!


  8. Great conversions again Paul. Making the cavemen really shows what can be done and I want to see the wolf when you finish it.

    I told you I was going to be buying a lot of new figures next month. I wanted your opinion on Don Adonza made by Degra Miniatures

    I've no experience with Degra but the work looks superior on these. Secretly I want you to buy Don Adonza for yourself too and paint him so I can learn from you before I do mine!

    1. Thanks Anne.
      Don Adonza..he´s not bad..I wouldn´t mind having a go at painting the mounted fig..thanks for the offer but i reckon the scale is out of my league..painting larger stuff needs a completely different approach, even with 28mm I´ve found I have to change my methods. I saw his stuff on another site..lead adventure I should have a go at this stuff..they are for me a definate "future project"

  9. AWSOME!!! great work paul

    love the wildmen

  10. Great! I remember back in the 60s - 70s when war gamers converted HO scale Airfix figures to Tolkien characters.

  11. I think you should leave the orc on the horse. Wolf-riders always seemed silly to me...

  12. The caveman conversion is a brilliant idea, I will have to give that a try myself, they look fantastic Paul.