Ok, Let's start with something more recent.
First of all, God(s?) bless Conquest. And yeah, most of all the first issue!
With my great love for Primaris bodies and my expertise with greenstuff and knife I am not an artist of any kind, butI started converting when most of miniatures were made of metal... Plastic is just like clay for me, it requires no effort to make a complex conversion or a radical cut. I am not bragging, what I really want to say is that, compared to saw white metal for half an hour, cutting large chunks of plastic requires no effort, more important no "mental effort". Knowing that I can cut something big in a pair of minutes leaves no time for second thoughts, and second thoughts are enemies of a good conversion.
Anyway, thanks to the Conquest first issue Sergeant I came up with this:
And I also painted him!
Edit: Happy to receive some Likes! Actually I have a bit of post partum depression about this guy. I do not know if the expression is internationally used, but describes the depression dome mothers feel after giving birth. It happens from time to time that I put a lot of effort in a miniature, then it came out well, but I simply cannot look at it for some time, because I see only the defects. I have learned to just leave the poor mini be for some days and then look at it again with more "objective" eyes .
Anyway, It is still mostly the primaris sergeant from Conquest first issue! I keep the body, and the left arm, only trimmed a bit the left knee piece. The trimming did not went so well, but I manage to adjust it with paint. I will try to get better picture of him, in some way I never manage to get the right light.
Anyway I simply started to put together the easy to bild marine, than realized the helmet on his side could be a trophy from a killed enemy. So I started adding skulls, cutting the helmet and finding some good chanisword arm. Raptor's kit was handy, really beautiful bits there. I really liked the left arm and the pose, as if he was pointing the next enemy to challenge; it was time to choose the head!
I am a bit extreme when it comes to Slaaneshi marines (which in a way is very appropriate ): they are either hideous disfigured/mutated monsters or they are beautiful. Bishonen, I would say (Pretty Marines?)! When it comes to monstrous faces, GW has you more than covered, but with beauty, not so much. Even loyalist faces are more in the Horus/Gulliman/Dorn (sometimes Russ or Alpharius, the opposte ends of the hair spectrum ) kind of male beauty and less Sanguinius/Fulgrim (Blood Angels heads only sometimes help). And I also wanted some kind of smile; I opened a topic on how difficult is finding a smiling face is in the grim darkness of the far future! Someone can say "simply go third parts", but I really do not like it because it would be expensive in the long run and can rise some questions if I ever manage to get into "GW only" context. One of the main reason is also that I like to keep my conversions relatively cheap and GW only as a part of a self enforced limit/challenge and I love it. I prefer to invest my hobby money for the month to buy a huge discounted box as a "bits farm" than the last hotness. This is also how I manage to not buy myself a Lord Discordant jet (But more on it later). Also I have a lot of bits. Like REALLY a lot. Like TOO MUCH . So I love passing time searching in the stuff I already have .
So, the lesson I have learned is... Look at Bloodbowl, then Necromunda! Be sure to look out for the scale, as, for example, the "Pro Elves" are not too short than a primaris, but it was their kit that provided the perfect long hair in the wind head and the relative (but faces are separated from rest of the head, that is really good from a converter point of view!) face with a cocky smile, no less!
I also really like the fact that the head seems a bit smaller that the armored body, which sounds reasonable to me!
Then I cut away half of the chest crest and added the "claw". I could have done more to smooth the greenstuff, but i was happy with how it looks a bit "off" an I will probably weather it a bit when I will do the base.
Then it was mostly random bits, for example the kneepad is a pro elf shoulder pad and the right sholder comes from the Forsaken kit I talked about in a previous post in this topic. I included a Dark eldar knife to this and some other marines conversion as I think of my dudes coming from a lot of "slaanesh worshipping brotherhoods", and the knives are a trademark object of one of those.
Then I needed a Doom Siren, as this guy can serve as a Noise champion (but I guess would be pretty cool as an Exalted too). I have discovered loyalist's backpack vents to be handy bits for this! I just needed something on top, so I put a Delaque gang (Necromunda) granade; seemed pretty random at first but turned on great!
Than it was time to paint! Nothing too exciting, except I went for zenithal priming and contrast! Some rubbish went in the way on the lower legs, but I think I will roll with it and "use it" as weathering ( In Italian we say "Fare di necessita' virtu'", that is "make virtue (goodness) out of necessity").
I went for purple hairs and various shade of purple/pink for the armor, then the mandatory gold. I painted the bit on top of the Doom Siren as vials, and also a bit I "forgot" near the trophies. You never have to much human distilled stimulants to inject! For this I used this effective tutorial with some more recent gem effect citadel colors.
It will not award me a Golden Demon but I think I will like him, after the "post partum" will fade
As you can see I love writing about my conversions, so ask me anything!
Edited by Filkarion, 27 November 2019 - 11:13 AM.