Friday, 20 December 2013

Let's make Belgians! Ho ho ho! Off with their heads...Very basic conversions

 French Infantry figure by Airfix. Ever wondered what to do with all those spare ones? Well, in the spirit of Blue Peter (foreigners please google) here's one I did earlier...
 Hat, the new kids on the block as all you hip cats down at the discoteque call them, thoughtfully provide extra's in their figure sets. The British Peninsular set provides these Belgic shako heads.
 This is a pin vice. One of the most useful modelling tools you will ever own....what do you mean? "I don't have one". Buy one. Buy one now. Stop looking at the screen and buy one NOW.
 Put in a drill bit slightly larger than the peg of the neck. Cut the head off (exciting bit) the figure as flat a cut as you can manage. The angle doesn't matter only that the cut is flat. Drill in the middle of the cut deeper into the body than the peg, double depth if you can manage without giving the figure an exit wound.
 Super glue the head on...d'uh. If you try to use a mini electric modelling drill mistakes are very easily made and the spin speed tends to melt the hole into awkward shapes.
 Prime the figure, then paint in the usual way....
Swaps can be made, obviously, without the custom Hat heads with the pegs. Just take any head you want to swap. Cut flat at the neck. Get a paper clip and cut off a length twice as long as the peg in this picture. Gently grip the head in a pair of pliers, padded with masking tape, and drill into the head. Glue in the paper clip rod and carry out the same procedure as above.

Belgic shakos on French bodies make good Belgians and passable Portuguese. Once you are happy with the practice of head swapping the world is your lobster.

So long as you pin as well as glue you can swap torsos, arm and legs. It's also a good way of putting unwilling riders onto their mounts.

Coming up....

-The Christmas game
-My acquisitions from Jacksarge...
-The Christmas haul
- The French foot limber adjustment (back and to the left...back and to the left)




8 comments:

  1. Hi Simon, game at our new place on Sat Jan 4th, starting about 1.30. Late-ish Dastardly Romans against the Sasanian Persian forces of civilisation. Give me a shout if you think you might be able to make it? So far we have Willie and Billy confirmed, with Simon and Graham as probables...

    Paul

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    1. Thanks Paul I'll look forward to that. Will send smoke signals in locality and then let you know...by email if wet.

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  2. Great post mate. Pin vices are magic all right!

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    1. Thanks Paul. As essential to a modeller as a sonic screwdriver is to Dr Who.

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  3. Ironic. I used one for the first time today on a Command Decision T-55 turret. Then I read your post. What are the odds.

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    1. Cometh the man, cometh the pin vice...spooky stuff Steven. All the best.

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  4. Always love to see conversions based on Airfix French infantry. Great stuff!

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    1. Thanks James. They've been superseded, sidelined, panned by the critics for being ugly, spindly legged and inaccurate. Nowadays the last choice for starting your French Army but once upon a time to get a box of these as a kid was pure wonder.

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