Saturday, 1 August 2015

True Converts

It's a bit like a slasher movie. It only takes a very sharp knife and some imagination and you too can become a plastic surgeon!
In amongst the raft of figures that have been paraded before us over the months, nay, years of war-gaming, presented on this and many hundreds of other blogs and sites...
 ...and the staggering variety of figures from a myriad of producers...makes me think 'Hey! Let's dismember a few bodies and make them into something else!' Then methinks 'Nah! Why bother?! Someone will produce what I'm willing to shed blood (literally, thanks Swan Morton) to make a conversion for'
 But, no...take these two for instance
 A head swap...
 an arm repositioned...
 and before you know it, you've something unique. It doesn't have to be a whole formation hitherto unrepresented on the field of battle. Look at these, again from Tony's collection and see if you can spot the various body parts (insert sinister laugh here) from whence they were derived...
 These two for instance?
 ...a glimmer of recognition?
 ...more unusually, what about the stiff..er...patient?


 Frankly, I've no idea.
 This is class..
 ...but where from?
 This chap is a little easier. Three parts here I think.



 ...and I though the three dismounted lancers were...
 ...lost?
 ...or last, but well done all the same.
 This group was more of a challenge
 ...how about this chap?


 Some of these command vignettes are well done...

 ...and another multi-part man

 Even more impressive is this ADC


 Plastic surgery with all the pain for the surgeon (thanks Exacto)


 After perusing these conversions...
 ...I've come to the conclusion....
 ...that just about anything is possible...
 ...with the range of figures...


 ...on offer these days
 Alan C put his feelings on the subject very succinctly the other evening when he stated that had the range of plastic figures been as varied and extensive as they are now when he first started to wargame then...
 ...he would never have gone over to metals.

 I think a lot of us would agree. Our metal armies would be much smaller and our plasticsfar more numerous.
 That said...
 metals would still have a place...
 but, 'metal snobbery' would be much reduced.

Answers on a postcard...

Next time: The long awaited and much postponed Stalingrad Campaign begins with the 62nd Army retreating over the step towards the Volga. On to Moscow!

4 comments:

  1. This is true about the plastics but metal 20 mil also needed plenty of converting back in the day - lovely stuff you've shown there though!

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  2. Never thought of that. I wouldn't know where to start when trying to convert a metal figure!

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  3. Great conversions and true pieces of art. Show more, please, these kind of posts are great tutorials.

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  4. Thanks, Joao. I don't know how he does it though.

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