Slippery When Wet pt. 2

Slippery When Wet pt. 2

We had the magnetic storage detour. So what else could possibly happen? Fasten your seatbelts girls and boys…

Recipe for Sidetracking:
1) Paint I need will take ages to ship.
2) Minis I should be painting are a pain in the butt.
3) Easier group of minis to paint could be done, but see #1.
4) Fellow bloggers are doing cool stuff online and I want to get in on the action!

I was nearing the home stretch of finishing my team of Blood Bowl Dwarves, and starting to get restless. How was I going to waste my time, once I was finally done with them?! I was really itching to assemble/prep some minis, partially because of #4 above.

I look through the closet and storage bins, found some new minis that I could prep for priming. But not a whole lot that I’m dying to get done. I had already put a few dabs of paint on some Blood Bowl Orcs, but #1.

But then I find some Blood Bowl Chaos minis I got off Ebay, but they will take some conversion work to swap legs and get rid of those lame boy shorts.

It must be swimsuit weather in Chaos Town!?

All I needed was 1 more Chaos Warrior for the Blitz Bowl team though. Easy Peasy. Of course I was wrong. Knowing that green stuff was going to be involved, I opted to do more than just 1. After I would get another one done, then it ended up being ‘just 1 more…’. Swerve and down the hill we go. The final bits get finished at Midnight, and the 6am alarm clock will not be a friendly one.

A huge chunk of time not spent painting, but it did give me a chance to reflect on my own take on the miniature conversion process. This being inspired a bit by ImperialRebelOrk’s recent conversion post.

 A simple leg swap, how to do it? One is size up the minis to see if they basically line up and which legs will probably work best for which upper torso. A lot of this I just intuit. Having spent a lot of time drawing superheroes as kids, I just have a feeling for action poses and basic anatomy. So, break out the tools and decide where I chop things up.

Yea, I already got a few converted, but those are the basic tools. Plus a hobby knife.

Of note, the clippers prove useful….but on thicker parts, especially torsos….they will tend to mangle the mini. As I tried to cut through some parts, things started to get a bit deformed. I knew that beforehand, but was being too hasty.

At some point I recalled my Dremel tool in the garage and took a mini down there….


The Dremel bits worked really nice (and quick) for cutting the mini in half. But better yet, I could hollow out the areas that I wanted to join and made it much easier to work on fitting them together, without a bunch of jagged plastic jutting out (which was about the best I could get with clippers). 

These two bits, I highly recommend if you’re doing conversions:

The long drill bit looking one, actually is a ‘cutter’ bit. It’s not very good at all at drilling holes (I found that out), but is excellent for slicing through things. I was able to use the side of it to shave things off a bit, and that works nice.

The disc shaped one is also a cutter. I put the Dremel in a vise. Lined up the mini just a little above the mid section, push down, and voila! Note, both of these will start to melt the resin/plastic where you’re cutting. The fumes are not good smelling. So a mask is probably a good idea, plus eye protection, and watch your fingers. If it’s raining out, also make sure to wear your rubbers, and all that!

In the end, it really made me want to move my ‘custom work’ down to the garage. I don’t have decent lighting in there, but the Dremel tool is sweet for this work, and I wouldn’t be making a huge mess over my painting area. Definitely food for thought.

Oh yea, and blue tac. So handy! As I’ve got the pieces cut up, I’ll stick some blue stuff on them, and temp stick them the the mini. Then I can rotate it all around and get an idea if the pose is working from all angles. Do I need to trim here or there or maybe beef up a section with green stuff? Trim, blue tac, trim, repeat, until it looks as good as I can get.

Anyways, that was my detour into custom territory. Kinda fun. Still think I prefer the painting aspect of the hobby overall, as custom work is so time consuming. I’m curious if they will shape up once I get them painted. That’s always the final test!

All in a Days Work.

Catch ya on the flip side!

16 thoughts on “Slippery When Wet pt. 2

  1. Interesting post, enjoyed reading it! The figures look like they’ll turn out nicely! I find I only use my Dremel to sand down nasty casting lines on tanks or trucks (which I hate) so don’t use it much!

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    1. Thanks mate! Which bit do you use for sanding? The tool came with a half million of them, and most I don’t know even know how to use. I actually blew out the motor on the first dremel I owned, because I overheated it when trying to use the wrong bit. I found out about the long cutting bit from a YouTube video. Otherwise I’d probably try to drill with it! 🤪

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      1. I use the little round-ended or sort-of-conical shaped one’s if that makes sense! But I only tend to use it for those nasty flash lines or mis-cast joins that have a habit of appearing halfway down a truck door or tank turret. Mine isn’t actually a Dremel and it comes with a stand and flexible extension that lets you hold and use a much smaller tool.

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  2. Those look way better than out of the box! Conversion is my favourite part of the hobby. I love stuff like this, taking various parts that are perhaps a bit awkward when assembled as intended, and just messing around with them until I get something that I like way better than what was originally designed.

    I used to have a Dremel, but I never had a sawblade for it, and found it too hard to control compared to hand tools, so I sold it off.

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    1. Thanks Alexis! I’m still not 100% sure on them. Primed them black today to help cover up most of the mistakes. Will see how they are painted.

      Using the Dremel with my hands was a little hard to control, but then I stuck the dremel in the vise and was much easier to guide the mini with both hands.

      Seeing them primed and ready for paint, makes me more excited about tackling them for sure. How soon? Hard to say, as I’m jumping around on projects quite a bit.

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  3. Nice post. I have a Dremel and have used it more on buildings and wood and the like. Of course they can drill, but so can my new Black and Decker cordless, so I’m more using that. One thing you might look into is using roto-zip bits in your Dremel for when you want to expand a hole into a wider opening. Would not work well for minis though, but would works great.

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      1. Sure – I found it on clearance in a set that included a small (5 1/2″) circular saw as well. I got it for $45!

        Here is the combo kit:

        here is the drill:

        I have used both a lot lately!

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  4. Ah, so I see it’s going to be a Chaos Team next up. The leg replacements look very effective. I think the bigger proportion issues are between the “official” top and bottom halves of the Chaos Warriors. Seriously.. just look at that pic at the top of your post and mentally bisect them on the waistline..

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    1. Yea, I didn’t really notice that the new Chaos Blood Bowl models are total pinheads until I started the conversion. Thanks, I think they will do, and if not, Willy Minis to the rescue! I doubt that Chaos will get finished next, but December is going to be a bit of jumping around.

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