In the first picture (below), you can see another person's painted version of the original figure inset to the left. To the right is my completed conversion.
So, here's what did I to the original:
- As there is no integral base with this figure, I first drilled & pinned it to a mdf base.
- Removed metal plates from chest.
- Hand & Hammer were a separate piece, so I had to carefully cut away hammer from hand & drill hand out so as to fit spear.
- Left arm was bent around to take a shield.
- Thin layers of green-stuff were sculpted to create trousers and tunic to go under the mail shirt.
- Extra green-stuff was added to the beard to bulk it out a bit - hey if he's going for the "hairy barbarian" look, may as well give more facial hair :-)
- Mail shirt was sculpted on - my first go at sculpting a full mail shirt - being careful to leave the belt exposed.
- Added a green-stuff pouch to the belt.
- Did a press-mould of a very simple sword, to which I then added straps with thin pieces of masking tape, plus extra decoration with green-stuff to give the impression of knot-work.
- Stuck shield to left arm
- Painted the miniature & did the basing.
I hope you found the post interesting. I must say, I quite enjoyed this conversion lark, hopefully I will be doing a bit more and getting some sculpting practice.
All the best,