Monday, September 7, 2009

CONVERTING OLD TERMINATOR TO NEW SIZE...

If you remember, I got a batch of old (circa '94 or '96) terminators on the cheap, and by comparison to the current models, they seem diminutive and static. While I don't plan on getting caught up in 'true-scaling' my army, I would like there to be a difference in the sizes of a space marine in power armor compared to tactical dreadnought armour.

I've been kind of itching to see what I can do about this, so I worked more on this than terrain over the weekend. Below: the two old terminators were from identical blisters and would have the same pose if not for the conversions. The current terminator is from AoBR, but I think it's the same size-wise as those from a termie box.


You see the base layer of green stuff over the pins...I'll build this up to make it look seamless and add detail later.

360:


gotta fix that back crotch the old models have...gotta give 'em a bum...

We spoke before about sharpening the blades of weapons, I decided to do it on the lighting claws since they were so bent and chunky to begin with.
And here's a couple shots of the craters I was talking about...the first attempt is on the left, the process still needs work, will be interesting to see how they look painted



OK, terminator curiosity satisfied for the moment. I like where it's headed, but it is a lot of work...not sure if it's worth it to do every one.
Maybe I really will get to a wall panel mold this week...

3 comments:

Herr Fehrsah said...

Wow, your convert termie is really menacing. I like the stance. I can see how that would be way too much work, but the finished product is cooler than either original. Honestly, without the extensions filled out, it looks cool, just not like full terminator armour. And you have already sharpened the claws, right? Anyway, I like how he is slightly taller than the plastic one.

We need craters; I like that fact that these only cost pennies. Lol. The first one looks like a cow pie, no offense. :D Is it possible to sculpt this stuff wet? Or press in the middle (will a rounded piece of styrofoam or inflated ball) until all material has oozed to the edge? This material would look cool heaped in a donut ring mounted on a thin flat base. Honestly, what you're showing here looks good, it just doesn't look like it is hollowed out enough to fit men down inside the crater. But maybe that just because I have got enough perspective in these two photos. I look forward to seeing them in person soon!

SAJ said...

Haha, none taken, the first crater is definitely a steamy flop, and I'm not so sure about the second either. The putty can be sculpted wet, or once it has cured. It's harder than plaster, but can be worked in a similar fashion. I don't know, maybe at least use them for an exploded vehicle...
However, I think the GW Moonscape pack is pretty cool when painted up, and it's one of the rare GW items where you get a lot for the price (a lot of table coverage anyway, the craters are just thin blown plastic, but look good). So, I don't know that I'm going to spend too much more material exploring this idea.

About the terminator, thanks. Yeah, his large talons have been sharpened/shaped. I enjoyed the converting process, but we'll see how much patience I have.

Herr Fernseher said...

I agree that the GW craters are a good deal terrain-wise. I also love to hate them for their crafty rules-writing/marketing, but that said, I like playing with the craters. If you keep making buildings, we will definitely need more craters, because you can fire on and destroy buildings, which leaves craters also. (Did I ever tell you about the time I stupidly put my invisible Harlequins in a building that wasn't invisible? Lesson learned...)