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So I have this brilliant set: http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/female%20orc/sku-up/02553

 

The evil sorceress is fun, but I'll be honest, I got it for the skeletal ogre, or orc, or whatever he is. He's awesome!

 

Unfortunately, he's holding a towel. Or a cerement, or a ritual cloth or whatever. Like a butler.

 

Fortunately, the hands-and-towel unit is a separate bit.

 

I'd like to convert him to a skeletal ogre holding weapons. But it turns out the Boneyard is not so simply searched.

 

Can anyone recommend Reaper Boneyard bits which are essentially hands, roughly human sized (but a tad larger is okay), holding weapons?

 

I'd prefer one-handed weapons so I don't have to worry about fitting so much. Any kind is acceptable. Thanks.

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The first thing that springs to mind is Reven. Type in "reven," and you'll get probably half a dozen to a dozen figs with separate weapon-hands.

 

Unfortunately, many are double handed weapons. I know you said you don't want to do much fiddling, but it's a start.

 

Mash, Half-Ogre also comes to mind, but again... Fiddling.

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 It may look a bit odd for a skeleton to have hands with flesh on them, you'd probably want a set of gauntlets or gloves instead of actual hands...

Although I'm pretty sure there's going to be "fiddling" involved any way you look at it. (It wouldn't be terribly hard to simply clip the hands off of the cloak and open them up...)

 

 There are these claws from the creature components if you don't mind non-human-looking...

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Hey, I picked up that same mini in the boneyard at ReaperCon last year with the same intention. I'm sorry to report that I haven't put new hands on mine yet.

 

Skeletal Giant (http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/giant%20undead/sku-up/02742) has a left arm that is separate from the main body that would probably work. I'll double check sizing once I get home.

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I echo gloves/gauntlets idea.

 

Possiblly, it is much easier to pick up an appropriate mini and chop their hands off.

 

Aside from reaper minis, GW's plastic Chaos Warriors have relatively larger armored hands. As they are made of plastic, much easier than metals to chop off. You may buy some as bits somewhere (eBay, neaby shop and such).

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Hey, I picked up that same mini in the boneyard at ReaperCon last year with the same intention. I'm sorry to report that I haven't put new hands on mine yet.

 

Skeletal Giant (http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/giant%20undead/sku-up/02742) has a left arm that is separate from the main body that would probably work. I'll double check sizing once I get home.

 

 Nope, too big - the ogre/orc skeleton has hands about 1.5 times the size of an average human, and the skeleton giant's hands are about twice as large as his...

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I echo gloves/gauntlets idea.

 

Possiblly, it is much easier to pick up an appropriate mini and chop their hands off.

 

Aside from reaper minis, GW's plastic Chaos Warriors have relatively larger armored hands. As they are made of plastic, much easier than metals to chop off. You may buy some as bits somewhere (eBay, neaby shop and such).

If you're going to go GW, might as well just get some of their skeletons. The $10 booster box has five cheap skellies with big, bulbous skeleton hands, spears and shields, just waiting to be clipped at the wrist and glued on.
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I echo gloves/gauntlets idea.

 

Possiblly, it is much easier to pick up an appropriate mini and chop their hands off.

 

Aside from reaper minis, GW's plastic Chaos Warriors have relatively larger armored hands. As they are made of plastic, much easier than metals to chop off. You may buy some as bits somewhere (eBay, neaby shop and such).

If you choose to go the GW route, give me  a shout.

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I'd like to convert him to a skeletal ogre holding weapons. But it turns out the Boneyard is not so simply searched.

 

 

Can anyone recommend Reaper Boneyard bits which are essentially hands, roughly human sized (but a tad larger is okay), holding weapons?

 

I'd prefer one-handed weapons so I don't have to worry about fitting so much. Any kind is acceptable. Thanks.

03220C. Barrow Warden Hands (choice of two RH weaps)

 

14029B. Pirate sword RH

 

14354. Sword in a skeletal left hand

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06115D. Choice of 3 hand weapons; looks like all RH

 

Try searching for "Arachno"; it should bring up several skeletons with six arms. You could order one; deprive it of two arms at the wrists; it would still have 2-4 weapons remaining.

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Why not use the existing hands and treat it as a traditional weapon swap?

 

This would be the only extra step.  And most of that is just material removal.

Use a jeweler's saw to cut away the bulk of the cloak, and then a file to clean it up until you have solid fists.

 

With a pin vice or Dremel, drill a hole through the fist.

Make a small cut along the thumb to open it up.

Insert replacement weapon.  Add drop of superglue.  Close hand around new hilt.

 

Done.

 

No need to find new hands.  You can put into the hand(s) whatever weapon you want.

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Why not use the existing hands and treat it as a traditional weapon swap?

 

Because once the cloak is chopped away all that is left would be a pair of tiny pewter nuggets less than 5mm in diameter. Impossibly small to drill, file, carve, and fit for a weapon.

 

And that is at least 5 steps.

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Why not use the existing hands and treat it as a traditional weapon swap?

Because once the cloak is chopped away all that is left would be a pair of tiny pewter nuggets less than 5mm in diameter. Impossibly small to drill, file, carve, and fit for a weapon.

 

And that is at least 5 steps.

 

 

Perhaps they are too small of you to work with…  

But they are far from impossible to modify.  And other than removing the cloak, it is no different than any other weapon swap.

 

If you were really worried, you could pin and attach the hands to the wrists before you removed the cloak, and then remove the cloak and perform the weapon insertion.

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I don't have a picture of it, but I modified this skeleton already as follows: 1. sawed the hands off of the cloak. 2. Drilled holes into the hands. 3. Pinned the hands to the arms in a way to coincide with holding a big 2-H weapon. 4. Put a paper clip through those holes. 5. Found an old oversized axe head and drilled it to fit the paper clip. 6. Green stuff a wood grain handle and better finger bones.

 

I wish I had a pic of it. It turned out great like Gnoll Skeleton holding a Halberd. The person I painted and converted it for was jazzed.

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