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Olivia, Cleric (Bones) & Jolie, Scribe to Sigilist & Apprentice Conversion

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I'm starting to work on a Sigilist warband for Frostgrave, and I needed to come up with a wizard and apprentice figures. For those unfamiliar with Frostgrave, Sigilists are a wizard type that are experts in magic dealing with words, writing, and languages. So I definitely wanted figures who had some visual connection to that aspect of the wizard type. Also, since Frostgrave is set in a frozen city, I wanted figures that were dressed in warmer clothes.

 

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For the Wizard, I first looked at the Olivia, Female Cleric, figure that I had got in the Bones II Kickstarter; and while perfectly dressed, she really didn't look predominantly "word-y" enough for me. Then, I saw a spare Leisynn, Mercenary Mage,figure I had, holding his big book, and a thought struck; perhaps I could cut off his book and forearm, and attach it to Olivia.

 

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So, I did that, and it looked great. It amazed me how well the book fit up against her, and the tilt of her head made it look exactly as if she was reading from the book. I then considered what to do with her other hand. I didn't know what I could put in it, or whether i should leave the jar; but I thought, why would she be holding a jar? Then it hit me how similar the jar looked to an ink bottle. All I needed was a feather to be a quill, and it would work. So I rummaged around in my spare plastic sprues, and found one that had some English Civil War figures. Luckily there's was a little pair of feathers for attaching to a hat as a plume; they would be perfect.

I slice the stopper off the bottle, and drilled a tiny hole in the bottle's top. Then I pre-sprayed the feather bit with some flat white primer; and when dry I superglued it into the bottle. I am really pleased with the end result:

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Next, I worked on the Apprentice figure. I selected a figure of Jolie, Female Scribe, that I had got last year from the Box of Goodwill. She was perfect as is with her big book, but she looked a little lightly dressed for the frozen city of Frostrgrave. So, I thought I would do a quick fix for that and simply add an old GW cape I had in my bits box to the figure. Luckily, it fit perfectly on her shoulders. It sticks out a little in the back, but I don't think it looks too bad

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I'm really happy with how the pair turned out. They're in the painting queue now, so if all goes well look for the Show Off three in a few weeks. :)

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Very nice!

 

Can you take that scroll case (or whatever it is) off Jolie's back so the cloak fits better? 

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Well done Chris! I really like the conversion of this. It looks really good. I may just copy that design. It seems like a lot fun. You found good matches!

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You're sure you're in the right House?

 

*** The Frog is strong in this one***

I can vouch for him. He belongs with us amoung the tabletops.

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Very nice!

 

Can you take that scroll case (or whatever it is) off Jolie's back so the cloak fits better? 

 

 

Thank you!

 

Hmmm, that's not a bad idea, Inarah.  It will depend on whether I can remove the cape or not.

 

 

 

Well done Chris! I really like the conversion of this. It looks really good. I may just copy that design. It seems like a lot fun. You found good matches!

 

 

Thanks, Arc!   Feel free to copy it.  :)

 

You're sure you're in the right House?

 

*** The Frog is strong in this one***

 

 

Xherman, thanks!   It's funny you should say that, as the House that Froggy Built would certainly be my second choice; or my additional choice if dual memberships were allowed. :) 

 

 

 

You're sure you're in the right House?

 

*** The Frog is strong in this one***

I can vouch for him. He belongs with us amoung the tabletops.

 

 

 

Thanks, Arc.  Yes, even though the Frog House calls to me, my soul truly belongs with Tabletop.  :)

 

 

That's an amazing Olivia conversion.  

 

 

Thank you, LLC!

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Well, I took Inarah's advice, and after carefully slicing the cape off of Jolie's back, I hacked off the scroll case and pouches on her belt, and re affixed the cape.  I'm so glad i did as I think it really improves the look.  Thanks, Inarah!

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I also wanted to include a picture of the underside of the book, to show how well, Leisynnn's forearm matches up with Olivia's sleeve.  I'm glad I did, because I see I didn't quite get that skull on the book cover sliced off level.

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Very cool conversions. Shows again that Bones are perfect for this. Low cost, easy to cut and really inviting to do some creative work. I don't think you would have doen this with two metal miniatures, as the cost would be prohibitive :).

 

Olivia looks excellent. Very inspired conversion. I wonder if the feathers should be slightly shorter as a writing quill would be normally not that long.

 

With Jolie I find the look is improved now, but there is still some of her dress in the way. Maybe slice off more around the shoulders so that you get a snug fit and then sculpt some more fur texture to depict the claok being fastened to either her shoulders or maybe even with a pin around her neck.

 

To cover up the not entirely even book you could consider adding a small design from your bitz box or sculpt something like a snake eating its tail, a geometric shape, a face etc.

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I thought that object on Olivia's right side, on her belt, was a book rather than a pouch. I put paint on her today, thinking of her as a potential Frostgrave apothecary.

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Wow!  Really nice and clever conversions!  I had always envisioned Olivia more as a sidekick/support character, but she really looks like a commanding presence with that massive book and quills.  She's part wizard and part angry librarian  :=)

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Very cool conversions. Shows again that Bones are perfect for this. Low cost, easy to cut and really inviting to do some creative work. I don't think you would have doen this with two metal miniatures, as the cost would be prohibitive :).

 

Olivia looks excellent. Very inspired conversion. I wonder if the feathers should be slightly shorter as a writing quill would be normally not that long.

 

With Jolie I find the look is improved now, but there is still some of her dress in the way. Maybe slice off more around the shoulders so that you get a snug fit and then sculpt some more fur texture to depict the claok being fastened to either her shoulders or maybe even with a pin around her neck.

 

To cover up the not entirely even book you could consider adding a small design from your bitz box or sculpt something like a snake eating its tail, a geometric shape, a face etc.

 

Thanks!    Yes, I agree with your comments on Bones; and you're right, I would never have attempted that conversion with metal miniatures.

 

  I also agree with the quills being a bit large, but I think I like them that way.  I see them as some sort of magical quills and I think with the right paint job they'll look ok.  Maybe painted as peacock feathers...

 

I agree that Jolie could use a few little fiddley improvements to make it perfect; but I'm happy to let it go.  I nearly wrecked the cape getting it off once, I'd hate to try doing it again.  Considering its a piece for tabletop gaming, and not display, I'm going to let it slide.

 

Oh, I like the idea of adding a bitz piece to that cover! I'll have to search my box tomorrow...

 

 

 

I thought that object on Olivia's right side, on her belt, was a book rather than a pouch. I put paint on her today, thinking of her as a potential Frostgrave apothecary.

 

The object on Olivia's right side is a book.  That's one of the things I liked about the figure; she's now got two book!  She'd make a great apothecary.

 

 

 

Wow!  Really nice and clever conversions!  I had always envisioned Olivia more as a sidekick/support character, but she really looks like a commanding presence with that massive book and quills.  She's part wizard and part angry librarian  :=)

 

 

Thanks, Pippin.  Lol...I like the "angry librarian" image!

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