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Saving Sir Danel

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Sir Danel (this fellow here:  https://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/sir danel/latest/14226 )  got Bones-ified way back in Bones 2. With a couple changes. In metal, he has a lance and sword. In Bones, he was supposed to have a sword and shield. Somewhere along the way, a blunder happened. His Bones version is all goofed up. His left hand, holding the sword, is attached to his right arm, and his left arm just ends in a stump, no hand (there is a shield, though). There has been talk of correcting the mistake so that he can be marketed, but to the best of my knowledge this is still in the works.

 

I am going to try to show you how easy it is to 'rescue' your copy of Sir Danel (if you backed Bones 2; he's not currently for sale, for obvious reasons), and hopefully convince you to give it a try.

 

...and I'm already off to a bad start, as I don't have any pictures of the figure before I start making changes to it. I had already started cutting before the thought occurred to me that other folks might find this interesting/useful.

 

First off, let's cut off his left hand.

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Ok, now lets get rid of that sword. (At this point, you need to make a decision: do you want him holding the sword, or the shield? I went with shield. If you choose to have him keep the sword, you'd need to carefully bend the shield away from his arm, and cut through the attaching point. If you're careful, you can save the shield to use on somebody else).

 

Ok, here we go. Be very, very careful cutting between the crosspiece of the sword hilt and the top of his hand; if you're not, you're going to need to resculpt some fingers.

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Now, there is a small attaching nub on the stump of the left arm; slice that off so that you have a flat surface to mate the left hand with. Trim both the left arm and the left hand until you have a good fit, then glue the pieces together.

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Now, look for a suitable hand/weapon combo to put on the right arm. Here, I took the hammer/hand from 77089: Halbarand, cleric.

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And he's all set to go forth and smite some evil! I have a few more copies of this figure, which I'll be converting, so I'll show you the conversions as I do them.

 

I hope that this inspires someone to rescue Sir Danel and then paint him up. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

 

 

...or, I'll go ahead and show you some of them now, since I goofed up the pictures somehow...

 

Here, I used the hand and sword from Almaran the gold, 77058.

You can also see where I wasn't quite careful enough and needed to fill a gap with some green stuff.

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I'm not sure who I got the hand and sword from, as I did this one at Reapercon.

At this point, I figured I didn't want to have a bunch of differently armed clones, so I started doing head swaps, as well. This head is a Games Workshop bit, from their 'Empire' line.

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Here is the beginnings of another one; you can see where I'm going to need a little green stuff on his left arm. I've also (carefully) cut off his head and drilled a hole to accommodate the neck of whatever piece I decide to put there. You can also see the beginnings of the right hand/weapon swap. That is a hand from a GW Chaos Warrior.

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This is awesome!!  ::D:

 

I feel obliged to point out that another perfectly valid way to "save" Sir Danel is to simply chop him off at the waist and put another character's torso on top.  You know, if you want a female knight on a horse or a dragon born or whatever.  It was so easy that I'm tempted to try it with some of Reaper's existing metal cavalry someday.  We'll see if I get to it before Bones 4 makes it to retail.  :;):  

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Thank you, I'm glad you think so.

 

You're absolutely right, you could also cut him off at the waist and add a different top half to him. I hadn't even thought of that myself.

 

ETA:

I edited the first post to add some explanations to the extra pictures.

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