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Simple conversion, building up a Gnoll hunting party

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Hi everyone, I recently had the pleasure of realizing that I inadvertently bought the same Gnoll model twice. So, I decided to convert two of them to create a little variety in my hunting party. Read the text under each picture to have more detail. This post was purposely written as a guide for any who would like to try their hands at converting Reaper Bones model or any other models.

 

 

I used two 77236 Bloodmane the Gnoll Warrior sculpted by Tre Manor, 77235 Toghra the Gnoll Leader sculpted by Jason Wiebe and 14056 Weapon Pack 1 sculpted by Tim Kaufman.

 

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I first separated the dagger handle from the body. Just a simple notch did the trick.

 

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I then cut the trunk along the belt.

 

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Again, on the other side of the model, I cut the body following the belt as a guide.

 

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I have this hollow feeling in my stomach...

 

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Same thing for Toghra, cut the body along the belt line.

 

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I drilled a hole in Toghra’s lower section and cut a small nail to pin the two parts together.

 

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I drilled a hole in Bloodmane’s upper body section and tested the pin in.

 

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I glued the pin in the leg part. I’m using Gorilla Super Glue.

 

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I then removed the handaxe cutting the handle just above the fist. I keep it for later use.

 

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The tricky part is to drill a hole in straight line through the fist. I had to use a small drill bit, smaller than the new weapon handle not to tear the plastic.

 

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I used a slightly bigger drill bit to get the hole a little larger.

 

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After cleaning the mold line on the new weapon, I cut the handle in halves in order to keep the pommel intact.

 

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I had to use a file to reduce the diameter of the handle.

 

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Also, I removed two spikes from the shield to alter its aspect from the one the other Gnoll Worrior is wearing.

 

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Finally, I’m using a piece of wooden stick to adjust the posture of the model on its base.

 

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I often use this simple trick to level my models. I use super glue to fix the parts together.

 

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I’m using 40mm round base for the Gnoll. These models are large and even if there in game space size is 25mm, I personally prefer larger base to have more room for decoration.

 

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That’s it, I’ll need to fill the gap above the belt and along the shoulder.

 

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I’ll also be using Greenstuff to fill the gap and complete the base before cleaning everything with soft soap and water prior to painting.

 

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I added some notches on the cutting edge of the original Gnoll’s plastic axe. I’ll be using it as a battlefield wreck weapon to decorate the base.

 

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Thanks, I’m glad you like it and hope it will inspire some people to convert their models.

 

Continuing Toghra’s conversion, I drilled holes in both parts of the body and cut a nail the length I needed.

 

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I cut off the flail from its right hand.

 

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And, the staff for its left hand.

 

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I was going to put a dagger in its right hand. I changed my mind after considering all the option I had.

 

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I glued the nail in the lower body part.

 

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Then stated working on the upper body. I drilled a hole through its right fist.

 

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And, used an unfolded paperclip to create a stiff spear.

 

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The spear head is the remaining blade I kept after converting 02757, Gastaroth the Vampire some time ago, it was almost 10 years ago. I glued the lower part of 77061 Kord the Destroyer axe handle at the other end of the shaft. I had also kept this piece of the handle after conveting Kord.

 

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I glued a new staff in Toghra’s left hand. It’s a staff that comes from 14056 Weapon Pack 1 sculpted by Tim Kaufman.

 

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Here’s another view from a different angle. This model promises to take a lot of space on the gaming board.

 

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I glued Toghra’s upper body to its new legs. Notice I deliberately left a gap between the two body parts. Other ways, the model looked a little strange. I will later fill the gap with Greenstuff.

 

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So, here we are. Here are the two converted models.

 

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Here they are with the unconverted version of 77236 Bloodmane the Gnoll Warrior on the left.

 

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I also converted the remining model. I swapped the axe head with the one I kept after converting 77061 Kord the Destroyer.

 

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It’s a simple conversion that will add a personal touch and create a unique model. Note that I also removed a spike from the Gnoll’s shield.

 

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The paperclip pin also helps to get a stiffer weapon.

 

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Toghra’s original staff was made of bones. I separated and cleaned them for later use.

 

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I glued the three spikes I saved from the 77236 Bloodmane Gnolls and glued them on 77234 Boneflail the Gnoll Cleric shield.

 

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Here’s a group picture before starting the Greenstuff.

 

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I’m using the tip of a broken wooden stick to texture the Greenstuff. Here, I’m working on 77104 Blacktongue the Gnoll Archer.

 

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VERY NICELY DONE! Since you were doing all the cutting work, removing the bases might be/would have been an idea as well.

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On 6/25/2019 at 9:55 AM, malefactus said:

VERY NICELY DONE! Since you were doing all the cutting work, removing the bases might be/would have been an idea as well.

Thanks for your comment @malefactus. You're right, I could have removed them from their base. I didn't even think about it. My plan is to glue sand on some part of the bases to blend in the original plastic base and the sculpted Greenstuff and stones. I may also use crackle paste to create a dry desert scenery on some bases. I may even build a display base when I'm done painting the models.

 

As of now, here are some more picture of the project.

 

I filled the gap on Bloodmane’s shoulder.

 

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Same thing along the belt, I filled the narrow gap that was left after gluing the parts together.

 

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And I used the its original axe to decorate its base.

 

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I added Greenstuff on Toghra’s spear and textured it a little.

 

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I glued a bone from its original staff on its base.

 

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I filled the gap between the two body parts and waited the Greenstuff to be hard before working on the final layer.

 

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I started to carve its coat following the existing folds the best I could.

 

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The result is simple. We’ll see how it looks when it’s painted.

 

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Same thing at the back, I carved folds on the coat to cover the space as best as I could. The result seems rudimentary for now. We’ll see what can be done with paint.

 

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I hope you will enjoy and that some of you will find valuable information to help converting your models.

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I made feathers with Green Stuff

 

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And, glued them on Toghra’s spear.

 

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These makes a nice ornaments for a cold iron magical barbed spear.

 

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