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Hi all.  I was wondering if anyone here had some experience or advice on using LEGO weapons for mini conversions.  I've got a pirate campaign I'm gearing up to run and there's a lack of proper piratical minis for the non-human characters.  Was trying to think of somewhere to source some flintlock pistols from and remembered a third party manufacturer of more realistic lego weapons.  the scale seems like it'd be close enough.  Just not sure how easy the material would be to work with.

 

Any feedback from personal experience?  Or alternative sources for properly scaled weapons?  Thanks!

 

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The Lego scaled weapons don't really scale right for most minis. They're basically set up for the aesthetics of Lego rather than normal with both scale and proportions due to being designed to work with the Lego mini-figs in the first place

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I used a modern pistol designed for 3.5" action figures on a Heresy Ogre conversion. It was ideal for the larger size, but wouldn't have worked with 28mm figures.

 

The plastic took normal primer without any complaints, which was the main thing I was concerned about.

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Legos are made of ABS plastic which is hard to cut and needs high heat to soften (much hotter than boiling water) so they can be difficult to work with.

You will need to saw and file if you have to cut them.
 

They work well with Kraggle, erm. superglue. You can prime and paint like any other hard plastic.

Apart from that, note the above comments about the aesthetics are made to fit lego minifigs and not minatures. As long as you do not have a problem with this, go for it!

 

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Thanks all.  After your advice, I've decided to pick up some weapon sets from Freebooter's Fate and Reaper's Razig weapons pack.  Might try molding and making casts of these to give myself some wiggle room for ruining them.  Just a safety net for experimentation.

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On 4/2/2021 at 5:57 PM, Maledrakh said:

Legos are made of ABS plastic which is hard to cut and needs high heat to soften (much hotter than boiling water) so they can be difficult to work with.

You will need to saw and file if you have to cut them.
 

They work well with Kraggle, erm. superglue. You can prime and paint like any other hard plastic.

Apart from that, note the above comments about the aesthetics are made to fit lego minifigs and not minatures. As long as you do not have a problem with this, go for it!

 

A lot of them have additional stuff in the plastic and coated on...things to make them easier to clean and less likely to carry anything since a lot of places have them as a general kids toy. It doesn't come off with soap and water or many other things that normally can clean plastic on pieces with a larger amount of it.

 

You can often see it when comparing a lego/duplo with ones made by most other places making the same basic block type. There's one other brand that does a similar thing, but it's one that makes the really big ones.

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I'm a bit late to the discussion, and I know absolutely nothing about the LEGO weapons, but Games Workshop used to make a kit of 28mm multi-part plastic "Empire Militia" miniatures for its Warhammer fantasy line that were, for all intents and purposes, human pirates.  The "bits" included lots of extra arms, weapons, heads, and other accessories that included old-fashioned matchlock pistols and blunderbuses, along with cutlasses and heads with pirate-style hats, eyepatches, bandanas, and that sort of thing.  

 

I don't much care for Games Workshop and I can't make heads or tails of their business model or catalogue (they tend to be more expensive than their competition, and have apparently changed the names for all their products since the last time I bought a box of these minis, so I have no idea if they still stock these kits or what the current names for the kits might be), but I have found that these plastic kits take CA glue and stick to Bones miniatures really well, making this sort of thing an excellent resource for these sorts of conversions. 

 

I didn't bother checking now, but there used to be a thriving secondary market for people selling the leftover "bits" they don't use, so maybe there's a stash of spare parts of this sort still out there for anyone still looking for them.

 

Anyway, just a reminder to check out these sorts of hard-plastic multi-part mini kits for fantasy, science fiction, and historical wargaming, by companies like Games Workshop, Wargames Atlantic, Northstar, Mantic, and the like, for games like Warhammer, Warhamer 40k, Frostgrave, Oathmark, Kings of War, and so on:  these kits tend to be loaded with spare parts and other gear that work great for weapons and head swaps with Reaper minis; there are some great little surprises out there that might lend themselves well to some unusual projects (for example, Wargames Atlantic recently released a kit of plastic "classic fantasy" lizard-men figures that include a few different types of firearms, ranging from fairly realistic Victorian muskets, to medievaol fantasy matchlock guns, to modern/near-future automatic weapons: one box of these guys will source dozens of guns for three different historical eras, as long as you don't mind the fact that the weapons are being held by three-fingered lizard-man hands/arms... which wouldn't stop me from using them for e.g. kitbashing an army of Orc pirates....)

 

 

 

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