I’ve been on Instagram with my little plastic men for about 8 months and even though it does not compare to the intimacy of this blog it’s still fun. It’s a good source of inspiration.
While scouring through pictures of our beloved miniatures the other day I saw a comment on a conversion that said “we truly are living in the golden age of conversions.”
I don’t have a long history with the hobby like a lot of you do but, even in my short time, I would say that the comment is a fair call.
As some of you probably know conversions/kitbashing is my passion. I do enjoy the painting to but I’d much prefer to spend a lazy Sunday choosing, cutting, sculpting and glueing bits together to create my own unique miniatures.
It allows me to be as creative or as conservative as I like.
It reminds me of when I’d play with LEGO. It also reminds me of how I write music.
Its almost like I’m on a search for that perfect bit to make the perfect conversion. I’m usually pleased with the finished result but it isn’t long before I start thinking what else I could create.
The thirst is never quenched.
If you look over the GW years you can see how they’ve progressed with their sculpts.
The plastics these days are much more detailed and dynamic. The poses are a lot less static too. For me this allows even more creativity. Mix in the old school plastics and you’ll find there really is no limit to what you can make. From ghoulish winged monsters to tiny little servitor skulls. Or even wastelandish – Gypsies (one of my current projects).
As the old mantra goes, you’re only limited by your imagination.
I’d say 90% of my work is via the GW kits. I love the bulky scale because they are less fiddly for my big fingers. Although some of the face cutting/transplants I’ve been doing are the epitome of fiddly haha.
For the tiny work I tried tweezers but they were too clunky. I’ve incorporated a trick by lightly stabbing the tiny “bit” with my scalpel and then applying it to the glued section.
The broad variation in the GW range also makes it great for a one stop shop.
Despite my love of GW minis I’m always on the search for new manufacturers.
Ive used Puppet Wars minis, Anvil Industries, Zinge industries, Black sun minis, Kromlech and now I’ve just purchased some cool minis from a new Aussie manufacturer (more on them soon).
Now we live in a time of 3D printing! Wow! Everything from our tiny little miniatures to full sized homes can be printed now. What a time in which we live in. So now every man and his dog is printing miniatures and boy there is some really cool stuff out there.
A stand out for me is Heresy Of Us. I’ve just purchased an item from them which I’m very excited to start painting.
So yes it is the Golden Age of Conversions and I, for one, hope it lasts for many, many years.
I’d love to hear about what you are converting, what you think about converting or if you have any manufacturers you can recommend.
Now excuse me while I go and build some Mordant Acid-Dogs. 😉👍🏼