Welcome to yet another article on This Week In Non-Competitive Gaming, where I make some form of enraged rant about something or another on a weekly basis!
Once again I’d like to focus on one of the recent controversial issues of 40k, Citadel Finecast, which personally I like.
After I bought 6 Finecast models, all of which were in perfect condition, I began to like–gasp!-them, and after my recent purchases of two more Shadowseers, which are also perfect, I thought I might defend them a bit more.
This time, however I’m not going to force evidence and whatnot down your throat, rather encourage you too remember the launch of plastic models why back when.
Back in the day, when plastic models were released for the first time, they were the source of great controversy. The moulds GW were using would mean they could only sculpt conservative, boring poses, unlike the dynamic metal models, the models were in one piece and there was great weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Nowadays, after GW put real effort into building upon these shaky foundations, we have truly remarkable plastic kits, with more components then you can shake a stick at, though why you would defeats me; perhaps someone could elaborate.
Anyway, most players were /raging at these new kits initially, but soon, as the benefits outweighed the costs, they began too love them.
So how does this link to Finecast? Games Workshop have never actually made any resin models prior to this release, as with the plastic models, so if the models are truly terrible now, give them a chance to learn and build from their mistakes. Remember, virtually all of the sculpts that are now Finecast were designed to be metal models, not resin, so if you hate them, that’s probably because GW is trying to sell a donkey as a racing horse.
And with that note, I urge you to wait some time before condemning GW, who as you frequently point out, are far from infallible.
I know I've been quiet for a while, but Uni sucked up a lot of my time this week. So, to make up for that, I decided to throw together a tutorial for converting Exodites or plastic Rangers/Pathfinders, for a relatively cheap cost. WHAT YOU NEED
1x Guardian Defender Squad ($55 AUD)
1x Wood Elf Glade Guard Kit ($50 AUD)
This gives you enough to construct 10, individually posed models that are already cheaper then the Finecast Rangers which are $110 AUD for 10, with only five poses and also will have an additional 6 spare components for future conversions.
Now, onto the tutorial. Once again, I apologise for the picture quality, I am looking for a camera right now, but for now I am still limited to my iPhone.
Assemble the guardian as per normal, however using a Glade Guard head and leaving the back off.
Here I used the hooded head, though it is generally best to go for a 70:30 mix of hooded to non-hooded heads for variation's sake.
If you turn over the model, you will notice that the entire back half of the torso is missing, and there is a peg sicking out the back
At this stage, you need too clip off the peg on the back.
Slice off two small pieces of excess sprue, ensuring that they will fit on either side of the model's back.
WARNING: DO NOT GLUE THESE ON YET
Clean up a Glade Guard's cape, removing any flash or mould lines.
Apply plastic glue over the entire back of the model and put the two pieces of sprue into their previous positions.
Quickly apply glue over the entire back again, including the off cuts and attach the cape, with the circular component of the cape sitting in between the two off cuts of sprue, which should give it an area to adhere upon and also filling the large gap where the backpack of the Guardian normally goes.
Leave it sitting face down until the glue dries then paint as you see fit!