Sunday, 26 February 2012

To convert or not to convert...

I attended the 25th anniversary celebrations at GW Liverpool on saturday, and managed to grab one of the limited edition Crimson Fists (seriously fast sellers, within 10 minutes of the store opening every single one was gone from the shelves). Opening it up in store i was a) relieved that it was a decent cast, no bubbles or other Finecast woes and b) awed by the sculpt, the photo's really don't do it justice. But...

In it's released form i'd never use it. I don't collect Crimson Fists, i can't really afford to start another army just to use the miniature and to be honest the Fists don't interest me that much as an army.
So that left me with two options. One paint it as a Crimson Fist and have it sit and gather dust in my display cabinet, or two convert it into a Dark Angel.

At first the second option seemed like heresy. Convert a limited edition miniature? Am i mad!?! but the more i thought about the less crazy it seemed. There is very little on the actual marine itself that indicates its a Crimson Fist, one fist icon on its greave and a fist icon on his backback. So getting rid of those would be easy. I'm not too fond of the beaky helmet either, so that would be no loss.
And ultimately, i didn't plan on ever sell the miniature, so it's irrelevant if it would lower its worth to some by changing it.

So last night, i broke out the craft knife and superglue, took a deep breath and began...

And this is the result, a couple of cuts, a change of bits and Crimson Fist becomes Dark Angel. He'll be painted up as the Master of the 3rd Company. Now i just need to think of a suitable name for the guy.

Feel free to leave comments and or death threats for desecrating a limited edition miniature

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