OK I’ll start off with the excuses, Monday started well with good progress on all the remaining figures, which was just as well as I was doing overtime for the rest of the week and on Saturday, (the bank manager will be pleased) and the situation will be the same this coming week (he’ll be even more pleased!), however this has really hit into my figure time and if I’m brutally honest the combination of tiredness and rushing to get them finished has left me less happy with the end results than I’d like to have been (but I’ll go into that later), hopefully I’ll be able to pull them back a little with the painting.
As stated last week I wanted to do a bit more conversion work on these figures, though the first two were pretty basic as I just replaced their guns with the same GW bolt pistols I had used on the “ganger’s” and added shoulder pads and backpacks as outlined last week.
On the third figure I was originally going to do the same as above, but decided to be a bit more adventurous, so as I liked the gun, that I used on the captain figure from last week d I used the same right arm and gun, but cut and filed away the top of his arm, before gluing it in place pointing inwards. I then re-sculpted the upper part of his arm from elbow to shoulder. Once this was dry I bent a piece of florists wire into the shape of his left arm and glued this in place and then built up his arm and hand over this, once this was dry (next day), I added his shoulder pads and backpacks as before.
For the last two figures I decided to go with a couple of heavy weapons, so taking two S.M.A.W’s from one of our own (WSD) weapons packs I set about creating a wire support for their right arms, now I measured these against a set of original plastic arms for use with the figures and so they should have been the same length, but somewhere along the way something went amiss as once I’d glued them in place, “greenstuffed” over them and added the shoulder pads and attached the weapon I could see that they were far to long and looked like an orang-utan’s arms but by then it was to late and I was worried that I’d end up doing more damage than good trying to hack them off! Next problem was what to do with their left arms, did I make then shorter or do them to match the right? I decided on the latter and attached the hands ahead of the weapons screen as opposed to behind it, as I felt they may look like they were in the way of the figures view of said screen there, looking at them now I’m not sure this was the right decision either, as the pose looks a bit awkward to me, but there was nothing else to do from here but to plough on and add the pads to these arms and add the backpacks to these figures. Not I have to say my best work but as they say you learn from your mistakes.
I’m a bit disappointed with these figures at the moment, I’ll have to try and raise some enthusiasm (and time!) over the next week to get them painted, till then.