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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian02 Dec 2015 9:21 p.m. PST

All the time? Rarely? Never?

rmaker02 Dec 2015 9:29 p.m. PST


Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut02 Dec 2015 9:45 p.m. PST

As often as possible, or time allows.

Winston Smith02 Dec 2015 10:04 p.m. PST

Rarely, but I like King's Mountain which gives you separate heads and bodies to receive them. I did a lot of Lamming figures back in The Day for the same reason.
I did a few genuine decapitations and head swaps, but I was never good at it.

Cerdic02 Dec 2015 11:04 p.m. PST


advocate02 Dec 2015 11:13 p.m. PST

Very rarely

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2015 11:16 p.m. PST

All the time. One of the few conversions I do. Very easy and makes a big difference in figures.

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Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP02 Dec 2015 11:30 p.m. PST

For characters fairly often. Rank and file not so much.

Cyrus the Great02 Dec 2015 11:37 p.m. PST

A jewelers saw for metals and x-acto knives for plastic. Yeah, I do a lot of them.

nevinsrip03 Dec 2015 12:03 a.m. PST

All the time. It's what convinced me to do separate heads for my KMM figures.

jsans7303 Dec 2015 12:03 a.m. PST

I mainly play in 6mm so not that often :-)

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2015 2:12 a.m. PST

My current go-to period is the SYW.

In 1/72 scale, there's not a lot of SYW figures available so most of my figures are conversions. I've never done so many head/hat swops in my life.

Fortunately, one of the few available SYW sets are the HaT MAC range in Prussian infantry, which come with tricornes, mitres & fusilier caps for every figure: loads of spares.


ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2015 2:18 a.m. PST

A lot. I use WF plastics with seperate heads so it is easy to do.

Zargon03 Dec 2015 2:25 a.m. PST

Very often, I'm always buying heads and bits to do what is a simple conversion actually. Love the Redoubt heads and use West Wind stuff often too, Tag weapons are nice, plastics often get metal heads and weapons. Got the jewelers saw exacto knife and the differing drill bits if needed, mu cut and bleeding fingers show testament to that too. ;)

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2015 2:56 a.m. PST

I used to but not for some time. I still intend to but my hands are not what they once were.


Green Tiger03 Dec 2015 3:10 a.m. PST

Frequently. Am currently making a load of new hats- does that count?

JARROVIAN Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2015 3:49 a.m. PST

When the need arises, it's easy in 15mm. I don't saw, I cut. If you saw, you lose part of the neck. Drilling and pinning is simple, and thee glue hides the joint. I do it for hands/arms sometimes too.

Personal logo jrbatso Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2015 4:19 a.m. PST


tigrifsgt03 Dec 2015 4:33 a.m. PST


Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2015 5:22 a.m. PST

My most accurate short answer would be as needed. It really depends on what I have and what I'm trying to achieve…

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2015 5:50 a.m. PST


Yesthatphil03 Dec 2015 6:24 a.m. PST

As Jarrovian and Rrobbyrobot …

Every week there will be some headswaps in progress (unless, say, like this week I'm pretty much doing smaller scale ships*)

*if I'm doing figures I'm doubtless switching some haeds around

boy wundyr x03 Dec 2015 7:24 a.m. PST

Never. I suppose I could see it as a one-off, maybe, if really, really, really needed. But I just don't see it ending well for me.

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2015 7:24 a.m. PST

Always, since 90% of my 40mm figures have separate plug in heads to begin with, it's pretty easy to do.

tomrommel103 Dec 2015 7:30 a.m. PST

all the time

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2015 7:58 a.m. PST

Quite a bit. it's one of the easiest way to change a figure. I have fairly large collection of the old RalPartha Battletroops that I have broken down into three factions. The first is all in the oversized clam shell helmets, the second in the football style, and the third is all in berets (from London War Room).

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Dec 2015 8:35 a.m. PST

All the time.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2015 9:18 a.m. PST


Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2015 9:42 a.m. PST

Pretty frequently.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Dec 2015 10:01 a.m. PST

At PP we sell a fair few seperate head pacs in 15mm size. The head is often the item that contains the most of the figures identity. The PP heads come on little sabots and 20 heads per packs. The existing head is best twisted off and a new one drilled in. they come with a short spigot for the purpose. So extra work but great fro that individual need. A pin vice and 1mm drill is used.


MajorB03 Dec 2015 10:01 a.m. PST

I can't say I've ever swapped my head. Although some may well say they wish I had …

D A THB03 Dec 2015 3:19 p.m. PST


jdpintex03 Dec 2015 4:24 p.m. PST

Rarely to very rarely

peterx Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2015 5:23 p.m. PST

i do. Mostly with the Mad Max Fury Road project I have been working on. Many of the warboys needed head swaps.

Personal logo Aurochs Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2015 1:29 a.m. PST

Heads, arms, weapons and even legs. All in 28mm.

The Tin Dictator04 Dec 2015 7:54 a.m. PST


Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP04 Dec 2015 8:42 a.m. PST

I recall doing it exactly once (in 15mm). Never again.

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP05 Dec 2015 9:44 a.m. PST

As a percentage of total figures, rarely.

I have been doing it a bit more recently with true 15mm Napoleonics. I wanted to do 1813-1814 Wurttemburgers and had to change heads for all of my artillery gunners. I also did it for some cavalry and some infantry.

I rarely cut or saw. Most of the time I gently twist the head off each figure. It nearly always leaves a flat, even surface on both pieces.

While I have done a lot of drilling and pinning in my time, and still do, I rarely do that for heads. I use a super glue with an accelerator to initially attach the head, virtually immediately. I then strengthen the joint with a small amount of 5 minute epoxy. So far so good, without the time of drilling and pinning.


Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2015 6:08 p.m. PST

Some families more often than you think.

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