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Skeptic27 Jun 2017 9:36 a.m. PST

Some colonial ranges include firing musket-armed figures, yet lack archers. Has anybody here attempted converting musket-armed figures into archers?

I suppose that the combination of bent left arm and raised (and bent) right arm of a firing figure might just work to represent an archer who has just nocked his arrow and possibly begun to draw his bow. However, am I overlooking something that would be drastically wrong about that?

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2017 9:43 a.m. PST

Stick with soft plastic.
I once converted Airfix Robin Hood archers into peltasts.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2017 12:12 p.m. PST

I'm pretty sure I've done this and used a bit of bent brass wire for the bows, it's an easy one.

This past week, I was converting horse archers to javelineers, with a small shield held forward in the straight left arm, and dart cocked in the bent right arm.

14Bore27 Jun 2017 1:17 p.m. PST

This should be difficult, a long bow takes years of practice where as a few weeks a recruit should be able to learn the manual of arms.
( kidding of course)

coryfromMissoula27 Jun 2017 1:33 p.m. PST

In 28mm I would cut the arms off and use archer arms from one of the many available, using green stuff to add sleeves or cuffs.

Lion in the Stars27 Jun 2017 4:13 p.m. PST

Firing stance is quite different between the two, you'd probably need to replace the left arms at the very least.

Henry Martini27 Jun 2017 4:30 p.m. PST

I would think cutting away the musket from the chest and around the right arm and shoulder would be a very difficult, very time-consuming operation, and the end result would look clumsy… which might be acceptable if you're converting sub-Saharan tribesmen, but would look odd for warriors that are supposed to have some knowledge of firearms use.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP27 Jun 2017 6:46 p.m. PST

On the Toy Soldier Company blog there is a "how-to" for creating Napoleanic bowmen that might provide some pointers you could use. Here is a


Skeptic27 Jun 2017 7:58 p.m. PST

Thanks, all!

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP29 Jun 2017 7:56 a.m. PST

Probably easier to just buy ….. archers.
This isn't 1975 anymore. Archer figures are probably available.

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