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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Feb 2020 6:12 a.m. PST

How often do you perform a figure conversion?

Less Than Never
A Few Times Ever
Very Rarely
Whenever the X-Acto Wounds from My Last Attempt Heal

Me … Weekly. Always doin' a little mod here and there.

rustymusket01 Feb 2020 7:08 a.m. PST

a few times ever

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2020 7:11 a.m. PST

Myself, daily.

Me … Weekly. Always doin' a little mod here and there.

Modding in moderation, admirable.

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2020 7:18 a.m. PST

All the time. Of course the majority of my colonial collection is Ral Partha (with their limited number of poses).

Most recently, I took a bunch of bashi-bazouk heads from a pervious conversion project and mounted them on Natal Mounted Police (for mounted) and Gurkhas (for foot) to produce a unit of Egyptian cavalry as seen on the 1966 movie Khartoum.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2020 7:24 a.m. PST

Not sure. Used to be rare--only the direst necessity. But repair work and multi-part plastic figures blur the line.

Giles the Zog01 Feb 2020 7:33 a.m. PST

I've done a fair number for Necroumda (the original lines), but as RP comments when we now have so many multi part plastics, it really becomes kit bashing not conversions.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2020 7:33 a.m. PST

Regularly – I would say every month

This is fairly recently for me but I do like it – mostly for sci-fi and Imagination stuff

Just finished a sci-fi Recce Marine fire team with bit from a bunch of different kits

rampantlion01 Feb 2020 8:25 a.m. PST

I'd say annually

Legion 401 Feb 2020 8:45 a.m. PST

Often …

Moonbeast01 Feb 2020 8:47 a.m. PST

Rabid converter. I can't leave anything alone.

FusilierDan01 Feb 2020 9:39 a.m. PST

A few times ever.

DyeHard01 Feb 2020 10:14 a.m. PST

Quite often. Putty is your friend!

Corporal Fagen01 Feb 2020 10:59 a.m. PST


Striker01 Feb 2020 11:43 a.m. PST


CeruLucifus01 Feb 2020 1:22 p.m. PST

The questions are posed for a regular figure modeler/painter. My figure modeling/painting has been irregular the last few years.

Any time I have multiples of the same figure I look to add variety. Have done enough conversions I'm confident I can produce a result usable for whatever I need. Obviously plastic is easier to work with than metal, so metal figures might have very minimal conversion or just the base changed, or items added to the base or items appended to a snipped off weapon or appendage, whereas plastic might have more adjustments.

Grelber01 Feb 2020 3:31 p.m. PST

Back in the olden days, when we didn't have the selection we have now, I converted an army of Minifigs 1066 Anglo-Saxons to Sub-Roman British Anglo-Saxons, and converted a variety of figures into a Sub-Roman British army to oppose them. Later on, I converted Ral Partha bashi-bazouks into Maniot Greeks ready to feud with each other and fight off Turkish invaders.
Since then, it has been more of a one off thing. There are a number of half converted figures on my desk.
Then, there's the fellow whose head I was drilling out so I could peg it to a different body. The drill bit caught on the head, ripped it from my fingers, and sent it flying across the room and extensive searches have failed to turn up the missing head. The head was actually from one of Brigade Games' politicians, and many of you may feel the leader figure would function just as well without a head (and brain).

Oh, yeah, the original question. I guess I'd have to say several times a year--perhaps quarterly--nowadays.


Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2020 6:14 p.m. PST

For 28mm Sci Fi like 30k/40k….as many figures as I can.

For 28mm Historical, only when a current plastic set doesn't make what I need (pretty rare). Like making 28mm Prodromi from Victrix' Greek Light Cavalry bodies w/ Victrix Macedonian Heavy Cavalry lances.

von Schwartz01 Feb 2020 7:03 p.m. PST

Lets see in the 30 odd years I've been in this hobby, about 3 times, so once every 10 years.

Personal logo Gungnir Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2020 10:33 p.m. PST

Rarely, if ever.

x42brown02 Feb 2020 2:51 a.m. PST

It's a while since I have done any so might say not anymore. Hands are not working like they used to. But as I like having a Sam Small in each unit so still might try if a can't get an odd figure in my next unit.


ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2020 3:13 a.m. PST

Very rarely, did more in the 70's 80's when selection was much less.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2020 10:25 a.m. PST

I did one last year. I glued a piece of thread to the butt of the figure's large pistol, and glued the other end to something on his belt. Voila! He has a laser pistol now!

Pauls Bods02 Feb 2020 10:56 a.m. PST


Dagwood02 Feb 2020 11:17 a.m. PST

As often as I get a chance – what I mean is, whenever I need a figure that I don't have and can't justify buying. I am currently working on an ancient Indian army, and two of the four elephants are under conversion, from old Minifigs (in pyjamas) and Sassanid Minifigs to Indian. Two of the crew are half Hinchcliffe, half Minifigs, joined together with a green stuff midriff, the chariot will need to be scratch built, and most of the musicians will be Lamming, carrying home-made cymbals and drums. I am looking forward to it !!

Bandolier02 Feb 2020 1:37 p.m. PST

Recently, it would be monthly to quarterly. Mostly head swaps and arms swaps for command stands.

A few years ago I was buying up lots of old/broken/crappy 40k Space Marine and Tyranid figures for my boys and stripped them and built them back into good sized armies with some pretty cool converted characters and vehicles. Turning basically junk miniatures into new and unique armies.

Sgt Slag03 Feb 2020 8:09 a.m. PST

Very rarely. Cheers!

Anton Ryzbak03 Feb 2020 9:02 a.m. PST

I tend to do it in bursts, so I would say quarterly but with dozens of figures at a time.

I don't bother with metal conversions anymore, plastic is such a joy to work with

The Last Conformist06 Feb 2020 2:22 a.m. PST

I used to be a regular converter back when I mostly did 28mm stuff, but in the last decade and change I've mostly done 15mm, where I see less call for it. Anything more complex than a weapon swap would be quite rare for me now.

gounour02 Apr 2020 2:03 a.m. PST

if you include changing lances and flag poles by steel wire, everytime.
if not, rarely

AICUSV06 Apr 2020 8:38 p.m. PST

Too often, seems I'm always picking a period that is not completely available .

Baranovich10 Apr 2020 3:52 p.m. PST

Every so often.

nervisfr10 May 2020 6:21 a.m. PST

Let's say nearly 80-90% of all figurines i have seen passing through my hands, since 1979.
What's why i have created a blog about that obsession

Right here :

Der Krieg Geist17 Jul 2020 9:42 p.m. PST

I am a converting/ re-posing/ scratch-building/ super detailing nut-job LOL, probably why I have thousands of miniatures built and primed but only a few hundred painted. Don't get me wrong,I like to paint, but I love converting/building stuff more.

von Schwartz19 Jul 2020 4:09 p.m. PST

Whenever the X-Acto Wounds from My Last Attempt Heal
Also, I need to wait until the Super Glue degrades enough for me to use all ten fingers independently.

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