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6 May 2011

Seer Council Conversions

Nick speaking,

One reason why I like to play with my models before I paint them, apart from finding the time to paint, is so that I can make sure any conversion work I have done is all OK, the last thing I want is for my many hours of painting to be ruined by something falling off that has not glued/pinned very well, or maybe a magnet or green stuff section that just doesn't do what it is supposed too!

After play testing my Jetbike Seer Council conversions on the tabletop a few times, I soon realised that my previous magnetising work was going to have to be re-done, before I could start painting them...


The main issue was that although the Warlocks and Flying bases where pretty well magnetised on flat ground, when it came to standing on uneven terrain, the Warlocks where just a bit too top heavy and kept falling off! Of course being metal, the last thing I needed was for them to be toppling over and chipping off the paint.

Here are a couple of pictures of the original magnets that I used...



After a trip to my local hobby store, I managed to get some stronger magnets that I could use, although as expected, they were a bit bigger than the original ones. It didn't bother me if you could see the magnets on the platforms, in my imagination these would be the "control pads" that the Warlocks stood on to steer the platforms anyway...



With my new strong holding Warlock in place, another problem with my original design was highlighted! I originally had the magnet for the flying base glued onto the centre column where I was going to slot over the shuriken catapult, but again it proved to be too top heavy...


I needed to get the flying base to somehow fit into a hole, so that it would not be able to topple over from the heavy Warlocks. I cut off the centre column and drilled out a hole right through, and then put another magnet on the top of the platform. Now the flying base would go into the hole and magnetise without toppling over...



With the centre column gone, I no longer had anywhere to glue the shuriken catapults too, so I decided to put it straight onto the platform itself! I had to add something to the back section, and cut off some sticky out bits to make it sit flush. I found some leftover pieces I had from my Razorback kit to use at the back of the catapult and got to work with the glue and clippers...


Now to re-do the rest of them...

2 comments:

  1. That's.... an awesome idea! Mind if I steal it in the future?

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  2. No problem, glad you like it. I have a follow up post coming soon that shows the final conversions with the Seer Council all done a ready to paint

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