Wednesday, 7 March 2012

40k Philosophy: Conversions and You

Customisation, in my experience, is present in daily life. We choose our own meals, modify our cars, and tailor holidays specifically for our needs. It is even a key factor of war gaming.

A lot of people (especially me) are not content with 'out of the box' and often consider 'converting' our kits, using other kits, after market parts (in a similar sense to car parts) or even go as far as manufacturing parts. There are a number of reasons we do this (aside from being fun!).

To represent non-existent kits

This is becoming less of an issue, with more and more in game units being represented, but it is still common practice. With a little adjustment, a unit can be made to represent something entirely different. For example, My Chaos Contemptors were make from imperial Contemptors, as no chaos variant exists as of yet. With a little work and some spare parts, they make fitting examples.

To make a cooler looking unit

The 'rule of cool' is often a good reason to convert a model or unit. Whilst some will be happy with a standard kit, some feel that this isn't good enough, or that it doesn't quite fit with the style you've gone for. I could have easily used a box of regular chaos marines to represent my chosen, but it didn't look rihgt. Instead, a box of Grey knights was used, for their stylised armour and cool halberds, fitting weapons for a sorcerer's bodyguard. As well as this, I've recently finished a chaos Sorcerer on a disc, using the new finecast kit. Pictures will most certainly follow, so stay tuned.

To make a nice centrepiece

Every army deserves a centrepiece: something which makes the army stand out, and best represents the appearance, design and function of the army. It can often be a bold hero or a battletank. For me, the central feature is my Land Raider. A simple conversion of the tracks and some ForgeWorld doors makes it stand out greatly from the 'standard' examples

1 comment:

  1. Love you new thread mate. My centre piece is my contemptor.
    Peace Cortez 11th Legion