Figure Conversion Techniques for the Miniatures Gamer
by James Vidlak
The content of this article is the culmination of over 25 years of tinkering with ‘toy solders’ – or to be ‘politically correct’ – tinkering with miniature wargaming figures. In presenting this article, the author makes no claims as to possessing any great artistic abilities. In point of fact, the author is somewhat artistically challenged. However, through perseverance and practice, (mixed well with some improvisation and ingenuity) and a desire to produce a unique ‘look and feel’ to wargaming armies, the author has derived and developed some tried and proven methods and techniques to successfully accomplish figure conversions. These methods are the subject of this presentation.
The target audience for this article is the conversion technician; the one who modifies, fixes, reposes, alters, ‘tinkers with’, and/or repairs the original works of the true miniature figure design artist. As such, this is a document of techniques, of how-to’s, of methods that the artistically challenged miniature’s wargamer can, with practice and patience, employ to successfully recreate a set of unique figures to add variety to his/her army/unit composition.
Terms and Conditions
Variety – the Spice of Life, Figure Conversion Techniques for the Miniature’s Wargamer is the intellectual property of the author, and will remain such. However, this article may be freely copied for personal use, as long as the document remains intact. Any pictures, drawings, concepts, procedures, processes, and names contained in this document may be freely ‘quoted’ as long as the author is fully credited.
This article, and all pictures, drawings, concepts, procedures, processes, and names are distributed freely, without charge or reimbursement. No part of this document may be sold or exchanged for profit.
Conversion Tools of the Trade
Figure Conversion – An Overview
Figure Conversion – A step-by-step Guide
Figure Conversion Examples
The Final Unit