Sunday, November 27, 2011

Necron Week Post 2, Custom HQ Conversions & Figure Posing

In this post I'm going to discuss simple and effective HQ conversions as well ways to pose the new plastic kits for maximum effect.

Anrakyr The Traveller

For my Necron Army I wanted to try out Anrakyr The Traveller so I figured it was a great time to try and convert the Overlord figure that comes with the Catacomb Command Barge. I wasn't happy with the simplicity of the plastic Warscythe blade so I swapped the blade with a more ornate one from a hyperphase swords. A simple swap, but highly effective. Anrakyr also has a Tachyon Arrow which is pictured in the Codex but nonexistent on any of the current sculpts, so there was only one thing to do. I used a Voidblade and a tail-spine from the Praetorians. Sliced and spliced makes a fairly decent proxy for a Tachyon Arrow. I also modified his head by splicing a praetorian head onto the plastic overlord head.
The Command Barge Anrakyr is on is pretty standard, I just felt like photographing it a bit cause it's a bad-ass model. I used part of skull island from DreadFleet to make a ruined skull statue base.

Cryptek Harbinger of Destruction Conversion.

I wanted to make a plastic cryptic cause quite frankly I'm not in love with the figure. It's okay, but limited and the staff is ugly as hell. For my Cryptek I used the plastic lord from the command barge as a base. Part of a pretorian back piece was sliced and fitted into the back piece to match the detail I saw in the fine cast figure. I used a death mark head and leftover hyper phase and rod of covenant pieces to make a custom staff head.

The real fun part of his conversion was making the Harp of Dissonance. The Codex description literally describes it as a mechanical harp…so I was like "What the hell would a Necron harp look like?" I made it using hexagonal rod chopped and glued into a coffin shape, floral wire for strings and a tube from a gauss cannon.

Posing Figures for Maximum effect

Whenever I pose a unit of figures I always try to make each figure it's own heroic mini. The new Necron models do allow that and with some simple modifications they can look a whole lot more menacing. With these Lychguard putting a glob of greenstuff under each torso allowed me to bend them back into a more straight tall standing pose. This couples with tilting their heads downward really added to the menace.

With the Immortals by simply turning the waist sideways and keeping the legs and heads looking forward you create this sense of hulking menace on the move rather than simply standing in a cool pose.

Next up Necron Week Post 3 on Friday, Fun with Warriors & Scrap Crons!


  1. Got some nice conversions there buddy, great work

  2. Ah, I was wondering how to do a Tachyon Arrow but you've given me the answer!

    Great conversions and hints, very subtle but effective!

  3. That warscythe conversion on your Lord was one of the first things I thought of when I saw the new hyperphase swords. Glad to see someone finally putting it into action.

  4. Thanks for the compliments everyone!

    I've been dying to paint everything I posted up, but My cheapo airbrush kicked it and I'm waiting for a new one in the mail.

  5. I slid on over here from the Spotlight at FTW... Solid models and conversion. Consider me a follower and I can't wait to see more.