Hello everybody and welcome to my latest post! I'm pretty excited about my latest project because it involves one of my all time favourite armies, the
Ever since I began playing warhammer 40k back when I was 11, I can remember being intrigued by the nuns with guns. Thinking back on it now, it must have been a combination of things that initially drew my interest. First of all they are probably one of the weirdest armies in 40k and when the universe is populated by aliens and super soldiers, that's really saying something! The highly religious, all female fighting force is completely different from almost every other army. Men are very much in the minority and their wargear is familiar yet completely different to the space marine equivalents. All this leads to quite a visually striking army.
Secondly, they were (and always have been) very expensive to buy and so my 11 year old pocket money allowance wouldn't quite cover the start up costs for an army. So they were always just out of my reach...a truism even today!
Finally, I'm a bit of a hipster at heart and so I'm always looking to find that thing that no one else has. Sisters of battle armies are very rare and entirely converted sisters armies are even rarer! If done well, this army will be a cracker!!!
Anyway, enough of that. Lets get on with the plan...
I'm going to try and convert sisters of battle out of plastic parts and then cast those parts out of resin. The idea is to end up with 5-10 torsos, 5-10 sets of legs and 5-10 sets of arms with which I can re-combine into 'multi-part' sisters of battle miniatures. I have never attempted casting parts out of resin before so I consider this project to be a giant learning curve in my hobby development. Lets see how it goes.
First of all I need to actually convert the parts out of plastics. Here's what I've managed so far...
When I sat down to research this project, I quickly realised that getting the scale and proportions of the model is the most important thing when scratch building sisters of battle. The key is not to make them too big yet still capture the bulk (albiet a slim-lined version) of their power armour and their bolters. I'm quite happy with the beginnings of mine, as the comparison with a space marine shows that the model not too tall. The dialogus on the left is a bit misleading as it's set on a high base. In reality, the sister is slightly taller.
One of the things I would like to change about the sisters of battle is their hair styles! I'm using a Dark Eldar head in this picture just to give you a comparison, but actually, I quite like it. I think I'll remove the top knot but otherwise keep the head. I'll post a new article up on female heads when I've sourced some.
So all in all I'm pretty chuffed with the beginnings of this project and it's nice to finally have some enthusiasm for the hobby back!! Please leave comments below on what you think I should add/change. I'm always on the lookout for new ideas and I'd really like this army to look slightly different from the original miniatures. After all, they are 2nd ed!