I have completed the assembly of my unit of Bull Centaurs. I had only intended a unit of 5 to be joined by the Taur'uk
, but it turns out I somehow ended up with 6 instead. So I tweaked the army list to include a command group (which I hadn't intended to originally). But this left me having to figure out how to convert these lovely models to represent a Musician, Standard Bearer and Champion (or as the Chaos Dwarfs call it a Ba
Now there are 3 different sculpts for the Bull Centaurs so that works well, one of each will become one of the command group. This will help the unit to be slightly less repetitive. I looked at the three sculpts that I had to try and decide which would be most suitable without having to undergo major modifications. Obviously any of them could be the Ba
'hal, I didn't know what to do for the musician and the Standard just needed to be able to hold a pole......
The photos are a bit iffy, but they get the message across. The following photos are a bit of a montage, the conversion is pictured with the original sculpt for comparison sake.
First up the Standard Bearer. Easy enough, stick a pole in his hand and call it done. I chose the below model as it seemed the most likely candidate (and didn't really work as well for the Musician).
I used an icon that is from an old GW
Temple set I have had for years. Sort of fitted the whole Chaos Dwarf horned motif I think. I used the inside of a pen as the pole, filling it with green stuff then allowed me to drill and put a pin all the way through his hand and the pole and it has ended up quite strong (and straight!)
I was struggling with how to represent the Ba
'hal as I didn't want to do any major conversion work. Then as always my wife came to the rescue and suggested adding some trophies to make him stand out. Since I plan to paint these guys similar to the Taur'uk
(all brown, bronze and earthy) I thought maybe the Ba
'hal liked to collect shields from vanquished foes? The idea gained traction as I could use some brightly coloured shields like the Elves or Bretonnians have to really contrast against the natural tones of the Bull. So a quick search and I had a few options. None of the shields are glued in place yet (will do that after painting) but I think the photos show the idea and it should make it obvious he is a little different to his peers.
Once painted I will position the shields to look like they are hanging from belts or strapped to arms.
The Musician was causing probably the most issues as the size of these guys meant I couldn't just rip off an instrument from my bits box. After some thought I figure a drum would be the easiest solution and came up with this.....
A drum hanging from his belt and a club to hit it with. I may have his axe hanging from him somewhere in case the club isn't sufficient a weapon. I am pretty happy with him. The drum body is a Leman Russ search light and a Goblin shield trimmed and glued on top with a little greenstuff to blend the edges better.
And the unit as a whole:
They take up a lot of room and will probably be pretty hard to move on the battlefield, but hopefully they are as impressive rules wise as they are model wise.
I am not sure about the origin of the bases as I think they come with standard plastic ones from Forgeworld, so I am grateful to the guy who sold them to me for the resin ones, although I needed to cut the feet and trim them to get them to fit to the bases better. I sculpted the Taur'uk
base to resemble these ones. How do you think I went?
Thanks for reading.