To start my AoS28 project, the Lamplighter seems to be a fitting first model and even though I haven’t decided on a certain ruleset yet (more about that in my next post), this model will be and has to be included in every iteration of the warband I might come up with.
Consequently I share my creative process with you while I wait for my ordered bitz to arrive and possibly get some input on my choice of parts. 😉
The Lamplighter’s face is the conversion’s first obstacle. Combining a high forehead, tiny eyes, flat teeth and a missing nose is somewhat of a challenge to recreate with original parts – although I don’t have to worry about the hairstyle. 😄
One of my best bets seems to be the Daemonette Alluress‘ head with removed hair and a minor nose-job. Maybe I also have to underfill her cheeks as they seem a little bit too hollow compared to the artwork.^^°
Fortunately GW released heads for AoS with long flowing hair as I find hair really difficult to sculpt with green stuff (especially if it’s not fully attached to the model but hanging in the air).
The Sylvaneth Tree-Revenant heads are also not attached to their hair pieces which saves me from a lot of cutting and sanding to get rid of their pretty faces. 😈
My first idea for the Lamplighter’s body was to simply use some Electro-Priests I got from a trade, but the overall model would look really tiny – especially compared to its upcoming enforcer. It should be the warband’s centrepiece and that position dictates a certain size.
While I’ve found the “legs” to go for (see below), the final torso choice will have to wait until I can measure the needed waist. Probably two Kairic Acolytes will to the trick, as I have to put half a torso on top of the other one to fit the artwork.
After dismissing my initial idea for the body, I stumbled across an eBay auction for a Tech-Priest Dominus in the wrong category. I’ve always wanted that model for my Mechanicum and won the auction for next to nothing.
Most of the Dominus’ parts will go to my 30k force, but the lower body will be used for the Lamplighter conversion.
I’ll replace all the cables with chains where applicable or simply remove them as well as these small metal feet. Or shall I just leave the crawling apparatus intact instead of going for the footless look? 😕
With a total of seven lanterns in three different designs needed for the Lamplighter I browsed through the various bitz shops on my search for illumination, but all the AoS and WHFB lanterns look very different compared to those on the artwork.
Therefore I will probably have to build lanterns out of cardboard or plasticard, unless someone comes up with some spiky lantern bitz.^^
Regardless that you can get a ton of different candles from various kits and also from some third party suppliers, these are really easy to make from scratch (there are also tons of tutorials available, be it with tubes, wire or toothpicks).
Also I would’ve needed to sculpt the wax on the hands anyway, so I’ll just make my own candles using a mix of the linked tutorials.
The Lamplighter’s final part is its torch, which somehow doesn’t fit the lanterns and overall metal details. Instead of just a burning stick of wood I think that a torch with metal base like from the Hurricanum would be way more fitting.
Additionally the final model might be somewhat hunched due to the Tech-Priest part, which might favour a staff with torch head in place of a regular torch – what do you think? 🙂
So much for my conversion thoughts for the Lamplighter, next step is to get my hands on all the required bitz.
Maybe you got some ideas for the “missing” parts or other input regarding the model – as always input of all kinds is highly appreciated. 😄