View Full Version : My first conversion (Eldar Wraithlord.)

23-01-2007, 18:20
Hi all. When the new Wraithlord was first shown, I was ecstatic about the new sculpt, I loved all the different options you could put on the big guy. One thing I hated was how static he looked. Two legs, straight up and down, no character. I was then shown a how-to page on the GW site about posing walkers and one of the poses really did it for me. It was a Wraithlord standing with one foot on a ruin kind of scanning the action, looking very cool and majestic. Yes, I know the idea is still kind of static, but it seemed to be a good place to start for a novice. So here is a short log of my process in converting this guy.

First thing I did was cut the right shoulderpad off and reposition it at an agle so the arm would have a bit more room to rest the gun at shoulder level.


Then I cut the right leg in half at the joint so as to afford some room to bend it so he could be resting on something. The cut was much easier then I thought it would be, a nice sharp hobby knife makes it easy.


23-01-2007, 18:22
Next, I pinned the leg together at the angle it would need to be to fit flush with the large rock he would be standing on.


After that, I cut the right arm in the same way I did the leg, I had the forearm angled slightly away from the body so I could point the gun more vertical. Then I filled the gap with some GS. (I know the GS isnt perfect, but it's my first try)


23-01-2007, 18:24
The leg, I filled with GS also and tried to scult a bit of ribbing, like is on the other flexible joints.


The left hand I would have at his side holding a cannon, perhaps for reload or whatever. For this I had to make a small cut in each finger and bend them to cover the bottom of the cannon. Then I filled the gaps with GS.


23-01-2007, 18:27
After that was done, I went to pose the lower body. I glued the left leg to the base and put on my rock where I wanted it. Then I dry fit the leg and foot to fit naturally on the rock.


Then I put the torso together and slapped on the little things, flamers, tabard, pointy things and finished the parts of the base I needed to be primed. Viola, my first conversion. Ill post more as I paint and base him. C&C appreciated as this is my first conversion.


23-01-2007, 18:27
Its looking good so far. I have been modelling for some years now, an I am still daunted by conversions like simple poses!!! So well done, and hope it comes out well for you.

Your Evil Twin
23-01-2007, 18:35
OMG I have to buy that model.....Dam the shops are shut and by tomorro the urg will have past... Oh well

Still though you have done an exelent job can wait to se it painted!!

As he is holding the star cannon with aparently humanist hands could I sugest a large cool eldar handle with trigger etc, it would look wicked!!

keep up the good work!


25-01-2007, 21:02
Hey folks. I started painting my Lord, he is obviously heavily WIP, but I thought I'd post progress. The brown is going to be blended to bone, expect on the tabard where it will be a more subdued dirty cloth color.



C&C always welcome. Cheers!

25-01-2007, 21:55
Nice. I like the gun toting pose. :)

25-01-2007, 23:37
Love the pose. I'd probably have put a wraithsword in the left hand myself, love the rerolling to hit. The scatter laser pistol looks excellent though, and it's nice to see a technicallity being referred to in the left hand; ie "You there, Guardian, put a new power pack in this thing for me!"
Nice clean layers of paint going down on it too, I see. Can't wait to see it finished

27-01-2007, 05:05
I got a little bit more done today. Im thinking I'll proly have him done within 2 days. I worked the brown up to bone and am now doing the red. I took the tabard off because IMO, he just looks better with it off, more of a spartan look. Ill save the cloth indulgences for my seers.



C&C welcome. Cheers!

27-01-2007, 07:15
nice conversion there mate, for a first try its bloody excellent! the painting is also looking very good, cant wait to see the finished mini

27-01-2007, 09:30
That is a good colour scheme, although could you get more depth into the black, red and bone, perhaps by Inks?


Quin 242
27-01-2007, 11:38
I like the pose except that with both hands full.. how is he going to fire the star cannon?

He can't get it iinto a firing position and it doesn't have a grip to do so in any case...

Other than that minor gripe, it looks great.
(Though I did like the tabard bit on it)

27-01-2007, 12:23
very nice work , hopefully the first of many!

27-01-2007, 13:46
Yeah, the starcannon is in a non-firing position definitly. The idea of his stance is one of him being at rest, possibly surveying the battlefield, reloading, or having just rolled a 1 on his wraithsight. :D Thanks for the comments!

27-01-2007, 23:57
Ok, I finished him up and I think he looks pretty good. My only problem I seemed to have was shading the bone in the vanes on the back and the kneecaps. Any ideas or pointers on that....and anything else you guys can see is welcome. I plan on doing another Wraithlord once I can pony up the dough for another one, so C&C is a big time help. Here he is, hope you like him!

28-01-2007, 00:01
Is that a Wraithlord? I can't quite make it out...


(also, I preferred it with the tabard, but oh well)

EDIT: Well, you beat me to the bigger pic, but it's still on the small side. :p

28-01-2007, 00:02
If you could make that last photo strip a lot larger that would rule...try and use photoshop to level your lighting as well :)

Looks good from what I can see.

28-01-2007, 00:06
Sorry, fixed. LOL

28-01-2007, 00:14
Ok, resized again. I hope these are better. I'm still getting used to photo editing. :D

Rogue 7
28-01-2007, 00:28
The guy looks good, and the pose is great. My only complaint is that the Head is just way too plain. Perhaps the symbol of your craftworld (Ulthwe, I'd guess by your username)? Or maybe some random decals. Something to break up the monotony. It looks great, all the same.

28-01-2007, 01:56
Yeah, I really wanted to do a design on his head and I despise decals. Thing is, any color over bone, if you mess up, it's game over, trying to cover up a mess up makes for a messy blob of paint. I was basically scared of having a crap looking head instead of just an empty one. I really need to practice my freehand one of these days.

28-01-2007, 04:11
wow I envy you. For your first conversion thats not bad at all, let alone the paint scheme. I've been working on my wraithlord and havent gotten too far really, heh yours looks so nice!

29-01-2007, 01:30
Hiya again. I went back and did some freehand thorn patterns on some of the armor. This coincides with all of the other heavy vehicles/artillery in my army which also has the thorn pattern. I also took some better pics to show the highlights better. Enjoy. C&C, as always is welcome. Cheers!

29-01-2007, 01:37
Hey, that came out pretty nice! Really well done. The only thing I would like to see is some of that vine stuff on the head :)

29-01-2007, 02:48
I love him!!!

Once you've had some more practise at GS you'll be doing whole models in no time :)