How to Convert Warhammer into 40K Figures

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Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 (or 40K) are tabletop games developed by Games Workshop. The two “worlds” have developed into books and even video games. The tabletop games are played using figurines that are basically small, plastic and metal models. Enthusiasts build, paint and modify these figures to create new, custom figures. Convert a Warhammer figure, which is based on fantasy, into a Warhammer 40K figure, which is based on science fiction.

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Things you need

  • Modelling glue
  • Paint
  • Newspaper or plastic covering

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    Purchase a set of Warhammer figures and a set of Warhammer 40k figures. You’ll need both sets to make your conversions because, at least, you’ll need the accessories from the 40K figures to make your conversion. Converted, or modified, figures are usually created by hobbyists who already have extra pieces from both Warhammer and Warhammer 40K figures they’ve built in the past. If this is the case, skip this step. Both figure sets can be purchased at Games Workshop stores, hobby shops that carry Games Workshop products and online. Figures can be purchased in sets, or individually; however, individually purchased pieces are generally more expensive.

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    Paste pieces from both Warhammer and Warhammer 40K figures together to create your own custom figures. If you add futuristic weapons and gear to a Warhammer figure, then you’ve made a Warhammer 40K character. If you add old-fashioned weapons and gear to a Warhammer 40K figure, you’ve made a Warhammer character. Past the pieces using modelling glue. The modelling glue can be purchased at the same places that the figurines were purchased.

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    Primer your Warhammer 40K conversion figures using black spray paint. Do this in a well-ventilated space. Make sure to put down newspaper or plastic wherever you are painting to keep things clean. Once the black paint dries, paint your figurine whatever colours you want. Remember that Warhammer 40K is based on science fiction, so paint the converted Warhammer figures with a science fiction theme in mind. For example, use darker and metallic colours and gunmetal instead of earthy or bright colours, such as browns and bright greens.

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