Thor’s Workbench: Chaos Warpsmith Conversion (WIP #3)

This has been one of those conversions that has a life of its own. Generally when I do a conversion I have a vague idea of where I’m going with it and I let inspiration guide me. That’s the ideal anyway. Some conversions are just simple, like my Sorcerer I did. This Warpsmith though just goes on and on. Every time I feel like I’m at a good spot with it I come up with some other idea.

With that guiding inspiration though comes scale and scope which can get far larger than intended. Much the case with my Warpsmith here. Before I rattle on, some shots of where he’s at now.

The tentacles. I love them but they proved to be a bit of a thorn in my side. It was hard to get them exactly how I envisioned them and I made many tentacles to get to this point. They also occupy more space than intended. It’s hard to confine this model to a 25mm base with so much going on. It’s also hard to work all the tentacles into the model in a manner that looks good. Trust me, you can’t just make some tentacles without planning and think they’ll look great when glued on.

So, those tentacles grew out more than I had planned but I like the end result regardless. The way they are positioned it’s almost like the Warpsmith is sheltered inside them and I like that concept. The mechatendrils should be as much a part of the model as everything else and I feel like I got there. Hopefully you agree.

From here it’s just doing some final touches and cleanup. I’m sure I could spend weeks more on this model adding more here and there but at this point I’m happy with him. Since these shots I did reposition the tentacle on the center backpack. It was positioned too much like the claw one. Oh, I also came up with a name for him, Grimtech. Sounds a bit cheesy at first but I like the sound of it.


I began playing Warhammer 40K in 2006, and have been an avid player and hobbyist since then. I have also been blogging about 40K for almost as long as I've been playing it, having started Creative Twilight in 2009.

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  • Warren Falconer

    holy crap he looks awesome I totally dig the model. my only criticism is the bionic eye, the outer ring seems awkwardly fat, that may be intentional lt just looks a tad funky. anyway can’t wait to hear how he plays.

    • Thanks. He’s definitely my favorite conversion so far. Took a lot more work than I thought it would be it’s worth it.

      You’re right on the bionic. It was my first time doing something so small and intricate. Considering that I was happy with the result but I’m not sure how to fix that ring. It’s so tiny that I’m afraid trying to fix it may end up making it look worse.

  • That’s a veritable cloud of tentacles! It’s a very dynamic model with plenty of character. It will look fantastic when it’s painted. I hope it’s on-table performance lives up to the model!

    You can fix the bionic eye by adding a small coat of green stuff over it and sculpting the lens a little wider. It wouldn’t take a very deep coat to do it. Alternately you could carefully trim it down a bit then re-sculpt it. Or you can leave it as is and play if off as well armored!

    • Great looking models always under-perform. It’s just Murphy’s Law. Maybe this guy will be the exception to the rule.

      Hmm. I could also cut off that lens part where I created the seem, the rim with the lens, and re-sculpt it entirely. Probably be easier to just redo that part than trying to fix it.

      • Warren Falconer

        I’ve been pondering you could do make the outside of the lens thinner, and the only thing I can think of is some circular plasticard which I am pretty sure they make, or cutting a straw very very thin

        • Good idea. I could trim off the existing rim and do a plasticard ring.

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  • Really like how he’s looking. I can appreciate the complaint of it going “on and on”. We sometimes put a tonnnn of time into a single mini.

    • Thanks.

      I need to get some updated shots put up. I’ve cleaned up a few things and finally “finished” him.

      Agreed. It’s easy at times to just go on and on with a figure. I enjoy it though because it really infuses the model with character, and I mean more than the modeling itself or the paint. Having models that mean something to you, regardless of how well they do or do not do on the table, is one of my favorite parts of this hobby.

      • “Character” is a good way to put it. Brings them alive, makes them stand out.. and from a battlefield perspective, makes them look engaged.

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