The Magic of Plastic - Ease of Conversions!
The casual observer might have noticed we have broken our models up into fairly large numbers of parts. This was largely to ensure we could maximise the amount of detail while working in plastic, but a big part of our goal was to make conversions easy. We've thought that conversions are generally getting much harder these days, with hobbyists having to contend with easy to break resin, impossible to clean PVC and large monopose plastics with part splits in places that just dont encourage modifications. One of our favourite experiences in our early hobby days was looking at images of armies which did not have a single stock model and it has stuck with us.
We want to ignite some of that modeling passion with the Maelstrom's Edge range, and have considered convertability and ensured a broad range of options from the very start of the design process. Once again, our team and our many friends have really come through and provided a lot of examples of the sort of stuff you can do when you start playing with the Maelstrom's Edge plastic models, without having to be a master of sculpting or killing yourself with resin dust.
We'll run through some of the examples below. These are generally photos from the desks of hobbyists, and in many cases are inspirational explorations of the kits rather than intended to be finished models, so please bear that in mind that with regards to the lack of polish!
Other ideas: Karists troopers have sculpted upper arms, so their shoulderpads are entirely optional. A Karist force with 'light' troopers who lack shoulderpads and masks would be really fun to see!
The Karist Tempest sprue has two different 'hold' positions for each gun, so one of the areas that we asked people to explore were simple ways to extend options there. The above image shows a ravager held straight out, but we've played with a few options:
The Epirian Contractors are a very flexible kit with lots of fun options. Their standard poses are standing stances, but they can easily be converted to run:
And if your Epirian is too slow when running, they die!
While our human models are cool and extendible, our robots are laid out with so many options that it barely counts as a conversion to adjust them. When the scarecrows were revealed, there were loads of comments about different ways to assemble the highly flexible kit, so we went ahead and did just that to show the huge range of modeling options available from our sliding core sprue along with a few strikes of the clippers:
The hunters also open up a huge range of pose options if you dont mind adding a couple of extra slices with a knife here and there. Being unpainted, you can see just how much of these pose options are down to the raw plastic being repositioned compared to complicated resculpting:
We are still waiting for the day when someone can get all 5 weapons crammed on to one robot as well :)
Lastly, our most recent reveal, remixed!
Bases on those larger models are not the bases we have lined up under our stretch goals, and are third party bases used without permission.
This update is not intended to say that you need to convert our models to get the most out of them. You've already seen how flexible the stock models are, and the large range of posing available to them, but converting (real) plastic models is a great part of the wargaming hobby that we are excited to be able to promote and develop. This update is hopefully the first of many times we'll be able to share our hobbyist's excellent remixes of our models with you all, and we look forward to seeing what you can do too.
The Maelstrom's Edge boxed set is designed to help you flex your hobby muscles as much as you care to try, and we hope you'll take the plunge and try some experimental posing with the models. We'd love to hear which of the conversions on this page you like the most too!