Saturday, January 7, 2017

Minor Miniature Mods: Viking Warrior

A Modified Viking

I'm by no means a frequent or skilled miniatures modder, but occasionally I will get a miniature that is almost exactly what I'm looking for except for perhaps its weapon, or I'll get a miniature that is broken or damaged in some way.  That was the case with this one.  I liked the figure, but sadly his axe was so badly bent that my efforts to straighten it resulted in the haft snapping off.  I toyed with the idea of shortening the axe, but finally decided to just go with a sword, as I'm much more of a sword guy anyway.  The base of the figure was also rather narrow and the whole thing was prone to easily tipping, so I decided to work on that as well.  The work was fairly easy, with just some snips and a micro-drill needed to remove the old axe and prepare it for the new sword.  I have to say that I'm pretty pleased with the results.  If nothing else, the miniature will be much more stable on the table.  The original miniature is Olaf, Viking Chieftain from Reaper Miniatures, and I'm including a picture here for comparison.  So, what about everyone else?  Do you do frequent major miniatures modifications or just infrequent minor ones like me?  Does anyone have any tips they would like to share?
The original miniature

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