Chris Palmer This week I completed a conversion project that I’ve been working on slowly over the past couple months, that involved converting a 28mm Games Workshop Warhammer “Lothern Skycutter” into a 10mm Elven Airboat. I had purchased this model for a very reasonable price from a friend’s flea market table at the BARRAGE gaming convention, with an eye to using the boat portion of the kit for my 10mm Elf fantasy army.
|The kit’s box|
I began by assembling the boat, and making a few modifications. First, I trimmed and re-positioned the rudder handle, so it would sit low enough for a 10mm figure to use it. Secondly, I took an old Games Workshop Warmaster Elf Repeating Bolt Thrower and cut it down so it would mount on the prow of the boat. I gave a friend the large bird that was part of the Skycutter kit .
|The assembled model.|
Instead of using the typical GW base that came with the kit, I glued the airboat’s flight-stand to a 3”x 1.5” base suitable for use with the “Bear Yourselves Valiantly” mass-combat Fantasy rules. I then went through my box of spare figures and selected some individually based 10mm Elves I had to use as a crew.
|The finished airboat.|
I spray primed the boat and crew with flat black primer (I wish I had used white!) and painted the boat in a dark blue, white, and yellow scheme, and the crew in a light blue and white uniform.
|The airboat shown flying over some 10mm Elven troops.|
I painted the crew and boat separately; and after painting was complete, I glued the crew in the boat. I added some scraps of lead, cut from a figure’s base long ago, to the base of the boat to add stability, and blended them into the base with a little putty so they would resemble little hills. Afterwards I flocked the base.
|A close-up of the crew.|
I’m pleased with how this project came out. It will add some powerful air support to my Elven forces.
|A shot from the back angle.|