Mounted Gamling model
Rohan Royal Guard model on foot
Gamling on foot (if you want to re-use the banner)
Green Stuff or other modelling putty
Modelling clay (or shield mould from my previous conversion guide)
1.5 mm brass rod
Sculpting tool (a knife and a pencil will do)
Drill bit with the same thickness as the thin wire
In the previous Rohan heroes conversion article I showed how I made my mounted captain (Théodred
). In this article I will walk through two - or actually three - conversions for Rohirrim heroes. Two of them are the actual topic of this article and the third one comes free from the leftover parts. The actual topic is how to make a captain on foot and another mounted captain, whom I will call Háma in this article. I will also show how I made a simple Gamling on foot conversion to give him the Royal Standard of Rohan. The conversions are so tightly tied to each other that I decided to make a single guide for all of them.
At this point I must warn you: even though this conversion is not too difficult, it requires a lot of patience and good tools. You should read this guide before deciding whether you want to do the conversions. I also assume you know the basic techniques for putting together multipart metal models, like pinning and working with Green Stuff. Step One: The Shield
I wanted to add a shield for the mounted model of Háma, so I used the same technique as I did for my Théodred model. You can find the link to the article and directions to make a Rohan Royal Guard shield at the end of this guide so I will not repeat it here.Step Two: Cutting Mounted Gamling Into Pieces
We start mutilating the models by cutting mounted Gamling's head off with a modelling knife. This is best done with a knife - if you have the patience - because this way the model does not lose too much details and length around his neck. If you use a modelling saw, you will have to do more repairs with Green Stuff.
After getting his head separated from his shoulders cut the spear at the place where it meets the horse's mane, and cut Gamling's spear hand from his shoulder.
Next cut is the one that requires most patience. The head of Gamling should be separated from the banner. I wanted to get the banner in as good condition as possible to reuse it, so I very carefully carved the head from it with a knife. Step Three: Cutting Royal Guard Into Pieces
The Royal Guard already has about all the parts we need, so the only thing to do is remove his head. Cut it away with a knife.
See picture below for Saruman's dream come true:
After this phase you should have the following parts: Step Four: Háma On Foot
Now we shall put together the parts for Háma on foot. Start by filing the bare head of Gamling into an appropriate form. Depending on how you managed to cut the head from the banner, you will probably have to trim his hair a bit. In the mounted Gamling the hair is flowing freely but when it is attached to the body of a Royal Guard, the hair must be fitted to the guardsman's helm decoration, part of which is still probably visible over his cloak. Test fit the head and file until you are satisfied. At this point you will also have to decide the pose of the head. I made my Háma to have forward motion with the pose of the head and arm, but another possibility is to make him look over his left shoulder, like yelling backwards at his men to follow. When you are satisfied, pin and glue the head in place.
For Háma's arm I chose a Royal Guard arm that allowed the arm to be raised, as if he was shouting "With me!". This arm does not fit this posture as is, but it needs some Green Stuff. I did some minor fillings and corrections with Green Stuff for his neck and shoulder.
Háma's hair must also be trimmed. Try to get the original hair meet the ends of the helm decoration still on the cloak. Step Five: Mounted Háma
For Mounted Háma we will put the Royal Guard head, a normal spear and attach a shield. The head should be pinned as with the model on foot, in a pose you like. I put mine to look over the horse's head slightly to left. Pin the head into place.
Next I glued the shield onto his left arm. The shield may need some trimming before attaching because it is a bit difficult to control the thickness with the clay mould. Note that the head we attached is helmeted and the model has a helmet hanging on the saddle. Unless you are very pedantic this should not be a problem, but you could file the extra helm smooth and glue the shield on the helm's place instead. Some riders of Rohan carry their shields on the saddle, so this should be perfectly acceptable.
After the head and shield were attached, I took an arm carrying a spear from the Royal Guard blister and cut some length away from the spear's lower end. The arm also needed a lot of filing but you should strive to fit it in a way that it 1) fits the shoulder and 2) the spear continues straight, without curving and without gaps.
The shoulder and spear need some filling with Green Stuff. The hair should be fitted over the neck to the cloak. Step Six: Gamling with Rohan Royal Standard
After the previous steps we still have one part left: the banner cut from mounted Gamling. It can be put to good use by adding a pole to it and using it with Gamling on foot.
Cut 35 mm length of 1.5 mm brass rod and file a part of it away from the other end as depicted in the picture below. This is to add more area for the glue to stick.
For bending the arm and attaching the banner, follow Skowsa's guide found at The Last Alliance. This metal banner is so heavy it needs a bit glue to keep it in place. To keep my Gamling model mostly intact, I glued the banner pole on to the figure base and put it to lean to Gamling's hand. Step Seven: Painting
I painted the models mostly according to the guide for Gamling on foot in the Two Towers edition of the Best of White Dwarf Compilation.
Háma is red-haired, so instead of following the WD guide I basecoated his hair and beard with Scorched Brown and highlighted with Dark Flesh. Then I used a Brown Ink wash and again highlighted with Dark Flesh. The last highlight was a mix of Dark Flesh and Bleached Bone.
The shields were basecoated Dark Angels Green and highlighted with a mix of Dark Angels Green and Snot Green. The decorations were painted with Shining Gold into which a tiny bit of Mithril Silver was added.