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Miniatures/Conversions/Lorien Spearmen

Edit this page (last edited May 10, 2005)

Lorien Elf Spearman with Shield

By Mark (Elrond The Avenger)

  • Lorien Elf Spearman with Shield
  • Introduction
  • Matierials List
  • Step 1
  • Step 2
  • Step 3
  • Step 4
  • Step 5
  • Comments
  • Introduction

    I decided that it was high time to include some unarmored spearmen into my Mirkwood Army, so I decide to convert some from Lorien Elf Bow from the fellowship range. Here goes....

    Matierials List

    • One Lorien Elf Bowman (FOTR Range from GW: for specific pose see pictures)
    • One High Elf Shield
    • One Spear from a Royal Rohan Guard (they come with two arms each so this does not waste a figure)
    • One Small Pocketknife
    • One Large Pocketknife
    • Pliers
    • File
    • Clay (or Green Stuff if you have it)

    Step 1

    Begin to cut the bowmanís arm away from his body. This should be done with a small pocketknife until the arm is significantly removed from the body. Then, when you can fit it, a large pocketknife can be used. I started from the bowmanís hand and cut from there to roughly where his elbow should be located.

    NOTE: The motion of the knife may rub against the bowmanís face, erasing some minor details. If this happens, try and angle the knife in a way that it does not rub. If you start from the hand like me, the rubbing will be nearly impossible to avoid at first, but do not worry, it will not do any damage to the model that is noticeable, and small details can be added easily with a small knife.

    NOTE: This step will take a very long time to complete; in fact about 75% of the time I spent on this conversion was on the first step alone.

    Looking down on the model, you should try to cut a crease in between the arm and body.

    Step 2

    After you are done cutting the arm away from the body, grab the arm with pliers and bend it away from the chest and then slightly down if so desired. Feel free to bend the arm to whatever position suits you best but keep in mind that the arm must be far enough away from the body to fit a large Royal Guard spear in the area between.

    NOTE: By this time, the modelís hand may be somewhat mutilated, but donít fret, with enough patience and a really small piece of clay, it can be remade to look perfect (explanation later on).

    NOTE: Donít worry if you put pliers marks in the arm, it is quite simple to smooth them over with clay.

    You can see the crease between the arm and body as well as the repositioned armís location.

    Step 3

    Cut the spear away from the Royal Guard arm just above and below his hand. Then glue the two pats of the spear together. Make sure the spear is dry and has a strong bond because if not, it will break when glued to the spearman. Then, take the completed spear and slide it in the crease between arm and body. Position it how you like just behind the hand and attach with glue. Then, smooth over any pliers marks with clay. If desired, add a little clay (by that I mean a speck) to the figureís chest where the arm was and continue the sash by making tiny slices with a small pocketknife. Also add a flyspeck of clay to the front of the spear (by front I mean the direction the modelís face is looking). Shape the speck into fingers gripping the spear and then make little divots in the clay to show where the fingers are. When all clay molding is complete, put the figure in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 3 minutes to harden the clay.

    NOTE: DO NOT USE MODELING CLAY!! If you do it will simply melt in the oven leaving you with a sticky mess.

    NOTE: The modeling of the fingers gripping the spear is very tedious and may take several attempts. Do not be discouraged; just make the hand look good to you.

    You can see the clay that I used on the body and hand.

    Step 4

    Now, cut the bow from the modelís other hand, again just above and below the hand. On the back of the model, cut/ file off the knife handle protruding just over the shoulder. Then, attach half of the bow to the knife sheath on the back.

    NOTE: You may want to cut the bow at angle to make it better fit the sheath.

    You can see how the bow has been transferred from hand to back.

    Step 5

    File down all the designs on the lower 66% of the elven shield. Then cut the shield in accordance to picture 6. Cut off the archerís bow-hand (or half of it according to personal wishes) and bend it to a desired position. Then, glue the shield to the stump so that the fingers on the shield line up with the stump. If desired you can recreate the modelís hand with clay, but it seemed to me a waste of time since you donít normally look behind a shield anyways. If you use clay on the hand, remember to bake the model again for 3 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, congratulate yourself for your successful completion of a Lorien Elf Spearman with Shield!

    Finished Conversion


    Excellent! I would probably have named the article different (such as Lorien Spearmen or something), and in fact, I have a similar article that I haven't had time to write up yet, as I never field Woodelf Swordsmen, only Woodelf Spearmen, so I've been forced to convert a lot too. My article will be the armored ones as well, not the unarmored ones.

    I've also reformatted the article to look more like the NewArticleTemplate?. You might also want to rename "Step 1", "Step 2", etc., to something more descriptive. And lastly, any chance you can get images for this?

    -Shnar Gru

    Actually I've got the pics, just no way to get them online...

    -Elrond The Avenger
    Well, there's a bunch of free hosting websites that you could throw them on, heck even a Yahoo Groups would do. All we really need is just a URL. If you want, email them to me at and I'll put them on my site.

    -Shnar Gru

    Great article

    -Mighty Mushroom
    I've thrown up the images. A great article.

    -Shnar Gru
    Thanks and thanks for your help.

    -Elrond The Avenger

    If you want to make them more easily and cheaply you should take Wood elf swordsman, chop off the top of the sword. Drill out the hand. Place some brass wire or plastic tubing to make up the shaft of the spear, glue the sword to the top and glue a sheild into the left hand.

    Wise Wanderer
    Id love to see that model painted =D

    Neix J

    I think you can find that on a different page.

    Wise Wanderer
    Oh, I cant be bothered to look!

    Neix J
    How do you put your own pix on the site?

    Retarded Geek

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