Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Quick Bones Orc Conversion

I pulled all the Orcs out of my bag containing the Original 30 BONES from the Reaper Kickstarter, because I felt they were similar enough in appearance that I might be able to paint them in a group, rather than as one-at-a-time individuals as I have been doing with the figures I've worked on to date. There were some minor bent swords, that I was able to straighten by putting a dish of water in the microwave for 2 minutes, and then carefully dipping the weapon in the warm  water for a few seconds, then pulling it out and patting it dry, and then bending the offending weapon back into shape and re-dipping in some cold water.  While the swords were easy, I ended up having a heck of a time with the Orc wielding the spear. No matter how I bent the arms, or the hands, or the shaft, I couldn't get the part of the shaft between his hands to perfectly align with the part with the spear point on it protruding from his left hand.  So after about 10 minutes of fruitless heating, and bending and cooling, I decided that my best option would be to replace the spear altogether.
It was easy enough to cut the spear off the model at each side of the hands, as the BONES material is very soft, and easy to cut with a hobby knife.  I then carefully trimmed where the spear had been, so there was none left, and the cuts were perfectly flush with the Orc's hands. I also located a box of round bamboo toothpicks I had, that I had in my mind would be a good match for the spear shaft's diameter, and sure enough when I held one up to the shaft, it was almost identical.
Next I took my thinnest Dremel Tool drill bit and carefully drilled out both hands.  I didn't worry too much about the holes in the two hands being perfectly aligned, because I knew the arms were bendy enough, that the stiffness of the toothpick would hold them in alignment if the holes were a little off.
  Just like cutting, the Bones material was very easy and soft to drill through.  I also cut the spear point off the remaining section of shaft it was attached to, and drilled out a small indent in the base of the point. I didn't dare try to drill a hole, as the neck of the point is too thin, and my bit too think.  Hopefully the little indent I made will be enough for the glue to get a good purchase on it.
  Finally, I cut the toothpick down to a pleasing length, getting rid of the sharp points on each end,  and gently slid it through the holes in the hands.  And my last step was to glue the spear point on the toothpick using E-6000 glue.  Hopefully it will be strong enough to hold the spear point in place despite the flexible BONES material.
I'm quite pleased with how this turned out, and it couldn't have taken me more than 10 minutes from start to finish.


  1. Looks like an easy an effective modification.

  2. what size drill bit did you use if you know?

    1. I'm sorry, but I don't know the exact size. It's a bit I've had for many years and I don't remember. I chose it by comparing the toothpick to my bits until I found the one that was closest in size.