Playing the game is, of course, kind of the reason we collect. Models are fun on their own, but if you are planning on investing money into this hobby, you had better want to play with your work, or they're going to become expensive paperweights.
Painting also has its thrills, as a careful painter can pay attention to the finest detail while he is painting. Making sure each ring of chain mail sparkles or that the folds of clothing are noticeable are all important parts to making the hobby worthwhile.
But beyond the general fun of playing and painting, remodeling stands out as one of the most defining aspects of the hobby. If you simply play with a model or paint a model, that single models looks just like (in form that is) a thousand (or perhaps tens of thousands) of other models across the globe. When you alter a model, you not only get a model that is unique, but you also gain some pride when others look and say, "Huh, never seen that one before...where did you get it?"
I haven't tried too much remodeling with my units until just recently when I got a Khazad Guard that I'm turning into Dain. First, my search for Dain came when I was convinced I liked the Dwarves of Erebor more than the Dwarves of Khazad-Dum (though I do integrate Balin into my army). My desire to find and purchase Dain increased during the time I spent investigating Dwarf armies and finally I decided I really wanted him in my army. At long last, I got around to looking for a single model on Ebay, but when I started bidding, I came to the startling realization that everyone seems to want him. This not only annoyed me, but convinced me that I was looking for the right unit. :-) And so, I looked online for other Dwarves and I came across the following unit, who was a Khazad Guard.
With Dain out of the way, my focus came towards the Dwarf banner bearer (who would steal Samwise Gamgee's base, as I was shorted some bases from GW with my shipment of Dwarves. I took the unit and did the best I could at making a banner for it. The banner is very thick and is made from part of the plastic sprue. It is glued to the unit with household cement, which takes about an hour to dry in place and 24 hours to cement well.
Dwarf Banner After:
|All told, I liked working on this unit, since he adds not only a great bonus to the army, but because unlike Dain, this unit didn't have a simple fix. It took me about 2 hours to get the sprue prepared for the initial cementing and another 30 minutes to paint and prepare the banner. I've seen more creative conversions for a unit like this, but given that this is my first attempt, I'm pleased with how it turned out. If you are interested in a better conversion, you should check out "Sim's Battle Board" here (he gave me the idea to convert this unit).|
Anyway, enjoy your conversions...it adds a richness to the game that you really can't underestimate. These conversions weren't very good, but they did give me ideas for future conversions and how to work with the materials I have.
The following picture is my updated Dwarf army (still missing 3 Dwarves, who have yet to get their bases):
|Click on the picture for an up-close view on the units.|