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There is no doubt that we have chosen a hobby that is more expensive than most drugs, but should this stop us playing the game? I say NAY!

Don't have the money to buy that hero you have your eye on? Want to create a hero that looks unique? Have a fairly large bits box/ have a friend that does? Well this is the thread for you!

In this forum thread i'll be posting cheap (relatively this is warhammer after all) ways that I've discovered to create hero's that will either result in you owning more models than you would if you just bought the hero but for the same money, or having said hero but spending less (and hopefully ending up with more models)

Also the reason I've made this a forum thread rather than a blog is because i want other people to post their ideas so i can steal them.

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For our first 3 heroes your best bet is to pick up the storm of sigmar box, this gives you 3 easy to build liberators, 2 retributors, 5 blood reavers and 3 blood warriors. Also it comes with some good little scenarios to play through and is a good starting point to the hobby of AOS and is significantly cheaper than buying the easy to build kits individually. Of course if you only want the one hero there's no point doing this so hey, do what you want.

First hero the Knight Questor

Actual price $40 Aud

Our price $28 dollars + bits cost

bonus models 2 liberators

The knight questor is the cheapest of the stormcast heroes but you can make him cheaper

What you need is

1 easy to build liberators set

1 left handed power sword (preferably a terminator sized or chaos space marine sword, these are bigger and look cool, I myself used one from the dark angels veterans kit)

1 head swap (optional)

Instructions

-Stick the power sword where the shield would normally go on the liberator prime (the left arm)

-Cut off the hammer on the right hand

-File out the arm that is attached to the shield

-Stick the shield on the  now hammer-less right arm

Congrats you now have a knight questor

Official model

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Our model

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I swapped out the head for a space wolf head and added a little heraldic shoulder shield from the dark angels veterans pack, but the dude looks pretty good and has a nice dynamic pose and looks not too shabby, you can leave the original liberator prime head as its quite similar to that of the knight questor and a bit of a ****** to get out.

Tell me what you think of my ideas. Are they ******? should i just get more money? and please post your own bootleg heroes

 

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Hah, love the idea of this thread. I've made one hero that fits the theme myself, even if the idea wasn't specifically to save money.

Great Bray Shaman

Actual price: £9

My price: £6 + bits you probably have lying around anyway

What we need:

1 Grot shaman

1 ungor head

1 any kind of skull, preferably horned (optional) - I used one from the gor kit.

1 32mm round base

Instructions:

- Carefully cut the head from the grot shaman's arm+head bit before assembly, making sure you don't damage the arm.

- Assemble grot shaman without the head.

- File down the back of the ungor head to fit. A small amount of green stuff may be needed to hide the join.

- Optionally, cut the top off the grot shaman's staff and put the skull there instead.

- Also optionally, cut off the sides of the grot shaman's square sculpted base, glue to a round 32mm instead. Hide join with texture paint, sand or other basing materials.

Results:

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Obviously doesn't look all that close to the official model, but I don't think anybody's going to argue!

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Savage Orc Shaman

A super dead simple conversion, I made this from a Savage Orc w/Standard that I bought for about $5 USD from  my favorite bitz seller, too.  I literally just cut off the standard above the uppermost skull, and carved facets with a hobby knife to match the rest of the stone texture.  And I figured what better way to make a Shaman special than to make him an albino??

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Next hero is the Lord Relictor

Official cost $55 Aud

Our cost $28 plus bits

with 1 bonus model (who we can turn into a hero as well :) )

What you need

1 retributor prime from the easy to build retributors kit

1 spare stormcast hammer

a space marine or other head (if you've got one with a skeleton mask even better)

some skeleton bits and skulls (I used the nurgle banner from a chaos space marine kit which has some good bits)

some spikes

a relic or something to put on his back (i used a book from the vehicle accessories kit)

some thin plastic (possibly page dividers or thins plasticard)

How to build

- Detach the right hand from the retirubtors hammer and stick the spare hammer to said right hand

- remove the head from the retributors lightning hammer and stick the reliquary that would normally go on its back to where the head would go

- Attach some skeleton bits to the reliquary

- swap the head over

- cut thin strips (2mm wide 1.5 cm long) of the plastic and twist it round a toothpick and then paint it with super glue so it stiffens in its new position. stick these on like a cape and then attatch the back accessory over the attachment point

- stick some spikes on the shoulders

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Our third stormcast hero is the knight vexilor and is a fairly easy conversion

Official Cost $55

Our cost $28 plus bits

1 extra model (who we've already turned into a hero)

What we need

1 retributor from the easy to buil set (not the prime we've already done stuff with him)

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1 banner or standard that looks appropriately storcasty (I used the banner from the eternal guard set)

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1 liberator head or liberator prime head

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some spikes

What to do

-Cut the head of the retributor off and remove the head of his hammer

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-stick the head of the hammer on top of the banner/standard

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-Stick the liberator head on

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-stick the spikes on the hammer

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-Stick the banner onto where the head of the hammer would normally go (you'll probably need to reinforce the join I certainly did)

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Huzzah Knight Vexillor

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Our next hero is the wight king/ wight king with black axe

Official cost 22/28

Our cost 28 + bits

Bonus models 2

What you need

1 easy to build blood warrior set

1 shield

1 skeleton head that's appropriately kingy

1 power sword (optional)

Instructions

-Remove the blood warrior head

-remove the gore fist

-if you want to make a wight king with tomb blade remove the axe

-file off all the khorne regalia and add some weathering, drill some small holes add some scratches

Stick the skeleton head on

Result

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This one may not seem as good value as the other heroes but considering you can make both from the one set of blood warriors plus i reckon the other blood warrior could make a good chaos lord or lord of plagues/ blights the blood warriors are a good set even more so if you get them in the storm of sigmar box

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For our next hero we have the lord of chaos which i suppose you could also run as a chaos chosen if you felt the need

Official price $25 aud

Our price $28

Bonus models 2 (one of which we've already turned into a wight king)

What we need

1 easy to build blood warriors

1 orc sword/ power sword

1 spare hand/ power sword

1 chaos warrior/ chaos space marine head, the more impressive the better

Instructions

-Remove the gorefist, head and axe head from the blood warrior

-File down any regalia you don't want on your lord (no point having a tzeench lord with khorne symbols everywhere)

-stick your spare hand where the gorefist went

-stick the power sword blade/orc sword blade where the head of the axe would go

-stick your new chaos head on

Result

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The bigger and dumber the horns on the head/ helmet the better

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Next up is a warrior priest of sigmar

Official cost 28 aud

Our cost 28 aud

Bonus models 4

What we need

1 box easy to build blood reavers

1 loincloth (space marine or otherwise)

1-2 hammers

Some armour bits (optional)

Instructions

-Remove any khorne regalia and most of the skulls

-Remove axe head and knife

-Remove horns from helmet

-Stick hammers where the other weapons would go

-Attatch loincloth and armour

Result

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1 hour ago, Thundercake said:

i like the warrior priest the best, could build a nice warband around that look.

Considering you've got 4 other blood reavers in the box that would probably work, especially if you've got some empire/ flagellant/ stormcast bits lying around

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Not the cheapest kit to start with, but I got an extra Lord of Plagues and Rotbringers Sorcerer out of the Glottkin box just by magnetising the two smaller brothers.

Total cost: 6 rare earth magnets, two spare bases and a couple of bits of cork. All told under 1€

Just posted pics in my blog (linked in my sig.)

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5 hours ago, AGPO said:

Not the cheapest kit to start with, but I got an extra Lord of Plagues and Rotbringers Sorcerer out of the Glottkin box just by magnetising the two smaller brothers.

Total cost: 6 rare earth magnets, two spare bases and a couple of bits of cork. All told under 1€

Just posted pics in my blog (linked in my sig.)

While i admire how you've wrung the most value out of your models, the glottkin aren't exactly the cheapest set.

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Next up we have the lord of plagues

Official cost $22

Our cost $25

Bonus models 2 (both easily convertible)

What we need

1 easy to build plague marine

2 orc arms

1 chaos space marine helmet

An axe and a handle

Instructions

-file all detail off the space marine head leaving one horn

-drill nurglish eye holes into the helmet

-cut the arms and head off the plague marine and file off all futuristic details

-replace head with our plague lord helmet attatch orc arms and axe

-add any armour and other details you want

This is a wip might be changing a few things

 

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Our next hero is the lord of blights

Official cost $40

Our cost $25

Bonus models 2

What we need

1 easy to build plague marine

1 chaos rune shield

2 arms

1 hammer

1 chaos marine head

Some sprue plastic at a right angle

Some heads

Instructions

-file back detail on the chaos marine head leaving the horns and drill a single eye hole

-File off all futuristic details on the plague marine body, remove the head and arms

-attatch arms head hammer and shield

- file the srpue plastic so all edges are right angles, attatch the trophy heads and glue it to the back of the plague marine

Result

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Not officially a hero but you can turn the last plague marine from the box into a putrid blightking which is a cheap way to make one of them

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Our next hero is the necromancer

Official cost $22

Our cost $14

Bonus models 4

What we need

1 chaos cultist preferably with full robes

An appropriate necromancer head

A bunch of skulls and other such like

Extra hands

A spear and or standard

A blade that would make a good scythe blade or a chaos horn for the end of the staff

Instructions

Remove head and futuristic elements as well as the autogun

Glue on staff, head and new hands plus all the death accessories

Fill any gaps with green stuff

Result

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Not bad and we've got 4 more models you can do stuff with

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Our next hero is another option for a wight king

Official cost $22

Our cost $14 plus bits

Bonus models 2 (which you can turn into grave guard with a similar method)

What we need

A box of 3 chaos warriors (or just any chaos warrior)

A skull

Death accessories (optional)

Instructions

Cut off the head of the chaos warrior

Make sure he's armed with a sword and shield

File off all chaos iconography

Add some chips and other damage

Add all death accessories

Result

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The other chaos warriors in the box can be used to make grave guard to serve with your wight king.

 

 

 

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