Old School here to talk about converting missing models. While the photo above is just for fun, the topic I am referring to is taking time, money and talent to convert units games workshop has published in a new codex, but hasn't released a model for. The question is whether or not you think it is worth it and what you do about those units that are missing.
So with Necrons being the new kid on the block, let's pick on them. There are a number of units in their codex that are missing models and all of these units are capable of being great additions to a competitive list. The example below is the Night Scythe/ Doom Scythe. The reason I use these as an example is that the other missing models are going to have pretty obvious sizes and shapes based upon their unit type. The Scythes however fall into the grey area the Tervigon and Tyranofex fell into for so long. There are bound to be arguements about what base they use, the size of the hull, ect.
Even with that said, many people out there are building scythes. The example above is what I would consider to be pretty legit, based on the pics in the codex and the size reference that would provide, though I have seen pics from tournaments where players had simply turned half built Anhililation Barges up side down and based them on clear skimmer bases, which I would consider small, but hey, there is no model.
The former example invested a great deal of money and time, while the latter example invested some money and very little time. Both, in the meantime, will likely be considered legal in many of the events they attend if any.
This brings me to the example below:
Cheap you say? Well, I admit, it isn't going to win any Golden Daemons, but does this player have it right? What if the scythes came out next month during the rumored second wave? His minimal investment would save him from some of the trouble people who made little Tervigons from carnifexes likely feel right now, but it brings up the question of how much do we invest in a model when the company doesn't release one and what they release will likely have an effect on our wallet.
I felt no regrets building big momma, but I had some hook ups, I certainly didn't pay over $100 to build my own bug. Many others used parts from the Trygon and the Carnifex, again, spending drastically over the cost of the new kit to have one in advance. If I had come out of pocket fully on Big Momma, would I still be so happy? What about the people who spent some serious dough on their Tervis?
The good news is that Big Momma and many of the combination kit Tervigons out there mounted on oval bases are just as big as the new Tervigon and will be perfectly suitable in tournaments and pick up games. While they may have paid the cost, they have also enjoyed their conversions for quite some time and will continue to do so.
What about the guys with re-purposed carnifexes? Well, they might still have carnifexes, but they don't have a suitable Tervigon in terms of size and shape (certainly not for tournament play or even competitive friendly games). Did they lose out with their minimal investments compared to the guys with massive conversions?
I don't know. Look at the GW Tervigon below. I think it looks better than Big Momma, which makes me want to buy one, even though my Tervigon is suitable. I am also sure I am not alone. Does this mean we all lost out? I had fun, I love my model and nothing will change that, but I don't know if I would do it again.
This brings me to the question behind this whole article. Where do you stand? Is it worth it to spend the time and likely larger amount of money to convert a model to stand in for a unit GW hasn't produced? What are your thoughts? Go big (awesome conversion), go cheaper (buy one model, slightly change it) or go super cheap (foam, baby!) .... or do you just wait for models to drop? Have things changed due to recent developments?
I personally have zero regrets, but I would like to see what the community thinks about the issue as I think this is an issue where opinion can tell a lot about a person.