Posted By possiblyarobot on June 30, 2015
Most of you will be familiar with the character “upgrade” kits released for each faction. Like many of you, I wasn’t hugely impressed with the end results of combining said kits with the multipart plastic kits. In fact, I felt that the only metal Mule was a far superior sculpt that the plastic re-sculpt.
I always felt Rocinante was a combination of the Mule (cannon) and Nomad (sword) and should look the part.
Starting with the Mule model, I also picked up the Nomads hand + sword (green) and an appropriate left arm for the cannon (not circled, but mixed in with the Mule parts).
I liked the right forearm that came with the Mule, but the weapon is wrong for modding policy so some chopping is in order.
The tools for this job:
My preferred method of removing casting residue is to buff the metal, hence why many of my parts look shiny.
A jewelers saw would also work. You’ll also need a quality super glue.
This is where I started. The red is where the hand needs to be cut off.
This is the piece cut in twain. It was actually a very easy cut. To fit the Nomad hand, some drilling/grinding will need to be done to fit the pieces.
Afterward, glue all the pieces together in your chosen pose.
Rocinante’s buckler may need to be stretched outward and/or the right forearm may need some grinding to get the pieces to fit.
You can’t see it but the back chain that comes with the upgrade kit is attached on the back. The front chain does not fit with this conversion and after I paint, I will attach necklace chain to the front.