Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game: Converting The Winged Nazgul & Fellbeast.

After I had opened up my set of Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game – Battle Of Pelennor Fields and saw the multi-part “The Witch-King Of Angmar On Fell Beast” model, I knew instantly that I wanted to build this model so I could use both head variations in game. Having a rather large LOTR Angmar force already, having the option to now bring a flying Nazgul on FellBeast into my lists was a really appealing site. As well as that, I wanted to have an option of now building out my ideal Mordor army from the core set. So, here’s what I did!

First off, using the how-to-guide, I found all the elements that didn’t need converting and built those first. The two Nazgul bodies and the two Fell Beast head variations. Super easy to build and put together, none of these parts required conversion…. just yet.



Inside the The Witch-King Of Angmar On Fell Beast, you are provided with a very thin plastic stand, which attaches to the base of the model. This stand is to allow the the Fell Beast to have some height in game. To appear as if it is flying. However, I’m fairly heavy handed having already seen a few people unfortunately break there’s during transport issues, painting or even during games… I knew this is an area I wanted to address to my personal taste.



I found the perfect item I needed from an old cat toy! – The toy that has a mouse attached to a piece of elastic. Well, lucky for me, my cat destroyed that part of the toy only a few days prior, which made finding a suitable replacement item mega easy to find!

To start with, I had to grab my Pin Drill to make a thin cutting down the centre of the new wooden Fell Beast Stand. I did this because right at the top, things became very narrow and I wanted to strengthen that bond by reinforcing it with some form of metal. A straightened out paper clip fitted the roll beautifully! The only other thing was to grab a hobby file and widen the base enough for the new thicker wooden stand to fit nice and snug into.

At this point, this is what my build process looked like. Pretty easy right? Well, now the fun begins!



From here on in, we get to play around with magnets! For those who have never used them before, don’t worry, I’ve only every used them on one other miniature before doing the conversion. They’re super easy to install and use!

So, I began by hollowing out 3 parts of the Nazgul’s neck, from where the head slots into the body section of the model. Using my Pin Drill, I was able to match the right size hole to magnets I would be using. After each hole was made, I then grabbed my Miniature Model Magnets and super glued them into place. Easy right?!



I repeated this exact same step on the other head variation of the Fell Beast, before then tackling the main body section where things would clip together. (More on that later) The next job was also adding a “safety lock”. This might sound a little odd, but I wanted to just add a little bit extra to hold things in place encase I knocked the model or something accidentally which made the head fly of the body. – “I did warn you guys, I am heavy handed, call me paranoid but I just wanted to be sure! 😛



So, this next step was a simple one. Again, grabbing another length of metal from that paper clip we used earlier, I made a zig-zag shape. One end would be super guided into the neck part of the Fell Beast, and the other would fit into the body of the Fell Beast part, before the magnets then clipped together. The idea here was to have that “safety lock” approach hoping to keep things together in game that little bit more. Again, As I had two head variations, I repeated this exact same process on the other head.



So, after all that fiddly magnet converting and paper clip zigzagging, the neck part of both head variations looked this this. (See below)



At this stage in the build you will need to grab your Liquid Green Stuff and sculpting tool. Liquid Green Stuff is new to me. This is pre-made, apply to your models straight out of the pot, whereas traditional Green Stuff you have to roll together to create the texture. I’m a little unsure on this liquid version if i’m 100% sold on it at the moment, but… it certainly did the job, so I can’t complain too much!



The reason Liquid Green Stuff was needed here was to fill the gaps in body of the Fell Beast whilst installing the thicker wooden pole. Because I had to hollow out more of the body section to allow the wooden pole to fit correctly, I was left with a crack down the entire underbelly of the beast. Nothing a little green stuff can’t handle! I had to apply a few layers of this allowing each layer to set properly as I wanted to grab that smooth finish so nothing was out of place on the finished model.



By giving each layer appropriate time to cure and harden, I was able to steadily add more each time until I had enough surface to play with where I could make the gap full of smooth green stuff. This allowed me to regain that seamless bond I needed for the finished model. It also doubles up as a bonding agent between the two plastics, helping to keep the wooden pole in place and strength that connection.

Once again, letting the green stuff to cure and harden for some time, I was able to delicately begin to use my Pin Drill and Miniature Model Magnets to attach another 3 magnets to the body section of where the Fell Beast head will clip on. I also made a small incision at the bottom for the paper clip “Safety Lock” to go into.



Inserting the magnets onto the body was actually super simple, just like it was for the heads. following that same process, I made sure that the magnets were all facing the same way round so that both heads could clip on nice and easy. Otherwise, I could have the polar opposite effect where the magnets are pushing against each other! fortunate for me, I was already ahead of the game and things lined up beautifully.



Next step was simply to test the position and hold on the model, with either head variation attached. By inserting the safety lock first, I was then able to line up the magnets perfectly, giving me the outcome I was hoping for. I tested this both ways, with both heads and both times was a great success.



Once the models where completely clipped together through the magnets, this was how seamless the connection looked like. (see below) I was super happy because by doing this simple, yet fiddly conversion, I’ve been able to give myself two different alternatives for in game use. It’s also allowed me to use each single part of the miniature, rather then wasting anything. Another win!



Thanks for reading!

If you like anything you’ve read in my conversion guide, I’ve thrown together all the links and items you’ll need below so you can follow or try this out for yourself!

Links:
Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game – Battle Of Pelennor Fields
The Witch-King Of Angmar On Fell Beast
Pin Drill
Miniature Model Magnets
Liquid Green Stuff



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One thought on “Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game: Converting The Winged Nazgul & Fellbeast.

  1. That came out nicely and thanks for sharing your process. I’m not much of a converter (though I hope to get better at it one day) and its always cool to see how others use their skills! 🙂

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