While I am waiting to get my various assault rifles back from Carl, I am spending time converting SAW gunners. I started working on two at a time and I have almost finished the first pair (finished as with swapping weapons, not actually converting a miniature).
Ever since Slovenian army was modernised, our fire teams' SAW gunners use FN Minimi (much like the rest of the world). Our version is a "para" one with a folding stock and a short barrel.
The thing is, Americans use licenced produced Minimis. The one Empress figures have got a new stock and that usual American barrel guard (perforated cover above the barrel) - so basically what I am doing is cutting up a miniature to swap it's weapon for the same one.
In my defence, Ebob's minimi is a tad slimmer and I think looks more realistic, so that is a plus.
On the photo below you can see (from left to right):
Pilot getting an armoured vehicle helmed (I regret my decision, yes).
A SAW gunner that has new weapon installed already - this one was converted from an actual SAW US infantryman.
An ex-sniper figure that got SAW. This for some reason (must be the pose!) is by FAR my favorite miniature from Empress so far. He just looks plenty cool.
A SAW gunner yet to get his weapon, but mostly prepared (to show you how it looks like before he gets a new one installed!)
A SAW gunner that will need a lot more work and has turned into a nightmare.To answer your question about how I will cut away the weapons that are sticking to the body, Pete - with an iron will :D.
There is one thing I have noticed about that sniper crouching miniature, however. While, again, he looks really awesome, his firing position is not correct (according to what we've been taught, at least). If you look at his left arm and left leg (photo below), you will see that his elbow is on his knee. Now, this is wrong, because it's a "bone to bone". What this poor fellow should do is put his elbow either a bit further up front (to rest his upper arm on the knee) or a bit down, to rest his elbow on a tight. Not that he deserves a -1 to hit, but I found it interesting!
Well, that is it for today. I am trying some modern rules out so there is a high possibility of an AAR in the future!
Thanks for looking,