Affordable Obliterator Conversion Guide
(for those of us with limited sculpting skills)
The cost of 6 or more obliterators models can break your wallet. Not all of us are skilled with Green Stuff and/or Milliput either. As one of the unskilled, I found a way to make some affordable obliterators that I could be proud of. Including the cost of all the materials, it cost me about $4 (in US currency) per unit to produce.
"Black Reach" Terminators
(you can pick these up on auction sites for very low costs)
(the red and white box)
Bass guitar strings
(optional, size depending on your preference)
Step 1 - Adding extraneous bits
After assembling the model, begin by adding any extraneous bits to the models.
Step 2 - Preparing the model
Once you have completed step 1, the next step is to mix the Milliput. Use equal amounts of both colors, and blend until it is one solid color. Also cut any bass string material you would like to add to the Milliput.
Step 3 - Applying the Milliput
For this step, you will need the vasoline and toothpicks. Dip your fingers and toothpicks you will use (and whatever tools you are using) in the Vaseline. This is to prevent the Milliput from sticking, and allowing you to smooth out your model nicely.
Don't be modest with the Milliput. Cover almost the entire top half of the body as one giant blob. In this step, you can add bass strings into the milliput to give the effects of mechanical lines. Another tip is to twirl the Milliput into strips and then wrap it around the legs, arms, and extraneous bits to look as if it has been absorbed by the models body.
For the face/head, you can either work around and keep the original terminator skull, or create a small disc and place it over the existing head. You can use your Vaseline-covered toothpick to do facial details. (a picture of this is provided at the end)
Step 4 - Drying
Milliput dries fast, but since you used Vaseline to smooth out the model, make sure to wait 24 to 36 hours before applying primer. If you attempt to prime before this, the primer will not stick over the wet Vaseline.
Step 5. Prime and paint
Once your model has dried, it is time to prime and paint. Here is how mine turned out.