It was back in 2020 when the seed of this project was planted. I had a pair of Bob Olley's Iron Claw Jump Troopers, and I fancied making a third variant. If you're not familiar with the figures, check out the pics below (sourced from the excellent Stuff of Legends):
My approach was to take the upper torso of Trooper Yael and mate it with the legs from another Bob Olley sculpt, an Ork madboy. I added some extra gear to hide the join, sculpted some kneepads, and left it there. In 2020, I didn't paint the original jump troopers, or the new converted addition.
Then in 2021, Stargrave was released. I thought it would be cool to make a 10-strong Stargrave crew comprising exclusively Bob Olley jump troopers. So I made them!
My first step was to look at some basic repositioning. In addition to the converted figure above, and the jump trooper in flight, I had 3 copies of Trooper Worf. With a little repositioning, I avoided having 3 identical troopers in the crew:
|L: I used wire to pin the trooper as if he's taking off. M: unmodified. R: legs repositioned to give a hunched / advancing stance.|
With 5 basic jump troopers sorted, I knew I wanted to add some more interesting characters. For my captain I selected Attitude Gorman from the Iron Claw Space Pirates range as the basis of a conversion as he was wearing a similar outfit.
|The source material for my captain|
|I removed Attitude Gorman's head, and the head/backpack from the trooper|
|Then it was a case of splicing the two parts, filling gaps and sculpting the kneepads|
The Alien Trooper
With my captain sorted, I wanted to add another trooper, this time using the alien Iron Claw Space Pirate Ooglorg the Cruel. I very nearly added him to the crew unmodified, but I couldn't bear for him not to be wearing a jump pack like the rest of the crew.
The Heavy Weapons Sled
|Original concept before I had worked out any components|