Since 6th edition Ethereals look like they've got some fun new rules and could be worth it in the right circumstances, I decided that I'd like to have one. However, I had a problem: I didn't like any of GW's ethereal models. Not because they look bad (though some do), but because they all come in finecast/metal, are expensive, and are nigh impossible to convert. Plus converting your own is so much more fun! So I turned to alternative methods.
These are the three steps I used in transforming a human miniature into an Ethereal one.
#1 Model SelectionWhen looking for a potential Ethereal stand-in, there are certain things you should look for. Obviously, it is your army, so you can use whatever models you want as long as your opponents are ok with it, but to get a somewhat accurate counts-as, you need to keep these things in mind:
- Ethereals have no armour save. The model shouldn't have much armour on it, and if it does it really shouldn't be doing much in the way of protection.
- Ethereals are the noble ruling class of the Tau. Their demeanor and stance should reflect a leadership role or at the very lease a "holy" or "mysterious" look.
- Can this work? A simple question, but hard to answer. You must take into account your skills as a hobbyist, the model's potential, and what you expect for the end result.
- And above all...
#2 AnatomyTau have 4 fingers on each hand, no ears, and no noses. In their forehead is a sort of "slot" and they have oddly shaped hoofs instead of feet. Most of these alterations are easy to accomplish.
- Cut/shave/file away the model's little fingers
- Cut/shave/file away the model's ears and nose
- Either replace the model's feet with some spare Tau ones, or model the hoofs with greenstuff
- Cut the forehead slot/indent. or replace the head.