Conversion Corner #21: Panzer Cops
Hi, I’m Daniel, the inspiration for my conversion corner came from the style of Kerberos Panzer Cops from the anime film Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, which I found to be a striking aesthetic; one I’ve tried to replicate with this squad of Japan’s alternate-history 1950’s elite troops.
- Stahlhelm with Gasmask
- Medium Armour Torsos
- Armoured Legs 1 Static
- Stick Grenades
- Field Radios
- Brass Rod
The team took only 3 to 4 hours to convert from its stock parts. I dry-fit posed the troopers in an aesthetically pleasing fashion and then went to work. First I had to remove the thigh armour from the legs. Using a sharp hobby knife and a square-edged file I stripped the armour away and then rebuilt the legs back up with green-stuff, moulded to look as much like loose fitting cloth as I could, before glueing them to their bases.
It’s amazing what a simple change can do for the overall feel of the miniature; the swap to cloth for the legs was the hardest part of the conversion!
A few small changes were made to the posing of the hands for the model on the right so that he’s holding his MG-42 vertically and a quick hand swap to give him a knife. The MG attached to the shoulder sling also had a slight modification to strip away the carry-handle and sights to allow the strap to attach.
Next, I filed the end of the left shoulder pad into 3 distinct planes and added green-stuff to extend the pad most of the way to the miniature’s elbow before filing them to match the now modified pad.
I felt that the silhouette formed by the Panzer Cop’s backpack aerial was too important a feature to miss. By snipping off the top of the antenna it was a simple matter of using a sharp pin to make a guide hole to drill out two 0.5mm sockets for two short lengths of brass rod to be inserted and glued in.
Lastly, I found a tiny plastic syringe-tip (used for applying super glue with extreme accuracy) and sliced off a tiny cylinder to use as a ring for the shoulder pad. It’s a tiny little thing and probably not necessary, but I like the way it looks nevertheless!
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