Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Vastarian: Generic Cultist conversion

Vastarian cultists.

Earlier this month we started an open invitational encouraging people to create Imperial Cults that are at war with each other on the cathedral world of Vastarian. The planet harbors many strange extensions of the Ecclesiarchy’s Imperial Creed. The Church of the Red Athenæum is one such faction. Although we plan to showcase others in the coming months, we thought it would be fun to convert a random citizen of Vastarian, a faithful pilgrim alongside countless others, just to get peoples’ ideas flowing. Looking through our collection of old models, we found one of Brian Nelson’s classic metal preacher models, and decided it would be a fun starting point for a conversion. Having recently experimented with creating one-piece silicone cut molds, we realized we could make the conversion process easier if we first created a mold and cast a resin copy of the model. Having a resin copy would facilitate the converting process, as resin is far easier to cut and work with than metal. This worked out really well and we were able to quickly convert a faithful supplicant of the Emperor using various pieces from the plastic Sisters of Battle range and modeling putty. Furthermore, the initial mold making process was so straight-forward that we created a second mold for the finished conversion so we can easily make copies of the new cultist!

The Sister of Battle Repentia models provide a wealth of weird heads perfect for radical cultists!

The model’s original feet were replaced with smaller feet sourced from the armored Sister of Battle feet. I have found these are perfect for converting more appropriately-scaled boots with only some minor sculpting to add some leather folds.

What would one of our models be without a down-scaled sidearm?

A newly cast cultist next to the one-piece silicone cut mold used to create them!

The Vastarian pilgrim next to one of Ana Polanšćak’s Bellman models that was painted for the Rot of Hondious.

- Adam Wier


  1. This is great. I am going to have to use your method to create some moulds myself for another project I have in mind!

    1. Good luck! It is so much easier than what I did before!