Post by frufruf on Aug 1, 2020 23:11:21 GMT
During the 'White Dwarf Weekly' years (2014-2016) there used to be a section at the end of almost every issue that presented the BIT OF THE WEEK.
I'm listing all of them (with original description) for future kitbash/conversion reference. Enjoy
I'm listing all of them (with original description) for future kitbash/conversion reference. Enjoy
|01 MKIV HELMET|
The MkIV helmet on the Sternguard frame is a wonderfully characterful component. It combines a Heresy-era mark of armour with a high-tech targeting array and an Aquila stamped on the forehead. Best of all, it fits on any plastic Space Marine miniature.
02 Vox Skull
A skull with a bionic eye and a vox-projector atop it makes the perfect detail for a scenery conversion or even an ideal objective marker. You get loads of these spare in Imperial Bastions and Aegis Defence Lines.
The Seagull on the Lothern Skycutter is an uncommon bird, rarely seen beyond the shores of Ulthuan. It’s so rare, in fact, that none of us in White Dwarf had actually seen one until recently. It’s a little sprue-gem that adds huge depth and realism to a model.
The Shimmershield in the Dire Avengers kit is elegant, but functional – an iconic piece of Eldar wargear. The ball and socket joint on the shoulder makes it a versatile piece that’s great for dynamic conversions on both Eldar and Dark Eldar models.
|05 CURIOUS OWL|
Hailed by Adam as his favourite Warhammer ‘bit’, the Owl that comes on the Wood Elves Dryad kit is a versatile component for kitbashing and conversions. “It’s the perfect familiar for an Amber Wizard,” Adam says. “I really need to give that a go.”
06 SLAANESH HEAD
While converting Chaos Space Marines, Dan took a particular interest in the Slaanesh Head in the Forsaken kit. “It’s the lack of nose that does it,” says Dan. “It makes the model’s face look really creepy. It also fits perfectly on a Chaos Space Marine torso.”
|07 PULSE PISTOL|
The pulse pistol is the smallest gun in the pulse weapon family, a hand-held plasma weapon designed for close urban warfare. It’s an ideal gun for sneaky Pathfinder operatives, though it would also look great held by a Fire Warrior Shas’ui.
Perfect for toting spare wargear into battle, this backpack is from the Catachan Command Squad kit. We like the fact it has a knife and a machete strapped to it.
|09 BABY GRIFFON|
He may not be very big, but this baby Griffon from the Empire General kit will still tear out your knee caps with his viciously sharp beak. “It’s a great little piece,” says Dan, “and looks great both on a character’s base or even as part of a unit diorama.”
10 GIANT VICTIM
This poor unfortunate is from the Warhammer Stonehorn kit. He’s the perfect captive for any number of dioramas. “If one of your opponents collects Empire,” says Kris Shield, “you owe it to yourself to paint this guy in the colours of their army.”
“It’s a missile with teeth,” says Jes, zooming it around the room. “You get four of them on the Hive Crone, but if you build the Harpy then you’ll have them spare. They’d make great objectives or cool pieces for Tyranid conversions.”
12 SERVO SKULL
The Space Marine Devastator Squad comes with several Servo Skulls on its frames. These nifty little extras make brilliant details for character models, especially Space Marine Captains, Inquisitors and other discerning individuals.
|13 THE WATCHER|
A spare part on the Deathwing Knights frame, the Watcher in the Dark is the ideal way of representing a Perfidious Relic in your Dark Angels army. It’s also a pretty useful accessory to mark out the Inner Circle members in your collection, and it’s an artefact much sought after by (nefarious) hobbyists intent on modelling Fallen Dark Angels. Someone fetch the excruciator!
14 ADRENAL GLANDS
This brain-like Tyranid bio-morph is a great piece for personalising Tyranid monsters. It would also work well as an Objective Marker, or even latched on to the underside of a piece of terrain, representing a Tyranid infestation.
|15 HORNED SKULL|
This sinister skull can be found lurking on the Beastmen Ungor sprue. “It’s a great banner top,” says Dan, “but it could easily be put to use on a model’s base or even as a macabre head on a converted model.”
The balefire is an optional extra for the Corpse Cart, and if you don’t use it on your model it makes a fantastic malefic brazier, ideal for Inquisitors who burn heretics, Daemon summoning rituals or any other need you have of sinister sorcerous flames.
|17 CYBORG HEAD|
The most inventive (read: psychotic) Pain Boyz can’t help tinkering with their subjects. A missing ear or broken jaw is ignored by the Dok for an opportunity to do some impromptu Cybork surjury instead. This head is from the Ork Nobz kit.
18 SQUASHED GOBLIN
Perfect for adorning the base of anything large enough to squash a Goblin, intentionally or otherwise, this unlucky little chap is also ideal for adding some sculpted relief to Dwarf or Empire tavern signs. So, ours is a XXXXXX and we’ll see you at the sign of the Squashed Goblin…
|19 HOLY TOME|
“A massive leather-bound book held aloft by a dagger. That’s what I’d carry into battle,” says Dan. There are six of these holy tomes in the Grey Knights Terminators boxed set, some closed and locked shut, others open like this one.“This is the perfect place to try a little freehand painting,” adds Dan. “You’ll need a lot of patience to paint on all those tiny wordy squiggles, but the end result will look great.
20 MOON HEAD
All this talk of Orks has set Dan off on a hunt through his own bitz box. “The Warhammer Orc head with the cap on makes the perfect bonce for a Bad Moon Ork,” Dan says. “I’m currently on a big bitz swap to get more so I can make a Mob.”
|21 POINTING RAT|
This little rat on the Rat Ogre sprue has drawn Dan’s attention this week. “He’s the perfect familiar for a Skaven character,” he explains. “I like the idea that he’s annoying his master by giving unwelcome ‘advice’ in a whiny, high pitched voice.”
22 HOUR GLASS
While egg-timers are very handy in the kitchen, Empire Flagellants carry hourglasses for a far grimmer reason. For them, they are a memento mori, a reminder of their own mortality. For an Empire Flagellant, it is always a quarter to death.
|23 THE ROAD TO NOWHERE|
The Warhammer Giant kit features this wonderfully morbid road sign. “It’s a brilliant piece for a unit diorama,” says Dan, who has one hidden in one of his Empire units. “It would also look great in the Warhammer 40,000 universe too, with ‘REPENT’ written on it in big letters. It also makes for a really rubbish job for any misbehaving skeletons in your Vampire Counts army.”
24 DEAD ORC
Everyone loves a dead Orc. This one comes in the Hunter Orcs on Fell Wargs box and makes a great addition to a base or a piece of scenery. It could even be used as an objective in a game, though who’d want to fight over a mouldering Orc is a mystery…
|25 CAGED GOBLIN|
Just one glance at this bit leaves you in no doubt as to how the Dwarfs value a Goblin. “Taking a caged Goblin down into the mines might make sense, but it’s very cruel,” says Rebecca. “Still, it’s one way to pay off a grudge, I suppose.”
26 SMASHED SKULL
For most warriors, a hole the size of a fist in the front of their face would be a problem. Not so for this Skeleton Warrior, whose head is now 20% roomier than it used to be. Perfect as a Skellie’s head, it also looks great littering a model’s base.
|27 BABY DRAGON|
It may look cute, but this tiny dragon could still toast your face off if you got too close. Found in the High Elf Dragon kit, it’s an excellent addition to a model’s base or a unit diorama and would make an ideal familiar for an Elven Wizard.
This millstone is actually a Giant-sized necklace, the ideal fashion accessory for the discerning Warhammer monster. It also looks great adorning a large model’s base or even as an alternative wheel on a Goblin war machine.
|29 TROPHY SPIKE|
We’re all fans of marking our victories here in the bunker, and this trophy spike from the Dark Eldar Raider is a cracking example. Our favourite bit? The skull with bionic eye still attached.
30 THOUSAND SONS HEAD
Found in the Thunderwolf Cavalry set, this helmet is a reminder of the Space Wolves’ hatred for the Thousand Sons. Sadly there’s nothing grisly inside, just some dust and a few cobwebs.
|31 POINTING HAND|
A favourite appendage of Space Marine Sergeants everywhere, the pointy hand is found in the Tactical squad kit. It’s the preferred accessory for Sergeants who want to point out objectives or targets to their battle brothers.
32 CHEEKY NURGLING
This impish Nurgling can be found in the Plaguebearers kit. He makes for a characterful addition to any Chaos unit, epitomising Nurgle’s sense of humour. Some say following the miserable Plaguebearers around is a bum deal, but he’s clearly loving it.
|33 HELMETED SKULL|
This little gem is from the Empire Greatswords kit. We reckon it’s the skull of a long-dead comrade they can’t quite let go of. It’s also a really good head for a champion in a regiment of Skeleton Warriors.
34 DEATH'S HEAD
Nurgle’s followers often carry a Death’s Head, a stitched-up head filled with vile diseases. They have been known to use them as putrid grenades that burst on impact, showering their target in bilious gunge. These ones can be found on the Plaguebearers kit.
|35 CHAOS KNIGHT HEAD|
Perhaps the most impressive helmet in the Chaos Knights box (and there’s a lot of them), this is the talk of the bunker. Word is that behind each of the ominous holes in this helmet there is a different eye.
36 A FISTFUL OF SPACE MARINE
Often we pick our Bit of the Week based on its versatility or potential for conversions. While this Space Marine head, held in Tyranid claws (and found in the Hive Guard kit) has plenty of both, what really wowed us was the amazing level of detail, from the exposed spinal column to the scar on the top made by the claw or the cracked glass of the right eye lens.
|37 LOCK BOX|
This sturdy treasure chest comes in the Ogre Ironblaster kit and is the perfect accessory for modelling objective markers, especially for gold-hungry armies.
38 DAEMON EFFIGY
The Chaos Warshrine includes this disturbing Chaos effigy. We’ve been assured by the sculptors that it’s a statue, but here in the bunker we get the uncomfortable feeling it’s actually alive. In fact, it’s watching you right now…
|39 CONTROL PANEL|
Located within the Ork Big Gunz kit, this control panel is a wonderful example of hi-tech meets Orky ingenuity. We especially love the missing buttons on the keyboard and the pressure gauge.
40 HAND OF GODS
The Hand of Gods, carried by the Lizardmen hero Kroq-Gar, is surely one of the most technological gizmos in Warhammer. You’ll have it spare if you build the kit as a Skink Oracle or a Saurus Oldblood. But what to use it on…?