Level 4How-to Build Your Own Crusader
By Stephen "Saint of Sinners" Nagel

The Templar Nation prides itself on the notion of providing its military forces with the best equipment money can buy. Nowhere is this comment better exemplified then with the Hughes-Marietta Crusader. No Templar army is complete without this heavy recon CAV... unfortunately; it has yet to be released. As a public service to my fellow knights, Vax Spiro has commissioned me to provide a guide to building your very own H-M Crusader kit-bash.

What you'll need:

  • Bishop arms
  • Chancellor arms
  • Knight Torso
  • Knight legs
  • Green stuff (I used plumber's proxy which was off-white)

Ed's Note: All Saint had to use to make his cuts with was an X-acto knife. In order to reduce the amount of metal he needed to cut through, he first used a hand drill on the piece being cut off. These holes meant less metal for Saint to have to cut through. Your methods of cutting may differ based on the tools that you have.


Step 1
First let's start with something easy, like removing the GGC from the Bishop's arm as well as the stem (the piece you insert in the torso). After about 15 minutes, you should be cussing up a storm.

Truth be told, this'll be the hardest part of this project.

First thing I did was cut the barrels off. This way, they won't get in the way when you start chopping off the rest of the GGC (hence known as the body). Next I drilled several holes along bottom of the GGC's body with the biggest drill bit I had for my hand vise. The less metal that you have to cut through, the better off you'll be. Don't worry if you drill too deep; you can always fill the holes when you smooth out the surface with green stuff.

Next, use a file or Dremel to smooth out any rough spot left from your cutting. Also fill any gouges or holes with green stuff. Once the green stuff dries, you may need to sand it down to smooth it out.

Tip #1: Keep a bowl of water and thin wash cloth handy when working with green stuff. With a wet wash cloth you can smooth out the green stuff eliminating, or at least minimizing, extensive sanding.


Step 2
Now for the Crusader's PBG. This part was surprisingly easy. The Chancellor's arms are tiny and easy to cut through. I didn't even need to drill any holes before I cut it into pieces.

First remove the shoulder from the gun. If you look carefully at where the Chancellor's arm connects with its weapon you'll notice a ring with grooves in it. You'll want to cut just above it.

Next we're gonna shorten the barrel slightly over 5/8th of an inch. Cut the barrel off at the point where the barrels charge size near the "elbow". You should have about 1/16th of an inch left of the barrels (the thickest part of the barrel) still connected to the elbow. Then dig out the little piece of metal in between the barrels so they'll be separate. Next, going from the tip of the barrel that you just hacked off, cut off 1/4th of an inch.

Tip #2: Any blood you get on the mini just means that much less primer.


Step 3
Time to assemble your Crusader's arms.

Start your drilling. On the elbow you'll want to place a pin in the little nib you left when you chopped off the shoulder. I used two pins, one in each barrel, to connect the elbow to the barrel tip.

We'll be attaching our newly created PBG to the Bishop arm next. You'll want to drill a hole for the pinning in the center of the line/crack on the Bishop arm. This would also be a good time to place the pin to connect the arm to the torso. Place it in the center of where the stem used to be.

Congratulations, you now have finished the hardest part of this project. The rest is silly simple.


Step 4
Now on to the torso. To give our Crusader torso the correct profile we'll need to tilt it about 30-45 degrees.

First place your pin at the proper angle. Next fill the arm sockets on the knight's torso with greenstuff. Once the green stuff is dry go ahead and drill the holes for the arm pins in the center.

Now sculpt a wedge shape from green stuff. And while it's still soft and sticky place it on the torso, pushing the pin through it. Sand, shave and/or file as necessary.

Tip #4: It's easier to give green stuff sharper corners after it cures. Just take your X-acto blade and carve.

Finally, drill the hole for the torso pin in the legs as you normally would.


Step 5
Now, put it all together.

There you go your very own Crusader!


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