Tournament Conversion Policy

Effective June 25th, 2015, the following text replaces the conversion policy stated in Steamroller, Hardcore, Masters, and Iron Gauntlet.

Model Conversion Policy

The following rules apply to the use of converted models in Privateer Press organized play events. These rules are intended solely to ensure that models on the table are represented legally and unambiguously, not to unduly limit a player’s modeling options. An EO can make exceptions to these rules to approve any reasonable conversions.

  • Models cannot be converted in such a way that any part of the model represents the intellectual property of any party except Privateer Press, including copyrighted logos, symbols, iconic elements, or other iconography.
  • The majority of a converted model's volume must be composed of parts from Privateer Press models. To avoid confusion, the conversion should include iconic elements of the model it is intended to represent.
  • A weapon on a model can be converted as long as the conversion represents the same type of weapon (e.g., the model’s axe is still an axe and not a hammer).
  • A weapon can be completely swapped for another weapon as long as the new weapon is of the same type (e.g., an axe for an axe, a rifle for a rifle).
  • A weapon cannot be removed unless it is replaced by another weapon; a weapon cannot be added unless it is replacing a removed weapon.
  • If a conversion uses a Privateer Press upgrade kit for the model it is intended to represent, all parts of the upgrade kit must be clearly visible on the model.
  • Miniatures must be mounted on appropriately sized round-lipped bases. Added scenic details can overhang the base’s edge but must not obscure the edge in a way that makes accurate measuring during a game difficult or impossible.
  • A player cannot use a model as a proxy (stand-in) for another model.
  • Any conversions must be clearly pointed out to the opponent before the game, and the end result of any conversion must be clearly identifiable as the intended model.

The golden rule of converting models for tournament play is simply this:

If the EO cannot independently, easily, and accurately determine which model your conversion represents, the model is not tournament legal.

Examples of legal and illegal conversions:

  • A player creates an Extreme Behemoth by combining parts from the Extreme Juggernaut and Extreme Destroyer model kits, along with iconic parts from the Behemoth model such as its bombards, its head, and the various missiles on its fists. This model is a legal conversion.
  • A player creates an Extreme Behemoth by scratch-building the entire model out of sculpting putty except for the Behemoth bombard parts. Because the majority of this model’s volume is not composed of parts from Privateer Press models, this model is an illegal conversion.
  • A player paints his entire army to match the colors of his favorite sports team but does not include any team logos. This army is legal. (Paint schemes are not conversions.)
  • A player converts his entire army to resemble his favorite superheroes, including their trademarked logos. This army is illegal.
  • A player mounts his Kommander Orsus Zoktavir model on a base featuring a pile of destroyed warjacks that slightly overhangs the model’s base but does not obscure it. He also replaces Zoktavir’s axe, Lola, with the axe from a Trollkin Scout model. While the mighty Butcher will look a bit odd holding the smaller axe in his enormous hands, this model is a legal conversion.
  • A player re-poses his Kommander Orsus Zoktavir model, intending to play it as Orsus Zoktavir, the Butcher of Khardov. This is an illegal conversion because it breaks the golden rule of conversions—it will be difficult for EOs and players to know which character the model is intended to represent without help from the player who converted it.
  • A player puts an enormous hammer in one of his Stormwall’s voltaic fists. Because a weapon cannot be added to a model unless it replaces a removed weapon, this is an illegal conversion.