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custom centaur with modded horse body

Postby jdarlack » Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:46 am

I've been experimenting with making a custom centaur using the body of a Lego horse. I figured I'd share the process with the forum.

Meet the centaurs, Abusson* the Vile and Ouranon* the Valiant:

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First I had to pry open the horse halves. The two halves are very tightly joined (by a friction non-glued fit). I typically pry them apart by working on the legs first (you can get your fingers around the legs to pull them apart). I then use some sort of blunt, non-sharp, non-marring tool to continue separating the pieces. The trick here is to be very careful and slow otherwise you'll put dents or scratches in the edges of the horse bodies.

Then I removed the horse head and carefully cut out the front posts (which serve to attach the horse head). One must be careful not to "force cut" the posts to remove them but to either use a small fine-tooth saw or whittle away a little bit at a time using a sharp knife. Otherwise you run the risk of cracking the horse body.

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I then used two curved slopes and a plate to "fill in" the hole left by excavating the horse head and front posts, and then attached an "old" torso to the 1x1 plate. The "old torso" is necessary because it does not block the stud like the newer torsos do. One can "modify" newer torsos to accept a stud.

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The width of the curved slopes allows for a "friction fit" that holds the two slopes together while creating a "curved" transition from the minifig torso to the horse body. I first superglued the two curved slopes together, but found that it was not necessary to do so because the slightly tight fit kept the two slopes together just fine. The friction fit also allows for the centaur to be posed in a "rampant" position because one can move the new "neck" forward. Note that the torso itself can pivot because it rests on the 1x1 plate's stud. One can remove the 1x1 plate so that the torso fits closer to the horse body, but that removes a bit of "pose-ability".

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When putting on barding, some changes needed to be made. I basically "built up" the area that "filled in" the hole so that I could put the curved slope in the front to close the gap in the front of the barding. The addition of the front curved slope reduces the 'mobility' of the centaur's trunk (formerly the horse's neck).

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Overall, I was happy with the results. The finished product looks relatively clean, and the curves of the horse body fit relatively well with the curved slopes.

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*Abusson is a form of the Greek word from which we get the term 'abyss' (αβυσσος). Abusson means "to the abyss." Ouranon is a form of the Greek word for 'heaven' (ουρανος). Ouranon means "to heaven."
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Re: custom centaur with modded horse body

Postby Bruce N H » Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:43 am

Very cool. I'd love to see some scenes incorporating these designs.

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Re: custom centaur with modded horse body

Postby NewRight » Sun Nov 08, 2009 1:27 pm

Great tutorial, I'm gonna have to try this soon.
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Re: custom centaur with modded horse body

Postby DraconisTerrena » Sun Nov 08, 2009 8:10 pm

Fascinating. How easy is it to remove the horse heads without damaging them?
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Re: custom centaur with modded horse body

Postby jdarlack » Sun Nov 08, 2009 10:37 pm

DraconisTerrena wrote:Fascinating. How easy is it to remove the horse heads without damaging them?
Well, the horse head comes right off once the halves of the body are pried apart. Prying the halves apart is the trick though! The two halves are very tightly joined (by a friction non-glued fit). I typically pry them apart by working on the legs first (you can get your fingers around the legs to pull them apart). I then use some sort of blunt, non-sharp, non-marring tool to continue separating the pieces. The trick here is to be very careful and slow otherwise you'll put dents or scratches in the edges of the horse bodies.

The "horse head" just comes off the front post that connect the two halves very very easily. When you remove the front post, you are of course, "damaging" (well, modifying) the horse body, and you will not be able to join the horse head to the horse body any longer.
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Re: custom centaur with modded horse body

Postby Seikfreid » Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:45 am

I made a couple of centaurs in a very similar way, and it works very effectively. However, this design is superior to the one I used, thanks for posting it.
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Re: custom centaur with modded horse body

Postby armothe » Sat Nov 14, 2009 1:57 am

DraconisTerrena wrote:Fascinating. How easy is it to remove the horse heads without damaging them?


Heating up the Horse with a blow dryer or in a pot of hot water helps immensely in separating the pieces.

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