Wobbly knees syndrome

Imperial Knight Conversion: Pt. 2 — Knees.

I started working on the Knight’s legs first. Every Knight I saw early on had the same pose: left leg forward, right leg back. It’s fine, but I didn’t want mine to look like it was marching to their beat. So, let’s talk about the knees first and foremost.

IMG_0013One of the first things I did was grabbed a backsaw or jeweler’s saw and went to town on the knees. Both of them. Take your time with this step if you do it yourself. I wish I would have been a bit more careful myself, but most of this really won’t be visible. I am, however, a real stickler for details. You can see in the pic I basically held the saw in place and moved the leg up and down on the blade, which really helped with the accuracy of the cut. You will end up rebuilding the joint so don’t worry too much about that.

IMG_0016I was super concerned about the strength of the joint. I don’t really think I needed to be, but it sure didn’t hurt. I ended up using sprue bits inside the lower legs to make a very solid post that would slot into the upper leg’s knee area. This was glued pretty thoroughly.

IMG_0019Here you can see it sticking out of the top. It’s really just a wedge. The strength will come from pinning.

IMG_0018Alright. Here are the legs before I put them together. You can the feet here as well. More on those later, but keep in mind that if you repose the Knight’s knees, the feet won’t be right either… It’s a lot of work.