Librarian psychic hood conversion

This is a Guest Post by Modelling, Painting and Gaming

The step by step process for turning a regular Space Marine shoulderpad into a great looking psychic hood for a power armoured Librarian. I'm sharing this tutorial instead of what I'd planned to post today because I think this is some great work. All the pictures are from Modelling, Painting and Gaming as well.

I made an inquiry with Ron with regards to green stuff tubing. I sent him a picture of my results and he asked me how I made the psychic hood on my librarian there and so this tutorial was born.

When looking online, I couldn't find any tutorials for a psychic hood, so settled on the old tried and tested method of using a plain space marine shoulder pad. Here's how I did it.

You'll need:
A plain space marine shoulder pad
An X-Acto blade (use a new blade!)
A round file
Plastic clippers

Start off with a plain space marine shoulder pad:

Using your X-Acto blade, make four small 'guide' incisions in the shoulder pad which will mark the start of the cut. For ease, I have used the vacant space in the shoulder pads as a guide. This ensures consistency as the incisions should match up on both sides.

You can see in the side view picture how deep I go - it is only a few millimeters - too far and you will spoil the shape of the hood, not deep enough and it will be hard for you to do the next step. I will make a point here to say that you really need to be careful with this stage, as there is a lot of knife and a lot of finger in close proximity!

Once your incisions are made, and you have cut into the pad to your desired depth, take your plastic clippers and gently pull out the area that you will be removing from the hood, as shown below.

You can then go ahead and remove these pieces.
Be warned, the hood will be quite rough at this point.

Now you can start shaping the hood to your desire. Take your round file and file down the pad so that you get some nice smooth edges. I used my knife to trim away any excess, and ensured that the hood was symmetrical on both sides:

Once you are ready to go, you can either leave the pad as is, or add some greenstuff into the slots to give a more solid appearance.

When attaching the pad to your model, you will need to trim off the collar of a torso.

You will also have to trim away the small collar elements on the front half of your torso - the hood should sit nicely on top of the torso at this point. I've used a random torso for the example, but it should work for all the plastic space marine torsos.

Please let me know if you have any questions and I will be glad to answer them!

A big thanks to Modelling, Painting and Gaming for sharing this step by step tutorial. I know I'll be trying it out in the future when I get a chance to make another Librarian model.
If you've got something you think is worth posting on FTW, please email me and we can see about getting it posted here. While not everything I get is usable, there is certainly some amazing work out there I'd love to share with everyone.

Ron, From the WarpIf you've got any questions about something in this post, shoot me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Make sure to share your hobby tips and thoughts in the comments below!


  1. Nice! I daresay your libby looks nearly identical to mine (except for the part where your greenstuff work is far superior):


  2. Nice work! Great hood conversion!

  3. MPG, that may have just saved me fifteen dollars. I've got a friend running a homebrew Blood Ravens army (with a unit based on their librarian squads) and I think I'll forward this to him. Great job.

  4. This is a great idea. Unfortunately, this tutorial is about 5 or 6 years late. Tom Schadle (Commander Y) did this for his Slayer Sword-winning Blood Ravens Librarian at LA when Dawn of War first came out, and he wrote a tutorial at B&C. This tutorial has long since been lost to the winds of change over there, though.

    OK, snark-mode off. It's good to see this tutorial showing up again for people who never saw the original.

    Here's the model I'm referring to, in case you're interested.!/album.php?aid=260688&id=187587854842

  5. Ah, the Commander Y (Tom Schadle) pattern psychic hood. A classic.

  6. Hi All,

    Thank you for your comments. It's always nice to receive positive feedback.

    Akozz: It is indeed very simple, and should only take 10 minutes maximum to get right...

    Paul Bagosy: That is indeed very strange - almost carbon copies haha! Good work - I found that it was really easy to get the piping looking good once i let the green stuff cure for about 30 minutes before i started to role them out.

    Heretic: No problem - just get in touch if you have any further questions!

    AoM: I had no idea that a tutorial like this existed in the past. Google didn't help me out so I thought it prudent to do my own :-). I am aware however of Commander Y's awesome Blood Raven Librarian. It seems his site is down at the moment though which is a shame!

  7. This is great, just used it to finnish of a librarian who's needed a hood for about 2 years, (just haven't been able to get it quite right). Simple, well explained and very cost effective! The greenstuf piping has inspired me as well.



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