I debated on titling this post ‘What’s Working for Me’, as that’s sort of what Tooltips is all about. Things I’ve found useful and then sharing them out. Again, this works for me, but maybe not so much for others. Enjoy!
Yea, that’s right, RAZOR SAW! And I still have all 8 fingers!
Razor Saw and homemade Cardstock Sheath
I have been doing a fair amount of kit-bashing with the team I’m working on. And man, oh man, oh man, do I WISH I had this at the start. Seriously, where the F have you been all this time?!
If you’ve ever had to separate torsos, chop off arms, etc. (umm, on Miniatures, mind you), this is a dream. Previously I would use clippers, hobby knife, and sometimes the Dremel tool. The clippers especially, tend to mangle and warp bits as you end up squeezing the plastic. Hobby knife works pretty decent for shaving and cutting thin stuff. The Razor Saw though, will cut through things, much like a “razor saw!”. Separating a torso with this, I still had two pretty usable lower and upper halves. I probably should have taken some pics as demonstration, but next time.
I don’t know that brand would make much of a difference, probably blades more than anything, but here’s what I picked up:
You would think something like “glue”, would be stupidly simple. I have all kinds of different brands of this stuff, and still run into a case of the ‘no stick Ems’ every so often. That’s not fun.
At that point I usually try to remove the glue, try a different brand/type, and eventually resort to the Baking soda/Superglue trick that I had learned from IRO’s blog.
I was watching an Adam Savage video one day and he mentioned that he buys super glue in the smallest bottles possible. Why? Because they apparently go bad (weaken?) faster than most people can use them. Ding! I tend to open a bottle and then not use it for a good long time…so that could be a really good reason for the glue fails I’ve ran into. Not sure that Bobs is superior to other brands, but I will definitely buy smaller bottles from here on out.
We all use them. We all love them (or hate them).
Raphael Kolinsky 8404 Size 0
I picked this brush up on a sale: Raphael Kolinsky 8404. I’ve really been enjoying it. It’s good quality, like the Winsor & Newton Series 7 brushes. Though it has a bigger belly, so it holds more paint. I have a feeling a lot of it, is just having a new brush as my W&NS7 brushes are getting a bit worn now.
What Things Am I NOT Doing?
In an effort to do things quicker, I have looked at cutting some things out.
I gave up on magnetizing weapon arms, adding small magnets to Blood Bowl bases and magnetizing balls. It’s a tedious process and an added expense. It ended up making things more fiddly in game and didn’t really improve things at all. So, one less thing to do.
I had been painting everything in sub-assemblies ever since I found it near impossible to paint under the Dwarves beards. Priming a whole bunch of individual parts, and keeping track of which parts belonged to which specific mini, etc. is pretty tedious. Since I already prime with an airbrush, I can pretty much get colored primer into area I need. Getting the brush around spots can be more challenging, but I’m learning to not be so picky about parts that are mostly hidden from view anyways.
There will be exceptions to both of these for sure. I know that GW’s Lizardman team would be a real pain to paint with their jutting mouthguards in place, so that’s one I’ll have to paint in a partial assembly.
Speaking of Assembly
One other thought on my mind recently, while putting together these four pain in the butts together…
Question: Do you usually snip all the parts for a mini off the sprue, clean up sprue joins/seamlines, and then glue together? Or snip, glue, and then clean?
Hard to believe those 4 minis took me nearly half a day to assemble, when I put together/cleaned up 15 minis from another manufacturer in the same amount of time! Granted, some of those were whole figs and just needed a few bits of resin flash and supports removed. I get annoyed when GW chops minis into 12 pieces, just so they can fit them on a sprue.
Till next time!