Miniatures and stuff
I'm currently working on
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here are a couple shots of my workbench and all the
stuff on it.
fleets I have in progress are (from left
to right), the Decados minis for Hollistic
Armada, the Quellaris
fleet from Kallistra's Space
Dreadnought 3000 line, and
some old Imperial ships from Space
Fleet, GW's old space game
before Battlefleet Gothic
just started basing my minis a new
way. I've used barrel clasps in the
past to attach the mini to the base so I
could take them apart for storage and
travel. This meant I had to cut off
a bit of the post and glue on the flat end
of the barrel clasp and then used epoxy
around the connection for
strength. This didn't always
work and sometimes the post was crooked,
etc. So here is my new method:
drill out the post hole in the mini with a
5/32" bit (4mm) and glue in one side
of the barrel clasp (with the connecting
wires in the example removed.)
the bottom of a normal hex flying stand, I
glue in a couple of 7/8" fender
washers to add some heft for the smaller
ships and to lower the center of gravity
on the rest. Then drill out the post
hole with the same 5/32" bit.
cut off about a 1" of tubing
(aluminum or brass works) and this will be
the post. From the next size larger tubing
(3/16"), cut a 1/4" section to
use as the cuff. Brass tubing is
best since the aluminum is too soft.
You will have to file out the inside of
this cuff since cutting forces some of the
material into the middle and it won't
slide on the post tube or the barrel clasp
without it. You should be able to
find the tubing at any decent hobby or
all you have to do is assemble the pieces
into a nice looking base that will quickly
dissemble for storage and travel.
picked up a bunch of old minis recently
and I need to get some of that old paint
off. So after looking at all the
posts on the Usenet miniatures newsgroups
on stripping paint from minis, I'm using Pine Sol.
I also picked up this plastic containers
at the local Big Lots discount
store. They are flat so the minis
lie on the bottom nicely so I can use less
Pine Sol, and the covers snap down with a
gasket so they seal well and I won't smell
up the house with pine. The larger
one even has room for a Super Galactic
Dreadnought from Starfleet Wars/Galactic
Knights to lie flat.
first batch of minis is soaking.
I'll let you know how it goes.....
I finally got those minis out of the Pine
cleaner after a month of soaking.
That was way to long and the pine actually
ate into the plastic of the
container. I'll be better next time
and get them out after a day or two.
The paint came off pretty easily with a
toothbrush but some of the detail was hard
to clean so I did what a could and left
then until I had more time.
When I got back to them, I used a dental
tool I had lying around to get to the crevices
and as long as you could get to it, the
last bits of paint came off easily.
The person who had originally painted
these minis didn't really clean up the
seam lines and the flash before painting
them so there were more spots for bits of
paint to stick and I now know that I have
some metal clean up work to do before I
start painting them.