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or how to prepare your miniatures for painting
So you’ve got all your new miniatures in front of you and you’re ready to rip them out of the packet and start putting them together.
But you’re not sure what to do! Well read on and I’ll take you through it step by step.
Two: Mould lines
Mould lines are formed where the two sections of the mould join together and is essentially a seam line that is formed from the pressure of the metal being forced into the mould. Once again, like flashing, mould lines are very easy to remove with a sharp knife or a file.
Wash the Figure
Now that we’ve cleaned up the mould marks, wash the miniature to remove any residual mould-release agent and skin oils from the previous stage. You can often get away with skipping this washing stage, but it’s easy, and you can never tell by inspection whether the figure needs to be washed, so it’s best to always wash it. I’ve found the best method is to use a simple mixture of warm soapy water. Give the miniatures a scrub with a soft toothbrush (only used for this job), after you have cleaned the miniatures lay the pieces out to dry on a piece of paper towel. Once the pieces are dry you are ready for the next stage.
Assemble the miniature
The next step is to assemble the miniature. There are two types of glue
that work well for resin and metal miniatures, a two-part epoxy glue
and superglue. The two-part epoxy is quite thick once mixed and is
ideal for the heavy-duty tasks such as tracks and wheels.
Smaller parts such as hatches and gun barrels can be glued using superglue.
Because of the time two-part epoxy takes to try
I prefer to use superglue, as it’s easy to work with and sets very
fast. (Note: keep it away from your fingers) For the gluing of smaller
pieces I recommend using tweezers to hold the smaller parts whilst the
glue dries; this prevents you from getting “stuck” to the miniature.
You can also prime your miniature by hand using black paint. Again you have to be careful not to apply to much paint or you will fill in the fine detail of your miniature. Always add a small amount of water to the paint before you start painting the miniature, as it will help thin the paint.