Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Fiddlesome Flamers of Tzeentch

Tzeentch daemons must rank up there in the all-time most fiddly miniatures to assemble. In particular, both horrors and flamers seem to annoy me the most (and I suspect a number of other folks!).

The principle problem are the arms. They just don't want to stay in place in the slightest. If gravity doesn't want to defy your chosen pose for these miniatures, then invariably, they end up welded to fingertips instead of the miniature's arm sockets.

Speaking of the arm sockets, some of them also seem to be chronically tiny, or ill-cast in comparison to the nubs of the arms that are supposed to fit in to them.

Well, enough complaining. Here's my solution. After ensuring that the arm holes are large enough (perhaps with a bit of work from a file), I then dab a small amount of superglue on to the arm and in to the socket. I then place a very small blob of milliput (greenstuff) in to the socket. Milliput interacts with superglue in a neat way - it creates an almost instant-cement effect with the glue, but is still malleable for a few minutes. I then press the arm into the superglue plue milliput socket. Hey presto, the arm stays in position and doesn't stick to my fingertips (in preference to the sockets). I then quickly sculpt away the excess milliput and leave to dry for a good 24 hours. Works wonderfully well and saves me having to pin every darn arm in to their sockets.


Big D said...

Tzeentch Daemones are the worst to put together. I have one box of metal pink horrors and that is one too many. Those little buggers are a HUGE paint to put together. The arms are just so spindly. They are also so tiny at the connection points that it is almost impossible to pin them. Good tip on the green stuff. I will have to try that out.

BJ said...

I use the Greenstuff in the exact same way for joints that seem impossible to keep glued together. Glad to see I am not the only one who does this!

Bradley said...

I ended up drilling and pinning the arms of all of my flamers and horrors because I kept having the arms break off while being bounced around in the case. ;'(

jabberjabber said...

I'm relived to hear that I'm not the only one who struggles with these miniatures. They really are a pain!
But I can whole heartedly recommend the superglue plus small blob of greenstuff method - it really works!

Raptor1313 said...

Yeah...flamers were a pain to assemble. I have a crew of them, and some of them have been subjected to arm swaps and converted to Heralds.

The remainders? Glue and green stuff reinforcing the joint. Pinning a ball-and-socket joint like that is a pain.

And Horrors? No way I'm going there. No way, no how. Out of all the daemons, those have got to be the worst to assemble.

jabberjabber said...

I hear your pain Raptor1313!

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