Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Steps to Being a Better Miniature Painter – Part 2

 Section 1) Preparation Part 2

Pinning- For any of you modelers that are not familiar with the term “pinning”, it refers to the act of drilling small (pin-sized) holes between connecting model pieces, then filling the holes with super glue (and sometimes green-stuff) and then putting a pin in the hole. On the connecting piece, you drill the same sized hole, put more super glue in, then insert the pin from the other piece. Basically, this procedure ensures that these two model pieces will be stuck together Permanently.  Pinning is only typically used to keep heavy models (e.g. Metal models) together. It is not usually required for lighter miniatures, such as those made from resin or plastic.

I personally recommend pinning any and every model you have, especially warhamer/40k models like monstrous creatures, or warmachine heavy warjacks.   I will be putting up pinning tutorials soon on my blog, so check back soon if you want to learn how to properly pin your models.  If you cannot wait, I would recommend checking out google or youtube for other peoples tutorials.  The only tools you require for this are 1) A pinning drill/ pinning vice, 2) Super-glue and 3) Green stuff (if you desire a little extra strength to the bond).

Gap Filling – Products such as Green Stuff, Brown Stuff, or other epoxy modeling putty’s can be used to fill any gaps in a miniature, typically between attached arms, heads, or items such as backpacks. Though this procedure is not 100% necessary, some miniature painters prefer to gap fill any mini they paint. Ultimately, it is up to you on this particular step.  Eventually, I will also be putting up a tutorial on how to fill gaps of a miniature.

So, in the next posting I will be covering the importance of choosing a good primer and basecoat for your model. Hope you enjoy.


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