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I'm not sure if this is the right section, but it was the closest to the subject I could think of. I've just had a look at the halberds I ordered for my Chaos Warriors for Christmas, and some of them are bent (some even in more than one direction). The halberds look quite thin and fragile, so does anyone know a good way to straighten them up? I assume High Elf players, or players of any other army that uses spears or lances, will be used to things like this. I just hope I don't damage any of them!
Last edited by Geshmaal; December 3rd, 2008 at 11:04.
I have dealt with this on occasion with metal models. The only real way to fix this is to bend them back SLOWLY!!! don't be too eager to fix it instantly or it will snap or crack. If you warm the metal up a bit just in your hands (or fingers in the case of small bits) it will be more pliable and you can bend it back to it's original shape. Be patient with it and if it feels like it's going to break just stop and warm it up again.
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I play high elves and lizardmen and never has so much as a spear lance or javelin been bent maybe they are broken
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when they do snap (and they will, trust me ) the best thing you can do is replace them with brass rod from a model shop. I did this on several of my broken rod and it looks really sharp (and its solid as all get out)
snip the white metal rod at the hand, and anywhere that theres detail you want to keep.
There's two methods for actually putting on the new rod. What i've done is get a thin brass rod (smaller then the original rod) and drill a hole through all the bits i need attached to it. I then take a brass tube, a little bigger then the rod (so they telescope in properly) and cut that slightly shorter then the rod i used. Slip the rod in the hand slip the tube over the rod then slip the end pieces on. Apply glue to all appropriate spots and bam. you've got the strongest possible rod on a mini.
The other method is to simply use the same size rod, however ive found that sometimes you either can't drill a big enough hole for it in the hand (and end up destroying the hand) or the tips (like the spearhead) won't easily take the new rod without doing a butt joint.
Your best bet might be to heat them up with a hair dryer first. Hold them with a pair of hemostats and straighten them with a pair of needle nose pliers. If you can, use the kind without teeth.
The heat should make the metal more pliable.
The whole brass rod thing sounds a little fiddly for me. I guess I'll just have to bend it carefully. At least I won't need every single one of them, as I'm gonna have a unit of 15, with 3 command in it. I'll also have the Chaos Knight lances left over, as I'm going with Ensorcelled Weapons. So I can break 2 if I want to!