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Hi, I collected an Eldar army about 14 years ago.
I've recently got back into 40k and have decieded to go for something a bit different and opted for the challenge of a Witchunters army.
In assembling my first new models today, I came across a problem that I remember encountering before, when I always had poorly painted and poorly constructed figures (I want to concentrate a lot more on getting decent looking figures this time).
The problem is that some metal minis, when first assembled in their bases, do not sit properly or firmly in the bases and wobble about a lot. Supergluing the bases in this situation does not provide a firm, lasting bond. Do people use paper or card to wedge the figures securely into bases before gluing? Also I often find my figures leaning excessivbely far forward, as this is where there seems to be most contact between the sles of the feet and the base.
Can anyone help?
I know that many of the metal minis don't fit well in their bases but if you apply superglue to both the metal tab as well as the feet of the mini (in fact, the feet are most important as gluing the mini directly onto the base is a must) it should hold together. If the mini leans forward or doesn't stand right, support it while it dries. (Even though superglue sticks in a second it doesn't dry for several minutes so be patient) Do this by placing it against something so that it has the right position.
Once the superglue is dry, the mini should stand without any trouble.
If the mini still is wobbly or unstable after the glue dries, you're not using the right glue...
I normally cut those annoying tabs off and just glue the feet directly to the base.
The superglue should give an initial hold between the miniature and the base.
If you are still dubious about whether the piece will stay together try packing the gaps in the slot out with Milliput (the 2 colour epoxy putty stuff) after the superglue has dried.
After the Milliput sets it will not only give a bit more stability and weight to the base but it should also cover any gaps in the slot that remain and make basin the model that much easier.
I bend the tab into an 'S' shape so that there is physical contact on both sides of the slot, and it wedges tight. You can bend the whole tab to adjust the tilt of the miniature. Then I superglue them. Once I have a dozen or so models glued, I flip them upside down and fill the slots with epoxy.
I wouldn't suggest the epoxy. It can be unnecesarily messy and fiddly. WolfRaider's tip is usually easiest and quickest.
And over there we have the labyrinth guards.
One always lies, one always tells the truth, and one stabs people who ask tricky questions.
Super glue and milliput for me. I'll use millipu on the top of the base as well if the metal tab sticks up a bit to raise the level of the base up.
I just bend one part of the tab in one direction, and another in a different direction, which creates a very tight fit for the figure in the base. Only needs a dab of super glue to hold tight.
Dark Eldar, rawr!
You know, it's slightly intimidating to upload pictures of my figures, considering that there are some people that are sooo good at painting, that it looks like I used crayons on mine!