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I'm looking for help on posing some miniatures. I'm putting together an Imperial Guard army of irregulars by combining Cadian and Catachan models. I have just discovered that Catachan torso's are abour 1mm wider than the Cadian torsos. This would not be a problem but the Cadians' left hands are severed at the wrist and attached to their lasguns. Is their an easy way to bend the plastic without breaking it?
I would recommend filing the torso down at each shoulder. File it down little by little, stopping to test the arms regularly. When they fit you can stop filing.
What type of file should I get?
A needle file. Games Workshop sell them. If you want to shop around you will be able to get cheaper ones elsewhere. If you go elsewhere then make sure they are suitable for filing metal. I know your guardsmen are plastic but it is likely that you will want to work with metal figures one day (if you haven't already). The files will also be good for removing mould lines.
If you don't want to get a set of files then you could try shaving the shoulders on the torso with a modelling knife. You run the risk of taking off to much if you do this, though.
filing each and every model will take an absolute age, especially with a guard army.
you can achieve the same result with a sharp craft knife and shave the arms and the shoulders, same effect just quicker.
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You can also scrape with the knife, as opposed to cutting, to get a more controlled removal; That's how I remove moldlines. Filing makes to big of a mess, IMO