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Story time, because it's friday and i have to tell SOMEONE who'll get it (my wife just gave me a dazed, oh no another modeling problem look)
I'm building a carnifex. In fact, it's my first 'fex. His name will be binky.
Binky had a back piece that didn't quite fit correctly. Whenever i tried to fit it to the rest of the body, nothing lined up correctly, there were gaps etc. I tried filing down the various contact points, carving a few little notches where i thought the rub was etc. nothing was working.
It looked like it was justa little too wide, like it had expanded somehow. The bone towers were more or less in the right position, but the armor was just too high.
So i went about thinking, how can i make this a little less wide? i needed to colapse the center of it, without actually changing the sides (or else the bone towers wouldn't line up anymore)
Then inspiration hit me: If i can make the plastic soft, i can just squeeze the whole thing a little bit so that the middle goes up w/out affecting the rest! I'm a GEEEENIUS! :shifty:
how to make it soft? Well that's easy, HEAT! (you can all see where this is going) What makes the most heat the quickest? THE OVEN!
Yeah. so i learned that plastic has a very thin line between "soft" and "goo". I also learned that the plastic gw miniatures is made of SHRINKS when heated. Luckily, i pulled binky's backside out of the fire soon after i realized this, and now have a backpiece that's still more or less the same shape, but smaller, less well fitting, and missing 5 of the bone tower halves it used to have (they floped over).
The good news is with judicious application of a carving knife, files, and lots of filler and green stuff, it'll end up looking ok in the end. Binky'll just look a little ... battle-damaged.
What did i learn? 1) don't make decisions on 50$ models after 3 gin and tonics. 2) heat is not your friend, better to spend 2 hours carving and sanding then try for a quick fix. 3) don't try crazy ideas late at night.
just thought i'd share some of my hard earned "wisdom"
I've had some success "bending" plastic minis by using a little bit of plastic modeling glue. Just spread a little on both sides of the surface and wait for a few minutes. Then VERY SLOWLY bend the piece to the desired shape. do not try to make drastic changes in angle like this since you will just break the piece. And you will also have to clean up the surface once the glue has set.
I would practice this technique on sprue before I tried it on a mini though.
hahaha....I'd love to see a picture of Binky.
Photos will be coming, hopefully they will be glorious proof of my ability. more then likely, they'll just look like a slightly deformed 'fex.
I figure since i already have some greenstuff'in to do, i'm going to try and give him some nice looking battle damage. I'm going to try and simulate at least one broken bone tower, maybe some chipping or cracking of the armor.
He's fully magnetised so far, so his final configuration will depend on what i'm playing him, but with a little luck i'll hav something worth being proud of (^^)b
As deadly a combo as plastic + oven + liquor is, I can imagine this turning out really well for Binky. Making your Carnifex as horrific as possible is good, and if it takes weird carapace anomalies and a melted look, then go for it.
I'm looking forward to the triumphant unveiling of Binky, and I'm just glad my Carnifex's back went on easily...
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