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This is a thread for all those times you were converting something and they didnít quite go your way, something of a collection of cautionary tales-
Iíll get the ball rolling
While attempting to replace the handlebars of Eldar Jetbikes (with the more advanced and generally alien looking Shining Spear version) I slipped with the modelling knife cut clean through the riderís torso and raked the knife down my left hand.
Always cut away from you, so says Kaela Mensha Kate the Eldar conversion goddess.
Second entry: I was modeling a chaos lord with a few dameonic upgrades. Suddenly, he disappeared off the table. I assumed my dog grabbed the model, as this has been known to happen before. Apparently, plastic models make great chew toys. Anway, I was also eating some mashed potatoes at the time when I lost the bit They had gotten cold, so I put them in the mircowave for a minute, then took them out and resumed looking for the missing model. My first bite into the potatoes yielded a very bad taste, and I soon discovered that I had lost the chaos lord smack-dab in the middle of my mashed potatotes. The bad taste was a bit of melted plastic from the chaos lord that had partially melted while in the microwave. Funny enough, the melted lord didn't look half bad, especially since I was trying to model daemonic upgrades.
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Great thread idea. Rabbit, any chance of a picture of that Chaos Lord?
My story is to do with those wonderful rotary power tools; I was using one on a metal model a few years ago. The tool head was a spherical grinding piece I often use to grind unwanted detail off metal models, for example when doing a head swap. This time I was removing some hair that flowed down the model's back. One of my housemates came into the room whilst I was working and started talking to me. My first mistake was looking away from the model whilst the tool was still on - I lost control of the tool and it bounced its way up the model and chewed up one side of the things face. Not content with the destruction it had already caused, the tool then raced over my hand, leaving a nice long trench in my skin which started bleeding. It then got caught in the T-shirt I was wearing and tore a hole in it. Oh the joys of rotary tools...
Heh, well about the only experience I've had was when I was using a modelling knife to cut out the slot from the slotted bases on my hormaguants to attach pennies. I cut my thumb! Anyways a blood clot formed at a suprising rate within 30 seconds. Lesson learned: Try not to get many more hormaguants
When pinning my GK marines arms onto the torsos, I have -numerous times- drilled straight through the arm in an attempt to get a nice deep hole. Done it on numerous Bloodletter feet, too, while pinning models to resin epicast bases.
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I Was trying to moung the earthshaker cannon form a basilisk i bought onto a rhino chassie that i bought. It didnt turn out too bad, except for tha fact there were many gaps at the back and that annoyed me alot. Every time i tried to fix it, it got worse, till the point i gave up and dicided ill buy a new one, just today, i came up with an idea, and if i do say so myself, it looks Great now. Ill get some pics later, and show you where i went wrong, and what it looks like now.
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Crap, this thread is frightening! I knew there was a reason I don't fool around with conversions. And rotary tools are out of the question.
I like to drink a beer or two while I paint, but paintbrushes are soft and pretty much harmless, barring some bizarre eye injury when leaning in too closely.
Somehow, though, beer, a miniature model, and any sharp object in my hand seem a poorly conceived combination.
Converting my Exorcist from a whirlwind, just started today. Sliced my thumb cutting the piece that holds the two halves of the missle pods together. God knows how many times I've sliced my thumb and not felt it until I saw blood on the model.
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Two years ago I decided that I was going to sculpt my own model. I engraved the 2 halves of the model into 2 halves of a cuttlefish. Anyhoo. I was going to put pewter into it but for me to be able to do that I had to get the pewter liquid. For some reason I decided to use the 800 degree blow-torch. Unfortunately, the person who had used it before me had forgotten to turn the Oxygen and Gas levels back to 0. I merrily put the blow-torch over the igniter and was about to turn the Gas level up when a huge fireball raced across the room and engulfed some poor dude's GCSE piece. Great. I then decided that the best way to put out the fire was to smother it. I lept upon the flaming chair with great vigour, trying to smother the flames. The safety apron I was wearing then caught fire.
I wasn't too badly hurt, but the poor chair was. Fortuantely, it wasn't anywhere near complete and there was still a year and a bit before it had to be submitted to the examining board, but still. I expressed by most profuse apologies and was promptly banned from using anything in the Design department for the next year.
We learn from our mistakes, as they say ...
I have cut myself so many times it's not funny. I think stupid would be a better adjective. It's almost always while watching tv and removing bits from sprues with my knife because im too lazy to but some clippers. the knife cuts through the plastic into my hand. I cut my left pointer finger in the exact same spot 3 times in different months. My worst was a vertical slice down the middle of my thumb at an odd diagonal angle. On the upside the blade is so sharp that it hardly hurts and the cuts are clean so the heal quickly.