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A week ago I decided I would try to assemble and paint my Tomb Scorpion, a task which I thought was going to be an easy one. Turns out, I cannot even get my little scorpion buddy assembled. Whenever I try glueing any limbs/tails/claws to the body they always fall off, or are too loose for my liking. I was wondering if anyone else has had any problems with assembling the Tomb Scorpion, let alone assembling other metal figures? I have heard worse stories about the catapult which, if it is as worse as the Tomb Scorpion, I might wait until they make a plastic model before buying one lol. Anyway, I have primed the whole scorpion, I do not know if that would make a difference or not for assembling purposes, and I am using cement glue for an adhesive. Main question is, is there an easy way of assembling him, or how did you guys assemble your Tomb Scorpion? Any and all tips are welcomed. I am a noob at this, so the easiest way possible will basically be the best lol. Thanks to everyone who responded to my questions and all responses are much appreciated on this side of the table!
I greenstuffed mine to the base to make it look like it's comming from below, very quick and easy conversion. The catapault is a bitch though. If i were assembling the scorpion normally i'd glue all the legs on first using super glue, let it dry FULLY, then work on bending the legs slightly so it stands on its base ok, glue it on there let it dry for a long time again and then worry about sticking on its tail and front claws.
Tomb scorpion can be an aggravating model at times. I felt it was actually a little more difficult than the SSC. Anyway, here are my tips for assembling. (also, take a look at the WIP link in my signature. you can see a pic of my Tomb Scorp set up)
The big difficulty is the legs.You need to get them to stick to the body, but you also need it to rest level on the base. Look at various scorp pictures to see the layout that they do the legs in. I then started by attaching the legs to the body. The use of green stuff is important in this step. I would first put some superglue on the leg and socket. Then, I would have a line of green stuff ready. After putting the leg in position, I would push the green stuff around joint to hold it in place. I also smooth it out at this point. Then just have the scrop belly up with leg resting on something to keep gravity from moving it around. Just let it dry and Presto! an attached leg. I would attach several legs at a time to speed up the process. Its good to do one side first, so you can set the otherside level. (or however you think you can do it to get the pose you want)
As for the pincers and tail, i use pins. You need a pin vice and drill bits (hobby store) and some pins (old guitar string). I feel pinning is essential for the large metal pieces on a lot of the models. It gives extra strength and saves a lot of aggravation. (My SSC and Bone Giant are both extensively pinned, and they are rock solid)
Also, look at this thread http://www.librarium-online.com/foru...rpion-ssc.html (Hints on assembling a Tomb Scorpion and SSC)
The best way to go would be if you had a very strong glue - just glue one part at a time to the Scorpion and it will be fine, but it will surely take time
One other way to do is if you want to make him emerge from the ground If you do this, you don't need any legs - part of the problem solved... Use greenstuff to make a sand crater around the emerging Scorp, paint with your original base colour and put sand on it It will look fantastic if you give the efforts needed
Lol... Just the same thing that Outbreak recently posted I'm toasted
Last edited by Nagash; July 20th, 2009 at 22:21.
Also, normal plastic cement simply will not get the job done. You really have no option other than to use something much stronger (i.e. super glue).
Hope this helps.
PS, The SSC is a nightmare to put together. You really should master pinning before you even attempt this one (practice on the scorp, you'll be glad you did).
Because Sun Tzu would play Tomb Kings...
Thanks everyone for their replies. Everyone was super helpful. Also, do you guys think my cement glue will hold the tomb guard shields togather? I do not think these should be a problem, but I am just curious. Thanks again everyone, I always like asking questions on this site because I get friendly and great responses.
Plastic cement is not really cut out for gluing metal since it works by melting the two pieces of plastic and fusing them together (something it can't do with metal).
You can use it to glue metal but it will not leave a very strong bond, and you will probably find your shields start falling off when you begin using them in games or the first time you drop them.
Because Sun Tzu would play Tomb Kings...
Use a good Super Glue instead - Problem solved!
Ahh the good ol' scorpion... I HATED gluing that model! Until I decided to make it look like it was coming out of the sand! Then it managed to look cool and easy to glue! (less of those stupid legs to glue on the better! I see that someone here has already mentioned this method but I'm just supporting this strategy for gluing that darn scorpion!
I've just started with the Tomb Kings as well, but one of the best things that I did was buy myself a decent pin-drill setup. The one that I got has a chuck so that I can change the size of the drill bit, from 0.6mm up to 1.6mm. For the pins I'm using fence wiring, although I was only able to find 0.7mm as the smallest (but my magic drill came with 10 bits of various sizes including a 0.7mm)
I Just pinned and superglued each of the legs using 0.7mm pins, and they are very solid. The tail and pincers were pinned with 1.6mm pins.
I've also stuck a pin in the underside of the model to hold it to the base, and I'll probably greenstuff / decorate the base the hide the pin somewhat. My only concern is the legs breaking, since they are pretty fragile at the first joint, but the points where I've pinned it aren't going to come out