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So I picked up my 3 zoanthropes I'm going to use as my 3rd heavy slot (after two sniperfexs). now, I've put together several metal models before, 2 HTs a lictor and a ravener, so I proceded to open the blisters and trim off the metal. During the trimming I also cut off the very large piece of metal on the bottom (which I didn't know was actually used for attatching it to the base) of two of my zoans, luckily for the third one a friend of mine who was modeling at the same table (at the local GW) noticed and informed me, so this didn't happen on my last one.
So the deal is, I have two zoanthropes without their metal peg to stand on, what is the easiest way I can attatch them to their bases?
Hmm. Ill admit, ive done a similar thing before, but my problem was a little easier to solve...
Im not sure on the specifics of the tail, but possibly put a groove/hole in the base and glue the tail into the base itself... i don't know if Zoans ever go underground though.
Having them bursting out of pods could be cool. If not, then you'll just have to pin them.
The best way to deal with this is to do the emerging from pods thing that Lemt said. The pods will allow you to build up material around them so they won't break off their bases. To pin them I suggest that you fill the underside cavity of their bases with green stuff or milliput. You can also build a small mound of whatever knid of putty you use on the top of the base. This mound will be what you pin them to. Pin them all the way through to give you maximum grip. Make sure they get a fairly deep hole in their tails to give them a strong bond.
Or put some terrain on the base, and through clever use of pins, make them look like they're actually floating. A friend did this with his, there were ruins on their bases, and there are pins in all kinds of unlikely, not obvious places, making it look like his zoanthropes are floating.
Now he just needs to actually paint them
I personally used the little volcano-esque things that came on the Genestealer's sprue to mount my Zoanthropes. Gives them a decent area to cling to, and adds a bit of variety to the base. Of course, there's plenty of other ways to do it, but that was the most convenient and apparent to me at the time.
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If you still have the peg piece, go to an auto supply store and look for stuff called JB Weld. It's a two part epoxy that bonds to metal making a joint that's tougher than the rest of the model. I've heard you can seal engine blocks with it. The stuff's messy, but it's the only way really to attach a small piece like that back. A friend of mine kept knocking his thrope over until it broke at the joint. He used the JB Weld to put it back together. Since then, every time his model broke, it always broke at a different spot than the weld (he was rough with it).
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Ive had exacty this problem and i did the same thing as bloodening, just use a spoor marker, cut out a small slot, it might even fit by itself and use green stuff to secure.