Monday, November 5, 2012

Fimir - Half Dead Update 2


So! The monumental castle is done (pics later on) and with barely a moment to switch paint for modelling tools I barrelled right into the half-dead unit I've been eyeing forlornly for the last few weeks. Folks may recall this guy as the first half-dead model I mocked up some time ago. Here he is, once again, though now assembled and with a re-built shoulder and other small green stuff clean-ups. He's going to be the test model, so I'll be painting him up as soon as the green stuff cures.

The biggest problem with him was removing the integral base that Mantic models come with. I had a notion to try a soldering iron to melt it off. Boy, did that work well. A couple of seconds and the base was evaporated by the solder iron leaving only his feet. Now, there's a couple of things with this. The iron is super hot and produces fumes from the melting plastic, and if you touch it, the burn is super nasty. I also used it to add more holes to his flesh, for which it works perfectly. I can see this being used to zombify models by melting flesh, hollowing out eyes and adding ragged holes and stringy flesh. The iron is now firmly in my hobby tool set.

6 comments:

  1. Yeah, the soldering iron is a great tool. Probably no good for its original purpose now, but then I never did like electronics anyway! Looking forward to seeing him painted, I love his twisty shoulder pose.

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    1. Hey Fimm, I burned off any plastic on the tip, so the iron is tickety boo for either hobby or electronic use, though it'll be 99% hobby, I imagine!

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  2. Never thought of the soldering iron as a potential piece of modelling kit - nice one!

    Congrats on the castle by the way.

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    1. Cheers, will post a few pics tomorrow.

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  3. I love the Mantic undead. Currently working on some myself. But why would you solder off one square base and then replace it with another? The only difference is the slightly slanted sides of the new base. I just use some milliput on the Mantic bases to give them the look I want (mostly dungeon tiles).

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  4. A fine question. Reason is, I'm using resin swamp bases for the entire army, and so the Mantic base had to go for him to sit on the resin one.

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