How to Put Together Metal Figures in "Warhammer 40,000"

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How to Put Together Metal Figures in "Warhammer 40,000"
You'll be surprised at how useful a paper clip can be. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Although plastic miniatures make up much of the "Warhammer 40,000" range of miniatures, each army has a selection of metal models. From monsters such as the Tyranid Hive Tyrant and the Necron C'Tan to infantry such as the Dark Eldar Succubi and Imperial Guard Storm Troopers, metal models need a little more preparation and construction than their plastic counterparts do.

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Things you need

  • Super glue
  • Modelling files
  • Clippers
  • Hobby drill
  • Paper clips
  • Modelling putty
  • Sculpting tool
  • PVA glue

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    Prepare your model by laying out all of its pieces and removing all of the flash and mould lines with the file and the clippers. Sometimes these are obvious; other blemishes, such as mould lines around limbs, will need close examination. It's worth your while to do this before assembly, because once the model is together, it can be difficult to get your file or clippers into the recesses.

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    Pin your larger models together with short sections of the paper clip. Drill a hole in one of the connecting surfaces, insert the paper clip wire and dab a little paint on the end. Line up the two pieces of the model, then separate them. The paint will leave a spot, showing where to drill the next hole.

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    Add just enough super glue to cover the surface to be glued and fit the pieces together. Hold them together for about 30 seconds. For smaller infantry-sized models the super glue should be enough, but if the join looks as if it will be weak, pin it.

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    Fill the gaps with modelling putty. The gaps are usually at the joins. You may have to stretch your sculpting skills to make sure the modelling putty matches the rest of the model; there may be scales or armour on either side of the gap, and a smooth band in between will stand out. Use the sculpting tool to match the patterns.

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    Add a base to your model. A standard infantry model comes with a 25mm base that you can decorate with flock, modelling sand or static grass. These are coloured materials that represent different terrain, such as sand, grass or snow, that you can attach to the base with PVA glue. Larger models come with larger bases, 40mm to 60mm in diameter. These offer an excellent opportunity to show off your modelling skills and your imagination, as there is usually plenty of space around the feet of your model to recreate alien landscapes, unfortunate victims or smashed scenery.

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