I know what you are thinking, and you know what you are thinking, and we both know that you should be ashamed of yourself.
Generally speaking, I use the paint stick when priming my models; however, I spent a lot of time in various art supply stores during the period immediately preceding AdeptiCon and, on one such trip, I spotted these odd little fellows in a bundle of about 50 or so. Yes. Yes. I know. Stay with me.
In the spirit of something new, I figured that I would give these quirky things a trial run some day. That day was several days ago. And why not.
As you will note, I have conveniently entered phase two of my Warmachine expansion (in which Amon Ad-Raza gets his oats) and, as more than a few of the Warmamodels are quite precariously situated, I wanted to step away from the stick. Although rare, I have dropped a model or two off the paint stick while twisting around for that difficult nook/cranny and, considering the aforementioned precariousness of the Warmamodels, any tumble would be utterly disastrous.
The pictures really tell the story here, so I would like to add a note on calamity and precariousness: I acquired some new generic super glue and gave the plastics a bath before assembly. The Heavy Jack went together wonderfully, but the Light Jack still gave me all kinds of bother. The poor bastard has more pins in him than… ummm… something with a lot of pins in it all the time. I’ll get back to you on that one.
The light spear-and-magic-helmet jack is together, but the experience has discouraged me from attempting light plastic jack number four. You can see part of that jack on the base of Heavy Warjack number two, and you will likely be seeing more pieces of him on various sundry bases in the future. It is a tough world. Get used to it.
On the other end of the spectrum, the metals worked as expected, both for better and for worse: plenty of pins (one in each hand for Ad-Raza, which makes the pose a little off. oh well) and one or two each for the choice’s little scroll thingys. No significant problem. That is what one would expect after all.
The delicate parts behaved as they will –the choir leader lost the top of his staff because it was so desperately placed …and I am holding my breath for calamity with Ad-Raza’s ball and chain. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Still, he is such a tremendously cool model that I absolutely must paint him and, if all goes to plan (please hold chain –please hold), he will be my Warcaster of choice for the future.
So back to the digital-prophylactics.
They worked a treat. I was able to hold each model as desired and to twist/turn each model as needed, and found all those challenging crannies with an ease that would make the paint stick envious. Of course, I neglected the pinky and paid a small price for my carelessness. I would not endorse this method for large batches –for that I’ll stick with the stick- but for the small, individual effort or a special model with difficult spots, I expect to break these odd fellows out.
At ease, boys. Get some rest.
See you Monday for Top Model …according to me: #9.