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 Post subject: GAH-goyles! 10 down, 10 to go...
PostPosted: Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:08 pm 
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Greetings, Hive-Siblings,

As some of you will be aware, I am currently painting old, tippy metal gargoyles for a Skytyrant Swarm. Ten of them, to be precise. Most of these were kindly supplied to me by Hive-Sibling Lakouang, who is a fine and honest hive-sibling who does a good line in South Park cartoons. :)

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Anyway, when I painted the two above, years ago, I glued them to spare flying stands and bases to make them easier to handle. This turned out to be an issue when I came to remove them once they were done and spray-varnished, and led to some exertion of force, some drilling, some repainting, and I may have said a dirty word or two. This may have had a direct influence on my decision not to field gargoyles in my swarm at the time...

So, thinks I, I'll do it differently this time round. With the pair that I'm currently working on, I instead drilled holes in the stand-holes on the gargoyles, glued in a piece of wire in each, then for each taped that to an old cylindrical glue container. This seems to be working to an extent, except that the wire keeps spinning in the tape, making it hard to hold the beasts still while I'm painting. This is somewhat irritating, and there may have been some dirty words again. One of them is done, varnished and based, and removing the wire was certainly easier (though some exertion was still required), so the current method is proving better than the previous one, to an extent, but I still feel like there has to be a better way.

Thus, my hive-siblings, I am turning to you. Does anyone have any tips on the best way to paint old metal gargoyles, especially regarding how to base them while you do? "Paint the plastic ones instead" is not a valid answer; that's what I'll be doing with the second unit of ten, but I'm determined not to let these little b*****s beat me. :)

Many thanks in advance!

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 Post subject: Re: GAH-goyles!
PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:35 am 
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There is a pretty easy solution for your problem.
Use the wire as described, and press it into a cork, this give a good grip an easy handling.
maybe glue some wider base (eg 40mm roundbase) onto the base of the cork to prevent them form toppling over.

And the good thing, you may have a lot of fun when generating corks....

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 Post subject: Re: GAH-goyles!
PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:19 pm 
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Great idea! Thank you very much for the tip, Harald. Corks are certainly not a rarity in our house. :)

I'll give it a shot and report back, which, given how long it takes me to paint stuff, may be in a month or two...

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 Post subject: Re: GAH-goyles!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:49 pm 
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My dear Manticore,

I am pleased that this special drawing was appreciated.

Yours truly,

The French Terrence & Philip Fan Club


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 Post subject: Re: GAH-goyles!
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:50 pm 
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Greetings again, Hive-Siblings,

Reporting back, as promised. Following Harald's advice, I came up with this:

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The part around the wire in the cork was filled with plastic putty, to ensure a tight fit. Meanwhile, the base of the cork was superglued to an old base from a Reaper Bones mini.

I finished painting the gargoyle yesterday, and the painting stand worked like a charm, not allowing the beast to move any more than a little vibration when my drybrushing got too energetic. It even came out of the gargoyle easily at the end.

Kudos to Harald for such a great idea! :)

Pictures of the gargoyle swarm will be posted eventually, once I get through the other five minis. Oh yeah, then I have ten plastic gargoyles to do too...

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 Post subject: Re: GAH-goyles!
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I always try to help :D
Now paint those guys and show them...

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 Post subject: Re: GAH-goyles!
PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:46 pm 
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Greetings, Hive-Siblings,

One of my achievements this month was to paint the last of the metal gargoyles that Hive-Sibling Lakouang kindly provided my with:

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Now I just have the ten plastic ones to do. Of course, the Skytyrant Swarm that I was originally planning no longer exists, but the gargoyles should still be a suitable back-field annoyance. :)

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 Post subject: Re: GAH-goyles! 10 down, 10 to go...
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Hello Manticore,

Fly fly my little childrens, you are now grown-ups! :)

Lak


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