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#1 Masika

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 10:44 AM

Hi all.

Newbie asking a question so please bear with me.

I am looking at getting the Litko 3mm microplywood bases and flock and basing material. One all is good except for what adhesive to use to fasten the bones mini to base.

Never done this before but wish to purchase materials so I can start soon.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 11:32 AM

Superglue or two part epoxy glue will be excellent to solidly fix your minis on the wooden base. For the flock, it’s better using slightly diluted white glue. It’s also better to paint the entire base before fixing the flock because the white glue will turn transparent after drying and you’ll see the color from the base.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:02 PM

Thanks Metalchoas.
I was considering painting the bases first so that answers my mind question. What type of paint on the base before flocking? The base will be 3mm microplywood.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:08 PM

The reason why I ask is that I can pick up some enamel based paint.

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:18 PM

Enamels are ok to use but easiest is acrylics. If your just starting out those big bottles of craft paints you find at Walmart (small section) or at Hobby Lobby, Michael's, Jo-Ann's (big selection) are good to start with him. All 3 of those craft stores have websites & offer % off coupons.

Unless your comfortable using enamels & such, then go for it but again acrylics will the easiest to use, clean up (vast majority of them are water clean-up).

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#6 Masika

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 12:25 PM

@haldir Thanks for the advise mate.
I checked out a local hobby store here. They have a range of model gear, mainly for the railway enthausist. Seen a rack of enamels that grabbed my attention. They have other hobby/craft paints. I would imagine I would clean the base and apply a undercoat before using the acrylic? I am dry painting I assume and would need an appropriate brush. What would you recommend?

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Posted 24 August 2012 - 02:07 PM

Hey just found this stuff from Prism Gaming - Tablemaster Base Treatment - Cement. Just wondering if others have used it and if it is adhesive that sticks flocking and possibly the figure?

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 10:38 PM

I use fender washers exclusively, and will never turn back. The washers add a bit of heft to the figures, making them feel less like plastic figures, and keeps them from getting tipped easily. Just cover the bottom of the figure base with thick super glue, and instant set spray, and you are done. I tend to go over it all with gravel to blend the figure base to the round washer base. All this should work for what your doing as well.

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 11:02 PM

A cheap brush will do fine for working on basing. Artist's gesso will work fine for priming, as will most primers. For paints, I strongly recommend acrylics. Enamels can look good but they require thinner or solvent to thin and clean brushes, and are often both flammable and toxic. The thinners and solvents are always flammable and toxic.

I do use enamel spray-on primers. The same can should prime the ply and the miniature just fine, so I'd glue the mini down with a thick or gap-filling superglue then prime.

WARNING: some superglues will not bond well with ply, and Bones plastic is reported to react badly to some solvent-based spray-primers. A spray gesso would not have that problem, but might fill detail a bit more than you like.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 12:16 AM

I just finished the Bones Purple Worm, and found it's a little top heavy. Because of this, I am thinking I may need to pin him to the base. Has anyone based the Purple worm with just glue? Did it hold solid?

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 03:00 AM

Word is superglue bonds the Bones stuff like crazy. Superglue also likes smooth surfaces. 2+2= I bet if you glue it to a flat washer it will hold just fine.

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Posted 26 August 2012 - 04:36 PM

Word is superglue bonds the Bones stuff like crazy. Superglue also likes smooth surfaces. 2+2= I bet if you glue it to a flat washer it will hold just fine.


Actually Superglue will grip better if the surface is roughed up or scored.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:34 AM

Huh. Sorry for spreading bad info then. Usually I'm right about glues though ;)

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:40 AM

The scored surface creates greater surface area for the glue to bond.
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Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:59 AM

I use fender washers exclusively, and will never turn back. The washers add a bit of heft to the figures, making them feel less like plastic figures, and keeps them from getting tipped easily. Just cover the bottom of the figure base with thick super glue, and instant set spray, and you are done. I tend to go over it all with gravel to blend the figure base to the round washer base. All this should work for what your doing as well.


I'm a n00b on this and I'd love to see a WIP of this process. Do you paint the washer before gluing, for example?




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