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Okay! So I've primed a few figures and I'm ready to go. The problem is, I notice that on one of my figure's very delicately muscled arm, there's a flashing problem: her bicep is bifurcated! I'd prepped this one earlier before priming, but like everything else, you notice the flaws better after priming. The problem is that I'm finding it impossible to use a file, hobby knife, whatev to clean up her lines. If I use the file, it won't fit into the area I need to get to, and actually starts to wear away on a spot away from where I'm trying to reduce the flashing. The same problem happens with the hobby knife, and I'm worried I'll give her a flat bicep. So... with that said, to what degree do you clean up casting flaws like this that go slightly beyond ordinary flashing? Do you rub greenstuff on the area and try to even out the miscast area and smooth as best as possible? Do you file away until one arm is skinnier than the other? Do you just leave it be and pray that nobody notices? What are the best techniques for getting rid or covering up flashing/miscasts/etc? For reference, this is the model I'm working on: http://www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/blade%20sister/sku-down/14645 It's on her right bicep and I'm probably being overly obsessive about it, but I want to get better at my prepping. I should also note that there are a few occlusions in this model as well. Nothing too serious, but there is a distinct divot on one of her boots and a couple in her hair. They're small, but they're there. I guess I'm just OCD over this stuff, or Varaug was just a very good cast. Thanks for the advice!
So I broke down and got back into the hobby after 15+ years (life was so much easier in high school), and got Bones 1, and a bunch of other figs on KS. I'm really glad I decided to get back into painting cuz it's just so much fun. However, I've gotta say that mold lines are driving me crazy. I don't recall that being an issue for me years ago, so maybe I've become more picky? I dunno. So I do my initial cleaning with a hobby knife, and found that there were some knooks and crannies that I just couldnt do with my knife. So I got some needle files, but I think the grit must be too high cuz I feel like they just scrape my minis terribly. So I've decided to buy some sanding needles to see if they are better. These are the ones I'm looking at: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Albion-Alloys-Coarse-150-Grit-Sanding-Needles-8-344-/331106300338?pt=UK_ToysGames_ModelKits_ModelKits_JN&hash=item4d177931b2 I've got two questions: how low of grit should I be using? 150? 240? 320? Secondly, how long should a set of sanding needles last? I've got several hundred minis to clean and paint, and I live in South Korea, so its not like I can just go down to the local craft store for more. Will 8 be enough? Or should I get two packs? Thanks in advance for helping, and thanks to everyone for all the awesome guides, advice, and other goodies you've contributed on these forums. There's so much good stuff, it's a little overwhleming :)