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I forgot to drill a hole for pinning before I painted a mini. Is it fairly safe to drill a hole into a paint job after I seal the mini? It's not a joint, I basically have to pick a spot on the painted surface to attach a scabbard. If it'll wreck the piece I'll leave it off.

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I've done it a few times, and as long as you go slowly, and don't let the pewter dust sit on the painted surface, you should be fine. If something does chip a little, you can always go back and touch up the paint.

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I do it more than I should. I have a nasty habit of thinking of things or wanting to add things after I have started painting...I would recommend at least dullcoating the mini lightly to minimize paint rubbing off. The RMS series paints stick very well, but the VMC paint rub off very easily (even with regular handling, in my experience).

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Is this a piece that you'll be playing with or a display piece?

Is the scabbard a really heavy or large piece?

Is there a large gluing surface to glue to or just a pinpoint?

 

If the piece won't be abused, and the scabbard is small-ish and there is an amble gluing surface, I'm willing to bet that just scrapping the paint off the two surfaces to be glued and using a touch of CA glue would suffice.

 

If you pin, you'll need to get your hands all over the mini to hold it while pinning...might cause more damage than it's worth.

 

Just my $.02.

 

-AW

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