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I am prepping a bones figurine: "male human warrior".

The only one in stock at the store had the sword laterally curved to about 30 degrees off center.

I was able to find one site that mentioned about them addressing this issue.

The author indicated he heated the mini in hot water and then held the offending portion in the desired position while transfering the fig into cold water.

So far, I have done this twice. I put the fig in the hottest water I could get from a tap. After about a minute I corrected the sword's positon and held it in a ice bath. It does seem to stay at the correct angle for a while, but eventually creeps back into the previous position.

Does any one have thoughts on what else could be done to get the sword to come to rest in the correct position?

I would just, from now on, refrain from purchasing any figs with bent parts but none of us will have that luxury when it comes to the kickstart figs.

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You probably need serious heat, like heating a pot of water on the stove until it's nearly boiling, or microwaving a mug of water for 30 seconds or so. If you have a heat gun, you might use that instead.

 

I've never actually done this before, but back in my Mage Knight days, I read about people doing that kind of thing to fix or mod their Mage Knight figs.

 

Pure guesswork tells me you'll want something with which to manipulate the sword into the desired shape, like broad tweezers or needle-nosed pliars or something.

 

David G.

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If heat won't work, you could cut the blade off and pin it with a long piece of wire to hold it in its proper place. You'd need a pin vise and drill to do that, plus a hobby knife and superglue. It might require some kind of putty as well, depending on if you get a gap where it connects.

 

You could return it and get another from the store, or you could contact Reaper and ask them for a replacement. I've done that with a couple items that couldn't be fixed or that would have required major labor to fix. They're really nice about that kind of thing.

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i think a heat gun would do some damage to a Bones, but the other options are spot on bending plastic.

 

You might after the hot to cold, might take the mini & set something against the blade to make sure it's stays straight.

 

RM

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Thanks for the advice. These sound like plausible plans. At just $2 I think it's a fine excuse to try to figure out what works for the problem, since I don't think it is going to be a isolated issue for this product line. Any narrow, relatively free floating, feature on the models is going to have the potential for this problem. I expect reaper will have some general advice on it in the near future (if they don't have somethign already).

-Tom

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It's not quite the same plastic, and I haven't had the chance to fiddle with any bones yet, but I can confirm that bringing water to a boil, pouring it in a cup, dip the mini in that and then dipping the mini in a glass of cold water fixes bent bits on soft plastic minis, like the old d&d prepaints and the descent 2nd ed plastics.

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