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Flow's First WIP - RAUTHUROS

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And I say "RAUTHUROS" - because, come on, look at this thing. If a gigantic demon from hell deserves anything at all, it is capslock.

 

This is to be my 20th miniature painted*, and I thought - since it's a nice, round, some what meaningful sounding number, that it should be one of my "big" ones that I've gotten stockpiled. Rauthuros is definitely in the "big" category. I managed to pick this guy up for relatively cheap (RSP of 50 bucks, got him for $29.99 over Christmas.

 

I have also never done a WIP before, but will try to stick with it, but hereby assert my right to run away and hide and pretend this thread never, ever existed if this thing doesn't go half-way as good as I'd like.

 

Here is Rauthuros, assembled, by someone other than me:

 

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This is a 13 piece model, consisting of four wing pieces, four arms, two body pieces, two tail pieces, and his big fat head.

 

This initial post may look like fast progress but I admit to starting the thread late. I initially started this guy a couple of months ago and got the wings together (I regret not having pictures of that process), but then had a mishap. I had some early confusion as I couldn't quite mash his tail into his butt, and had a last moment realization that my kit was actually missing a tail piece. No wonder the tail didn't fit. Thank God Reaper allows you to order small pieces of a mini; I was able to order his missing tail piece from their site and closeted the progress while waiting for it to arrive.

 

So, this initial post comprises that early effort, plus yesterday, plus this evening.

 

To start, and not photographed, I had the wings together. They're big, giant, smack-you-in-the-face wings, and I did use two pins on one and one pin in the other (should have used two pins), plus used Gorilla 2-part epoxy. They feel very solid, to the point that I believe I could cause a lot of damage if I threw them at someone (this comparison may be used repeatedly throughout this WIP).

 

It seemed logical then to just start assembling small pieces and work my way up. Next is connecting the tail end with the tail middle (the latter being the part I was originally missing). I did stick a pin in the tail end, though I ended up having to clip it pretty short for this to work. The tail end goes in at an angle not really a lot of pin penetration.

 

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However, a dab of 2-part epoxy should set it up.

 

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Once plugged in, it's a matter of leaning it (precariously) against random crap on my desk and letting it set.

 

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And - set! It's ready to jam right into his demonic butt.

 

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This was also done with a small pin and more 2-part epoxy from Gorilla. I'm using 2-part epoxy as it just is a bit hardier than super glue, and this thing is big. Plus, if I throw it at someone, I'd prefer it didn't break apart (though the potential for shrapnel damage is attractive).

 

With this done, his bottom half is pretty much set.

 

Rauthuros_6.jpg

 

Here are the wings leaning against a vitamin bottle. They may look like some sort of connection between them is curing and hardening. This is a lie. Gorilla's 2-part epoxy is a specialized high-tech formula that dries in five minutes - so says the bottle. In actuality, it gets gummy in 5 minutes, and then actually dries whenever the hell it darn well pleases, thank you very much. These two wings leaning against the vitamin bottle where not pinned, because I was tired and wanted to go eat cheese. Given the lack of pinning and the epoxy's fickle nature, this ended in tears and ambien.

 

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So, after the cheese, and sometime before ambien, I drilled a hole in that sucker and stuck in a .85 mm pin.

 

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This next picture actually isn't a lie - that sucker worked MUCH better with a pin in it.

 

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This was the end of yesterday, and here's me holding it this morning. It worked! If I throw this at someone, it might strike its target and then spin around and return to my hand. Might. Or, I might be arrested. I'm not sure which but my imagination reels with potential.

 

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Okay, so I stuck pins in his little wrists and his big fat head. He also has two fist dagger things, which I forgot to mention that I ALSO already stuck on some months ago. Oh well. Just 2-part epoxy for those; their little handles were so thin that I just didn't feel comfortable drilling in them. Their being light though is a saving grace; they're not going anywhere.

 

Rauthuros_16.jpg

 

 

The pin system with his two sword arms and his big fat head worked kind of perfectly, and these pieces jammed on with no problem. I dabbed superglue on the tips of the pins and 2-part epoxy around the connections. Blending adhesive like this seems experimental to me but it seems to work; the superglue helps to get it into position, and then the 2-part epoxy dries (whenever it darn well pleases) and then the thing is solid.

 

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So, here are the set wings. See anything amiss? Just gaze about the middle of one of the win OMG LOOK AT THOSE HINGES. Yeah, they're huge.

 

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Another shot of just one of the wings with a good look at OMG LOOK AT THOSE HINGES

 

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So - green stuff! One wing half done. The other demon pieces sitting there, just chilling, giving off demonic atmosphere and stuff.

 

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Before and after with the green stuff, showing one half of it pretty smooth and the other half OMG LOOK AT...you get the idea.

 

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Rauthuros says "OH GOD, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME, AH GOD THE PAIN, THIS - YOU CRUEL, CRUEL BASTARD." Yeah. He's pinned.

 

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With the pin in his middle, I did the superglue/2-part epoxy bit and jammed him together. Here's the current result - annnnnd leaving him for tomorrow. :bday:

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I wonder how much work he will be to put together vs the metal version. Certainly less pinning, but what about gap filling? I'm not sure how Bones will take to putty, since it's flexible and putty isn't.

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I can understand people's preference with Bones with this one; this is by far the most aggressive model I've ever put together. He's definitely something.

 

I managed to spend a little time on him this afternoon and started by getting two pins into the wings insert. The wings are "very" heavy, and it is obviously going to be a weak point.

 

It was at this moment that I realized something; the body insert where the wings go is *extremely* deep. So deep that the pins shown in this photo do not really hit the bottom of it. Look how deep the insert is in the body. It's a bit hard to see - but it is deep.

 

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So, I decided to try to build it up. I reasoned that I could fill the cavity part way with green stuff. This way, I don't even have to drill pin holes - the pins will just stab through a little bed of green stuff, which will then harden around them.

 

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On top of that green stuff I put a generous amount of Gorilla 2-part epoxy. You might (or might not) be able to see it glistening expectantly in this photograph.

 

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Then it was just a matter of jamming the wings on and cursing some of my favorite words.

 

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The wings didn't really want to stay "balanced" in their insert. They are really heavy and had a mind of their own. I eventually answered their "drift" while curing by falling back on the age old trustworthy technique of leaning random crap on my desk on them to counter balance their weight.

 

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This "mostly" worked. I say "mostly" because there was still a slight loose feel to them after this had dried. I ended up oozing a bit more epoxy into the crack around the wings/body connection and this seemed to work.

 

So - RAWR WHERE'S MAH SHRIMP BUFFA

 

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Next up: more green stuff cavity stuffing and then hunting for missed mold lines.

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That's really nice work! It really makes me appreciate how much I have no idea how to put things together. I can slap some colour down in between the lines, but can't for the life of me get a handle of adjusting and pinning and molding and stuff.

 

Can't wait to see this guy get some colours now that you've spent all this time piecing him together from the depths of the abyss though.

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Wow! Excellent work! Now, the only question I have is it easier to paint some of these pieces prior to assembly? I say this because I fully assembled my cinder, then realized it was hard to paint in between the wings and under the jaw, and want to prevent any anguish for anyone else...

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