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In the first of what I'm sure will be a good dozen or so stupid questions... which order am I doing these steps in?

 

Since I have to fondle the mini to glue it together, I would assume I should wash it after that... but can i boil it once its superglued?

 

 

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I typically wash before I glue. The release agent that can mess with the paint can also mess with the glue. I suppose you could wash them before and after. Boiling should only be done before. I seriously doubt the glue will hold after being boiled. Also, washing should not be boiling. Washing should be done in warm water with a bit of dish soap. Boiling is just to straighten bent parts.

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I typically wash before I glue. The release agent that can mess with the paint can also mess with the glue. I suppose you could wash them before and after. Boiling should only be done before. I seriously doubt the glue will hold after being boiled

 

^ This sums up my opinion as well. If you need to reposition something after gluing it I would suggest trying a hairdryer on low first.

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A good number of the multi-piece KS Bones figures are pre-assembled, and some of those are assembled not particularly well. I've been able to yank a few of them apart, but it's good to know that a hot bath may be able to solve problems with the others.

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So the order of the steps are:

 

Wash

Boil/position

Wash (optional)

Glue

Paint

 

????

 

And if there's a gap that needs filling do that after gluing and before painting??

 

....Just so there is no confusion....

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I do this in mostly the same order as Kay and use disposable gloves until the mini is mounted on a chunk of dowel to keep skin oils from mucking it up.

 

Edit: I'll boil them first, then wash them just before painting.

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I also use Kay's order, though the second wash she listed I instead do right before I'm going to paint, then I only handle it by the edges of the base until it's firmly stuck to my holder with some poster tack. And yeah, I do gap-filling after gluing but before painting, it seems to be neater that way.

 

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So the order of the steps are:

 

Wash

Boil/position

Wash (optional)

Glue

Paint

 

????

 

And if there's a gap that needs filling do that after gluing and before painting??

 

....Just so there is no confusion....

Yep! Though I tend to combine Glue/Fill Gaps in some cases.

 

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1 wash

2 boil

3 glue/ greenstuff (minis assemble!)

4 prime

5 leave on shelf for 1 to 2 weeks because I forgot I own Skyrim

6 play skyrim

7 remember I have 100+ minis to paint

8 turn off skyrim

9 paint

 

This is usually how it goes. Each step may be broken up with a bout of skyrim, but yeah, wash, boil, assemble, prime, paint.

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I'm surprised no one mentioned it (or else I'm blind and completely missed it), but you should definitely dry-fit your multi-part Bones before boiling or gluing them. This will let you identify any problems with positioning that need to be corrected by boiling.

TBH, I didn't even think about that as a step. How else would you know what to boil? But you are absolutely correct that dry-fitting is a necessary step. (I did much of that while confirming each large model was all there)

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