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Who else has one of these? Assembled it yet?

 

Mine can't support his own weight with wings attached, the ankles are too soft. Not unusually soft, he seems to be pretty normal Bonesium, but I think the ankles are so thin it just doesn't seem to work in his case.

 

So I'm interested in who else's might be the same. While there are numerous fixes available to the enterprising hobbyist, if they're all like this it could be a problem for the Bones target market.

 

 

My personal solution will be to glue the creature to the undead giant's base when I can nab another one at retail. If this is a problem with all Deathsleets, a base big enough* to glue the feet and tail to might fix the problem if a different mix of plasticizer can't.

 

But first I need to know if mine's the same as everybody else's or not. So let me know what yours is like, thanks.

 

*By which I mean adding a Bones base to the package, if the goal is "usable straight from the pack". Because if they're all like this, they're not. At least mine isn't. Just slowly leans forward until he faceplants.

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I will fully assemble him this evening. He was only dry fit to check his parts.

 

Let me ask this ... have you boiled him yet for any straightening? If not, I would try it to see if this helps "reset" his elasticity issue or if you have that might play a factor.

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I did (it was vital, he was badly warped). The problem isn't now warping, there's too much flexibility in his ankle joint so the weight of his wings tips him forward. Even with the feet firmly attached, without the tail attached to something the center of gravity still pulls him forward until he leans down like he's about to interrogate a gnome.

 

I've sacrificed my colossal skeleton, who I loved very much, and used the base as a 3-point attachment piece. It'll need some greenstuff repair, but at least he'll be 99% all Bones. If this works, then I've solved my Deathsleet problem. I was planning to buy multiple Colossal Skeletons as soon as they hit retail anyways, so I won't miss one if it does the job. This is, however, not much of a solution for the casual user.

 

 

ETA: This has worked. The glue is dry, all connection points are solid. So long as nobody bounces him off the table or floor, he ought to be okay. I think I can even still reach all the bits to paint him.

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Yeah, it's not a hard problem to solve with a little bit of work. Mostly my concern is that Bones are targeted less towards hobbyists, as noted when there was discussion about whether or not Bones should be pre-assembled. And if ease of use is the goal, Deathsleet needs a fix to be ready for action with minimal effort.

 

Stiffer plastic mix might do it, or a 3-point base he can glue to. It's not even a huge problem except for the bendy knees. Without those, he'd stand on his base as-is just fine.

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Here's the results of my expedient solution. It works, even if it's not especially pretty. But sacrificing a $15 skeleton for his base isn't really a proper solution. I wouldn't have done it if not for the fact that I'm buying a whole batch of skeletons as soon as they hit the online store anyways.

 

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You can see the join where I attempted (unsuccessfully) to solve the issue with pinning.

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I appreciate it.

 

Also, does anybody else find it weird that the dragons have such teeny tiny base parts but other minis like the giants have huge bases added? Because the Colossal Skeleton definitely seems like he has more than he needs, especially with his big hammer helping to keep him up, but others like Deathsleet and Wyrmgear seem like they don't really have enough. I'm awfully concerned about Wyrmgear being tippy once done, and I won't find out until he's completed.

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I don't have Deathsleet, so I can't help you in this case. My first thought when I read about your problem was to have a strategically place boulder next to one of his hips or tail (pinned or glued to said boulder).

 

I always take the easy and lazy approach. :D

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I'm awfully concerned about Wyrmgear being tippy once done, and I won't find out until he's completed.

 

My WyrmGear, when dry-fitted, was a bit rocky on his three-point stance.

 

I assembled and glued WyrmGear and then dipped his three standing legs in boiling water. Then planted him firmly down in a large, flat-bottomed container to get his stance rock solid. Then my son poured in the ice bath. Haven't had any issues since. He will likely be placed on a trophy-plaque-like base, possibly from a childhood trophy. We'll have to see. He's down on my list of projects at the moment.

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My Wyrmgear will stand flat on all his bases, I'm just worried about side to side stability. Of course I can easily base him on something, but again that defeats the "low work" idea of Bones. Just can't figure out why stuff like Ape-X or the colossal skeleton have so much base, but the dragons who need it have so very, very little. Deathsleet wouldn't be a problem with a decent sized base, neither Wyrmgear. But they've got tiny broccoli footpads. It's just weird to do it that way, when stability was increased so substantially for other Bones. A cost thing, maybe? It'd drive the price too high?

 

I dunno. But I do wish these dracos had more foot area to work with.

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