Jump to content

Prepping Bones Minis: Buffing Block?


Recommended Posts

I started painting my first Bones mini last night (Mister Bones, appropriately enough), and I was able to use an X-Acto knife, needle files, and my trusty sanding sponge to fairly good effect, but because the sanding sponge is made for wood or metal, it was a bit crude for the task.

Then I remembered these things:

http://www.amazon.com/COSM-TRIM-Trim-Buffing-Block/dp/B001TSNGF8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377113332&sr=8-1&keywords=trim+buffing+block

 

I went out at lunchtime just now and picked one up at my neighborhood Target for about $2.50, and I'm going to try it out tonight.

Has anyone used one of these on plastic minis before? Any suggestions for technique, or warnings about what to expect?

Cheers.

 

JD

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 10
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Not the blocks, but I have noticed that some of the sanding boards sold at hobby shops are very similar to nail buffing sticks, just often cut down to narrower forms. The nail buffers are certainly cheaper, but I have trouble thinking of a tool to use to cut them down to a usable size without trashing its blade on the abrasive surface.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Not the blocks, but I have noticed that some of the sanding boards sold at hobby shops are very similar to nail buffing sticks, just often cut down to narrower forms. The nail buffers are certainly cheaper, but I have trouble thinking of a tool to use to cut them down to a usable size without trashing its blade on the abrasive surface.

I would suggest a good pair of kitchen shears.

 

-Dave

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

 

Not the blocks, but I have noticed that some of the sanding boards sold at hobby shops are very similar to nail buffing sticks, just often cut down to narrower forms. The nail buffers are certainly cheaper, but I have trouble thinking of a tool to use to cut them down to a usable size without trashing its blade on the abrasive surface.

I would suggest a good pair of kitchen shears.

 

-Dave

 

But would they REMAIN a good pair of shears?

Link to post
Share on other sites

Sanding needles have been tested to work on Bones (not by me, however). I have tested them on metal, and they work on that. I found mine at Hobby Lobby with the model paints and accessories.

 

^^^This^^^

 

I have used the sanding needles on Bones. In fact I gave some away at Rcon. I use the medium and the fine at the moment, though I am thinking of testing the coarse.

 

 

They work like a charm on Bones for getting those pesky mold lines off. They're also great on metal, plastic, and on GW finecast resin.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been using a set of diamond rotary burrs in a 1/8in pin vise as files, and they've been doing quite well for me on Bones. But, however long and pointy some of them are, they're all round, and I do see a need for flat and angled abrasives that those don't quite provide.

Link to post
Share on other sites

 

 

Not the blocks, but I have noticed that some of the sanding boards sold at hobby shops are very similar to nail buffing sticks, just often cut down to narrower forms. The nail buffers are certainly cheaper, but I have trouble thinking of a tool to use to cut them down to a usable size without trashing its blade on the abrasive surface.

I would suggest a good pair of kitchen shears.

 

-Dave

 

But would they REMAIN a good pair of shears?

 

They might; we abuse the crap out of our pair, and re-sharpening them seems to work ok.

-Dave

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Moderator

I can third the awesomeness of sanding needles. I went from starting out trying to take off mold lines with some super cheap needle files that only worked on broad flat surfaces, to an Xacto knife which was better but not great at tiny detail spots, to the sanding needles which are what I use currently (as well as the Xacto knife). The fine and medium work the best; I got the coarse to try them out, and they just don't seem to work as well as the finer ones. Maybe they're too coarse for the tiny fine mold lines, but they just didn't seem to be removing the lines as readily as the finer ones. So, whatever I would need a coarse file for, the Xacto knife handles a lot more smoothly.

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

 

EDIT: I should have specified that the above is only true with regards to Bones, since I have exactly zero experience with any other material. ^_^

Edited by OneBoot
  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

I tried out the buffing block last night, and had moderate success:

 

  1. The block is an inch wide, so it's hard to get it into small spaces.
  2. The block's texture is very fine, meaning it takes a lot of buffing to get rid of large amounts of flash (even after using an X-Acto to trim the flash down a bit). Something between a buffing block and a sanding sponge seems to be the ticket.
  3. On large, relatively flat areas, however, the buffing block worked fine. I used it on Mister Bones' cloak, and it not only removed the remaining traces of flash, but smoothed out the area overall.

So, for trimming/sanding largish areas, I'd recommend X-Acto, then file, then sanding sponge, then *maybe* buffing block.

But, for $2.50, it's not a *bad* tool to have in your Bones toolkit. It's just not as versatile as other tools.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Metalchaos
      Hello everyone, I'm currently working on an Ogre gang and completed the painting on this model last night. This is a 77455, Ogre Smasher sculpted by Bobby Jackson. I swapped the top of its club with that of the 77454, Ogre Clubber. I also added three more skulls at his waist belt. it was all painted with Reaper MSP paint. I will complete the base later since I may add more elements to it.
       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • By Lidless Eye
      Just a random assortment of the first painted from Bones V.  I sort of cheated...my Kickstarter arrived yesterday but I borrowed these in advance from a friend who got theirs earlier.
       
      The Three-Headed Troll:
       

       
      The Zombie Giant:
       

       
       
      The Cloud Giant:
       

       
       
      The Cyclops:
       

       
       
      The Battleguard Golems:
       

       
       
    • By Pacarat
      Finally got around to painting some Bones sci-fi... painting the flat panel armor was a new thing for me. Used a mix of Reaper, Vallejo, and Contrast Paint, and some washes here and there.. 


    • By KruleBear
      This one has been on the desk for a long time. I really like the sculpt, but the cast is a pain as I find most of the older human sized Bones models. The Face was atrocious. Luckily he has a big hat. The photos are washed out but give a good idea of how he looks. He is too shiny for my tastes as the newer Testors Dullcote doesn’t seem to work as good as it used to. Unsure how I ended up going from a coal black duster to green, other than I had too much green paint out for the Marines I was trying to get off the shelf of shame. 



       
       
      One down and thousands to go! 😀
       
       
    • By KruleBear
      Bad photos, bad Bones cast, and tabletop paint job of Balto Burrowell the Gnome Wizard. Painted this one up as my sons kid character in hero kids. Fuego is a young kid who can cast some fire spells and has survived three adventures and he was on his own in the last one. 
       


       
      I am really beginning to loath these older human sized minis, but this is the closest I had to a human child for his character. Fairly simple base coat, washes, and highlights. I was having a lot of problems with my skin tone paints being too thin (even after several minutes on the vortex mixer). I guess that is the pit fall of no painting for months outside of terrain. 
       
  • Who's Online   25 Members, 3 Anonymous, 33 Guests (See full list)

×
×
  • Create New...