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I am not 100% sure if this has been covered before or not, so apologies if this is a repost. Anyway, my storm giant is such a great sculpt, all except for his sword. No amount of boil/freeze action keeps it from really making me want to resort to bad viagra jokes. I'd imagine some kind of modding would help? I think the terms in use are pinning and drilling? anyway, I've never pinned anything before and I don't really want to start without seeking some advice. Anyone willing to impart some hard-won wisdom?

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Paper Clip Wire is inexpensive, comes in two thicknesses, and is nice and stiff.

 

The tool you must have is called a Pin Vise. Memorize that phrase. It can look like one of these:

 

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A pin vise is a tiny drill turned by hand. They'll go through the bones material like it is butter.

 

(Edit: This was the best picture of pin vises I could easily find. I have no idea what a "Lapua Flash Hole" is. I think they were drilling in brass on the page it came from.)

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Don't even really need a pin vise for Bones. The material is soft enough, especially soft, that a sharpened paperclip can be pushed into it without issue.

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I've had little difficulty using sewing pins for pinning things; they slide right in. The only problem I had was finding a hard enough pair of pliers to clip off the extra pin without denting the pliers....

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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Make sure you use safety goggles when clipping sewing needles or wires or other metal objects, and to make sure there is no one else in the room when doing this. Clipping those types of objects often shoots out small pieces of sharp metal which is not good for eyes!

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If you don't have a pair of hardened steel wire cutters, stick with softer metals for pinning. Soft metals like brass and aluminum can be cut with almost any clipper you can find, but sewing pins, steel paper clips, etc. are rough on the cheaper cutters, destroying the edge and potentially causing injury with flung off pieces of sharp metal. Zoroaster's advice should not be ignored.

 

Don't forget to send feedback to Reaper about the sword. I'm not sure if the Storm Giant always has a floppy sword, but whether or not they can do anything for you, letting them know there is a problem is a good idea. If nothing else, it gives them information on the types of sculpts that are not ideal. Or maybe they can tweak the plastic mix used in the Storm Giant to make it less floppy in the future.

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(Edit: This was the best picture of pin vises I could easily find. I have no idea what a "Lapua Flash Hole" is. I think they were drilling in brass on the page it came from.)

Sounds like they may have been modifying cartridges - I've only "Lapua" in regards to .338 Lapua Magnum, a high powered rifle round. (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/.338_Lapua_Magnum)

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My giant's weapon was wavy bendy, but boiling it then holding it straight with a pair of long nose pliers while I dipped it on ice water has it reasonably straight

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(Edit: This was the best picture of pin vises I could easily find. I have no idea what a "Lapua Flash Hole" is. I think they were drilling in brass on the page it came from.)

Sounds like they may have been modifying cartridges - I've only "Lapua" in regards to .338 Lapua Magnum, a high powered rifle round. (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/.338_Lapua_Magnum)

 

Lapua also makes Brass for other calibers as well, but it's unbelievably expensive. Good quality though.

 

I use straight pins for most of my pining, unless it's terribly big or bulky, then I use brass rod. So far I've had no issues cutting either with the diagonal cutters I got from Harbor Freight.

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My cutter won't cut the sewing pins I use, but it will score them. Then I switch to pliers, hold everything tight, and just snap it off. A little trickier than just cutting, but there's no worry about the end flying off since it is held securely in the pliers.

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SJ points out an important part of the boil method - most weapons or thin straight pieces will need some help to stay straight. I went through a couple weeks ago and boiled a dozen and everyone with a sword or spear needed a weapon boil and shaping into the cold bath.

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I've had little difficulty using sewing pins for pinning things; they slide right in. The only problem I had was finding a hard enough pair of pliers to clip off the extra pin without denting the pliers....

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

Annealing the metal will make cutting it that much easier. A few quick passes of the needle through a candle flame is all it takes.

 

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Way, way back when we used to use piano wire for pins - heck, Ral Partha used to use piano wire for things like spears and pikes.

 

The Auld Grump, back then the only epoxy putty around was Milliput....

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