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I've been thinking about making one sized closer to what I'm used to...for the groove I was thinking of just making shallow saw cuts while the spindle was in a vise and just rotating it as needed. Wouldn't be as perfect, but a quick sanding to smooth and who cares?

 

edit: oh, I see I haven't posted pics of my handles! Woops, I'll remedy that this weekend, time permitting...

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I actually thought I'd use this paint. :P I think it cost $5, so, whatever.

 

Anyway, since I'm painting 20 similar figures at once, yeah, they're useful.

 

Sticky tack's too sticky for me, so I'm trying out white glue.

 

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I use old pill bottles with some poster tac on top. Although I just got my first larger mini, so I'll have to find something for that.

For larger based minis, many types of crazy glue come in larger tubes. I have also bought thicker dowels and cut off 4" chunks. For even bigger pieces, I've used the cap from a rattle can and poster putty. Not ideal for top heavy pieces but works for most.

 

For un-based models, I have a couple different sizes of cork stoppers (they are bevelled so stand better than straight cork).

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Right now I use wooden spools with double sided tape. In the pastI have used pill bottles and bottle caps. The bottle caps were soda bottle caps with a slot cut in the top to hold the tab on some minis. You then cut off the neck of the bottle and then glue it to a dowel.

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I just made some upgrades on mine. Take a look.

 

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  • I have a carpenter friend of mine here at work and he add in a groove all the way around. Then I just took a hanger and bend it around and adjusted it. Works great, spins all the way around, etc. :) 

 

 

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OK, after looking at the Rathcore mini holders, I figured I could make one of these if I had access to a lathe and the rest of my old tools. Looking at what I did have, a fake thread spool from the craft store that I already use as a mini holder, some extra magic sculpt, and an old school heavy coat-hanger....

 

Bing! I've got this. I made this up the other day. I used a ring of the Magic-Sculpt for the bottom ring to hold the coat-hanger wire in place. I have the wire piece wrapping completely around the base, the the open ends are at the top. These ends are held in place with another blob of Magic-Sculpt.

 

The putty has had a few days to harden now, so I'll give it a try tonight. I want to see if I can get this halfling painted up tonight, for my friend to use in our Saturday game tomorrow.

 

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Gentlemen, we can build them. We have the technology. We have the capability to make our own miniature holders. RouterMike will be that builder.

 

It will be... the 6 dollar holder. \(◠ヮ◠)/

It's great you believe in me, but I'm not interested in stepping on Rathcore's cool tools. I went in on the kickstarter so I'll have the real thing in a few months. I just wanted to see what I could put together in an afternoon. (And I'm not always a patient monkey)

 

Though I'm happy to take individual pictures of the wire if anyone's interested in how that is done.

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Gentlemen, we can build them. We have the technology. We have the capability to make our own miniature holders. RouterMike will be that builder.

 

It will be... the 6 dollar holder. \(◠ヮ◠)/

It's great you believe in me, but I'm not interested in stepping on Rathcore's cool tools. I went in on the kickstarter so I'll have the real thing in a few months. I just wanted to see what I could put together in an afternoon. (And I'm not always a patient monkey)

 

Though I'm happy to take individual pictures of the wire if anyone's interested in how that is done.

 

No, I was just being a goof paraphrasing the 6 million dollar man opening. I went all in on the Rathcore kickstarter. Should have 4 holders, a grip and a bunch of extra adapters sometime next month. I just love seeing DIY projects. I used to be a woodworker and big DIY enthusiast. 

 

 

 

...and when I was little I'd pretend to be Steve Austin

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