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Well, out on S/L today so I think I'll finally begin the detailed inventory of my BBB0B!

 

I've noted the a lot of you folks actually assemble sooner than later. I was planning on doing at least a dry fit to ensure all the pieces-parts where there and or not damaged, but I do have a bottle of super glue handy, and will be making at least one run to the store today to pick up another bottle or two (or three). Not that there really needs to be a reason, but I was wondering why the whole-sale assembly right up front?

 

On the other hand, now that I've written out my question, I can imagine how cool it would be to put even the untainted minis, or not so minis depending on the figure in question, on display, driving me to a solution to the storage problem that also satisfies the final display problem.

 

Addendum: For those that do preassemble, are there some figures that you don't preassemble for reasons of making the painting more difficult?

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17 minutes ago, Maredudd said:

Well, out on S/L today so I think I'll finally begin the detailed inventory of my BBB0B!

 

I've noted the a lot of you folks actually assemble sooner than later. I was planning on doing at least a dry fit to ensure all the pieces-parts where there and or not damaged, but I do have a bottle of super glue handy, and will be making at least one run to the store today to pick up another bottle or two (or three). Not that there really needs to be a reason, but I was wondering why the whole-sale assembly right up front?

 

On the other hand, now that I've written out my question, I can imagine how cool it would be to put even the untainted minis, or not so minis depending on the figure in question, on display, driving me to a solution to the storage problem that also satisfies the final display problem.

 

Addendum: For those that do preassemble, are there some figures that you don't preassemble for reasons of making the painting more difficult?

 

for me, personally:

 

  • It is easier to store things in one piece and not multiple pieces 
  • If i leave things in baggies i forget what they are and never paint them
  • If assembled, I can organize minis into themed boxes so that if we need, say, Drow for a game I know where to go and what to paint up

For assembly, I pretty much pre-assemble everything that isn't a dragon. For dragons, I assemble their body, but I do not permanently attach them to their base or put the wings on. I do those steps after i'm almost done painting. This is because, for those specific big minis, having the wings on or on the base already makes it more difficult to paint certain areas

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I decided to pre-assemble most of mine because a) I don't lose any pieces, b) that way I can use them unpainted and c) I mostly only paint for tabletop anyway.

There are a couple I'm only partially assembling, such as Dragons Don't Dance, since they'll be painted more for display. 

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11 hours ago, Doug Sundseth said:

 

"I'm sorry, was that 'live' or 'leave'?"

 

"Yeeessss."

There is Dontgo Nearthe Castle, and to the left is Dontgo Nearthe Gift Shop....

Mwahahaha! *Thunder* Don't forget to send post cards, all at reasonable prices.

 

(Paraphrasing from Terry Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum. One of the older Counts was... a bit progressive.)

 

The Auld Grump

12 hours ago, OneBoot said:

 

Sanity? Is that the thing people have that reminds them what a terrible idea it is to paint huge things with tiny brushes? 

 

...Sounds boring. :lol:

 

 

Speaking from experience with Ma'al, my cheap little turntable was a lifesaver. I also had a stack of pillows in my lap to rest him on when arm/hand fatigue became an issue. 

 

Huzzah! 

--OneBoot :D 

I remember the old days, when models were made of lead... and weighed a freaking ton for the larger pieces. (Anyone remember the big Archive dragon?)

 

The Auld Grump - or *shudder* the Grenadier Goblin War Giant? (Great model... weighed about ten pounds.)

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I agree, it's usually much easier to keep ahold of things and get inspired if you assemble them ahead of time.

 

After having assembled most of Bones 1 and 2 ahead of time I've started keeping things in baggies and those in plastic tubs because I simply don't have enough space to have all these minis running around pre-assembled, though. If you're going to assemble something look at it as though you were painting it and see what sorts of awful nooks and crannies assembling it would create.

 

Sometimes you can assemble things part-way to turn the thousands of tiny bits into a few larger bits that still grant you access but are less prone to being dropped and lost in the carpeting.

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If it has hard to reach places, I don't pre-assemble. If I plan on using it in a diaorama, I don't preassemble. If it has multiple options (different weapon hands) I don't preassemble. If it is HUGE (dance of death, the stygian barge, dragons don't share) I don't preassemble.

But if it's just stick the torso to the legs,  or stick the left arm on? Yeah, I'll do that. I usually have a 'single use' tube of superglue I'm trying to finish up anyway.

 

2 minutes ago, terminalmancer said:

Sometimes you can assemble things part-way to turn the thousands of tiny bits into a few larger bits that still grant you access but are less prone to being dropped and lost in the carpeting.

 

Oh this! Sooo much this!

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44 minutes ago, Maredudd said:

Well, out on S/L today so I think I'll finally begin the detailed inventory of my BBB0B!

 

I've noted the a lot of you folks actually assemble sooner than later. I was planning on doing at least a dry fit to ensure all the pieces-parts where there and or not damaged, but I do have a bottle of super glue handy, and will be making at least one run to the store today to pick up another bottle or two (or three). Not that there really needs to be a reason, but I was wondering why the whole-sale assembly right up front?

 

On the other hand, now that I've written out my question, I can imagine how cool it would be to put even the untainted minis, or not so minis depending on the figure in question, on display, driving me to a solution to the storage problem that also satisfies the final display problem.

 

Addendum: For those that do preassemble, are there some figures that you don't preassemble for reasons of making the painting more difficult?

 

24 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

I decided to pre-assemble most of mine because a) I don't lose any pieces, b) that way I can use them unpainted and c) I mostly only paint for tabletop anyway.

There are a couple I'm only partially assembling, such as Dragons Don't Dance, since they'll be painted more for display. 

 

Pretty much what kristoff65 said. Some people complain about assembling things but I find I enjoy that more than painting most of the time, especially if it's multipart things I can add my own take on. For too many years we played with a lot of unpainted minis. More important to play when you can than to worry it's not as pretty as it could be. It's only the last year or so that I seem to have hit a turning point where I'm able to play a variety of games with all painted minis and terrain. So that has me putting extra effort into trying to do everything painted when we play. Doesn't work a lot of the time but at least we are 90%+ almost always now. I tend to only not preassemble models only when it would cause major issues to paint or the occasional higher quality jobs.

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Problem with putting multipart models in blisters is that people have no idea what they're looking at in the store. I bought Kyphrixis recently and showed him to my bf, all he could identify was a wing, and that left him pretty cold. Not everyone is a super enthusiastic Bones fan and knows all the figures by heart, and a fully assembled figure catches the eyeballs better in a store.

I think I'll also glue all the smaller models together. I'm lucky to have our groups gaming table available for that job, which is in the flat right above ours, and since the inhabitant of that flat doesn't do much with his big table besides our gaming group I'll have space and time. Leaving stuff on our table would invite the kitties to start their own storage process, and sadly, sometimes they can't remember where they put stuff ...

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59 minutes ago, terminalmancer said:

 

Sometimes you can assemble things part-way to turn the thousands of tiny bits into a few larger bits that still grant you access but are less prone to being dropped and lost in the carpeting.

I was think about doing that with barge. Put on some of the little parts to make them more difficult to loose.

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Hrm.

 

I unpacked my Roc. Perhaps I will glue its relatively small claws to the body to cut down on the odds of losing them. Maybe the tail too, which isn't in the way, and seems to be a bit of a loose fit.

 

In general, I do not pre-assemble, both because I never know what I might want to do with the bits in the future, and because I often paint before assembly. Given that I *know* I won't touch most of these minis again for a year, or more, I'd rather be able to pack them as tightly as possible to save space.

 

I might change my mind on smaller pieces that don't have too many hard-to-paint spots after assembly, but changing my policy on that opens up the question of what to do with the hundreds of minis I have in storage from Bones I-III. I don't know that my mind is prepared for that.

 

When you look into the closet.... the closet looks back at you.  (with thousands of tiny, tiny eyes)

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