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Slowly but surely moving along on Nethyrmaul.  Finished definition on the chest plates, blocked out the color along the wings and randomly defining the highlights and shadows more. Oh yeah, and painted up a rock on a night when I was just a little too tired to focus on scales.

 

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I picked Nethyrmaul back up yesterday and was hoping to get as close as finished as I could today.  But detail painting is proving difficult.  So we're focusing on assembling a couple old Grenadier dragons instead.

 

The blue and green dragons from Grenadier's Series 1 Dragon of the Month.

 

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My small problem is the old epoxy or hot glue (not sure which), that I put on one of them back when I first got them as a teenager.

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If anyone knows an easier way of removing it other than just poking and pulling on it with an exacto knife and tweezers, I'm all ears.  It took me a good while to remove the small amount from the head/neck connections.  What a pain!

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19 minutes ago, Vacaroja said:

If anyone knows an easier way of removing it other than just poking and pulling on it with an exacto knife and tweezers, I'm all ears.  It took me a good while to remove the small amount from the head/neck connections.  What a pain!

Try a soak in Simple Green or acetone.  I know Simple Green will loosen super glue and make it a little rubbery so it comes off easier and acetone will either loosen or dissolve it.  I don't know how either would behave for clear epoxy.  They should be fine for hot glue.

 

Disclaimer: I know this works for "modern" metal minis (i.e. not completely lead).  I don't know how either of these will behave with pure lead minis.

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Pushed myself yesterday to get Nethyrmaul closer to completion.

 

A before (on the right) and an after (on the left) of the back of the wings.

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Relatively close to finished now.  Want to push some highlights and shadows.  And then, of course, there's the base to deal with.

 

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Worked on the base yesterday and today. Decided when I started Nethyrmaul that he had risen from the sea and was standing on an outcrop of rock on the ocean's edge.

 

Crafted waves out of milliput.

 

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Primed with both black and white.

 

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And then painted up using Vallejo Dark Sea Blue and Reaper Marine Teal and Pure White.

 

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Black edge of the base is drying, but we're calling ol' Nethyrmaul complete!

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On 5/22/2019 at 12:37 PM, Vacaroja said:

My small problem is the old epoxy or hot glue (not sure which), that I put on one of them back when I first got them as a teenager.

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If anyone knows an easier way of removing it other than just poking and pulling on it with an exacto knife and tweezers, I'm all ears.  It took me a good while to remove the small amount from the head/neck connections.  What a pain!

 

Not sure if you are still looking for an answer to the old epoxy/hot glue issue, but if it is hot glue, try soaking the part in isopropyl alcohol for a couple minutes. It'll loosen it up very quickly, and you won't have to scrap it off. I use hot glue to attach my minis to paint-handles, and when they won't come off, a few drops with a pipet onto the hot glue works like a charm (and quickly).

 

If it's epoxy putty, you can try what others have suggested (Simple Green or acetone). I would vote for the acetone on a full metal mini, especially with a high lead content. It'll work quicker, and no "iffy" side effects of lead reacting with whatever is in Simple Green.

 

And if you've already solved this problem, let us know what you did please!

 

-MvM

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3 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

 

Not sure if you are still looking for an answer to the old epoxy/hot glue issue, but if it is hot glue, try soaking the part in isopropyl alcohol for a couple minutes. It'll loosen it up very quickly, and you won't have to scrap it off. I use hot glue to attach my minis to paint-handles, and when they won't come off, a few drops with a pipet onto the hot glue works like a charm (and quickly).

 

If it's epoxy putty, you can try what others have suggested (Simple Green or acetone). I would vote for the acetone on a full metal mini, especially with a high lead content. It'll work quicker, and no "iffy" side effects of lead reacting with whatever is in Simple Green.

 

And if you've already solved this problem, let us know what you did please!

 

-MvM

 

Not having either alcohol or acetone, I ended up picking it off slowly but surely.  I solved it with patience and perseverance, ha! Unfortunately, I also broke my two last drill bits while overzealously attempting to pin the wings, so they've been shelved until I can acquire new ones.

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Great job on Nethyrmaul!  I love the sea effect and the seamount.  Very lonely longing vibe.  Really a gorgeous piece!

 

Looking forward to seeing what you do with the green and blue.  I wound up chopping out a section of the green' s neck because I needed his head pointing forward for a game.

 

When drilling for pinning I highly recommend going slowly with as large a bit as you can stand.  The metal used for these dragons has a tendency to friction temper, causing a very hard thin layer at the bottom of the hole.  It's a thin layer but it can be really tough to break once it forms, and of course when you punch through, the drill bit has a tendency to snap.

 

Best of luck!  Can't wait to see the next one!

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My next victims! Muahaha! (Since I can't do the Grenadier pieces while I wait for bits.) The popular Temple Dragon: 77503 and a teeny, tiny Ral Partha dragon who is sitting there on the cork on the right.

 

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Decided to paint these partially separated because after doing Nethyrmaul, despite his size, realized how difficult some parts are hard to get to when fully assembled. That belly!

 

Going to go with some crazy fun colors this time around.  Some base coat colors -

 

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And then a couple patches of color testing - 

 

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Because even though it's a more western-styled beast, when I heard the name "Temple Dragon", my brain thought about these type of temple dragons -

 

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6 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

I have recently painted a Ral Partha Asian Dragon, I used metallics for highlights.

Could be useful to you?

 

https://forum.reapermini.com/index.php?/topic/85739-ral-partha-asian-dragon-by-glitterwolf/&tab=comments#comment-1815847

Very nice!  I was considering some iridescence. And yours does inspire some ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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