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I received a request for more modern female minis who weren't just pulp, so I pulled these. Did one before I realized I was correct in hating assembly. I'm not sure how reasonable it is to expect people to glue pieces so small I could fit at least 10 on my pinkie fingernail. A lot of cuts that really didnt seem very necessary.

 

No cleanup yet,  most of the bits were too small to clean up before gluing.

 

 

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Yeah, the Malifaux plastics are pretty notorious for the silly number of little bits they come in (although I had heard they were getting better).

 

Looks like you've done a good job though.

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1 minute ago, aku-chan said:

Yeah, the Malifaux plastics are pretty notorious for the silly number of little bits they come in (although I had heard they were getting better).

 

Looks like you've done a good job though.

Thanks. I had to try multiple times with some bits. Not enough force with the tweezers to get stuff to hold long enough for the glue, and then so much fiddling with gloves getting caught in between places etc. I had to go hunting for pieces that flew off a few times.

The sprue bits were impossible to sand without gluing so well see if I wreck it then.

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Have you tried making sticky tweezers for the itsyest of bits?  Take a stick or brush handle, dab an appropriate sized blob of poster tack, sacrificial greenstuff, some other kind of putty.  Then you can hold the piece without the holding device interfering.

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2 hours ago, BLZeebub said:

Have you tried...

Oh my. That sounds like even more work. I don't have the supplies for that  though, and I'm not sure if it will address the issues. Part is practice and comfort, to be honest, but I'm never going to see it as a good use of my time over painting

Also  I broke the arm off while sanding but it should be easier to do now.

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Cool figs, but the assembly part is indeed a pain.

I find myself to avoid assembling fiddly stuff more and more, last time I assembled a unit of Spanish Horsemen from Zenith/Kensei I got sooo fed up with those tails falling off over and over again.

I finsihed them in the end.

But now I have a metal figure from a BOGW she came with a broken staff, so I tried to attach a new one, it has broken off during painting so many times now, I shoved the whole project aside.

Not sure if I ever will paint Queen Shannon and her Bear Unit now..

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On 6/9/2020 at 9:18 AM, lexomatic said:

Oh my...

It's only as much effort as dipping a paintbrush. Way easier to poke the part and place it than fiddle with tweezers.  Or jab it with a hobby knife and place it that way.

Are you sanding after gluing?  Definitely take care of that mess while everything's still on sprue.  They do appear to be in an abundance of separate parts--maybe that's the con of having such detailed minis?  I do enjoy their stuff, partly because it's often just out there.

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7 hours ago, BLZeebub said:

It's only as much effort as dipping a paintbrush. Way easier to poke the part and place it than fiddle with tweezers.  Or jab it with a hobby knife and place it that way.

Are you sanding after gluing?  Definitely take care of that mess while everything's still on sprue.  They do appear to be in an abundance of separate parts--maybe that's the con of having such detailed minis?  I do enjoy their stuff, partly because it's often just out there.

Stuff is TOO small to sand separately - it's because of the sprue connection being badly placed  and difficult to remove cleanly. Not possible to sand while it's on the sprue. And stuff was huge bumps

There was a piece for 2 pigtails that was maybe 2mm by 2mm. I'm not poking that with anything. I really have no idea how I glued it, but I did.

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More base coats and now you can see the gaps in assembly and the lack of detail. I feel someone was lazy in the design of these minis. Detail that's not super visible or gets lost. Overly fiddly to the point of being awkward without a payoff

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I bought these for the woman who is crouching with the camera. I intended it to be a birthday present for my friend who is a photographer. However, I have not painted it yet. I've had it almost a year. Assembly was such a pain that once all was dried I stuck it in a drawer. I haven't gotten to the having forgotten about it part but I probably will. I'm interested to see where this goes.

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55 minutes ago, SparrowMarie said:

I bought these for the woman who is crouching with the camera.

One of the major reasons for me. I feel like you could reasonably put her in a scenario 1960s on with zero problems.

These were totally the WORST minis to work on for me. Not as heartbreaking as the Efreeti, but just continously frustrating. I do not blame you for drawering these. I would except my wife doesn't want to use scantily clad,spies, corporate, nuns, or female versions of male characters for a tabletop game. I have more reasonable fantasy minis, but thankfully I buy some when I can find them for other genres too. These were some I could find due to chaos caused by bad contractors and lack of time from toddler to get organized.

 

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