Wargaming tools. Painting, sculpting and modelling, what do you need for it? Part one, modelling.

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  • Hello fellow wargamers, these articles will be about what tools might be needed for you're painting, sculpting, modeling purposes and how to use them. But first let me talk a little about what the hobby has meant for me the last 3 years.
    Just as with almost everyone else I didn´t find the hobby on my own but was pulled in to it from a set group of friends.
    Thanks to this I got a few shortcuts in what to do and what to buy from an in game perspective.
    However these people that brought me into the wargaming world didn´t prepare me in the same manner in the aspects of Sculpting, modeling and painting, simply because it wasn´t their interest in the same way as playing the game in itself.
    Thanks to this it more or less came down to a lot of trial and error, which is okay since its a learning experience. However it also resulted in me buying a lot of (in my mind) unnecassary equipment.
    So in an attempt to limit the trial and error for both new people and people who know the game but want to get into painting/sculpting/modeling more. All while saving some of their own hard earned cash. And as I will show, most of the items are also used in different ways and in different phases of the preperations.
    So here goes, part one modelling!

    This is the part of the hobby in which I put steps like, removing mold lines, Glueing, bitzing, rasping, cutting, preparing, preserving and planning your miniature and its base.
    A quick picture to show the tools I use for all this will surely help and I want to remind you that they are all cheap.

    The picture shows you in total 16 different objects with only three of them being bought in an actuall miniature hobby store.

    The first step after you have received you´re miniature box and opened it would be to prepare the model for assembling.
    This contains a few steps such as removing mold lines, planing to add bitz and generally just tidying up the model.
    The tools I use for this are a scalpel, used for removing thicker mold lines and removing parts of a model in preperation for other steps.
    A more rough utility knife for when less finesse is needed, since it is more durable for pressure I use it for straight cutting when the cut will be deep. A nipper for similar reasons, when zero finess is involved and something just needs to be cut. Two simple rasps (fine surface) as another way of removing lines of details, the rasps are mostly used on rounded surfaces since it wont leave any edges. As earlier mentioned these are all cheap cheap cheap.

    Second step would be to assemble the prepared parts into a model.
    Here I use some small drills all from 0,8-3,2mm thick. Magnets, they do wonders for multiple gear choice units (my "pro" tip here is to aim for round magnets since they will fit easily in drilled holes). Super glue, it has a really hard but brittle strength. And an old toothbrush,
    its used together with dish soap to give 100% clean surfaces. And also 1.0 mm steel wire, this I use together with the drills to attatch the
    different parts together to eliminate any cracks that the super glue might get from blunt damage during gameplay. Once again very cheap and nothing bought in a miniature store.

    Thirdly would be one of the more creative parts of the modeling, BITZ!
    The gold mine of a miniature gamer and all the little unused bitz from all the leftover parts and models that you (and you´re friends) have acquired during the years.
    These are easily used to create unique miniatures for your army, which with good use can draw alot of attention and and praise.

    Fourth step is to prepare the model for sculpting/painting and also to create a base which you want to use.
    Here I use everyday materials such as Cork, for bases to give hight or to build a unique base. Wooden glue to attatch sand/gravel. And the
    steel wire to the bottom of the model, thanks to this i dont have to actually hold the model during painting, which helps preserve the base coat and different layers of paint from being rubbed away by fingers and when fully painted
    I cut of all but a little bit of the wire which I then drill into the base itself, thanks to this the miniature will be quite durable.
    I use matte varnish to harden otherwise slightly softer material such as Cork, styrofoam, greenstuff.
    And when everything is painted and varnished I use flock to give it an attractive look.
    These are materials I use, more so than the rest, that i bought in miniature stores simply because they are quite specific.

    Last but not least I use different ways to limit my models from being in contact with any surface during the painting step.
    I either attach them to a wine cork, or drill a steel wire into them and attatch them to anything stable enough to hold them straight (I choose some old furniture legs which were trashed )

    So all in all the step of modelling is pretty basic and not expensive at all. A lot of house hold materials and tools can be used for modelling
    and this is the charm of it.

    Last but not least if you have any questions about what I do or how I do it just drop me a comment. Or even better if you wish to pass on your tips, im all ears.


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