Miniatures come in many different materials. Each one can require a different approach when you are prepping them to paint up for your tabletop. I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss some of the techniques to cleaning up and preparing your models for the Widower’s Wood and Grymkin releases. Widower’s Wood has some amazing models. I have been painting a few for my personal collection and have truly enjoyed the process. The models are made with a softer type plastic typical to board games. Here are some of my tips to help you get those board game models painted.
Some models may have bendy bits here and there. This is no issue when you have your handy dandy blow dryer. (You do have your blow dryer at your desk to speed up dry times, right?)
Just warm the model with some heat and straighten out the wobbly parts with your hand. Hold for a few seconds and . . .
Voila! Back to normal.
To take care of mold lines on the board game minis, get a sharp P3 hobby knife and gently remove the excess material. Remember . . . DO NOT PUSH. You should feel no resistance when cleaning your board game minis. If you do, you are pushing too deeply. When working with resin, you can scrape the model, but for soft plastic, use a gentle cutting motion.
Even though they are not soft board game plastic, some plastic models have thin areas that can be tricky to clean. The Grymkin’s Dread Rots have thin weapons that can flex when you attempt to clean them. Use your thumb to hold the piece in place and very carefully and gently slide a new hobby knife along the mold line. Once again, if you are getting resistance, you are cutting too deeply. The knife should remove the material easily with no fuss.
With a little patience, and your favorite music or movie in the background, you can get you models cleaned and prepped quickly and easily.
Now, prime that model as normal and get your paint on!
With these steps in mind, you will have your Widower’s Wood box painted in no time. See ya next time, and remember, Patience, Practice, and Perseverance!
And Pancakes 🙂