By Jeff Caruso
For those gamers you are never content to take what the manufacturer gives you without making changes to the figures, the following information is tendered.
By taking apart miniatures, adjusting poses or swapping body parts you can create a wide variety of figures for your army. For example, by putting the heads of Gallic foot on the bodies of my Pass of the North ancient Spanish horse, I created some fine looking new Celtiberian cavalry.
Use a jewellers saw with a very fine blade to cut off heads, arms, torsos, etc.
Once you have the parts separated, I recommend drilling and pinning the severed part to its new host. The difficulty in drilling with a DREMEL TOOL on such a small item is overcome by scoring the exact spot you want to drill with the sharp point of a file or exacto blade. You may want to have bandaids on hand at this point as the blade can slip causing acupunture.
Wrap the parts to be drilled in cardboard (the kind used in packaging your favorite cereal). This allows you to firmly grip the part with with pliers (use the smooth jawed kind) without smushing the detail on the part, especially on a head. It is still best to position the jaws on the side of the head to avoid the facial detail. Now you can drill.
Once you've created the holes, take a piece of wire and trim it so that when inserted into the two holes the head fits snugly to the body. You can use any type of superglue to do this. Don't stop there however. To fill in the inevitable gaps I use the A+B Epoxy Putty (by Hexcel, Resin Chemicals Group, 20701 Nordhoff St.,Chatsworth, Ca.,91311). You might look for it in hardware sections of your favorite home supply store. It's a type of plummer's putty. Use it for hair, clothes or whatever detail you want to add. Once it's cured, you can file, drill or trim it with an exacto blade to remove the excess and create any detail desired. Great stuff.
Why go to all this trouble and not simply glue pieces together? Those have a habit of coming apart if dropped or handled roughly.
Hope this info is if benefit to someone.
Last Updated: July 13, 1999
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