Wednesday 21 May 2014

How to Strip and Clean Metal Miniatures

I won an auction for some GW Ork Kommandos earlier this week, I'm looking forward to painting them in the near-ish future, I have a few other mini's on the go and want to finish at least 3 before I start 5 more!

So after a little search on stripping metal miniatures, note METAL miniatures. You will melt plastic and probably resin ones. I chose Acetone, and make sure you use personel Protective equipment (PPE) and clean them in a well ventilated area.

Here are the minis before I strip them, they had a rough time in the post so arms and blades need to be bent back to a nice pose.

 I removed the backpacks and bases, put the bases aside for possible recycling.

If you live in New Zealand or Australia you will have heard of Bunnings that's where I picked up some Acetone. Make sure you use gloves and do it out side, the caution is there for a reason! Pop your mini's in to the acetone and wait about 24 hours. What ever you put them in make sure you have a lid other wise the acetone will evaporate.Then you can scrub them clean.

After 24 hours the paint was coming off with ease, I tried after about 12 and the paint was a bit gloppy so left it longer. I used an old toothbrush to scrub them clean. After I had cleaned them up I washed them in hot soapy water and voila.

The acetone melted the glue holding the head and arm of one ork. There are a few mould lines to clean up.

Happy Painting

Monday 5 May 2014

Sons of Medusa Final

Finished my Space Marine Sons of Medusa
You can vote on Cool Mini or not for him here

I'm Very Pleased with him and feel its a step up in my painting voyage.

Next up we have Rackham Thermo Dwarves, they are for  painting exchange with Zab and Demi over on Cool Mini or Not. you can find Zabs Blog here.

Happy Painting.