I did not feel like painting today so I picked a random kit from my pile of shame to assemble. The lucky winner was a box of Dark Eldar Kabalite Warriors. I have yet to build or paint any Dark Eldar, so today was a bit of a first.
One day I will sort out these naughty lads with a Raider to ride around in. With this in mind I kit them all out with splinter weapons, 9 splinter rifles and a splinter cannon. This load out will make the most of the splinter pods that I will add to their future murder boat. I gave the squad leader the phantasm grenade launcher. I know it is rubbish against spess mureens but it will be trolltastic against almost everything else. Point of fact none of my house armies are spess mureens anyway.
Let us make this moment a teachable one with a mini-tutorial for assembling multi-part plastic kits.
Step one: snip all the bits from the sprue with plastic cutters. You may as well snip them all, even the ones you will not use in the build, so you can be rid of the bulky sprue.
Step Two: Pick out the bits you will use for the build. Then clean up them up with a scalpel. Treat your blade with respect and be sure not push it with force into your own flesh. Dark Eldar may get Power from Pain but you will not. While doing this also try not to drop any of the fiddly little bits on the floor. Then drop them anyway and spend many precious minutes scouring the floor with a torch to find them.
Step Three: Read any instructions you have with the kit and also dry fit the bits to get a sense how they go together. Resist the urge to magentise the extra weapon options because for infantry size models the benefit is not worth the hassle. Instead just decide which weapon options you are going to take and make peace with that.
Step Four: Break out the plastic cement and begin welding* the bits together. Start by welding the legs to the plastic base. Then work upwards going next to the torso. Then arms, then head and then other bits like bayonets, spare ammo packs and what not. Always let a weld have sufficient time to harden before building more bits on it.
*Technically plastic cement is not a glue but rather a solvent which melts the surface of the plastic. After joining the treated surfaces together they will set becoming welded together as one piece. This is a process more comparable to joining two pieces of metal together using heat rather than bonding with an adhesive, thus we call it welding. Glued items remain distinct parts merely attached to each other by a layer of glue.
Step 5: Once assembled you can add some texture to the base. There are lots of ways to do this. Today I used thin super glue to glue dried builder’s sand to the base in patches. Then over that I put another layer of thin super glue over which I sprinkled bicarbonate of soda. The sand undulates the surface of the base and the bicarbonate of soda gives a finer texture over it.
When the glue is hardened, use a stiff old brush to brush off the loose and the excess. You can now wash the models in warm water and a little mild soap to remove your greasy fingerprints. Leave to dry and it will be ready for priming and painting.
Any remaining unused bits can be put in faction specific bits boxes for future kitbashes. Or else flogged on ebay.
|Hobby Streak Day 1 - Tau Devilfish and Eldar Scorpions|
|Hobby Streak Day 2 - Ork Nobz Skin & Eldar Straps|
|Hobby Streak Day 3 - Tau Devilfish Panels|
|Hobby Streak Day 4 - More Tau Devilfish - Detailing|
|Hobby Streak Day 5 - Devilfish Lens Effects and Engine Intakes|
|Hobby Streak Day 6 - Oldhammer Crisis Suit Prep|
|Hobby Streak Day 7 - Free Hand Tau Devilfish Details|
|Hobby Streak Day 8 - Token Gesture on Ork Nobz|
|Hobby Streak Day 9 - Eldar War Walker Prep|
|Hobby Streak Day 10 - Magnetising War Walker|
|Hobby Streak Day 11 - Lanky Boi Built & More War Walker Work|
|Hobby Streak Day 12 - Priming The Two Lanky Bois|
|Hobby Streak Day 13 - Dropping Colour on the Lanky Bois|
|Hobby Streak Day 14 - Star Cannons|
|Hobby Streak Day 15 - Sentinel and Warp Spiders|
|Hobby Streak Day 16 - Ork Straps and Leather|
|Hobby Streak Day 17 - Priming Warp Spiders and Sentinel|
|Hobby Streak Day 18 - Eldar Striking Scorpions a Few Details.|
|Hobby Streak Day 19 - Eldar Striking Scorpions Final Touches|
|Hobby Streak Day 20 - Eldar Warlock Finished|
|Hobby Streak Day 21 - Commander Torchstar Assembled|
|Hobby Streak Day 22 - A Batch of Priming and Zenithal Highlights|
|Hobby Streak Day 23 - Commander Torchstar Gets Some Colour|
|Hobby Streak Day 24 - A Bit More Work on Torchstar|
|Hobby Streak Day 25 - Commander Torchstar Almost Done|
|Hobby Streak Day 26 - Commander Torchstar Almost Done Again|
|Hobby Streak Day 27 - Commander Torchstar Done|
|Hobby Streak Day 28 - Farsight Enclave List Crafting|
|Hobby Streak Day 29 - Dusting Off Forgotten Dire Avengers|
|Hobby Streak Day 30 - Dire Avengers Again|
|Hobby Streak Day 31 - Beginning Dire Avenger Details|
|Hobby Streak Day 32 - List Crafting, Research and Writing|
|Hobby Streak Day 33 - Dire Avenger Banner Freehand|
|Hobby Streak Day 34 - Dire Avengers Done - Much Freehand|
|Hobby Streak Day 35 - New Shiny Prep - Steel Legion Project|
|Hobby Streak Day 36 - Primed New Shiny - Steel Legion|
|Hobby Streak Day 37 - Zenithal Steel Legion New Shiny|
|Hobby Streak Day 38 - Dark Eldar Kabalite Warriors Assembled|
|Hobby Streak Day 39 - Ork Nobz Metals|
|Hobby Streak Day 40 - Eldar Dark Reapers Stripped and Scrubbed|
|Hobby Streak Day 41 - Goff Ork Nobz Done!|
|Hobby Streak Day 42 - Eldar War Walker Pilot|
|Hobby Streak Day 43 - War Walker Pilot's Head|
|Hobby Streak Day 44 - Eldar Pilot Re-Capitated|
|Hobby Streak Day 45 - Lanky Bois|
|Hobby Streak Day 46 - Lanky Boi Star Cannons|
|Hobby Streak Day 47 - 1st Steel Legion Squad Gets Some Colour|
|Hobby Streak Day 48 - Steel Legion Squad|
|Hobby Streak Day 49 - Eldar Dark Reaper Filed and Based|
|Hobby Streak Day 50 - Batch Prime of Dark Reapers and Dark Eldar|
|Hobby Streak Day 51 - Steel Legion Squad|
|Hobby Streak Day 52 - Steel Legion Blankets and Canteens|
|Hobby Streak Day 53 - Steel Legion|
|Hobby Streak Day 54 - Steel Legion Squad Just About Done!|
|Hobby Streak Day 55 - Back on the Lanky Bois|
|Hobby Streak Day 56 - Wraithlord Done|
|Hobby Streak Day 57 - Eldar War Walker Weapons|
|Hobby Streak Day 58 - War Walker Weapons Again|
|Hobby Streak Day 59 - Zenithal Dark Reapers|
|Hobby Streak Day 60 - War Walker Weapons Again|
|Hobby Streak Day 61 - Sentinel Bits Snipped and Cleaned of Flash|
|Hobby Streak Day 62 - Eldar War Walker Nearly Done|
|Hobby Streak Day 63 - Fire Dragons Get a Coat of Orange|
|Hobby Streak Day 64 - Fire Dragon Helmets|
|Hobby Streak Day 65 - Eldar War Walker Done|
|Hobby Streak Day 66 - Fire Dragon Pants|
|Hobby Streak Day 67 - Fire Dragon Bases|
|Hobby Streak Day 68 - Wraithguard Prep|
|Hobby Streak Day 69 - Wraithguard Horde Assembled|
|Hobby Streak Day 70 - Imperial Guard Quickie|
|Hobby Streak Day 71 - Back on the Fire Dragons|
|Hobby Streak Day 72 - Eldar Fire Dragons Again|
|Hobby Streak Day 73 & 74 - 5 Fire Dragons Done & Priming|
|Hobby Streak Done - The Conclusion|