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Welcome to part two of our hobby tips series Back to Basics. Following on from our first video where we showed you how to work with plastic, in this video we guide you through working with resin.

Resin is the material that is used by manufacturers such as Kromlech and is also sold as Finecast by Games Workshop. Resin is a little more tricky to use than plastic however it does allow for much better quality of detail on the miniature.

Tools

In order prepare and assemble your resin miniatures we recommend the following tools:
  • Hobby Knife
  • Metal Cutter
  • Hobby Files
  • Super Glue
  • Warm Water
  • Dish Soap
  • Toothbrush
I personally make use of the Army Painters range of tools and glues as they are of a good quality and a fair price. You can pick up most of tools required for this tutorial in their Metal Assembly Kit

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Step 1 – Washing components

When Resin miniatures are cast the molds are coated in a release agent to allow the completed miniature to be removed easily. However this release agent can remain on the miniature and will make it difficult to glue and paint unless it is cleaned off. This can be done easily with a bowl of warm soapy water. It is important to use WARM and not HOT water as hot water can cause parts to bend. Normal dish washing soap can be used in the water.

With an old toothbrush scrub the miniature in the water ensuring that you get into any crevices on the miniature. Do not be too vigorous however as you may damage some of the more delicate parts. Once washed gently dab the miniature on a towel or allow to air dry for a few minutes.

Step 2 – Removing components

Most resin miniatures come attached to a small lump of resin or can be found on a sprue. These sprues contain the components of the model that you will be building and they will need to be removed from their frame. For this job you will need to use your clippers.

The Army Painters metal clippers have a flat and tapered side to them allowing you to more easily get into the joins between the components and the frame. You shouldn't require much force with the clippers in order to cut through the resin however you may find some resins to be a little tougher than plastic. When using the clippers ensure that you do not accidentally cut the through the component itself.

Step 3 – Cleaning components

Once your pieces is free from the sprue you may notice a few areas where the sprue was not completely removed. These areas will need to be removed in order to have the best finish and to do this we will need the hobby knife.

Now before I go any further be EXTREMELY careful when using this craft knives. They a very sharp and can easily leave you with deep, painful cuts if handled incorrectly. Trust me, I have the scars to prove it. When cutting always cut AWAY from yourself and preferably on a good solid surface. You shouldn't need to apply too much force and if you are then you should probably be using the clippers instead.

On some miniatures you may find mold lines. These are thin ridges running around the circumference of the model caused by the two halves of the mold not forming a perfect seal. While annoying they are mostly inevitable and should be removed before painting. This can be done with either a hobby knife or files. Using the sharp edge of the blade run it perpendicular to the mold line in a scraping action. This should lift the line off with obscuring the detail beneath. While files can be used it is recommended that these are reserved for larger, flatter areas as they can inadvertently file down detailing.

Step 4 – Gluing components

Unlike plastic miniatures, you cannot use Plastic Glue on resin. This is because plastic glue works by melting the surfaces of the plastic that are being glued together. However Plastic Glue does not melt resin meaning that only a very weak bond will be formed.

To glue together two components simply ad a small bead of Super Glue to one of the surfaces that you will be gluing and press the other component into it. You should hold the two pieces together firmly for a few seconds in order for the glue to begin drying. When you let go to two pieces should be joined together however you should avoid any stress on the join as the glue will take a few minutes to fully harden.

Avoid getting the Super Glue on your fingers as it very easy to glue them together. It is important not to use too much glue as this can cause it to spill out of the sides, marking the miniatures and getting on your fingers.  Also be sure to use Super Glue in a well ventilated area due to the strong fumes it creates.


Summary

By following this guide you should have your resin Wargaming miniatures assembled in no time. However, this was just a generic guide. Ensure that you follow any specific instructions that may come with your miniatures regarding assembly.
If you enjoyed this tutorial or found it useful let us know in the comments and be sure to check back for part three where we show you how to work with metal.

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