“Beastly Beginnings”

Well as you can imagine as I only posted my intentions on Thursday, I haven’t really got very far with progress on the figures themselves (though some participants have now finished there first submissions!! Yes Roy I’m looking at you). Anyway back in the slow lane, first job was to do a bit of planning (yes I do plan how I do these things believe it or not!), and the first thing I noticed was that neither figure would currently fit onto the two pence pieces I use to base all my 28mm figures, this along with the fact that as everyone who knows me is aware that I dislike figures stood with their feet ridiculously far apart meant that a trip to the garage and some major base “surgery” was called for. Now the bases on the “Bronze age” dollies are a) Pretty thick and b) made of really good quality metal, neither of which was exactly conducive to making this an easy job. I began by trying to cut through them with my junior hacksaw, but discovered there was no way to hold them really stable without damaging the figures themselves, so after a bit of head scratching I decided to try and sand down the thickness of the bases a bit with my power sander. This is a Bosch circular version and the best way I’ve found to use it to do this is to kneel on the floor (not the most comfortable thing to do at my age), then hold the sander upside-down between my knees and run the bases of the figures over the surface of the spinning sanding disk. You have to swop between figure every now and again as the soon start to build up heat from all the friction.

Anyway after doing this for a while and removing a thin layer from the bottom of the bases (a really thin layer, these figure metal is TOUGH!), I then took my large wire snippers and just about managed to cut through the bases (nearly breaking my thumb in the process!). After this it was a case of easing the legs together, leveling out the bases again then sanding them slightly again to the bottom flat and level again. After this it was a case of checking they now fitted onto a “tuppence”, and with a bit more snipping and filing around the outer edges of the bases they now did, so I could now glue them onto the coins. I added two layers of card beneath the bases to add height, but looking at them now I think that might be too much, but I can always “snap” them off and remove a layer later on if I decide too.

So that’s where I’m up to so far, early days, but at least I can start to add some “greenstuff” to them now (last year I spent the whole of the first week filing down one of my figures so I’m already ahead of that). Hopefully in my next post I’ll have something a bit more interesting to show you.

So till next weekend, Excelsior!! Roger.

 

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11 Responses to “Beastly Beginnings”

  1. Pingback: “Beastly Beginnings” (Roger Webb) – forgottenheroessite

  2. vampifan says:

    Hey, Roger, you’ve already overcome the biggest hurdle – you’ve actually made a start. I look forward to seeing how you progress. I’ll be posting my intro article on Monday.

    • “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”, they say….don’t they talk a load of rubbish! But yes we are now underway, I’m looking forward to getting “Beasty-boy” done and added to my collection, though I’m a little nervous too, as he’s one of those figures I really want to get right. If you see what I mean.

      Looking forward to seeing what you come up with this year, it can’t be another Vampirella can it?

      Cheers Roger.

  3. Good to hear that you are safely underway, but my word you are having to work for this one!

  4. Ah… the trials and tribulations of a wargamer, Roger. A wonderful, if apparently painful start, to your “Forgotten Heroes” 🙂

  5. Ahhh, but I have nothing but time on my hands to make and paint toy soldiers (and a looming deadline to paint some Samurai figures), so by rights I should be the one to have got in there first. Don’t worry, if this was a race then I’ll soon be overtaken and left lagging behind everyone come the end of the month.

    • Thanks Roy, so you’re living the dream for all of us them eh? I usually find if I’ve got a month to paint or make some figure then it takes me a month, just call me “the last minute kid” 😉

      Now get on with those Samurai (everyone seems to be paint oriental figures at the moment, weird).

      Cheers Roger.

  6. Carrion Crow says:

    A nice start, Roger, although you do seem to like making things difficult for yourself. Hopefully, this won’t end up being another ‘Ram Man’, as I serm to recall you just ended up using the head from the original figure. And I look forward to seeing how Beast-Man progresses, as my version was a bit of a ‘cheat’, even though he did end up looking pretty cool.

    • Thanks Jez, you think I’m making life hard for myself, Bryan has announced that he is starting from scratch this year! at least I have something to build on. I’ve wanted these two characters from the start really as they are two of my absolute fav’s, but I’ve been a bit nervous of doing Beast-man as there is a lot of stuff to add to him. But you’ve got to have Beast-man haven’t you, you haven’t got a MotU collection with him (it’s like having a record collection without “Bat out of hell” isn’t it.

      Nope that’s all the cutting up of the figures I’ll be doing (though I might have to flatten/modify Jitsu’s right hand), but rest assured the whole figure will be under their greenstuff clothes.

      Part of the reason I’ve been putting off Beast-man was how blooming good yours was (thank you very much!), so no pressure here eh?

      Have you checked out the FH site of late, wow what a diverse selection of source material we have this year, Manga, Transformers, comics, computer mag’s, vegetables…

      This looks like it’s going to be even better than last year.

      Cheers Roger.

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